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LTSCene - December 2016

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Child's Play

This #GivingTuesday, help LTSC’s Angelina Preschool* raise $3,000 so we can restock our three classroom play areas. New make-believe props, water and sand tables, and new sports equipment will help our preschoolers learn and get ready for kindergarten.

More than 1,000 preschoolers have graduated from Angelina Preschool over the years and our play areas are showing their age. New toys will refresh and revitalize playtime.

Help up raise $3,000 so Juan can cook up some new breakfast treats in the kitchen!

*Angelina Preschool is free for low-income families and is located in Echo Park.

Click to Support LTSC’s Angelina Preschool

Dean Matsubayashi
Executive Director Dean Matsubayashi

LTSC’s Post-Election Statement

LTSC’s Board of Directors and Executive Management team are committed to continuing to serve those in need and standing up for our communities. At a post-election community forum held in Little Tokyo on Sunday, November 13, Executive Director Dean Matsubayashi made the following statement:

Post-Election Statement

Connect Dream Los Angeles, by Sandra Low

An Angel for LTSC

California Community Foundation presented the “We Are Los Angeles” public art exhibit this month to celebrate its 100 years of service to Los Angeles County. CCF commissioned artists to create art that explores the issues facing our region. These angel sculptures represent the collective diversity and strength of Los Angeles.

LTSC would like to thank CCF Board Member Meloni Hallock for generously sponsoring an angel and donating it to us. We are very happy to have this angel watch over us.

JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase

LTSC recently received a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. that will support LTSC’s Affordable Housing Collaborative.

LTSC’s Affordable Housing Collaborative works with other community organizations to help them build affordable housing in their neighborhoods for their residents. The Collaborative has a strong track record and has partnered with over 15 community-based organizations to build 950 units of affordable housing.

The Collaborative is currently working on 7 projects that will create 600 units of affordable rental housing in several Los Angeles neighborhoods.

LTSC wishes to thank JPMorgan Chase for its continuing support of our efforts to build affordable housing throughout Los Angeles.

Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day

Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day

Saturday, November 5 was Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day. The Little Tokyo community came together to remember Nancy with a community clean up day called “Little Tokyo Sparkle.” Over 300 people participated in trash pick up, graffiti removal, sidewalk scraping and washing, and window washing. Thank you to all the volunteers who make Little Tokyo sparkle!

Film Screening at Takachizu

Film Screening at Takachizu

Visual Communications will present “Community Treasures, Then and Then” at Takachizu (249 S. Los Angeles St.) on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. This screening will feature two silent films from Visual Communications’ Moving Image Archive that focus on Little Tokyo community life and its people. Hosted by former Visual Communications board member and current LTSC board member Alan Nishio (other guest hosts to be announced), the screening will include interactive voiceover/commentary and related “memory” activities.

“Little Tokyo 1930s Home Movie” (United States, 1934-1942, Dir.: Akira Kawasaki) is a home movie of pre-World War II Los Angeles, including the Little Tokyo neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Harbor.

“Downtown L.A. Community Health Day” (United States, 1971, Dir.: Unknown) features footage of the first community health day held for residents in the Downtown Los Angeles area, specifically Weller Court in Little Tokyo.

Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace

Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace

The 2nd Annual Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace will take place December 3-4. Enjoy a weekend full of live entertainment, interactive workshops, demonstrations, guided tours, unique gift items, and special deals at Little Tokyo’s one-of-a-kind shops. Sample the neighborhood’s authentic cuisines, discover quality gifts only found in Little Tokyo and make new holiday memories with friends and family.

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12/2 – Visual Communications film screening at Takachizu
12/3 – Little Tokyo Historical Society "Show & Tell" at Takachizu
12/3 – Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace
12/18 – #MyFSN Poster Contest Winners Reception at Far East Lounge

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Green Tip

Shine Brighter this Holiday Season!

​Unplug your old, outdated, energy-guzzling (and potentially unsafe) lights and upgrade to cooler, longer-lasting LEDs.

Thank you to all our supporters for your contributions last month!

November Donors
Jennie & Arthur Hasegawa
Takahiro Ide
Jessica Kanai
Mark Kawauchi
June & Gary Masada
Kathy & Mark Masaoka
Teresa & Robert Matsushima
Terri & Dave Mitani & Family
Erica Namba
Jean & Richard Nishimoto
John Okita & Michiko Yamamoto
Denise & Ryan Onishi
Mable & Frank Takenaka
Stacey Tanaka
Keith Umemoto
Louise Wada
Gerald Yee

In Memory of Kayoko Shoda Ishida
Patricia Ishida-Witscher

In Memory of David Miyashita

In Memory of Hideko and Hiroshi Ota of Yonkers, NY

In Memory of Judy Nishimoto Aguilara Ota
Ruth & Paul Kadota

In Memory of Jeannette Kyoko Sanderson
Emily & Dan Weaver

In Memory of Chor Chai Tan
Marie Tan and Gregory Tan

In Memory of Mrs. Wong
Suzy Katsuda

#GivingTuesday 2016
William Alvarez
Maria Cabildo
Hope Fang
Minako & Robert Ferrante
Marianne Hane
Lloyd Kajikawa & Silvina Rubinstein
Yoko Kawaguchi
Jenni Kuida & Tony Osumi
Kathy & Mark Masaoka
Diana & Yoshi Matsushima
Mari Nakano
Yvonne & Alan Nishio
Brandon Okita & Erin Matsushita
John Okita & Michiko Yamamoto
Julia Tani
Jill Tsutsui
Vivien & Mark Usui
Naomi Uyeda

Budokan of Los Angeles Donations
Akemi Arakaki
Janet Hasegawa & Cliff Chu
Scott Ito & Nan Lee
Kimberly Kawasaki
Gene Matsushita
Fred Morisaki
Mike Murase & June Hibino
Yuriko Shikai
Stephen Suzuki
Bill Watanabe
Gideon Young

Vehicle Donations
Jun Kohashikawa
Akira Okuda
Brian Scotti
Katsumi Somenaka
Marsha & Gary Watanabe

In-kind Donations
Leyanys Escobar
Marsha & Gary Watanabe
Linda Yokoyama

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