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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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Visitation’s Flag Football team plays at Coliseum

The Visitation  Flag Football team was just one of four teams invited to play at the landmark Los Angeles Coliseum over Thanksgiving weekend. The team competed against more than 100 Catholic, private, charter and public schools from all over Los Angeles to qualify for the opportunity to play in the FIYA Championships.

At the games, the team scored a third-place win against La Tijera with a score of 32-12. The team was led by head coach and Visitation Athletic Director, Nick Galvan, and coaches Bryan Esparza and Dale Steinbacher.

Said Galvan, “Thank you all who came to the Coliseum. It was a wonderful day for the Visitation community that we will never forget! It was an impressive win for our Visitation football team and the amount of bulldog shirts was awesome!”

WISH readies to become first fully inclusive TK through 12th grade school

Students, Wish Charter Schools

When WISH Charter opened its doors in 2010 its founders had one goal in mind: create an inclusive school that would educate and serve all students, regardless of learning differences. In just six short years, the school is proud of what they’ve accomplished. Students are thriving, test scores are up, the Kindness Club is the school’s largest afterschool group, a WISH Middle School opened in 2013 and there’s a wait list every year for students and parents eager to join the WISH family. Always focused on increasing resources for its students, the school now has its sights on its most ambitious plan yet–launching WISH Academy High School and becoming the first fully inclusive public TK through 12th grade school in the United States. Continue reading

Westchester 75 Art Contest Winners

In September, the Westchester 75th Anniversary Committee put out a call for student artists in the area to create drawings using the theme “Our Little Piece of Paradise: Celebrating 75 Years of Westchester.” The committee received more than 100 entries from students ranging from 5-16, which displayed their artistic talent while highlighting Westchester. Judges from the committee and Councilmember Mike Bonin loved all of the submissions and selected a grand prize and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning drawings in the age groups of 5-9; 10-13; and 14-18. The winning drawings will be displayed in Councilmember Bonin’s Westchester office. Continue reading