Did you miss the December 1 Harbor Community Plan Update? No worries, you can watch it now here!
If you have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to receive a one-time, $500 check to help pay utility bills. Funding is limited. Online Applications accepted from November 2 through November 15, 2020.
You can vote by mail, use a vote by mail ballot drop box or return your ballot in person. And get the details about the propositions at VotersEdge.org.
We are looking for a Youth Representative (age 14-17) who lives or works within the Neighborhood Council boundaries and who will represent the needs and interests of youth in our community.
This fall, City Planning will host Planning 101 training sessions focusing on the topics of project and community planning.
In honor of our beloved Ms. Betty Hawkins, we respectfully announce the vacancy of the District 4 seat. May we always remember Ms. Hawkins' contributions to this board and to our community. Any Stakeholder interested in filling a vacancy or temporary vacancy on the Board shall make an oral statement or written application to the…
HGNNC is proud to report that our District 6 Representative Jackie Jackson got together with her stakeholders to tackle one of their most chronic areas for illegal dumping. They worked together, cleaned up and used the MYLA311 app to arrange for the bulky items to be picked up. Jackie Jackson is our District Representative of…
Are you looking for a way to do something meaningful in your community this fall? We have got just the thing! Join a Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Committee and see what we are all about!
Betty Hawkins passed away on September 8, 2020 and at our Board Meeting on that same day, we held a moment of silence to honor her and her service to our community. She had served on our Board since we were certified in 2002 and had been involved with the Neighborhood Watch for many, many…
Thousands of women and men are returning to our communities to avoid contracting COVID-19 in California's prisons and jails. National Expungement Week is helping system impacted individuals find the resources necessary to rebuild their lives. They work to empower our communities to adapt, sustain, survive and create in pursuit of equity. Learn more and/or volunteer…
LADWP has a new way to reduce your energy use and costs. Do you know that most homes built before 1980 have no attic insulation? Your cooling and heating are escaping out of your house, costing you money. Just like a hat can help to keep your head warm or cool, attic insulation can help…
August 1, 10am: Representatives from Prologis will describe their proposed warehouse project at 15116-15216 S. Vermont Avenue; 747-861 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. (ENV-2017-1015-EIR) in District 3, including the Initial Study and EIR process. After their presentation, there will be time to ask questions.
All residents in Harbor Gateway and surrounding communities qualify for a $500 rebate on a High Efficiency Clothes Washer while rebates last.
Did you know you can request free trees for your parkway ( the space between the sidewalk and the street) or your property? You can order them on https://www.cityplants.org/ who will plant the parkway trees for you or deliver the trees that you can plant on your private property.
On Thursday, July 23, 1pm you are invited to a Conference Call and Commanding Officer Update with Tressa Thompson, Driver Safety Manager, Senior Driver Ombudsman/Outreach DMV.
Join us July 9, 6:30pm by Zoom or phone to look at LAPD budget cuts and priorities as well as emergency preparedness events.
If you have a tip about illegal fireworks in your neighborhood contact https://complaint.lacity.org/Complaint/fireworks/ or https://www.lacrimestoppers.org/ and submit your information anonymously.
LAUSD is surveying parents to find out what their preferences are regarding reopening schools in the fall: remote learning, on campus full time, hybrid and the details surrounding all that.
When you are eating at a restaurant, plan to wear a face covering when you are not eating. You can expect limited seating, sanitizing stations, servers with face coverings and potential symptom checks.
Beginning Friday, June 12 the following are permitted to reopen/resume: gyms and fitness centers, museums, galleries, hotels for leisure, day camps and their pools, film, TV and music production, stadiums and arenas (without spectators)
Restaurants, barber shops, and hair salons may now choose to reopen, but under specific guidelines. For example, hair salons and barber shops may only serve one client at a time, and everyone must wear a face covering. Nail salons and businesses providing spa or massage services, or other “close-contact services,” remain closed. Restaurants may operate…
On May 8 Safer at Home becomes Safer LA allowing the opening of florists, toy stores, music stores, bookstores, clothing and sporting goods stores to offer curbside pickup. Trails will open May 9.
