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Eastside Guide: Want to finally learn how to play the piano?

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The Eastside Guide Business Directory is designed to help readers find the services and products they need. You can now find the personal piano instruction under the Arts, Crafts & Music instruction section. Want your business included in the directory? Click for details The businesses and ... Read More »

Congresswoman opposes East L.A. light rail to close 710 Freeway gap; Atwater council seeks candidates

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MORNING REPORT: Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard has come out against a proposed light rail line through East L.A. as an option to close the 710 Freeway gap, calling it an example of "environmental racism" .... The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council is seeking candidates to fill a board seat representing North Atwater .... Sign up for The Eastsider Email Digest for a daily dose of scenes, sightings and stories.

Eagle Rock home sells for $250k over asking; El Sereno 4-bedroom sells for $440k & more

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Eagle Rock is one of the most competitive real estate markets on the Eastside, and we've got a recent home sale to prove it. A Spanish-style home on Hill Drive sold for $950,000 - $250,000 over the original asking price If you are priced out of Eagle Rock, check out the remodeled 4-bedroom, 2-bath home that sold in El Sereno for a relatively modest $440,000. Meanwhile, in Glassell Park, a two-level California bungalow with exposed wood beams sold for $721,000.

Close Encounters of the Echo Park Kind: Artist connects with community while making a mural

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ECHO PARK -- Skateboarders. Grandmothers. Musicians. They have all stopped by as artist Katrina Alexy has spent the past five months transforming a 40-foot long cinderblock wall next to a public parking lot into whimsical mosaic artwork. She could have completed the bulk of the work more quickly in her Highland Park studio – but what fun is that compared to the countless encounters she had with the people from all corners of Echo Park?

I’ll meet you at Tom LaBonge Square

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LOS FELIZ -- Only a few days before termed-out District 4 Councilman Tom LaBonge leaves office, some fellow council members want to give him a going away present: Tom LaBonge Square. The intersection of Tracy and St. George streets near John Marhsall High - LaBonge's alma mater - would be named in his honor under a council motion presented by Councilman Mitch O'Farrell.

It’s the end of the road for Video Journeys

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LOS FELIZ -- From her second-floor shop on the border of Los Feliz and Silver Lake, Hayley Nahmias of Video Journeys has watched former rivals down on Hyperion Avenue close over the years: Blockbuster. Video Active. Video Hut. Now it's Nahmias' turn to hold a going out of business sale. After more than three decades in business, Video Journeys is closing at the end of July.

How noisy is your neighborhood? A Silver Lake mathematician might have your answer

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Brendan Farrell and his wife were apartment hunting in Los Angeles a year ago. Although it was relatively easy to research crime and walkability statistics for L.A. neighborhoods, Farrell realized there was no way to determine just how noisy a neighborhood could be. So Brendan, an applied mathematician and former instructor at CalTech who lives in Silver Lake, applied his skills and expertise to the development of HowLoud.

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