Monday, October 20, 2014

Runyon Canyon Hike

On October 18th, 2014, Aluisio led a group of 12 LSI students from Downtown LA and their friends on a hike through Runyon Canyon Park.
We met at LSI around 2pm, took the red line metro at Wilshire/Vermont and got off at the Hollywood/Highland station. From there, we walked to Runyon Canyon Park (2001 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046).
The park is located in the far east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, just west of the Hollywood Sign and with amazing views of the Los Angeles landscape, the Hollywood Hills and Mulholland Drive. We hiked up and down both east and west hills on the Canyon.
I often go there on my own as the Park is at a walking distance from my place. It was the students’ (and their friends’) first time there. We all had a great time, and plan on going back. @LSILA
          By Aluisio Leite 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Universal Studios

      "We went to Universal Studios on September 22, 2014. It was very fun and we took all the rides because it was Monday. Jason was very nice. I lost something important when we took the King Kong ride and he helped me find it."  
Lin, Shu-Yu @LSINE

   "What a wonderful day in Universal Studios. Jason took us to try all the facilities. I have been there many times, but I still feel happy because we all had a good time and a different experience together."
Wu, Po-Yi (Level 5) @LSINE

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood!

 October 7th, 2014 at the Hotel Café in Hollywood, CA

Last Tuesday night, LSI Downtown students ventured to one of Hollywood’s premier music venues – #TheHotelCafé. Despite the name, it is neither a hotel nor a café, but instead a restaurant and bar which features some of LA’s top talent playing in a comfortable, ambient lounge setting. On this particular evening, the LSI students came to the Hotel Café to hear the musical stylings of Smithfield Bargain, an LA-based jazz-folk band, as well as the music of funk/soul songstress Melissa Polinar and Portland, OR orchestral band "The Wrecking Yard." Situated in one of Hollywood’s best walkable areas near Cahuenga and Hollywood Blvd, it’s easy to find something to suit your fancy.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Trick or treat

Halloween is a holiday that Americans celebrate every year on October 31st. It is an ancient pagan holiday that started in Ireland. The ‘een’ in Halloween comes from evening. This is because centuries ago it was an evening when people spoke with the ghosts of their family and friends! 

Today it is a fun, exciting holiday when people carve pumpkins, dress up in costumes and visit people’s homes, and say ‘trick or treat!’ to get some candy! 

Another fun Halloween activity is the LSI Halloween party that we have every year. Here, you and your friends can play games, carve a pumpkin, eat candy and practice English vocabulary words like “haunted”, “jack o “lantern” and “spooky”! You may even be the winner of the LSI best costume contest!

Taken from our monthly e-Newsletter  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary arrived in Long Beach on December 9, 1967. It is now a floating hotel, event and wedding location, and the home to 3 world class restaurants. 

The Queen Mary had her first trip on May 27, 1936. With swimming pools, 5 dining areas, cocktail bars, a grand ballroom, and even a small hospital, this luxury ship carried the rich and famous from Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable to dignitaries like Winston Churchill.

By 1965, air travel had become a more popular way to travel and The Queen Mary had lost a lot of business. The owners then decided to retire the ship. Its last cruise ended in Long Beach, where it now stays. 

Because of its long history, many people claim that The Queen Mary is haunted, meaning that many ghosts live there. Guests of the hotel are sometimes scared by strange sights and sounds. During Halloween, The Queen Mary hosts the "Dark Harbor" event. It's a fun and scary way to experience this great place.

Taken from our monthly e-Newsletter  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Serious Drought in California

Have you seen this billboard on the freeway? 

How many times have you left the water running down the sink? Have you ever thrown away water that you didn't want to drink or use anymore? 

It is time to take action and start thinking about what we can do in our daily routine that can help save water, protect our threatened animals and plants, and make everybody aware of this issue.  @LSILA @LSINE @LSIOC @LSISB
By Cristina Gonzalez