Check out Victory Garden Tips, Mondays with Michelle Obama where she reads a children's story. WideOpenSchool.org offers captivating resources. Answers to your questions about help for domestic violence victims.
Get information on the drive through testing experience, how to find your stimulus check, public showers available and more.
This week we have information on grab & go meals, face masks, testing, mental health, safe shopping and volunteer opportunities.
Harbor Gateway North, you should have received your Census 2020 request in the mail by now. The Coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of why it’s important to fill out. The Census is how federal and local governments determine which communities need specific resources and in what amounts. Less than 19% of Angelenos have filled out…
If you meet specific criteria, you are eligible for free COVID-19 testing. Check out this list of volunteer opportunities and information resources.
At our March 10, 2020 Board Meeting we voted to send a letter to City Planning regarding scoping elements to be considered in the Environmental Impact Report to be developed for the proposed Prologis project at Vermont and Redondo, 747-861 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
We have just received notice that all Neighborhood Council board, committee, alliance, and liaison meetings - as well as all other NC-related events - are suspended up to and including March 31, 2020. Please sign up for city alerts at NotifyLA.org.
Want City Hall to pay attention to abandoned cars and potholes near you? Try your Neighborhood Council!
During our January 25 Board Retreat, Chair David Matthews said that 127 issues were reported in January 2020 so far via 311 and encouraged more reporting to document issues in the HGNNC for City attention.
Submit your Public Comment Until March 9 on the proposed 53-foot tall, 340,298 square-foot warehouse/manufacturing/high-cube warehouse/distribution center.
HGNNC is looking for a Youth Representative (age 17-21) who lives or works within the Neighborhood Council boundaries.
The Winter Shelter Program is operating now through March 31. During the Winter Shelter season, each shelter will open at 5:00 pm and close at 7:00 am. Hours are extended for inclement weather.
Sign up now for either the area from Artesia to 120th on Wed. January 22 (deployment site will be the Harbor Gateway Community Center, 802 W. Gardena Blvd.) or the area north of 120th Street.
Diabetes is a disease significantly affecting the health of our black and brown communities and we want to do something about that," shares HGNNC Outreach Chair Janet Mitchell.
This great training will teach you how to respond in an emergency. Classes cover how to suppress small fires, basic first aid, evacuation tactics and how to collaborate with City agencies, search and rescue tactics, and how to communicate, including use of radios. Sign up now!
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council is focused on Emergency Preparedness and we invite you to get ready via the RYLAN and CERT programs we are sponsoring.
Over 30 free workshops + free breakfast, lunch & parking if you RSVP Take classes on skills & subjects key to Neighborhood Council success Network with elected officials & staff from every City department Join regional & Citywide alliances of Neighborhood Councils Share your success stories with other Neighborhood Council leaders Sign up early –…
What does the Planning & Land Use Committee Do: The committee makes recommendations to the Board on Planning and Land Use Issues, including the following: Proposed Zoning Changes Sub-Divisions Affordable Housing Projects Large Developments that are NOT allowed “by right” Updates to the Harbor Gateway Community Plan Two other Community Plans for the Harbor Gateway…
If you live, work or own property in District 1, we have a seat for you! Please complete the HGNNC District 1 Rep Application and email it by August 9 for consideration at our August 15 meeting.
City Controller Ron Galperin reports that voters had a right to expect more progress by now. Not one unit has been built under HHH.
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council held a whole fiesta around our elections this year to encourage people to come out and vote. Voters were invited to enjoy free tacos, document shredding and more. Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations to the winners!
Come vote in our Elections Saturday, June 8, 10am-4pm at the 135th Street School Auditorium, 801 W. 135th Street, Gardena. We have 23 candidates vying for your vote!
This is your opportunity to call your Senators and those on the Housing and Judiciary Committees to voice your opposition by submitting on the website no later than this Thursday May 30th if possible.
