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A Metro Light Rail train going through Pacoima? Attend the meeting tomorrow.

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The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning on adding a

The planned Metro line run through Van Nuys, Panorama City, Arleta, Pacoima, the city of San Fernando, and Sylmar.  Image courtesy of Metro.

The planned Metro line run through Van Nuys, Panorama City, Arleta, Pacoima, the city of San Fernando, and Sylmar. Image courtesy of Metro.

transit line running along Van Nuys Boulevard and passing through Pacoima, but they still have not decided whether it will be a tram, light rail train, or bus line.

Currently, Metro is holding a informational meetings to give residents in the communities the line will pass through an update on the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor project, which will run from the Van Nuys Orange Line Station to Sylmar Metrolink Station.  The next meeting is at Pacoima City Hall this Thursday, November 11 at 6 p.m.  Pacoima residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to ask questions and provide Metro with feedback.

What would you like?  A tram, train, or bus line?

Un tren ligero en Pacoima? No falte la reunión con Metro mañana.

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La Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte de Los Ángeles (Metro) está en

La línea en plan pasará por Van Nuys, Panorama City, Arleta, Pacoima, la ciudad de San Fernando, y Sylmar.  Imagen cortesía de Metro.

La línea en plan pasará por Van Nuys, Panorama City, Arleta, Pacoima, la ciudad de San Fernando, y Sylmar. Imagen cortesía de Metro.

planes de añadir una línea de tránsito cual correrá a lo largo de Van Nuys Boulevard y pasar por Pacoima, pero aún no han decidido si será un tranvía, tren ligero, o una línea de autobuses.

Por el momento, Metro está llevando a cabo una serie de reuniones informativas con residentes en las comunidades en cuales la línea va atravesar, desde la estación de Van Nuys de la línea Orange a la estación de Metrolink en Sylmar.   La próxima reunión es en el Ayuntamiento de Pacoima este jueves, 11 de noviembre a la 6 p.m.  Se les anima a los residentes de Pacoima asistir a la reunión para hacer preguntas y proporcionar Metro con retroalimentación.

A usted, ¿Qué le gustaría? ¿Un tranvía, tren o línea de autobús?

Pacoima celebrates its first Día de los Muertos

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo/ El Boletín

Pacoima City Hall was transformed from a sparsely used government building to a community space this weekend as the first Día de los Muertos Festival in Pacoima was celebrated there.    Altars built in memory of community members were decorated with their photos along with candles, photos, and flowers.  Banners hung from the building’s second floor railing and colorful artwork was displayed in almost every corner.  Local organizations sponsored their own altars where they honored their deceased members.  The main, larger altar remembered the community: family, friends, and even pets.

“It’s the first time for many to actually participate in Día de los Muertos, so it’s all new to some of them because they haven’t practiced it in years.  And this is the first one in Pacoima,” said Manny Velazquez, artist and art curator for the event.  He invited 30 artists including local painters Kristy Sandoval and Rah Azul- to collaborate in the event.

Manny Velazquez stands in front of the main altar.  Community members were invited and submitted photos for this altar, which was the largest of them all.

Manny Velazquez stands in front of the main altar. Community members were invited and submitted photos for this altar, which was the largest of them all. Photo by Guadalupe González/ El Boletín

In the past, Pacoima residents had to travel to San Fernando, Canoga Park, Hollywood, or other parts of Los Angeles to enjoy Día de los Muertos festivities.

“But now, this is one where you can actually cross the street and drop off a picture, and that’s what we did.  We made it ultra big to allow them to come and drop off a picture,” Velazquez said.

Forty local organizations and dozens of parent and youth volunteers participated in putting on the three-day event.  The celebrations started October 31 with a Halloween festival that included free candy and movie screening and ended yesterday with the final viewing of the altars.

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes hosted the event as an effort to revitalize the Van Nuys Boulevard corridor, where Pacoima City Hall is located, and to celebrate the community.

“It’s precisely what this building was designed for,” he said.  

Up until recently, the city hall building was unoccupied since it was finished in 2009 because of leasing complications, said Fuentes.  Now the five suite building houses Pacoima Beautiful, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Community Relations office, and Fuentes’ field office.  But he wants the location to be more than just a place for residents to  submit their complaints.

“In addition, to us trying to solve people’s city problems, it’s also a place that should bring together sort of people to celebrate what it is to be a member of this community.  And that’s what we are trying to do this weekend.”

Director of the Parent Center at Pacoima Charter School Eva Torres sits next to the altar she built in honor of Marsha Finch and Mr. Snader, two Pacoima Charter teachers who recently died of cancer.

Director of the Parent Center at Pacoima Charter School Eva Torres sits next to the altar she built in honor of Marsha Finch and Mr. Snader, two Pacoima Charter teachers who recently died of cancer. Photo by Guadalupe González/ El Boletín

Snacks and coffee were provided, and nothing was sold to avoid commercializing the event, said a volunteer.  Not even those coveted purple Día de los Muertos shirts provided to volunteers.  There was live musical acts and children were able to do some painting of their own.

Elsa Gonzales, a long-time Pacoima resident, stopped by with her three children after their soccer practice.

“It’s close, and my husband heard about it at Pacoima City Hall and we came by to see if it was still on,” she said.  It was her first Día de los Muertos event she has ever been to, she said, and is looking forward to more community events like this.

