Thursday, December 5, 2013
Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Event. The topic for the December 7 event is ‘Attack on Pearl Harbor', featuring the Japanese Imperial Navy Aichi D3A "Val" (movie conversion) and the D4Y3 "Judy" Suisei Yokosuka dive bombers. Dan King is our featured speaker - King is the author of "The Last Zero Fighter" and will be followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The D4Y3 "Judy" will start up and taxi. The Va...l will be on display and fly at noon. The Membership Sponsored Raffle Flight will be announced at 12:00 pm.
WHO: Dan King. author of "The Last Zero Fighter" will be our guest speaker for this event. King will be talking to us about the attack on Pearl Harbor and later signing his books. Dan is a WWII Pacific war historian who reads, write and speak Japanese. After earning his degree in Japanese language he spent 15 years working for Toyota, 10 years of which were in Japan which provided him a valuable and rare look into a world often closed to outsiders.
After returning to the US he worked on several dozen movies and historical documentaries as a technical advisor, historical & language consultant and re-enactment coordinator. His passion for the subject of the war in the Pacific has led him to seek out over 250 Japanese WWII veterans and personally interview 97 of them, in their own language. He has also been interviewed on several radio programs and has spoken to hundreds of people about Japanese aviation. His 2nd book "The Last Zero Fighter" is available on Amazon and Kindle.
His original research with WWII Japanese Army & Navy veterans has inspired him to travel to the far-flung battlefields of the Pacific to study firsthand the localities in which the battles occurred giving him a unique boots-on-the-ground perspective. Learn more about his travels to Iwo Jima, Guam, Okinawa, Guadalcanal, Wake Island, Midway and others on the WWII page.
He is experienced in Japanese culture, translation & interpretation and is available for projects, meetings, and travel. Dan’s expertise is provided through: Japanese-English Translation, Interpretation, Cultural Consulting, Historical Consulting, Japanese Military Technical Consulting, Voice over, ADR (SAG), and SAG since 2001. View his website at www.historicalconsulting.c
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.
WHERE: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 7000 Merrill Avenue #17, Chino, CA 91710
WHY: It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission.
Planes of Fame Air Museum, ‘Where Warbirds Fly and Aviation History Lives’
DOWNTOWN ON ICE HOLIDAY SKATING RINK AT PERSHING SQUARE
CELEBRATES 16TH SEASON AS FAVORITE HAPPENING
Metrolink Riders Receive $1 Discount on Skating SessionCelebrate the holidays at Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square, LA’s biggest outdoor rink with the smallest admission price. As an original Southland tradition and a favorite holiday destination, the community rink is open daily starting November 14, 2013 through January 20, 2014. A partnership with Metrolink allows commuters to receive a $1 skating session discount by showing their valid Metrolink ticket or pass.
DOWNTOWN ON ICE: Pershing Square, at 532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles 90012
HOURS OF OPERATION/ADMISSION:
November 14, 2013 - January 20, 2014
Admission: $8 per person ($7 with Metrolink discount); one-hour skating session. Skate Rental: $2 (figure/hockey)
Purchase tickets at the rink or in advance at: www.pershingsquareicerink.com
Info line: 213.624.4289
Take Metrolink to L.A. Union Station:
Metrolink offers Monday - Friday service on the San Bernardino, Riverside, Antelope Valley, Orange County, Ventura County and 91 Lines to downtown L.A. Union Station. There is Metrolink train service on the weekends from Orange, Antelope Valley and San Bernardino to downtown L.A. For train schedule information, click here.
From L.A. Union Station:
• Follow the signs and walk toward the Metro Red or Purple lines.
• When connecting to Metro Rail, you must tap your ticket at the turnstile or validator for a valid transfer.
• Take Metro Red Line toward North Hollywood or Metro Purple Line toward Wilshire/Western (Trains leave every five minutes; travel time is also 5 minutes)
• Exit at Pershing Square Station.
National Sacher Torte DaySacher Torte, also known as Sachertorte, is a unique type of chocolate cake (or torte) that was invented by Austrian Franz Sacher in 1832. Sacher Torte is one of Vienna’s most famous culinary specialties. This delicious torte is celebrated each year on December 5, National Sacher Torte Day.
Dec 14, 2013 - 15, 2013
Holiday Half MarathonLocation: Fairplex
There's nothing quite like a half marathon to end the year right! The race is scenic, fun and you’ll be greeted at the finish line with a Holiday Finish Line Festival. Check out the Holiday Half Marathon information and registration pages for more info.
