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Here we are Big Sunday!

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Yesterday thousands of people participated in the weekend long Big Sunday event:

Community service erupted across Southern California during a Big Sunday volunteer weekend billed as the largest volunteer give-back in the nation.
"Normally, I'd be in bed with my wife, asleep," Dexter Conner, 28, of Toluca Lake said while raking soil to create a "hidden garden" in North Hollywood. "I'm just trying to help out when I can."

And help out they did - and will. As many as 50,000 volunteers are rolling out of bed to paint over graffiti, plant gardens, spritz schoolyards and more.

The Big Sunday event, which has grown in popularity since 1999, encompassed 362 volunteer projects in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and Riverside counties.(Daily News)

Even the most critical of city bloggers found nothing wrong with this Mayor backed-event:
Even a gruff, angry, misanthropic, know-nothing, utterly cynical scribe like yours truly can't find much wrong with Big Sunday. Though believe me, I've looked. Hard.
Do you have a few hours on Sunday? Give 'em to Da City. Maybe some borderline Goodwill-ish items that happen to be on this list? Give 'em to Da City. (Joseph Mailander at Mayor Sam)

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walking in high heels, we headed to Van Nuys Middle School (pictured above) to help out with the clean up there. Even if you had no idea this was coming, we think getting out there and doing something is a good thing. Big Sunday or not, volunteerism in LA happens every single day. For example, a new blogger to the scene volunteered last week with TreePeople and took some great pictures.