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July 3, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Ducking into an Omaha Steaks store on Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles, Laura Herrarte knew exactly what she needed for this week's Fourth of July celebration. "Hamburgers for the grandkids," Herrarte said. But then came the tough part. For nearly 30 minutes she sat at a display table as a store associate brought out different cuts of meat. She checked out the hamburger patties, inspected the fat content of the filet mignon and eyed the apple tartlets. Her 16 grandchildren, their parents and a few neighbors will be joining Herrarte for a potluck in Sylmar on the Fourth of July, which this year falls on a Wednesday.
Teri Maldonado Parker celebrates Day of the Dead for deeply personal reasons. Though she is Mexican American, her husband was not. A Vietnam veteran, he committed suicide after suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome. And she lost their 3-month-old son on Nov. 2, 1972, to crib death. Four years ago, she decided to make an ofrenda, a personalized altar, for them both in her Santa Ana home. "Losing my son so close to the Day of the Dead really stuck with me," Parker said.
November 24, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host "Christmas on Temple Hill" from 7 to 8 p.m. today at 10777 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. A team of nearly 2,000 volunteers has wrapped more than 3,000 lights on the trunks of trees, bushes and walkways. The task took more than 6,000 hours to complete. Many of the volunteers, most ages 12 to 17, came from throughout Southern California to help usher in the holiday season.
October 31, 1991 | JON NALICK
It wasn't billed as the biggest athletic event of the year, but it should have been. Before a cheering crowd of more than 500 at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, students and faculty competed in a homecoming race atop 7 1/2-foot-tall, 8,000-pound Asian elephants. The second annual Homecoming Week event pitted various campus organizations against each other in timed sprints across a soccer field in the middle of the campus.
July 27, 1996 | JEFF KASS
Relay races at Santa Ana High School's pool Friday capped a week of activities to honor parents and celebrate family ties. The competition, organized by Santa Ana Unified School District officials, was part of a series of events meant to give families time together without spending a lot of money, said Patricia Gomez, the district's parent, family and community coordinator.
September 15, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Orange Coast College will have fewer banners unfurled for homecoming, and the halftime show will be less elaborate than in years past, but the festivities will go on. The Student Board of Trustees had considered canceling the event because of poor attendance in recent years, but after weeks of debate voted for a scaled-down celebration.
November 13, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Less than five years after county officials threatened to take over its mismanaged Head Start program, a revitalized Latin American Civic Assn. will mark its 35th anniversary Saturday with an event that will double as an open house for its new administrative headquarters. The association provides meals, health care and instruction to more than 1,000 low-income children in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.
March 8, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD
Three UC Irvine students have organized what they believe is the university's first weeklong celebration of International Women's Day. The week begins today with dramatic readings by college students dressed as famous women. Several local elementary school teachers are planning to bring their classes to the noon event, said Kailin Liang, an event organizer. Also invited are guest speakers--including Board of Supervisors Chairman Harriett M. Wieder and a panel of women with disabilities.
August 28, 1988 | KIMBERLY L. JACKSON and LUCILLE RENWICK, Times Staff Writers
For many, the second annual Black Family Reunion at Exposition Park was a chance to socialize with other black people, but for 18-year-old Jennifer Hamilton, it was an opportunity to learn about scholarships, meet role models and gain the confidence to apply to Spelman College in the spring. Hamilton, who lives in Perris, Calif.
October 10, 1989 | Associated Press
Dave Dravecky, who battled back from cancer only to break his arm pitching, injured his arm again in the Giants' postgame celebration Monday. Dravecky, who was in uniform but not on the Giants' playoff roster, may have dislocated his left shoulder, assistant trainer Greg Lynn said. He will be examined at the Palo Alto Clinic today by team physician Gordon Campbell, who helped Dravecky rehabilitate his arm after cancer surgery.
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