Trick-or-treat on the Triangle Saturday, Oct. 27th; Elks Holiday Boutique

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

The Academic Booster Club of Westchester High School will hold its 24th Academic Recognition Night Thursday, November 1st, to recognize the school’s highest academic achievers.

All students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher will be recognized. This year, more than 150 students will be honored.

A total of 46 Westchester seniors will be presented with red-and-white letterman-style jackets in recognition of their consistent achievement during their freshman-through-junior years.

This is a coveted achievement. Students work diligently throughout their high school careers in order to be honored on stage at “Jacket Night,” and they wear the jackets proudly as a mark of excellence throughout their senior year.

Underclassmen are also honored. Juniors will receive academic medallions. Sophomores will be presented with “Lamp of Learning” pins, and freshmen will be given certificates of congratulation.

Financial support for this program comes from fundraising efforts by the Academic Booster Club, including the Pancake Breakfast, car washes, and donations from area businesses and individuals.

The Academic Booster Club is seeking supporters to help offset the cost of the jackets and other awards. Each donation of $100 will subsidize one jacket, but the club’s fundraising also finances field trips and school programs that support academic achievement among all Westchester High students and allows the club to award scholarships to deserving graduating seniors based on grades, essays and other factors.

Information, (310) 338-2400.

TRICK-OR-TREAT ON THE TRIANGLE — Children of all ages are invited to the Westchester Triangle as the businesses on 87th Street host a trick-or-treat extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27th.

Parents and children are encouraged to come in costume, and there will be a costume parade beginning at 1 p.m.

A host of other activities will also be on tap, including Halloween dances, a donut-eating contest, a pin-the-nose-on-the-pumpkin contest, Halloween computer games, raffles, refreshments and more.

In addition, for $5 per pumpkin, children and parents can decorate their own pumpkin for Halloween. Proceeds from the pumpkin decorating activity will go to the Westchester-Playa Education Foundation.

The event is free and open to the public. All activities will occur on 87th Street between Truxton Avenue and Sepulveda Eastway. Information, (310) 242-2092.

ELKS HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE — From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 10th, the Westchester Elks Lodge will host its Third Annual Holiday Boutique.

The event, at the Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey, is the perfect place to find unusual handcrafted gifts, including beautiful jewelry, fun holiday buttons, jeweled picture frames, ornaments, trinket boxes, jeweled dice, aviation dioramas, delicious wine jellies, and even mosaic flowerpots and mosaic tables.

There will also be gift baskets, handmade candles, holiday baked goods, cooking demonstrations by Pampered Chef, and raffle drawings all day long.

There is plenty of free parking, and no admission charge. All proceeds from the event will go to the Elks Lodge charities.

Information, (310) 560-1943.

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