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LA community food charity Project Angel Food expands leadership team

The 32-year-old food charity founded as an outreach program of the LA Center for Living has delivered 14+ million meals to sick Angelenos

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HOLLYWOOD – The 32-year-old food charity founded by Marianne Williamson as an outreach program of the Los Angeles Center for Living during the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, has grown into a 501(3) nonprofit organization in Los Angeles County that has delivered almost 14 million meals to Angelenos too sick to shop and cook for themselves since 1989.

Project Angel Food, (PAF), serves the majority of Los Angeles County with South Los Angeles and Metro Los Angeles being the two largest service areas for the organization providing nutritional meals and counseling for people living with serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and renal failure.

Over the past 6 years since 2015, Richard Ayoub has served as the organization’s Executive Director. When Ayoub signed on, the organization was $400,000 in debt. Under his leadership, the organization has flourished to meet the needs of L.A.’s critically ill, more than doubling its clients from 1,050 to over 2,400, its annual budget from $3.8 million to $8.3 million, and its staff from 31 to 75 full time employees.

“Through each challenge we have grown as the need. I’ve been inspired by the dedication of our staff, volunteers, community leaders and benefactors big and small who have stepped up to meet every obstacle with a resolve so powerful that the impossible became possible time and time again,” Ayoub said in a statement.

Currently PAF delivers 21,000 meals per week; has over 2,400 clients served per year; clocks in 42,000 volunteer hours invested per year; and there are 95,000 meals delivered per month, of which the non-profit offers 13 medically tailored menus.

On Wednesday PAF announced that Ayoub had been elevated to Chief Executive Officer.

Last month, the Board of Directors elected a new slate of executive officers including Tim Robinson, Chairman; Robin Fujimoto, 1st Vice-Chair; John Sonego, 2nd Vice-Chair; Charles Frazier, Treasurer; and Steven Entezari, Secretary. Jason Ball continues in a leadership role as Chair Emeritus.

Ayoub announced that the food charity is expanding its leadership team, adding Bill McDermott in the newly created role of Director of Special Projects. In this position, McDermott is responsible for exploring the possibilities of a much-needed expansion of Project Angel Food’s facilities, building a major donor program and a legacy program.

McDermott is known as one of the top fundraising professionals in the country; for the last two years he served as Chief Development Officer for GLAAD in New York City, and before that he led the development department of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, including management of their $74 Million dollar capital campaign. 

“At this critical juncture in our history, I’m thrilled to have Bill join Mark McBride, Director of Philanthropy, and Mindy Glazer, Director of Institutional Giving and Strategic Partnerships in a development dream team to fund our vital work today and into the future,”  Ayoub said in a statement.

Richard Ayoub

Ayoub was raised in El Paso, Texas and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and became an Emmy-award winning television and news executive producer in Texas, Arizona, Florida, and Los Angeles, where he was executive producer at KCAL9, KCBS2, and KABC7, in addition to the syndicated magazine show Extra.

Ayoub was Executive Producer of Project Angel Food’s 2020 and 2021 Lead with Love Telethons on KTLA 5.

He is a hands-on leader who frequently delivers meals, sometimes on his own, and sometimes with folks like Mayor Eric Garcetti, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, or the Duke & Duchess of Sussex – Harry & Meghan, but he says that the real stars are Project Angel Food’s clients.

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LA County Parks & Recreation recruiting instructors for Winter 2022

CREATE YOUR OWN CLASS AT LA COUNTY PARKS! Don’t miss out! Applications for Winter 2022 are OPEN now & will close 10/01/2022 at 11:59PM

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LOS ANGELES – Showcase your talents this winter! The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is recruiting instructors for the Winter 2022 season! We’re looking for highly talented independent instructors to bring valuable expertise to the community and provide an opportunity for others to learn new skills, stay active and have fun!  

As an independent instructor, you set the fees, dates, and times of your class – teaching on a monthly, weekly or as a 1-3 day workshop. You’ll have access to teaching at one of our fantastic recreation facilities at locations throughout Los Angeles County. Plus, we’ll help with marketing and promoting your class or workshop! 

Click here to share your skills with the Community

Recreation and enrichment classes promote personal well-being among our communities and improve the lives of LA County residents. Classes can be taught virtually or in-person, following COVID-19 guidelines.

Attend a Virtual Information Session September 29 & Learn How to Become a Contract Class Instructor!

