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West Creek Park Volunteer - Orlando Ferrassoli

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http://parks.lacounty.gov See why West Creek Park volunteer Orlando Ferrassoli loves parks! West Creek Park 24247 Village Circle Valencia, CA 91354 West Creek Park is a 17-acre Quimby Act park that cost approximately $3.5 million to build. It was dedicated by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on January 15, 2010. West Creek Park is an example of what a public-private partnership (County of Los Angeles and Newhall Land) can accomplish on behalf of a community.

Castaic Sports Complex Play Area

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http://parks.lacounty.gov Why do we love doing what we do in Parks and Recreation? Seeing the smiling faces as we open a new playground at the Castaic Sports Complex is one of them! Castaic Sports Complex and Aquatic Center 31320 North Castaic Road Castaic, CA 91384

Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation B.R.A.V.E. Program

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http://parks.lacounty.gov BRAVE, a Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Joyful Child Foundation, has been awarded a 2015 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties (NACo). Aimed at children ages 5-17, BRAVE revolves around hands-on workshops featuring age-appropriate lessons on safety and self-defense. These 90-minute sessions are designed to nurture each child’s ability to recognize potential dangers, verbalize discomfort or express a need for help, as well as provide lessons on how to physically resist abduction or assault.

Zumba at Stephen Sorensen Park - Bilingual

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http://parks.lacounty.gov Check out how Lake Los Angeles residents are dancing their way to better health with a free Zumba fitness class at Stephen Sorensen Park! Stephen Sorensen Park 16801 East Avenue P Lake Los Angeles, Ca 93591

100 Citizens Program

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http://parks.lacounty.gov The 100 Citizens Program is designed to make a significant impact in promoting healthy lifestyle changes. It is taught by kinesiology students from California State University Los Angeles and Northridge at three Los Angeles County Parks: Eugene Obregon Park, El Cariso Community Regional Park and Cresenta Valley Community Regional Park.

Apollo Community Regional Park Fishing

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http://parks.lacounty.gov Need some peace and tranquility? See why you should come visit Apollo Community Regional Park in Lancaster. 4555 West Avenue G Lancaster, CA 93534

Emergency Preparedness Fair at Schabarum Regional Park

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http://parks.lacounty.gov Emergency Preparedness Fair at Schabarum Regional Park Co-Sponsored by Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District; LA County Dept. of Parks and Recreation; LA County Fire Department: LA County Sheriff’s Department along with several public organizations and vendors offer demonstrations, information and supplies for sale to be used during a disaster. Food trucks will be on site, along with free parking and admission. Date: May 2, 2015 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Schabarum Regional Park, 17250 E. Colima Road, Rowland Heights, CA 91748 phone: 626-854-5560

Rowland Heights Community Center

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http://parks.lacounty.gov Rowland Heights Community Center is located at Pathfinder Park (18150 E. Pathfinder Road). The 19,000 square-foot activity center and banquet hall are on the lower level of the existing park. Amenities include two buildings on both sides of a grand courtyard, which provides ample space for outdoor events. The banquet hall building houses an approximately 4,400-square-foot multi-purpose room with a contractible stage, dance floor and catering kitchen, and will accommodate banquet-style seating for up to 300 people and performance style seating for up to 600; the activity center building on the west has a dance studio, an arts-and-crafts room, art gallery, social lounge, computer room, and meeting room. The lobby of this building also serves as a gallery to house permanent and temporary art exhibits. Three new tennis courts, a new basketball court, and additional on-site parking have been constructed as part of this project. The park area has been enhanced with new landscaping and walking paths. http://facebook.com/parks.lacounty.gov http://twitter.com/lacountyparks Music: Sunshine by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Ladera Park - Line Dancing

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http://parks.lacounty.gov 6027 Ladera Park Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90056 Dozens of residents find their way to Ladera Park twice a week for line dancing class! The group exercises through dance with soulful music and a variety of routines. http://facebook.com/parks.lacounty.gov http://twitter.com/lacountyparks

Jesse Owens Community Regional Park - Aqua Aerobics

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http://parks.lacounty.gov 9651 S. Western Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90047 Any given day, more than 100 men and women suit up and start their morning off with a free aqua aerobics class at Jesse Owens Pool. The year-round aquatic center also offers free lap-swim, recreation swim and swim lessons for the entire community. http://facebook.com/parks.lacounty.gov http://twitter.com/lacountyparks

