Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be keynote speaker at the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce annual Protectors Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22nd, in the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 Century Blvd., Westchester.

During the event, the chamber will recognize the efforts of the men and women who protect our community.

Seats are $50 per person and can be reserved by calling the chamber, (310) 645-5151.

Villaraigosa, the 41st mayor of Los Angeles, was elected May 17th and sworn into office July 1st last year.

Villaraigosa is known for his exceptional skill at building broad bipartisan coalitions and is considered one of the leading progressive voices in the country.

His mayoral platform emphasizes finding solutions to the major issues facing Los Angeles including education, transportation, public safety, economic development and ethics.

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL REGISTRATION — As the upcoming election Monday, April 3rd, and Wednesday, April 5th, election for the board of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey approaches, the Neighborhood Council is conducting a registration drive.

To be eligible to vote in the election, stakeholders —those who live, work or own property in Westchester, Playa del Rey or Playa Vista — must be registered by Monday, March 13th.

Stakeholders can download a registration form at www.ncwpdr .org or can register in person at one of the Neighborhood Council’s weekly stakeholder registration drives held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through March 11th in front of Westchester-Loyola Village Library, 7114 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

The candidates for the 11 available seats have already been announced and each has posted a vision statement and qualification statement on the Neighborhood Council’s Web site at www.ncw pdr.org

LMU EARNS AWARD FOR WETLANDS STUDY — The Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering has earned one of 11 Undergraduate Science Research Program awards sponsored by the Merck Institute for Science Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Launched in 2000, the research program is a national competitive awards program whose funding supports research stipends for undergraduate students and affiliated programs that foster interactions between biology and chemistry departments.

Eleven colleges and universities annually receive the award, which provides up to $60,000, paid over three years. LMU will match these funds 100 percent.

LMU will use the funds for a multidisciplinary study of the chemical and biological aspects of pollution in the nearby Ballona Wetlands.

“The award provides LMU students with hands-on research opportunities that allow a remarkable way to study urban wetlands at a crucial period,” said Richard G. Plumb, dean of the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering.

The project — which includes researchers from LMU’s chemistry, biology, natural science and civil engineering departments — will focus on increasing the understanding of the Ballona Wetlands and identifying how its organisms respond to the environ- mental challenges of urbanization.

ST. ANASTASIA GOES TO OZ — They’re off to see the Wizard.

St. Anastasia School is preparing for a production of The Wizard of Oz.

The musical celebration of Dorothy’s adventure to Oz will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3rd, and Saturday, March 4th, at the auditorium on the Westchester High School campus, 7400 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

Ticket donations are $10 per person. Information, from the school, (310) 645-8816.

AIRPORT OFFICERS RIDE FOR UNITY — Eleven Los Angeles Airport Police officers will ride 305 miles in the 2006 Police Unity Tour to show support for all law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last year.

The four-day bike tour will begin Tuesday, May 9th, and go from Florham, New Jersey, to Washington, D.C.

The Airport Police Department has scheduled a barbecue lunch Wednesday, March 15th, at 6320 West 96th St., Westchester, to raise funds for the bike riders’ tour registration fees and accommodations.

During the barbecue, Airport Police will raffle off prizes, including a 42-inch plasma television, a DVD player, round-trip airline tickets to any of the air carrier’s destinations, gift baskets and other prizes.

The public may buy raffle tickets for $5 each at the barbecue fundraiser or by calling Airport Police Officers Shawna Smith at (310) 678-3571, Mike Dear at (323) 309-6994, or Belinda Nettles at (310) 646-5260.

Direct cash donations to support the riders are tax-deductible.

Information is available on the Web site, www.policeunitytour.com

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