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo/ El Boletín

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo/ El Boletín

Eventos en Pacoima para llevar la familia este Halloween

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¿Busca dónde más llevar su familia este Halloween en vez de solo dar vuelta a la manzana?  Este año habrá varios eventos aquí mismo en mero Pacoima.  Lo mejor es que todos los eventos son gratis, familiares, y suficiente cerca para ir caminando.   Entonces agarre su su duende y dama, el costal para los dulces, y unas lámparas para la noche y pase por estos eventos en su barrio!

1.  Heroes of Life

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Imagen cortesía de Heroes of Life.

Heroes of Life (Héroes de la Vida), una organización juvenil que se centra en la música, el arte y la cultura, está teniendo un evento de todo el día para todos los padres, abuelos y niños en la ubicación en el Centro Comunitario de Pacoima.  Su familia puede comprobar su salud en la feria de la salud que se llevará acabo desde el mediodía hasta las 4 pm.  Luego pueden engullir un montón de caramelos del “trunk-or-treat” de 6-7:30 p.m., donde coches decorados se alinearán en el estacionamiento y los niños podrán ir “trunk-or-treating” (o sea, tronco-o-trato) de maletero a maletero de los coches. También habrá un concurso del coche mejor decorado.  Disfrute el resto de la noche con el concierto de 1 Love (Un amor) y apoye a sus jóvenes artistas mediante la compra de sus artefactos que se venderán en el evento. Recuerde llevar su disfraz y participe en el concurso de disfraces! Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd., 12-9 p.m.  

2.  Parques y recreación 

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek.

Dos parques pacoimeros- David M. Gonzales (3-7 pm) y Ritchie Valens (5-8 pm)- estarán facilitando festividades de Halloween en sus zonas de recreo. Ambos parques tendrán juegos, premios, pintura de la cara, aperitivos, y un concurso de disfraces. Seguro que va a ser divertido para los más pequeños, y lleve a los más mayores, porque de cualquier parque puede llegar a pie a las festividades en el Ayuntamiento de Pacoima (Pacoima City Hall). Y si va “trick-or-treating” de un parque al ayuntamiento puede pedir montones de dulces! David M. Gonzales Recreation Center, 10943 Herrick Ave., 3-7 p.m./  Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park, 10731 Laurel Canyon Blvd., 5-8 p.m.  

3.  Ayuntamiento de Pacoima

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Imagen cortesía de la oficina del Concejal Felipe Fuentes.

El Ayuntamiento de Pacoima va a regalar algo más que dulces: perros calientes, agua, y palomitas también serán delicias gratuitas. Los niños podrán pedir más dulces en el “trunk-or-treat” y ganar premios si entran en el concurso de disfraces.  Y guarde unas palomitas para disfrutar durante la película.   La proyección de Hotel Transylvania se mostrará a las 7 de la tarde y cerrará la noche. Así que asista los eventos en de Héroes de la Vida, a continuación, gire al parque más cercano a usted, y por último vaya “trick-or-treating” en su camino al ayuntamiento. Esa es la mejor manera de celebrar Halloween en comunidad. Y no se olvide asistir al festival de Día de los Muertos los siguientes días en el mismo ayuntamiento. Más detalles vendrán muy pronto de su Boletín de Pacoima! Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd., 6-9 p.m. 

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Where to take your family this Halloween in Pacoima

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Looking for places other than a walk around the block to take your kids this Halloween?  This year there are a few events happening right in the middle of Pacoima.  The best part is that they are free, family oriented, and all walking distance!  So grab your ghouls and ghosts, their candy sacks, and a flashlight (to be safe at night) and stop by these events in your neighborhood!

1.  Heroes of Life

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Image courtesy of Heroes of Life.

Heroes of Life, a youth organization that focuses on music, art, and culture, is having an all day event at their location in the Pacoima Community Center for all parents, grandparents, and children.  Your family can check up on their health at the health fair from noon to 4 p.m., then gobble up a bunch of safe candy from the trunk-or-treat from 6-7:30 p.m.  Decorated cars will line the parking lot and kids can go “trunk-or-treating” from car trunk to car trunk.  There will also be contest on which car is decorated best.  Enjoy the rest of the evening with the 1 Love Concert and support your local youth artists by purchasing their artifacts that will be sold at the event.  Remember to wear your costume and enter the costume contest! Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd., 12-9 p.m.

2.  Parks and Recreation

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek.

Two Pacoima parks are facilitating Halloween festivities in their recreation area: David M. Gonzales Park (3-7 p.m.) and Ritchie Valens Park (5-8 p.m.).  Both parks will have games, prizes, face painting, snacks, and a costume contest.  It sure will be fun for the youngest ones, and bring the older ones as well because from either park (whichever is closest to your home) you can take a walk to the festivities at Pacoima City Hall.  And if you trick-and-treat on your way there = more candy! David M. Gonzales Recreation Center, 10943 Herrick Ave., 3-7 p.m./  Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park, 10731 Laurel Canyon Blvd., 5-8 p.m.  

3.  Pacoima City Hall

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Image courtesy of Councilmember Felipe Fuentes’ office.

Pacoima’s City Hall is going to  be giving away more than just candy: free hot dogs, water, and popcorn will also be a treat.  Kids can collect more candy at the “trunk-or-treat” and win more prizes if they enter the costume contest.  Save some popcorn for the movie! The screening of Hotel Transylvania will be shown at 7 p.m. and will close the evening.  So attend the events at Heroes of Life, then swing the park closest to you, and finally trick-or-treat on your way to Pacoima City Hall.   That’s the best way to celebrate Halloween in community.  And don’t forget to attend Día de los Muertos festival the following days at Pacoima City Hall.  More details from El Boletín de Pacoima coming soon!  Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd., 6-9 p.m. 

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