Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl are scheduled to host the 2008 Day of Service from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15th, at the Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine Ave.

Residents of Mar Vista and the surrounding neighborhoods plan to work together on nearly 50 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.

Registration is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. at the Mar Vista Recreation Center. The kickoff ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. and the community service projects are scheduled to run from 8:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Free lunch and entertainment are scheduled from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Entertainment will feature local bands, stilt walkers and youth martial arts demonstrations.

The Day of Service aims 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, offices of public officials, and parent and youth groups, according to a spokesperson for the mayor.

Since the first Day of Service four years ago, the City of Los Angeles and its community members have worked 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 schoolchildren have participated in service projects that benefited hundreds of nonprofit organizations and their local neighborhoods, according to city officials. Projects have included painting murals, cleaning streets or volunteering in retirement homes.

Anyone can participate in the Day of Service and churches and temples, businesses, schools and parents, non-profits and community members are encouraged to participate.

The event is expected to bring together members of religious denominations, racial and ethnic groups and neighborhoods across the city to work to improve the community.

Information, (213) 922-9737, or volunteer@lacity.org/.

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