The Westchester Playa Education Foundation will host Dr. Shelley Fryer at its next meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3rd, at the Westchester Municipal Building on the corner of Manchester Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard in Westchester.
Fryer will lead a frank discussion of the communityís role in the reform of Westchester High School, a topic that is especially timely, given that this week the high school will receive a final report from the high school accreditation body — the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) — which forces a school to evaluate itself, its past actions and its future plans.
Fryer, a Westchester resident, is an expert about the accreditation process and what it means and should mean to a school.
She is the president of Thinking Associates, Inc., a company that specializes in preparing high school students to succeed in college and graduate school, as well as in staff development.
Fryer taught high school social studies for several years in Santa Monica and Torrance, and is described as the first social studies teacher in the Torrance Unified School District to utilize a teacher-driven Web site to teach and manage her classes.
In 2003, Fryer was rewarded with the honor of “Most Inspirational Teacher” by her students at South Torrance High School.
Additionally, Fryer was department chair, served in Western Association of Schools and Colleges leadership and has participated in the associationís accreditation visits in Southern Califor- nia.
She currently is a member of the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Education Council.
Fryer has also conducted teacher staff development seminars in the areas of social studies and standardized testing.
In 2004, she wrote the companion social studies curriculum for “In the Classroom Media,” the programs of John Stoessel, ABC News correspondent and host of televisionís 20/20. Fryer has also been interviewed for NEA Today, the national magazine for the teaching profession.
CHAMBERFEST 2007 — Now in its third year, the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerceís ChamberFest will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24th, at the CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive in Playa Vista.
ChamberFest is billed as a one-of-a-kind event that includes an indoor/outdoor business expo, networking mixer and mini- “taste-of” event all rolled into one. It will be a great opportunity to check out local businesses and the products and services they offer.
Last year, more than 100 businesses exhibited their products and services to an eager and interested crowd.
In addition, many of the areaís most delicious and enticing restaurants will offer ChamberFest visitors delicious samples of some of their menusí most popular items.
Admission and parking for the event are free.
ChamberFest will also feature entertainment, giveaways and chances to win raffle prizes.
For more information, LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce at (310) 645-5151.
VENICE-MARINA LIONS BINGO NIGHT — The Venice-Marina Lions Club will hold its second annual Bingo Night starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19th, at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey.
The event, sponsored by Playa Vista, will include ten games of bingo ($100 prize per game) and a barbecue dinner.
It will also include a silent auction, door prizes and a no-host bar.
Tickets are $45 per person and proceeds from the event will go to benefit the D.A.P.S. (Deputy Auxiliary Police) and Explorer Programs of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Division; Lions Camp at Teresita Pines, which serves deaf children; and the Lionsí Mobile Eye Screening and Seeing Eye Dog programs. Sponsorships are also available.
Information about tickets or sponsorships, Sue Levitt, (310) 306-6456, or Jann Brauer, (310) 822-0074.