A major motion picture production near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will likely cause delays in getting to and around the airport beginning Thursday, November 2nd.

The film production for the movie Live Free or Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis, has received permits from the California Film Commission, Film L.A. and the City of El Segundo. No filming occurs on airport property.

Filming will occur in three periods:

– Thursday, November 2nd, through Sunday, November 5th.

– Wednesday, November 8th, through Sunday, November 12th.

– Saturday, November 18th, through Sunday, November 19th.

During all periods, Imperial Highway — one of the main access roads into and out of LAX — is scheduled to be closed in both directions between Nash Street and Aviation Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and the westbound lanes closed an additional three hours, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The film studio has indicated one westbound lane will be kept open whenever possible to allow for airport cargo traffic only to access the LAX Imperial Cargo Center at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Aviation Boulevard.

– In addition, during three weekends of November 4th and 5th, November 11th and 12th, and November 18th and 19th, eastbound Century Freeway (I-105) between La Cienega and Sepulveda Boulevards and the freeway connectors at I-105 east to I-405 north and south will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., while westbound I-105 during these times will be closed on an unannounced, intermittent (or rolling) basis.

– Westbound I-105 also will be closed on two Sundays, November 5th and November 12th, from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Traffic plans call for motorists using westbound Imperial Highway during closed periods to detour at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Aviation Boulevard.

If headed toward the LAX passenger terminal area, motorists will be diverted one mile on northbound Aviation Boulevard to westbound Century Boulevard into the airport.

If headed to the west side of LAX or county beaches, motorists will be diverted three miles on southbound Aviation Boulevard to westbound El Segundo Boulevard to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard to resume on westbound Imperial Highway.

During each of the three Saturday closures of eastbound I-105, airport officials are advising that approximately 300 to 350 construction trucks related to LAX’s South Airfield Improvement Project are expected to be routed on southbound Sepulveda Boulevard to eastbound El Segundo Boulevard to access the I-405 freeway.

The production company stated in its letter of intent and permit applications that it would use pyrotechnics (explosives) and “gunfire for the entire time” of the filming.

One helicopter is scheduled to be used during weekend filming, and “there will be larger explosions” with accompanying smoke early Sunday mornings, November 5th and 12th.

NEW DIRECTOR AT B’NAI TIKVAH NURSERY SCHOOL — After nearly 30 years as director of B’nai Tikvah Nursery School, Marla Osband stepped down at the end of September.

Osband said the school has been “an important part of my personal and professional life for the last 33 years. The children will benefit from the continuity of our stable teaching and leadership staff.”

The school has announced the appointment of Diane Germansky as the new director. Diane has taught at the school for the last 20 years, with the last seven as assistant director.

“A good school teaches each child as an individual and helps children flourish in today’s society to be strong and independent with a zest for learning,” she said. “Children start our school like caterpillars but, when they have spent some time at BTNS (B’nai Tikvah Nursery School), they are ready to spread their wings and fly.”

The school is at 8820 Sepulveda Eastway in Westchester. Tours are given each Friday between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

For an appointment or information on enrollment, call (310) 649-4051 or visit the Web site, www.BnaiTikvahCongregation .org

FLU SHOTS AT LMU — Loyola Marymount University is inviting local residents to a flu vaccine clinic on the Westchester campus from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, November 9th.

The clinic, for adults only, will be conducted by Maxim Health Systems, and flu shots cost $25 per person (cash or check only).

The following insurance for seniors is accepted:

– Secure Horizons, Pacific Care and Aetna.

– Medicare Part B is accepted with no copay if Medicare Part B is primary insurance.

Flu shots will be given at two convenient on-campus locations — the Burns Recreation Center Classroom (park in Hannon Parking Lot) and Leavey Building 6 Room 102 (park in Drollinger Parking Structure).

For more information, call Student Health Services at (310) 338-2881.

LMU WINE CLASSIC — Wine lovers, get out your calendars and save the date for Loyola Marymount University’s 2007 Wine Classic.

The wine-tasting event featuring owners and vintners from 46 prestigious boutique California wineries will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 11 th.

Participants will have the opportunity to sample more than 150 wines.

Tickets are $90 per person, but Early Bird tickets are $75 per person if purchased by January 20th.

To purchase tickets, call LMU Special Events at (310) 338-5278.

Proceeds from the event benefit LMU student scholarships.

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