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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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LAPD Hosts A Salute to Kids NA09309gb

Update

Woodley Avenue will be closed between Victory Boulevard and Burbank Boulevard from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Guests attending the event are asked to take the 405 freeway and exit Victory Boulevard.


WHAT:   

Children's Day "A Salute to Kids"
        
WHEN:   
Saturday, November 21, 2009
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
        
WHERE:
Woodley Park
6350 Woodley Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91436
        
WHO:    
City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
City of Los Angeles Councilman Dennis Zine, District 3
City of Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, District 4
City of Los Angeles Councilman Tony Cardenas, District 6
City of Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon, District 7
City of Los Angeles Councilman Greig Smith, District 12
LAPD Chief-designate Charlie Beck
LAPD Deputy Chief, Michel Moore, Operations-Valley Bureau
Entertainment Celebrities
    
WHY:   
The purpose of this event is to promote alternatives for children and to avoid gangs or tagging crews.  The non-profit group 'The San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs' is hosting a children’s day "A Salute to Kids".  This event will celebrate our children in the Valley by showcasing all of the programs like the Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, Chivas USA Soccer camp, after school programs, and Recreation and Parks programs designed to offer children healthy alternatives to a gang lifestyle.

On this day, we are expecting over 55,000 people and we will have Radio Disney, carnival rides, rock climbing, film making for kids, entertainment, dancers, a petting zoo, and a resource fair with over 100 programs and activities that focuses on kids.  There will be celebrity appearances including the voice of Bart Simpson and other cartoon characters.

CONTACT:  
For additional information, contact Sergeant John Artes, LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau, Gang Enforcement Detail at 818-644-8038 or visit website at www.childrensday2009.com