The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will honor the community’s police, fire and other protective agencies at its annual Protectors Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 17th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester.
The event, sponsored by Gateway to L.A., will feature as the guest speaker Erroll G. Southers, chief of intelligence and counterterrorism for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA, the agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport and the city’s other airports).
Southers is responsible for the Homeland Security and Security Credential Sections of the Airport Police division, the nation’s largest aviation law enforcement agency.
He is also an associate director of the National Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California (USC) and an adjunct professor of terrorism and public policy.
Southers was the former deputy director of the California Office of Homeland Security, appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and responsible for the oversight of critical infrastructure counterterrorism policy and national pilot programs.
His international experience includes counterterrorism studies in Israel, at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Defense Forces’ Home Front Command, and he is a former FBI special agent assigned to matters of counterterrorism and foreign counterintelligence, and a member of the bureau’s SWAT Team.
Southers also served as a Santa Monica Police Department detective and a member of the Rio Hondo Police Academy faculty and tactical staff, and he is a court-qualified gang expert.
He is a Certified Institutional Protection Manager and is certified in homeland security by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. A consultant to numerous international firms, Southers is regularly featured in the media as an expert on matters of counterterrorism and infrastructure protection.
Southers is a senior fellow of the UCLA School of Public Affairs, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his master’s degree from USC.
Tickets for the event are $35 for chamber members and $45 for non-members, including breakfast. Table sponsorships are also available.
Tickets or information, the chamber office, (310) 645-5151.
LMU ALUMNI WEEKEND CELEBRATION — Alumni of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) will return to the Westchester campus to celebrate Alumni Weekend Friday through Sunday, September 28th to 30th.
All LMU alumni, family and friends are invited to attend this annual event celebrating memories of college.
Whether celebrating a class reunion, a reunion of college peers, teammates, or friends from a fraternity or sorority, LMU will welcome home its former students.
The following class years are celebrating a class reunion in this year: 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967, 1962, 1957, 1952, 1947, 1942, 1937, and 1932
Many classes will be presenting a reunion class gift to the university during this weekend, which will also include free passes to the Burns Recreation Center, a photography exhibit at the Laband Art Gallery, campus tours, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a variety of dinners, barbecues and other events, some of which have admission fees.
The Alumni Weekend Celebration will also include a barbecue for all LMU alumni, family and friends at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, September 30th, in the Sunken Garden. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for those five to 20 years old. Children four and under are free.
The barbecue will include inflatable sumo wrestling, a live magic show, an athletics “garage sale” and a canned food drive supporting the United Farm Workers.
For more information about the barbecue and other events, Shelley Taniguchi, (310) 258-4617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONE-DAY CERT CLASS — The Los Angeles Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is offeringÝtwo Community First Aid and Safety classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and again Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd, at Fire Station No. 5, 8900 Emerson Ave. in Westchester.
This is part of the CERT program, but participants do not need to be CERT graduates to attend.
This is a one-day, seven-hour course that includes training in adult, child and infant CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as well as first aid and use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators).
Participants will learn to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, infants and children, controlling bleeding and many other useful skills.
The class is $25, and offers a three-year first aid certification and one-year certifications for both CPR and AED. The class is limited to just 40 participants, and participants must reserve their space.
Registration, www.cert-la.com /calendar/calendar.cgi?calendar =levels&template=default.html/.
TUMOR FOUNDATION HOLDS ANNUAL WALK — The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) will host its LA Walk 2007 to raise money for the clinical care and research for neurofibromatosis (NF), a neurological disorder that causes tumors to develop on nerves anywhere in the body.
Participants will walk a 5K route and participate in a raffle, food and lots of fun. Saturday, September 29th, starting at Westchester Park, 7000 Manchester Ave., at the corner of Manchester and Lincoln Boulevard.
Check-in and registration begin at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Preregistration, which closes Friday, September 21st, offers a discounted fee to walkers — $25 for adults, $60 for families of up to four and $10 for each additional family member.
From September 21st until the day of the event, the fees jump to $30 for adults, $65 for families of up to four and $10 for each additional family member.
Dogs on a leash are also invited to join in the walk for $5 apiece.
The event will include a raffle, food and T-shirts for participants, while raising money to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation .
“Successfully coping with NF is our family’s hope, and hope is exactly what the Children’s Tumor Foundation brings to us and the one in 3,000 NF families in the Los Angeles area,” said Joyce Marks, Children’s Tumor Foundation L.A. Walk 2007 chair and mother of a child with NF. “CTF has been an incredible support and resource for our family and others that struggle with NF.
“They are a center for NF information; they provide personal, group and Internet support. They put on patient and physician NF conferences; they run NF clinics and refer specialists. They fund and direct research for neurofibromatosis. Please come and walk with us.”
Information and registration, ww.ctf.org or (310) 621-8339.