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Save The Date: Heal The Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Day Set For Saturday, Sept. 19

Heal the Bay today sent out a call for thousands of volunteers to help remove trash along Los Angeles County beaches and inland waterways as part of the 26th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, Sept. 19.

Local residents will mobilize from 9 a.m. to noon at more than 50 cleanup sites, from Compton to Malibu. More than 10,000 volunteers will canvass beaches, parks, creeks, lakes, highways and alleys to remove ocean-bound trash and beautify local neighborhoods.

Coastal Cleanup Day participants have collected more than 1 million pounds of trash in Los Angeles County since 1990’s inaugural event, equaling roughly the weight of a fully loaded Boeing 747 jumbo jet. By removing debris from beaches and inland neighborhoods, volunteers reduce blight, protect marine animals and bolster the regional economy.

Linking with similar rehabilitation efforts around the globe, Coastal Cleanup Day participants can take satisfaction in joining the world’s biggest single-day volunteer event. Attendees will receive hands-on education about the easy steps they can take throughout the year to keep local watersheds clean and build community pride.

Heal the Bay seeks volunteers of all ages and physical abilities. No special equipment or experience is necessary. Site captains will organize volunteers from a diverse mix of individuals, families, neighborhoods, community groups, schools, faith-based groups, sports teams and businesses.

For registration information and cleanup tips, visit www.healthebay.org/ccd.

Inland locations in need of special attention this year are Ballona Creek, the Los Angeles River/Arroyo Seco confluence and Encino’s Sepulveda Basin.  These urban sites drain runoff from huge swaths of Los Angeles County and are overwhelmed by such litter as plastic bags and fast-food packaging.

In all, 50 sites have been confirmed this year. There will be SCUBA dive sites in Santa Monica, Redondo Beach and Malibu, and a kayak effort in Marina Del Rey. The Bay Foundation will also be leading volunteers on a special dune restoration at the bluffs above Dockweiler Beach.  A Google map of all cleanup sites can be found here.

As a further enticement, participants will be given a voucher for free sustainable seafood tacos at any Rubio’s restaurant while extensive supplies last. And to protect volunteers, Cancer Treatment Centers of America will be distributing free tubes of sunscreen at all sites. Heal the Bay will be hosting a number of community-building activities as well during the day, including a sand castle building contest near the Santa Monica Pier led by the region’s top design and architectural firms.

“Heal the Bay was founded on the belief that one person can make a world of difference,” said Alys Arenas, beach programs manager for Heal the Bay, which organizes Coastal Cleanup Day in Los Angeles County. “So it’s gratifying to see so many people come out each year to protect what they love.”

Participants are encouraged to bring their own bucket or reusable bag and gloves from home this year to collect debris. The “BYO” campaign hopes to reduce the waste created by the distribution of single-use disposable clean-up supplies.

Khloe Kardashian throws party with fireworks off coast, waking residents

Residents along the coastline including Venice were rudely awakened to what appeared to be a random fireworks show off the coast last night.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. said the ruckus was thanks to Khloe Kardashian throwing a birthday party for NBA basketball player James Harden. Kardashian and Harden have reportedly been dating for about a month.

“They were off in the open water,” the Sheriff’s spokesman said. “They got a permit from the Coast Guard.”

The firworks on Tuesday night as seen from Del Rey Lagoon Park. Photos via Facebook/Neil Guthrie
The firworks on Tuesday night as seen from Del Rey Lagoon Park. Photos via Facebook/Neil Guthrie

U.S. Weekly reports the Houston Rockets’ shooting guard’s 26th party was held on the Fantasea Yacht docked in Marina del Rey and boasted more than 200 people.

Onlookers told U.S. Weekly that, right at midnight, when it officially became Harden’s birthday, fireworks were set off into the sky, and everyone screamed.

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Venice, said this “ridiculous, rude, and loud celebrity birthday bash woke up school children, scared pets, and rousted thousands of people from a good night’s sleep.”

“The City of Los Angeles did NOT permit this event, and had absolutely nothing to do with it,” Bonin wrote on his Facebook page. “Los Angeles County Beaches & Harbors, which overseas and operates the Marina, says they did not permit it either, and it was far enough into the bay to be outside their jurisdiction. We are checking to see if the US Coast Guard is responsible for allowing this, or if the event was unpermitted.”

LA City Council Approves Million Dollar Payout in Homeless Lawsuit

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a 1.1 million dollar payment to resolve a lawsuit filed on behalf of four homeless people in the Venice area who, were cited or arrested as part of a 2010 crackdown on people living in their cars in the area.

Carol Sobel, the attorney who challenged the law that served as the premise for the crackdown, says she plans to use proceeds from the settlement to challenge future and existing laws targeting homeless people in the city.

Councilmember Mike Bonin, says Los Angeles could follow Santa Barbara’s example by setting up a “safe parking program” in which a lot is set aside where people can park their cars as long as “they are enrolled in social services” that help them find a place to live.

Free beach yoga three times a week at Venice Beach

The sun hangs low in the sky and Venice Beach is bathed in a milky light. A balmy summer breeze blows, the sand, still holding heat from the day, is warm between toes.

It’s a perfect evening for yoga.

People begin to arrive, they find their place, and stretch on the sand in preparation for the class. Each person is given a warm welcome from class teacher Rose Pelosi.

Pelosi explains her motivation behind starting Body Love Yoga, a series of free summer yoga classes that run three times a week at 6:30 pm each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

“I wanted to take away the intimidation,” says Pelosi. “Yoga is for all people. I just want people to feel better about themselves, confident, and strong.”

The structure of the class gives students flexibility, allowing someone to drop in once or come as often as they like.

Isabella Plomp is visiting Venice from Amsterdam.

“I do yoga once a week back home,” says Plomp. “I saw the sign, and I always go by signs,” she smiles, explaining that she had been taking a walk and decided to drop into the class for a one-off yoga session.
Venice local, Venessa Davey, takes the class on a more regular basis.

“I pretty much come Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,” says Davey. “It just makes me feel better all around. I find it very healing and calming to be out on the beach like this.”

Another plus for Davey is the fact she doesn’t have to buy a membership.

“I don’t want money to be a reason not to do yoga,” says Pelosi. “I’m helping guide people to a place of strength and power that already exists within them. The more yoga the better.”

While the classes are free, Pelosi will accept a donation.

“Accepted but never obligated,” says Pelosi. “I’ve always taught for free and always provided my own space. I love the beach, and doing yoga outside, metaphysically and physically the walls come down. You feel a little more free, a little more connected to the planet.”

Pelosi grew up a long way from yoga and the beach.

“In a pizza restaurant in Nashville,” she explains.

She says she discovered yoga because of a boy.

“I was in high school and wanted to get in shape because I had a crush on a boy,” she says. While the crush didn’t last, her love for Yoga blossomed.

From Nashville, Pelosi’s mother moved her and her sister, their two dogs and three cats across the country to northern California in a 22 foot school bus.

“My Mom was a world traveler and hippie at heart,” says Pelosi.
Having taught yoga now for four years, Pelosi recently made the move from northern California to Venice, bringing her love for yoga with her.

Pelosi explains the uplifting effects of her craft.

“The better you feel about yourself, the better you treat the rest of the world around you,” says Pelosi.

As the music wafts in the late afternoon breeze, and Pelosi continues to guide the class through their moves, it’s certainly pretty easy to feel good.

The Body Love Yoga free beach classes meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 pm on the sand in front of Ocean Front Walk at Thornton Ave., just follow the signs.

For more information, visit facebook.com/cuzeverybodyneedslove.