Incoming Chamber President Steve Donell of Jalmar Properties, will host an evening of wine tasting and dinner as the Westchester/LAXñMarina del Rey Chamber of Commerce celebrates the passing of the torch from President Cedric Sutherland to Donell on Friday, June 16th.

The black-tie optional affair will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 Century Blvd., Westchester.

Tickets are $100 per person and $1,000 per table. In addition, special Private Reserve sponsorships are available for $1,250 that includes a table for ten.

The event will celebrate more than 50 years of accomplishments for the Chamber and will include Sutherland’s presentation of a variety of awards to Chamber members commemorating their dedicated service to the Chamber during the 2005-2006 year.

In addition, the winner of the 2005-2006 Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Community Service and Leadership Award will be announced, new Chamber officers will be installed and the community’s new Honorary Mayor will be announced.

For more information or to reserve seats, call the Chamber Office at (310) 645-5151

COURAGEOUS CITIZENS — The Rotary Club of Westchester’s annual Courageous Citizens Luncheon will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 21st, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5985 Century Blvd., Westchester.

The annual event features representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office presenting awards to those citizens who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in fighting crime.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is expected to attend the event.

The awards were created to commend those individuals who have acted with courage and at considerable personal risk to help a victim of crime, assist in the capture of a suspect, or testify in the face of extraordinary pressures.

Rotary joins the District Attorney in honoring these citizens because the award recipients exemplify the highest form of community service.

“It is our hope that this kind of public recognition, in a world where heroes are often hard to come by, will have a far-reaching impact on our community and particularly on our young people,” Cooley said.

The courage to take action in the cause of justice, without regard to personal consequences, was referred to by John F. Kennedy as “the basis of all human morality.”

For more information or to attend the luncheon, contact Club President Tom Fiebig at (323) 939-9048.

HISTORIC BARBECUE — The Centinela Valley Historical Society’s 31st annual Fundraiser Barbecue will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 11th, at the Centinela Adobe, 7634 Midfield Ave., Westchester.

This event will feature great food, tours of the Adobe and its Veterans Room, vintage cars, and live calliope music.

Admission is free, though the Society is asking for a $9 donation for the meal ($5 for children ten and under).

For more information, call (310) 649-6272.

LMU DANCE CONCERT — LMU will host Destination: Meh-Tropolis, a dance concert series performed by Meh-tropolis to benefit alum Karin Chamberlin in the Strub Theater from Wednesday, June 7th, to Saturday, June 10th.

Karin Chamberlin was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2004.

She participates annually in the MS Challenge Walks in southern California and ten percent of the concert’s ticket sales will be donated on behalf of this cause.

Chamberlin is the stage manager and lighting designer for Meh-Tropolis.

Meh-tropolis is a dance theatre company that was started in 2003 by Sarah Harkness under the guidance and support of professor of dance Judith Scalin.

The dance company performs four times a year and plans to tour northern and southern California next year.

It provides a bridge for LMU dance graduates into the professional performing world by offering opportunities to build their professional resume.

The fourth annual dance concert Destination: Meh-Tropolis will include choreography ranging from classical ballet to contemporary modern dance, including capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art. There will be a wide variety of music and it is appropriate for all ages.

Performances will take place at Strub Theatre, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Foley Building, Westchester.

All shows start at 8 p.m. There is an additional performance at 2 p.m. on June 10th.

General admission is $18. ($15 for students, seniors, children under 12 and DRC members.)

For more information or to buy tickets, call the Meh-Tropolis box office at (310) 838-2236 or visit the Web site at www.meh tropolis.com

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