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Gelson’s Annual Toy Drive Benefits APLA and Other Causes

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WEST HOLLYWOOD– Among the most worthwhile holiday traditions – giving back to your local community – Gelson’s will hold its annual holiday food and toy drives across all of its locations in Southern California.

The food drive runs through November 26, while the toy drive will launch November 28 and run through Friday, December 8.

Local partners for the food drive include APLA, Community Center of La Canada, Feeding San Diego, Food Finders, Food Share, FIND, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest, and Unity Shoppe, in addition to MANNA Food Bank, a new partner for the Thousand Oaks location.

In addition to the food bins and shopping lists of needed items available at all locations, on weekend afternoons, volunteers from several of these organizations are scheduled to assist Gelson’s customers with finding specific food items to buy and contribute at select stores.

Returning partner organizations for the toy drive include Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children at Eisenhower Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Ronald McDonald House/Long Beach, and Toys for Tots.

As in years past, Gelson’s will have bins with suggested toy lists made available. At the end of the promotion, employees visit several children’s hospitals to hand out toys, and other partners will pick up the toys directly.”

Gelson’s has long held in-store food drives to contribute to the communities it serves, while regularly giving to food banks and other worthwhile causes, more than $2 million in donations each year. This year marks its third annual toy drive, spurred by a Gelson’s employee whose son was seriously ill and has since regained his health.

“Our legacy remains the same. It is essential to our founding mission – and the original vision of brothers Bernie and Eugene Gelson – to give back to the communities that we serve,” said Gelson’s President & CEO Rob McDougall.

“We look forward to working with our local nonprofit partners, and our customers, in helping make the holiday season better for families across Southern California and beyond.”

Please visit Gelson’s website for further details on donating to the food and toy drives.

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RAGE is Latest Venue to Fall Victim to the Pandemic

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Another LGBTQ+ Nightlife Destination Has Fallen Victim to the Pandemic

WEST HOLLYWOOD (L.A. Magazine) — Rage nightclub has been a destination for LGBTQ+ nightlife in the bustling Santa Monica Boulevard corridor of West Hollywood for decades. Now, nearly 40 years after first opening its doors, the club has announced it has permanently closed, yet another local business to collapse amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rage nightclub management lays some portion of the blame on their landlord, Monte Overstreet. The club’s now-former general manager, Ron Madrill, told Q Voice News that rent for the location was already “very high” prior to operations shutting down in March. He says he believes an impasse over rent payments may have contributed to Rage’s closure.

Overstreet also reportedly owns the space formerly occupied by neighboring bar Flaming Saddles Saloon, which also announced […]

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21 Workers Test Positive for Coronavirus at Rock n Roll Ralphs

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Workers protest outside Ralphs in Hollywood where 21 have tested positive for coronavirus

HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) — Workers rallied Friday outside a Ralphs store in Hollywood where 21 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The group called on the store to take more aggressive action when staff test positive for the virus, and to ramp up efforts to protect the grocery store employees, who are considered essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

They said they speak for thousands of workers who are afraid they aren’t getting enough protection as the virus continues to spread countywide, infecting more than 24,000 as of Friday.

The Ralphs at 7257 W. Sunset Blvd. has had an outbreak involving several workers who tested positive for the virus, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, which lists businesses and […]

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‘Stay Put, Order In’ and Dine With Friends on Zoom, Says Mayor

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — WeHo is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and our community members are used to gathering around restaurant tables and enjoying meals together. Now, there’s an opportunity to, instead, gather around kitchen tables at home and enjoy a meal (or many!) while supporting our local restaurants.

“One of the worst things about the Safer At Home directive is being disconnected from friends, neighbors, and the city around us,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Don’t be alone if you don’t have to be – take advantage of the technology out there and invite a friend to Zoom in for Ziti or share some Farfalle over FaceTime.”

Mealtime is a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends, family, and loved ones using virtual teleconferencing technology, while partaking in your favorite delivered or takeout food.

City Encourages Residents to Support Local Restaurants During Safer At Home Orders

Many West Hollywood restaurants remain open and are offering takeout, curbside, and delivery meals, which are sensitive to social distancing during the emergency. The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer a directory of “Stay Put, Order In” eateries in West Hollywood, which is accessible by visitingwww.weho.org/coronavirus (click the “Stay Put, Order In” link!) or www.wehochamber.com/dinein. This list is updated daily.

“We need to start hanging out together, and talking, and seeing each other again. So, why not plan to #WeHoDinnerConnect this week – maybe Saturday at 8 p.m.? Or Sunday at 7 p.m.? Or even just 15 minutes of screen-to-screen gossip,” said Mayor D’Amico. “And you don’t have to cook a thing… local restaurants have meals and menus tailored to take-away choices and they’re ready to send food over to your house or make arrangements for you to pick it up.”

If picking up food, remember to wear face coverings, which are required to enter essential businesses.

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