Public school expo; Honorary Fire Chief Cyndi Hench; Congresswoman Maxine Waters stimulus package town hall meeting.

The William H. Hannon Foundation has made $10,000 in donations to help Westchester public schools.

Of the funds, $5,000 has been designated to support the Second Annual Family of Schools 5K Fun Run/Walk and fourth annual Public School Expo to support Westchester’s seven local public schools. The Fun Run/Walk and expo will take place on Saturday, May 30th. An additional $5,000 was provided to the Westchester High School band’s booster club to purchase 16 new band uniforms.

“My late uncle loved both Westchester’s public and parochial schools,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation, Hannon’s niece and a board member of the foundation since its founding in 1983.

“As a title sponsor of the Fun Run/Walk, The William H. Hannon Foundation Spirit Award will be given to the school that signs up the largest number of participants. My uncle would be very proud to have his name affiliated with an effort that brings all of Westchester’s public schools together.”


The Westchester-Playa del Rey Education Foundation and PTA Council will host the fourth annual Public School Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 30th, at Hannon Field on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Westchester.

Sponsored by the William H. Hannon Foundation with support from the H.B. Drollinger Co., Coldwell Banker and The Real Estate Consultants, the event is the public’s opportunity to see what is happening at the Westchester area’s seven public schools.

Prospective parents and community members can meet principals, parents, and students from five elementary schools — Cowan Avenue, Kentwood, Loyola Village, Paseo del Rey and Westport Heights, as well as from Orville Wright Middle School and Westchester High School.

The event is free and will include pony rides, a bounce house, games, food and entertainment.

In addition, there will be a pancake breakfast by the Westchester High School band, while other breakfast foods will be served by local restaurants, including Truxton’s American Bistro and Tony P’s Dockside Grill.

The Public School Expo is the brainchild of realtor Nanci Edwards, who said she thought it would be a fun way to bring families together to learn about our schools.

“I’ll bring the ponies,” she said.

The event has grown steadily each year, and last year, more than 2,000 people attended.

The Family of Schools 5K Run/Walk was added last year to benefit the schools. This year’s race will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the Kiddie 1K will begin on the LMU campus at 9:45 a.m.

City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will present awards to the winners of the 5K race at 10 a.m., and entertainment will be provided by all the schools throughout the day.

For more information or to register for the race,


Cyndi Hench, president of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa and a longtime supporter of public safety, spent the day on May 9th serving as the honorary fire chief for the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Division 2, which includes Exposition Park, South Los Angeles, LAX, Westchester, Mar Vista, Venice, Harbor, San Pedro, Wilmington, Watts, Hyde Park, South Los Angeles, Fairfax, Crenshaw and West Los Angeles.

Hench started the day with a tour of L.A. Harbor on an LAFD fire boat and then went on to Fire Station No. 5 in Westchester for the honorary fire chief presentation and to tour LAX to see the fire protection equipment in use at the airport.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters plans to hold a town hall meeting about President Barack Obama’s stimulus package and what it means to our community.

The free event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16th at Westchester Christian Church, 8740 La Tijera Blvd., in Westchester.

Waters will discuss a variety of issues ranging from jobs, healthcare and education to housing, energy and infrastructure projects.

For more information, (323) 757-8900.