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KTLA & Project Angel Food kick off 3rd Lead with Love telethon Saturday

The stars will be out on Saturday night for ‘Lead with Love 3,’ sponsored by City National Bank, & airs live on KTLA 5 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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'Lead with Love 2' Courtesy of KTLA & Project Angel Food

LOS ANGELES – The annual telethon in support of Project Angel Food’s vital work of feeding critically ill men, women, and children in Los Angeles County returns this Saturday, July 23. The organization prepares and delivers over one million Medically Tailored Meals each year.

The telethon, which premiered as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation and especially Southern California, has raised over $2 million for the charity. This year the stars will be out on Saturday night for ‘Lead with Love 3,’ which is sponsored by City National Bank, and which airs live on KTLA 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. including celebrities like 2022 Primetime Emmy Award nominees Sheryl Lee Ralph of “Abbot Elementary” and Henry Winkler of “Barry.” 

Janene Drafs, Vice President, and General Manager of KTLA 5, noted; “This show gets better and better every year, and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with Project Angel Food. KTLA has a 75-year tradition of being there for L.A., so providing this very special program to connect our community of viewers with Project Angel Food’s work serving the most vulnerable in our community at large is what being “L.A.’s Very Own” is all about.”

Also appearing will be Richard Gere, who will be presenting a gift from the Herb Ritts Foundation, and Oprah Winfrey, as well as music from Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan and Five for Fighting, among many other talented musicians who will perform at KTLA’s studios in Hollywood.

Project Angel Food’s CEO Richard Ayoub reflected, “While this year’s show promises to be our most entertaining yet, we are in urgent need of donations to help combat the rising cost of fuel and food. Everyone is feeling the pinch at the pump or at the grocery store. But multiply that by the 2,400 people we feed every day, driving to all corners of L.A. County’s 4,700 square miles. The need is great, and we appreciate KTLA and City National Bank’s confidence in extending our telethon through at least 2024.”

More than 2,500 clients are fed daily, with over 1.2 million meals delivered each year by Project Angel Food, which has a Four-Star Charity Navigator rating and has been declared an essential service by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

To learn more about Project Angel Food visit angelfood.org.

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Landmark LA County project spotlights the effects of violence 

LA County residents recount stories of violence, hope, & healing as project spotlights the effects of violence on a diverse group

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Illustration courtesy of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture

LOS ANGELES – Starting in the Fall of 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention housed in the Department of Public Health embarked on a landmark project to record the intensely personal stories of a diverse group of residents whose lives have been directly affected by violence.

For more than a year, Olga Koumoundouros, Department of Arts and Culture Creative Strategist-Artist in Residence with the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) enlisted the help of community-based organizations and individuals to identify people willing to share their stories. A total of 100 people from all over Los Angeles County reflecting diverse perspectives spoke in blunt, unsparing language about the terrible physical and psychological toll that violence inflicts on individuals and families.

A selection of these intimate stories – along with photographic portraits of many of the contributors – have now been published in a book, Violence, Hope and Healing in Los Angeles County, which is now available at County libraries and other designated locations. A digital copy of the book along with the remaining stories will be published on the Department of Arts and Culture and the OVP websites.

“I truly hope that by sharing my story,” said Mildred Brown, a participant who experienced years of physical, sexual, and verbal assault, “it will help that fellow person gain confidence, and to know that you are not alone.”

“I am so proud of this cross-sector collaboration between our Department of Arts and Culture and the Office of Violence Prevention,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Holly J. Mitchell. “Thank you to everyone who courageously shared their stories with us. We do not take this brave offering lightly. This project provides policy makers and our communities with the opportunity to learn from the real lived experience behind every story shared, so that we can create stronger systems for prevention and care.”

“The intersection of violence prevention and arts equals healing for survivors and our communities,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District. “I thank Olga for developing a way to gather and uplift the stories of survivors from throughout the County who have experienced harm in a cathartic manner. And to the survivors that came forward to be a part of this project, you are incredibly brave. Sharing a time when you experienced vulnerability and fear and turning that into an inspiring message of justice, hope, and healing is a lesson from which we can all benefit and carry with us.”

“I am so grateful to the extraordinary residents who shared their heartache, bravery and hope with us and thank the Department of Arts and Culture for their partnership on this project,,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the LA County Department of Public Health. “These stories communicate the devastating impact of violence on residents  from across Los Angeles County, while providing us with  a blueprint for how our community can heal and stop the cycle of brutality.”          

“The Department of Arts and Culture’s Creative Strategist program places artists, arts administrators, and other creative workers in County departments to develop and implement artist-driven solutions to complex social challenges. We know that artists have an extraordinary power to humanize the data behind policymaking and help us step into another person’s story, as well as provide opportunities for creative healing and community building in meaningful ways. This courageous book is a result of that lens. It reflects the kind of inclusion and representation that comes when County departments enact a cross-sector approach to service,” said Kristin Sakoda, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

‘The strength of this project lies in how it has and is stretching institutional procedural practices so that they can center human voices as they are articulated and expressed,” said Koumoundouros, “so that the established avenue of communication is strengthened not just utilized once but finds a way into the fold of priorities that forms the backbone of community inclusive violence prevention work” “It creates a formality of listening further and a bit more deeply so the details within the high stakes work of violence prevention can be more effectively heard via ongoing connection and trust with our communities most effected.”

“We wanted to hear directly from violence survivors to understand the extent and effect of violence on the lives of our friends, our neighbors, and our communities,” said Andrea Welsing, director of the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention.

Welsing noted that the stories offer compelling evidence of the ways in which racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, addiction, and systemic failures have helped to perpetuate a culture of violence across communities. In some of the stories recounted here, people caught up in a seemingly endless cycle of violence became violent themselves.

Still, the message is not all grim. “At the same time, these stories confirm that violence is often predictable and preventable, and highlight how we can support prevention and healing,” added Welsing. She said that the OVP will use these stories to guide practices and programs moving forward.

The Creative Strategist-Artist in Residence Program was a LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative recommendation that the Board of Supervisors, in a motion authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, funded in 2017. Since its inception, the program has explored how arts-based strategies can be used to solve complex civic challenges and make government more equitable.

Arts and Culture pairs a creative strategist with a County department to bring arts-based thinking, methodologies, projects, and approaches to address an issue of equity in partnership with staff. As it advances the cross-sector role of the arts; inter-departmental collaboration; and diversity, equity, and inclusion, the program supports the goals of the Countywide Cultural Policy, which calls for LA County and all its departments to ensure every resident has meaningful access to arts and culture.

The mission of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is to advance arts, culture, and creativity throughout Los Angeles County. It provides leadership, services, and support in areas including grants and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations, countywide arts education initiatives, commissioning and care for civic art collections, research and evaluation, access to creative career pathways, professional development, free community programs, and cross-sector creative strategies that address civic issues.

Visit LACountyArts.org, and learn more about the Creative Strategist Program at lacountyarts.org/CreativeStrategist

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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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