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Famed Red Diamond Returns to Natural History Museum

The “Kazanjian Red” drew thousands of visitors when it first appeared at the Museum last October. It left four months later, stopping in Carlsbad, California where it was scrutinized by gem experts at the Gemological Institute of America. Now the diamond has returned for a second engagement in the Museum’s Gem and Mineral Hall. It will be on view from April 6 to May 29, 2009.

Though there are many diamonds with a pink hue, true blood-red diamonds are the rarest of gems — only three large stones are known to exist. And of that trio, none has as fascinating and exciting history as the Kazanjian Red.

Read more about the Kazanjian Red.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Boulevard. The Museum is open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $6.50 for students and seniors; and $2 for children 5-12. For 24-hour Museum information please call (213) 763-DINO or visit www.nhm.org.

EARTH DAY: National Conversation On Climate Action

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The Economy. Climate Change. Jobs. Energy. These are issues that define our future. Have an opinion about them? Want to better understand how they’re related? So do millions of others. On Earth Day, everyone will have a chance to learn, speak and act. Los Angeles County was one of just ten communities specially selected out of hundreds of cities and counties all over the U.S. to host a Spotlight Conversation on Climate Action. Please join us on Earth Day, April 22, 2009 at:

Metro Headquarters
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90012

Registration and much more information about the event here.

Food Desert to Food Oasis Symposium

“Food Desert to Food Oasis” is a symposium to revitalize South Los Angeles through grocery store and business development to be held April 8-9 at The California Endowment, Center for Healthy Communities.

The Symposium will stimulate dialogue among government, private investment, grocery store retailers, developers and community-based organizations to find tangible solutions to attract grocery stores and other businesses to South Los Angeles.

Learn more here (PDF)

RSVP here

President Obama Hosting L.A. Townhall On Thursday

President Barack Obama will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 19th at Downtown’s Miguel Contreras Learning Complex located at 322 S. Lucas Avenue. Visit the White House website to sign up for a chance to win a ticket to the 1 PM event via an online lottery. The lottery closes at noon tomorrow.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Fair Saturday

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is co-sponsoring a free foreclosure prevention fair on Saturday, March 7, 2009 with Los Angeles County NeighborWorks. Confidential foreclosure counseling will begin at 9 AM and continue until 1 PM at El Camino College Compton Center (Campus Gym), 1111 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90221.

HUD certified counselors, lenders and legal professionals will all be on hand to assist you for FREE. Please come prepared by bringing your mortgage statement and monthly statement.

For more information please contact 888-895-2647 or counseling@lanhs.org.