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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2001 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
The San Fernando Valley's first youth arts center will begin registration Saturday for free classes ranging from drawing to photography to comic book design. The 13 classes at the Canoga Park Youth Arts Center are taught by professional artists in an attempt to expose children ages 6 to 17 to the world of fine art. "We're different from the parks and rec programs.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on Wednesday announced the addition of four more communities to the city's Targeted Neighborhood Initiative program. Wilmington and the San Fernando Valley communities of Pacoima/Lake View Terrace, Van Nuys and Valley Glen will receive $3 million each over four years to spend on community improvements proposed by residents. The city started the Targeted Neighborhood Initiative program in 1997 with 12 communities awarded grants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2000 | JOSH KARP, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Vic Vishon began attending the Fitzgerald Senior Day Support Center six months ago, his eyes immediately locked on 82-year-old Lucille Stouffer. "I was hooked, and what a hook," he said of his new sweetheart. "She changed my whole life. What a wonderful day it was." On Tuesday afternoon, the 83-year-old resident said he had even more to be thankful for. When not exchanging kisses, Vishon and Stouffer dined on roast beef and mashed potatoes served by Hyatt Westlake Plaza managers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2000 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
A citywide effort to fight domestic violence has collected 2,000 cellular phones to be reprogrammed to dial emergency numbers and then distributed to crime victims and organizations. Susan Colleran, a Loyola Law School student, started the phone collecting this spring after learning about the "Call to Protect" program, a partnership between the Wireless Foundation, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Motorola.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2000 | Dana Bushee, (714) 966-5636
The Laguna Woods Community Services Committee approved allocating up to $100,000 in grants Wednesday for social services and transportation programs. The committee will seek approval from the City Council this month to award the grants to nonprofit organizations in the city. The committee received 12 requests and approved eight social service grants and one $15,000 transportation grant to South County Senior Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2000 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hiring site for day laborers on Laguna Canyon Road is only one mile, yet worlds away, from the quintessential Southern California beach scene that unfurls at the end of the highway. The well-to-do come in a continuous stream to Laguna Beach, attracted by the seemingly rustic seaside community with its tony restaurants and people-friendly beaches.
NEWS
November 7, 2000 | PATT DIROLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five grass-roots entrepreneurs were in the spotlight at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel last Thursday for their innovative solutions to needs in the greater Los Angeles community. This year's recipients of the Visions in Philanthropy Awards, chosen from nearly 100 nominees: * Robin Keefe and her 15-year-old son Brandon, who have mobilized volunteers to collect and place thousands of books in the hands of Southland children.
NEWS
November 6, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Melvyn Hayward is a touchstone in Venice, the man locals call when they need work, a place to live, help with their homework or simply the motivation to keep going when the odds against them feel overwhelming. The 51-year-old Hayward, who heads the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Community Center, welcomes the homeless, elderly, poor and young mothers pushing baby strollers--as well as local gang members.
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