—Compiled by Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki

The Getty lends a hand in Mar Vista
Getty Center staff are paying a visit to Mark Twain Middle School in Mar Vista on Monday to paint two murals in the school’s main hall, revamp computer labs and do some other beautification work.

J. Paul Getty Trust CEO James Cuno and about 40 of his team members are working from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Getty Community Service Day event.

“What an extraordinary partner in education to have,” Mark Twain Middle School Principal Rex Patton said.

But this isn’t the first time the Walgrove Avenue language magnet school has collaborated with the Getty Center. The Getty and nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826LA ran a semester-long photography and writing workshop at the school last year.

“The program gave one of our eighth-grade classes in-depth experience into what it means to have a career as an artist and writer, as well as delve into theme and analysis of artistic works,” Patton said.

Local Dems host candidate forums
The Santa Monica Democratic Club is hosting a forum tonight in Santa Monica for Democratic congressional candidates running to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D- Beverly Hills), and the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club and LAX-Area Democratic Club are co-hosting a forum for local state Assembly candidates on Saturday in Westchester.

Eight candidates are looking to replace termed-out Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D- Gardena) in a district that includes Marina del Rey, Venice, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Westchester and part of Mar Vista. The six Democrats have been invited to the forum, which includes an audience question-and-answer session.

Among a crowded field of congressional candidates, former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, state Sen. Ted Lieu and attorney Barbara Mulvaney have confirmed their participation in the Santa Monica fourm, according to organizers.

The Assembly forum starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Fire Station No. 5 Community Room, 8900 S. Emerson Ave., Westchester.  Call (424) 225-1504 or email vpops@westchesterplayademclub.org for more information.

The congressional forum is at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Call (310) 488-7431 or visit santamonicademocrats.com.

Panel tackles invisible wounds of war

Loyola Marymount University is hosting a public forum on Wednesday to address post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues faced by combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Healing Moral Injury and PTSD: Ministry to Veterans, their Families and Communities” contemplates how family members and others can best serve veterans who are struggling with mental and spiritual challenges while transitioning back to civilian lives.

Playa del Rey marriage and family therapist Mark Mitchell will lead a panel that includes military chaplains, professors and advocates.

The free public event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at University Hall, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Call (310) 338-2799 or email crs@lmu.edu to register.

Biologist talks Ballona restoration

Have thoughts on what to do with the Ballona Wetlands?

So does Margot Griswold, a veteran restoration biologist and past president of the California Society of Ecological Restoration.

Griswold will discuss multiple possibilities for restoring the 600-acre ecological reserve, including alternatives being considered by the California Coastal Conservancy and the state Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, during a meeting of the Del Rey Residents Association on April 3.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Westside Neighborhood School, 5401 Beethoven St., Del Rey. Visit delreyhome.org for information.

Clippers join activist’s cancer fight

A Mar Vista woman is teaming with the Playa Vista-based Los Angeles Clippers to raise awareness of esophageal cancer during an April 3 Clippers home game at the Staples Center.

Megan Yost, 29, volunteers with the nonprofit Esophageal Cancer Action Network. She became involved after her father, 68-year-old Don Yost, was diagnosed with the disease in January 2012. He’d suffered from acid reflux for years and sought help after he began having trouble swallowing.

The Yosts are delivering a message about the link between heartburn and cancer that will air on the arena’s Jumbotron and be broadcast through the Staples Center’s public address system.

“I wanted to make a difference by bringing awareness to the public about esophageal cancer,” Megan Yost said. “I figured this is a great place to start.”

Following five weeks of chemotherapy and radiation, Don Yost underwent a successful esophagectomy.

“For those of us who have been fighting esophageal cancer for years, getting the spotlight for the first time ever at a professional sporting event is groundbreaking,” said Mindy Mintz Mordecai, CEO of the cancer organization. “And for the fans who may not know that heartburn can cause cancer, it could be life-saving.”

Mordecai founded the national nonprofit after losing her husband to the disease in 2008.

The organization has purchased a block of 430 tickets in the upper concourse of the arena. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $27 at clippers.com/ECAN.

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