WHITTIER – “Your gift makes it happen!” is the theme of Assistance League of Whittier’s first Direct Appeal to raise funds for its many philanthropic programs in Whittier.The mission of ALW, a chapter of National Assistance League, is to provide personal, educational and enrichment services to the community. All funds raised are put back in the community.A major program is Operation School Bell for which the group spends more than $28,000 each year to provide uniforms and shoes for needy Whittier students.Other projects include dental care and education, continuing education scholarships, Kids on the Block and Operation Hug Bear.ALW hopes to raise $50,000 through Direct Appeal by March.Checks can be sent to: Assistance League of Whittier, P.O. Box 495, Whittier, CA 90608. For more information, call (562) 693-6533. Forest access will be restricted ARCADIA – In order to protect critical habitat of the mountain yellow-legged frog, the U.S. Forest Service will temporarily limit access to approximately 1,000 acres in the area north of the Angeles Crest Highway in the vicinity of Cooper Canyon, beginning today.This includes Williamson Rock, an area frequented by rock climbers.At the request of the Angeles National Forest, California Department of Transportation workers will lock the gate at Cedar Springs, east of the turn-off to Buckhorn Campground and west of the tunnels.Access to Eagles Roost Picnic Area will be walk-in only.The effort allows the U.S. Forest Service to follow the guidelines of protecting the habitat of the mountain yellow-legged frog, an endangered species. Chamber to host card exchange SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce will hold a business card exchange from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Jan. 4.The featured speaker will be John Bertone of Bertone Advertising Inc.The event, hosted by New Age Dental, will be held at Town Center Hall, 11740 E. Telegraph Road.Cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. The price includes breakfast.For more information, call (562) 944-1616. Sheriff’s substation seeks volunteers SOUTH WHITTIER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is looking for volunteers to assist in the daily operations of the South Whittier Substation and to participate in the many programs being sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department.If you are an adult and can give a minimum of 16 hours a month to join a group of other outstanding volunteers and department personnel, call (562) 903-1874 or (562) 466-5455 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or visit the substation at 13525 B Telegraph Road. Straight Talk program begins LA MIRADA – You can get a lot of straight talk on often complicated subjects via the city’s Straight Talk/La Mirada program, which offers ongoing individual, family and couples counseling and support groups.Anger Management For Teens is an ongoing support group that helps teens develop effective ways of expressing anger. A teen support group meets weekly and offfers a place for teens to discuss issues.For more information, call Meg Kalugen, (562) 943-0195. From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!