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Dodgers' longest homestand of season to include variety of special events
04/29/2009 5:07 PM ET
LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers open up their longest homestand of the year tomorrow and will play 11 games against the San Diego Padres (April 30-May 3), Arizona Diamondbacks (May 4-5), Washington Nationals (May 6-7), and San Francisco Giants (May 8-10).

Giveaways this homestand include 2008 NLDS Champs Fleece Blankets, presented by Time Warner, on Thursday, April 30, Andre Ethier Kids BP Jerseys, presented by Cacique, on Sunday, May 3, and 1959 retro radios, presented by KABC, on Thursday, May 7. May 7 is also 1959 Turn Back the Clock Night and the Dodgers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1959 World Championship team as well as the 50th anniversary of Roy Campanella Night.

Fans will be able to enjoy Viva Las Vegas Night and Friday Night Fireworks this Friday, May 1 and Friday Night Fireworks presented by Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream on May 8. Andre Ethier is hosting Carne Asada Sunday on Sunday, May 3.

This homestand also marks the launch of the new "Mannywood" section, located in the Field Level seats fair of the foul pole in left field that are sold in pairs and come with exclusive Mannywood T-Shirts. Fans can purchase tickets in Mannywood at dodgers.com/Mannywood.

Special guests throughout the homestand include American Idol judge Randy Jackson on Saturday, May 2, Elmo on Sunday, May 3, and "Slumdog Millionaire" star Anil Kapoor on Monday, May 4.

Homestand Highlights:

Thursday, April 30 vs. San Diego Padres - 7:10 p.m.

Fans at Thursday's game will receive free 2008 NLDS Champs Fleece Blankets presented by Time Warner Cable.

Emmy-award winning actor Bryan Cranston from the AMC show "Breaking Bad" will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Hall of Fame Manager and Special Assistant to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda, who recently returned from a USO Tour in the Middle East with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, NBA legend David Robinson, and four actors from the CBS military drama "The Unit," will be welcomed home to Dodger Stadium by one member of each branch of the Armed Forces before the game.

Thursday also kicks off the American Red Cross Donor of the Game program, which rewards people for giving blood. A donor will be honored at each Dodger home game for the rest of the season.

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the foundation, on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box.

Friday, May 1 vs. San Diego Padres - 7:10 p.m.

Friday is Viva Las Vegas Night and the Dodgers will continue their new tradition of Friday Night Fireworks. Fans will be able to watch the Las Vegas-themed fireworks from the field after the game.

Dodger pitcher Randy Wolf will host a group of children on the field during batting practice as part of his Wolf's Den community program, which he started when he played for the Dodgers in 2007. A group of 20 children from the ALS Association of Greater Los Angeles will meet with Wolf, get his autograph, and enjoy dinner and a T-shirt, courtesy of Panda Express. The ALS Association works to provide assistance to persons with ALS, as well as their families, caregivers, and health professionals, and to support research for a cure.

Actor Breckin Meyer from the upcoming Warner Bros. film "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Several schools from the Salute 2 Schools program, an initiative designed to help area schools with their fundraising efforts, will also be recognized during pregame ceremonies.

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box.

Saturday, May 2 vs. San Diego Padres - 7:10 p.m.

American Idol judge Randy Jackson will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Sal Fish, the CEO/President of SCORE International, a championship desert racing organization based in Los Angeles, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch as well. SCORE presents the world's foremost desert racing series, which includes the Baja 1000. Fish will be celebrating his 70th birthday on Saturday.

Several schools will be honored during pre-game ceremonies as part of the Salute 2 Schools program.

Sunday, May 3 vs. San Diego Padres - 1:10 p.m.

Children age 14 and under will receive free Andre Ethier Kids' BP Jerseys, presented by Cacique. After the game, Ethier will host Carne Asada Sunday, also presented by Cacique, on the Loge Terrace. Fans with tickets to the sold out event will get the chance to meet Ethier and enjoy carne asada and a live mariachi band from Baldwin Park's Guadalajara Grill.

Sunday is the first day that fans will be able to vote at Dodger Stadium for their favorite Dodgers to make the All-Star team. Ushers and other team representatives will have ballots available for fans throughout the game, and a ceremonial first ballot will be cast during pregame ceremonies.

Sesame Street's Elmo, who is in town for Sesame Street Live's "Elmo's Green Thumb" at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Sunday, May 31, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Jr. Dodgers members who wear their lanyard and membership card at Sunday's game may be selected during the game for a personal meet-and-greet with Elmo after the game. Special discounted tickets to Sunday's Dodgers game are available at dodgers.com/win. Fans who are not already registered can sign up to be Jr. Dodgers at dodgers.com/jrdodgers to have a chance to meet Elmo.

Sunday is the biggest Little League parade of the season, and several teams will participate in a pre-game parade around the warning track.

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box.

After the game, children age 14 and under can run the bases at Dodger Stadium. All Jr. Dodgers will get to be the first kids on the field.

Jr. Dodgers broadcasters Jake Reiner and Nick Berman will broadcast the game on Sunday, with help from Jr. Dodger Evan Miller from the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica. Evan is a seventh grader at Lincoln Middle School and his favorite Dodger is Manny Ramirez. He plays baseball, basketball, and hockey and idolizes baseball players who give back to the community.

Monday, May 4 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7:10 p.m.

Popular Bollywood actor and "Slumdog Millionaire" star Anil Kapoor will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

The cast of "Back to Bacharach and David," an off-Broadway musical review that gives tribute to the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, will sing the National Anthem. Stars include Diana DeGarmo and Tom Lowe of "American Idol" and Susan Mosher of "Hairspray."