Speakers warned that while the bill is currently not being considered it will likely come back and opponents need to be ready for the next round.
The Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act, H.R. 2539, would reduce emergency response times by putting more federal law enforcement officers and resources near high-risk surface transportation assets, including LAX.
Come and meet the candidates running for the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council on April 23!! Ask questions and listen to what issues the candidates care about. Use our form to send us your questions by April 11, 8pm.
The Harbor Gateway Neighborhood Council is now accepting Neighborhood Purposes Grant requests until May 8.
We invite you to share your own strong opposition to SB 50 (Weiner) with State Senator Bradford and Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson and any other State legislators. Please comment by April 16 by 5 p.m.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee has been meeting for six months to carefully review zoning concerns by district, which were submitted to City Planning April 12
Participants in Planning 101: Planning for the Environment will learn about the role the City and its residents have in planning for the environment and the regulations that guide environmental analysis, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Join United Way's Home For Good and Everyone In teams on Saturday, May 18 at Grand Park for our annual HomeWalk 5K family run/walk to raise awareness and funds to end homelessness. This year, there will be the usual fun of partner booths, food trucks and live music, with more onsite engagement and entertainment than…
"The economic empowerment of buy back the block is something I've advocated our Board and stakeholders to consider," said HGNNC President Pamela Thornton.
Please join us on April 13th at 8:30am as the Assemblymember along with Supervisor Hahn, Councilman Joe Buscaino, and Local District Superintendent Romero kick off the 5k run to bring awareness towards Autism.
"By spaying or neutering your cat or kitten, you are helping LA Animal Services get one step closer to reducing unwanted kitten births and helping LA Animal Services place more animals in homes of their own," said Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager. "With our new print-at-home system, it's never been easier to spay…
In addition to the White Paper, this year the Budget Advocates have also taken a close look at the long lasting impact of redlining on our city today.
Metro and Caltrans are preparing preliminary engineering studies and an Environmental Document for the possible implementation of ExpressLanes along I-105 between Interstate 405 and Interstate 605.
Be the Change in Harbor Gateway! We are excited to welcome prospective members to run for a seat. Candidates should have a passion for making a difference in Harbor Gateway North. Register by March 26.
This bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible Dreamers who entered the U.S. under the age of 18 and who were continuously present in the U.S. for 4 years prior to the date of the bill’s enactment.
City Council agreed to stop confiscating the precious belongings of those living on the streets. The Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) issued its guidelines for the homeless. The guidelines state, in part, that, “We need to end our neighbors’ homelessness, not sweep it out of sight.”
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council was proud to host the One Community Fair in partnership with the office of Councilmember Joe Buscaino on Saturday, February 23.
There will be a special meeting of the Cannabis Regulation Commission on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340, inside City Hall at 200 North Spring Street. The highlight on the agenda is to discuss enforcement of unlicensed dispensaries. This is a major problem in HGNNC. You…
If you are a single parent and want to pursue your College Education, Los Angeles Harbor College offers the CARE PROGRAM which offers FREE: Tuition, Books, Meals and Gas Cards!
“Study after study has shown that punitive environments are counterproductive to mental health treatment. No amount of training will turn a Sheriff’s deputy into a mental health professional-- nor should it. We don’t need a new jail. What we need are mental health care facilities run by mental health professionals-- and that is what we…
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council, in partneship with the office of Councilmember Joe Buscaino, is hosting an informational fair on Sat. February 23 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Rosecrans Recreation Center, 840 W. 149th Street, Gardena, CA 90247.
Dump up to 500 pounds of trash or green waste for free! Help stop illegal dumping in Los Angeles
The festival will screen Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace concert at Directors Guild of America on Opening Night, February 7
Volunteer as a Budget Advocate and have a say in shaping our City's budget.
Summer 2018 was 17% hotter than 2017 and DWP rates increased resulting in an average bill increase of 12% in August and September.
After significant revenue losses, the strike is over resulting in pay increases and investments in class size reduction, nurses, librarians and other services.
