Leaders in Little Tokyo are calling on the community to show its support this weekend for "the gym," a community recreation center that has been in the making for nearly 30 years.

With the city moving ahead with its Master Plan for the area, to be finalized by the end of the year, the Little Tokyo Recreation Center Coalition is trying to rally support for the project, which they hope to build on city-owned property bounded by First, Temple, Alameda and Judge John Aiso streets. The center would include space for workshops, rehearsals, a gym and computer center, and the Little Tokyo senior lunch program.

The October 28 rally, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Veterans Memorial in back of the Japanese American National Museum buildings, will include a brief program, a petition which will allow children to leave their handprints and names in a show of support, and information about how to write to the City Council. So far more than 1,000 people have signed the petition, say project organizers. The project will cost $4.7 million, and the group has already raised $1.3 in state and other grants and private support. For more information, call (213) 473-1687.

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