Author: maryrichert

Christmas, holiday events continue locally

Santa is polishing up his sleigh and Rudolph’s nose to begin his long ride with lots of toys for good little boys and girls — and, hopefully, something nice for the rest of us. Many fun events have already opened the holiday season with many more to come. You can read about local Christmas and holiday events in the holiday wrap-up story in this week’s What’s On section. ACCEPTING TOYS — A quick reminder that the City of Los Angeles Fire and Police Departments are still accepting new unwrapped toys for distribution to children who might not receive anything this year. You can drop off your toys at any city fire station or the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community Police Station, 12312 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. This year, the Pacific Area LAPD sleigh and Santa will travel the streets of Oakwood in Venice from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 16th, and the streets of Mar Vista Gardens and surrounding area from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, December 17th, to visit children in those communities. Holiday parties with new toys for children under the age of 15 will be held immediately after the sleigh tours from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice, and Mar Vista Gardens Community Center, 4909 Allin Drive, Del Rey. Information, Gita O’Neill, (310) 202-3825 or at...

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Robert Feist is new president of Venice Chamber of Commerce; board installed

An old saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” After four and a half years, I turned over the leadership of the Venice Chamber of Commerce to our new president, Robert Feist, owner of RavensWork, a video post-production studio located in Venice. He was sworn in with the other board members Wednesday, July 27th, by Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. I have truly enjoyed being the president of the Venice Chamber and appreciate all of the support that we have received from our members, elected officials, and our community. In last week’s Argonaut, some of the new enhancements to benefit our chamber members were detailed. One that was not mentioned is our ability to act as the fiscal agent for local organizations that have not received their nonprofit status nor have completed the incorporation of their group. The Venice Chamber has taken on this role for the Los Angeles City Fire Department Adopt-A-Fire Station Program and Carnevale-Venice Beach. At this time, the Venice Chamber is working closely with the Venice Community Trust, an organization that has been formed to create an ongoing permanent Venice art collection in the Venice community. The Venice Collection will be assembled by donation of art, whenever possible, and installed in public areas in Venice or given to appropriate area institutions. To support local Venice arts institutions and create an archive...

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LA City firefighters plan torch run Saturday to raise funds for Fallen Firefighters Memorial

City of Los Angeles firefighters will be carrying a torch through Westchester and Venice beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9th, to raise money for a Fallen Firefighters Memorial, currently under construction at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum in Hollywood. For more than 100 years, the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) did not have a venue to honor firefighters who died while fighting fires. It has been the dream of many City of Los Angeles Fire Department members to construct a lasting and fitting memorial to the fallen firefighters. To assist in funding this memorial, local city firefighters are asking members of the public to sponsor a firefighter runner in the July 9th event. The LAFD Torch Relay will include a ceremonial torch carried by LAFD sworn members through each of the communities served by the LAFD’s 103 fire stations. LAFD members are seeking pledge donations for each one-mile segment of the course. The LAFD Torch Relay will begin at City Fire Station 95, 10010 International Road at Century Boulevard in Westchester, travel west on Century Boulevard to Sepulveda Boulevard and north on Sepulveda Boulevard, then continue to Manchester Avenue, where the route will turn west to City Fire Station 5, 6621 Manchester Ave., Westchester. Torch-carrying firefighters will continue west on Manchester Avenue to Lincoln Boulevard, turning north on Lincoln Boulevard to Jefferson Boulevard, where the...

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State Legislature will honor Venice business owner, community volunteer Carol Tantau

Venice business owner and community volunteer Carol Tantau’s contribution to the Venice community is being acknowledged by the State Legislature. Each year, the Women’s Caucuses in the State Senate and the Assembly provide each member of the California State Legislature the opportunity to honor one woman who has made an exceptional contribution to her community. This year, State Senator Debra Bowen chose Tantau as Woman of the Year. Tantau will be honored Monday, March 14th, in the State Senate Chamber, where Bowen will walk Tantau down the aisle to be congratulated by the State Senate president pro tem, who will present Tantau with a framed resolution as a Woman of the Year. A reception will follow at the California State History Museum in Sacramento for all women chosen to receive this honor. Tantau has devoted much of her life to making our community a safer and better place to live. As the owner of Just Tantau on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Ven-ice, her visionary approach to economic improvement led to the creation of the Abbot Kinney District Association. As association president, she forged strong relationships within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), providing a valuable asset in her role as the creative force behind an innovative, community-based response to domestic violence that grew out of a sub-committee of the LAPD Pacific Area Community Police Advisory Board. Tantau is a...

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She’s trapped indoors by all the torrential rains

As I sit here looking out my window, I ask myself what happened to the beautiful balmy weather of sunny Southern California, which was one of the main reasons I moved here from New Hampshire many years ago. I know that everything needs water to grow, but I think this cruel joke should end now. In addition to being trapped indoors by the torrential rains, we are now in election mode once again. During the next two months, the candidates running for Los Angeles mayor and Los Angeles City Council seats are everywhere. The many debates give us a wonderful opportunity to ask questions regarding the candidates’ positions on the issues that are important to our local neighborhoods prior to the City of Los Angeles primary election Tuesday, March 8th. Hopefully, you will all find the time in your busy schedules to attend at least one of the debates so that you will be better prepared on election day. UCLA EVENT — On Tuesday, February 8th, UCLA Local Government and Community Relations will host a forum for candidates in the Los Angeles City Council District 11 race. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the candidates forum between 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. The event will be co-sponsored by the Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Venice...

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