Author: Christina Campodonico

Saying Goodbye

Everything Must Go at the Canterbury Art Shoppe By Katherine Brubaker Nancy Veits started the Canterbury Art Shoppe in 1967. The shop sits on West 87th Street in the Westchester Triangle, which Veits describes as a “tiny part of old-time America.” There are broad sidewalks, leafy trees, and a wide array of mom-and-pop shops that have been owned by the same people for years. Veits was at the helm of the Canterbury Art Shoppe for 30 years, until she sold it in 1997 to the current owner. Today she is back in her beloved shop, only this time as...

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Special Delivery!

Area Seniors receive flowers as part of Westside Pacific Villages’ COVID-19 response By Christina Campodonico Last Friday, some area seniors were surprised by an extra special delivery — fresh flowers! After fanning out from Playa del Rey, volunteers delivered around 140 bouquets to seniors in Westchester, Playa Vista, Mar Vista and Ladera Heights. The colorful posies, made possible through a donation by the Delavigne Family of Playa del Rey to up cheer up isolated seniors and support local businesses, were arranged by Culver Boulevard florist Flowers by Felicia and delivered as part of Westside Pacific Villages’ COVID-19 response. The nonprofit is also doing free grocery delivery and pharmacy pickups for area seniors during this time, but WPV’s Executive Director Carol Kitabayashi soon realized that seniors couldn’t live off bread and water alone, so to speak. The idea for weekly care packages came “naturally.” “Once a week, we do a special delivery to the folks … to cheer them up,” said Kitabayashi over the phone last week. “Today, it was a flower delivery.” “Everyone I delivered to lit up when they saw the flowers,” said Darlene Fukuji, a WPV volunteer and President of the Westchester Rotary. “They loved it. They were like, ‘Oh my gosh, flowers! …. I haven’t received flowers in a long time.'” One flower recipient followed up with a grateful message to WPV’s voicemail, recalled Kitabayashi. “This...

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Old Faithfuls

Satisfy your fix for melty cheese on zesty tomato sauce with delivery from these local pizzerias By Anthony Torrise Some things are just synonymous with delivery — like pizza! With the way things have been going lately, some restaurants are still getting used to only doing take out or delivery orders. Pizza places however have utilized delivery for as long as most of us can remember, and there’s some comfort in knowing that that knock on your door isn’t Armageddon — it’s the pizza guy! With so many options to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to some local joints offering specials this week to gratify your pizza cravings. Lenzini’s Pizza Lenzini’s uses their special sauce and dough made daily to bring forth gooey pies with real California cheese. For those who are feeling hungry, you can get two medium two-topping pizzas for $23.99, two large two-topping pizzas for $27.99, or two large two-topping pizzas and two 2-liter sodas for $41.99. Orders over $30 before tax get $5 off regular items. 12740 Culver Blvd., Ste. B, Del Rey. | (310) 305-0305 | lenzinis.com Tower Pizza If you’re looking to level-up your delivery experience, now you can make Tower Pizza’s delicious, fresh-made pies in the comfort of your own home. The Westchester pizza staple (also offering burgers, sandwiches and salads for delivery via DoorDash) has created make-your-own pizza kits, which...

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The Mar Vista Art Walk’s “Green Dreams”

Mar Vista’s quarterly celebration of all things art celebrates all things sustainable and eco-friendly from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday (March 7), with the theme “Green Dreams” woven throughout its mile-long stretch. Give your clothes a second life by donating them to the Downtown Women’s Center at Whimsy + Row (12801 Venice Blvd.), find out how to compost with Compostable LA at 826LA (12515 Venice Blvd.), learn how to rescue “ugly” veggies from becoming food waste at The Moving Joint (12812 Venice Blvd.) or listen to the secret language of plants translated to music at the Disability Community...

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Adding Mystery to History

THE WENDE MUSEUM’S JUSTIN JAMPOL LAUNCHES “LOST SECRETS” ON THE TRAVEL CHANNEL By Christina Campodonico Were Nazi leaders believers in astrology? Did espionage by former slaves help the North win the Civil War? Was the Space Race really an elaborate cover for weaponizing the cosmos? These are all questions that Wende Museum founder Justin Jampol seeks to answer in his new TV show “Lost Secrets,” which debuts on the Travel Channel at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday (Nov. 10). In the six-part series, Jampol (who has PhD in history from Oxford) travels the world to investigate historical mysteries spurred...

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