On Saturday, October 11th, the Westchester community will remember Los Angeles firefighter Brent Lovrien with a bronze plaque dedication at the site of the explosion where he lost his life earlier this year. The dedication will begin with coffee and refreshments at 9:30 a.m. at 8800 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 2 at the rear entrance to the DWP Credit Union in Westchester.
The event will kick off Fire Prevention Week, which will begin at 11 a.m. with a community event at Fire Station No. 5 at 8900 Emerson Ave., in Westchester.
The theme of this year’s Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Fire Prevention Week is “Fire Prevention at Home,” and the LAFD Relief Association, the LAFD Dalmatians, LAFD Fire Prevention and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will be on hand to provide information to the public.
In addition, the event will include a variety of food, a Mickey Mouse bounce house, live music with the band “Glass” and face painting.
Community groups will be present to share information about their organizations. Among the groups slated to be at the event are the Westchester Family YMCA, Westchester Vitalization Corporation, Neighborhood Council of Westchester/ Playa del Rey, Westchester Business Improvement District, Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association and Rotary Club of Westchester.
All proceeds from the event will benefit remodeling efforts at Fire Station No. 95, where Lovrien worked.
Parking for the event is available in the adjacent Emerson Adult School lot or on the street.
Co-sponsoring the event are H.B. Drollinger Co., Decron Properties, Los Angeles World Airports, Kohly Insurance, Woodside Natural Gas, Rotary Club of Westchester, Tompkins Square Bar & Grill, LB Property Management, The Real Estate Consultants, Printing Spot, and the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A renovation fund has also been set up to assist Fire Station No. 95. Donations can be made to c/o The Westchester Rotary Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 91543, Los Angeles 90009-1543.
TRIATHLON WILL CLOSE SOME LOCAL STREETS — The Playa del Rey Triathlon will be held Sunday, October 5th, and will require the closure of several local streets early in the morning. The event will benefit local collegiate triathlon teams, as all proceeds will be donated to the UCLA and USC triathlon teams in order to support health, fitness, and an active lifestyle among college students.
The road closures are:
ï Westchester Parkway (from Pershing to Sepulveda Westway), 6 to 9:30 a.m.
ï Pershing Drive (from Westchester Parkway to Imperial Highway), 6 to 9:30 a.m.
ï Vista del Mar (from Napoleon Street to Imperial Highway), 6 to 9:30 a.m.
Access to Los Angeles International Airport via World Way will be available, but only by making a right turn onto Pershing Drive from Imperial Highway. Traffic on Pershing from Imperial will not be allowed beyond World Way.
“It is my goal to be a good neighbor and keep the impact of this event to the community as small as possible,” said race director Marcus Ryun George, who asks anyone with questions to contact him at (310) 382-0452.
FARMERS MARKET CELEBRATES 15 YEARS — In 1993, the Westchester Vitalization Corporation (WVC) board of directors sponsored the area’s first farmers market, in the Westchester Triangle. The effort took many hours of research, planning and cooperation to secure the appropriate permits and bring local merchants into the fold.
Since that first day, the market has become a staple for Westchester-area residents seeking fresh produce at a great price. The market has continued to grow and last year relocated to an area near Westchester Park adjacent to the swimming pool on Lincoln Boulevard.
From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (the market’s usual hours of operation, rain or shine) Wednesday, October 8th, the Westchester Farmers Market will celebrate its 15th anniversary. The celebration will include free hot dogs, drinks and a special anniversary cake, sponsored by Larry Katz of Kinetca.
“Although the location and management have changed, the vendors are still providing us with wonderful fresh produce, fresh flowers and prepared foods,” said Tina Hakanen, president of the Westchester Vitalization Corporation. “There are special attractions like the ‘honey lady’, special orchids, gift soaps, handmade aprons and jewelry. There is also a new peanut vendor, amazing cookies, fresh breads and rolls, Middle Eastern delicacies, Asian tidbits, fresh fish and even a coffee cart —Ýall in a wonderful park atmosphere.”
Hakanen added that market manager Diana Rodgers and her wealth of experience have made the market a real success.
FIRE STATION 67 PANCAKE BREAKFAST — The Playa Sunrise Rotary Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 4th, at Los Angeles Fire Station No. 67, 5451 Playa Vista Drive in Playa Vista.
The event, sponsored by the Custom Hotel, will include tours of the station, rides on the 1939 Band Wagon and the opportunity to take pictures with the firefighters and purchase firefighter T-shirts and hats.
Tickets are $5 per person, $2 for children ages three to ten years old. For more information or to purchase tickets, (310) 306-8525.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the station.