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Memorial service Friday for Donna Barrett Gilbert, stylist to entertainers

A memorial service for Donna Barrett Gilbert will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 30th, at the Woodlawn Cemetery, 1847 14th St., Santa Monica. A celebration of her life will follow at the Sarlo residence in Malibu. She passed away Saturday, July 17th, following a brief illness. She was 60. A successful hair stylist for 40 years in the entertainment industry, she was stylist to singer Kate Smith, worked with the Ed Sullivan Show at CBS, the Red Skelton Show, the Smothers Brothers Show and the Carol Burnett Show. She received an Emmy Award for the television version of The Miracle Worker and an outstanding achievement award for her wigs last year. She also worked with those with hair loss through her company, Hair Again. Among her activities was working with the ChildHelp USA charity. Most recently she lived in Playa Vista and earlier in Malibu, Aspen, Dallas and Scottsdale. A Santa Monica native, she grew up on the Westside of Los Angeles and graduated from Venice High School. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Greg LaRue; her son David Sturt; her sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Allen Sarlo; her niece and nephew, Sophia and Colton Sarlo; and her mother, Pauline Barrett. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to ChildHelp...

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Audubon Society offers six-week training for Ballona Wetlands school tour guides

The California Chapter of the Audubon Society is offering a six-week training program for naturalist and educational outreach volunteers interested in leading school tours of the Ballona Wetlands. Training classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Thursday beginning September 9th and ending October 14th. Classes will cover wetland ecology, birds, native plants, the food chain and techniques on how to find interesting things in the environment. Each volunteer will receive a comprehensive training manual. Since 1990, the Audubon Society has offered tours of the Ballona Wetlands for fourth-through-sixth-grade students in the Los Angeles area. More than 30,000 students have participated in the tours, which offer the opportunity to see the last major salt marsh in Los Angeles County, the Audubon Society says. Students can learn about native plants, insects, birds and microorganisms that inhabit the natural environment. School tours are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from October to May. Students are divided into groups of 15 and a volunteer naturalist accompanies each group. During the two-hour tours, students use microscopes, telescopes and binoculars to observe organisms, birds and bird behavior. Naturalists teach the students about wetlands and the interdependence of living things. The Audubon Society asks naturalists to lead at least two school tours a month. Educational outreach volunteers visit local classrooms prior to the school field trips. These outreach visits last less than two hours....

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The following is compiled from reports of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station.

PETTY THEFT A CD player valued at $65, a flashlight valued at $25, a folding knife valued at $30, and $20 were taken from a vehicle in the 13900 block of Tahiti Way between 3 and 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 6th. STOLEN VEHICLES The following vehicles were reported stolen in Marina del Rey: a 1990 Honda in the 13900 block of Bora Bora Way between midnight and 5 p.m. Thursday, July 15th; and an Infiniti in the 4100 block of Via Marina at 8:10 p.m. Monday, July 12th. VANDALISM Tires on a 2002 Toyota Highlander were slashed in the 13900 block of Bora Bora Way between 7 p.m. Saturday, July 3rd, and 1:45 p.m. Sunday, July 4th. Damage was estimated at...

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Del Rey area: LAPD National Night Out includes local event Tuesday, Aug. 3rd

The local Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Community Police Station will participate in the 21st Annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 3rd. Participants will gather at the Stoner Avenue Elementary School, 11735 Braddock Drive, Del Rey area, at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. At 7 p.m., the group will walk across Braddock Drive to the Mar Vista Gardens Community Room, where a program and informational booths are planned. Four bicycles will be given away during the event. Among those scheduled to speak are LAPD Assistant Chief Sharon Papa, Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski and LAPD Capt. Billy Williams, commanding officer of the Pacific Community Police Station. The event is designed to promote anti-violence in neighborhoods, especially violence against children. National Night Out is a volunteer effort by communities across the country working in cooperation with law enforcement to prevent crime, violence and drug use. The event is designed to instruct residents to organize and learn how to know their neighbors. While the traditional “lights on” and front porch vigils remain a part of National Night Out, activities have expanded to include block parties, cookouts, parades, neighborhood walks and safety fairs. Los Angeles Police Department stations throughout the city will be hosting a variety of free community events. Information, (310)...

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Skip the $25 boat parade entry fee this year; just bring in a first-timer

Boat owners who have entered their boats in past Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parades can avoid this year’s $25 boat parade entry fee if the boat owners can persuade a “first-timer” to enter the Marina boat parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 11th. Boat parade officials are offering a two-for-one entry fee structure this year for repeat entrants and first-time entries. Under the plan, past boat parade entrants will have their $25 entry fee waived if they get a boat owner who has never participated in the boat parade to enter the event. The first-time entry boat would pay the regular $25 entry fee. The offer is available to the first 100 private entries, says boat parade chair Cindy Williams. “We hope this two-for-one special will encourage boaters to enter with their friends who haven’t participated in the parade before,” Williams said. “Every year people come from all over the Southland to view this awesome parade of lights,” she said. “This year’s event should be more spectacular than ever.” The 42nd annual Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled between 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, December 11th, in the Marina main channel. The theme for this year’s boat parade is “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays.” Parade boats will be able to compete for numerous prize packages. The entry fees for organizations and yacht clubs is $50. Boats entered by commercial,...

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