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Nov. 15 – Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension opens to the public

November 13, 2009

MetroGoldLineTrainThe Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension opens to the public on Sunday, November 15 with free rides from one end of the Gold Line to the other.

Sunday festivities will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with dozens of events at stations along the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension.

East L.A. Civic Center Station
Where: Third Street and Civic Center Way (near the East L.A. Public Library)
What: Live performances of Chicano rock, a spectacular farmers’ market, tasty food booths, healthy cooking classes, children’s activities, local artisans and special exhibits from the County Bike Coalition and Metro Bike programs.

Mariachi Plaza Station
Where: First Street and Boyle Avenue
What: The First Annual Boyle Heights Block Party and Mariachi Festival on First Street, between Boyle Avenue and State Street. Two stages of live Mariachi, Latin and contemporary music — including Jahnny Wallz, Domingo Siete, UmoVerde, Dirty Hens and Quito Sol. The bands will play a mix of music inspired by the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa. Mariachi performances will include local and internationally recognized musicians: Mariachi Sol del Mexico, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Mariachi Mexicapan, Mariachi Voz de America, Mariachi Santa Cecelia and Mariachi Conservatory. They will play a mix of mariachi music inspired by the different regions and styles of Mexico. There will also be free giveaways, a free kids corner, art exhibits and lots of food.

Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
Where: Alameda and First streets
What: Live karaoke on stage, delicious cuisine from dozens of nearby restaurants, special family activities and booths representing businesses and organizations from the area.

Union Station
Where: East Portal, Union Station stop on the Metro Gold Line and Metro Red Line, corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Vignes Street
What: A special pre-holiday visit from Santa, who will appear with the Caroling Company, 1 to 1:30 p.m., in anticipation of his first holiday appearance in the 2009 Hollywood Santa Parade on Sunday, Nov. 29. Also at Union Station will be a display from Madame Tussauds Hollywood, as well as bands, guitarists and food booths.

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