60SecondHistory - South Coast Botanic Garden

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http://parks.lacounty.gov This episode of 60 Second History is about the South Coast Botanic Garden an 87-acre public botanic garden containing over 200,000 plants and 2,000 species of plants from around the world. The garden was created on a sanitary landfill in 1959 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at the request of a Citizens’ group. Specialty gardens include the Japanese Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Children’s Garden and the 2-acre formal James J. White Rose Garden. A man-made lake at the center of the garden attracts several species of waterfowl. The garden is an oasis for over 200 species of birds that make their homes at the garden or just use the garden as a stop in their annual migration. 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274 http://facebook.com/parks.lacounty.gov http://twitter.com/lacountyparks Music: "Fig Leaf" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Video by S.Savanapridi

Castaic Sports Complex & Aquatic Center: Aqua Aerobics

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http://parks.lacounty.gov See why everyone loves aqua aerobics at the Castaic Aquatics Center! http://goo.gl/TQKvG

Placerita Canyon Nature Center Museum Dedication

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http://parks.lacounty.gov MUSEUM-STYLE EXHIBITS DEBUT AT PLACERITA CANYON NATURE CENTER Unveiled Feb. 25, as part of $1.4 million in improvements: Displays depicting canyon ecosystems, freshwater aquarium, bird-viewing area and new animal enclosures. An eager crowd of more than 200 people turned out for the Feb. 25 opening of the revamped Placerita Canyon Nature Center, as a set of visually striking, museum-style exhibits made their public debut at the California state park managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. Made possible in large part by a $1 million grant from California State Parks, through the Prop. 84 Nature Education Facilities Program, the $1.4 million project represents a significant overhaul of the nature center first built in 1971. The upgrades — which add new and exciting dimensions to a facility devoted to educating the public about native animals, plants and natural resources — include large diorama displays depicting Placerita Canyon’s three primary ecosystems; a wall-sized freshwater aquarium; a specially-designed bird-viewing area, featuring an observation deck and viewing scopes that allow visitors to watch wild birds along a nearby hillside; informative interpretive displays on native flora and fauna; renovated bird enclosures with a natural soil base; a room dedicated to native mammals; and the wall-to-wall mural “Daylight to Nocturnal,” which serves as a colorful backdrop for a collection of lifelike taxidermy animals that include a mountain lion. Among those appearing at the grand opening was Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich, whose office provided $465,000 toward the improvements. “In addition to providing our Santa Clarita Valley residents with a vital resource for learning and appreciation of wildlife and the environment, the $1.4 million in improvements at the nature center help highlight the vital role Placerita Canyon plays in our efforts to preserve our County’s diverse natural heritage,” said Mayor Antonovich. Additional improvements to the park property, which is owned by the State of California and managed by Los Angeles County, include a new roof and exterior restoration for historic Walker Cabin; new potable water system at Walker Ranch Campground; and Americans with Disabilities Act-accessibility for a pedestrian bridge. As part of the grand opening event, representatives of the Tatavium Band of Mission Indians provided a traditional blessing of the land — which was inhabited by their ancestors beginning in ancient times, and has long been central to the region’s cultural and natural history. It was in 1769 that the Portola Expedition arrived in the Santa Clarita Valley — helping to bring about the mission era, which transformed this state in so many ways. Less than 100 years later, Francisco Lopez discovered gold in Placerita Canyon, ultimately leading to a rush of fortune-seekers throughout the state who gave birth to modern California. Other speakers at the Wednesday morning gathering included Placerita Canyon Nature Associates President Jim Southwell, whose volunteer organization contributed close to $30,000 for completion of conceptual and master plans for the renovations; and L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney, who said the new-look nature center “tells a compelling story about the animals and plants that make L.A. County such a unique place to experience the beauty of the natural world. We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages who can embrace these new opportunities for learning and fun.” Placerita Canyon Nature Center Museum is located at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road Newhall, CA 91321 (661) 259-7721 Music by Kevin MacLeod

Thank you County of Los Angeles Supervisors Gloria Molina & Zev Yaroslavsky

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Park Food Bank

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http://parks.lacounty.gov Hundreds of seniors attend the free Los Angeles Food Bank at Roosevelt Park once a month. Seniors who are age 60 and over and who qualify for the program save nearly $70 each month on their grocery bill. For more information on how to sign-up visit www.lafoodbank.org or contact the senior center at 323-586-7228 By Catarah Coleman

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