BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS

Arbor Day ceremony location changed

Officials have changed the location of the 59th annual Arbor Day Program at 10 a.m. today to the lower level of the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale.

Arbor Day Program is sponsored by Glendale Beautiful, in cooperation with the city of Glendale Parks, Recreation and Community Services Division.

Speaker for the day will be Russ Hauck, park ranger supervisor.

The program will also feature a presentation of the Tree City USA Award to the city of Glendale by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 25th consecutive year the city is receiving the honor.

The event will recognize participants who donate funds to trees. The base cost is $45. Trees are planted at city parks, school and library areas.

For more information or to order a tree, call Gladys Wymore, Arbor Day chairwoman, at (818) 246-3634.

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Baby-sitting classes for youth, teens

The Verdugo Hills Hospital Beginnings Family Education Program offers baby-sitting classes designed for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15.

The baby-sitting class is an interactive course that provides instruction on infant/child CPR, basic first aid, home/auto safety, accident prevention, telephone skills, safety tips, when to call 911, poison control, fire/earthquake plans and other child care advice. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a baby-sitting certificate.

The classes are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 28, April 25, May 30 and June 27 at the hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale, in the Council Room on the fourth floor. Fee is $35 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Teri Rice at (818) 952-2272.

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YMCA kicks off fund campaign

YMCA of Glendale officials have kicked off the 2009 Pass It On Campaign, a fundraising effort to increase support for the scholarship fund.

The fund covers the cost of programs for children and families who otherwise might not be able to afford YMCA programs such as child care, day camp and programs for at-risk youth.

The YMCA's goal is to raise $100,000, said Chief Executive John Thomas.

The YMCA provides an opportunity for youngsters and adults to participate in programs such as day camp, child care, youth sports, water safety, before and after-school care and summer camp.

Children and families in the community need and deserve the family-oriented programs and services the YMCA can provide, said Chairman Greg Grande.

Last year, the volunteers of the YMCA of Glendale support campaign raised $130,000, which allowed 1,300 youngsters and families to join programs.

For more information, contact the YMCA at (818) 240-4130.


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