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Our picks for the best local fall & Halloween events

Fall is here, and October is gearing up to be the best month of the year for community events and activities for the whole family. Whether you’re looking to hop on some classic carnival rides while enjoying cotton candy or to be scared by undead pirates on a haunted ship, there’s an activity for you to enjoy this month! Not into thrills and chills? There’s also plenty of opportunities to paint pumpkins and win prizes at game booths! Continue reading

Community Profile: Silicon Beach Parents Group looks to bring families together for events and giving back

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

Our Pick of Local Halloween and Fall Events

Look no further for fun fall and Halloween-themed events in the neighborhood. Here’s a list of our top October picks:

• Saturday, October 15, Boo Fest at Playa Vista Elementary School (PVES) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the whole family down to PVES for games, prizes, a haunted house, bake sale, food and more! PVES is located at 3150 Bluff Creek Dr. in Playa Vista

• Friday, October 21, LMU Children Center’s Fall Festival, 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join the LMU Children Center for its annual Fall Festival. Activities include live entertainment, petting zoo, bounce house, games, rides, prizes and more. Admission is $25 presale and $30 at the door. Children under 12 have free admission with adult. Admission includes dinner, a drink and desert. Children also receive five complimentary game/ride tickets.

The event will take place on Hannon Field on the campus of LMU, located at 1 LMU Drive in Westchester. For more information, please call (310) 258-8900 or visit facebook.com/lmucc.

• Saturday, October 29, Harvest Fest at Concert Park in Playa Vista from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy a costume contest, music, food trucks and activities for the whole family.
Concert Park is located at Concert Park Drive and Seabluff Drive in Playa Vista.

• Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, Harvest Days & Haunted Nights, times vary. Head to the Marina for a family-friendly harvest celebration by day, but be prepared if you stick around too long the event transforms into a spooky Haunted Nights event recommended for those ages 13 and up. At Harvest Days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors to Burton Chace Park can enjoy a pumpkin patch, face painting, train ride, food, games and a costume contest.

Haunted Night guests can enjoy haunted pirate ship tours, hay maze, zombie pirates, food, a master pumpkin carver and more. Haunted Nights run Friday, October 28 from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, October 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, October 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.
For more info visit marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.

Posted October 2016.

Pictured: Marina del Rey Garden Center has a great pumpkin patch with a large variety of pumpkins for purchase. Marina del Rey Garden Center is located at 13198 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.

Parade to celebrate 75 years of Westchester, National Anthem singer sought


Get ready to celebrate! This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first foundations being poured in the little piece of paradise we call Westchester. From bean fields and farmland, Westchester has grown into a thriving neighborhood with a world-class airport, prestigious universities and a sense of community unrivaled by even the smallest close-knit towns. Whether you’re lucky enough to live here, work here or own a business here, it’s easy to fall in love with this community whose unofficial motto is “a small town feel within a big city,” where everyone knows their neighbor and is working together for the greater good. Continue reading

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