TAIKO DRUMMERS from the Taiko Center of Los Angeles perform at last year’s Del Rey Day celebration.

The Del Rey community will celebrate the Sixth Annual Del Rey Day, a festival recognizing the uniqueness of the community and its 106th anniversary, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 18th at Glen Alla Park, 4601 Alla Road, Del Rey.

Admission is free to the festival, which features food, refreshments, entertainment, music and face painting. There will also be e-waste collection by the New Generation Empowerment Group. Visitors are encouraged to bring old computers, electronics, and used batteries to dispose of them in an environmentally-conscious way.

A shuttle will be offered from Stoner Avenue Elementary School to the park every half hour.

Other event festivities include performances by the Taiko drummers from the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, performances by the Marina del Rey Middle School’s Drum Line Youth Percussion Ensemble, the Marina del Rey Youth Cheer Group and the LA Dream All-Star Competitive Youth Cheer and Dance Team, and the Westchester Lariats Youth Vocal Group.

“We are excited to host this exciting community event that allows the residents here an opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage of Del Rey,” said Mark Redick, Del Rey Neighborhood Council president. “Del Rey was identified by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning maps in 1903, and although it is not a familiar appellate for the area, we have made great strides in letting people know that they live or work in Del Rey.”

Among other highlights are an appearance by NORKY the Goodwill Penguin, stilt walkers, the magic balloon clown, local firefighters and police officers, and an opening ceremony with Girl Scout Troop No. 7255 and the LAPD Pacific Area Police Explorers.

The festival includes more than 50 booths featuring community, “eco”-friendly services and local businesses. An “eco”-friendly art contest presented by the Del Rey schools will award prizes, and raffles will be held throughout the day with prizes donated by local businesses.

Among the invited elected officials are Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl, state Assemblyman Ted W. Lieu and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

“The Del Rey Neighborhood Council’s mission for Del Rey Day 2009 is to bring the community together and have fun,” said Renae Paonessa, chair of the event. “I feel passionate about this year’s theme, ‘eco’-friendly living. I believe people are ready to make a difference in their lives and the environment.”

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