The Mar Vista Community Council’s Fall Festival celebrates pets and families

By Shanee Edwards

Last year’s Mar Vista Fall Festival brought the community out for bounce houses, performances and family activities

Last year’s Mar Vista Fall Festival brought the community out for bounce houses, performances and family activities

The community of Mar Vista, nestled in the sweet spot between Palms and Venice, will hold its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mar Vista Recreation Center. Sponsored by the Mar Vista Community Council and the Festival Planning Committee, the event will focus on the people and pets that help to strengthen and inspire our Westside families.

The festival provides opportunities for families to get active starting with a Family Yoga class at 10 a.m. led by Laura Fuller of  Life Moves Through and The Moving Joint. Afterwards kids can visit the Family Fun Zone, where they can defy gravity in a bounce house or use gravity to speed down a giant slide. Tiny tots can go glam by choosing the perfect glitter tattoo and also get their groove on when the live musical entertainment starts at 11 a.m. featuring the young performers from Palms Middle School, Daniel Webster Middle School, Mar Vista Elementary School, the Windward School and Venice High School.

If you’re looking to add a feline or canine member to your family, or just want information about where to spay and neuter pets, or get a dog license, visit the new animal services and adoption area of the Festival. The food truck-inspired Catty Wagon, a giant yellow van with cat ears and tail, has a menu that includes kitten snuggles and adoptions. Other vendor booths will include local animal non-profits such as,,, and

This year’s festival honoree is Sherland Chensan who’s been the volunteer head coach to both the boys and girls basketball teams in Mar Vista for the last twenty years. Chensan says she’s “humbled and truly honored” to receive this recognition, but for her, coaching has always been about more than just helping young people find success on the basketball court.

“My main goal was to help the kids in this community be leaders on and off the court…Teaching these kids how to be confident and let them understand the power of who they are as people first, so they can transcend the court, is amazing.”

Chensan will be honored on the Festival stage at 1:00 p.m. Councilman Mike Bonin and Congresswoman Karen Bass will join her. New to the festival this year is the Westside Repair Café, a community service dedicated to keeping broken-down items out of landfills. Located in the main gymnasium, volunteers will help fix that broken chair, fussy laptop computer, ripped jacket or bike with a flat tire for free, though donations are gladly accepted. If you have an item you need fixed, you’re encouraged to send an email to ahead of time, describing the item along with the brand or model number.

This year’s much anticipated Silent Auction will be held in the auditorium. This annual tradition provides great deals on local goods and services like dog-walking, one-of-a-kind handbags, ceramics, kids’ karate lessons and gift certificates to Westside restaurants. The proceeds from the auction not only help to keep the Fall Festival up and running, but also fund improvement projects at the Mar Vista Community Center like upgrades to the basketball facilities.

Be sure to come hungry because the food court will offer a mélange of the best cuisine the Westside has to offer.

The Mar Vista Fall Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine Street, Mar Vista. For more information, call (310) 301-1551 or visit