Is 13.1 miles too overwhelming? The day before the Holiday Half Marathon, Saturday, December 14, there will be a Holiday 5K Run/Walk, which is one of the best races around! With a great behind-the-scenes tour of Fairplex, you can’t miss this fun event.
On Saturday, December 14, there will also be a FREE 1 Mile Penguin Waddle! Join us on the quest to show kids that running can be fun and rewarding. All finishers get a finishers certificate, and a fun penguin medal to celebrate their accomplishment!
Check our Registration page to sign-up!
Dec 12, 201304:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Souper Bowl FundraiserLocation: Fairplex
Select a one-of-a-kind handmade bowl designed by a CTEC art student and fill your bowl from a selection of delicious soups. $10 includes your handmade bowl and choice of soup. All proceeds benefit the arts programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.
Held at Finish Line Sports Grill
Enter Gate 12 on White Ave.
For more information see our flier at fairplex.com
Social workers are calling for smaller case loads as part of contract negotiations. But the sticking point has become a pay increase.
Los Angeles County officials were preparing today for a possible Thursday strike by social workers, with contract talks hitting a wall.
According to the county, labor negotiators have reached settlements with 21 of 24 union bargaining units, but talks stalled with the remaining units Tuesday night when Service Employees International Union negotiators declared an impasse.
Social workers have been calling for lower caseloads as part of their labor contract. But county spokesman David Sommers said a main sticking point is a dispute over the timing of a pay raise being offered by the county.
The union and county have already agreed on a 6 percent pay boost -- 2 percent in each of the three contract years -- along with bonuses and a boost in county contributions to employee health care costs in 2014 and 2015, Sommers said.
Sommers said the union is calling for one of the 2 percent increases to take effect two months earlier than normal, effectively making the raise retroactive.
"This movement would constitute a form of retroactivity which violates the county's bargaining practices and would be unfair to other county bargaining units who negotiated in good faith and settled their contracts on time," Sommers said.
According to a union letter sent to members and obtained by the Los Angeles Times, union officials said the county is "only offering to provide this 2 percent increase after settlement (of negotiations), thereby screwing SEIU 721 members out of at least two months' salary increase."
SEIU Local 721 represents about 55,000 county workers. The Times, citing anonymous union sources, reported that at least some of the county's 4,000 social workers might walk off the job Thursday for a strike of unknown duration.
Union spokesman Lowell Goodman said this afternoon he could not immediately comment on the possibility of a walkout.
Sommers said county officials were aware of the possibility and recognized workers' right to take part in such a job action. But he noted the workers would not be paid by the county while they are on strike.
"If an employee participated in a work action for just one day, that employee would lose more money in a single day than they would gain if the last 2 percent were given two months earlier, as SEIU is demanding," he said.
Union negotiators have been asking the county to enforce a maximum caseload of 30 children per social worker. To reach that yardstick, they want a commitment from the county to hire 35 social workers each month until 595 new hires are brought on board, Goodman said.
Of the 1,035 Department of Children and Family Services social workers who manage cases, 683 are working with 31 children or more, Goodman said.
DCFS has hired 100 additional social workers who will be carrying full caseloads by January and is in the process of screening 150 more, DCFS director Philip Browning said. Another roughly 100 positions are funded.
The DCFS director estimated that the average caseload per social worker would come down to 29 by January and to the mid-20s by August.
But he also stressed that careful screening and background checks are critical for employees in such sensitive positions and take time.
-- City News Service
One of the programs explores the history of the holiday season
The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium will present a series of programs on the stars and planets, including a special holiday program, this December.
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, a special program for children, will be presented on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. In this program, two children are on the adventure of a lifetime when they build a rocket out of cardboard and go on an exciting journey through the solar system using nothing but an astronomy book, their own imaginations, and the magic of the cardboard rocket.
Star Tales, a show on the stars, constellations, and planets, will run Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Learn the stories behind the heavenly bodies and find out how to view them from your own backyard.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, a special program for preschoolers, will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 13, at 4:30 p.m. In this program, Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon.
Season of Light, the Planetarium’s classic holiday program, will be shown on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Season of Light explores the history of the holiday season and its connection with this astronomically significant time of year. The show examines the astronomical phenomenon of the Christmas Star and the beginnings of the holiday traditions, including decorating, feasting, and the exchanging of gifts.
Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for students, seniors, and children 6-13, and $1 for children 5 and under.
For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets are also available online at https://tickets.mtsac.edu and at the door before each program.
--Mt. San Antonio College