Girl Scout centennial; ChamberFest

By Geoff Maleman

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will honor the outstanding educators of the year from local private and public schools at the 29th Annual Teacher Eddy Awards Tuesday, May 15.

This year’s event will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel. For the second year in a row, the theme of the evening’s festivities will be “Heroes of Education.”

The chamber will honor 17 teachers including: Tanish Kohn of Carousel School, James Tatosian of Cowan Avenue Elementary School, Gemma Bueno-Breese of Emerson Adult Learning Center, Kathleen Hulit of Kentwood Elementary School, Cydne Pollard of Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter High School, Brian Treanor of Loyola Marymount University, Michelle Ereckson of Loyola Village Elementary School, Jeffrey Nielsen of Orville Wright Middle School, Gary Geraths of Otis College of Art and Design, Sharon Miyamoto of Paseo del Rey Natural Science Magnet, Caroline Klein of St. Anastasia Catholic School, Sean Griffin of St. Bernard High School, Claire Bush of Visitation School, David Fulkerson of Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets, Tanya Squier of Westchester Lutheran School, Linda Recendez of Westport Heights Elementary School, and Ashley Redanz of WISH Charter School.

Each nominated teacher will be honored with a crystal “Eddy” Award statue and one teacher will be awarded “Top Teacher,” with his/her school awarded $1,000 donated by Playa Vista. Additionally, the “Friend of Education Award” will be given to one community member who has truly touched the local educational landscape, according to the chamber.

The 2012 Teacher Eddy Awards is sponsored by Playa Vista, Loyola Marymount University, The William H. Hannon Foundation, Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation and Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club.

Tickets for this event are $55 per person and can be reserved by contacting Rachel-Ann Levy at the chamber office at (310) 645-5151.


Margaret Emmons, Katrina Fusco, Angela Gayton, Kathy Klein, Janet Kinsella and Sue Skaggs are working with the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Girl Scouts to look for former leaders and adult former scouts to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.

The group is planning an ice cream social event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 7517 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester. It will be an opportunity to share Girl Scout memories and celebrate the organization’s centennial.

The group is still seeking contact information for former local Girl Scout leaders and scouts.

For information, visit the group’s Facebook page at Girl Scout Alumni Reunion or email The group can also be reached via telephone at (310) 670-5726.

The group is also seeking photos and souvenirs from past neighborhood events.


The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its eighth annual ChamberFest Business Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Playa Vista’s newly renovated CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive.

One of the chamber’s most popular events of the year, this indoor/outdoor business expo attracts approximately 2,000 people from throughout the community. This year’s game show inspired theme will be “Shop Chamber, the Price is Right!” For the second year in a row, vendors will be allowed and encouraged to not only showcase their goods and services, but also to sell their products and services on the spot.

ChamberFest will feature more than 80 vendor booths, including, but not limited to 11 food vendors, small businesses, corporate members, schools, retailers and nonprofit organizations. One of the highlights of the event is the food tastings available from some of the area’s most popular restaurants.

ChamberFest will also feature entertainment, a silent auction and giveaways. A raffle will take place throughout the event and will include items such as restaurant gift certificates and gift baskets. The raffle’s grand prize will be two tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies.

This event is free of charge and admission into the “Food Court” (one sample per vendor) will be $5 per person. Free street parking will be available.

For more information and to register as a vendor please contact the chamber at (310) 645-5151.