|COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM (CAT)|
• OPEN DAILY Riley's Red Wagon Book Swap
Open daily (unless it's raining) from about 9 a.m. until just before dark at 3040 E. First Street in Bluff Park. First-time guests can have five free books. They can keep those four forever or bring them back to exchange for four more. This project is not an official CAT project, but is hosted by Justin Rudd.
• Sock-It-To-‘Em sock drive for the homeless
Jan. 1-31, 2022; 20th annual. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team (CAT) hold an annual collection of new pairs of socks with a goal to collect 14,000 pairs for area homeless men, women, and youth. The socks are distributed to area agencies. Please drop off socks to the Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 The Toledo @ Granada Ave., Belmont Shore, M-F, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or leave them in a bag outside the church’s office door after hours. Most requested are men’s black crew socks. You can also donate to Paypal to Justin@JustinRudd.com and we'll purchase socks for you.
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe. Rain or shine.
• "Roses Are Red..." Poetry Contest
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, 10:35 a.m., following the "30-Minute Beach Cleanup." 10th annual. To participate in the cleanup and poetry contest, arrive 9:35 - 10 a.m. and get free parking when you enter the beachfront lot at 1 Granada Ave., Long Beach, 90803. RULES: Poems can be read and must be under 30 seconds. All should start with "Roses are red..." and be original. Students and adults welcome. Entrants can enter as many as two poems. Poets of all ages welcome. Age and grade level will be taken into consideration by judges. Awards include $20 bills. Rain or shine.
• Red Shoes & Red Heels Walk
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, noon; 12th annual, starts/ends at Livingston Park, corner of Livingston Drive and Park Ave.; Justin Rudd's Community Action Team hosts this red-shoes-only, 1-mile walk for men, women and youth on the sidewalks of Second Street to bring awareness to heart health issues during Heart Health Month. Wear red shoes and bring a sign with a heart-health message to carry. Free to participate. Rain or shine.
• CANCELED - Long Beach Shelter Valentine’s Card Contest & Yappy Hour
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, 11 a.m., 12th annual, Long Beach Animal Care Services, Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team will host a card contest for students in the surrounding area, and the cards are hung on the cages of all the dogs and cats awaiting new homes during this Valentine's season. The Yappy Hour features the card judging and awards ceremony, love songs are played, and human refreshments are served as potential adopters visit with animals. Free to spectate and enter the contest. Card contest winner gets a pizza party! Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring Street. Free parking.
• POSTPONED - 2022 DATE TBA Bulldog Beauty Contest & Haute Dogs Contests with Pet Adoption Fair
Sunday, MARCH 2022 (to be confirmed), 2022; 18th annual, Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way @ Eliot Street, 9:30 a.m. til 3:30 p.m. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) host this event billed as the largest gathering of English bulldogs in the world. Some of the other 19 contests that day for all breeds/mixes include National Mutt Show, Best in Show, best large dog, best small dog, best tail, best legs, best smile, and best butt. The dogs will parade down the red carpet and get judged by real-life beauty queens, all to help raise money for CAT and animal welfare causes. Cat and dog adoption fair, food trucks and vendors, too. $10/advance per dog; free to spectate. Co-sponsored by Councilwoman Suzie Price and Port of Long Beach.
• $1,000 National Kids Spelling Bee
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 2 p.m., 20th annual, Bay Shore Church sanctuary, 5100 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd's Community Action Team hosts students in grades 3-5 from across North America as they try to spell correctly to win the $1,000 cash prize.
•$1,000 National Adult Spelling Bee
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 4:30 p.m., 16th annual, Bay Shore Church sanctuary, 5100 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd's Community Action Team hosts teens and adults from across North America as they try to spell correctly to win the $1,000 prize.
•30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
• Haute Dog Poetry Contest
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10:35 a.m., 10th year, after the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup, 1 Granada Ave.
- poetry does not have to be memorized
- poems must be one minute or less
- no props; dogs welcome
- all ages welcome to enter, entry is free
- poetry must be original and dog-themed
- microphone provided
- bring a printed copy of your poem
- max. two poems per entrant
- sign-up at the event (dogs welcome to attend)
• TO BE CONFIRMED Long Beach Giving Project
Sunday, March, 2022, 6 p.m., 14th annual, Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team give $500 cash to about 13 teams of local volunteers, and tasks them to go out and buy goods and services for those in need in the city. And, they have only one week to do the giving. The week concludes with a dinner, and each "giver team" presents what he/she did with the money, in front of their peers and a panel of judges.
•TO BE CONFIRMED: Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
Saturday, March, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 1 Granada Ave. This 7th annual event is free, and it's CAT's largest event with about 6,000 kids of all ages who get to sit in the drivers' seats. It is hosted by Justin Rudd, his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT), the Port of Long Beach and Councilwoman Suzie Price. More than 100 large vehicles are expected to be stationed in the beachfront parking lot. Come climb aboard and explore. Some of last year's vehicles included a street sweeper, garbage truck, cement mixers, a John Deere tractor, firetrucks, 18-wheelers, police cars, motorcycles, a city bus, cranes, forklift, and more. Free tickets available:
•TO BE CONFIRMED: Long Beach Mom Prom - dance for moms and their kids
Sunday, April, 2022, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Youth Center of Bay Shore Church, 5200 E. The Toledo, Belmont Shore. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team host their 7th annual dance that includes a DJ, homemade refreshments, prom photos, dance contests, and the crowning of a prom queen. Early bird tickets are $10/couple, or $20/couple on the weekend of the event.
• ONLY ACCEPTING COMPLETED BASKETS FOR Operation Easter Basket
April 2022, contact Justin@JustinRudd.com for drop-off details on/before Wed., April 13. 18th annual. Baskets include items like art supplies, school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and candy.
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
• Clothing & Shoe Drive for Homeless
June 1-6, 2021. Deliver directly to Christian Outreach in Action (COA), 515 E. 3rd St. (there is a chute to put the items in; the chute is low to the sidewalk on the left of the double doors on 3rd St.). 8th annual. For Justin Rudd's birthday (June 6), he asks the public to give the gift of used clothes and shoes. Each year, several truckloads of goods were collected and donated to area homeless service agencies.
•30-Minute Beach Cleanup (22nd anniversary year!)
Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10 a.m., 265th consecutive month, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
• $1,000 Southern California National Anthem Sing-Off
Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10:30 a.m., 9th annual, 1 Granada Ave. on the beach's boat launch ramp. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team invite singers of all ages to sing a cappella the last part of the National Anthem for the crowd following the day's beach cleanup. Then finalists will sing the entire song for the crowd. The winner goes home with a $1,000 contract to sing the Anthem at their choice of 20 Community Action Team events within a year.
• CANCELLED FOR 2021 Camp Justin!
June 2021; 10th annual. For a week each summer, Justin Rudd takes about a dozen deserving incoming high school seniors on day trips around Southern California and beyond. In previous years, the group: flew to Las Vegas for an overnight and stayed in a 5-star hotel; flew to San Francisco; toured college campuses; rode horses in Griffith Park; toured movie studios; dined with county commissioners, mayors and councilpeople, spent the night on the Queen Mary, and much more. The goal of the Camp is to help the students to "explore, dream and discover" while showing them more of the world outside the neighborhood and school in which they spend most of their time.