Otis College of Art and Design in association with The Friends of the Playa Vista Library will hold a public reception for the opening of Otis Connects: Playa Vista Re-imagined, an exhibition of student work, at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20th, at the Playa Vista Library, 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista.

The work was developed in collaboration with Playa Vista and the newly launched Integrated Learning Program at Otis College, which pairs inter-disciplinary teams of students with com- munity partners.

A free lecture will be given by Otis professor Jim Starrett on the process of the creation of the artwork and its context within the Playa Vista environment. Refreshments will be served.

MIXER RAISES MONEY FOR LOCAL SCHOOL — Each year in December, the former Westchester/ LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce, now the LAX Coastal Area Chamber, has asked its members to reach into their pockets and donate $10 at the door of its Holiday Mixer to help a worthy charity.

This year, the chamber decided to donate the $1,100 raised at the mixer at the Los Angeles Area Marriott Hotel Wednesday, December 13th, to a local school. Principals of local schools were invited to attend the event and enter a raffle to win the donation.

The chamber’s vice president of special events, Gwen Vuchsas, and its Education Committee chair and Westchester honorary mayor Pat Lyon drew the name of Westside Leadership Magnet in the Marina del Rey area.

“We hope that this donation will help make the holidays a little bit brighter for your school,” said Christina Davis, the chamber’s executive director.

CHAMBER HOLDS “HR” SEMINAR — The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce and the law firm of Arias, Ozzello & Gignac, LLP are joining forces to host an “HR (human resources) and Employment Law Seminar” to help business owners deal with a multitude of issues facing businesses today.

The seminar is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday, January 30th, at the Los Angeles Area Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Westchester.

This hands-on interactive workshop will cover a diverse list of employment law topics designed to give businesses an awareness of the various laws and regulations that govern their daily operations, as well as the information businesses need in order to be compliant with them.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will conclude by 4 p.m. with a lunch mixer providing an excellent networking opportunity for all attendees.

The cost for the seminar is $135 for chamber members and $175 for non-members.

All attendees will also receive an extensive reference binder of materials as part of their admission fee.

Reservations, contact the chamber, (310) 645-5151.

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