The Airport Marina Counseling Service has received a $25,000 grant from the William H. Hannon Foundation, which will allow the agency to continue and expand the successful William H. Hannon Immediate Intervention Program at the 45-year-old mental health clinic, located in Westchester.

The program, initially underwritten by the William H. Hannon Foundation in 2003, is designed to provide urgent attention to those who are struggling with a recent life-changing event.

Airport Marina Counseling Service clinical director Nancy Iben and Todd Irvin, director of the William H. Hannon Immediate Intervention Program, recently reorganized and expanded the program to provide prompt response to more people in need of help.

“We cannot know how many suicides, acts of violence or abuse, or other undesirable impacts on families in the community we serve have been prevented through the unique William H. Hannon Foundation Immediate Intervention program,” Iben said. “We do know that we frequently intervened early enough to prevent much more serious damage to those who were part of this program.”

Accordingly, the clinic approached the William H. Hannon Foundation to seek an increase in grant funding to $25,000 for the highly productive program, and received a favorable response.

This funding will allow an increase in session hours for crisis intervention to 55 hours per month and the addition of a psychiatrist’s services and group therapy.

“Our board felt that the initial success of the William H. Hannon Immediate Intervention Program warranted our additional support so that more people could be helped,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation. “My late uncle believed in AMCS (Airport Marina Counseling Service) and its mission. “We are proud to continue to carry on his support of their important work.”

The clinical staff is very excited to be adding the immediate intervention groups.

Iben is very quick to point out that not only will the clinic be serving more people due to the increased funding; it will also be serving certain issues better by offering group therapy. There will be a depression group, a parenting group (English and Spanish), a divorce group (one for adults and one for the children) and a bereavement group.

GET YOUR KICKS AT THE Y — The Westchester Family YMCA is getting ready to help young athletes get their kicks in a whole new soccer league.

The fall 2006 season will kick off Saturday, September 23rd, with the first games scheduled for Saturday, September 30th.

Games for four- and five-year-olds will be played inside, in the YMCA gymnasium. Six-to-12-year-olds will play outside.

The YMCA’s youth soccer season will consist of eight games played on weekends, and practices during the week.

Skill development, fitness, and teamwork are the focus. The league is coed for all ages.

Fees are $85 per player, and include referee fees, a uniform and a participation trophy. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

The YMCA is always looking for parent volunteers who want to coach teams.

If you’re interested in becoming a coach or team parent, contact William Jarrett at (310) 670-4316 ext. 7606.

The last day to register is Friday, September 16th.

LMU PARTNERS WITH EDUCATION FOUNDATION — The next community meeting of the Westchester Playa del Rey Education Foundation (WPEF) is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 7th, at the Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 Manchester Ave. in Westchester.

The meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Shane Martin, dean of education at Loyola Marymount University, who will be presenting the details of the partnership between Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Westchester Playa del Rey Education Foundation and the foundation’s “family” of seven local public schools.

The meeting is free, and the public is invited to attend.

PACIFIC ART GUILD — Oil and pastel artist Iris Carignan will be the guest artist at the Pacific Art Guild’s meeting from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6th, at the Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave. in Westchester.

Carignan will demonstrate a landscape in pastel.

The meeting is free for members and there is a $2 donation for guests.

CENTINELA ADOBE FIESTA — The public is invited to attend the annual Centinela Adobe Fiesta from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 10th, at the Adobe, 7634 Midfield Ave. in Westchester.

Throughout the afternoon there will be demonstrations of lace-making, yarn-spinning and butter-churning.

In addition, there will be Spanish dancers and mariachi concerts. Children’s activities will be held on the east lawn of the adobe, including face painting, races and pi“ata contests.

There is no charge for attending the Centinela Adobe Fiesta. A small fee will be charged for refreshments of pan dulce, tortillas, chili beans, nachos, tea and punch.

Off-street parking at the Los Angeles County Yard at 5530 83rd Street will include a shuttle bus ride to the Adobe and return.

Recorded directions to the Adobe can be heard by calling (310) 649-6272.

For questions, call Mrs. Burt at (310) 677-2067.

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