The Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Family of Schools will hold a public school expo as well as a 5K run/walk to help raise funds for local public schools and share with parents the goals and successes of our local schools.

The event will take place Saturday, May 31st, at Hannon Field on the LMU campus in Westchester.

The 5K will start at 8 a.m. and will follow a course that leads back to the LMU campus. There will also be a 1K for children beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is $30 for adults and $23 for children under 12 until Thursday, May 15th; and $35 for adults and $28 for children under 12 after May 15th. Participants will also receive a T-shirt and awards will be presented to the 5K winners

The free Expo and Family Fun activities will begin at 10 a.m. and will include bounce houses, food, pony rides and more.

This is the third annual Expo, and it will feature members of the LMU Family of Schools, including Westchester High School, Orville Wright Middle School, and all the Westchester/Playa del Rey public elementary schools.

Proceeds from the event will benefit each of the schools through the Westchester/Playa Educational Foundation.

“This fun family event will help us raise much-needed funds for our local schools, and provides a one-stop opportunity for families to get to know the seven schools in this community,” said Chris KenemuthÝof the Orville Wright Middle School Booster Club. “We are also celebrating the partnerships that have been created in order to better public education for all of our children — partnerships, including the one with Loyola Marymount and the LMU Family of Schools, to the parent groups at each school site, with community groups such as the Westchester/Playa del Rey Education Foundation and all of the dedicated business leaders — everyone working together to take our public schools from great to excellent.”

AKE GETS ENTREPRENEUR AWARD — Longtime Westchester resident Rowena Ake was recently presented the 2008 Community Entrepreneur of the Year Award by LMU entrepreneurship professor Dr. Fred Kiesner.

Kiesner said Ake was recognized for her many years of community service to the Westchester and Playa del Rey area.

Ake and her husband, George, went into business in 1954, and though she was widowed in 1968, she continued to successfully run three local businesses — Rowena’s Quality Cleaners, Loyola Cleaners and Rowena Ake Realtors.

She sold the cleaners after being in business for 40 years and now concentrates on her realty business and serving the community.

There is hardly an organization in the Westchester area that has not benefited from her dedication.

She served as the local Chamber of Commerce’s first woman president in 1975-76 and was the honorary mayor of Westchester in 1977-78. Rowena also set female firsts in the Rotary Club of Westchester, becoming its first woman member and later its first woman president.

She has previously served the American Cancer Society, the Loyola Marymount University Commission for the Future, Girl Scouts of America, Airport Marina Counseling Service, the Westchester Family YMCA and the City of Los Angeles Wage Commission.

Today, Rowena is active in everything from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Explorer Scout executive board, where she has served for more than a decade, to the Westchester Vitalization Corporation.

She also serves on the Aero Club of Southern California executive board, the Loyola Marymount University Continuing Education board, the Flight Path Learning Center board and the University Village Area Committee.

Ake gives not only of her time but of her money, too. She has contributed to scores of worthwhile causes and has been a sponsor of Little League for more than 42 years.

ROTARY BOOK SALE — More than 50,000 books will be on sale at the Rotary Club of Westchester’s 53rd Annual Book Sale from Friday, May 23rd, to Saturday, May 31st.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Westchester Village Ralphs at 89th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in the Westchester Business District.

The books are generously donated each year by businesses and residents in Westchester and the surrounding communities. The club is seeking book donations prior to the Memorial Day weekend, which starts Saturday, May 24th.

Books can be donated by calling Rod Tyler at (310) 677-6132 for free pickup. The club asks that the books be in boxes or bags. The books can also be dropped of at Dr. Jeff Marshak’s office in the Westchester Triangle, 6225 W. 87th St.

If you have a significant number of books to donate, Tyler will make arrangements to have them picked up at your home.

Among the thousands of almost-new books are dozens of categories. This year, audio and videotapes will also be available. Books will have been presorted and arranged by category in specific areas to ease the search in locating specific kinds of books.

Proceeds from the event provide support for a number of programs in the Westchester community, including the Annual Teacher Mini-Grant Program, which provides funds to local teachers so that they can conduct enriching classroom activities for their students that they otherwise could not afford.

The Rotary Club of Westchester also provides financial assistance to the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the YMCA and other youth organizations, as well as scholarship programs at our local schools and many other community, senior citizen and youth activities.

BEACH CLEANUP — The Rotary Club of Westchester will host a beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17th, at Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey.

The group will meet at the bottom of the main entrance at the corner of Vista del Mar and Imperial Highway. Rotary will provide all of the supplies and children are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to reserve, contact Michael Hinrichs at (805) 453-1346.

CONCERT FOR THE CANYON — In 1969, the lead song of Abbey Road, The Beatles’ last recorded album, encapsulated an era of change that was both turbulent and promising. Nearly 40 years later, Cowan Avenue Elementary School is embracing “Come Together” as the theme for its fifth annual “Concert by the Canyon: A Benefit for Cowan Enrichment,” to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18th, at the school, 7615 Cowan Ave. in Westchester.

In the wake of recently joining the Los Angeles Unified School District iDivision, Cowan aims to bring together parents, students and teachers in an effort toward unity, and harmony, while raising funds for the school’s many enrichment programs, from music and art to its outdoor classroom, the CowaNatureCenter.

Drawing well over 1,000 attendees from the community each year, the Concert for the Canyon offers an afternoon of live music and family fun in the great outdoors.

The 2008 concert begins at noon with rollicking tunes from the Praties, a local group playing authentic Irish music. A set from the Cowan Chorus segues into the day’s headliner, The Summer of Love Show, capturing the look and sound of the late ’60s — from classic bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas & the Papas and Steppenwolf to such iconic figures as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, and Ike & Tina Turner.

Along with a silent auction and Hawaii drawing, there will be a petting zoo, rock climbing, bounce houses, games, arts and crafts (from face-painting to custom tie-dye shirt-making), fresh baked goods, and meats and chips from Earl’s Grill.

Adult admission for the concert is $5, children 12 & under are free.

PASEO DEL REY FUNDRAISER — From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17th, Paseo del Rey Natural Science Magnet School will hold its annual Hawaiian Raffle and Silent Auction on the campus at, 7751 Paseo del Rey in Playa del Rey.

This annual event raises funds to benefit the school and this year it will include a variety of amazing items on which to bid as well as the chance to win a Pleasant Holidays Vacation for two to Maui (eight days and seven nights).

The event will also include activities, entertainment, fun, and food, as well as the Third Annual Paseo Idol Contest with a variety of performances by Paseo del Rey students.

For more information, please call (310) 823-2356.

BOOSTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT — The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Area Boosters will hold its 31st annual Charity Golf Classic Monday, June 9th, at the La Ca“ada Flintridge Country Club.

Proceeds from the tournament will support the Deputy Auxiliary Police Services (DAPS) — a program for boys and girls ages nine to 13 which was created to develop a positive relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department; and the Law Enforcement Explorers (Explorers) ñ a program for youths ages 14 to 21 that develops leadership and discipline.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or purchasing a foursome in the tournament, call Mary Richert at (310) 664-7920.

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