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KCRW brings ‘StoryCorps’ MobileBooth to 3rd Street

StoryCorps, the national storytelling project broadcast on KCRW and National Public Radio (NPR), returns to Santa Monica a second time, through Saturday, December 8th, on the north end of the Third Street Promenade at Wilshire Boulevard. A silver Airstream trailer serves as the StoryCorps MobileBooth, a state-of-the-art recording studio where people can interview friends or loved ones in a 40-minute session. At the end of the session, participants receive a CD of their interview and a second copy is sent to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where it becomes part of a high-quality digital archive that will eventually grow into an oral history of America. Excerpts of selected stories will be aired on KCRW on Mondays at 4:44 p.m. Created by award-winning radio documentary producer and MacArthur Genius Award recipient David Isay, StoryCorps has recorded the stories of more than 13,000 participants since the first StoryBooth was opened in New York City in October 2003. Since 2005, MobileBooths have crossed the country collecting the memories of people from all 50 states and every imaginable walk of life, identity group, age, and state of mind. Select stories are broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition. Connie Alvarez, KCRW’s volunteer coordinator, interviewed her mother when StoryCorps first came to Santa Monica in January 2006. The story of how her mother, Blanca Alvarez, crossed from Mexico into the United States...

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Westchester Holiday Home Tour returns for its silver anniversary

Residents will have the chance to peer into some neighbors’ homes this weekend during the 25th annual Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by the Westchester Mental Health Guild. The Tour begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 4th, with a reception scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. Tickets are $25 and are required for admission to the homes and reception. Proceeds will benefit the Airport Marina Counseling Service. Five homes have been decorated with a holiday theme, and will be available for self-guided tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each residence offers various features, says Joan Conca, chair of the Holiday Home Tour. From a four-story, endless-view home on the hillside of Playa del Rey, to each of the four Westchester houses, these are amazing homes, Conca says. The brainchild of the late Shirley Pfeil, the Holiday Home Tour began 25 years ago as a way to raise money for the Airport Marina Counseling Service. The reception will include a memorial for Pfeil, who died this year. “The idea was for the ladies of the Guild to open their homes to admission,” says Doris Uncapher, ten-time chair of the Holiday Home Tour. “It was a way for the Guild to raise money and look into each others’ houses,” Conca quipped. The Westchester Mental Health Guild began with officers sponsoring houses and it...

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Frights and fundraising galore as Halloween 2007 comes around

Dream Halloween Los Angeles, an annual benefit for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, returns for “Under the Big Top,” a circus-themed event and live auction that brings families and costumed celebrities together from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 27th, at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Admission is $300 for adults, and $250 for children. Host Jamie Lee Curtis leads the festivities, geared toward children and families, which include a trick-or-treat lane, arts and crafts, a stage show, game area, and MAC Cosmetics-sponsored face painting. Actor Jason Priestley and actress Doris Roberts are honorary vice-chairs of the event, actress Andrea Bowen is chair of the Skeleton Crew, and actress Rumer Willis is vice-chair. The Foundation also teamed up with Mattel, Inc. to present honorary event chair Teri Hatcher with a one-of-a-kind doll in her likeness, a one-of-a-kind Polly Pocket doll modeled after Bowen and Willis, and a one-of-a-kind Hot Wheels made with Priestley. Each celebrity has agreed to auction these collectible toys to benefit the Foundation. The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation was started 14 years ago by Mattel executive Joe Cristina with the intent to make a difference in the day-to-day lives of children affected by AIDS. Cristina teamed up with various corporations and celebrities to raise awareness for the issue of children affected by AIDS. Dream Halloween Los Angeles sponsors include...

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