Friday, May 1, 2009

Clean the Harbor with the Mayor Today

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is leading several Harbor Area clean-up projects today for the May 2 Mayor’s Day of Service.

Villaraigosa, together with Councilwoman Janice Hahn and an anticipated 5,000 volunteers, will repair a Harbor Gateway youth center and remove debris from the Dominguez Channel – two of the more than 100 service projects taking place throughout the Harbor Area.

The mayor will serve breakfast to seniors at Harbor Towers, 340 S. Mesa St. in downtown San Pedro, at 9:15 a.m. The Omelette and Waffle Shop is providing the breakfast.

The mayor’s delegation will do a construction project at the Harbor Gateway Boys and Girls Club (8:30 a.m.), clean the Dominguez Channel with the Wilmington Boat Owners Association (10 a.m.), visit a job fair and foodbank at the Balqon electric truck plant in Harbor City (10:45 a.m.), plant trees at the Wilmington Industrial Park (11:30 a.m.) and hold a closing ceremony and picnic at Wilmington’s Banning Park (12:15 p.m.)

Back in San Pedro, the YWCA of the Harbor Area and two downtown San Pedro beauty salons – Hollywood Dolls and Studio 347 – are offering haircuts, manicures and makeovers for mothers. At the Toberman Neighborhood Center, at-risk youth will compete in a basketball tournament.

In an effort to showcase downtown San Pedro revitalization, businesses are having special sales and volunteer opportunities will be promoted in conjunction with the Day of Service.

Parking meters will not be enforced to encourage participation in “Super Service Saturday,” which begins at 10 a.m. with free coffee and pastries at the corner of Sixth and Mesa Streets. Live music, storytelling and a free 2 p.m. screening of “Superman Returns” at the Warner Grand Theatre are among the highlights of the special event.

The public is encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to the Toberman Food Pantry and Family Welfare Center.

See this page of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce website for a list of discounts at Sixth and Seventh Street businesses, valid only during the event.

The Mayor’s Day of Service runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the Harbor Area. Call (310) 732-4630 for more information. The downtown San Pedro “Super Service Saturday” is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (310) 832-3545 for more information.

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