Neighborhood Council budget representatives from throughout the city will meet at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, January 21st, to discuss citywide and regional budget priorities, and to select their representatives for the final phase of the process.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’sÝoffice will provide updates on the city budget, as well as feedback from Neighborhood Council leaders on their community budget priorities.

This event marks the first significant input local communities have had in crafting the city budget.

Those interested in expressing their thoughts about the city budgeting priorities should contact members of their local Neighborhood Council.

Contact information for the 31 elected members of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/ Playa del Rey can be found at www.ncwpdr.org

LMU CHILDREN’S CONCERT — Loyola Marymount University will showcase an ensemble of children’s music on Sunday, January 15th, in Murphy Recital Hall on the Westchester campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The first performance, at 1:30 p.m., targets younger audience members, while the 3 p.m. performance is geared toward older children and families.

Each performance will feature the jazz piece “Rain Quartet” from Marc Blitzstein’s opera Regina, and That Pesky Rat, an original story ballet by Teresa Heiland, assistant professor of dance.

Balinese gamelan music will be performed by the LMU World Music ensemble, a percussion-dominated musical group with bronze gongs, xylophones and other percussion instruments in meticulously decorated wooden frames.

Under supervision of Paul Humphreys, assistant professor and director of LMU World Music, the music is performed in cycles until the drummer signals the end of the performance.

Information, LMU Music Department, (310) 338-5386.

RETAILERS OPENING IN PLAYA VISTA — Hollyway Cleaners has become among the first businesses to open in the Concert Park area of Playa Vista. The business is owned and operated by Amin and Sarina Amersi, who also live at Playa Vista.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is already open adjacent to Concert Park and a restaurant, a Bank of America branch and Playa Beauty — a full service beauty salon — are among the businesses that are expected to open “in the near future.”

TREE RECYCLING — For those who have still not taken down their Christmas tree, don’t worry, there’s still time to recycle it.

“The (City of Los Angeles) Department of Public Works Christmas Tree Recycling program is a simple and convenient service that the Bureau of Sanitation renders to the Los Angeles residents every year,” said Board of Public Works president Cynthia M. Ruiz. “We encourage everyone to work with the city and help the environment by recycling their Christmas trees.”

Los Angeles residents with green bins can recycle by removing ornaments, cutting the tree in pieces, and placing it in a green bin. Those unable to use their green bins can bring their trees to one of 16 tree drop-off locations all over the city Saturday, January 14th, and Sunday, January 15th from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Employees from the Bureau of Sanitation, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and youth volunteers from the L.A. Conservation Corps Clean and Green Program will staff each of the 16 drop-off sites, including two in the local area:

Venice — Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave.

Westchester — Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 Manchester Ave.

Los Angeles city municipal code makes it illegal to leave trees on the curb, as they may be a fire hazard.

For more details about the City of Los Angeles Christmas tree recycling program, call 3-1-1 or (800) 773-2489, or visit www.lacity.org/san

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