Justin Rudd's nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.) Long Beach Touch-A-Truck



I AM A FIRM believer in the collective power of individuals joined in a spirit of goodwill and generous giving to bring about the success of an organization. That's why we need you to get involved. - Justin Rudd!

Community Action Team, California, Inc. 3040 E. First Street, Long Beach, CA 90803

501c3/Fed. Tax ID# is 05-0545777

Please Support CAT • a 501c3 Nonprofit

catRIGHT NOW, while the need is in your mind, won't you please donate? We receive no government monies, and depend entirely on people like you.

WE HOPE YOU share our love for animals, kids and the environment, and our wish is that you'll consider a gift of $25, $50, $100 or another amount so that we can continue to bring you and our community fun events and meaningful projects.

CHECKS can be made payable to CAT, Attn. Justin Rudd, 3040 E. First Street, Long Beach, CA 90803.

501c3/Fed. Tax ID# is 05-0545777


THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, contributions to CAT are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment.

C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLA organization that includes:

• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
• Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
• Bulldog Beauty Contest
• Camp Justin!
• Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade
• Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
• Haute Dog Contests
• Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
• Haute Dog Poetry Contest
• Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
• Joy to the World! Christmas concert
• Long Beach Bake-Off
• Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest
• Long Beach Father/Daughter Dance
• Long Beach Giving Project
• Long Beach Heroes awards
• Long Beach Losers
• Long Beach Mom Prom
• Long Beach Polar Splash!
• Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
• Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K
• Miss Long Beach Pageant
• National Adult Spelling Bee
• National Kids Spelling Bee
• Operation Easter Basket
• Operation Santa Paws
• Red High Heels Walk
• Roses Are Red… poetry contest
• Say Cheese Long Beach! photo contest
• Sock-It-To-‘Em
• Southern California Beard & Mustache Championship
• Southern California National Anthem Sing-Off
• Southern California Tattoo Championship

• Full event list and calendar HERE.



CANCELLED: Long Beach Touch-A-Truck will not take place Sat., March 28. Our main concern is everyone's health and well-being. Organizers will determine the next steps for moving forward in regards to the coronavirus pandemic. As this is a fluid and rapidly changing situation, please take care of yourself and your loved ones. For updates, you can subscribe to the event newsletters at JustinRudd.com/newsletter.

Long Beach Touch-A-Truck

Long Beach Touch-A-Truck 2019
PHOTOS: Click above to see 2019 photos.

CANCELLED: About 115 vehicles Sat., March 28 at free, 6th annual "Long Beach Touch-A-Truck" interactive event

Councilwoman Suzie PriceThe 6th annual “Long Beach Touch-A-Truck” interactive event will take place Sat., March 28, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the beachfront parking lot at 1 Granada Ave., Long Beach, 90803.  The free event is co-sponsored by Councilwoman Suzie Price, Port of Long Beach and Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT).

Port of Long Beach

About 115 large trucks, tractors, military, public safety, and construction vehicles are expected to be on display to the general public to explore from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring cash if you want a souvenir t-shirt, Kettle Korn, bottled waters, and/or food truck purchases.  We expect about 10 food trucks.

Please bring jars of peanut butterWe are encouraging attendees to bring a jar of peanut butter and/or cans of tuna that we'll be donating to local food banks.

Kids and adults who pre-register will receive wristbands when they check-in (names will be on the list at the check-in tents) and are invited to sit in the drivers' seats of the vehicles, including firetrucks, police vehicles, buses, semi-trucks, tractors, and military vehicles. All registrants can still attend and get up close to the vehicles.

VIP HALF HOUR: 9-9:30 a.m. for children with disabilities and special needs; and for residents of Long Beach's Third District. If in doubt if you live in the Third District, see this map: JustinRudd.com/3rdmap

TAKE THE BUS: Use Long Beach Transit to Second Street @ Nieto Ave. or Park Ave. and walk three blocks south to Touch-A-Truck. Use routes 121/131.

PARKING: We highly suggest walking or biking to the event. Or, take a cab/Uber. We suggest parking along Second Street in a public parking lot and then walking three blocks south to the event. 

There will be a LEGO play corral provided by the Long Beach LEGO User Group.

We do NOT recommend bringing dogs to the event. Way too many people.


