City of Angels dinner; Boosters golf tournament; Coldwell Banker returns; Friend of Education Award

This season, fans of Westchester Del Rey Little League’s girls softball program can enjoy hots dogs, drinks and snacks without having to cross the Nielsen Field parking lot to buy them at the boys’ field.

On March 10, the league celebrated Opening Day along with the opening of its new $110,000 snack stand and restroom facility.

“You would have thought we were trying to build Terminal 9 with all of the red tape and committee approvals we were subjected to,” said construction manager Keith Evans, who spearheaded the project.

“Kalani Jensen, a longtime Westchester resident and architect, began working on plans for the addition back in 2004 and volunteered countless hours making revisions to the drawings and incorporating new designs,” Evans said. “Bruce Resnick, also a Westchester resident and licensed structural engineer, volunteered his time and efforts developing the structural drawings.”

The team first submitted drawings to the city for approval in 2006 and also had to obtain approval from Los Angeles World Airports, which owns Los Angeles International Airport, since the softball field is located on airport property.

The league also overcame another wrinkle – one that has plagued youth sports snack stands throughout the Westside and South Bay – becoming health department compliant.

While many other snack bars have been closed down because they lack permanent restroom facilities, Evans said he wasn’t about to let Westchester’s snack stand suffer the same fate. Despite the significant increase to the budget, the facility now includes permanent men’s and women’s restrooms that took the place of Porta-Potties that fans and players had used for years.

This year, the facility finally received its last building inspection and was approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, completing the project Evans began eight years ago, when his daughter was playing in the league. She’s now 24.

“I guess I’m glad Dad isn’t too old to finish what we started,” he joked. “This project has truly been a labor of love, and I am so happy for all of the players and their families that we have such a great facility for them to enjoy for years to come.”

CITY OF ANGELS DINNER

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will honor several selected Los Angeles-area “angels” at its 2012 City of Angels Awards Gala. The 2012 honorees include Loyola Marymount University, X PRIZE Foundation, and Hensel Phelps Construction.

Additionally, the Drollinger Achievement Award will be presented to a community member for his/her community outreach, involvement and philanthropic efforts. Chamber members will also celebrate some business anniversaries at this event. The awards dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel at 5400 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester.

Tickets are $125 per person.

To purchase seats or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact the chamber office at (310) 645-5151.

BOOSTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 33rd Annual Pacific Area Boosters Association Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 4 at Balboa Municipal Golf Course in Encino.

The cost is $115 per golfer before April 1 and $135 after, which includes continental breakfast, luncheon, raffle and awards ceremony. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific division youth programs, as well as police officer and station needs that are not funded by the city of Los Angeles. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are also available.

For more information or to save a spot in the tournament, please contact Officer Kristan Delatori at (818) 437-2696 or via e-mail at 32914@lapd.lacity.org.

COLDWELL BANKER’S BACK

After spending many years in Westchester and then moving to Playa Vista, Coldwell Banker is coming back to Westchester.

The real estate brokerage firm will celebrate its return with a public open house that will include free hot dogs, balloons and more.

The event will be held at Coldwell Banker’s new offices from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will cut the ribbon at 11:30 a.m.

NOMINATE A FRIEND OF EDUCATION

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 “Friend of Education” Award. The winner of this award will be announced May 15 at the 2012 Teacher Eddy Awards.

To nominate a community member who has made an indelible mark upon the local education community, please contact Rachel-Ann@laxcoastal.com or call the chamber office at (310) 645-5151 for an official nomination form and further details.

The application deadline for this award is Friday, May 2.

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