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Playa Vista’s Cafe Ruisseau creates a welcoming place for customers to enjoy great coffee

Everyone’s business could use a little help these days, so every month we’re featuring companies owned by local residents or located in Westchester/Playa to help promote shopping locally and to support community members.

Here’s the scoop on Playa Vista’s Cafe Ruisseau. Owned by Edward Ackah-Miezah, the family-friendly coffee shop specializes in signature drinks like the Honey Lavender Latte, Toasted Marshmallow Chai and London Fog, and offers an assortment of treats, including vegan and gluten-free options. Next time you’re in the mood for a latte, check out this cafe which puts a priority on building great relationships with their customers, while serving top-notch coffee and drinks.

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Woman’s Club of Playa del Rey and Silicon Beach Social work to make a difference in community

A sense of community and that feeling of belonging is something that everyone aspires to achieve in their lives. For 82 years, the women of Playa del Rey, Westchester and neighboring communities have succeeded in this goal through the Woman’s Club of Playa del Rey. The Woman’s Club is a place for fellowship, civic duty, philanthropy and fun, according to president Margarita Diosomito. They strive to enhance the lives of others through promoting volunteering, education and progressive ideas. They are part of the national organization, General Federation of Woman’s Clubs, founded in 1890, which is comprised of more than 3,000 philanthropic clubs globally.

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Community gets creative for reimagined Halloween Happenings this month

When L.A. County officials announced they were strongly advising against traditional trick-or-treating or even trunk-or-treating this year, many lamented that, like so many things in 2020, Halloween would be canceled. But leave it to quick thinking community members who immediately started brainstorming on how they could provide a safe and fun reimagined Halloween experience for local kids and the community.

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Will the Election Impact your Investments?

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As we approach Election Day, investors are understandably wondering– and maybe even anxious–about how the U.S. presidential election will affect the stock market. This year, COVID-19 and a fragile economy are additional concerns to the U.S. election cycle.

Regardless of who ends up winning in November, the election will likely play a factor in the markets. Here are a few things investors should consider:

Dealing with uncertainty: There are many important issues at stake, including trade, healthcare, tax policies, social justice and our relationship with China. While the economy is a significant influence to the elections, the COVID-19 pandemic has added even more uncertainty. How long the virus will persist and how significant the impact on economic growth will be remains unclear at the moment.

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WAM Weekend includes virtual concerts, neighborhood treasure hunt and wine tasting

WAM Weekend is on! Albeit remixed for a special 2020 edition that changes the event’s block party vibe to a house party one.

The Westchester Arts & Music Block Party, affectionately referred to as WAM, is usually a day-long celebration of community, art and live music that brings thousands of people to Emerson Ave. to enjoy the last days of summer. This year marks the popular event’s fifth anniversary, and WAM has really hit its stride, says event producer, John Sharpe.

“We had a great turnout, had expanded to two stages for music and entertainment and the support from the community and businesses was unreal,” said Sharpe. “We were just about to start planning this year’s event and brainstorming on how to take it to the next level, when COVID appeared.”

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Student Halloween Art Contest

Calling all student artists! The Hometown News is hosting a Halloween Art Contest!

The contest is open to all youth, ages 5-18, who live or go to school in the Westchester/Playa area.

The theme is “Halloween in my hometown” and drawings can be spooky or silly or anything in between! Feel free to use ink, crayons, markers or paint to create a design on an 8×11 or 11×17 piece of paper.

The contest is broken up into three age groups: Ages 5 to 9; 10 to 13 and 14 and up. The drawings will be judged by a committee and will be recognized in the HTN. A grand prize is TBD.

Artwork should be scanned and emailed to

Westchester/Playa Public Art Scene

The Westchester/Playa area is home to some great public art from murals on buildings to giant statues, and more art will be added soon with the second round of the Utility Box Art Project! Late last year, nine colorful mini murals were painted throughout the area and now the Westchester/Playa Art Committee is calling all artists who are interested in using their talent to help beautify the neighborhood to apply. Applications can be obtained by emailing and are due by October 1. 

In the meantime, here’s a look at some of our favorite public art installations in the area:

1. “BFF” statue by KAWS surrounded by artwork created by street artist Kenny Scharf. The installation is located at Bluff Creek Dr. and S. Campus Center Dr. in Playa Vista.

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In your hometown with…the Tuttles

The quarantine during the pandemic hasn’t been a mixed blessing for the Tuttle family, it’s been a total blessing. 

“It’s been wonderful for us because we were able to put a ‘pause’ on life. We were very much a sports family prior to this and our weekends used to be wrapped around sports and the kids’ games. So it’s been nice to slow down and remember what a great spot we live in,” said Heather Tuttle.

The Tuttle family is now finding time to volunteer in the community, play together and discover new hobbies.

Most recently, Heather was working part-time as an instructional coach for Catapult Learning, helping teachers implement professional goals.

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Neighborhood gem, The Book Jewel, opens in Westchester Triangle

The buzz of excitement was palpable as dozens of community members eagerly waited to enter The Book Jewel at its grand opening on Saturday, August 29 in conjunction with Independent Bookstore Day. After years of pouring her heart and soul into creating a space that the whole community can treasure, not even a mask could hide owner Karen Dial’s smile.

“It’s a dream come true and it’s even more incredible than I could have ever imagined, and I mean that,” said Dial, who described the week leading up the store’s opening as one of the most amazing of her life. “The space turned out so beautiful.”

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