SIGN-UP!!! – Discover Little Tokyo with us @CicLAvia!!

This Sunday April 10, CicLAvia and the City of Los Angeles will be working together to create a special car-free day for Angelenos! 7.5 blocks of city roads, from Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights all the way to LACC, will be blocked off and dedicated to bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders, roller skaters, and scavenger hunters in free t-shirts! If you scroll down, the latter could be you! :)

A little about CicLAvia: “Inspired by Ciclovía, the original, weekly street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia, CicLAvia opens LA streets to pedestrians and bicyclists, creating a temporary web of public space on which residents of Los Angeles can walk, bike, socialize, celebrate and learn more about their own city. On 4/10/11, 7.5 miles of roadways will temporarily close to car traffic and open for recreational purposes. From Boyle Heights to Downtown, MacArthur Park to East Hollywood, CicLAvia encourages Angelenos to not only make active use of their streets, but to rediscover the roadways and neighborhoods that too often go unnoticed in a car. Help open LA’s streets… take part in the second CicLAvia on 4/10/11.”

We will be doing two scavenger hunts in Little Tokyo this Sunday… one will be a bit harder, with clues in the form of aiku that point to locations. The second hunt will be for families, with photos and clues of places and things you must try to locate. To participate, teams of 2-4 must check in at the FamilyFinds table between 10-11am, which will be located in the courtard in front of the Japanese American Museum. The hunt will officially begin at 11am and finish by 2pm. If you’d like to do advance sign-up, please fill out this form (you still must check in to get your clues). General rules for the hunt are at the bottom of this post.

Minimum one (1) digital camera per team to use for research (google searches are allowed) and extra credit photos. One pen or pencil to write down answers.

1. The Team That Stays Together. Your team must stay together at all times. You may not split up to “divide” tasks. All items will be found within the radius of about four specified blocks… easy to walk.

2. Be Stealthy Like a Ninja. There are going to be a lot of people on the streets and shopkeepers trying to run businesses. We know ou wanna win, but please do not be disruptive in an way to the people, businesses or environment of Little Tokyo. We trust you to treat all animate and inanimate objects with the utmost respect.

3. Playing Fair. Have fun and try to win. But don’t let your competitive instincts drive you to ruin other peoples’ chances to win. If you do, your team will be disqualified. That means no sabotaging, lying, cheating, stealing, or copying other people’s work. If anyone on your team cheats or breaks the rules, the whole team gets disqualified.

4. If You Fight the Law (The Law Will Win). You’re here to have fun, but you must do so legally. If you break any laws at any time during any portion of the scavenger hunt, your team will be disqualified. This includes, but is not limited to trespassing, burglary, larceny, embezzlement, grand theft, petty theft, shoplifting, assault, plagiarism, blackmail, indecent exposure, having a concealed firearm, unlawfully discharging a firearm, unlawful sale of a firearm, brandishing a weapon, bribery, forgery, perjury, fraud, computer fraud, mail fraud, telemarketing fraud, tax evasion, tax fraud, insurance fraud, securities fraud, possession of a controlled substance, drug smuggling, impersonating a foreign dictator and bad hair. Seriously, if you so much as give an LAPD officer a wedgie and we hear about it? Not cool, man.

5. Appeals. There is no crying in scavenger hunts.

6. Judging. Points will be added up and whomever gets the most wins. If there is a tie, extra credit photos will count as tie breakers.

7. Late Loses. Teams, in their entirety, must return to the specific location for judging no later than 2pm, because that’s when we start packing up shop.

8. Decisions . All decisions by the judges are final. No exceptions.

9. Questions or Emergencies. If at an point in time you need assistance or someone is lost, just return to the FamilyFinds table in front of the Japanese American Museum. Staff will be there from 10am to 2pm.

10. Missing Clue: If you are *positive* you’re at a clue spot and can not find the answer anywhere, call the hotline at 310 801 0955. If a clue was removed, we need to know and replace it asap.

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