Residents of Mar Vista and surrounding neighborhoods who would like to volunteer to help their community may participate in the 2008 Day of Service Saturday, March 15th.

The event was orginally scheduled Saturday, January 26th, but was postponed due to a high chance of rain forecasted for that day.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl are scheduled to host the Day of Service at the Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine Ave., Mar Vista.

Community members from around the Mar Vista area plan to work together on nearly 50 separate projects to benefit the local neighborhoods. The goal of the Day of Service is to address community needs, provide public education and strengthen community partnerships.

A free lunch and entertainment will be offered.

Entertainment will feature local bands, stilt walkers and youth martial arts demonstrations.

Residents who would like to participate in the Day of Service event are asked to e-mail their name to volunteer@lacity.org and specify which project they would like to help out with.

Information on the various projects in the local area and their location, (213) 978-1589. Other information, Stephen Cheung at stephen.cheung@lacity.org.

The Day of Service is an opportunity for community involvement, and a way to engage and connect local resources and assets-both human and organizational-from schools, businesses, Neighborhood Councils, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, city departments, the offices of public officials, and parent and youth groups, a mayor’s spokesman said.

Since the first Day of Service four years ago, the City of Los Angeles and its community members have worked hand in hand to rehabilitate neglected homes of senior citizens, create art in local parks, and plant gardens throughout the city.

Church groups, community organizations, office workers, and school children have participated in numerous service projects that benefited hundreds of nonprofit organizations and their local neighborhoods.

Whether it’s planting trees, painting murals, cleaning streets or volunteering in retirement homes, anyone can participate in Day of Service as long as they are willing to give their time, says a city spokesman.

In the cooperative spirit of service and giving back to the community, churches and temples, business and labor, schools and parents, nonprofit organizations and residents may participate at the 2008 Day of Service. The event is expected to bring together members of religious denominations, racial and ethnic groups and neighborhoods across the city to work together for the improvement of the community.

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