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June 22, 2004 > Tri-City Love is spelled LOV!

Tri-City Love is spelled LOV!

League of Volunteers (LOV) Announces Summer Activities

by Ceri Hitchcock-Hodgson

There is a group that has been busy spreading love throughout the Tri-Cities for the past 24 years. Aptly named, League of Volunteers or LOV, was founded "to promote volunteerism, to meet the needs of Youth, Senior Citizens, the Needy and to enhance the quality of life to the entire community." Executive Director Shirley Fisk has been at the helm for over 15 years and knows her labor of LOV is "the right thing to do."

Throughout the year, LOV acts as a clearing house for many community services and guides those interested in volunteering to an activity that will suit them and make the best use of their talents. People of all ages, from youth to seniors, are encouraged to spend time helping others. For many, volunteering is a path to social interaction, fun and a sense of well-being.

Bingo games are held at LOV Monday and Saturday evenings and on Wednesday afternoons. An "Artist Series" brings talented musicians and vocalists to the center throughout the year as well. The winter holidays are a special time at LOV when a huge community Thanksgiving feast is prepared and a Christmas party is planned. An annual fundraising event, "Elegant Affair" is one of the most popular events held in the Tri-Cities. This event helps support all LOV activities, especially the "Arts in School," program that sponsors multi-cultural presentations. A gourmet feast is prepared by "hidden chefs" of the area including some well-known civic and corporate personalities.

Summertime is also very active at the League of Volunteers. This year the LOV will be hosting its 24th summer of fun, recreation and civic service in the Tri-City area. Founded in 1979, the League of Volunteers, or LOV, was created in response to budget cuts that drastically reduced the number of after school programs available to the area's youth. Today, LOV operates approximately 40 different community service programs from their center in Newark and from various locations in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Among these programs, a portion is directed at the youth of the Tri-City area, creating an opportunity to turn summer boredom in to civic service with some cool incentives.

As part of LOV's original mission to provide a safe place for children when not in school, the organization will be hosting its 24th Annual Free Park Program for the youth of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Beginning July 5th and continuing through August 12th, children in the first through sixth grades can enjoy afternoons full of supervised games, activities and special guests.

Recreation leaders and assistants will supervise games, sports, small arts and crafts projects and more. Each week a surprise visitor will share their special hobby, teach music or bring along an animal friend. The program, which is free of charge and lasts six weeks, takes place at both Newark's Civic Center Park and Mayhews Landing Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

For youth entering into grades 7 through 10 and wishing to help the community there is the "Youth Encouraged to Serve" program or Y.E.S.! Y.E.S.! is a club in which participants join together for community service and friendship. Field trips can be earned with 20 hours of community service. Past trips have included the Manteca Water Slides and Oakland A's games. Members of Y.E.S. can hang out in the Y.E.S. clubhouse that is equipped with video games, a pool table, ping-pong, and the Internet.

LOV invites families to their 11th year of Free Friday Movies for five weeks, starting July 9th. Movies are shown at the LOV Community Service Center in Newark. No reservations are required, but seating is limited and the doors will be closed after the movie begins. Complimentary refreshments are served.

Adults can also get into the spirit of community service by simply making a purchase. If you are a Newark resident, you can show your support for LOV by stopping by their firework stand located in the Raley's shopping center on Jarvis Avenue.

When the July 4th fireworks are over, you can still enjoy a spectacular sight when LOV sponsors Circus Chimera from July 19-22 at NewPark Mall. Circus Chimera is a blend of "Ringling Brothers and Cirque de Soleil" featuring contorting acrobats, mind-boggling daredevils and playful clowns. Among the featured performers will be Gana, the Amazing Mongolian Contortionist, Alex Chimal, the World Champion Speed Juggler from Mexico, and Guennadi Tregoub, the renowned clown from the famous Moscow Circus. Also at Circus Chimera will be wirewalkers, rope-spinning hoops, the Globe of Death and much, much more.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission. Show times are as follows: Monday July 19 at 7:30 p.m., July 20-22 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Reserve your tickets in advance and receive $4.00 off general admission-that's only $6 per ticket! Simply go to LOV'S website and purchase your tickets.

LOV is co-sponsoring a Theatre Party with the Newark Arts Council on Friday, July 30th for a performance by Stage 1 Repertory Theatre of the Irving Berlin Musical, "Annie Get Your Gun." Join LOV for a buffet supper and performance at the Stage 1 Theatre at Newark Memorial High School. Watch and listen to Annie Oakley, the best shot around, who is discovered by Buffalo Bill and joins his Wild West Show. Witness her rivalry with the shooting ace, Frank Butler as they vie for the title of Best in the West.

Your toes will be tapping to the sounds of such songs as "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." Seats are limited and will go fast, so make reservations now.

LOV is a non-profit organization that does not receive any federal money and relies solely on donations from individuals like you. To make a secure online payment go to their website at and click on donor support.

LOV Community Center
35233-C Newark Blvd., Newark
(Lido Shopping Center)
(510) 793-5683

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