CERT training; Westside Voices concert; YMCA pancake breakfast; Earth Day at LMU


The community is invited to share a family evening under the stars on Saturday, April 24th, with author/astronomy educator Bob Eklund and fellow volunteers from local astronomy clubs.

This free event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the parking lot of the Christian Science Church, 7855 Alverstone Ave., corner of 79th St., in Westchester. The alternate date in case of clouds or rain is Saturday, May 22nd.

“Everyone is invited to look through high-quality telescopes at the planet Saturn, the craters of the Moon, and stars and nebulae,” said Eklund, who works with the Mount Wilson Observatory Association on public outreach and recently published a book of poems and essays about the night sky titled “First Star I See Tonight.”

“Our April 24th celebration of the sky is on Astronomy Day, and it’s one of many events scheduled by the international astronomy advocacy organization Astronomers Without Borders during April — designated Global Astronomy Month,” Eklund said.

For a complete schedule of upcoming Global Astronomy Month stellar events, visit www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/.

“Everyone ——especially children — is welcome to enjoy the views and learn about the sky from our knowledgeable astronomers; and if you have a telescope of your own, we encourage you to bring it,” said Eklund.

For more information, please call Eklund at (310) 216-5947, beklund@sprynet.com/, or visit his Web site, www.bobeklund.com/.


Are you ready for a major earthquake, terrorist attack or other disaster? Are you prepared to help your neighbors who are not?

It is important for everyone to learn basic emergency preparedness skills in the event of a disaster to help themselves and others in the community.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is sponsoring a comprehensive Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program to train local residents at no cost.

The seven-week course, which totals 17 and a half hours of training, will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4th in the community room of Fire Station No. 5 at 8900 S. Emerson Ave., in Westchester. Classes will be held each Tuesday night through June 15th.

CERT training will be conducted by emergency preparedness professionals and citizens will learn to: manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three “medical killers” by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective; and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.

For more information and to RSVP for the class, please contact Cyndi Hench at (310) 779-6706 or WRDRNW@yahoo.com/. To learn more about CERT,



The Westchester-based a-cappella group Westside Voices will celebrate folk music from around the world as well as songs about zombies, pink panthers, cottage cheese and ice cream during a musical performance beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 25th in the Fellowship Hall of Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave.

Westside Voices is an a-cappella group comprised of solo and choral singers from throughout the area. With a repertoire from jazz to classical, from Madrigals to world music, from Doo-Wop to folk music, Westside Voices performs a variety of songs in a new and imaginative way.

Admission is free, though a voluntary donation of $10 per person is suggested. A reception follows, and reservations are required. To reserve your seats, please call Penny at (310) 670-3777.

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In these uncertain times, one neighborhood group is continuing the tradition of the pancake breakfast to benefit the families of the community. The Westchester Y’s Men’s Club will hold its twice a year event from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15th in the parking lot of the Westchester Family YMCA (80th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard). Tickets are available from members of the Y’s Men’s Club, at the front desk or at the door for $5 per person ($20 maximum for a family of four or more).

All proceeds will benefit the various projects of the Westchester Family YMCA.


Students from the Loyola Marymount University Family of Schools will be participating in an LMU-organized Earth Day celebration that focuses on sustainability and water conservation to help solve California’s water crisis.

ECOStudents, an environmentally conscious LMU student group, is leading a campus-wide sustainability initiative. The Earth Day celebration is sponsored in partnership with LMU Doctoral Candidate Bryce Davis.

Students at Orville Wright Middle School have been participating in innovative water solutions this month and developing projects that will be entered into the Water Innovation Now (WIN) contest. WIN is an Orange County-based contest that challenges Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego K-12 students to construct innovative water solutions.

The water projects will be showcased in the LMU Sunken Garden as part of Earth Day from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 22nd. Students will present their projects to a group of judges including government officials, university students and faculty, and action sports athletes. Students who receive the highest scores in each of the five categories will win prizes.

To cap off Earth Day, from 6 to 8 p.m., all the water projects will be showcased aboard Hornblower Cruises.