Laugh for the Y; Clean and Crawl Clean-up; Westchester Star Party; LAPD pancake breakfast

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

The Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa is teaming up with the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority and People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) to conduct a one-night snapshot of homelessness in the Westchester-Playa del Rey area.

The group plans to search the local neighborhoods to identify and interview the homeless to help assess risk factors and create a clearer picture of this issue in the community.

Up to 30 volunteers are needed to help conduct the survey, which will be undertaken from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Volunteers must also be available for a training session from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 to learn how the study will be conducted and to ask questions of the organizers.

The training session will be held in the conference room of the Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 W. Manchester Ave. Teams will meet and depart from this same location on the evening of the study.

Establishing this information will assist the neighborhood council and homeless groups in their efforts to find solutions and begin the process of moving people off the streets and into housing.

For more information, or to volunteer to help conduct the study, please call Neighborhood Council Homelessness Committee Chairman Booker Pearson at (310) 699-1231 or bookerpearson@verizon.net/.

LAUGH FOR THE Y

The public is invited to join in the fun and laughter at Eat, Laugh, Love — a comedy fundraiser and silent auction benefiting the Westchester Family ymca on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Buggy Whip restaurant, 7420 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester.

Dinner is scheduled at 6:30 p.m., and the comedy show featuring Kerri Pomarolli and Ron McGehee will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Pomarolli and her husband McGehee, known for innovative, clean comedy, create laughter about relationships, dating, marriage and responsibility. Pomarolli is an actress, published author and veteran of television with credits that include 28 appearances on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and recurring roles on Port Charles, The Young and the Restless and Lifetime Network.

McGehee has headlined at The Improv and The Comedy Store and won the 2003 Orange County’s Funniest Person Contest. He was a finalist in the NBC Laugh Factory Latino/Asian-American Comedy Showcase, appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing 2 as a finalist, and has made guest television appearances on The Joni Lamb Show, JCTV, NBC, ABC Family, Si TV, and Comedy Central.

Proceeds from the event will go to the YMCA’s Annual Support Campaign, which raises funds to help children and families in the community take part in YMCA programs and learn about a healthy, wholesome way of life.

Seats for the show can be reserved online at www.ymcala.org/wc/, or in person at the Westchester Family YMCA, 8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester.

Tickets are $12 per person in advance, $14 per person after Friday, Sept. 17, and $16 per person at the door. Dinner is $14 per person (dinner is payable at the event only — checks or cash — no credit cards). Childcare is available for an additional charge of $5 per child, at the Westchester Family YMCA until 9 p.m.

For more information, Chrystal Gualtieri at (310) 670-4316.

ROTARY, YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TEAM FOR CLEAN AND CRAWL

The LAX Young Professionals and the Rotary Club of Westchester are teaming up for a Clean and Crawl Beach Clean-up Saturday, Sept. 18 at Toes Beach in Playa del Rey (Culver Boulevard at Trolleyway).

The event will begin with a beach clean-up from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a “restaurant crawl” that will visit Outlaws (230 Culver Blvd.) from 12:15 to 1 p.m., Mo’s (203 Culver Blvd.) from 1:10 to 1:55 p.m. and The Shack (185 Culver Blvd.) at 2 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP, (310) 645-5151.

WESTCHESTER STAR PARTY

From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, astronomer and author Bob Eklund will be hosting an evening of astronomy in the parking lot of Westchester Christian Science Church, 7855 Alverstone Ave., Westchester (at the corner of 79th Street).

High-quality telescopes will provide views of the moon, the planet Jupiter, stars and nebulae. Sept. 18 is International Observe the Moon Night, organized by NASA and Astronomers Without Borders to bring the excitement of learning about earth’s closest neighbor to the public worldwide.

According to Eklund, “The ‘harvest moon’ will be in a lovely waxing gibbous phase, offering a chance to see plenty of surface features brought into sharp relief by shadows. Our telescopes will show features like the Tycho crater, surrounded by bright rays. And higher magnifications will reveal mountain ranges, dark lava fields, and rippling ridges.”

Attendees may bring their own telescopes.

There will be a special focus on learning about the moon, including why it looks the way it does and the location where the Apollo astronauts landed. All are welcome, and there is no charge.

In case of clouds, the event will be rescheduled for Oct. 16.

For more information, Eklund at (310) 216-5947.

PACIFIC AREA PANCAKES

The Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area Boosters Association will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25 at the LAPD Pacific Station, 12312 Culver Blvd., Del Rey.

Tickets are $5 per person at the event and can be purchased at the event or online at www.pacificboosters.org/.

The event, sponsored by IHOP restaurants, Rainbow Acres Natural Foods and the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, will include a moon bounce for children as well as raffle prizes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pacific Area Boosters Association, which supports the local LAPD station as well as a variety of programs for local children and young adults.

For more information, (310) 202-2890.

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