We’re looking for a variety of classes for all ages including:

Dog Obedience TrainingPoetry and ActingLine Dance for Seniors at El Cariso 
Dog Training Intermediate Adult Country Line dancingGuitar or drums at El Cariso 
Dog Obstacle Course TrainingAffordable Senior Yoga Guitar or drums at El Cariso 
Tennis Creative Chefs cooking for childrenTai Chi at El Cariso 
Baseball Clinic Family/Daddy/Mommy and Me classes Painting at El Cariso 
Nature related Caribbean AerobicsKnitting & Crocheting at El Cariso
Martial Arts[email protected] multiple locations Arts & Crafts, Jewelry making at Val Verde
SoccerExploring art and nature workshop at Virginia Robinson Gardens Planting herbs in pots at Val Verde  
Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian Nature excursions at Virginia Robinson GardensKayaking, Stand Up Paddle Board at Castaic Lake
BasketballNature crafts at Virginia Robinson Gardens Virtual and Online Classes(Experienced Only) 

As an independent instructor, you set the fees, dates, and times of your class – teaching on a weekly basis or as a 1 or 2-day workshop. You’ll have access to teaching at one of our fantastic recreation facilities at locations throughout Los Angeles County. Plus, we’ll help with marketing and promoting your class or workshop!

Click HERE to get more information and apply online TODAY. Deadline for applications is October 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

Attend a free virtual information session to learn more about the Contract Class Program. We’re hosting an information session on September 29, 2022 at 10:30am.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

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LA County Parks offers soccer, flag football & now… LACROSSE

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to announce a new slate of Youth Sports Leagues for the Fall 2022 season

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LOS ANGELES – This season, LA County Parks Offers Soccer, Flag Football and now… LACROSSE for Youth Countywide!


REGISTER FOR YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUES TODAY!

As we settle into another school season this fall, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to announce a new slate of Youth Sports Leagues for the Fall 2022 season.

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL 

Football season is almost here! This year, with generous support from NFL Flag Football and the Los Angeles Rams we’re bringing Flag Football for youth across LA County. The emphasis will be on sportsmanship, skill development, team concept, and fun. Game scores and league standings will be kept. Registration fee will include uniform, award, and umpire. Qualifying teams will advance and participate in playoffs. Season starts October 1st!

Divisions & Costs:
Division 2 (2007-2009): $43
Division 3 (2010-2011): $43
Division 4 (2012-2013): $43
Division 5 (2014-2015): $32
Division 6 (2016-2017): $25
Division 7 (2018-2019): $25

AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING PARKS

Castaic Sports Complex: 31230 N. Castaic Rd., Castaic 91384  – (661) 775-8865

George Lane Park: 5520 W. Avenue, L-8, Quartz Hill, CA 93534 – (661) 722-7780

Jackie Robinson Park: 8773 E. Avenue R, Littlerock, CA 93543 – 661-944-2880

Stephen Sorensen Park: 16801 E. Avenue P, Lake Los Angeles, CA 93591 (661) 264 -1249

Adventure Park: 10130 Gunn Ave. Whittier, CA – (562) 698-7645

Alondra Park: 3850 W. Manhattan Beach Blvd. Lawndale, CA – (310) 217-8366

Amigo Park: 5700 Juarez Ave. Whittier, CA – (562) 908-4702

Campanella Park: 14812 Stanford Ave. Compton, CA – (310) 603-3720

Helen Keller Park: 12521 S. Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90044 – (323) 241-6702

Mayberry Park: 13201 E. Meyer Rd. Whittier, CA – (562) 944-9727

Sorensen Park: 11419 Rosehedge Dr. Whittier, CA – (562) 908-7763

Victoria Park: 419 E. Martin Luther King Jr. St. Carson, CA – (310) 217-8370

Arcadia Park: 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006 – (626) 821-4619

Charter Oak Park: 20261 E. Covina Blvd., Covina, CA 91723 – (626) 339-0411

Dalton Park: 18867 E. Armstead St., Azusa, CA 91702 – (626) 852-1491

Valleydale Park: 5225 N. Lark Ellen Ave., Azusa, CA 91702 – (626) 334-8020


YOUTH AND GIRLS SOCCER ⚽🙌

It’s time to lace up those cleats again!  Youth and Girls Soccer is returning to LA County Parks this October. Join us for another competitive and fun season for all ages! Youth and Girls’ Soccer will provide opportunities for participants to thrive thru the sport and physical activity. Participants will learn and display sportsmanship, teamwork and responsibility when participating and give exposure to learning soccer in a fun and safe setting. Registration fee will include a certified soccer official, uniform and award. League will consist of 10-week season with 1-hour practice during the weekday and 1-hour game Saturday. See you on the field!

