Author: maryrichert

Lots of parties, events planned for local holiday

The holidays are upon us, whether or not we are ready. Without snow, it is so easy in Los Angeles to forget about the holidays but, I must admit, I really don’t miss looking out my window in New Hampshire and seeing four feet of snow. This month, there are a lot of holiday parties and events to tell you all about in hopes that you will participate. Hopefully, you’ll be able to enjoy your neighbors and community this season and that your holiday will also include presents, parties, lots of great food and extra days off to spend with your families and friends. VISITATION SCHOOL — Starting off the season, Visitation School in Westchester and Santa present the Second Annual Santa’s Snowy Village and the Festival of Trees between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, December 5th. Santa’s elves will arrive by fire engine at noon, Mrs. Claus will arrive by limo at 12:30 p.m. and Santa will arrive in his own helicopter at 1 p.m. at Visitation School, 8740 Emerson Ave., Westchester. The free event will feature fun for the entire family. There will be lots of good food, games and entertainment, including a silent auction. Information, Terry O’Connor at (310) 994-9904 or e-mail terryoconnor2004@yahoo.com PLAYA VISTA CONCERT —As a follow-up to its very successful summer concert series, Playa Vista will hold another of its terrific concerts...

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Back to school highlights Venice September events

After my long list of end-of-summer fun events, I thought that I would not have much to talk about this month. But, of course, anyone who knows me, knows that will never happen. It is true that this list isn”t quite as long, but there are back-to-school events that will be interesting and fun for families with children and young adults. SERVICE PLANNING — On Saturday, September 18th, the Council of Service Planning Area 5 of the Los Angeles County Children”s Planning Council will hold its second annual September Fest for Families, Communities, and Schools. Last year, this very successful event was held at Venice High School. This year”s event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 18th, at Westchester Park, 7000 Manchester Ave. A day of celebration and unity, this free event will include live entertainment, storytelling, activities for children and a wide range of community resources. Information, SPA 5, (310) 391-1578. ADULT EDUCATION — The Bridge Program is a community humanities education program designed to bring higher education to individuals over the age of 18 who can read a newspaper in English and belong to a low income household. The program will begin Tuesday, September 28th, and continue to Tuesday, June 21st. Classes will be at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, on Tuesdays and at the Burke Health Center, 2509 Pico...

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Her list of local fun, interesting happenings is long

Before I begin to write my column each month, I make a list of all the fun and interesting events that have just happened or are scheduled for the near future. This month, as the list was approaching 20 items, it hit me that we are so very fortunate to live in an environment that sponsors so many exciting alternatives for entertainment as well as a community comprised of very caring people. TRIATHLON COMING — The 2004 LA Triathlon will be run Sunday, September 12th, and will begin with the swim segment at Venice Beach at 6:30 a.m. The most significant traffic disruption in Venice will be from 6:20 to 9:50 a.m. The bike course starts at Venice Boulevard and Pacific Avenue and proceeds east on Venice Boulevard to Fairfax Avenue. This will be a fun event but you need to be aware of the street closures and crossing points to ensure as little disruption as possible to your Sunday morning plans. Information is available from the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation information line, (323) 224-6534. The course map is on www.LATriathlon.com PLAYA VISTA EVENT — Once again, Playa Vista has hosted a very “happening” event at Concert Park. “Eight Days a Week” had everyone up dancing and singing to the tunes of the Beatles. When you add a beautiful location, picnic dinners, and friends, what better...

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