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“Elf” is coming to parking lot

WILL FARRELL stars in “Elf,” to be screened on Dec. 10 in the parking lot of the Garden Grove Community Center.

The H. Louis Lake Senior Center invites seniors and their families to a free showing of the movie “Elf” at the Movie in the Park(ing) Lot event on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center’s parking lot, at 11300 Stanford Avenue. The parking lot will open to vehicles at 4:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 5 p.m.

Vehicles must remain in the parking lot for the duration of the movie. Recreational vehicles (RVs) and campers will not be permitted.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call the H. Louis Lake Senior Center at (714) 741-5253 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking assignments will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

In light of health risks associated with COVID-19, participants must remain in their vehicles unless visiting the restroom; face coverings must be worn outside of the vehicle; and attendees must stay six feet away from those not in their household.

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GGUSD considers new security

Contracting with a new vendor for security at school campuses is on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting of the Garden Grove Unified School District.

The board will consider approval of a new contract with Orange County Public Safety for patrolling school properties after hours and on weekends. If approved, it will replace Southwest Patrol.

The board will meet in audio conference with a closed session at 5:05 p.m., with the regular board meeting at 7 p.m.

GGUSD is a K-12 public school system serving most of Garden Grove and parts of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.

HBPD wants you to belt up

Throughout the month of November, the Huntington Beach Police Department is joining agencies across the country promoting the importance of wearing a seat belt in the car and keeping children safe by making sure they are properly restrained.

This year’s Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign is from Nov. 16-29. During this time, The Huntington Beach Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes drivers who do not properly secure children in child safety seats.

While the seat belt use rate in California was 96 percent last year, there has been a noted drop in seat belt use by back seat passengers. A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found only 76 percent of rear seat passengers wore seat belts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives of people ages five and older in 2017.

The fine for a seat belt violation is $162. California law requires a child be properly secured in a safety seat in the second row of a vehicle, when available, until they are at least 8 years of age. Children under the age of 2 must ride rear-facing or until they reach 40 pounds or 40 inches in height.




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