CO-ED Divisions & Costs:
Division 2 (2007-2009): $61
Division 3 (2010-2011): $61
Division 4 (2012-2013): $61
Division 5 (2014-2015): $55
Division 6 (2016-2017): $45
Division 7 (2018-2019): $45
Girls Only Divisions & Costs:
Division 3 (2010-2011): $61
Division 4 (2012-2013): $61

AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING PARKS

Castaic Regional Sports Complex: 31230 N. Castaic Rd, CA – (661) 775-8865

Crescenta Valley Park: 3901 Dunsmore Ave La Crescenta, CA – (818) 249-5940

El Cariso Park: 13100 Hubbard Street Sylmar, CA – (818) 367-5043

Loma Alta Park: 3330 N Lincoln Ave Altadena, CA – (626) 398-5451

Dr. Richard Rioux Park: 26233 W. Faulkner Dr. Stvn. Ranch, CA – (661) 222-9536

Val Verde Park: 30300 W. Arlington Rd, Val Verde, CA – (661) 257-4014

Athens Park: 12603 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA – (323) 241-6700

Bethune Park: 1244 E 61st St Los Angeles, CA – (323) 846-1895

Lennox Park: 10828 Condon Ave Inglewood, CA – (310) 419-6712

Mona Park: 2291 E 121st St Compton, CA – (310) 603-3729

Roosevelt Park: 7600 Graham Ave Los Angeles, CA – (323) 586-7228

Ted Watkins Park: 1335 E 103rd St Los Angeles, CA – (323) 357-3032

Bassett Park: 510 Vineland Ave., Bassett, CA – (626) 333-0959

Belvedere Park: 4914 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA – (323) 260-2342

Carolyn Rosas Park: 18500 E. Farjardo St., Rowland Heights, CA – (626) 854-5557

City Terrace Park: 1126 N. Hazard Ave., Los Angeles, CA – (323) 260-2371

Hacienda Heights Community Center: 1234 Valencia Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA – (626) 333-3250

Manzanita Park: 1747 S. Kwis Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA – (626) 336-6246

Martin Park: 14830 E. Giordano St La Puente., CA – (626) 918-5263

Obregon Park: 4021 E. 1st St Los Angeles., CA – (323) 260-2344

Pathfinder Park: 18150 Pathfinder Rd., Rowland Heights, CA – (562) 690-0933

Rimgrove Park: 747 North Rimgrove Dr., La Puente, CA – (626) 330-8798

Rowland Heights Park: 1500 Banida Ave., Rowland Heights, CA – (626) 912-6774

Salazar Park: 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA – (323) 260-2330

San Angelo Park: 245 S. San Angelo Ave., La Puente, CA – (626) 333-6162

Saybrook Park: 6250 E. Northside Dr., Los Angeles, CA – (323) 724-8546

Steinmetz Park: 1545 S. Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA – (626) 855-5383

Sunshine Park: 515 S. Deepmead Ave., La Puente, CA – (626) 854-5559


GIRLS LACROSSE 🙌

America’s oldest sport comes to LA County! Thanks to support from US Lacrosse, we will be offering Girls Lacrosse across a variety of LA County Parks. The emphasis will be on sportsmanship, skill development, team concept, and fun. The league will be providing all the equipment needed to play. Participants will be taught to play during clinics held during the first three weeks of the league season. During the final 5 weeks teams will be created, and games will be played. Leagues will start in October so make sure you head to reservations.lacounty.gov today to sign up for this exciting opportunity!

Division & Costs:

