Summer is just a few short weeks away, and community organizations are busy planning a plethora of free (or low cost) events and family-friendly activities that will keep your schedule packed for the next three months!
Below are our picks for the best local summer events, so make sure to mark your calendars! Continue reading
It’s the holiday season and that means plenty of free and low cost events to help celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Westchester/Playa must be on the “nice” list this year, because Santa is stopping all over town to collect Christmas lists, pose for free pictures and spread holiday cheer. Whether you’re interested in fanciful lights, arts & crafts, breakfast with Old St. Nick, or even a chance to have your picture taken in a giant snow globe, local businesses and community groups are making sure there’s no shortage of activities and events to help create a little holiday magic this December. Continue reading
When Gabrielle D’Addario, an outgoing, energetic mother of two, moved from Playa del Rey to Playa Vista, she was eager to join an organization that would bring together families from all over the area for social events and activities. When she encountered many groups that were specifically for Playa Vista residents only, however, D’Addario got to work creating a community group that would bring families from neighboring communities within the Silicon Beach area, including Playa del Rey, El Segundo, Culver City, Westchester, Venice and Santa Monica, together with families in her new Playa Vista neighborhood. D’Addario approached Playa Vista Community Services, pointing out the potential growth the community could see by interacting more closely with other local neighborhoods through engaging family events. She says Playa Vista was extremely receptive to her vision, allowing her to experiment with different ideas. The result was the creation of the Silicon Beach Parents’ Group (and Facebook page), a community organization designed to unite families in the Silicon Beach area through entertaining events, exchanging of invaluable resources and giving back to community members in need. Continue reading
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
There are only 543 people who have ever traveled to space, and the Westchester/Playa area is lucky to count one of the most distinguished astronauts among its former residents. General Kevin Chilton was born and raised in Westchester and attended Visitation Catholic School before graduating St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey. Continue reading
Neighborhood School Expo. Join the LAX Coastal Chamber’s Education Committee for its second annual School Expo on Tuesday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Westchester Senior Center, located at 8740 Lincoln Blvd. in Westchester. Continue reading
It may still be 80 degrees outside, but fall is officially here! Thankfully, the HomeTown News community is full of fun, festive Halloween and fall themed events to help celebrate the harvest season. Here is our pick for October events and activities: