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BURBANK

Burbank African Violet Society

The Burbank African Violet Society’s next monthly club meeting will be held. Guests are always welcome to attend meeting.

MagnoliaParkUnitedMethodistChurch
2828W. Magnolia Blvd.
Thursday, July 19, 10 a.m.

For more information please telephone (818) 951-3597.

LOS ANGELES

“Grand Park” to Have Civic Dedication

TheCountyofLos Angelesand The Music Center announced a series of special events that will officially open the first two blocks ofLos AngelesCounty’sGrandPark, located in downtownLos Angeles, later in July. Festivities will begin with a civic dedication on Thursday, July 26, followed by a public inaugural event on Saturday, July 28, in conjunction with National Dance Day.

The dedication of the first two blocks ofGrandParkwill include music and dance artists along with a procession of young people representing the cultural quilt ofLos Angeles. The event will culminate with a distinctive ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring key dignitaries at the restored Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain.

“After many years of hard work, collaboration, and perseverance, I am excited to introduceGrandParkto my fellow Angelenos,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina said. “This festive series of events marks the beginning of a new chapter for downtown, which now has a wonderful place where all in the County can gather, celebrate, share experiences with each other, and enjoy entertainment in a beautiful setting.”

“I am thrilled that, under the leadership of Supervisor Gloria Molina, the Grand Avenue Authority was able to ensure that this beautiful new civic park was funded and built for the public,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who served as vice chair of the Joint Powers Authority. “Watching the park grow from an idea into the expansive green space that it is today has been one of the most rewarding parts of this journey, and I look forward to looking out from the steps of City Hall and watching downtown residents, visitors, and workers enjoy what will be downtown’s largest open space to date.”

Blocks one and two (from Grand Avenueto Hill Street) of GrandParkwill open to the public on July 28, with the West Coast’s flagship National Dance Day Celebration presented by The Music Center and The Dizzy Feet Foundation. The event invites all park visitors, young and old, to participate in the arts with a free, interactive dance experience. Conceived originally by executive producer and co-creator of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), Nigel Lythgoe, and acknowledged by Congress in 2010, National Dance Day is a nationwide grassroots initiative that promotes the joy and benefits of dance for everyone.

Each year, in honor of National Dance Day, The Dizzy Feet Foundation, of which Lythgoe is a founder and co-president, produces one or more official dance routines and makes them available for everyone to learn in preparation for National Dance Day. This year’s videos can be found at www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org. On July 28, Lauren Gottlieb, SYTYCD Season 3 finalist and Season 7 All-Star, and Gina Grant from Zumba will lead the public at Grand Park in the two dance routines in celebration of National Dance Day. Park visitors will also enjoy free community dance classes and performances, a special performance by IRIS from Cirque du Soleil, other family-friendly activities and a number of food trucks on-site. The weekend’s public celebration will continue on Sunday, July 29, with inaugural musical events, featuring regional musical performers presented by Grand Performances in partnership with The Music Center. “We look forward with great anticipation to a number of activities that will officially welcomeGrandPark into the community and introduce the public to the County’s newest downtown jewel,” said Thor Steingraber, vice president of programming at The Music Center. “What better way to launch this ‘park for everyone’ than with a National Dance Day celebration, which is not only one of the biggest dance events of the year, but one in which everyone can participate, with no previous dance experience necessary. This event will be a great example of the type of fun, interactive, and entertaining activitiesGrandPark will host for years to come.”

“We cannot imagine a better place to hold the West Coast’s largest and most exciting National Dance Day celebration than atGrandPark,” Lythgoe said. “The park gives us a lovely setting to encourage all members of the community to get up, move, and get healthy at the same time,” he added.

Grand Park Opening Event Schedule

Civic Dedication
GrandPark(adjacent to Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain)
Thursday, July 26, 12 p.m.

Public Inaugural Events National Dance Day Celebration
GrandPark(Main Stage, Performance Lawn,Olive Court)
Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

InauguralMusicEvents
GrandPark(Main Stage)
Sunday, July 29, 11:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.GrandParkLA.org. 

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