New hours for farmers market; Maxine Waters to speak; Pancake breakfasts; students’ plan for land near LAX

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Westchester-area Boy Scouts and Rotarians are mourning the passing of Scout leader John Barriga, who was a key member of Troop 927 and a former member of the Rotary Club of Westchester.

Barriga suffered a seizure and a massive heart attack while preparing for work Thursday, October 4th. His son, John Jr., administered CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) until the paramedics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene. Barriga was just 52 years old.

Barriga is survived by his wife, Windri; and children, John Jr., Stephany and Elyse.

A memorial for Barriga is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, October 11th, at the Westchester United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 8065 Emerson Ave. in Westchester. This memorial is a celebration of Barriga’s life. Scouts and adult leaders are asked to dress in Class “A” uniform, while others are encouraged to dress in colorful attire to celebrate his life.

A reception will be held in Fellowship Hall after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family says donations may be made to the Barriga Memorial Fund at Westchester United Methodist Church.

NEW FARMERS MARKET HOURS — The Westchester Certified Farmers Market at Howard Hughes Center has announced new hours — every Saturday “rain or shine” from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The market, which is on Center Drive at Sepulveda Boulevard, celebrates Kids Day on the third Saturday of each month with activities such as a petting zoo, face painting and balloon creations available for a minimal fee.

On Saturday, October 20th, the market will hold special Halloween activities and surprises, including an opportunity for kids to paint their own miniature pumpkins. While supplies last, a miniature pumpkin is free for each child seven years old and younger who attends the event, courtesy of the Westchester Vitalization Corporation.

The Farmers Market at Howard Hughes Center will also include the sale of handcrafted items during the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Christmas. If you are a crafter interested in participating in the market, call Jeanne at (310) 568-9095.

Also visit Wednesday’s Certified Farmers Market at Westchester Park on Lincoln Boulevard across from Otis College, which is open from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. “rain or shine.”

WESTCHESTER Y’S MEN’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST — The Westchester Y’s Men’s (and Women’s) Club will be flipping pancakes on the Westchester YMCA back lot Saturday, October 13th, to raise money in support of the Westchester Y’s youth, building and other worthy programs.

Starting at 8 a.m., stop by for a breakfast of big, yummy pancakes, plump sausages, orange juice and coffee. The breakfast is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more.

For more than 50 years, the Westchester Y’s Men’s Club has been a support group for the Westchester YMCA. During the past ten years, more than $200,000 has been contributed to Youth in Government, YMCA Youth and Campership programs, Scholarship Funds and Golf Tournaments.

Y’s Men serve on the board of managers and as campaign team captains for the Y’s annual fundraising campaign.

Additionally, Y’s Men (and women) contribute time and labor to the maintenance of the Y’s physical structure, including roof repairs, parking lot resurfacing, interior painting and repair work at various camps. The club also contributes to other organizations, including the Airport Marina Counseling Service and National and International Y’s Men’s Clubs.

Information, Julie Judge, (310) 670-6589.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING FEATURES WATERS — The Westchester Democratic Club will holdÝits general meeting, featuring special guest speaker Congresswoman Maxine Waters, from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 27th, in theÝLoyola Marymount University (LMU) Ahmanson Auditorium in University Hall on the LMU campus.

Considered one of the most powerful women in politics today, Waters will address federal issues, including the war in Iraq, FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), healthcare, the environment, andÝalso the 2008 election. Local issues she will discuss include a recent LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) proposal to relocate the north airport runway closer to the Westchester and Playa del Rey communities, and the Westchester Streetscape Improvement community project.

A brief question and answer period will follow Waters’ remarks.

Officers of the newly chartered Westchester Democratic Club include Sheila Mickelson, president; Valerie Fuentes, vice president; Sue Matus, recording secretary; Joel Matus,Ýcorrespondence secretary; and Robert Shurtz, controller.

The club has begun to formÝcommittees, and Westchester resident Beverly Sanford has been appointed program and events chair.ÝWestchester resident and community-LAX activistÝDanna Cope has been appointedÝLAX issues chair.

“This is an exciting but challenging time for Democrats,” Mickelson said. “The club is gearing up to have a major impact on politics and civic issues affecting the Westchester community and larger issues facing the nation.

“The club will also offer Westchester Democrats an opportunity toÝparticipate in political actions and socialize with other neighbors who share the same values for ‘good governance’.”

The public is invited to attend.

Information, B. Sanford, (310) 645-6034; or www.westchester demclub.org/.

WESTCHESTER HIGH PANCAKE BREAKFAST — Saturday, October 20th, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Westchester High School Booster Club will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for more than 25 affiliated groups, including sports, performing arts and academic.

Tickets for the breakfast are $5 per person and are available through Westchester High affiliated groups as well as at the door. The school is at 7400 Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey. Entrance to the Pancake Breakfast is through the back of the school.

STUDENT PLAN FOR LAND NORTH OF LAX — What would you like to see in the vacant land between the airport and Playa del Rey and Westchester?

The West Bluffs Conservancy will host a presentation by UCLA’s landscape architecture class that envisions parks, ball fields, wildflower and community gardens, and a stunning 18-hole golf course on the vacant land north of LAX that runs from Pershing Drive to Sepulveda Westway.

A discussion will follow the presentation scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 11th, at the Westchester Community Center, 7166 Manchester Ave.

Information, (310) 410-3080.

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