Heart of Technology hosted by KTLA’s CyberGuy and news anchor; Sepulveda Tunnel cleaning

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Westchester-area teens and “tweens” will soon have a new place to have fun and participate in fitness activities at the same time.

A recent donation of $75,000 to the Westchester Family YMCA from Morley Builders of Santa Monica will enable the YMCA to create the “KidZone” — a new area for youngsters seven to 15 at the YMCA, 8015 Sepulveda Blvd.

KidZone will be an interactive center for fitness, fun and friendship filled with a Sport-Wall, Dance-Dance Revolution, Nintendo Wii Systems, and other action games to serve a population within the Westchester community that the YMCA believes has been overlooked for some time.

“The Westchester Family YMCA graciously thanks Morley Builders,” said executive director Lisa D’Angelo. “Their contribution will certainly have an immediate impact on the lives of many young kids and teens throughout the community.”

The Grand Opening of the new Kid Zone will be Saturday, April 12th, at the YMCA’s annual Healthy Kids Day. On that day, the public is invited to enjoy a day of family fun and excitement and tour the KidZone.

Information, (310) 670-4316 or the Westchester YMCA Web site, www.ymcala.org/wc/.

HEART OF TECHNOLOGY HONOREES — EmpowerTech’s Heart of Technology Annual Gala will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7th, at the Marina Marriott Hotel in Marina del Rey. Cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m.

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ews anchor Michaela Pereira and Kurt Knudsson, “The CyberGuy,” both of KTLA-TV, will host the event, which will raise funds for EmpowerTech (formerly Computer Access Center). The nonprofit organization, located in the Westchester Triangle, serves individuals with physical and developmental disabilities through “assistive technology,” which refers to the use of special hardware and software to make computers and other technology accessible so that people with disabilities are able to achieve an optimum quality of life.

EmpowerTech’s programs serve people of all ages. Initial technology explorations are provided free of charge.

This year’s event will honor Gateway to L.A., the Business Improvement District surrounding Los Angeles International Airport. EmpowerTech, along with other local nonprofit organizations, has been the recipient of fundraising efforts from Gateway’s annual holiday luncheon since 2004.

Other gala honorees include Gregory Lehman, general manager of the Renaissance Montura Hotel, and Dr. Laura “Dollie” Meyers. Both are being honored for their contributions to EmpowerTech and for meeting the needs of people living with disabilities.

For information about attending the event or becoming a sponsor, call (310) 338-1597 or visit EmpowerTech at 6234 W. 87th St., Westchester.

SEPULVEDA TUNNEL CLEANING — A subcontractor working for the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services was scheduled to clean the Sepulveda Tunnel beginning Monday, March 10th for several nights.

Cleaning was to take place from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., and at least one lane of traffic was to remain open during the process.

Although the work was expected to be done by early Thursday March 13th, Jeff Wood of Graffiti Controls says it could go until Friday morning, March 14th.

Information, Wood at Graffiti Controls, (818) 764-2515.

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