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Get Out: Be the Cause, Women's Fest, Big Day for Bicycles

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Art for a Cause
Be the Cause, a not-for-profit community service organization, is hosting an evening of education, expression and inspiration through a three-part event including speakers from various international relief organizations, interactive audience art projects to initiate dialogue within our community and performances by local Los Angeles musicians. It's called "Compassion and Expression: Art for Peace." Tonight you can use your creative juices to make cards for hospitalized civilians in Gaza--so bring some supplies to use and share. You'll hear speakers discussing issues, and live music from local performers. It's happening from 5-9 tonight at Chuco’s Justice Center (1137 East Redondo Blvd., Inglewood), and there's a suggested donation of $10. RSVP on the Be the Cause site.

Women's Festival
Thanks to the combined efforts of The City of Los Angeles Status on the Commission of Women, Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson Jr., Assemblymember Curren Price Jr.,actress Tichina Arnold, TV Personality Mother Love, Miss California Latina Nancy Pelayo, Inspirational Speaker Jewel Diamond Taylor, and others, today is the inaugural Women's Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jim Gilliam Recreational Park (4000 s. La Brea Avenue). Themed, “Women of Resilience,” the festival will focus exclusively on wellness of women and girls in the Los Angeles area. Events include a tennis clinic hosted by the Venus and Serena Williams Tennis Academy’s Coach LeGeorge Mauldin featuring local journalist and activist Jasmyne Cannick, free health screenings, motivational talks, healthy cooking demonstrations, a clothing drive for women, fitness clinic, make-overs, financial literacy workshop, raffles, and a free lunch for all attendees. The entire event is free and women and girls of all ages are encouraged to attend.

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Big Day for Bicycles!
Lance Armstrong is taking a few (hundred) of his friends for a bike ride through the streets of Los Angeles as part of his "Nike and Livestrong: Hope Rides Again" event today. That means Rodney Dr., between Maubert Ave. and Sunset Blvd., will be closed from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunset Blvd., between Vermont Ave. and Vine St., will be closed from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. North and South Hollywood (101) Freeway offramps at Sunset Blvd. will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Armstrong will be joined by City Councilmember Tom LaBonge for the ride, happening at 5:30, departing from Children's Hospital. It was a pre-registration event for riders, but if you want to see the action, head down to the area.

More for bike enthusiasts: Today is the free all-day LA Bike Summit, which will include workshops and panels including ones with local bloggers of note such as Damien Newton at Streetsblog LA and Siel at Green LA Girl.

Art Openings
Two art events of note tonight. FIrst, Regen Projects welcomes to their Regen Projects II gallery on Santa Monica Blvd an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles based artist Elliott Hundley. This exhibition, the artist's first solo show at the gallery, will feature new sculptures and a group of new lightbox photographs. Elliott Hundley's sculptures provide a multi-faceted and profound journey into history, mythology, and contemporary culture. Opening reception: 6-8 p.m. tonight. Also tonight, "Exaltation of the Insignificants: A Celebration of Life's Simple Blessings" opens at Terra Galleria in Santa Monica. This is a spring group exhibit that showcases the works of eight artists who come together from different backgrounds, expressing their humanist concerns with their unique styles, cultural and religious flavors. Opening reception: 5-9 p.m.

If You Can Do, Go Shopping
One of our favorite spots is having a sale today, so if you can spare the bucks at sale prices, support local businesses. Jane Does John Doe Boutique is offering all Fall/Winter 30-70% off 12noon-7pm. And although it's not on sale, you can shop (or window shop) and Heath Ceramics, and see a new collection of work by Roger Herman on display at the store.

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