They're colorful, cheap, extremely practical, and widely available in Chinatown shops and some Asian supermarkets.
Price: About $2, depending on location
Where to find: Los Angeles Chinatown; for location of home stores: http://www.chinatownla.com/businesses.php?c=1&categoryId=27
"Cleopatra: The Exhibition"
This exhibition, which ends Dec. 31, contains the largest collection of Cleopatra-period artifacts from Egypt ever assembled in the U.S.
Price: $2 service charge per ticket; admission to the California Science Center is free
Where to find: California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles; reserve tickets online at
It's time to give your family and friends the gift of public transportation. The Expo Line connecting downtown Los Angeles to Culver City debuted this year, and more extensions are scheduled for the next few years.
Price: $1 for the card and $1.50 for each ride
Where to find: Purchase at any Metro station, http://www.metro.net/
Green Vets LA cloth shopping bag
Several Southland cities including Santa Monica, Pasadena and West Hollywood have already adopted bans on single-use plastic bags at checkout lines, and Los Angeles' ban will be phased in next year. Stock up on reusable grocery bags. The charity Green Vets LA offers bags made by veterans from scrap material.
Price: $5 ($15 for a 3-pack)
Where to find: Green Vets LA; http://greenvetsla.com/greenvetsla/store/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=63