The L.A. South Chamber of Commerce “King Week Celebration” honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. This year, our theme is “Keeping the Dream Alive, A Day of Service”. Our mission is to Engage, Educate, Empower, and Inspire Hope to build a better community. Our goal is to collaborate with…
This year, make a resolution that counts! The 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count will be the largest homeless census in the nation, and we need your help! Go to www.theycountwillyou.org and click "Sign Up" to volunteer with us.
Coalition to Preserve LA, a citywide organization of several thousand residents who advocate for transparent government, filed on January 14, 2019 a request with the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury to open a wide-ranging investigation into corruption in L.A. City Hall’s land-development approval process.
Getting a few seconds heads-up can make a big difference if you need to pull to the side of the road, get out of an elevator, or drop, cover, and hold on. Download the app now!
The overall goals include improving mobility, accessability & equity, safety, sustainability and keeping systems in good repair.
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council (HGNNC) teamed with Councilmember Joe Buscaino (Dist. 15) to sponsor 54 fifth grade students and two teachers from Gardena Elementary School for an educational site visit to City Hall on November 30, 2018. Students visited City Council Chambers, where the Councilman introduced them and took a group photo, then on…
With 15,000 homeless students in Los Angeles and plans for increasing public housing developments and bridge homes, Councilmember Buscaino calls for an end to NIMBYism and participation by everyone in solving the problem of homelessness.
This is an opportunity to reimagine mobility on a small-scale, and we want you to help us design your ideal service for your community.
The Daily Breeze reported on October 22, 2018 that the San Pedro Temple that was planning to host homeless overnight parking has paused their plans due to local demonstrators and complaints.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is now accepting proposals for its 2019-20 Artist in Residence (AIR) and City of LA (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship grants programs. Apply by October 26.
Among homeless adults with children, 27 percent said they were working either part or full time.
The KIDS Hub provides services to children from birth through age 18 who involved with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
September 5, 2018: It’s a big day for Los Angeles — we’re taking a major step forward in our City’s work to find homes for unsheltered Angelenos with the opening of A Bridge Home.
Anyone who has cared for a relative with Alzheimer's, autism, or dementia knows the fear of not knowing what might happen when you turn your back. 60% of individuals with Alzheimer’s and 49% of children with Autism will wander & go missing at some point in their lives.
The week of August 10, 2018 Councilmember Buscaino helped open 160 units of supportive and low-incoming housing in his district for the formerly homeless. The El Segundo Apartments and 127th Street Apartments in Harbor Gateway will help take many individuals and families off our streets and out of their cars, giving them a fair shot…
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee has started to review the Harbor Gateway Community Plan which was last updated in 1995. The Department of City Planning will be visiting the Harbor Gateway North area to discuss the Community Plan update process sometime in September. In the meantime, here is the…
Update August 28, 2018: New Online Tool to Request Help for Your Homeless Neighbors There are plenty of people in L.A. County who come across individuals struggling with homelessness and don’t know how to get them help. LA-HOP is an innovative online tool that makes it easy for you to request help for people in…
Los Angeles communities are experiencing hotter days than average and air conditioning units are increasingly being installed. Check out the list of cooling centers to find one near you.
Harbor Gateway Neighborhood Council, District 6 Representative Marvin Bell attended the event against gun violence held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the corner of Manchester and Vermont where hundreds of shoes lined the street of Vermont at Manchester. Each pair of shoes represented a life that was tragically taken as a result of gun…
Larry Morrison was honored for his role in personally adopting his neighborhood elementary school and volunteering there working with faculty to spend quality time with special needs young African American boys who have no father figure.
Those in middle school and high school can stop by to pick up a free backpack with school supplies on Sun. July 22 in the UEI College parking lot, 701 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
Join us 10am-3pm on July 4th at Wadsworth and 118th. Refreshments and community information. Meet your Neighborhood Council and neighbors!
Free family fun with Jazz, R&B, Latin Music and more on eight Fridays and Saturdays this summer. Bring your picnic and check it out!
