|COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM (CAT)|
• CLOSED Riley's Red Wagon Book Swap - open daily
Open daily (unless it's raining) from about 9 a.m. til just before dark at 3040 E. First Street in Bluff Park. First-time guests can have FOUR FREE BOOKS. They can keep those four forever or bring them back to exchange for four more. It's a little free library of sorts, except it's not little -- there are about 750 selections daily for kids and adults. This project is not an official CAT project, but is hosted by Justin Rudd.
• CANCELLED 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 a.m., 250th consecutive month, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
• CANCELLED Haute Dog Poetry Contest
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10:35 a.m., 9th year, after the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup, 1 Granada Ave.
- poetry does not have to be memorized
- poems must be one minute or less
- no props; dogs welcome
- all ages welcome to enter, entry is free
- poetry must be original and dog-themed
- microphone provided
- bring a printed copy of your poem
- max. two poems per entrant
- sign-up at the event (dogs welcome to attend)
• MOVED ONLINE Long Beach Giving Project
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 6 p.m., 13th annual, Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team give $500 cash to about 13 teams of local volunteers, and tasks them to go out and buy goods and services for those in need in the city. And, they have only one week to do the giving. The week concludes with a dinner, and each "giver team" presents what he/she did with the money, in front of their peers and a panel of judges.
• CANCELLED: Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 1 Granada Ave. This 6th annual event is free, and it's CAT's largest event with about 6,000 kids of all ages who get to sit in the drivers' seats. It is hosted by Justin Rudd, his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT), the Port of Long Beach and Councilwoman Suzie Price. More than 100 large vehicles are expected to be stationed in the beachfront parking lot. Come climb aboard and explore. Some of last year's vehicles included a street sweeper, garbage truck, cement mixers, a John Deere tractor, firetrucks, 18-wheelers, police cars, motorcycles, a city bus, cranes, forklift, and more. Free tickets available:
• CANCELLED: Long Beach Mom Prom - dance for moms and their kids
Sunday, April 5, 2020, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Youth Center of Bay Shore Church, 5200 E. The Toledo, Belmont Shore. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team host their 6th annual dance that includes a DJ, homemade refreshments, prom photos, dance contests, and the crowning of a prom queen. Early bird tickets are $10/couple, or $20/couple on the weekend of the event.
•PRODUCT ALREADY DISTRIBUTED Operation Easter Basket
Wed./Thurs./Fri., April 8/9/10, 2020, 16th annual, Bay Shore Church youth center (new location), 5200 E. The Toledo. Wednesday and Thursday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team host a collection drive and assembly to put together about 3,500 essentials-filled baskets for the most needy kids in our community. Baskets include items like art supplies, school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and candy. RSVP to volunteer:
• CANCELLED 30-Minute Beach Cleanup & Pajama Party
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10 a.m., 251st consecutive month, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe. There will be cash prizes for kids and for adults who are wearing the best pajamas during the cleanup, so just roll out of bed and join us.
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 10 a.m., 252nd consecutive month, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
• Clothing & Shoes Drive for Homeless
June 1-6, 2020. Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 E. The Toledo. 7th annual. For Justin Rudd's birthday (June 6), he asks the public to give the gift of used clothes and shoes. Last year, several huge truckloads of goods were collected and donated to area homeless service agencies.
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 10 a.m., 253rd consecutive month, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
• $1,000 Southern California National Anthem Sing-Off
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 10:30 a.m., 8th annual, 1 Granada Ave. on the beach's boat launch ramp. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team invite singers of all ages to sing a cappella the last part of the National Anthem for the crowd following the day's beach cleanup. Then finalists will sing the entire song for the crowd. The winner goes home with a $1,000 contract to sing the Anthem at their choice of 20 Community Action Team events within a year.
• Camp Justin!
June 20-27, 2020; 10th annual. For a week each summer, Justin Rudd takes about a dozen deserving incoming high school seniors on day trips around Southern California and beyond. In previous years, the group: flew to Las Vegas for an overnight and stayed in a 5-star hotel; flew to San Francisco; toured college campuses; rode horses in Griffith Park; toured movie studios; dined with county commissioners, mayors and councilpeople, spent the night on the Queen Mary, and much more. The goal of the Camp is to help the students to "explore, dream and discover" while showing them more of the world outside the neighborhood and school in which they spend most of their time.