Jet-to-Jetty 5K/10K walk/run/ride, CPR training

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Competitive matching grants of up to $10,000 are being made available to community groups of five or more individuals that reside, work or take an interest in beautifying an area in the City of Los Angeles, offered by the City Board of Public Works’ Office of Community Beautification.

The opening of the 2007-08 Community Beautification Grant filing period has begun and 15 community beautification grant workshops will be held throughout the city, with one session in each City Council district. The Community Beautification Grant workshops closest to the Westchester area will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 8th, at the Palms Rancho Park Library, 2920 Overland Ave. in Palms; and at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 5th, at the Venice Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd. in Venice.

The City of Los Angeles launched the Community Beautification Grant, originally known as Neighborhood Matching Fund, in 1998. The concept of the grant was adopted from a program in Seattle and modified to meet the needs of the City of Los Angeles.

For the 2007-08 cycle of funding, the Office of Community Beautification has a budget of approximately $800,000 to award about 90 grants citywide.

Community-based organizations can apply for funding for projects in public places. Projects should build community through the implementation process and enhance the neighborhood, once completed. This includes projects on street islands or medians, sidewalks, parkways, walls visible to the public, park property, library property and public school campuses.

Proposals should be for physical improvements. Types of projects that have previously received grant funding include landscaping projects, neighborhood markers, tree plantings, murals, benches, flower planters, signs, trash receptacles, gardens, marquees, kiosks and refurbishments.

The proposed start date for all projects should be scheduled after February 15th next year, to be completed by November 15th.

The grant application deadline is October 17th.

Community Beautification Grant applications are available at Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s Office, 7166 Manchester Ave. in Westchester. Applications may also be found online at www.la ocb.org/.

Information, (213) 978-0228.

JET TO JETTY — The 23rd Annual Airport Marina Counseling Service Jet-to-Jetty 5K/10K Walk/Run, Fun Family Bike Ride & Kids Fun Run will take place Saturday, August 25th, at Dockweiler Beach.

As in the past, it will be a Run for Health. Last year’s event saw some 1,000 participants. This year, booths will have giveaway items that support health, mental health and overall wellness, including water, stress balls, and energy bars. Prizes will be given to top finishers in various categories, and proceeds from the event will benefit Airport Marina Counseling Service.

Fees range from $10 for the Kids Fun Run to $25 for the 5K and 10K events. Fees increase after August 18th.

For an entry form or more information about the AMCS Jet-to-Jetty event, (310) 670-1410 or (310) 828-4123.

SAVE A LIFE WITH CPR — The Westchester Family YMCA will hold a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and First Aid Certification Class from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 5th.

This hands-on class could really make a difference in someone’s life and is open to anyone over 12 years old. The class will cover adult, child and infant CPR, first aid and training with automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

The automated external defibrillator is a computerized medical device that can check a person’s heart rhythm.ÝIt can recognize a rhythm that requires a shock and can advise the rescuer when a shock is needed.ÝThe device uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take.

The class is $40 per person. Information and registration, (310) 670-4316.

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