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It's Time to Clean the L.A. River! May 18 from 9AM to Noon

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  • Shelly Backlar
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JOIN US ON THE LOS ANGELES RIVER! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  
    Message 1 of 1 , May 8, 2013

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      Please call the FoLAR Office, 323 223-0585.
      We'll sign you up and send you to the sites that need your help the most.
      FoLAR's TRASH SORT takes place at FIVE SITES!
      Photo of Willow Street Estuary Trash Sort by Brian Minami
      FoLAR will host a trash sort along the river at The Great LA River CleanUp. Special volunteers will work at five sites: Sepulveda Basin, Bette Davis Picnic Area, Steelhead Park, Compton Creek, and Willow Street Estuary. 
      Each team has a trash sort captain and three to seven volunteers to collect data about the types of trash found in the river.  Folks are still needed at Willow Street and Sepulveda Basin for this task. If you would like to learn more, please view our new trash sort training video produced by CalArts faculty member Astra Price and her film students.  To sign up for the trash sort team, call us at 323-223-0585. 
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      Listen to Patt Morrison interview Lewis MacAdams and Shelly Backlar on KPCC's Airtalk .  The segment aired live on Monday, May 6, 2013.

      From the KPCC Website:  Things are changing at the river and Los Angeles residents are starting to take notice.  If the river was utilized better and developed a bit more, could it be more like New York’s successful The High Line?  What is the best way to revitalize the L.A. River? Can it be transformed into a more community connected L.A. landmark? What are the best ways to take advantage of the L.A. River in the summer season?
      A conference exploring climate change adaptation strategies, sustainable development, and the Dutch experience
      Article ImageIn the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Sandy, experts turned to the Netherlands to learn from its 800-year experience in managing water in an urban coastal zone. After two near-floods along Dutch rivers in 1993 and 1995, and given climate change and the likelihood of more extreme weather, the Dutch designed and are currently implementing a new approach to managing its rivers and floodplains, known as Room for the RiverThe event promises to provide myriad opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking across disciplines and countries. The goal is to lay the framework to support continued exploration of climate change adaptation strategies in Los Angeles
      FoLAR is one of numerous partners for the conference. The public is welcome to participate in the conference on Friday, May 17.  For more information: http://roomfortheriverla.com/

      570 W. Avenue 26, #250
      Los Angeles, CA  90065
      323 223-0585

      Donated Items:
            • Raffle prizes
            • 65 cardboard mailing tubes 
            • Grabber arms
            • Dust masks
            • Clean 5-gallon buckets
            • Adult and youth cloth gloves
            • Rubber boots
            • Clipboards
      Volunteer Helpers:
            • Photographers
            • Videographers
            • Safety-talk docents
            • Trash-sort captains
            • Bike path flaggers
            • Flyer canvassers
      Borrowed Equipment:
            • Igloo-style water dispensers
            • Pop-up canopies
            • Bullhorns
      Photo of LA River CleanUp at Willow Street Estuary by Brian Minami

      Post on Social Media Before, During and After the Event!

      The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority is excited to announce the launch of the new L.A. River Pilot Recreation Zone.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day this summer, for the first time ever, any member of the public will be able to take their kayak down to the L.A. River in Elysian Valley—on a 2.5 mile stretch from Fletcher downstream to Figueroa.  MRCA rangers will be watching out for safety, and anyone can come on down to that stretch of the river every day during daylight hours to walk, kayak or fish.  Find out more at www.lariverrecreation.org
      Join more than 1,500 runners, walkers, volunteers, and Tadpole Trotters for a one-of-a-kind race experience at the 6th Annual Wrigley River Run on June 1, 2013, in Long Beach, CA. Combining a friendly, community vibe with a high-quality race experience, the Wrigley River Run offers participants a professionally timed race on a flat, fast course through the historic Wrigley Village neighborhood and along the Los Angeles River bike path.  For more information: http://www.wrigleyriverrun.com/

      Los Angeles River Ride:  SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013
      Start and Finish in Griffith Park
      Autry Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way

      8 GREAT RIDES: 100-mile Century, 70-mile, 70-mile (Long Beach "Reverse" Ride), Half-century, 36-mile, NEW 25-mile (Long Beach loop), 15-mile Family Ride, & a Kids' Ride + Family Bike Expo. Join over 2,000 other riders, and enjoy a great day of cycling fun, an Eco Expo, raffle, live music, and food. For more information:  http://la-bike.org/riverride

      FoLAR, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, and Los Angeles Parks Foundation all benefited from the L.A. River Fun Run held on Sunday, May 5, hosted by Los Angeles Council Districts 4 & 13 in partnership with  A Runner's Circle in Atwater Village.  Eight hundred runners enjoyed a cool morning and a beautiful view of the river.
       Photos by William Preston Bowling
      Address postal inquiries to:
      Friends of the Los Angeles River
      570 W. Ave 26, Ste. 250
      Los Angeles, CA 90065-1047
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