Los Angeles World Airports executive director Lydia Kennard will be the keynote speaker at the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce’s annual Membership Breakfast sponsored by Jalmar Properties, Inc. on Wednesday, August 16th, at the Radisson Los Angeles Airport, 6225 W. Century Blvd., Westchester. Doors will open at 7 a.m.

Kennard will discuss the latest developments and future plans for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Breakfast is $35 per person or $350 per table, with reduced-rate self-parking for $5.

To reserve a seat or for sponsorship opportunities, call the chamber office at (310) 645-5151.

Kennard was appointed by the Board of Airport Commissioners as executive director in early October, after previously serving in the same position from March 2000 to November 2003.

Prior to serving as the department’s top executive, Kennard was its deputy executive director for facilities design, engineering, construction and maintenance.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which operates the city’s airports, has approximately 2,500 city employees and a budget of more than $800 million annually that does not require any contribution from the City of Los Angeles General Fund.

With a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a law degree from Harvard University, Kennard has a wide range of urban planning, design, engineering, construction, real estate and facilities expertise.

Before joining Los Angeles World Airports, she was president/principal-in-charge of KDG Development & Construction Consulting, a Los Angeles-based firm specializing in construction management for public and private sector clients.

She was also a member of the Los Angeles Planning Commission. In her legal career, Kennard was an associate lawyer with a firm specializing in real estate and construction law.

LOCAL LITTLE LEAGUERS WIN CHAMPIONSHIP — On July 17th, before a standing-room-only crowd at Westchester Field, the Del Rey American Little League team of nine- and ten-year-olds defeated HollyPark by the score of 11-2 to capture the District 37 Championship.

The team advanced to sectional play, but dropped its first two games in the double-elimination tournament. The team fell 10-0 to a team from Culver City and went down 9-0 to a team from Long Beach before rallying and eventually losing 10-8.

Congratulations on a great season to Coach Al Aguilera and his team: Cole Russell, Adam Martillo, Mateo Brambila, Bobby Fortin, Matthew Babcock, N.J. Omoruyi, Austin Webster, Zach Weiss, Danny Maier, Ian Hansen, Steven Chavez, Zachary Llorens and A.J. Aguilera.

YMCA BLOOD DRIVE — The Westchester Family YMCA will hold a Red Cross Blood Drive from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 28th, at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave. in Westchester.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, but only five percent of the eligible U.S. population donates blood in any given year. Healthy donors are the only source of blood, which is used in transfusions to help nearly five million Americans every year who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell anemia and other illnesses.

To give blood for transfusion to another person, you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated blood in the last eight weeks.

“Healthy” means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, “healthy” also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

For more information, call the YMCA at (310) 670-4316.

PLAYA VISTA ORIOLES HOLD TRYOUTS — The Playa Vista Orioles organization will hold tryouts for a 14-and-under scout team that is forming to play in a fall league. Tryouts will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 5th, at Westchester High School, 7400 Manchester Ave.

The team’s goal is to develop and refine skills and attitude in a competitive baseball atmosphere.

The Playa Vista Orioles Connie Mack team recently won the inaugural July 4th International Wood Bat Tournament.

Information, Tim Olivarez, (310) 622-4425, or Chris Lynch, (310) 670-2804.

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