Category Archives: Community

Westchester Parents’ Nursery School looks to the community for help to find new location

For almost 70 years, Westchester Parents’ Nursery School (WPNS) has been an integral part of the community for many local families. A cooperative, parent participation preschool, WPNS unites students, parents and teachers together in the classroom, providing an environment that encourages a love of learning, respectful communication and community. As a play-based preschool, importance is placed on creativity and flexibility, where playing and exploring are just as important as learning the ABCs and the learning environment is structured around the unique needs of each individual child. Continue reading

Visitation turns 75

On February 18, Visitation Catholic Church will be celebrating its 75th year as a parish. The church, which opened in 1943, counts many of its parishioners as being members for decades. To celebrate the anniversary, the community is invited to attend a special mass on Sunday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. with Archbishop Gomez.

Following the mass, the Visitation campus will host a celebration with music, food and games. Tours will be offered, and alumni are especially encouraged to attend for the chance to explore their old stomping grounds, see how things have changed and learn about plans for Visitation’s future. Continue reading

Community encouraged to submit ideas for Fourth of July parade theme, audition for National Anthem

It’s not easy for the LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade committee to come up with a new parade theme, year after year, to help celebrate Independence Day. In the last eighteen years there have been tributes to America’s pastimes, songs, icons, heroes, patriotism and adventures, often leaving the volunteer-based committee scratching their heads when it comes to picking a new theme that will encourage participants to come up with creative, inspiring entries and floats. To help solve this issue, the parade committee is reaching out to the community to ask for their suggestions for this year’s event. 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 have been extended to January 22, 2018 due to the holidays.

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 for an application with criteria and eligibility requirements.

Updated January 2018.

Westchester Family YMCA offers members chance to get healthy while building sense of community

Westchester Family YMCA staff (from left to right) Robert Higgins, Matthew Brown, Rae Jin, John Loussararian, Danny O’Neill and Jade Fackler have fun demonstrating the variety of workouts and equipment available at the gym.

Many people will be hitting the gym this month, some for the first time, in a bid to shed pounds, get healthy and gain muscle. For those looking for a new health club to join in 2018, the Westchester Family YMCA is encouraging the community to come check out their programs and offerings that can benefit the health of the whole family. Continue reading

Want to get involved? Local groups offer opportunities to give back, enhance community

Westchester Rotary Club volunteers, including President Elect Tori Hettinger, help paint a wall at Safe Place for Youth during last year’s Makeover Project. Joining or participating in a Rotary Club event is just one of the many ways volunteers can donate their time, talent or treasure to enhance the community.

For many of us, the new year creates an opportunity to make plans and goals to accomplish in the next twelve months. For those looking to get more involved in their neighborhood, January is a fresh start to give your time, talent or treasure to the myriad of local groups that are always looking for new, enthusiastic people interested in joining their organizations.

Here is a short list of local groups that can help you accomplish your goal of getting involved and giving back to your neighborhood in 2018: Continue reading

Community groups provide opportunities to give back this season

People are often the most generous during the holiday season, with nearly one third of all charitable giving taking place in December. While this month many of us will be donating to our favorite charities, if you’re interested in donating locally, many community groups are making it easy to participate in toy and clothing drives to give back to those in need.

Below are some of the local charity drives taking place in December:

• This month, Runway Playa Vista has designated Safe Place for Youth (SPY), Children’s Hospital of LA and LA Animal Shelters as “Season of Giving” partners. Stop by the shopping center on Friday, December 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. to drop off new or gently used warm clothing for SPY. On Friday, December 15 from 5 to 9 p.m., $1 from every beer purchased during the center’s “Beer & Cheer” event will be donated to Children’s Hospital of LA. On Friday, December 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., visitors can donate gently used or new blankets for the LA Animal Shelter.

Runway Playa Vista is located at 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Playa Vista. For more info, visit

• Just a stone’s throw away from Westchester, St. Margaret’s Center is collecting toys for its annual Christmas program. Every year, the center distributes thousands of toys to children in need. Locally, there are two drop off locations. Head to Toe Salon, located at 6310 W. 89th St. in Westchester, is collecting toys through December 10 during regular business hours. Miss Haircut Salon, located at 8733 La Tijera Blvd. in Westchester, is collecting toys through noon on Friday, December 15. Toys can be dropped off Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested in donating online? Visit, choose “Find a List or Registry,” type in St. Margaret’s Center and browse their wish list. Purchased items will be sent directly to the center. St. Margaret’s Christmas Program will take place on Saturday, December 16 at Lennox Middle School.

For more questions or to arrange a pick-up, please call Terry at (310) 994-9904.

• Councilmember Mike Bonin’s office is collecting items for the Westside Winter Shelter Program. Items needed include toiletries, clothing for men and women, coffee, books, magazines, board games, cleaning items and first aid kits. Items can be dropped off at the CD11 Westchester office, located at 7166 W. Manchester Ave. in Westchester.

• Local nonprofit Sore Feet Saviors is accepting donations for their “Christmas of Hope Celebration” for homeless and low income families they encounter through their Emergency Outreach Program. They offer the following giving opportunities during the holiday season:

  •  Sponsor a child for $99 tax deductible donation
  • Buy a toy from our Wishlist for a child
  • Donate a prepared food item for the holiday meal at their celebration
  • Volunteer to wrap presents and decorate our event space
Learn more at

Holding a toy or collection drive for the holidays? Email us at to be added to the list.

Mark your calendars for a month full of holiday happenings for the whole family

It’s the holiday season and that means plenty of free and low cost events to help celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Westchester/Playa must be on the “nice” list this year, because Santa is stopping all over town to collect Christmas lists, pose for free pictures and spread holiday cheer. Whether you’re interested in fanciful lights, arts & crafts, breakfast with Old St. Nick, or even a chance to have your picture taken in a giant snow globe, local businesses and community groups are making sure there’s no shortage of activities and events to help create a little holiday magic this December. Continue reading