Ability Tri-Modal, Volvo big rig Ronald McDonald House trailer
18-wheel dump truck
1988 BMY 5-ton Military Cargo Truck
American Integrated Services - 120 Barrel Vacuum Truck
American Integrated Services - Emergency Response Trailer
American Integrated Services - Emergency Response Unit
American Integrated Services - Skid Steer Loader
American Red Cross: emergency response vehicle
Aquarium of the Pacific, Aquarium on Wheels
Associated Ready Mix Concrete truck
Barney Hole Digging, track drill
Best Moving & Storage, 2015 Freightliner with a 26 foot box and granny attic 
Big Red Bus
Bobby Friedman's Jeep
Boys & Girls Club, van
Brandon Martinez's 1957 Volkswagen Beetle
CalPortland, Ready-mix truck 
Car Seat Safety: vehicle
CHP PIUV vehicle, Officer Yarbrough
Claudia Torres' Harley-Davidson
COA, 2015 Chevy Boxtruck
Corner Bakery 2015 Ford Transit van, cookies and free kids meal certificates
Courtney Pettijohn & Chris' 1986 K5 Chevy Blazer
Crew, Inc., big rig and trailer 
Crew, Inc., front wheel loader
CSULB shuttle bus
David Clement's 1976 Yamaha yz125 dirt bike
David Clement's Superbike Ducati 1098
Dependable Highway Express 2017 Volvo
Dr. Paula's Mobile Veterinary Services
Drew Hayes, 1974 Dodge Winnebago
Duncan Bolt, 16’ stakebed trucks
Eco Flow Transportation 2013 Mack
EDCO refuse truck
Fast Glass, 2014 Mercedes Benz Sprinter (the long tall version), with a glass rack and tools.
Firefighters Local 372 BBQ for hot dogs
Good Times Ice Cream Truck, 1966 IH Metro Mite truck, selling ice creams
Goodwill's 2012 International 24 ft. straight box truck
H&R Block van
Jason McGoff, 1988 Ford Ranger.  Class 1450 off-road racing
Jeff and Marsi Skinner's 1926 Ford Model T 4-door "Fordor" sedan
Jeff Grahovec's Kenworth!
John Molina's classic car
Jonathan Schnack's golf cart
Keesal, Young & Logan, limousine  
Lisa West’s son’s prerunner
Lisa's son's friend's black truck
Long Beach Animal Care Services, truck and some adoptable animals
Long Beach CVB Landscaping Truck
Long Beach Environmental Health Disaster Response vehicle 
Long Beach Fire Department: engine
Long Beach Fire Department: truck
Long Beach Fire Museum: firetruck
Long Beach fleet services: Tow Truck
Long Beach Gas & Oil: Backhoe
Long Beach Gas & Oil: Dump Truck
Long Beach Gas & Oil: Gas Crew Truck
Long Beach Lifeguard truck with swiftwater boat/trailer attached
Long Beach Police cruiser
Long Beach Police Jeep
Long Beach Police Mobile Eye
Long Beach Police Port Police Dive Van 
Long Beach Police Prowler, used at the Port
Long Beach PRM Cherry Picker/Crane
Long Beach PRM John Deere, large
Long Beach PRM John Deere, medium
Long Beach Transit, 60-foot articulated bus
Long Beach Water Dept. Crane Truck
Long Beach Water Dept. Dump Truck
Marcel Waffles
Matt's 2004 Chenowith prerunner
Mayor Logistics 2011 International Pro Star
Mayor Logistics 2016 Volvo VNL64T
Michelle Molina's classic truck
Mike and Ashley Boone, off-road race car
Millennium Environmental, Ford F550 truck with Geoprobe 6600 Direct Push Technology (DPT) 
Mitch Kron's 1972 Manx Dunebuggy
Molina Healthcare shuttle bus
Mountain Dew/ThinkMotive truck and tent, 10x30
Naked Juice truck 10x30
National Demolition, trophy race truck
Pat Thorpe's 1951 Dodge Power Wagon (military version)
Paul Murphy's "Tow Mater"
Paul Murphy's Scooby Doo Mystery Machine
Performance Detailing, 2005 GMC Savanna Pro van, w/ 200 gallon water tank, gas pressure washer and generator.
Phantom Food Truck
PIRTEK Long Beach Ford E-250 
Port of LB: Crane
Republic Waste Services recycling truck
Rice Balls of Fire food truck
Roxanne’s, 1936 Ford pickup
Roxanne’s, 2006 Ford F250
Roxanne’s, 2009 International Prosta
Ryan’s Specialized, 2015 Dodge 4500 flat bed Hot Shot / Pilot Truck 
Ryan’s Specialized, 2016 Kenworth T880 Heavy Haul Truck with a 2016 Landoll 50 ton 3 axle trailer 
Sonic Excellence, 2014 Mercedes Sprinter: Audio Video Installation truck
St. Anthony High School van 
St. Nicks, 45' TEREX LT40P Boom Truck
Steve's desert car
Terrell Rayfield's 99 Chevy 3500 Dually Stake Bed
Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner
Truck w/ boat on a trailer
Urban Espresso, food truck
Wafl Truck
Waste Management refuse truck
Woody's Grill Truck
Yellow Cab - 2011 Toyota Sienna van
YMCA vehicle

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Is the event free? Yes.

Where can I pre-register to attend?
Starting March 1, 2020 at 2020touchatruck.eventbrite.com

How much is parking? Parking is in the Belmont Pool, La Verne, Claremont and 54th Place parking lots. We highly suggest you to walk or ride a bike. The Granada Ave. entrance will be closed during this event, please avoid that intersection. You might want to park on Second Street and walk south to the beachfront event location.

What are the hours of the event? General admission is 9:30 a.m. til 1 p.m. There will be a VIP half hour from 9-9:30 a.m. only for children with disabilities and special needs; and for any resident of Long Beach's Third District. If in doubt if you live in the Third District, see this map: JustinRudd.com/3rdmap

Are pets allowed? This event is VERY crowded. Please do NOT bring pets.

