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The Department of Beaches and Harbors Launches New Website

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website, beaches.lacounty.gov, which goes live today. The new website design organizes a vast amount of department-related information and services into a streamlined, user-friendly format consistent with Los Angeles County’s website style guide, featuring bright, distinguishing images of the department’s activities and attractions.

On the new homepage is a rotating photo gallery of images highlighting departmental announcements and items of interest. Just below the gallery is a current “News and Press Releases” section that includes an extensive list of relevant news and announcements. For commission meetings and special events, there is a new event calendar that allows users to view and create a reminders and notifications account to receive date and time specific reminders via email.

In an effort to make the website as user-friendly as possible, the redesign incorporates multiple methods for site visitors to navigate and access information. Users can navigate by major categories, such as “Beaches”, “Marina del Rey”, “Youth Programs”, “Government”, “Payments”, and “Reservations”, or research a particular topic using the search engine, or search the Document Repository for published material using the Beaches Documents search feature. Another section is the “Tell Me About” navigation area, with pull-down menus on, for instance, “Activities and Programs”, “Things to Do”, “Boating”, “Exploring Marina del Rey”, “Visiting the Beaches”, and “Doing Business with Us”.

Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service This Saturday

At the time of economic challenge for local and state governments, the 2010 annual Mormon Helping Hands day of service will focus on renewing and beautifying city, county and state parks in California. Projects will take place across the state on May 8, 2010 with participants wearing the distinctive yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests. This project will be a golden opportunity for all California members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to provide service to various communities throughout this great state.

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2010 (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m)

Participating County Parks:

Jesse Owens Community Regional Park
9651 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90047

Enterprise Park
13055 Clovis Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90059

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area
905 E. El Segundo Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

For more information and volunteer opportunities with L.A. County Parks and Recreation call 310-965-8222.

Senior Citizens Observance of African-American History Month at Athens Park

This year’s seniors’ observance of African-American History Month will honor the “Our Authors Study Club, Inc.” Working with elected officials, community groups, educational institutions and the general public, the Club publishes and disseminates information about the contributions African-Americans and their descendents have made to the world’s history, literature and culture.

Entertainment will be provided featuring senior groups and other individuals. The general public is invited and a free lunch will be served. For more information about the program and luncheon, contact Joann Gaines at (310) 603-3358.

Thursday, February 18, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

Athens Park Auditorium
12603 South Athens Way
Los Angeles, CA 90061

MLK Hospital Fitness Park Community Meetings

You are invited to attend an information meeting near you. The new fitness park will include a walking path, sitting benches and exercise stations.

MLK Fitness Park Meetings

For more information please call Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, South Agency, (310) 365-8222.