Tomodachi-MUFG participants from Miyagi Prefecture visited Carlsbad this week.

The Los Angeles Dodgers begin their ninth homestand of the 2012 season as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (July 30-Aug. 1), Chicago Cubs (Aug. 3-5) and Colorado Rockies (Aug. 6-8).

This homestand features Kirk Gibson Bobblehead Night presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino on July 31, Snapback Cap presented by Wonderful Pistachios on Aug. 5, and Sandy Koufax Bobblehead Night presented by Time Warner Cable on Aug. 7.

Tickets to all Dodger home games are available at and a complete list of the season’s giveaways is available at

On Friday, Aug. 3 (game time 7:10 p.m.), the Dodgers will present their first-ever Star Trek Night. The night will celebrate the Blu-ray debut of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Season One. The series marks its 25th anniversary in 2012, and continues to enthrall fans with its exciting and socially relevant tales of space exploration in the 24th century.

As part of Star Trek Night, William Shatner, who originated the role of Capt. James T. Kirk in the television series starting in 1966, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Kirk in seven movies, one of which he directed.

Dodger fans can join fellow “Trekkers” at Star Trek Night by purchasing a ticket package for $33 that includes a seat in the Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat-Pavilion and a limited-edition Dodger and Star Trek-themed T-shirt. Tickets in the Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat-Pavilion feature unlimited Dodger dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, Coca-Cola products and water.

Fans are encouraged to dress in their favorite Star Trek costumes, and Friday Night Fireworks will be set to Star Trek-themed music. At the conclusion of the game, fans are invited to go on the field to watch Friday Night Fireworks.

Fans can purchase tickets to Star Trek Night by visiting or by calling 866-DODGERS.

Prior to Friday’s game, James Loney will play host to a group from the ALS Association as part of the Loney’s Lounge community program. Each participant will receive a program T-shirt and a meal voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola, and will get to meet Loney on the field during batting practice.

Dodger alumnus Al “The Bull” Ferrara will be in Autograph Alley signing for fans from 5:10 to 6:30 p.m.

Wichita, Kansas native Chris Mann will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.” Mann placed fourth on Season Two of “The Voice” and was shepherded by Christina Aguilera.

The Veteran of the Game is retired U.S. Army Capt. John Farmer of Portland, Ore., who has been stationed throughout the world, including Baghdad and most recently Afghanistan.

Also as part of pregame ceremonies, 20 Japanese middle and high school students and four teachers from Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, will receive an on-field introduction as part of the Tomodachi-MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) International Exchange Program.

They will also tour the stadium and will bring a fishermen’s big-catch banner as an appreciation gift for the Dodgers, which they will also present on the field.

Tomodachi ( is led by the U.S. government and the U.S.-Japan Council, a tax-exempt non-profit organization, and is supported by the government of Japan, corporations, organizations and individuals from the U.S. and Japan.

The August edition of Dodgers Magazine debuts featuring Dodger All-Stars Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp on the cover. The issue includes a feature on their experience at the Midsummer Classic and a rundown on Dodger minor leaguer Chris Reed’s experience pitching in the Futures Game. Other features include a look at how past generations have influenced Dodgers, starting pitchers and their between-starts routines, a look at Jerry Hairston Jr. and write-ups on Vin Scully, Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela. Fans can purchase Dodgers Magazine at merchandise stands throughout Dodger Stadium or order subscriptions by visiting or calling (877) 258-3062.

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