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council held the 2018-2019 Board Retreat on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Guest speakers and presenters included Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Councilman Joe Buscaino and more.
On May 23 the HGNNC Ad Hoc Homeless Issues Committee assembled and distributed backpacks filled with toiletries to our five elementary schools for them to distribute to their homeless students.
The Finance Committee will be reviewing all received requests at their May 30 meeting before recommending requests which meet HGNNC goals and funding guideline requirements to the full Board for approval.
Mayor Garcetti delivered his State of the City Address April 16 saying that he needs the help of Angelenos to improve our quality of life in Los Angeles. This coming fiscal year, please consider joining the Mayor, the City Council, City departments, and community partners to spur economic growth in key industries, improve regional infrastructure connectivity,…
The CARE Study will assess arsenic, lead, mercury, and other chemicals in your body and provide information on what you and your family can do to reduce your contact with these chemicals.
On Saturday, January 27, Harbor Gateway North received a Clean Streets LA award at City Hall. This is our second win.
Please take a survey on electric vehicles to assist the Mayor's Office in transportation electrification.
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council has received news that former Board Member, Ramon Montoya has passed away. We remember and are grateful for his service and share this news with you.
The two affordable supported housing projects which Meta Housing has been building at 535 W. El Segundo Blvd., west of Figueroa Street, and at 550 W. 127th Street will both open in April.
The LAPD issued their draft policy regarding releasing critical incident video, which calls for releasing the video within 45 days of the incident or sooner. You are invited to comment before March 13. Also, you can provide your input on the necessary qualities of our next Police Chief by March 23.
HGNNC has taken the position that "the Mitigated Negative Declaration is completely inadequate and incomplete and that the over-all proposed Project is incompatible and objectionable in many respects with the location and existing uses."
Assemblymember Mike A. Gispon honored Pamela Thornton of Harbor Gateway for her work on environmental, health, and economic disparities among people of color.
The AQMD issued a letter with findings of more traffic from the Prologis project than the EIR and recommends mitigation steps including the use of newer trucks.
Active Recycling announces its Fire Safety 2018 Campaign: bring in your (one only) Christmas Tree and dump it for Free. (no matter if you received it from Active Recycling Co, or not).
The Daily Breeze reports that residents are requesting a full environmental review of the proposed 406,422 square foot warehouse planned to operate around the clock.
Harbor Gateway North was pleased to welcome Santa's sleigh on December 11, as part of the Winter Wonderland Celebration. The sleigh left the Southeast LAPD Division about 4pm and traveled south through our community distributing candy along the way.
The Section 8 waiting list for housing vouchers has been closed since 2004. The waiting list application will open on Monday October 16 at 6 a.m. and close on Sun. October 29 at 5 p.m. Applications must be received online and applicants must have an email address.
September is Civic Engagement Month in honor of the work of the Neighborhood Councils and of all the City’s public engagement efforts! Civic Engagement is about getting involved in your community. You are never too young or too old to get involved. Find out how!
HGNNC proudly sponsored a CERT class and graduated 23 residents who are now better prepared to help our community in a disaster.
City Land Use Committee unanimously votes against proposal. Vote still to go to City Council. Community and Board Members share concerns about proposed housing development for 110/91 interchange.
The jury is out on whether the proposed distribution facility for 747 W. Redondo Beach Blvd would be great for the neighborhood. We are awaiting the traffic study and environmental impact report.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council requests that all funding requests for the 2017-2018 fiscal year be submitted by June 30 midnight via email
City Council opened a 60 day public comment period June 8 on proposed ordinances regulating production and sale of commercial cannabis. Now is your chance to review the proposals and speak up about the production and sale of cannabis in your neighborhood.
HGNNC Supported the May Green Up Day which cleaned up streets and alleys from 167th to Gardena between Hoover and Vermont. Also, trash was removed at Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve, near Vermont Avenue and Artesia Blvd. In addition, vegetables were planted and garden boxes were stenciled on-campus.
