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LTSCene - April 2016

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Yasuko Sakamoto Honored by CCF as One of LA’s Unsung Heroes

Yasuko Sakamoto was recently named as one of 30 Unsung Heroes by the California Community Foundation. Along with the award, a photography exhibit called “Portraits of Compassion” that celebrates these extraordinary LA individuals is currently on view at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes with dates extended to the end of April. For more information and to plan your trip, please visit: http://calfund.org/centennial/laheroes/heroes/.

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LDK Apartments Near Completion

With our project partners Korean Resource Center, LDK Senior Apartments, located at 900 Crenshaw Blvd. and 540 S. Kingsley Dr. in the Koreatown/Wilshire neighborhood, is near completion and projected to open later this summer. Collectively, the two sites will provide 65 units of studio and one-bedroom apartments to low-income seniors, one of the most vulnerable populations in need of care. We received more than 3,000 applications for these units, proving that affordable housing is critically needed in our community. See more progress photos on our Facebook album page.

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Toyota Raffle Kick Off & Project Update

We invite you to join us on Saturday, April 23 at the JACCC to learn more about the project and officially kick off our Toyota Highlander Hybrid raffle. There will be refreshments, free door prizes, Budokan swag, and even a chance to win a basketball autographed by Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin! Please RSVP for this event. For more information, please visit the Budokan website.

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CHAMPS and Dwight Stuart Youth Fund

Saturday mornings at Angelina Apartments are full of activities. Mentors from UCLA are busy tutoring with arts and craft projects in progress while basketballs are bouncing out on the playground. This is CHAMPS, the Casa Heiwa Angelina Mentoring Program, where the youth living in LTSC’s affordable apartment buildings come for mentoring and fun activities on Saturday mornings.

CHAMPS is funded by a grant from the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, which supports organizations that provide direct services to underserved youth from recreation to educational activities. “This generous support makes CHAMPS possible,” said Nancy Alcaraz, LTSC’s Director of Resident Services. “At the youths’ request, we have been able to add tutoring on Wednesday evenings and college prep workshops on Sunday afternoons.” Little Tokyo Service Center would like to thank the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund for continuing to support our efforts to improve the lives of our youth!

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Upcoming Events

April 18 to 22 - Bring this flyer in to a participating California Pizza Kitchen and 20% of your total bill will benefit A3M.

April 30, May 5, 14 and 21- LTSC's Entrepreneur Training Program in Little Tokyo from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 213-473-1658 or 626-221-8998 (conducted in Japanese; ​$60 fee)

April 30 – Big Budokan Bash Fundraiser 

May 7 – Yasuko Sakamoto's Retirement Luncheon 

July 29 – Starry Night In Little Tokyo: LTSC’s 10th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event (more info to come)

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Green Tip of the Month

How to save 10 gallons of water a day the easy way?

Just turn the water off when brushing your teeth or when shaving.

Donor Shout Out for March!

Thank you for your support!
Ted & Tomi Akahori
Dennis Arguelles
Merilynne Hamano Quon
Hoops for Friends
Takahiro Ide
Sam & Kiyoko Isomoto
Pauline & Dick Kaku
Mark Kawauchi
Dawn & Alan Kita
Keiko Kuida
Barbara Lu-Baltazar
June & Gary Masada
Teresa & Robert Matsushima
Harry Nakada
Debra Nakatomi & Bob Miyamoto
Mickie Okamoto-Tsudama
Dean Okamura
Un Shin
Mable & Frank Takenaka
Keith Umemoto
Emily & Dan Weaver
John Wright
Nora & Norman Yamauchi
Gerald Yee

In Memory of Hanako Hirai
Margaret Narumi

In Memory of Eiko Mitoma

In Memory of Chor Chai Tan
Marie Tan & Gregory Tan

Budokan of Los Angeles Donations
Akemi Arakaki
Yosh Fukumoto
Ada Kobara Grace
Janet Hasegawa & Cliff Chu
Robert Higa
Scott Ito & Nan Lee
Grant Iwata
Kimberly Kawasaki
Mike Murase & June Hibino
Erich Nakano & Sandra Viera
Jane Nishio
Helen H. Ota & Michael C. Palma
Southern California Kendo Federation
Ruth & Bill Watanabe

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