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Saturday, September 15, 2012 | 9:00 AM - Noon   
Miramar Park (201 Paseo de la Playa at Calle Miramar) Torrance
Coastal Clean Up Day at Torrance Beach, hosted by Honda and the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, is the largest volunteer day on the planet, which is coordinated with the Ocean Conservancy, California Coastal Commission, L.A. Department of Beaches and Harbors and Heal the Bay. Torrance recognizes that by cleaning up the beaches, the community is participating in this global effort to keep our oceans healthy, to keep our water source healthy, and to keep our community healthy. This year's event will take place on Saturday, September 15 at Miramar Park in Torrance. Volunteers meet at Miramar Park in Torrance to pick up trash and contribute to maintaining cleanliness at Torrance Beach, which begins at Calle Miramar and ends at Paseo De La Playa. There will be refreshments, giveaways, and students can earn up to three hours in community service! As witnessed by Mayor Frank Scotto and members of City Council and City staff, Coastal Clean Up Day received an overwhelming response from the public last year in Torrance, with a record number of volunteers in attendance.
Saturday, September 15, 2012 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Western Museum of Flight, 3315 Airport Dr., Torrance
"The keeper of the flame." That term certainly describes todays Western Museum of Flight's (WMoF) Celebrity Speaker Charles Lobb. Lobb, an Air Force officer, engineer, pilot, and aerospace history authority, has compiled a wealth of historical data about our airport, our city, and our industry. Zamperini Field, aka Torrance Municipal Airport (TMA), aka Lomita Flight Strip has an illustrious history and nobody knows that history better than our own Chuck Lobb. Few know the strategic as well as historical importance played by our airport was its wartime service as the training field for the P-38 Lightning pilots. Californians were panic stricken by the Pearl Harbor attack. Civilian flights within 200 miles of the coast were immediately terminated. Airfields were commandeered; new ones hastily built. One of these was the Lomita Flight Strip, i.e., TMA. Many of the pilots who went on to help win WWII honed their craft right here in Torrance. Six Torrance-trained pilots became generals, two became commandants of cadets at the Air Force Academy, and one became the only fighter pilot with combat victories in both WWII and Vietnam. He wrote the book ... literally. Lobb, who is an adviser to Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation Board of Trustees, authored the acclaimed book, "Torrance Airport." Be sure to arrive early. WMoF will have the thrill of witnessing the arrival of an actual, flying P-38 Lightning. This is an event you won’t want to miss! As always, WMOF Members are free; non-members are $5, which also includes access to WMOF museum exhibits. Free parking. BTW, a WMoF membership (www.wmof.com/newmem.htm) can be yours for as little as $50 annually giving you one-year unlimited FREE admission to the WMoF museum, all the Celebrity Series Lectures, Quarterly Newsletters, access to the research library and access to Special Events.
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