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Winter Shelter Information (Dec 1, 2008)

The East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless coordinates nightly winter shelter from December 1, 2008 to March 1, 2009. Shelters rotate between churches in the San Gabriel Valley. The flyer below gives information on daily pick-up transportation sites as well as other homeless resoucres available in our community.

Ride the Hayride and Say "Hi" to Santa (Nov 26, 2008)

Join us on Friday, December 19 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Beautiful Horsethief Canyon Park. Nothing beats a visit to Santa's pavilion on a crisp night! There will be refreshments, entertainment and of course, Santa! Hayride offered, weather permitting. Preregistration required for hayride (sold-out). 

San Dimas HolidayFest A Community Celebration (Nov 26, 2008)

Come share your holiday spirit at Holiday Fest the Parks and Recreation Departments annual celebration taking place on Saturday, December 13 from 9 am - 2 pm at Civic Center Park!

Start your day off with our Breakfast with Santa from 9- 11 am. Then stroll out to the park where you can find that perfect gift at our Craft Fair that features hand crafted items. There will be plenty of games and attractions for all of the children. The little ones can play in the snow and slide down our snow slide. Dress in you finest Santa gear and join us for or Santa's R Us Parade. Hop aboard and take your picture at Truck Stop San Dimas, a special collection of fire trucks, sheriff's cars, tow trucks, and much more! Through out the day there will be local entertainment. So do not miss these years Holidayfest. San Dimas Parks and Recreation, "We Create Community through People, Parks and Programs!

Learn more about City Housing Programs (Nov 25, 2008)

The City website has been updated with the most current housing program information. Take a few minutes to learn more about home repair programs, foreclosure assistance, first-time homebuyer, shared housing, food banks, social service, and shelter referrals in our community.

Foreclosure Assistance (Nov 20, 2008)

The Homeownership Preservation Foundation, a national non-profit counseling organization offers foreclosure assistance. The mission of this foundation is to preserve homeownership through budget and credit counseling, housing support, and offering solutions to avoid foreclosure. Counseling sessions are provided in collaboration with local agencies that have undergone extensive training and are certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Homeownership Preservation Foundation hotline (888) 995-4673.

If you are a renter who has been displaced due to your landlord losing your home to foreclosure there is assistance available through the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs - (800) 593-8222. They will give you information on tenants' rights and financial assistance programs available to you.

There is also the 24-hour/7 days a week Los Angeles County Info line- 2-1-1. You can also reach the info line by dialing (800) 339-6993. The info line has a comprehensive database of services available in Los Angeles County to individuals and families in need of assistance.

Branch Hands to Plant Trees in Sycamore Canyon (Nov 12, 2008)

On November 22nd, the San Dimas Branch Hands tree volunteers will be planting young California Sycamore, Coast Live Oak and Black Walnut trees in Sycamore Canyon. The trees have been graciously donated by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department. Everyone is invited to meet at San Dimas Canyon Park located at 1628 Sycamore Canyon Road, San Dimas at 9:00 a.m. From there, the group will walk up to Sycamore Canyon. Branch Hands t-shirts will be given to everyone who volunteers for the event. After the tree planting, there will be a chili and hot dog lunch. The rain date for the event is December 6. Don't forget your gloves and shovels! Need additional information, Contact Deborah Day at (909) 394-6273.

City Council Agrees to Open Space Deal (Oct 2, 2008)

The Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) and the City of San Dimas have moved forward on acquiring the Southwesterly 60 acres of the former Cal Poly Voorhees campus, also known as the Vista Verde residential development project. On Sept. 22nd, the WCA approved a grant of $8.45 million to put toward the acquisition and the planning process, and on Sept. 23rd, the City of San Dimas City Council conducted a public hearing to consider final action and approval of contributing $1 million to the project. The $1million will bring to the city about 6.91 acres that are adjacent to Loma Vista Park and will be used for open space. Our portion of the property will be used in cooperation with the WCA trails and other open space uses.

Once escrow closes on October 8th, our next steps will be to secure the property and to develop a plan for the design of the park. We will determine and define all issues through the planning process: access point, traffic, parking, trail locations, security, etc. Planning meetings will be scheduled and advertised to get as much input as possible, from the community. Please do not hesitate to voice your ideas, as this project will be a part of your neighborhood. If you would like more information on this project, please call Ann Garcia (909) 394-6282.

L.A. County To Sponsor Fire Expo Slated For October 25 (Sep 26, 2008)

The Los Angeles County Fire Department will be hosting a Fire Expo to help residents prepare for a wildland fire. The expo entitled "Living in the Fire Zone" will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont. Learn the five important steps to help you to get ready for a fire. Vendors will be on hand to provide information and demonstrations about emergency supplies, personal protective equipment, fire suppression systems and emergency response vehicles. There will also be presentations including Fire Department operations, vegetation management and building standards. Learn how to use a fire extinguisher (or practice what you already know). Admission is Free and refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Los Angeles County Fire Department at (323) 881-2411.

Learn More About Meals on Wheels (Sep 24, 2008)

La Verne/San Dimas Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization, provides hot lunchtime meals Monday through Friday, to residents of both San Dimas and La Verne who are housebound or unable to prepare themselves a meal. The meals, which cost just four dollars, include a hot entree, two side dishes, bread and butter, beverage, and fresh fruit or dessert. Diabetic-diet meals are available.

Volunteers Needed!!

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver meals to our recipients. Volunteering requires very little commitment of your time, but offers a great deal of satisfaction. Volunteers choose their own schedules, but most work one day a week, for about two hours during the lunchtime. Volunteers need to be able-bodied adults who drive a car. This is a great opportunity for retirees or stay-at-home Moms or Dads to serve in their own community.

For information about receiving meals or to learn more about becoming a volunteer , call the Meals on Wheels message line at 909.596.1828. Leave your phone number and someone will call you back.

S.H.A.R.E.S. Mixer (Sep 15, 2008)

San Dimas SHARES (Senior Housing Alternatives, Referral, Education, and Support) is a free home sharing and referral service for seniors. We will be having a mixer next Wednesday, Sepetember 17th from 3 to 4 p.m. at the San Dimas Senior Center (201 E. Bonita Ave). SHARES Mixers provide a great opportunity to learn about shared housing and other programs that help seniors remain independent.
We will have special guest speakers from the Fair Housing Foundation at the mixer. This Fair Housing Foundation (800 446-3247) provides free legal advice and advocacy for San Dimas residents. Come and learn more about your housing rights.

We encourage anyone who is interested to attend. If you would like more information, please contact the San Dimas Housing Section at (909) 394-6208.

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