Matt Kemp will host 40 children from the West San Gabriel Valley Boys and Girls Club on Monday as part of his Kemp's Kids community initiative. The kids will watch batting practice with Kemp, get his autograph and a program T-shirt, and enjoy dinner courtesy of Panda Express. The West San Gabriel Valley Boys and Girls Club works to enable all young people to work their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Tuesday, May 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday is Cinco de Mayo and the Dodgers will celebrate with mariachi bands and other festivities throughout the game.

Dodger legend and broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela will host 40 children from St. Thomas Aquinas School in Monterey Park on the field as the kickoff to his annual Amigos de Fernando program. The students will get to watch batting practice, get Valenzuela's autograph and a program T-shirt, and enjoy dinner courtesy of Panda Express.

Wednesday, May 6 vs. Washington Nationals - 7:10 p.m.

Reality stars Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian and their mother Kris Jenner will throw out ceremonial first pitches.

A group of youth from the Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education, and Recreation (LACER) program will be recognized in center field before the game. LACER aims to assist youth in becoming educated, enthusiastic, productive, confident, and caring adults and serves 10-14 year olds in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Thursday, May 7 vs. Washington Nationals - 7:10 p.m.

Thursday is Turn Back the Clock Night at Dodger Stadium and the Dodgers will celebrate the 1959 World Championship team. Members of the '59 team will be honored during pregame ceremonies.

It is also the 50th anniversary of the night the Dodgers honored Roy Campanella at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during an exhibition game between the Dodgers and the New York Yankees in front of more than 93,000 fans. Before the game, the stadium lights were dimmed and fans struck matches in silent prayer for the Hall of Fame catcher, who was paralyzed as the result of a car accident. Roy's daughter Joni Roan Campanella will throw out a ceremonial first pitch in his honor on the 50th anniversary of that night.

Former Dodger Ralph Mauriello will sing the National Anthem.

Fans at Thursday's game will receive free 1959 retro radios, presented by KABC 790 AM.

Chad Billingsley will host 10 kids from Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA during pregame as part of his Chad's Champs community program. The children will enjoy a meet-and-greet with Billingsley during batting practice, get his autograph, and get T-shirts and dinner courtesy of Panda Express.

Friday, May 8 vs. San Francisco Giants - 7:10 p.m.

Members of the 1959 Championship team will sign autographs for fans in Autograph Alley before the game.

Juan Pierre will host 40 children from the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) on the field before Friday's game as part of his personal community initiative, Pierre's Pack. The kids will watch batting practice with Pierre, get his autograph, and get a T-shirt and dinner courtesy of Panda Express. CRCD is a youth-centered nonprofit that works to strengthen the economic vitality of South Los Angeles and improve the quality of life for youth and the community.

After the game, fans can once again enjoy Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, on the field. As part of the Dodgers' continued tribute to the 1959 team, the fireworks will be set to music from 1959.

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the foundation, on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box.

Saturday, May 9 vs. San Francisco Giants - 12:40 p.m.

Saturday launches the new Warner Bros. branded section at Dodger Stadium, and fans who purchase tickets in the "Terminator Salvation" section in the ampm All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday will receive a free Terminator promotional item. Fans will also be able to walk the blue carpet in the Center Field Experience on Saturday and Sunday and take pictures with "Terminator Salvation" cutouts.

Saturday is also DodgersWIN (Women's Initiatives Network) Girl Scouts Day at Dodger Stadium, and all Girl Scouts in uniform are invited to participate in a pre-game parade around the warning track. DodgersWIN (Women's Initiatives Network), created by Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt, is a network of initiatives that is designed to reach out to women and bring them closer to the game of baseball and its lifestyles.

Angela and Vanessa Simmons, from MTV's hit reality shows "Run's House and "Daddy's Girls," will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Angela and Vanessa are also the official spokeswomen of the Girl Scouts.

Sunday, May 10 vs. San Francisco Giants - 1:10 p.m.

In honor of Mother's Day, Sunday is DodgersWIN (Women's Initiatives Network) Mothers Appreciation Day at Dodger Stadium. Dodger players will hand roses to mothers as they enter the stadium, randomly selected moms and their children will be chosen to take the field with the players as part of Mothers Take the Field, and another mother will say "It's Time for Dodger Baseball" before the game begins. After the game, mothers and their families will be invited to take a stroll around the warning track as part of the Mother's Day Walk in the Park and meet Dodger legends along the way.

As part of Major League Baseball's campaign in conjunction with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, several Dodger players will wear pink wristband and use pink bats during the game and all uniformed personnel will display a symbolic pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness on their uniforms.

The winner of MLB's honorary bat girl contest, a man or woman who "went to bat" against breast cancer in their everyday life, will be recognized before the game. Representatives from Susan G. Komen For the Cure will also form a pink ribbon in center field during pre-game ceremonies.

KCAL anchor Pat Harvey and her daughter will sing the National Anthem.

Several Little League teams will participate in a pre-game Little League Parade.

James Loney will host seven children from Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities - Los Angeles at Sunday's game as part of his Loney's Lounge initiative. The children will get to sit in the exclusive Baseline Box Club seats, meet with Loney on the field during batting practice, and receive program T-shirts.

Jr. Dodgers broadcasters Jake Reiner and Nick Berman will broadcast the game on Sunday, with help from Jr. Dodger Mac Bradley from the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica.

The Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the foundation, on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box.

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