LOS ANGELES

National Pancake Day

IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has announced plans to serve millions of free pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day on February 24, 2009. The celebration is designed to bring together friends and family, as well as to raise one million dollars worth for Children’s Miracle network, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children’s hospitals, and other worthy causes.
2009 will mark IHOP’s fourth year of celebrating the national event, and nearly 1,400 IHOP restaurants throughout the United States will once again invite guests to enjoy a free short stack of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In return, IHOP guests are asked to donate what they would have paid for the free pancakes, or more, to their local children’s hospital or another worthy cause.

National Give Kids a Smile Day

There are a couple of events happening in L.A. County in February as part of the National Give Kids a Smile Day. All events are open to the general public and free for children under 12 years old. The free services include exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, fillings, dental care, health education, and fun activities! Appointments are recommended, but not required. Please bring your children to these events and spread the word!
Events take place at Children’s Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles (310-419-3000) on Saturday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at Venice Dental Center (310-392-4103) on Saturday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.first5la.org and our Community Calendar.

Griffith Park Historical-Cultural Monument

This week marked the successful culmination of two ongoing issues in Council District 4. On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to declare that Griffith Park is Historic Cultural Monument #942 of the City of Los Angeles. On Wednesday, it voted 11-4 to approve construction of the final phase of the Pachyderm Forest Exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

For more information on these stories and other issues in the Council District, please visit:  www.tomlabonge.com.

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