Following the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey board of directors election Tuesday and Wednesday, October 3rd and 4th, independent election administrator Carole White will oversee a public ballot counting to determine the winners of the 15 seats on the ballot.

The ballot counting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 5th, in the library at Visitation School, 8740 Emerson Ave. in Westchester. While the public is invited to observe, capacity of the library is limited and will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ballots will be counted by a Scantron machine, and the entire process is expected to take about an hour.

LMU TOWN HALL — Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will host a Town Hall meeting to discuss issues surrounding Loyola Marymount University.

The meeting is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., on Thursday, October 12th, in the Community Room of the Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 W. Manchester Ave. in Westchester.

The meeting is free and open to the public and will include representatives from the LMU staff, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

According to Rosendahl’s Office, the public is invited to “discuss community issues in a public forum.” Staff will be on hand to answer questions and hear concerns.

For more information, call (310) 568-8772.

LAUSD COMMUNITY MEETING — The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) New Schools Construction Program Community Outreach Department will hold a community meeting to present Central Region Elementary School #22, a new school project made possible by local and state bond funds.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 12th, at the CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive in Playa Vista.

The school district will present and discuss how a new elementary school will “fulfill the promise of ending mandatory busing” and return local schools to the traditional two-semester calendar with all elementary schools on a full-day kindergarten schedule.

Information, Wana Flagg, (213) 893-6840.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS — Holy Nativity Church will hold its annual Earth Care Fair and Blessing of the Animals, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 8th, at the church, 6700 W. 83rd St. in Westchester.

Bring your pet — dog, cat, boa, canary, you name it — for a blessing by the Rev. Peter Rood. Stuffed animals, photos and mementos are also welcome.

Please remember that animals must be suitably restrained at all times.

Holy Nativity Parish has offered an annual Blessing of the Animals to the Westchester community for the past seven years in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. This year, the parish expanded the event to create an Earth Care Fair.

Earth Care goes beyond saving the birds of Ballona Wetlands and cleaning the waters of Santa Monica Bay. Earth Care also takes place right here in the city — in our pantries and closets, our garages and freeways, our offices and stores — in our daily urban choices.

Westchester author Joanne Poyourow will be the keynote speaker. Her novel, Legacy: A Story of Hope for a Time of Environmental Crisis, offers a positive vision for Los Angeles’s future and celebrates the power of grassroots action to create a better world for future generations.

Entertainment will include Zoopendous, a hands-on experience with various reptiles, including a giant tortoise and snakes.

Information, (310) 670-4777.

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