Category Archives: nonprofit

Westchester Farmers’ Market makes changes as it marks 25th anniversary

Later this month, the Westchester Farmers’ Market will celebrate its 25th anniversary with its biggest market day yet and a few changes to its schedule.

While currently the Wednesday market is held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., organizers have decided to change the hours to 2 to 7 p.m. to better accommodate the working families of the community.

Market Operator Cynthia Rogers says that the later hours will offer greater access to everyone and will allow for some exciting partnerships. Continue reading

Best Of Voting starts May 11

Voting will open for the HomeTown News’ 7th Annual Best Of Readers’ Poll on Friday, May 11 at noon. Readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite local restaurants, businesses, organizations and places in more than 90 categories.

The annual Best Of issue is a chance to highlight and recognize the best of the community of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey and surrounding areas.

Voting will end on Friday, June 29, and the winners will be revealed in our Thursday, August 2 issue.

VOTING IS NOW OPEN AT: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/htnbestof2018

Pictured: Cafe Solar took home the honor of Best New Restaurant in our 2017 Readers’ Poll.

Posted May 2018.

Flight Path welcomes Sir Richard Branson to Walk of Fame

Sir Richard Branson is the newest member of the Flight Path Aviation Walk of Fame after being inducted on Wednesday, March 28 at a ceremony at the Westchester museum. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Branson has had a role in creating or managing more than 400 businesses, including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Virgin American airlines.

“I’ve been fascinated by flight ever since I was a little boy looking up to the skies,” said Branson during the ceremony. “I’ve had the privilege of meeting and often working with many of the geniuses of flight, the inventors, the adventurers, the daredevils and the dreamers. What they all have in common is the desire to make the world a better place and see it from a different angle.” Continue reading

Rock Roll & Run raises money for education

More than 1,300 runners braved a forecast of rain and headed to Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, March 10 to raise money for local education at the inaugural Rock Roll & Run 5K. Hosted by the LAX Coastal Education Foundation in partnership with LMU, the event continued the tradition of the Race for Success, and brought 18 K-12 schools, community groups and local businesses together for a fun morning of exercise, rock and roll music and a little friendly competition.

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Westchester Townhouse looks to raise funds for repairs after 72 years of serving the community

For more than 70 years, the Westchester Townhouse has been a community hub for local schools, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, community meetings, performance groups and other youth organizations, but now the aging building is in need of some TLC.

While the Westchester Townhouse has served hundreds of local residents and their families over the years, repairs and upkeep of the charming space, which features a stage and hand painted murals, have been deferred due to budget issues. Continue reading

“Cities Across America” floats, marching groups, entries sought for Fourth of July Parade

Planning for the 19th annual LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade is underway and applications for participants are now available at laxcoastal.com/parade.

The parade committee is looking for 50 entries made up of floats, community groups, local sports teams, marching groups and school bands, to participate in the hometown event on Wednesday, July 4. While attendees love parade mainstays like the Great Pyrenees, the LAFD bandwagon and the Hogs motorcycle group, the committee is always interested in attracting a few new entries and floats each year to wow the crowd 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 facebook.com/RunwayPlayaVista.

• 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 amazon.com, 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  www.sorefeetsaviors.com.

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

Westchester Mental Health Guild’s 35th Annual Home Tour provides opportunity to tour area homes for charity

For the members of the Westchester Mental Health Guild, November is an exciting time as they gear up for the Holiday Home Tour. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the annual event gives people the OK to be looky-loos for the day and tour some of the area’s most fabulous homes all for a good cause. Continue reading