Category Archives: Community

Holiday Recipe Contest

Wow–a lot has happened this year. Many people, including me, feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the natural disasters as well as the man-made, intentional acts of destruction we’ve experienced this year. Though there is no sweeping our sadness under the carpet or ignoring the situations at hand, I do think it’s important that we try to find fun things to celebrate in an attempt to create balance in our lives and maintain optimism. Continue reading

Calling all artists!

Interested in helping beautify the community through art?

We are looking for artists to apply to paint murals on utility boxes in Westchester and Playa del Rey!

Applications are due by Monday, December 18.

Selected artists will be contacted in the new year with painting anticipated to begin in January/February.

Selected artists will receive a fixed stipend for materials. During this first round of the Utility Box Mural Project, approximately 10 designs will be selected to be painted on boxes along major thoroughfares in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

Please email westchesterplayaart@gmail.com for an application with criteria and eligibility requirements.

Westchester Mental Health Guild’s 35th Annual Home Tour provides opportunity to tour area homes for charity

For the members of the Westchester Mental Health Guild, November is an exciting time as they gear up for the Holiday Home Tour. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the annual event gives people the OK to be looky-loos for the day and tour some of the area’s most fabulous homes all for a good cause. Continue reading

Community Profile: Silicon Beach Parents Group looks to bring families together for events and giving back

When Gabrielle D’Addario, an outgoing, energetic mother of two, moved from Playa del Rey to Playa Vista, she was eager to join an organization that would bring together families from all over the area for social events and activities. When she encountered many groups that were specifically for Playa Vista residents only, however, D’Addario got to work creating a community group that would bring families from neighboring communities within the Silicon Beach area, including Playa del Rey, El Segundo, Culver City, Westchester, Venice and Santa Monica, together with families in her new Playa Vista neighborhood. D’Addario approached Playa Vista Community Services, pointing out the potential growth the community could see by interacting more closely with other local neighborhoods through engaging family events. She says Playa Vista was extremely receptive to her vision, allowing her to experiment with different ideas. The result was the creation of the Silicon Beach Parents’ Group (and Facebook page), a community organization designed to unite families in the Silicon Beach area through entertaining events, exchanging of invaluable resources and giving back to community members in need. Continue reading

New education foundation launches to support local schools

Looking to reinforce our community’s support of local schools, a group of parents and business leaders have embarked on a new mission to support all of the schools in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

This week, the group formally announced the formation of the LAX Coastal Education Foundation (LAXCEF), a nonprofit serving all schools in the area, including public, private, parochial, charter and magnet schools. Continue reading

Councilmember Bonin looks to the future of LAX, the Northside and transportation for second term

In the March 7 primary, Councilmember Mike Bonin won re-election with 70% of the vote. His second term representing District 11, which includes Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista, will start July 1, and the HomeTown News recently reached out to the councilmember to find out what he hopes to accomplish in his next 5 1/2 years representing the community. Below is our Q&A with Councilmember Bonin: Continue reading

Last Chance to Nominate a Super Mom!

Last chance to nominate a Super Mom for our 2017 Mother’s Day edition!

Nominations are now open for the HomeTown News’ fourth annual Super Moms edition, in honor of Mother’s Day. We are asking our readers to nominate super moms from Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina del Rey, who make a difference in the community through their dedication to their families, neighborhoods, local schools and/or careers by Tuesday, April 11. Continue reading