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 Blvd., Santa Monica, Thursdays.

No high school diploma is required. This program is taught by five university-level professors who will provide in-depth instruction in writing, literature, art history, history of democracy, and philosophy.

All tuition, books, course materials, transportation, dinner and on-site childcare are provided at no cost to the students.

Students who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment and may apply for up to six units of college credit from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Application, interviews, and registration are scheduled from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 14th, at New Roads School.

After that, late registration will be by appointment only until Monday, September 20th.

Information, Magdalene Brandeis, (310) 463-2789 or

YMCA HEALTH PROGRAM — During September, the Westchester Family YMCA, 8015 Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, will be hosting a program entitled Talking Total Health.

Dr. Norma Rosales, pediatrician at the Venice Family Clinic, will discuss ìAsthma — What it is and How to Control Itî from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 22nd.

The seminars are free but reservations should be made at (310) 670-4316 because seating is limited

JAZZ AT PALM COURT —The Venice Community Housing Corporation will host its 12th Annual Jazz at Palm Court Sunday, September 12th, at 733-743 Palms Blvd., Venice.

There will be a champagne brunch, available by reservation only, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., featuring music by Cathy Segal-Garcia.

The brunch will be followed by an afternoon jazz concert from 2 to 6 p.m., featuring Three More Sounds and Taumbu International Ensemble.

Information, Kristen Laskaris, (310) 399-4100, ext. 106 or

ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL — I am sure everyone is looking forward to the 20th Annual Abbot Kinney Street Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 26th, sponsored by the Abbot Kinney District Association and the Venice Art Collective.

In addition to the music, great food and a wide range of vendors, this year there will be the Venice Art Collective Boulevard of Art, which is a juried art show.

The purpose of this exhibition is to give artists more exposure in local venues and provide an opportunity for local art to be seen, enjoyed, and appreciated by the community.

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VENICE CENTENNIAL —Plans are continuing in full force for the Venice Centennial.

The Muscle Beach Fitness Competition, Carnevale, and Showcase Venice have all been retooled to reflect the Venice Centennial and expanded as one the largest events on the beach next year.

These signature events should gain the greatest awareness from the public and serve to support cultural and historical programs of greater interest to the residents of Venice.

Major national sponsors have indicated an interest in becoming a part of this great series of celebrations.

The Venice Centennial is planning to unveil its logo on T-shirts ands ball caps during the Abbot Kinney Street Festival this month.

Also on display and available for purchase will be copies of a Venice Centennial commemorative Venice Beach painting by Stephen Douglas.

The Venice Centennial needs volunteers to help staff the booth, sell T-shirts, and tell others about the celebration.

If you are interested, contact Todd von Hoffman,

(310) 398-9231 or Marina Media Group, (310) 822-0024.

VENICE CHAMBER MIXER — The Venice Chamber will hold its next mixer at The Sidewalk CafÈ, 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 22th.

Validated parking will be provided at Speedway and Market Street.

Please join us for great food, drinks, and networking opportunities. What better way is there to end your busy workday than to relax with friends and watch the sun set over the ocean?

The Venice Chamber can be reached at (310) 822-5425 or

VENICE MARINA ROTARY — The Venice Marina Rotary will host Bill Rosendahl, candidate for the local Los Angeles City Council 11th District seat, at the weekly Rotary lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, September 30th, at Shanghai Red”s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.

Bill will be discussing all levels of government in the upcoming elections and giving us his insight into the races and participants.

To attend, call Duncan Elkinson, (310) 745-3502.

ROTARY YARD SALE — The Venice Marina Rotary is also sponsoring a 40-family yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 2nd, in the parking lot of Inside Out, 2210 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

I agree that this is really, really early in the morning, but I am told that you must get to yard sales early in the morning for real treasures.

So I hope you will join all of us and make this a successful and profitable event. The money raised will be used to support the work of the Venice Marina Rotary.

GOLF TOURNAMENTS — No listing of community activities can be complete without mentioning at least one golf tournament — and we have two.

n The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Area Boosters annual golf tournament at Robinson Ranch is Wednesday, September 15th.

It is still not too late to sign up as a sponsor or player.

All of the donations are used to support the LAPD Deputy Auxiliary Police Services (DAPS) for youths, nine to 13 years old.

The LAPD Law Enforcement Explorers is for 14-to-21-year-olds.

Pacific Boosters provides scholarships for young men and women from local high schools who need a helping hand to take that next step towards post-high school education.

LAPD Officer Michelle Eskridge at the Pacific Area Community Relations Office can answer any questions that you may have regarding this event, (310) 202-4524.

n Two weeks later, Wednesday, September 29th, the Boys & Girls Club of Venice will host its Fifth Annual Enterprise Rent-A-Car Charity Golf Tournament at the Malibu County Club.

The Boys & Girls Club of Venice helps youths from all backgrounds — with special concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances — to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

Information, Shane Skinner, (310) 258-7626.

VENICE FREE CLINIC — One final note regarding our terrific diversified community:

Last week several of us at the Venice Family Clinic participated in an immersion project for the USC Social Work Master”s Program.

After introducing about 14 students to our community through guest speakers, Mona Davis and I had the pleasure of touring the students through Venice.

I took half of the students down to Venice Beach, where they saw Harry Parry, the Golden Man, demonstration skateboarders, tarot readers, and many other interesting and unique people.

Mona took the other half of the students on a walking tour of Oakwood, highlighted by a visit to the Vera Davis McClendon Center, named for Mona Davis”s mother.

After discussing the problems and strengths of the community, Mona made this very insightful comment:

ìAs long as you have a mind and imagination, you are never poor.î

If you would like to see our community in the large collage display that was created by the USC students, visit the Vera Davis McClendon Center, 610 California Ave., Venice.

Mary Richert can be reached at