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Future of Parks and Recreation in Florence-Firestone

What are your ideas for the future of Parks and Recreation in Florence-Firestone?

Florence Firestone Park

Share your ideas and help create a new, green future for Florence-Firestone. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the Community Workshops.

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Halloween in the Second District

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See the Second District Calendar for a long list of Halloween activities!

'Reading With Henry' Winkler At Helen Keller Park

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Henry Winkler of “Happy Days” fame will be reading to children at Helen Keller Park tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

For information call 323-241-6702.

Tomorrow is Coastal Cleanup Day!

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On Saturday, September 19th, from 9:00 a.m. till noon, over 12,000 volunteers from all over Los Angeles will take action to rid our beaches and inland waterways of unsightly and harmful debris. Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is an international event with over 60 countries around the world participating, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet!

Come join us at one of over 70 cleanup locations throughout Los Angeles County. Find the one nearest you and help clean our oceans and beautify your community.

Last year, over 12,000 volunteers from Los Angeles County joined together to pick up over 180,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches and waterways. This year, lets all take the challenge to do more than that!

Coastal Cleanup Day is a fun way for individuals, neighborhoods, schools, community and company volunteer groups to get involved and demonstrate their commitment to healthy water. So bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to participate with the thousands of volunteers around the world in taking a stand against ocean pollution on Coastal Cleanup Day.

See you at the beach! (Or river, park, lake, or creek…)

California Coastal Cleanup Day is coordinated in Los Angeles County by Heal the Bay in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

For locations throughout the rest of California, please call 800-COAST-4U or visit the California Coastal Commission.

More weekend activities

VIDEO: The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Los Angeles County Celebrate and Express Gratitude for Their Victory Today

From CNS: The Board of Supervisors voted today to prohibit smoking in County parks with some exceptions. Citing secondhand smoke as the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, the board followed the Department of Parks and Recreation’s recommendation in voting in favor of the ban.

Smoking will be allowed in designated areas of recreational facilities run by outside contractors or lessees, such as golf courses and tennis courts. Special exceptions will also be made for actors in productions under permit or for models in permitted photography sessions.

Several advocates, including representatives from the American Lung and American Heart associations, appeared before the board in favor of the proposal.

According to the department’s report to the board, 52,000 non-smokers die of exposure to secondhand smoke in the U.S. each year. The medical and other costs to U.S. non-smokers suffering from lung cancer or heart disease total nearly $6 billion annually, according to the report.

Some contractors expressed concern that a complete smoking ban would hurt attendance and revenues. The department was unable to quantify the economic impact of a total ban, but suggested designated smoking areas in a compromise move.

In the video above, members of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Los Angeles County celebrate their victory and express gratitude to the Board of Supervisors.