The Del Rey Neighborhood Council, will celebrate its fifth year of existence and the 105th anniversary of Del Rey, with its annual Del Rey Day in conjunction with the Community Annual Race for Education 5K Run/Walk to benefit Short Avenue, Playa del Rey, Braddock Drive, and Stoner Avenue elementary schools.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 19th at Glen Alla Park, 4601 Alla Road, Del Rey.

The Run/Walk will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m., and will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The festival is free, with food, drinks and performances by area schools and organizations, as well as the Taiko Center of Los Angeles’s taiko drumming performance.

“We will have clowns, entertainers on stilts, as well as tables and booths,” says Mark Redick, president of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council. “We set out soliciting people so that each of the tables will have something to give to or offer the community, and not have commercial products.”

The business community in Del Rey has stepped up to offer prizes for the giveaway raffles, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be present to give information on energy efficient light bulbs and educational materials, Redick says.

“Our goal is to bring the people of the community together.”

From the first event in 2003, the Del Rey Neighborhood Council has sought to let its constituents know that it is a force for the community, Redick says. From its involvement with planning, land use and transportation, to community affairs, services and outreach, the council meets monthly to discuss issues affecting local residents.

Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, but this month’s meeting was postponed in observance of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday.

The next meeting is scheduled Thursday, October 16th, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 13480 Maxella Ave., Del Rey.

Redick encourages the public to attend the meetings and take an interest in their community.

“I like to tell people to really take a good look at what’s going on around them,” he says. “It starts at the community level and if you get people to care about their community, you will see lower crime rates, lower graffiti, and you will see businesses that will want to locate there.”

Information, www.delreync .org/.

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