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LMU seeks changes to Master Plan

This August, Loyola Marymount University filed an application with the city to make changes to its 20-year Master Plan. The plan, which was approved in 2011, allowed for 3,411,000 square feet of total building space on campus, with a maximum total of new construction at 1,779,000 square feet. The square footage was specifically allocated to three categories: academic/administrative buildings (921,000 new square footage), residential (761,000 new square footage) and indoor athletics (97,000 new square footage).

The proposed amendment seeks to “reallocate square footage from academic, administrative and residential uses to athletic use within existing square footage caps.” The university is requesting this change to improve its athletic facilities, which are outdated and not adequate for the school’s athletes, says Mason Stockstill LMU’s Assistant Director of Communications and Media Relations. According to Stockstill, when the Master Plan was approved, the university intended to eventually tear down its sports facility, Gersten Pavilion, and build a new arena. Instead, they’d now like to renovate Gersten for use as a practice facility (with bleachers removed) for its sports teams and build a new competition venue in the Hannon Parking lot, which could seat up to 6,000 attendees. Stockstill says that while no blueprints or timelines for the venue have been made, requirements in the Master Plan say the entrance must face the campus and that amplified sound is limited to the interior of the building.

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Spotlight on Schools!

Welcome to our seventh annual Spotlight on Schools edition! 

The HomeTown News is proud to support local education, and every year we invite our Westchester/Playa schools to share with us what’s going on at their campuses.

 Check out our October edition for articles submitted by parents, teachers, principals and community members who are passionate about letting the community know what makes their schools special. Every year we learn that all our schools are full of success stories–new STEM curriculum is being added, eco-friendly initiatives are being introduced and social-emotional skills are being taught–so we hope the information provided helps give our readers a sneak peak on what’s going right on local campuses and a new prospective on local education. We often are asked, “Is that a good school?” and our answer is always, “Yes,” because every school has something magical to offer its students.

Visit our October online edition HERE at issuu.com.

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Community Spotlight: Westchester Elks Club

Classic and vintage cars from the 20s to the 70s will be the main attraction at the Westchester Elks 20th Annual Car Show & Chili Cook Off this month, and while organizers hope attendees check out the craftsmanship, the fins and the paint jobs, they’re also eager for community members to learn what the Elks are all about.


“People come to the lodge and aren’t familiar with what the Elks do. We’re not just a bunch of retirees hanging out and talking about the old days,” said Lisa Levine, who is leading the Car Show for the third year in a row. “We’re doing community events, and there’s a lot of charity stuff that we do, like working with Safe Place for Youth, Veterans, making care packages and providing scholarships.”

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GET READY FOR WAM!

Music, Art & Community Combine at Westchester’s All-Day Block Party

Enjoy the last weekend of summer by heading down to Emerson Avenue for one of the community’s most popular family-friendly events—the Westchester Arts and Music Block Party (WAM)! Featuring more than a dozen musical acts, food trucks, kids activities, community booths, a beer & wine garden and more, the event is a chance for an all-day hang-out session with friends you bring with you, and people you meet along the way.

“We’re stoked for this year’s event,” said event producer John Sharpe. “We have some great music and entertainment acts lined up, a bunch of great food options and the best beer & wine garden around! Make sure you don’t miss out. You’re bound to run into your friends and neighbors, whether you’re rocking out to a band or doing arts & crafts with your kids. The event is all about celebrating our community and supporting the Emerson Avenue Community Garden, and in our fourth year, we’re thrilled that WAM is becoming a Westchester tradition.”

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Our 2019 Best Of results revealed!

We love our community and enjoy celebrating its people, places and events each month in the pages of the Westchester/Playa HomeTown News.

Our Best Of Readers’ Poll is our super-sized way to highlight all the best things about living and working in  Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina del Rey. With so many excellent restaurants, businesses and organizations in the area, we love giving you—our readers—an annual opportunity to vote for your favorites. You are the real experts and you’ve been helping us honor these outstanding individuals and businesses since 2012. Thank you for being a part of recognizing those who make our community a special place to live, work and visit.

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Inaugural Mother Son Prom at the Westchester Family YMCA

Moms and their sons had a blast at the sold-out inaugural Mother Son Dance held at the Westchester Family YMCA Annex on Saturday, July 27. The event, which doubled as a fundraiser for the Y’s camp program, featured a DJ, photo booth, raffle prizes, snacks, an ice cream sundae bar and a lot of dance moves! Thanks to ticket sales, enough funds were raised to send six underprivileged kids to Y summer camp.

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Community Spotlight: Ballet Beyond Borders debuts in Westchester for the first time with dance, special events

The community is invited to attend Ballet Beyond Borders special events happening at LMU this month, including dance performances and “Cultural Crossroads–Cultural Diplomacy in a Changing World.” Photo courtesy BBB.

By Sarah Ahern

Nearly 1,200 miles northeast of Westchester lies Missoula, Montana, a river valley town burrowed deep in the Northern Rockies. While it’s often recognized for its lush forests and thriving parks and recreation, Missoula also boasts an impressive cultural hub, housing a vital literary and art scene. Arising from this landscape comes Ballet Beyond Borders (BBB), a global festival that fuses education, diplomacy and creativity amongst artists across cultural and geographic lines through diverse genres of dance. Originally launched at the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre headquartered there, Ballet Beyond Borders aims to help youth not only sharpen their artistic craft, but also foster a better understanding of social justice issues faced by groups of people worldwide.

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Your summer can’t-miss event guide!

If you’re looking for what’s on tap this summer, we’ve got you covered! Our favorite season officially kicks off this month on June 21, and there’s no shortage of events happening in the community that the whole family can enjoy. 

Mark your calendars for these fun, free (or low-cost) local events, so when someone asks you “What’s happening this weekend?” you’ll be in the know. Below are our picks for the best summer events to keep your schedule packed through September! 

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