Outer space viewing; Rotary Halloween Bowl; Holiday Home Tour

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will launch the first session of its 2011-12 Leadership Academy program Thursday, Nov. 3.

The academy consists of eight one-day courses intended to familiarize business leaders with information regarding the history/land use of the area, and, more specifically, the inner workings of Los Angeles International Airport, Marina Harbor, and Los Angeles city/county government. The program provides participants the opportunity to meet and interact with political leaders at the federal, state and local levels.

The course curriculum includes information on economic development, non-profit board procedure and management, communication styles and tactics, government policy and procedure and civic involvement. Successful graduates of the academy program receive four semester units of professional development credit from Loyola Marymount University’s Continuing Education Department, as well as a certificate in leadership training and development from LMU Extension.

Through involvement in the Leadership Academy, participants will not only acquire insight into the LAX coastal community, but they can also gain important contacts and build networks that may be beneficial today and down the road.

For more information on the LAX Coastal Area Chamber’s Leadership Academy course, please call (310) 645-5151. Classes meet the first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Nov. 3.

VIEWING OUTER SPACE

The community is invited to share a family evening viewing the stars, the moon and Jupiter on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Astronomer Bob Eklund and fellow volunteers from local astronomy clubs will present this free event for the public in the parking lot of the Christian Science Church, 7855 Alverstone Ave., Westchester.

Several telescopes will be set up for sky-viewing between 7 and 10 p.m.

In case of clouds or rain, there will be a learning session on basic astronomy (especially for children) held inside the church.

“Everyone is invited to look through our high-quality telescopes at the planet Jupiter, the craters of the moon, and stars and nebulae,” said Eklund, who works with the Mount Wilson Observatory on public outreach and recently published a book of poems and essays about the night sky titled “First Star I See Tonight.”

“All – especially children – are welcome to enjoy the views and learn about the sky from our knowledgeable astronomers, and if you have a telescope of your own, we encourage you to bring it.”

For more information, please contact Eklund at (310) 216-5947, beklund@sprynet.com, or www.bobeklund.com.

BITE, SLURP AND STRIKE

The Rotary Club of Westchester will hold its Fifth Annual Halloween Bowl from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at El Dorado Lanes, 8731 Lincoln Blvd. in Westchester.

Participants are invited to bowl in costume and join in the fun for a good cause. Prizes will be given for the most creative costumes.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the club’s Home Makeover project, in which club members and volunteers make repairs and help improve a local home for a family, as well as other Rotary projects in the community.

Tickets include food, beverages, bowling shoe rental and bowling for $40 per person, or $25 for children 12 and under.

Please RSVP to (310) 670-1109 by Oct. 26 to reserve a lane.

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

The Westchester Mental Health Guild will present its annual Holiday Home Tour Sunday, Nov. 6, featuring five homes all decorated for various holidays. The tour of homes will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Ticketed guests visit the homes and then attend a festive reception.

Tickets are $25 per person for adults or $20 per person for seniors and can be purchased by calling (310) 641-7850.

Guests also can do some early holiday shopping at the Guilded Cage Boutique or check out gifts from the boutique, which will be on display at the reception. The reception and boutique will take place between noon and 5 p.m. at the Westchester Family YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave. in Westchester.

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