Rotary murder mystery; Lions bingo and BBQ; Rotary bingo; CERT classes

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Airport Marina Counseling Service, a Westchester-based nonprofit mental health clinic, which will celebrate the milestone with a “Golden Gala” March 10 at Loyola Marymount University.

The event will feature Dr. Elyn Saks, author of “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness,” who will share the compelling story of her lifelong struggle with schizophrenia.

Don McMillan, a local area comedian, will be on hand to share his unique and hilarious observations of life in the age of technology. The gala will begin at 6 p.m. For more information about the event,, or call Jill Marcellus at (310) 670-1410, ext. 103.

Airport Marina Counseling Service officials say the clinic was established in a period when there was great stigma attached to acknowledging and treating mental illness. It took many years of effort by local community leaders to convince local residents that there was a need for a community-based clinic to treat troubled high school students, according to the clinic. From its opening in 1961 until now, AMCS has continued to grow and expand its programs and services.

Today, AMCS serves nearly 400 individuals, children and families and couples weekly. Services are provided on a “sliding-scale basis” and no one is ever turned away for economic reasons alone. Community support plays a key role in keeping the doors open at AMCS, officials at the clinic say.


The Westchester Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Westchester will hold an evening of fun and mystery beginning at 6 p.m. March 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester.

Admission is $75 per person.

Throughout the evening, a team of super sleuths will work to solve a mystery. The event will include both live and silent auction items, and a drawing for a $10,000 reverse drawing prize will also take place. Tickets for the drawing will be available at the dinner.

Information, Rich Musella at (310) 649-0374 or


The Venice-Marina Lions Club will hold its Seventh Annual Charity Bingo Night and BBQ at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey.

The beneficiaries of funds raised at the event include Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area youth programs such as the Deputy Auxiliary Police (DAP) program for boys and girls ages 9 to 13 and the Cadets, made up of young people between the ages of 14 and 21. Through these programs, at-risk youth in the community are able to establish a positive rapport with the police department, as well as develop important leadership and discipline skills, according to the LAPD.

Proceeds from the event will also benefit Lions Camp at Teresita Pines for Deaf Children, located in Wrightwood; the Lions Eye Mobile Screening Unit; the Lions Canine Companion Program for Sight Impaired; the Los Angeles International Airport USO; L.A. Mission; Special Olympics; and other local charities.

Sponsorships ranging from $100 to $1,500 are still available.

Information, Jann Brauer at (310) 823-7449.


The Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise will hold its Luck O’ the Irish BingoFest at 6 p.m. March 17 at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice.

The event will include dinner, entertainment and 10 bingo games.

Early bird reservations are $40 per person and $50 per person after March 10.

There will be a $100 cash payout per game and a $500 cash payout for the final game as well as a multi-prize raffle.

To make reservations, (310) 306-8525.


The Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) will offer a seven-week session beginning Monday, March 5. The free classes will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Fire Station No. 5, 8900 S. Emerson Ave. in Westchester.

The class is designed to equip citizens with basic training to effectively serve as first-responders to disaster or emergency situations. Taught by highly experienced L.A. city firefighters, CERT training includes earthquake preparedness, light firefighting, triage, first aid, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization.

The class is also open to those who have taken the class before and want a refresher.

Information, (818) 756-9674.