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‘PastaThon’ Underway to Support Job Training for Disadvantaged Youth



LOS ANGELES — Smart & Final has launched its annual in-store donation program aimed to raise money and collect pasta-related items for the 9th annual PastaThon, a fundraising event organized by KFI AM640 for Caterina’s Club.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit, Caterina’s Club provides warm meals, affordable housing assistance and hospitality job training for homeless youth and low-income families throughout Southern California.

To participate in the food fundraiser, shoppers at any Smart & Final store can make a donation at the register during checkout. Now until December 6, for every $10 donated, Smart & Final and Barilla will in turn provide pasta, pasta sauce, forks, bowls and napkins to Caterina’s Club. Each $10 donation will provide 24 meals to kids in need.

In California, an estimated one in five children go to bed hungry each night. Having served over 3 million meals to date, Caterina’s Club founder and the owner of the Anaheim White House restaurant, Chef Bruno Serato stated, “It’s time to stop talking about it; it’s time to do something about it.”

Customers donating $10 will receive a code on their receipt to enter for a chance to win a 13-day, exclusive trip for two to Italy, courtesy of Trafalgar, the world’s leading guided vacation company. Visit for full details and official rules.

Smart & Final and the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company, also will donate pallets of food and provide volunteer staff at the PastaThon fundraising event hosted by KFI AM640, happening on December 6 at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. In 2018, the total raised from Smart & Final and its customers was $62,000, which was turned into 72,000 pounds of pasta and sauce, plus $17,000 in cash donations.

“Caterina’s Club and Chef Bruno Serato inspire the Smart & Final family to give our time, money and hearts to such a worthy cause every year,” said Deb Bell-Versluis, Director, Corporate Communications & Charitable Foundation, Smart & Final. “In the spirit of ‘food is love,’ we’re honored to have the opportunity to turn monetary donations into the ingredients Caterina’s Club uses to feed 25,000 kids a week in 30 cities.”

Throughout the year, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life and nourishing the communities Smart & Final stores serve. The Foundation aids nonprofit organizations that impact issues including hunger relief, health & wellness, education, youth development & sports, and disaster relief. Last year, the Charitable Foundation hit a fundraising milestone, raising $2 million for more than 2,300 causes with the help of Smart & Final customers and store associates.

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WeHo Invites Community Input on 2020 Hart Park Improvements



WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood invites community members to take part in shaping the future of site improvements coming to the William S. Hart Park. Community members are encouraged to share ideas about improving pedestrian and vehicular accessibility into the park as well as discuss possible upgrades to existing park amenities.

Beginning in early 2020, a variety of community outreach events will be held at various locations in West Hollywood including Hart Park, West Hollywood Park, and Plummer Park.

A landscape architect will be present at the first community pop-up which will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hart Park, located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue.

A full list of outreach events and more information about Hart Park can be found on the City’s website at

There will also be a series of facilitated community meetings where the City’s selected landscape architect will present renderings that represent how the park may look based on feedback and consideration of the community’s comments and ideas.

The final concepts will be presented for approval to the West Hollywood City Council at a regular scheduled meeting in mid-2020.  These pop-ups and community engagement events will provide opportunities for everyone to learn more about Hart Park, share ideas and comments to improve the park, and meet City staff and other community members who are interested in shaping the future of Hart Park.

The primary focus of the improvements is to provide access to the park for all park patrons by updating existing parking and ramps, improving the dog park surface and amenities, and enhancing security features such as lighting. 

The park currently has amenities available to the public including a fenced-in off-leash dog area, AIDS Memorial, and a water fountain.

The park is surrounded by trees and landscaping. There is also an historic house and a theater used and operated by The Actors Studio. Improvements and upgrades to the existing buildings will be performed in a separate phase of work.

The City of Los Angeles owns the property, but its grounds and structures are long-term leased and maintained by the City of West Hollywood.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Project Manager, Christina Sarkees, at (323) 848-6571, or

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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WeHo Green Building Program Orientation Set for Jan 28



WEST HOLLYWOOD — Did you know the City of West Hollywood has updated its Green Building Program? The City staff has been presenting the recent changes and latest updates associated with the West Hollywood Green Building Program (effective January 1).

In 2001, the City of West Hollywood proudly established “Responsibility for the Environment” as one of its core values. The adoption of the West Hollywood Green Building Program in 2007–the first-in-the-state green building code—was one of several ways the City demonstrated its commitment to the environment.

The program required new buildings and remodels to strive towards energy efficiency, improve the health of the environment and community, and help the City shape a sustainable future.

The City led the way then and we’re continuing to lead now. The West Hollywood Green Building Program was updated in 2019 to keep pace with progressive national sustainable building design standards, the State’s Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), and ever-evolving local and regional industry trends.

With input from City staff and community stakeholders, including residents, local business owners, and local industry professionals, the West Hollywood Green Building Program includes flexible development standards, opportunities to innovate, high-achieving measures, and a clear path towards continuing the City’s tradition of leadership in climate action.

There are two opportunities to participate – the first meeting took place on Tuesday, January 14 at West Hollywood City Hall and the second meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Plummer Park.

Please RSVP today at (walk-ins welcome). For more information, please contact Robyn Eason at (323) 848-6558.

For more information can be found at

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WeHo Wellness: Free Food & Nutrition Assistance Plummer Park Jan 30



A Project Angel Food Thanksgiving

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood offers an on-going variety of free entertaining and educational community events. The Wellness program on January 30 features food and nutrition programs serving the community.

The event will include food demonstrations, nutrition information, free fresh produce, Cal Fresh enrollment assistance, aromatic sachet making, recipes and more.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

For more information, please contact Corey Roskin at (323) 848-6510 or or contact Social Services at (323) 848-6510.

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