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Saturday, March 22, 2008


Vintage Postcard - Collection of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - The San Fernando Railroad Tunnel - Southern Pacific RR. Gift of Gary Fredburg 2007
The San Fernando Tunnel allowed the Valley to ship fruit, especially oranges and peaches all over America.
++++++++ and, now a message about Citrus Sunday from John Bwarie
Yes, folks, there is free food in the Valley thanks to our agricultural past. In yards throughout the San Fernando Valley, you can see limbs full of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and other citrus fruit looming over fences and rooftops. Often, much of this fruit goes to waste because residents can't eat it all themselves or even give it away.

On Sunday, April 6, 2008, from 9am to 3pm, Citrus Sunday is a way to help solve that problem! In just 30 minutes, you can help provide free food to those who need it most: the over 150,000 people living in the Valley everyday who are
"food-insecure" (a term used by a recent UCLA study to describe those who have to choose between eating nutritious meals and other essential expenses).

This is an easy service opportunity for anyone & everyone to be a part of; it's as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Pick the citrus fruit from trees in your yard
2. Put the washed fruit in plastic bags.
3. Drop it off at one of the Fire Stations in the Northwest Valley
listed below.
(You can also help by telling others to pick citrus fruit from their
yard, offering to pick citrus fruit from other people's yards (with
their permission), or organizing a "citrus drive" at a local school, at
your workplace, or with a community group.)

The following participating Fire Stations in the Northwest Valley will be accepting the citrus fruit on Sunday, April 6, between 9am and 3pm:

Lake Balboa: Station 100
Winnetka: Station 104
Sherman Oaks: Station 88
Porter Ranch: Stations 8 & 28
Chatsworth: Stations 96 & 107
North Hills: Station 87
Granada Hills: Station 18
Encino: Station 83
West Hills: Station 106
Northridge: Station 70
(For directions to Fire Stations go to:

You can view and print the flyer with all the details here:

Also, you can watch a short video on last year's Citrus Sunday event at

Please share this information with your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family. With your help, this event can surpass even last year's success.

Thanks, and Happy Citrus Picking, JOHN

John Bwarie
Deputy District Director
Office of Councilmember Greig Smith
Northridge office: 818-756-8501
City Hall office: 213-473-7012

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