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LTSCene - June 2015

June 2015 LTSCene

From Tofu to Sake, ArtPlace Finalist, 2014 Annual Report & More!
June 2015 LTSCene
Every month we will feature milestones in LTSC’s 35-year history
From LA Tofu Festival...
LTSC held its first LA Tofu Festival in 1996 as a way to bring people back to Little Tokyo. It had a great run of 12 years with thousands of people enjoying a lot of tofu.
Tofu Festival History →
Sake on the Rocks logo
...To Sake & Food Tasting
LTSC’s 9th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event “Sake on the Rocks” will be held on July 24, 2015 at the JACCC in Little Tokyo.  Buy your tickets today!
Sake on the Rocks →
LTSC Finalist for ArtPlace Program
ArtPlace America announced LTSC as one of 21 finalist organizations that has been selected from a pool of 261 applications to participate in the ArtPlace Community Development Investments program. Six organizations will be chosen from the finalists in August 2015 to receive funds. This is a one-time program that will support place-based organizations with a primary mission of community planning and development to incorporate arts and cultural strategies into their work. The program will provide each organization up to $3 million in grant funding over three years. LTSC is honored to be recognized by ArtPlace and is proud to be a finalist in this process.
Historic Trees of Little Tokyo
Join the JACCC in the celebration of Historic Trees in Little Tokyo. These trees have stood as pillars of the Little Tokyo community for over 130 years, making them the longest standing entities in the area. Each “art happening” will include Kado, Sado, and Shodo (Ikebana, Tea, and Calligraphy) celebrating the longevity and sustainable livelihood of these trees.
Aoyama Tree
Sunday, June 7, 2015 (1:00-3:00 pm)
Tateuchi Democracy Center 
(behind the building)
360 E. First St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Grapefruit Tree #2
Saturday, June 20, 2015 (1:00-3:00 pm)
San Pedro Firm Building
(entrance through parking lot)
112 Judge John Aiso St. Los Angeles, CA
 Pictured above: Ikebana on Grapefruit Tree #1 in the JACCC plaza
Asian Small Business Expo
Come to the 16th Annual Asian Small Business Expo, "Ingredients for Success", hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program.

Saturday, September 19, 2015
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Almansor Court Conference Center
700 S. Almansor St. Alhambra, CA 91801

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with small businesses and tap into a network of entrepreneurs, service providers, financial organizations, franchises and governmental and legislative representatives.

FREE admission. FREE parking, FREE workshops, meet exhibitors, networking and so much more!

Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Pre-Register at http://apisbpexpo2015.eventbrite.com.
APISBP Business of the Year
API Small Business Program WBC client, Annie Choi of Found Coffee, receives “Business of the Year” Award at City of L.A. & SBA’s Small Business Recognition Ceremony on May 4. Found Coffee is a neighborhood specialty coffee shop in Eagle Rock.

Left to right: Ron Fong, API SBP Director, Annie Choi, Found Coffee, Frank Aguirre, City of L.A. Business Development Specialist
LTSC Volunteer Honored
LTSC's dedicated volunteer, Junko Ashida, was honored on May 21 by the LA County Board of Supervisors for the 50th Annual Older Americans Day celebration at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Ashida-san (aka Ashida-sensei) is a retired principal of a Japanese language school. Since her retirement, she has used her skills to serve those who are distressed due to language and cultural barriers. Ashida-san has been a dedicated volunteer for Nikkei Helpline, a bilingual hotline for people to talk anonymously about their problems and receive support. She also visits several socially isolated Japanese-speaking seniors from Little Tokyo to Baldwin Park every week as part of the Nikkei Tomodachi Program. Once a week, she answers calls and helps direct walk-in clients of all ethnicities at the reception desk at LTSC's main office.

Whether it’s proofreading the Social Services Department's bilingual newsletter, offering lunchtime classes to improve Japanese language skills, or role-playing for our training activities, Ashida-san is always willing to help LTSC staff and volunteers to better serve the community.
LTSC's 2014 Annual Report
LTSC's 2014 Annual Report is available online.
2014 Annual Report →
Support BoLA at Paper Yacht Challenge
Join Psomas on June 25 in Downtown LA for this fun community event where ingenuity, enthusiasm, paper, water, and wind will combine to raise money for a wonderful cause. Along with the race, participants compete in a nautical costume contest, enjoy live entertainment, eat tasty treats from local participating restaurants (Pink’s Hot Dog, Border Grill, Ben & Jerry’s), and bid on silent auction items. All of the money raised will benefit BoLA.
Paper Yacht Challenge →
MoneySmart for Small Businesses
MoneySmart for Small Businesses, A Financial Education Program is an introductory 10-hour course for start-up business owners with fewer than 2 years' track record, self-employed individuals and/or those who want to explore entrepreneurship. Hosted by API SBP, Cathay Bank, and LA Latino Chamber of Commerce; breakfast, light lunch and course materials provided by Cathay Bank.

July 11 & 18
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Cathay Bank
9650 Flair Dr. 5th Fl.
El Monte, CA  91731

Advance registration required; limited availability. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 323-468-2555 by July 3, 2015.

Registration fee of $20 payable to:
231 E. 3rd. St. # G-106
Los Angeles, CA  90013
Nepal Earthquake Relief
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8M earthquake struck Nepal near the capital of Kathmandu. On May 12, 2015 a second 7.3M earthquake struck. The death toll has climbed above 6,000 with many more injured and hundreds of thousands having been displaced.

While headlines about the earthquake have faded from the media, the long struggle to recover continues and the needs there are monumental. We encourage all of our supporters to consider opening your hearts and wallets to help those who have faced such an extraordinary disaster.

Some organizations that are widely endorsed for efficiently and effectively providing relief:
America Nepal Medical Foundation
CARE Save the Chldren
May Donors
Thank you for your support!
Dennis Arguelles
James Chapman
Sadako Gee
Jennie & Arthur Hasegawa
Toyomi Hirabayashi
Dean Hiraga
Takahiro Ide
Mark Kawauchi
Dawn & Alan Kita
June & Gary Masada
Teresa & Robert Matsushima
Natalie Nakatani
Hit Ohara
Shirley Oka
Dean Okamura
Kitty Sankey
Sheryl & Motohiro Shimizu
Mable & Frank Takenaka
Stacey Tanaka
Toyota Motor Sales
Keith Umemoto
Emily & Dan Weaver
Allyne Winderman & Glenn Wasserman
Nora & Norman Yamauchi
Paul Yokoyama

Kansha Fund
Linda & John McDonnell

In Memory of Nancy Kikuchi
Chiharu Kurosawa

In-kind Donations
Buzy Q’s Quilts for Charity
Shelter Partnership
Marsha & Gary Watanabe

Vehicle Donations
Jean & Monte Furuya
Jun Hori
Joanna Kwong
Amy Phillips
Mark Uyehara
Marsha & Gary Watanabe
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