Playa Vista Fire Station opening; Stellar Valentine; Casino Night

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Airport Marina Counseling Service will honor three champions of mental health at its annual Tribute to Our Friends dinner Sunday, March 16th, at Loyola Marymount University.

The event will honor State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas; community development director for Playa Vista Sibyl Buchanan; and Airport Marina Counseling Service board member Polly Garstka.

KNBC-TV’s Fritz Coleman will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event, which will begin with a 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Rock-‘n’-roll band the Back Pages will provide entertainment, and there will be both silent and live auctions with the proceeds going to benefit Airport Marina Counseling Service.

Tickets to the event are $125 per person, and sponsorships are available. Information and ticket purchases, Gail Levy, (310) 670-1410.

FIRE STATION GRAND OPENING — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Los Angeles Fire Chief Douglas L. Barry will join the community for the grand opening and dedication ceremony of Fire Station No. 67 at Playa Vista.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16th, at the station, 5451 Playa Vista Drive in Playa Vista.

The station serves Playa Vista, as well as parts of Del Rey, Mar Vista, Westchester, Playa del Rey and Venice.

The grand opening will include a helicopter flyover, a jumper, music, face painters, fire station tours, refreshments and “firehouse chili.”

Information, the Council District 11 office at (310) 568-8772.

A STELLAR VALENTINE — “This year, you can give your Valentine a stunning telescopic view of the real planet Mars instead of its chocolate equivalent,” said Bob Eklund, host of a Valentine’s Day public star party at the Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Drive.

Eklund and other local amateur astronomers will be setting up telescopes in front of the library at dusk Thursday, February 14th, for viewing the moon, Mars, Saturn, and stellar objects such as the Orion Nebula.

The group will hold an introduction in the library’s Community Room at 6 p.m., including readings from Eklund’s new book, First Star I See Tonight: An Exploration of Wonder. Children are encouraged to attend, and the public is invited to bring along their own telescopes. The library will close at 8 p.m.

Information, the library at (310) 437-6680 or Eklund at (310) 216-5947.

ST. BERNARD CASINO NIGHT— St. Bernard High School will hold its annual fundraising event, The Championship Season, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8th, in Bolger Gym on the Playa del Rey campus, 9100 Falmouth Ave.

The event will include a casino night and silent auction, and attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite team jerseys. Guests must be 21 or older.

Tickets are $50 per person or $80 per couple, and proceeds benefit St. Bernard High School.

For information or to order tickets, (310) 823-4651, ext. 102.

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