WESTCHESTER LUTHERAN SCHOOL’S float depicting a soaring eagle carrying a bag of seeds won the Best Overall award at the 2013 Westchester Fourth of July Parade.

WESTCHESTER LUTHERAN SCHOOL’S float depicting a soaring eagle carrying a bag of seeds won the Best Overall award at the 2013 Westchester Fourth of July Parade.

BY GEOFF MALEMAN
Emerson Avenue Community Garden in Westchester will host an event Saturday, July 20 featuring live music, a dinner, a silent auction and giveaways. The dinner, which begins with an appetizer and salad course featuring items grown in the garden, will begin at 6 p.m. at Emerson Avenue Community Garden on the corner of Emerson Avenue and 80th Place.
Attire is semi-formal, but heels are not recommended.
“We are very excited to be offering this first-ever event of its kind in Los Angeles’ newest and most unique community garden,” said Tom Walker, president of the organization.
Tickets are $65 per person, with proceeds donated to the continued development of the garden, which broke ground in January 2011 and continues to evolve.
The Emerson Avenue Community Garden will ultimately include:
Thirty four garden plots for Orville Wright Middle School classes;
Thirty eight community garden plots for community members;
Butterfly garden with California native plants;
Fruit tree mini-orchard;
Circular seating area for outdoor classroom or community gatherings;
One-fifth-mile walking path; and
Botanic garden of edible plants.
The garden is being constructed by community members over a series of community workdays. The garden encompasses one acre of land, and is owned and operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The location had previously served as a horticultural area for the school, but had been vacated for more than a decade. A collaborative effort to restore the site was established between Orville Wright, the Westchester/Playa Education Foundation, local neighbors and community members, and the city of Los Angeles.
The northern portion of the property includes a mandala-shaped garden area for Orville Wright classes to use.
The southern portion of the site includes several mixed-use features. During school hours these features are used as LAUSD outdoor classroom space. After school and on weekends, they function as a community pocket park.
The southern portion includes 38 community garden plots for individuals and families to grow food. Perimeter and entrance plantings offer a “botanic garden” of fruit trees and herbs.
For tickets to the event, Tiffany Thomas at tiffany.thomas.eacg@gmail.com or (323) 698-5499.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TO HONOR DAVID VOSS
The Boys & Girls Club of Venice has announced that it will honor Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa member David Voss as one of the club’s Champion of Youth honorees at the Eighth Annual Champion of Youth Gala Friday, October 4 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.
Voss was honored as the Community Leader of the Year in 2004 by the Boys & Girls Club of Venice and is a current member of the club’s Board of Governors. The attorney has provided pro bono legal services for the club for more than 20 years.
Professionally, he formed Voss & Associates in 1992, which became Voss, Silverman & Braybrooke LLP in 2007. In addition to being admitted to practice law before the federal and state courts in California, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.
Voss is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law Center. He also graduated cum laude with departmental honors from Occidental College and received a master’s degree in political persuasion.
An active member of several local community and civic organizations, Voss has been recognized for his community service by the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, the Playa Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Office of the President of the United States.

DAVID VOSS, a member of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa, will be honored during the Boys & Girls Club of Venice’s Champion of Youth Gala in October.

DAVID VOSS, a member of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa, will be honored during the Boys & Girls Club of Venice’s Champion of Youth Gala in October.

FLOATS EARN PARADE HONORS
The Westchester Fourth of July Parade was highlighted by grand marshal Eric Garcetti, who was sworn in as Los Angeles mayor just days earlier, and a cadre of elected officials, including new 11th District Councilman Mike Bonin, Rep. Maxine Waters and Assemblyman Steven Bradford.
Westchester Lutheran School took home the Best Overall award for its float depicting a soaring eagle carrying a bag of seeds.
Emerson Avenue Community Garden took home the award for Best in Relation to Theme, for its float featuring community gardening that highlighted this year’s parade theme: “Red, White and Blue Goes Green.”
Loyola Marymount University earned honorable mention for its repurposed float, using the “skeleton” of the school’s centennial entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade to depict a lion and a finch and highlighting urban ecology.

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