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Pencil This In: Night Hiking, Fr. Greg Boyle at Vroman's, Celebrating Sam Adams and Spring at the Farmers Market

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Farmers Market clock tower | Photo by M.V. Jantzen via LAist's flickr pool.

Farmers Market clock tower | Photo by M.V. Jantzen via LAist's flickr pool.
There's an organized night hike of Upper Las Virgenes Canyon tonight at 6:30 pm sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The "Trail to the Stars" is a two-hour moderate 1/2-mile hike. Meet at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead. The hike is free, but parking is $3. (Oh and leave Fido at home. No dogs allowed on the group hike.)

Hollywood Curling expands to the Santa Clarita Valley for three learn-to-curl workshops at the Ice Station in Valencia tonight. Registration begins at 7 pm, prep talk begins at 7:30 pm and on-ice learning runs from 8-10 pm. If you watched curling in the Olympics recently and became enthralled with the sweeping and "rock" throwing, and said to yourself, "I can do that..." Now's your chance. If you can't make tonight's open house, there are others on March 27 and April 10. $15. Ages 8 and up. Pre-register at with the subject "Valencia Curling." Wear layers, rubber-soled shoes and gloves. Helmets are recommended for children.

Tonight at 7 pm, Vroman's welcomes Father Greg Boyle as he discusses and signs his book Tattoos on the Heart. Father Boyle was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1982, and moved to Boyle Heights in 1986 to become the pastor of Dolores Mission. Two years after coming to Boyle Heights, he founded an organization that would eventually become Homeboy Industries--the outstanding nonprofit that provides at-risk youth and former gang members with job experience and alternative pathways to gang life. "Father Boyle draws on his 20+ years of stories and experiences in Tattoos on the Heart, telling the stories of LA’s gangs with unmatched love and compassion."

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There's an (E.P.I.C.) Echo Park Independent Co-Op grand opening party and Post-It Note art show to benefit Million Trees LA tonight from 7-10 pm. There will be food trucks, music and Jett Vodka to help the festivities. The concept as a retail store is to carry all Los Angeles only brands, focusing on up and coming L.A. fashion designers, art, music and other local goods. Proceeds from sales of items in the store and from the art show will help Million Trees LA plant more trees throughout the city. The new co-op is located at 1712 W. Sunset Blvd. (in the Jensen's Recreation Center) in Echo Park.

The beer and wine bars of the Original Farmers Market on Fairfax are celebrating Spring with Sam Adams. March marks the 25th anniversary of Samuel Adams Boston Beer Company. Today, the Farmers Market bars 326 and EB’s will be serving pints of Boston Beer, including Sam Lager, Noble Pils and the brand new Coastal Wheat, at 1984 prices. From 6 pm on, DJ Todd B will be spinning 80s tunes on the West Patio. (And here's a heads up: Happy hour at the Farmers Market is from 5-7:30 pm daily. Pints are 50 cents off, pitchers are $1.50 off for draft beers.

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