first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake This week, about 25 children were staying in the 63-bed emergency shelter with their parents, and an additional 15 were staying in a half-dozen cottages set aside for longer-term stays. The shelter’s fenced playground contains swings and slides and a smaller playhouse built last year by inmates at California State Prison-Los Angeles County. “Our playground is a very safe place where parents and children can go and spend quality time together to enjoy themselves at a time when things aren’t so joyful,” said Kathleen Hamlin, a senior advocate at the shelter. The playhouse, wooden rocking horses and wooden cars and trucks were turned over to the shelter through Antelope Valley Transit Agency’s annual Stuff-A-Bus toy drive for needy local families. The playhouse and toys were created by inmates in the prison’s mill and cabinet shop and in the Arts in Corrections program, working over at least six months. “The men actually consider this a privilege, to make toys for children who are very needy,” said Lucinda Thomas of the Arts in Correction program. “They feel like they’re doing something for kids who need it.” The woodwork-shop inmates built the playhouse and toys and the Arts in Corrections inmates painted them. Thomas designed the exterior scene of squirrels and chipmunks, a mouse, a cat, sky and a pond. The inmates originally wanted to paint cartoon characters. “They wanted to paint Spongebob. To me, the classic nursery rhymes, you can’t beat those,” Thomas said. This was the fourth year in a row that the prison inmates made toys for the Stuff-a-Bus campaign. Future donations could be in doubt because of state budget cuts and changes in how the Lancaster prison will operate, prison Lt. Ken Lewis said. One of the prison’s four sections is being converted into a reception center, to take in newly convicted inmates from Los Angeles County’s jails. They would be there for only 60 days before they are assigned to prisons elsewhere and would not be involved in vocational training. Besides the inmates’ gifts, the shelter youngsters will get Spiderman dolls, games and other toys in a last-minute donation from a man who works at a business across the street from the bus yard. Sam Jensen of U.S. Breakers saw the decorated bus parked outside the bus yard for the playhouse donation and drove in to drop off his toys. “I’ve been collecting this stuff all year,” Jensen said. — Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Youngsters whose parents seek shelter from abusive relationships will get a little special shelter of their own: a 9-foot-tall wooden playhouse handcrafted by state prison inmates. The playhouse, furnished inside with a wooden stove, table and chairs and decorated outside with paintings of animals, blue sky and clouds, will be installed in the playground at the Valley Oasis Domestic Violence Shelter. “This is darling,” said Trish Jones, the shelter’s assistant director. Created in 1981, the Lancaster shelter usually accommodates dozens of children whose mothers – and sometimes their fathers – have fled domestic violence.last_img read more

first_imgA collaborative production inspired by the stories, struggles, dreams and hopes of a motley group of teenagers titled Walk! was staged at Studio Safdar on May 22 – 23. The show was born out of a four month intensive arts-for-social-change curriculum, in which 12 teenagers, cutting across barriers of caste, class, gender, religion, and nationality, came together to teach each other about the social issues that affect them most deeply as well as the changes they dream of.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Walk! was based on the lives and stories of the cast members; while no one plays their own part, the stories are all true. Facilitated by Tasawwur, a collective of artistes and educators, the show brought together song, choreography, tableaus, and stories to take the audience through the world these young people inhabit and the more inclusive world that they dream of.Tasawwur was started by Delhi based poet and educator, Aditi Rao. Tasawwur brings together a diverse group of teenagers to explore and transform some of the most complex social issues they grapple with. Using creative writing and performing arts to support these young people on their explorations, Tasawwur helps them discover their unique voices and stories, while creating an atmosphere of care and respect for the voices and stories of others, and ultimately using their collective voice to effect positive change in the world.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: People’s Liberation Army joined in the revelries as the Indian Army commemorated the 72nd Independence Day at Nathula, the Indo-China border in Sikkim.To mark the occasion, a Special Border Meeting between India and China was held on Wednesday.This is being seen as a reciprocating gesture as the Indian Army had taken part in the celebrations commemorating the foundation day of the People’s Liberation Army on August 1, 2018.”The celebrations took place in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship with an aim of enhancing mutual trust and promoting peace and tranquility in the border areas,” stated a release from the army.Pleasantries were also exchanged in Kongra La in North Sikkim. Indian Army troops deployed in remote and high altitude areas in North Sikkim hoisted the tricolor in different forward posts to mark the occasion.”Such interactions between the two armies have resulted in enhancement of goodwill and mutual understanding between the two nations,” added the release.last_img read more

first_imgA road accident caused delays on a busy North Staffordshire road this afternoon. The A53 Leek New Road was partially blocked due to a three-vehicle accident in both directions near Bunt’s Lane in Stockton Brook. The vehicles were recovered by 4.50pm following the crash, which took place at around 3pm. Traffic data company INRIX reported the accident had taken place near the petrol garage. The road is a key route between Leek and Stoke-on-Trent. We also received reports of an accident on the A50 Lichfield Street in Hanley at around the same time. This accident was affecting traffic in both directions near the A52 Leek Road in Joiners Square, although it is now understood to have cleared. Read MoreLorry driver CLEARED of dangerous driving over fatal M1 crash which killed eight For the latest traffic and travel news from Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated channel here. For further live updates from across the region visit our dedicated feed here.last_img read more