Rotary helps create mural at Westport Heights

Westport Heights Elementary School (WHES) has a new mural thanks to the help of the Westchester Rotary. The service club partnered with the Westchester elementary school for its fifth annual Community and Beautification Day on Saturday, May 5. Parents, community members, students and Rotarians helped beautify the school by painting doors and columns, gardening and cleaning up the campus.

Otis College of Art and Design instructor, David Russell, along with Westchester Rotarians, also facilitated two mural projects. The “We are Westport” interactive permanent mural now welcomes students in the front entryway of the campus and was painted and designed by the school community. The mural not only represents the mission and values of the school’s culture, but also the individual identity of the student artists.

The other mural, a movable art piece on six different panels, allowed younger students to participate in the project and show their creativity, while learning the values of the school which include trustworthiness, caring, responsibility, respect, citizenship and fairness.

Pictured: Russell (left) poses with Rotarians and WHES principal, Jacqueline Hughes (third from left), in front of the new mural. Photo Courtesy Westchester Rotary.

“Sunset Vestige” debuts at Burton Chace Park.

Now through July 1, visitors to Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park can view “Sunset Vestige,” a temporary public art piece reminiscent of the glow of a California sunset. Created by local artist Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics and funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the piece consists of more than 40,000 suspended red, orange, black, silver and purple streamers that sway with the wind. Covering a 5,000-square-foot site next to the water, Shearn’s artwork is meant to evoke the phenomenon of “flocking,” where schools of fish or insects swarm or move together in the same direction. The use of transparent netting to hang the streamers creates the illusion that they are floating on their own.

To engage the public, organizers are asking visitors to answer the question, “If this artwork could dance, what song would it dance to?” and create videos of “Sunset Vestige” with music. The videos can be posted on social media with #sunsetvestige. The most creative videos each week will be shared on Poetic Kinetics’ social media pages.

Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.

It’s Best Of voting time!

We all have our favorite local spots, so now is your chance to vote for who will take home our 2018 Best Of honors! Our community is full of great businesses and organizations that deserve to be recognized, so show your support by voting!

First round voting: May 11 through June 7: Now Closed.

Final round of voting starts Friday, June 8. Voting ends on Friday, June 29.

Voting link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/finalhtnbestof2018

 

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.

Community Spotlight: Westchester mom hopes to make Super Pop bars a household name

Westchester mom, Melissa Wessely, is hoping to take the protein bar market by storm with her line of crispy, creamy Super Pop bars.

Wessely always had a passion for healthy eating and nutrition, but when her oldest daughter was born, the desire to find healthy options that were easy to eat on the go went into overdrive. Frustrated after looking at label after label with artificial ingredients and sugars, Wessely became determined to create her own all-natural snacks that were not only tasty and portable, but would also appeal to adults and kids alike.  Continue reading

Honoring our 2018 Super Moms

How many Super Moms do you know? We bet it’s a lot because our community is full of inspiring women that are skilled multi-taskers who juggle taking care of their families, successful careers, household responsibilities, carpools, sports team schedules and volunteer work with a finesse that only moms have.

Every spring we ask our readers to nominate some of these extraordinary women that are making a difference in the community through their dedication to their families, careers, nonprofits and education, so we can highlight them in our pages in honor of Mother’s Day.  We love reading the nominations that come in from husbands, children, friends, neighbors and coworkers describing the Super Moms in their lives, making it extremely difficult for our committee to select just a few to highlight each year. Continue reading

Nominate a 2018 Super Mom!

Nominations are now open for the HomeTown News’ fifth annual Super Moms edition, in honor of Mother’s Day. We are asking our readers to nominate super moms from Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina del Rey, who make a difference in the community through their dedication to their families, neighborhoods, local schools and/or careers by Monday, April 16.

Please email your super mom nomination to westchesterhometown@yahoo.com and include why your nominee is a “super mom” and your contact information.

We will feature some of these inspiring moms and their stories in our May edition. Honorees will be treated to a photo shoot courtesy of Playa del Rey’s Ballerini Cooley Studios and a prize bag with gift cards from local businesses.

Posted April 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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