Category Archives: Community

Meet your LAUSD District 4 School Board Candidates

When voters head to the polls on Tuesday, March 7, they’ll have the chance to decide who should be L.A. Mayor and the CD11 councilmember, but the most talked about local race has to be who will win the LAUSD School Board seat to represent District 4, which includes Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina del Rey. Dozens of campaign mailers have been sent and more than $3.5 million has been spent from independent contributions and outside expenditures. What makes this race even more important for voters is that the school board member elected will serve a 5-1/2 year term, instead of the customary four, to accommodate a change in the election cycle. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote on March 7, the top two candidates will move onto the general election on Tuesday, May 16. Continue reading

Westchester siblings look to push the boundaries with pop-up Ayara Lūk

In the upcoming weeks, Ayara Thai will temporarily close for four months so the restaurant can embark on a construction project that will see it double in size and add a full-service bar. While Ayara is undergoing renovations, Westchester siblings Vanda, Peter and Cathy Asapahu will be filling the neighborhood’s culinary gap with their pop-up restaurant, Ayara Luk. Not ones to be stagnant, the close-knit trio are using this opportunity to create a restaurant that serves dishes inspired by their “experiences as first generation Thai-American,” and seeks to push the boundaries of what people have come to expect from Thai Food.  Continue reading

Fine & Performing Arts Scholarships for 8th Grade students offered by Rotary Club

The Westchester Rotary is hosting the Jim Bunch Memorial Arts Scholarships open to 8th graders who reside or attend school in the Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Del Rey or Marina del Rey areas.

The Rotary Club is looking for candidates talented in the fine or performing arts. Applications will be broken up into three different categories:

Art:

• Entries must be original work, created by the individual contestant.

• Art entries must fall into one of the following categories: painting, drawing, photography, ceramic, sculpture or cultural.

• Art entries may not exceed 50 inches in any one direction.

Dance:

• Limited to one soloist.

• Style is limited to classic ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap or cultural.

• Performance should be 1.5 to 2 minutes in length.

• Contestant may bring pre-recorded accompaniment.

Music:

• Contestant may be a vocalist, instrumentalist or both.

• Musical performance should be 1.5 to 3 minutes in length.

• Contestants may be accompanied by piano or guitar or may bring pre-recorded accompaniment.

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 24. Candidates must be available to perform or display their artistic entry on the afternoon of March 26 at LA Arts Collective in Westchester. Scholarships in amounts up to $1,000 will be announced at the end of the event.

For more information on the competition or to obtain an application, please contact Cozette Vergari at  cozetterotary5280@gmail.com.

January 2017. Updated February 2, 2017.

Seven easy tips for yoga newbies

After falling in love with yoga while taking a meditation course during college, Lara Estrada opened her own Westchester studio Yoga Bliss. The studio, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary, specializes in vinyasa flow yoga, where the room is heated to a tropical temperature of 85 degrees. Estrada says that people of all ages, fitness levels and bodies can benefit from yoga and offers the following tips for yoga newbies thinking of trying a new fitness routine in the new year: Continue reading

Community leaders honored by NCWP, Councilmember Bonin

The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa recognized two area leaders for their dedication to the community at its annual New Year’s potluck on Tuesday, January 3.

Margie Hanson was honored for her work with organizations including the Airport Marina Counseling Service and the Jet to Jetty; the Pacific Area Boosters, the LAX Coastal Chamber and Westchester Vitalization. Hanson was also praised for using her expertise in online communications to help promote local businesses and organizations. Continue reading

There’s no shortage of opportunities to get involved, enhance the community

January is often a time for people to make goals and a list of things they’d like to accomplish in the next 12 months. If one of your resolutions this year is to give back and get involved in your local community but you’re not sure where to get started, Covenant Presbyterian Church is hosting its second annual Community Connections event on Sunday, January 29. The goal is to showcase, in an expo type environment, local groups, organizations and nonprofits that can “help you or help others.” Continue reading

Wanted: Westchester’s 75 Leaders Nominations

Do you know a leader in Westchester that deserves to be recognized for their dedication to the community?

The Westchester 75th Anniversary Committee is looking for nominations of people who either live, work or volunteer in Westchester that have enriched the community through their time, talent or donations. Those interested in nominating someone will be asked to include a brief write-up on their nominee. The list will be published in a future edition of the HomeTown News.

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