Race for Success. Hundreds of runners and community members will convene on the campus at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, March 5 starting at 8 a.m. for the annual Race for Success. The 5k run/walk is the largest local fundraiser for education and all of the proceeds from the event are divided between schools that participate in the race. The school with the most participants will take home the Hannon Spirit Award and an extra cash prize. After the run, participants and visitors are invited to attend the community expo, featuring booths from local businesses and nonprofits. Continue reading
If you haven’t had a chance to head over to Runway Playa Vista lately, you might be shocked–and delighted–by what you find in this urban oasis. Although this last piece of Playa Vista’s live, work, play vision has long been anticipated, the lifestyle center has finally developed into a thriving destination where people can get a cup of coffee, admire the public art, shop and meet up with friends and business associates for a meal.
Chances are if you’ve ever been involved in a project, an activity or a group with the goal of bettering the Westchester and Playa del Rey community, you’ve met Garrett Smith. His love for the community and contagious can-do attitude is exactly why the Rotary Club of Westchester is honoring him this month as their Citizen of the Year at their annual Night of Comedy fundraiser. While typically a committee chooses the honoree, this year’s selection process was much easier according to event chair and Rotarian Cindy Williams; before a committee was even formed, she had received numerous nominations for Smith citing his exemplary involvement and service to the community. Continue reading
Greetings Hometown News readers! My name is Rebecca Hill and I’m an innkeeper at the Inn at Playa del Rey–a boutique bed and breakfast on Culver Boulevard that overlooks the Ballona Wetlands. I’m excited to have this opportunity to share some of the Inn’s best kept, most loved recipes with you and it’s my hope that if you like them, you will share them with your friends and family! Continue reading
For 55 years, the Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS) has served as a haven for both people seeking help during life’s most difficult times and those struggling with mental illness.
It might be freezing, but that won’t stop hundreds of people from running and jumping into the water at Marina del Rey’s Mother Beach for the Special Olympics Southern California’s annual Polar Plunge taking place on Saturday, February 27.
New Farmers’ Market for Westchester? The Westchester Town Center Business Improvement District (BID) is considering establishing a new weekend farmers’ market in Westchester’s business district to open sometime this summer. Continue reading
Calling all candidates! If you’ve ever considered becoming more active in the community and serving on the 31-seat Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa (NCWP), now is your chance to get involved. With the election taking place in late spring of this year, the NCWP is currently looking for candidates to run for the 16 seats that are up for grabs for four year terms. Continue reading
Love is in the air in the Westchester/Playa/Marina community, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite local spots that will be working overtime on Sunday, February 14 (and the Friday and Saturday before) to create a fun evening for couples, friends and families that are looking for a way to say “I love you.” No matter what you do to celebrate this month, make sure you make plans early and call ahead for reservations. As of press time, some of the restaurants we contacted were already booked!
Whether you’re looking for something fancy and romantic or laid-back and fun, here is our pick for Valentine’s Day worthy locales: Continue reading
Rotary looks for applications for middle school scholarships. The Rotary Club of Westchester is now accepting applications for the Jim Bunch Memorial Scholarship from eighth graders who reside or attend school in the Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Del Rey or Marina del Rey areas. The club is looking for candidates talented in the fine or performing arts and applications will be broken up into three different categories:
• Art. Entries must be original work, created by the individual contestant and must be a painting, drawing, photography, ceramic, sculpture or cultural entry. Entries may not exceed 50 inches in any one direction. Continue reading