The community is invited to a special holiday luncheon and concert Tuesday, November 21st, at the Radisson LAX Hotel, starring the Azusa Pacific University Choir and Orchestra.

The event is hosted by Gateway to L.A., the business improvement district comprised of hotels, office buildings and airport-related services near Los Angeles International Airport.

“This is our third year, and we have been overwhelmed by the community’s positive response,” said Grant Coonley, president of Gateway to L.A. “The students from Azusa Pacific deliver an inspired performance, and get everyone in the mood for the holidays.”

The event begins at noon. Tables of ten can be purchased for $350 at

The Azusa Pacific University ensemble will perform a selection of international yuletide music and traditional carols set to contemporary arrangements.

“Everyone is welcome,” said Laurie Hughes, Gateway to L.A.’s executive director. “This is a great opportunity to bring your office staff, clients, family and friends together to kick off the holiday season.”

Proceeds benefit local charities, including the Airport Marina Counseling Service, the Computer Access Center and the Teacher Mini-Grant Program.

LAPD BOOSTERS PRESENT SCHOLARSHIP — At the Open House Saturday, October 28th, at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Area Station, the LAPD Boosters Association gave a $1,000 scholarship to Westchester High School student Yolanda Sinclair.

The Pacific Area Boosters is an organization of businesses, professionals and community people who support the Pacific Area Community Police Station.

Incorporated in 1973, the Boosters elicit community involvement to reduce all forms of crime and drug abuse and to give individuals a means of organizing to maintain a high quality of life in their community.

The Boosters raise thousands of dollars each year to support youth programs, police officers and the Pacific Community Police Station.

The Boosters support an outreach youth program for boys and girls between the ages of nine and 13 that helps develop a positive relationship with police officers, as well as a program that develops leadership and discipline in young men and women between the ages of 14-21.

These young men and women are interested in serving their community by assisting the police and in learning basic police skills and procedures.

BALLONA WETLANDS COMMUNITY EVENT — Ever wanted to know more about the history of your community? The land under the pavement? The people who lived here for thousands of years before you?

Ever been curious about how you can help, but not ready for long-term volunteer commitment?

The Friends of Ballona Wetlands Fall Community Event will link local ecology with a tour of the Salt Marsh, followed by hands-on restoration of the coastal dunes.

The free event, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 11th, at the wetlands, will be a great opportunity for students and local residents to meet and share an enriching ecological experience.

Participants will meet at the far end of the parking lot behind Gordon’s Market at 303 Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey.

Reservations are requested, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Gloves, tools and water will be provided.

For more information or to reserve, call the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, (310) 739-8613, or e-mail

ROTARY PROMOTES READ-TO-ME PROGRAM — Westchester Rotarians have spent the past several weeks visiting a number of schools in the community as part of the club’s Read-to-Me program.

As part of the project, Rotarians spend a morning or afternoon reading to first-grade students, encouraging them to develop a love of reading and to interact with a positive role model.

The Rotary Club of Westchester also donates a collection of books to the school library of each school where Rotarians read to students.