Santa, Mrs. Claus and all the elves will be making a special visit to Westchester Wednesday, December 14th, with the help of the Los Angeles City Fire and Police Departments.
Santa will make his way through the streets of residential Westchester, riding on his special Los Angeles Police Department sleigh, waving to children, handing out candy canes and posing for photographs.
Santa will make one stop mid-block on each street. This great annual event is sponsored by the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m. Santa will visit the following streets in Kentwood between Emerson and Alverstone Avenues:
85th Street and
Then, at about 6:30 p.m., Santa will visit the following streets in Loyola Village between Rayford and Stanmoor Drives:
90th Street and
Keep looking out your window, ’cause Santa Claus is comin’ to town.
HUSAK NAMED TO SPORTS COUNCIL — Dr. William S. Husak, Loyola Marymount University athletic director, was recently named to the board of the Los Angeles Sports Council, a private, not-for-profit organization that supports economic and community development through the promotion of spectator sports programs in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, including support of local teams and the attraction of events to the area.
Funded entirely from the private sector, the council attracts major sports events to the greater Los Angeles area and supports the area’s outstanding collegiate and professional sports teams.
Through its history, the nonprofit Sports Council has brought events with a collective economic impact of more than $1 billion to the area, using only $8 million in administrative expenses, a ratio of better than $140 in economic impact for every dollar in administrative cost.
Also named to the board were former Dodgers general manager Fred Claire and Bob van Schoonenber, executive vice president and general counsel at Avery Dennison Corp.
Husak is in his fifth year as the athletic director at Loyola Marymount University.
Since taking over the program in 1998, Husak has reached a new level of success.
Husak comes from a long and accomplished background as an administrator, fundraiser and professor.
As the former senior associate athletic director at California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), he enjoyed a successful career in both the academic and athletic arena over a span of 18 years.
Between 1986 and 1993 he served as chairman of the CSULB Physical Education Department.
A 1972 graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland, Husak holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in physical education from Texas A&M University.
LMU TOWN HALL II — Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will host a follow-up Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th, in the Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 Manchester Ave.
The meeting will provide the opportunity to discuss neighborhood issues, particularly those associated with the area surrounding Loyola Marymount University, that were raised at a previous meeting.
It will also be an opportunity for Rosendahl to get a status report from neighbors about how they believe things have been progressing since the last meeting.
Representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department, LMU and the councilman will be on hand to hear community concerns and answer questions.
Information, Rosendahl staff (310) 568-8772.
TREE-LIGHTING — The holidays are upon us and it’s time to start getting into the spirit of the season.
At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22nd, join the leaders of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and Santa Claus as they illuminate a majestic 30-foot Rocky Mountain pine tree at the center court of the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center.
The tree will be adorned with hundreds of lights and decorated with gold, red, purple and green molded holiday stars in the center courtyard for the entire holiday season.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with the folks over at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center for this wonderful community event,” said chamber president Cedric Sutherland. “This tree-lighting ceremony is a sure-fire way to get us all into the holiday spirit.”
It has even been rumored that Santa will be making an extra-special arrival at the Promenade.
Flipping this year’s switch will be the honorary mayor of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Yamamoto.
She will not be alone in her efforts, for chamber president Cedric Sutherland and Jolly Old St. Nick himself will be helping her with this year’s festivities.
Starbucks Coffee will provide complimentary holiday refreshments.
The ceremony will take place at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, level one — center court, at 6081 Center Drive, Westchester. Parking is available for $1.
Information, the chamber at (310) 645-5151.
SNOWBOARDING CAMP — With snow ready to fall (at least in the local mountains), it’s time to make plans for winter break.
The Westchester Family YMCA will host a snowboarding camp for sixth-to-12th-graders from Monday through Friday, December 26th to 30th, at Camp Whittle in Big Bear.
Participants will spend two days on the mountain snowboarding and have one fun-filled day of winter camp activities.
Travel and accommodations will be provided, and snowboard rentals will be available.
The cost is $360 for YMCA members and $400 for non-members.
ttendees must also attend an orientation Tuesday, December 20th.
Registration for the camp will begin Friday, November 25th, and spaces are limited.
This is a great holiday gift for the active, sports-minded teen or preteen in your life, and gift certificates are available.
For more information, e-mail Sierra at