Silver Seminar Series; Rotary to honor Bonin; LAPD pancake breakfast; Kentwood Players auditions; Lions Club awards

OUTGOING CLUB PRESIDENT Angie Mahboob (left) and incoming president Sara Clark share a moment at the recent Venice Marina LAX Lions Club  installation event.

OUTGOING CLUB PRESIDENT Angie Mahboob (left) and incoming president Sara Clark share a moment at the recent Venice Marina LAX Lions Club
installation event.

By Geoff Maleman
Saturday, Aug. 24 will mark the 29th running of the Jet to Jetty 5K/10K run/walk for mental health. The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation is once again the name sponsor for the event that benefits Airport Marina Counseling Service, and the Jet to Jetty is running again at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey.
There will be a 5K walk/run a 10K run, 10-mile and 20-mile family bike rides and a kids’ fun run. This year, for the first time, there will be a USA Track and Field road mile challenge run.
“This year’s edition of the Jet to Jetty has something for everyone and we encourage broad community participation,” said Karen Dial, president of the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation. “It’s a great community event that supports a critical community service.”
There will be an expo featuring vendors offering healthy foods and drinks, chiropractic services, running gear and more, as well as free after-race snacks. Teams are welcome and costumes are encouraged for the events. Prizes will be awarded for fastest team, team with the most participants and best individual costume. All participants receive a race T-shirt, and awards are given to the top three finishers in 15 age categories as well as to the overall first place male and female finisher in both the 5K and 10K.
Entry fees for the 5K, 10K and bike ride events are $40 ($35 if registered by Aug. 22) and the beach parking fee is included with the entry. The kids’ fun run entry fee is $10. Kids 12 and under run for free in both the 10- and 20-mile bike ride
To register, or Information, or (310) 670-1410 ext. 103. For information on the Road Mile Challenge,
On race day, registration and packet pickup begin at 6:30 a.m. The 10- and 20-mile bike rides begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run, 5K walk and team competition begin at 8 a.m.; the 10K race begins at 8:30 a.m.; the kids’ fun run takes off at 9:15 a.m.; and the road mile competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Pre-race warm-ups will be conducted by staff at the Westchester Family YMCA.
All race proceeds benefit Airport Marina Counseling Service, a nonprofit, community-based mental health clinic that serves the Los Angeles International Airport, South Bay and Westside areas of Los Angeles. Open seven days a week, the counseling service provides an array of mental health services, both at the clinic and off-site to help meet the needs of people of all ages and means.
“Even though I am stepping aside to join my husband in creating a new chapter in our lives, I will always think of the Jet to Jetty as one of the best events I have been associated with in my career,” said Kathleen O’Leary Lefferman, who served as clinic executive director since 2006.
New clinic Executive Director Eden Garcia-Balis added, “I am excited to attend my first Jet to Jetty and hope it will be the first of many.”

Four local non-profits have teamed up to provide local seniors with a series of free, monthly seminars focusing on a variety of issues.
Organized by EmpowerTech, Airport Marina Counseling Service, the YMCA and Westchester Playa Village, the Silver Seminar Series will hold its next event from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Westchester Family YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone St. in Westchester.
The event will focus on volunteer opportunities and will allow seniors to discover opportunities in Westchester and Playa del Rey for helping others through voluntary acts of kindness.
Upcoming Silver Seminars include Preventing Falls (Sept. 24), Services Provided by EmpowerTech and Westchester Playa Village (Oct. 22), Dealing with the Holiday Blues (Nov. 19) and Holiday Dance Gala (Dec. 12).
Information, the welcome center at the Westchester Family YMCA at (310) 670-4316.
In addition, Allpoint Home Health, Westchester United Methodist Church and Westchester Playa Village have teamed up to create a free series of discussions about memory loss and dementia.
Each discussion will be led by Carol Hahn, director of education at Allpoint Home Health, and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave. in Westchester.
The series will cover the following topics:
Sunday, Aug. 25 – “Age Related Changes Versus Dementia” – This presentation looks at some of the normal challenges faced as a person ages and how this differs from the changes in a person with dementia;
Sunday, Sept. 29 – “Overview of Dementia” – This presentation describes how to recognize dementia, the progression of dementia and the various stages; and
Sunday, Oct. 27 – “Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in a Person with Dementia” – Repeating the same question over and over, wandering, aggression – these are some behaviors that family members may have difficulty with when their loved one has dementia. Learn to understand and cope with difficult behaviors.

The Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club will honor Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin at “A South Pacific Evening” at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Playa Vista CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive.
Bonin will receive the club’s Sunrise Community Service Award for his efforts during his 17 years of public service.
Tickets for the event are $75 per person and include dinner and entertainment. The event will also include a raffle and silent auction. Sponsorships are available.
For reservations and more information, (310) 306-8525.

The Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area Boosters Association will host its annual Open House and Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7 at the LAPD Pacific Station, 12312 Culver Blvd. in Del Rey.
The event will include tours of the station, games, raffles and displays by a host of groups, including LAPD Pacific division; Pacific Beach Detail; Los Angeles Fire Department Station 63; county lifeguards; Department of Public Health and other city entities; LAPD Specialized Units and ATVs, California Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The pancake breakfast is $5 per person, and proceeds will go to support the Pacific Area Boosters Association’s youth programs. Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at
Information, (310) 202-2890.

The Kentwood Players theater group will hold auditions for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 6-9 p.m., with possible callbacks on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave. in Westchester.
Production dates are Nov. 8 to Dec. 14 for a six-week run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The production is directed by Gypsy Foster and produced by Alison Mattiza by special arrangement with Playscripts Inc.
The American holiday classic movie comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. The setting is the stage and auditorium of Studio A at WBFR in Manhattan, NY on Christmas Eve, 1946.
Information, producer Alison Mattiza at

The Venice Marina LAX Lions Club recently honored Sibyl Buchanan as Venice Marina LAX Lions Club Lion of the Year and presented her with the Lions Clubs International Foundation Melvin Jones Founder Award. Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, the award is considered the club’s highest honor and “symbolizes those attributes characteristic of individuals who are dedicated to community service.”
In addition, the club honored Alan and Mary Ellen Cassman with the Lions Low Vision Services Foundation Award for ongoing collection of used eyeglasses and recognized Buchanan with the Lions Student Speaker Foundation Award for her work as student speaker chairperson.
Also honored were Sue Levitt with the Lions Mobile Screening Unit Foundation Award for her 10 years of coordinating the Thanksgiving Day vision screening event for local homeless persons; Beverly Haden with the Lions Camp at Teresita Pines Foundation Award, recognizing her efforts as annual fundraising event co-chairperson; and Angie Mahboob with the Outgoing President’s Appreciation Award for serving as the club’s president for the past two years.