Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl will join the Santa Monica Red Cross and musical artists to host a benefit concert to collect school supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims who were relocated to the Los Angeles area.
The event will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 1st, at Westchester Park, 7000 Manchester Ave. in Westchester.
“Kids Helping Kids,” a fun-filled back-to-school concert, will feature live music from popular children’s recording artists Greg & Steve and Hap Palmer, and dance performances by an award-winning drill team of LA’s Best after-school program.
The price of admission is new school supplies such as notebooks, folders, backpacks, pencils and pens.
All donations will be given to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina and currently living in the Los Angeles area.
By bringing new school supplies, concert-goers will help newly relocated families from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama feel more at home in our neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
The Santa Monica Red Cross will distribute the supplies to children relocated to Los Angeles as a result of the hurricane.
For more information, contact Laurie Sale, Rosendahl’s arts, education and culture deputy, at (310) 575-8461.
The performers scheduled to participate in the concert are no slouches.
With more than four million recordings sold, Greg & Steve — known for songs such as The World is A Rainbow, ABC Rock, and The Three Little Pigs’ Blues — are the number-one-selling children’s music duo in the country.
Their 16 recordings feature their polished movement-oriented songs, humor and strong rock and bluesy vocals.
Greg & Steve have won nine Parents Choice Awards, two “Dr. Toy” Awards and The American Library Journal Award, among others.
Hap Palmer helped pioneer the integration of music and movement in the area of early childhood education.
His songs enhance the development of motor skills, language acquisition, reading readiness, and math concepts, nurture the imaginative process and encourage creative problem-solving.
His widespread popularity in schools and daycare centers for more than 20 years has made him a living legend within the children’s music community.
A third generation of children is now learning with his songs and movement innovations. His Baby Songs live-action music video series for young children has, sold over two million copies.
HANNON GRANT — The William H. Hannon Foundation, founded by the late Catholic philanthropist and real estate developer William H. Hannon, has provided a grant of $41,000 to St. Anastasia School in Westchester to support the production of three cultural events a year during the next five years at the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade Catholic school.
As part of its cultural arts curriculum, the school annually produces a Christmas program and a school musical and is considering adding an annual talent show.
To produce these cultural arts programs, St. Anastasia must rent space as well as equipment.
The William H. Hannon Foundation grant bridges the gap between Parent Teacher Organization support and other fundraising to ensure that the programs will take place over the next five years.
“The support of the William H. Hannon Foundation guarantees the continuation of our vibrant cultural arts programs,” said St. Anastasia School principal Rosemary C. Connolly, adding, “We are very grateful for the foundation’s continued support of St. Anastasia.”
“My late uncle had a soft spot in his heart for St. A’s,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, William H. Hannon Foundation president. “The school is located just down Manchester Avenue from where my uncle had his office and he felt a special connection to the school.
“We are pleased to carry on his legacy of support for St. Anastasia School.”
PANCAKE BREAKFAST — The Westchester Y’s Men’s (and Women’s) Club will be flipping pancakes on the Westchester YMCA back lot Saturday, October 15th, to raise money in support of YMCA youth programs, building fund and other worthy programs.
Stop by the YMCA, at 8015 Sepulveda Blvd., for a breakfast of big, yummy pancakes, plump sausages, orange juice and coffee for just $4 per person.
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 $175,000 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.
Other contributions include the Airport Marina Counseling Service, National and International Y’s Men’s Clubs.
Information, Julie Judge, (310) 670-6589.
REVITALIZATION MAKING PROGRESS — The Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association has announced that the first step is in place for the second phase of the revitalization of Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester.
“We have hired the company Iacobellis & Associates to complete a detailed survey of sidewalks and strip lots on Sepulveda Boulevard from Howard Hughes Center Drive to 92nd Street,” said Anne Clark, improvement association vice president. “The survey will cover both sides of the street and include such things as grade changes, fence lines, utility lines, vaults, valves and manholes.”
The completion of the survey will enable the improvement group to proceed with its second phase, which involves replacement and repair of the sidewalks in the residential area, meandering sidewalks, small pocket parks for sitting and landscaping.
These items were all priorities voted on by the community at the interactive workshops held over the past two years.
“This is all contingent on (the improvement association) being able to raise the $3 million necessary for this ambitious task,” said improvement association president John Ruhlen.
“Soon we will be approaching local developers, corporations and government agencies to help finance this much-needed work,” he said. “Our goal is to put a beautiful face on our ‘Gateway to L.A.’ and we are hopeful local businesses and government agencies will see the benefit of partnering with us in accomplishing this.”
TOP ELKS VISITS — Bob Duitsman, who was recently installed district deputy grand exalted ruler at the Elks National Convention in Reno, recently paid his official visit to the Westchester Elks Lodge in Playa del Rey.
Duitsman is a past state vice president and a past exalted ruler of the Culver City Elks.
He reviewed the Westchester Lodge procedures and its community activities. Mark Hasson, district auditor, reviewed the financial status and activities.
Duitsman presented a scroll of commendation to exalted ruler Phil Parlett for having a well-run lodge with a well-balanced set of programs.
He also presented a “District Distinguished Elk” scroll to Al Torres, five-year trustee of the lodge, for participating in almost all of the lodge activities, including the Antique Car Show, Beach Clean Up, Veterans Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day, Youth Activities and other activities. Torres hasn’t missed a meeting in two years. Those receiving honorable mention were Bill Ballerini, Brad Gaian and Alecia Kuhn.