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Michelle Obama

Beginning Monday, April 20, “Mondays with Michelle Obama” will kick off a four-week series of videos that will feature Mrs. Obama reading aloud from beloved children’s books, one book every Monday through May 11.

Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS today announced a special collaboration with former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, in support of the recently announced “Read Together, Be Together” Penguin Random House literacy initiative and PBS KIDS’ “Read-Along” effort on Facebook and YouTube.

The former First Lady shares this, “As a little kid, I loved to read aloud. And when I became a parent, I found such joy in sharing the magic of storytelling with my own children—and then later, as First Lady, with kids everywhere. At this time when so many families are under so much stress, I’m excited to give kids a chance to practice their reading and hear some wonderful stories (and to give parents and caretakers a much-needed break).”

“Mondays with Michelle Obama” (#PBSKIDSRead, #ReadTogetherBeTogether) will be livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page, and will remain available for viewing on demand on all of those platforms immediately thereafter. The four books Mrs. Obama will read are:

April 20, 9am:   THE GRUFFALO
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott

May 4, 9am:       MISS MAPLE’S SEEDS
Story and pictures by Eliza Wheeler

By Eric Carle

Resources for Parents and Kids

Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. Visit for direct links to the following resources and many more!

Domestic Violence Town Hall

Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez hosted a Zoom Town Hall April 21, now accessible on Facebook sharing resources and opportunities to address domestic violence. They answer questions like:

  • What kind of help is there?
  • How can I safely get out of this situation?
  • How quickly can I expect help?

Catch the replay at your convenience.

With social distancing and safer at home orders in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, victims of domestic violence are more vulnerable than ever while sheltering in place with their abuser. No one should have to suffer. There are services and resources available 24/7 for those who need it. You are not alone.

Listen to our live discussion with Patti Giggans at Peace Over Violence and Chanel Smith from the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety to hear about the services and resources available to survivors of domestic violence during COVID-19.


– Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-978-3600, or
– Dial 2-1-1 any time to get connected with services and support in your area or visit
– You can also visit the City’s website for more information on domestic violence resources:
– Dial 9-1-1. Law enforcement is still responding to domestic violence calls, and Emergency Protective Orders are still being issued

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Home Composting and Urban Gardening Workshop Videos: Because LA Sanitation temporarily suspended their monthly workshops, they wanted to offer some videos online to keep everyone’s composting and gardening skills fresh. So they enlisted their friends and partners, Horticulturist Steve List and Pacoima Beautiful, to work on some educational video series with us. The first, released today, is a 3-part series focused on Victory Gardens and vegetables.

Garden Workshop

Part 1: history and significance of victory gardens

Part 2: varieties of garden vegetables

Part 3: vegetable planting tips

As we film more, we’ll post them here:

Mayor’s Senior Resource List

The Mayor has created a list of resources for seniors and other vulnerable Angelenos during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Mayor’s Senior Resource List

Resource Database is a comprehensive, accurate, and constantly updated aggregation of free and reduced-cost programs helping the community, with programs for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic prioritized to the top of search results.

Anyone in the U.S. can type their zip code into and find more than a thousand programs in their area. This includes programs that previously existed to help meet urgent needs and newly created programs that offer assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means newly jobless folks can find unemployment programs. People worried about feeding themselves and their families can find programs offering free food. The uninsured can find ways to get healthcare.

LA Animal Services New LA City Lost and Found Pets Resource

Girl with dogLA Animal Services announces LA City Lost and Found Pets, a new online resource for LA City pet community to help reunite lost pets with their owners. The new Facebook group page will feature daily posts from residents who have either lost or found a pet, as well as updates on the pets that have been reunited with owners.

Where’s your stimulus check?

If you qualify for an economic impact payment, the federal government is neck-deep in the process of depositing the first stimulus checks of up to $1,200 into the bank accounts of eligible US residents, beginning with people who have direct deposit set up with the IRS. Millions of people qualify for the payment, so when you receive the money could take time.

If you’re eligible, you can track the status of your check at any time through an online portal on the IRS website called Get My Payment. Use these step-by-step instructions on how to use the online tracking tool.

If you haven’t received your stimulus check, then you’re probably wondering when it’s going to arrive. The first batch of stimulus checks already have been sent through direct deposit, and maybe you weren’t one of the lucky 80 million people. If you included your direct deposit information on your 2018 or 2019 federal tax return, the IRS already should have paid you through direct deposit.

The IRS is now sending paper stimulus checks, and plans to send approximately 5 million paper checks each week. The order of stimulus checks is not random or based on geography. The IRS will send checks starting with taxpayers who have the lowest annual adjusted gross income as reported on their 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever is more recent. Here is the planned weekly schedule for the IRS to mail stimulus checks based on annual adjusted gross income, as first reported by The Washington Post. All dates represent the “week ending” (for example, the week ending April 24) and the IRS could change this schedule at any time.

Less than $10,000: April 24
$10,001 – $20,000: May 1
$20,001 – $30,000: May 8
$30,001 – $40,000: May 15
$40,001 – $50,000: May 22
$50,001 – $60,000: May 29
$60,001 – $70,000: June 5
$70,001 – $80,000: June 12
$80,001 – $90,000: June 19
$90,001 – $100,000: June 26
$100,001 – $110,000: July 3
$110,001 – $120,000: July 10
$120,001 – $130,000: July 17
$130,001- $140,000: July 24
$140,001 – $150,000: July 31
$150,001 – $160,000: August 7
$160,001 – $170,000: August 14
$170,001 – $180,000: August 21
$180,001 – $190,000: August 28
$190,001 – $198,000: September 4
Remaining checks: September 11

Governor Launches Volunteering Initiative

Governor Gavin Newsom’s “Californians for All” program will match interested volunteers with high-need opportunities to safely serve their communities. The initiative is an extension of the already robust volunteering program, California Volunteers, in collaboration with the state’s Department of Public Health. While staying home is still the top method of reducing the spread of COVID-19, there are several ways that Californians can get involved and safely make a difference – including service at food banks, donating blood, checking in on neighbors, delivering meals to seniors, online tutoring, and much more. Have you been looking for a way to change up your routine and help out your neighbors in the Valley? Just go to website to get started today.

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