HGNNC will meet on Tuesday, May 9th and will discuss and vote on official position and support needed to address public safety and Street Takeovers in the Harbor Gateway North Community.
Firefighter Randall Opperman will help get you disaster ready in this free 7 week course.
We celebrated Black History month with a display of sculpture, photos and memorabilia and a presentation about the Selma March.
Check out the Spring 2017 Newsletter from Public Works.
Should video be made public after an officer-involved shooting? Share your opinion in a survey by May 7 or at a community meeting.
For the first time the Department of City Planning has issued an annual report highlighting their major accomplishments in 2016.
NotifyLA is a free emergency alert system that sends you life-saving safety information during emergencies and disasters.
Starting February, the LA Department of Transportation will begin accepting applications for the Speed Hump Program.
75 fifth grade students from the 116th Street School visited Los Angeles City Hall on Fri. January 13, 2017 for a tour and introduction to how local government works. The trip was coordinated by HGNNC Youth Representative Richard Lee. HGNNC District 8 Representative Larry Morrison helped with trip supervision. Councilmember Buscaino’s office arranged for the…
LOS ANGELES (CNS) >> The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Board of Commissioners on January 17, 2017 approved a “customer bill of rights” backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and criticized by some leaders from neighborhood councils, but also moved to open up public comment and revisit the bill of rights in about 90…
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council President Pamela Thornton was honored to celebrate women in leadership on Neighborhood Councils at the Getty House with Mayor Garcetti.
During our October 2016 meeting Councilmember Buscaino gave an update to our stakeholders. He spoke about the new sidewalk repair program and how residents can speed up repairs by paying for half of the repair. More information about sidewalk repair is here. If you need to remove a city tree, it must be replaced with two…
Members of the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Neighborhood Council came together in partnership with the community to take on the #CleanStreetsLA challenge and clean up the neighborhood in October 2016.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council members and representatives of labor, business and nonprofit groups officially launched a campaign Monday to convince Los Angeles voters to approve a $1.2 billion bond measure to pay for about 10,000 units of homeless housing over the next decade. “I urge all Angelenos to vote for Measure HHH,” Garcetti said…
15th District Councilmember Joe Buscaino will be present at the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council booth during the Athens Blvd. Block Party on Sat. August 27 from 10 to 11 am. at 12300 S. Denver Avenue, between Athens Blvd. and 124th Street. Stop by for complimentary coffee and pastries and let him know what’s…
Thirty volunteers showed up for the first of a series of mini clean ups planned for the District 7 area of the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council on Saturday December 5. District 7 Representative Janet Mitchell led the effort which included a number of the residents along 116th Place. This street north of the 105…
Members of the Harbor Gateway North’s Ad Hoc Election Committee staffed a booth on Saturday October 24 for the second annual Harvest Health Fair at the 135th Street School, 801 W. 135th Street. The Neighborhood Council helped to fund the refreshments for the over 600 attendees, who included students of the school and their…
Our elections will be held next June and now is the time to think about running for a seat on our Board. You an already register to vote online. Step up your civic engagement in the new year!
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council was honored by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners September 2015 for excellence in empowering the community.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council was the first of nine Neighborhood Councils to have voted support for Council File 13-1152-S1 which placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other well stimulation activities within City boundaries.
Central and Southern Mexico experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake this past spring. Seismologists have just announced that the San Francisco Bay area has four earthquake faults which are overdue for a major rupture. The San Andreas Fault and other faults impacting Southern California are all overdue to create major earth movement. Are you and your…
If you live in Harbor Gateway North’s District 6 (South L.A.) or Districts 7 and 8 (Southeast L.A.) the zoning restrictions and other guidelines which will regulate the look and feel of your neighborhood are being evaluated and changed. Now is the time to be involved!
On Saturday April 13, 2013 the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council held its fifth biennial Health Fair at the 118th Street School. Principal Ra’Daniel McCoy was very helpful in supporting our efforts and helping to notify the parents and surrounding community of this free event.