LAPD pancake breakfast; costume sale; Playa Vista Orioles Academy; Showtime Dinner Group

By Geoff Maleman

The William H. Hannon Foundation recently provided grants to seven organizations on the Westside of Los Angeles, including several in Westchester.

Based in Santa Monica, the foundation was founded in 1983 by the late Catholic philanthropist and real estate developer William H. Hannon. Following his service in World War II, Hannon returned to Los Angeles to develop residential communities and commercial shopping centers across Southern California.

Today, the foundation carries on Hannon’s goals of supporting Catholic churches and schools, as well as hospitals and social service organizations that are focused on improving the lives of people in the communities Hannon helped build.

The grant recipients include:

The Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS) in Westchester, where the foundation has renewed its support of the effective Hannon Intermediate Intervention Program. AMCS works to provide affordable community-based health services and trains mental health therapists;

The CLARE Foundation in Santa Monica has received a grant to support its new Women’s Treatment Program. CLARE began in the late 1960s and today is a leader in the successful residential and outpatient addiction treatment throughout L.A. County;

Friends of Playa Vista School, a nonprofit organization that supports the new K-5 school at Playa Vista, which opened its doors Aug. 14. The group received a grant to help pay for a library media specialist;

Loyola Marymount University (LMU), located in Westchester, is the only Jesuit University in Southern California. LMU received a contribution toward its Chancellor Scholarships Program to help students from Jesuit prep schools attend LMU;

OPCC in Santa Monica received continued financial support to help homeless mentally ill women. For almost 50 years, OPCC has provided support to homeless and at-risk men, women, and children and is the largest human services provider on the Westside of Los Angeles;

Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester, the first professional school of art in Los Angeles, which received a grant for 2012-13 student scholarship support; and

The St. Joseph Center in Venice received a grant for the foundation’s continued support of the agency’s Family Center and Food Pantry. Founded in 1976, St. Joseph Center now serves 6,000 people annually through comprehensive case management and integrated social service programs.

“My late uncle, our foundation’s founder, believed in providing multiple grants of various sizes to worthy organizations and then helping raise the organizations’ profiles so that other donors would join in supporting their good work,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation and a member of the foundation’s board of directors since its founding in 1983. “He was especially interested in supporting schools and social service providers. We continue to carry on this tradition.”

OPEN HOUSE, PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area Boosters Association will hold its annual Open House and Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Sept. 8. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at LAPD Pacific station, 12312 Culver Blvd. in Del Rey.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to meet the men and women of LAPD Pacific division; Pacific Beach Detail; Los Angeles Fire Department Station 63; L.A. County Lifeguard; Department of Public Health and other city entities.

LAPD Specialized Units and all-terrain vehicles will be present. The California Highway Patrol will operate its safety booth and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will have a display encouraging people not to drink and drive.

The event will also include guided tours of the station, games and raffle prizes.

There will also be a pancake breakfast, sponsored by IHOP in Westchester and Rainbow Acres, with all proceeds going to the Pacific Area Boosters Association, which supports the police station and youth programs.

Pancake breakfast tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the event or online at www.PacificBoosters.org.

Information, Pacific Area Community Relations Office at (310) 202-2890.

COSTUME SALE

The Kentwood Players theater group will hold a pre-Halloween costume sale Saturday, Sept. 29 in front of the Westchester Playhouse at 8301 Hindry Ave.

The sale will include a variety of costumes in all sizes that have been used in previous productions at the playhouse.

PLAYA VISTA ORIOLES ACADEMY

Sponsored by Playa Vista, the Playa Vista Orioles Youth Baseball Academy (for players ages 12-13, 14-15 and 16-17) is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of players so that they can achieve their highest potential on and off the field of play.

As an organization, the academy strives to develop baseball skills through quality and diverse field/student instruction. The academy works to provide player support and build teamwork and self-esteem through competition, promoting a diligent work ethic, a sense of fair play, confidence, camaraderie and a lasting respect for the game of baseball.

To ensure that these objectives are realized, the Playa Vista Orioles Youth Baseball Academy has brought together a team of professional instructors with rich and varied baseball backgrounds. The academy also sponsors guest appearances by baseball personalities, college coaches and past and present Major League Baseball players.

The club will hold tryouts for seventh- and eighth-grade players interested in participating in highly competitive local spring league on Saturday, Sept. 8 at UCLA.

For information or to register, (310) 339-6413 or www.playvistaorioles.org.

SHOWTIME DINNER GROUP

The Westchester-based Showtime Dinner Group, a social networking group for people who enjoy entertainment and good food, will hold a theater party and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., in San Pedro.

The group will watch “Beyond Therapy” by Christopher Durang, followed by dinner and coffee. Tickets are $25 per person, plus dinner.

For information and reservations, (310) 215-1892. ¤

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