Can I take pictures? You bet! And, please post them to social media using #LongBeachTouchATruck

What if it rains? This is a rain or shine event.

What is the Facebook fan page? www.facebook.com/LongBeachTouchATruck

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Community Action Team events, contests, and projects on Facebook
Long Beach, Calif. (99,500+ likes, most popular);  Belmont Shore! (21,100+ likes); Long Beach Losers; Haute Dogs (14,400 likes); Long Beach Turkey Trot; 30-Minute Beach Cleanup

Kids' Costume Contest
kids costume contest long beachCOSTUMED KIDS are invited to lead the Howl'oween Parade this year and there will be a a few $10 prizes to those kids with the best outfits. There is no charge to enter the kids costume contest, but a signed liability waiver by parents/guardian is required. It's the same entry form as the dog parade, just skip the info about dogs and payments. Be at the parade start line (meet inside the kids playground front gates, corner of Livingston Dr. & Park Ave.) by 2:20 p.m. with your entry form. Kids will step off at 2:25 p.m.

Miss Long Beach & Miss Southern California Cities Pageants
miss southern california & miss long beach

Justin Rudd and the Community Action Team will present the Long Beach pageants in early Nov., 2012 at the Grand Ballroom of The Grand in Long Beach.

The pageant will award "Long Beach" and "Southern California" titles in each of these four divisions:

• Little Miss (ages 6-10)
• Teen (ages 13-18)
• Miss (ages 19-30)
• Ms.
• Mrs. (21+)
Elements of competition for Teen, Miss and Mrs. will include swimsuit, evening wear and interview. There is no talent competition. Get on our email list HERE for updates/details.


See details below about the amazing amount of things that CAT has accomplished this past year.  And, please consider a secure, online tax-deductible contribution to CAT as part of your end-of-year holiday giving.  -Justin!  


THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. CAT is a 501c3 is governed by a board of directors. Contributions are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment. Some monies also go towards event permits, insurance, Web hosting, refreshments, prizes, printing, advertising, salary and office administrative costs.

THE GOAL OF CAT is to implement programs, events, education, support and advocacy that will focus on such relevant issues as youth, education, the environment, our beaches, health/fitness, and animal welfare. CAT's mission is to embrace humanity with care and compassion, while encouraging those around us to explore, dream and discover the tenets of civility, kindness and understanding of all people.

Costumed Dogs in Howl'oween Parade
Poodles, pugs and other pups pound pavement

500+ DOGS IN THEIR best Howl'oween outfits are expected to return to Belmont Shore for the annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade this Halloween at 2:30 p.m. More than 500 dogs in all shapes and sizes helped to raise funds for the local animals organizations, as well as the 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) which benefits local youth, environmental, health and animal welfare projects. CLICK HERE to read more and see some great pics.

Hot to (Turkey) Trot in Long Beach

THE THANKSGIVING DAY 5K/10K Turkey Trot Run & Walk takes place Thanksgiving morning at the Belmont Olympic Pool in Belmont Shore. More than 3,000 runners and walkers are expected to help raise $150,000+ to help further the work of the 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). DETAILS

Father/Daughter Dance

The "Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance" will take place near Valentine's at Bay Shore Church in Belmont Shore. The event is hosted by the nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT).  Approx. 80 dads, daughters of all ages, and CAT volunteers are expected again this year to dance the night away to the Hokey Pokey, Macarena, The Twist and other party classics that will be appropriately selected by a local DJ.  Last year, more than $1,000 was collected at the door for this annual event held in the community hall at Bay Shore Church on The Toledo in Belmont Shore. DETAILS

Monthly Beach Cleanups
Volunteer this month?

30-Minute Beach Cleanups
1 S. Granada Ave., Long Beach, 90803
every 3rd Sat./month @ 10 a.m.

THE "30-MINUTE BEACH CLEANUPS" MEET on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at 1 S. Granada Ave. (@ Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90803) in Belmont Shore, to help rid the beach of trash and debris. Free parking, gloves, bags, refreshments, door prizes and good times. MORE

The Great American 4th of July Bike Parade & 4K Run/Walk

FANCY FOURTH OF JULY harbor cruises, spectacular theme park fireworks shows and lavish community parades have nothing on this simple annual event in Long Beach. The city's Fourth of July Bike Parade & Contest has got to make everyone smile and cheer with its old-fashioned appeal as hundreds of local kids decorate their two-wheelers and ride the sunny beach boardwalk. Red, white and blue streamers, crepe paper, balloons and American flags are on display and $10 is awarded to the top ten young future designers for originality, creativity, spectator appeal, and display of red, white and blue. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on the beach bike path at the end of Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore. CLICK HERE for parade info. --Sheryll Alexander, AOL/Digital City

Spellers Sought for Elementary School Bee

ARE YOU READY to try your skill? Are you a courageous young competitor ready to wrestle with some difficult words? Are you ready for the last word? If you are the best speller at your school and you are in third to fifth grade you may be able to enter the championship that is scheduled to take place in Long Beach on a Sunday in March. www.SpellingBees.com