The week ahead

A look at upcoming events:


Teacher awards: The Los Angeles County Office of Education will announce its teacher of the year awards.



Power plant protest: Residents from several southeast cities plan to gather at Rosewood Park in Commerce for a candlelight vigil to protest a proposed Vernon power plant.


Public art: Long Beach launches ArtPEACE, an eight-month campaign to promote cultural exchanges and peace through the visual arts.



Drug abuse: The California Science Center hosts an exhibit about illegal drug use from societal, healthcare and law enforcement perspectives.


Hospital opening: The public is invited for tours at the community grand opening of the new Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Art festival: Street painters will create art in real time during a festival along Main Street in Old Town Newhall.


Ask a reporter

My pet is not neutered yet, and the new city law requiring neutering of most cats and dogs goes into effect in two days. What should I do?

Aside from making an appointment with your own veterinarian, there are numerous options. You can call 1-800-Spay4LA for the various spay-neuter clinic locations coordinated by L.A. Animal Services. Or you can read about options on www.laanimal


There are two mobile clinics that offer the services. The Sam Simon Foundation’s Spay Mobile can be found at various locations daily. This week, it will be at the Food 4 Less store at 16530 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Call 1-888-DOG-SPAY for an appointment.

The Amanda Foundation’s Mobile Clinic will be in the Rite Aid parking lot at 1433 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park, today. Call 1-888-FIX-PETT.

L.A. Animal Service’s South L.A. shelter offers clinic services. The address is 3612 11th Ave. Call 323-766-8185 for an appointment.

There will also be a free Spay Day L.A. event Oct. 24-26 at several veterinary clinics and mobile units. Go to

index.html to see locations and make an appointment.

What if you are caught with an unaltered animal? An animal control officer will issue a warning that gives you 60 days to comply by getting your animal fixed.

-- Carla Hall