Category Archives: Education

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

Westside Neighborhood School celebrates announcement of new preschool program opening in fall 2017

Westside Neighborhood School (WNS) has announced the opening of a new preschool, a project that has been three years in the making! For 36 years, WNS has been a leader in DK-8 Westside education, and is pleased to now add their Reggio-inspired preschool program with capacity for 68 children in fall 2017.  The preschool will be housed in the newly created early childhood center directly across from the main K-8 campus at 12901 Coral Tree Place.   Continue reading

Inaugural WAM Block Party looks to merge music, art and community

Since its inception in 2011, the Emerson Avenue Community Garden (EACG) has hosted a variety of events from pancake breakfasts, movie nights, dinners and community volunteer days, but the nonprofit group with the motto of “Build a Garden, Grow a Community,” is hoping to expand that network with its largest undertaking yet, the Westchester Arts and Music (WAM) Block Party. EACG’s mission is to develop and maintain its 1-acre plot on the campus of Wright STEAM Magnet into a “sustainable, organic food garden and green space” that is used for education and community building.

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Our 2016 Best Of Results Revealed…

Dear Readers,

The votes are in and we are proud to share the results of our 2016 Fifth Annual Best Of Readers’ Poll with you! Our neighborhood is made up of so many great restaurants, businesses and organizations, and we are honored to be able to recognize some of these outstanding community members every August in our “Best Of” issue. Continue reading

2016 Teacher Eddy Honorees

Twenty-four local teachers, who were selected by their peers and administrators, will be honored at the 2016 Teacher Eddy Awards on Tuesday, May 11, hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber. At the event, the teachers will be presented with crystal eddy awards and a slideshow in their honor. They will also have the chance to take home raffle prizes donated by local businesses, including plane tickets to anywhere United flies, courtesy of Rainbow Acres Washington Blvd. Note: Click on the images to enlarge them. Continue reading

It’s build a garden, grow a community for Westchester’s EACG volunteers


The community of Westchester has long been a hidden gem, with only its locals knowing about the treasures that lie within. Driving down Emerson Avenue, most people might only notice schools, homes and churches, but if you look a little harder, you will find a small garden that has brought together a group of dedicated volunteers that are inviting the community to step inside the urban oasis they’ve created. Continue reading

Charter school hopes for a miracle to find space in Westchester

Opening up a successful sixth through twelfth grade charter school where students could flourish in academics and the arts, and teachers and administrators would be able to make decisions without LAUSD red tape to bring in rich programming and community partnerships, was a dream Westchester Secondary Charter School (WSCS) principal Janet Landon fought for years to achieve, but the school’s future is now uncertain.

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Community invited to help create “gallery in the sky” at Otis’ Annual Kite Festival


4/08/16 Update: IN CASE OF RAIN
If the weather does not cooperate on Saturday, shuttles will take participants back to Otis’ Main campus on Lincoln Blvd. where kite workshops will still take place. Stay tuned on Otis’ Facebook and Twitter for day-of updates.

Thousands of art enthusiasts, families and students will flock to  Santa Monica Beach on Saturday, April 9 for Otis College of Art and Design’s Fifth Annual Kite Festival, created by the college’s Creative Action Program. Continue reading

Race for Success set for Saturday, March 5 at LMU, Community Support Day at Whole Foods Playa Vista

Race for Success. Hundreds of runners and community members will convene on the campus at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, March 5 starting at 8 a.m. for the annual Race for Success. The 5k run/walk is the largest local fundraiser for education and all of the proceeds from the event are divided between schools that participate in the race. The school with the most participants will take home the Hannon Spirit Award and an extra cash prize. After the run, participants and visitors are invited to attend the community expo, featuring booths from local businesses and nonprofits. Continue reading