Trick or Treat.

Kids can enjoy a safe and fun environment of trick-or-treating between noon and 4 p.m. Saturdayand Sunay, October 29th and 30th, at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center at Howard Hughes Parkway and Sepulveda Boulevard, near the San Diego Freeway (I-405) in Westchester.

There will be costumed characters, face painters and kids’ crafts.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF VENICE — The Boys & Girls Club of Venice will host its Fourth Annual Champion of Youth Jazz Brunch at Casa del Mar Hotel, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, October 16th.

Steve Aguilar of Boardwalk Realty will be this year’s honoree. Entertainment will be by Danny Seraphine, a founder of the band Chicago, and Friends.

Tickets are $150. Information, Taura Mizrahi, (310) 390-4477 ext. 245.

The youth club was established in 1968 — first as a boys club and later expanded to include girls — to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

The club provides personal development opportunities for children so that they may grow up with healthy attitudes and be able to face life’s many challenges responsibly.

The club staff and volunteers work with the children in five program areas that include character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; sports, fitness and recreation; and the arts.

By exposing their young members to all of these activities and experiences, the Boys & Girls Club of Venice is able to give our children the building blocks for success.

ANOTHER HELPING GROUP — Inside Out Community Arts is a nonprofit organization that gives at-risk inner city youths new skills and a source of personal power that does not rely on violence or money.

Through visual and performing arts workshops, performances, and festivals, their mission is to give youths from all backgrounds the tools, confidence, and inspiration to make a positive difference in their communities and the world — from the inside out.

BUSINESS-ORIENTED — Conscious Commerce of Venice is a new movement centered around businesses that generously give back to their communities, celebrate local creativity, and see the results.

The organization had its first event from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 6th, along Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

A percentage of merchant receipts during the four-hour period was given to the Conscious Commerce of Venice movement.

The Venice Chamber of Commerce is currently acting as fiscal agent for this movement and these funds will be distributed to worthwhile activities, such as the Habitat for Humanity rebuilding of Venice, Louisiana, a small fishing village destroyed by flooding in the Bayou south of New Orleans.

In addition to money from merchants, more than $2,000 was raised at a silent auction held at the EpoxyBox Gallery, 602 Venice Blvd.

The auction was part of a celebration held after the close of business with refreshments by Meditirina and music by William Morris Agency and local Venice musicians.

Information on the next event, Thursday, November 3rd, is available from Deborah Greene at deborah@epoxybox.com

VENICE CHAMBER MIXER — The Venice Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly mixer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26th, at C&O Cucina, 3016 Washington Blvd.

Bob and Debbie Singer will provide mouth-watering appetizers and we will be able to enjoy a crisp fall evening under the stars. $5 for members and $10 for others. Information, (310) 822-5425.

ROSENDAHL AT ROTARY — The Venice Marina Rotary will host a dinner at a still-to-be- determined location at 7 p.m. Monday, November 14th, with Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl discussing the City Council 11th District that he represents.

This should be a very interesting and informative event, since we have so many new projects and activities taking place in our community. Contact Alex Rosales at (310) 827-7468 for further details.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST —The Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Rotary Club raised $2,814 during a pancake breakfast at Los Angeles City Fire Station 63 Saturday, September 17th, to benefit the Los Angeles City Fire Department Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

There was a terrific turnout by the community. City Fire Captain II Jeremiah Johnson, who is in charge of “C” Shift, said that he was very appreciative of the support from the community and wanted to raise the amount donated.

He said that he would donate to the memorial fund a portion of the proceeds from his book, Mrs. Malinda’s Southern Style Cooking, which is a compilation of his mother’s recipes.

Mary Richert can be reached at mrichert@ucla.edu

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