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  • Vegan Oktoberfest and Huntington Beach and Chile Relleno festivals

    Vegan Oktoberfest, the world's first vegan version of the annual German funfair is headed to Santa Monica on Oct. 4. From 1 to 6 p.m., there will be a German beer hall featuring live oompah bands, Bavarian maidens and a selection of vegan craft beer. At admission, guests will be given a beer stein with unlimited refills. A special menu of vegan fare will be provided by Los Angeles vegan restaurants, including Sage Organic Bistro. Attendees can expect potato pancakes, cauliflower hot wings, German-style soft pretzels, fried "chickun," "mac n' cheeze," sausage and potato pizzas. General admission tickets are $40, and it's $55 for VIP admission, which includes access to the event an hour early and designated VIP seating. These ticket prices are valid until Aug. 31, then the price for a general ticket will increase to $45, and to $65 for VIP. A portion of the proceeds will go to Expand Animal Rights Now, an organization dedicated to using the legal system to help animals. Tickets can be purchased at www.veganoktoberfest.com. 2600 Barnard Way (Lot 5 South), Santa Monica.
  • Macau casino dealers plan industrial action for first time

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Casino dealers working in some of gambling hub Macau's most popular casinos are set to start industrial action on Saturday for the first time in the Chinese territory as discontent over salaries and working benefits spreads. A group...

    Watch Jeremy Lin meet Jeremy Lin at Madame Tussauds

    Last week, Jeremy Lin was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Joined by friends and family, Lin helped unveil his wax figure, which features the 26-year-old point guard in a Lakers uniform. "You guys changed up...

    Rhyme and reason: The Times readers' best opinionated poems

    Rhyme and reason: The Times readers' best opinionated poems
    Once again, the poets came through. When we asked readers to submit opinionated poems for this year's Op-Ed poetry pages, we heard from nearly 1,000 of you. Your poems dealt with just about every aspect of modern life — with war and peace, with...

    Keys to staying young: Bucks woman, 91, plays piano on Saturday nights

    Keys to staying young: Bucks woman, 91, plays piano on Saturday nights
    Reta Bieber doesn't need sheet music. She just sits at a lovingly restored piano at McCoole's at the Historic Red Lion Inn in downtown Quakertown and lets her fingers fly. "I have about 120 songs in my head," the Kintnersville resident says....