Gayle previews weekend events in Los Angeles including the Special Olympics Summer Games, The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard race and festival, and where you can meet Buzz Aldrin at a book signing.
Saturday @ 8:30 a.m.
Second Annual 5K Run/Walk for Mozambique
South Coast Botanic Gardens
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Peninsula
It’s time for some exercise! Join the Second Annual 5K Run/Walk for Mozambique. Your participation and donations benefit the Melanie Center in Mozambique, which provides food, clean water, medicine, clothes, education and more to the poor.
Special Olympics Summer Games
Cal State Long Beach
6000 East Atherton Street
562 502 1100
More than one-thousand athletes from Southern California having been training to swim, golf, play basketball, compete in gymnastics, and Bocce ball at the Special Olympics Summer Games in Long Beach. Volunteer and cheer as the athletes pour out their hearts to win gold, silver and bronze medals.
Saturday, June 8th
World Oceans Day
Today is WORLD OCEANS DAY! We have an opportunity to think about what the ocean means to us, learn to discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected, and change the way we treat the ocean – instead of polluting — acting as a caretaker. Small modifications of our everyday habits will greatly benefit our blue planet.
The fourth annual Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival is underway this morning. The sport’s top competitors are paddling their way through a new five-and-a-half mile Elite Race course. The event includes a kids beach and a surf history pop up museum. By the way, this event benefits Santa Monica based HEAL THE BAY and its’ public marine education facility.
National Rip Current Awareness Week
While you are enjoying the ocean this weekend, remember this is “Rip Current Awareness Week.”
The National Weather Service reminds families not to underestimate the power of rip currents. They say if you get caught in a rip current, do not panic and try to swim against it. They say swim parallel to the beach.
According to the United States Lifesaving Association, 80 percent of beach rescues are attributed to rip currents. The association says more than 100 people die annually from drowning in rip currents.
Saturday @ 1 p.m.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Book Signing “Mission to Mars : My Vision for Space Exploration“
From the dangers of the sea to the dangers of space. Meet astronaut Buzz Aldrin signing his new book “Mission to Mars : My Vision for Space Exploration“ at the Reagan Presidential Library Museum. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during the landing of Apollo 11 and as an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings, Dr. Aldrin plots the path to taking people to Mars by 2035.
Saturday @ Noon
Inland Empire Greek Festival on the Hill
1035 Inland Center Drive
909 885 6213
Learn about the Greek culture at the Inland Empire Greek Festival on the Hill. The food and fun starts at Noon and lasts until, as the event organizers say, “…when the party is over!…”
June is Adopt-a-Cat Month
866 242 1877
Think about adopting a cat! Why? Well, June is “Adopt-a-Cat” month according to the American Humane Association. The association says each spring thousands of newborn kittens join millions of cats already in shelters across the country. To learn if you have what it takes to be a cat parent, visit the American Human Association’s website for a their top ten checklist.
Safe & Affordable Cars for College Kids
Insurance Information Network of California
500 South Grand Avenue
Is your graduate looking for one of these? A car? The Insurance Information Network of California and Carmax has a list of 12 vehicles they recommend, both domestic and foreign vehicles, because their survey finds these cars among the safest, most affordable, and environmentally friendly on the road. Visit the Insurance Information Network of California website for the complete list.
You have an opportunity to own an environmentally friendly lawnmower. Register today for one of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD),which is offering residents living within its four county jurisdiction, the chance to exchange their old, working, gas lawn mower and purchase a cordless, rechargeable, electric lawn mower at a greatly reduced price.
To participate in the exchange, residents in participating cities in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County must register in advance online at www.aqmd.gov or by calling 1(888) 425-6247. Registration is now open!
Saturday @ 9 a.m.
On Site Shredding
Navy Federal Credit Union
18709 Brookhurst Street
714 593 8040