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Tom LaBonge News

Greetings! On Thursday, Councilmember Tom LaBonge celebrated the launch of the resurfacing of Clybourn Avenue, a street that straddles the City of Los Angeles and the City of Burbank. The Councilmember had made two promises when he was elected in 2001: to bring government to the people and to re-pave Clybourn Avenue. He was happy to break ground on this project, which will be completed in about two weeks.

The Councilmember joined Hollywood residents and Department of Recreation and Parks officials in celebrating upgrades to DeLongpre Park. The park now has new playground equipment, an enclosed play area and a newly-resurfaced, well-lit walking path.

A beautiful new, sensory wall at Frances Blend School for the Visually Handicapped was dedicated on Thursday by Councilmember LaBonge. Called “The Imaginarium,” the sensory wall was provided by The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society and is one of several enhancements provided by surrounding businesses and members of the community over the past two years.

Tour LaBonge, the Councilmember’s series of summer evening bike rides, begins on Wednesday, June 16th with a 10-mile gentle, fun ride downtown. The rides will be held on subsequent Wednesday nights until July 21st. We hope you’ll join us for these fun, free, healthy summer events. For more information, see the attached flier.

Join Tom on his Annual Summer Solstice Hike on Monday, June 21st at 5:30 p.m. Please see the attached flier for more information.

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power will hold a 2010-2011 Budget Workshop on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the LADWP Customer Service Center, 4030 Crenshaw Blvd., Van Nuys, CA. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget and its challenges, as well as provide your input directly to LADWP executive management.

Have a great weekend, and remember to enjoy and love Los Angeles!

Los Angeles

Baby Babirusa and Markhor Debut at L.A. Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo celebrates the birth of two babirusas and two pair of Tadjik markhors.

On May 10, 2010, two babirusas, a species of the pig family, were born. One of the piglets needed special care and is being hand-reared in the nursery. The other is with its parents.

Hailing from the moist, swampy forests and thickets or tropical rainforests on the Sulawesi, Togian and Baru Islands or Indonesia, babirusas are swift runners and good swimmers. Preferring to live near bodies of water, they’ve been known to swim across rivers and seas to reach small islands.

The babirusas and markhors will be available to the media on June 10th, 2010 at 9:15 a.m. The babirusa will be bottle fed. Please arrive early. To request photos or RSVP, please call 323-644-4273.

Alive Theatre Presents “4 Clowns”

An exceptional cast will open a limited engagement of the World Premiere of “4 Clowns” at the Art/Works Theatre for the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

“4 Clowns” is a physical, musical and emotional journey into what it means to be a human being. Follow four clowns who represent the four clown archetypes; the sad clown, the mischievous clown, the angry clown and the nervous clown as they get together to lament and reminisce about their past. As the old adage goes, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ but, laughter comes most earnestly when reflecting on past sorrows. As the clowns tell their tales of woe and elation from childhood to adulthood and beyond, we discover that really they are all the same, and so are we.

Five performances: Fri 6/18 @ 8 p.m., Sat 6/19 @ 2 p.m., Thur 6/24 @ 8 p.m., Fri
6/25 @ 8 p.m. and Sat 6/26 @ 2 p.m.

Art/Works Theatre
6569 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90038
Cost/Registration: $10 for everyone.


Covenant House California Open House to be Held in Hollywood

Covenant House California (CHC), the largest provider of services to homeless youth in California, will be holding an open house at its Hollywood campus at 1325 N. Western Avenue on Saturday, June 19th, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will give supporters of CHC a chance to see how their involvement is saving lives every day.

Beginning at 11, rolling tours of the campus will be given to visitors, followed by a meet and greet with some of CHC’s exceptional youth whose lives have been transformed by their experiences with Covenant House California.

The event will be hosted by the Development staff of CHC and is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Melanie Merians, Director of Development, at 323-461-3131, ext 252 or by email at mmerians@covca.org.

Covenant House California is a non-profit agency that saves the lives of an at-risk and homeless youth. Every day, 365 days a year CHC reaches out to youth living on the streets and offers them hope and opportunities to turn their lives around. Since 1988, CHC has impacted the lives of more than 150,000 homeless youth. For more information on the Covenant House California, to make a donation, or to volunteer, go to www.covenanthouseca.org or call 323-461-3131.

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