Division 3 (2010-2011): $30

AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING PARKS

Castaic Regional Sports Complex: 31230 N. Castaic Rd, CA – (661) 775-8865

Dr. Richard Rioux Park: 26233 W. Faulkner Dr. Stvn. Ranch, CA – (661) 222-9536

El Cariso Park: 13100 Hubbard Street Sylmar, CA – (818) 367-5043

George Lane Park: 5520 W. Avenue L-8 Quartz Hill, CA – (661) 722-7780

Jackie Robinson Park: 8773 East Avenue R Littlerock, CA – (661) 944-2880

Loma Alta Park: 3330 N Lincoln Ave Altadena, CA – (626) 398-5451

Pearblossom Park: 33922 N. 121st St. East Pearblossom, CA – (661) 944-2988

Stephen Sorensen Park: 16801 E. Avenue P. Lake L.A., CA – (661) 264-1249

Val Verde Park: 30300 W. Arlington Rd, Val Verde, CA – (661) 257-4014

Adventure Park: 10130 Gunn Ave. Whittier, CA – (562) 698-7645

Alondra Park: 3850 W. Manhattan Beach Blvd. Lawndale, CA – (310) 217-8366

Amigo Park: 5700 Juarez Ave. Whittier, CA – (562) 908-4702

Del Aire Park: 12601 Isis Ave, Hawthorne, CA – (310)-643-4976

Sorensen Park: 11419 Rose Hedge Dr Whittier, CA – (562) 908-7763

Ted Watkins Park: 1335 E 103rd St Los Angeles, CA – (323) 357-3032

Arcadia Park: 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006 – (626) 821-4619

Bassett Park: 510 Vineland Ave., Bassett, CA 91746 – (626) 333-0959

Belvedere Park: 4914 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022 – (323) 260-2342

Carolyn Rosas Park: 18500 E. Farjardo St., Rowland Heights, CA 91748 – (626) 854-5557

Charter Oak Park: 20261 E. Covina Blvd., Covina, CA 91723 – (626) 339-0411

City Terrace Park: 1126 N. Hazard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90063 – (323) 260-2371

Dalton Park: 18867 E. Armstead St., Azusa, CA 91702 – (626) 852-1491

Hacienda Heights Community Center: 1234 Valencia Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745 – (626) 333-3250

Manzanita Park: 1747 S. Kwis Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745 – (626) 336-6246

Martin Park: 14830 E. Giordano St., La Puente, CA 91744 – (626) 918-5263

Obregon Park: 4021 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90063 – (323) 260-2344

Pamela Park: 2236 Goodall Ave., Duarte, CA 91010 – (626) 357-1619

Pathfinder Park: 18150 Pathfinder Rd., Rowland Heights, CA 91748 – (562) 690-0933

Rimgrove Park: 747 N. Rimgrove Dr., La Puente, CA 91744 – (626) 330-8798

Rowland Heights: 1500 Banida Ave., Rowland Heights, CA 91748 – (626) 912-6774

Salazar Park: 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023- (323) 260-2330

San Angelo Park: 245 S. San Angelo Ave., La Puente, CA 91746 – (626) 333-6162

Saybrook Park: 6250 E. Northside Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90022 – (323) 724-8546

Steinmetz Park: 1545 S. Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91748 – (626) 855-5383

Sunshine Park: 515 S. Deepmead Ave., La Puente, CA 91744 – (626) 854-5559

Valleydale Park: 5525 N. Lark Ellen Ave., Azusa, CA 91702 – (626) 334-8020


REGISTER NOW!


For questions, contact LA County Parks at [email protected] or (626) 588-5364.

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Excessive Heat Warning for parts of Los Angeles County

Hot conditions will bring elevated risk of heat related illnesses over portions of Southern California, especially the valleys & inland areas

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Warning as high temperatures have been forecast for the following areas:

  • Downtown Los Angeles: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • Santa Clarita Valley: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • San Fernando Valley: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • San Gabriel Valley: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • Santa Monica Mountains: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Public Health reminds everyone to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat. Public Health offers the following recommendations during high temperature days:

  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day.
  • If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and wear a hat or use an umbrella.
  • Cars get very hot inside, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open. Never leave children or pets in cars. Call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone.
  • Beware of and know what to do for heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Call 911 right away if you see these symptoms: high body temperature (103°F or higher), vomiting, dizziness, confusion, and hot, red, dry, or damp skin. Heat stroke is a medical emergency.
  • Check on those at risk for heat-related illness, like those who are sick or have chronic conditions, older adults, pregnant women, children, those who live alone, pets, and outdoor workers and athletes.
  • If you are wearing a mask, avoid strenuous workouts wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purpose.
  • Visit your power company’s website or contact them by phone to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.

“While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out and check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures, including children, the elderly, and their pets,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “High temperatures are not just an inconvenience; they can be dangerous and even deadly. But we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated. It is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. If you have an elderly or unwell neighbor who is without air conditioning, check on them throughout the day.”

County and City partners have planned ways to safely operate cooling centers during times of high heat. Residents who do not have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of these free cooling centers. To find a location near you, visit https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ or call 211.

The health and safety of staff and visitors at cooling centers is priority. Public Health notes the following for cooling centers:

  • Staff and visitors are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well. Any person reporting or exhibiting signs of illness is advised to seek appropriate medical
  • Staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
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