Otis student exhibit, Girl Scout event, Lions Bingo Night coming up

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

The Rotary Club of Westchester is currently seeking book donations for its 52nd Annual Used Book Sale. The sale starts Friday, May 25th, and runs until Saturday, June 2nd.

The event, which began in 1955, was the idea of a group of Rotarians who wanted to have a fundraiser that would raise enough money to fund at least one community project. The Book Sale started as a weekend event, but in 1989-90 the sale was extended to a full week.

The Book Sale is one of the Rotary Clubís biggest fundraisers, and the money raised goes back into the community via community grants, the “Extreme Make Over” project, Mervynís shopping spree, community cleanup efforts, teacher mini-grants, Grad Night, scholarships for both Westchester High Schools, youth grants and donations to a wide array of local groups, including the Westchester Family YMCA.

The books for the sale come strictly from donations.ÝEach year the club starts with zero inventory, and theÝcollection of books begins almost immediately after the Book Sale ends each year. The books are stored and sorted throughout the year.

Books can be donated by calling Rod Tyler at (310) 677-6132 for free pickup. The club asks that the books be in boxes or bags. The books can also be dropped of at Dr. Jeff Marshakís office in the Westchester Triangle, 6225 W. 87th St.

The schedule for this yearís Book Sale is:

— Friday, May 25th, 2 to 6 p.m.;

— Saturday, Sunday, Monday, May 26th-28th,Ý9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

— Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 29th-June 1st,Ý10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and

— Saturday, June 2nd, 9 a.m. to noon.

OTIS EXHIBIT — Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 10th, when Otis College of Art and Design will host a special exhibit to showcase the work of its 2007 graduating class.

The event begins with a welcome reception and light refreshments at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by an open studio exhibit of work by students at the Westchester campus, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester.

The public is invited to attend, but reservations are required. To reserve your spot and see the innovative and creative work being done by students right here in Westchester, call (310) 846-2583 or e-mail your name and contact information to specialevents@ otis.edu.

SEEKING GIRL SCOUT LEADERS — Due to a shortage of leaders, all Girl Scout troops in the Westchester/Playa del Rey neighborhood are full. If you know a young girl who is interested in joining Girl Scouts, you can ensure there is a place for her by becoming a leader and starting a new troop.

The Westchester-Del Rey Neighborhood Girl Scouts are sponsoring a Leader Recruitment Event to provide information and answer questions about becoming a leader. Attendees will receive credit for completing the first step in leadership training. Childcare is available.

The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6th, in the Fireside Room of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th St. in Westchester.

Information, (310) 216-6647 or WDRtroops@covad.net.

VENICE-MARINA LIONS BINGO NIGHT — The Venice-Marina Lions Club will hold its second annual Bingo Night starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19th, at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey.

The event includes ten games of bingo ($100 prize per game) and a barbecue dinner.

It will also include a silent auction, door prizes, a no-host bar and more.

Tickets are $45 per person and proceeds from the event will go to benefit the D.A.P.S. and Explorer Programs of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Division; Lions Camp at Teresita Pines, which serves deaf children and the Lionsí Mobile Eye Screening and Seeing Eye Dog programs.

Sponsorships are also available.

Information about tickets or sponsorships, Sue Levitt at (310) 306-6456 or Jann Brauer at (310) 822-0074.

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