KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS at Loyola Village Elementary School in Westchester recently performed a variety of holiday songs for Marina del Rey Lions Club members. Pictured, with the students, from left, are Venice-Marina Lions members, Beverly Haden, Michelle Norris (kindergarten teacher), Angelica Mahboob (club president), Bob Hay (Santa and club member), Mary Ellen Cassman, Sibyl Buchanan, and Patrick O’Neill at Loyola Village Elementary School.

Rotary art, dance and music contests; Loyola Village serenades Lions; beach Winter Wonderland

The Century Boulevard Corridor in Westchester is quickly becoming one of Los Angeles’ hottest spots for great entertainment.
Since 2003, The Crowne Plaza LAX hotel has been presenting world-class “live” jazz to the Los Angeles International Airport area and surrounding communities. Produced by In-House Music, an award-winning jazz entertainment company, the “LAX Jazz Club” presents straight-ahead, blues, Latin and Brazilian jazz every Thursday night from 7 to 11 p.m.
The club’s newest Tuesday night series, called “Fat Tuesday,” serves up blues and Zydeco music and specialty cajun dishes in the grand tradition of Mardi Gras and New Orleans-style jazz from 7 to 11 p.m.
Down the road, the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport hotel has kicked off RLife LIVE, part of Renaissance Hotels’ global entertainment program.
“We’ve learned that a vibrant and ‘buzzy’ lobby experience is critical to the lifestyle guest, who seeks locally relevant discoveries in their travels,” said hotel General Manager Scott McCoy. “Our RLife LIVE events calendar provides an intimate and up-close look into locally relevant emerging musicians, culinarians, artists and more.”
RLife LIVE showcases an eclectic ensemble of emerging artists and brings them to all Renaissance hotels throughout the world. Among them is singer Jackie Bristow, who will be performing from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport hotel, 9620 Airport Blvd., Westchester.
At the Sheraton Gateway hotel, the popular Paparazzi restaurant features pianist John Campbell every Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.. The hotel also features Paul Lamire, who plays contemporary guitar and sings in the lobby from 6 to 8 p.m., every other Wednesday.
Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport, the “original beer hotel,” offers a 100-beer menu including an ever-changing tap list of craft and microbrews and six poolside taps dedicated to small, local breweries as part of its trademarked Best Brews program.
The Rotary Clubs of Playa Venice Sunrise and Westchester are currently accepting applications for four areas of competition: art, dance, music and speech.
Applications are available now, and the final deadline to submit applications is Jan. 14. Contestants must be available for the first level of competition on Jan. 20 and 27. The top two finalists in each category will be selected to compete at the Rotary district-wide competition on March 9 at Loyola Marymount University.
Cash prizes of up to $1,000 per student will be given.
To download an application and packet containing all the details, or

Members of the Marina del Rey Lions Club were recently treated to a special holiday concert at Loyola Village Elementary School in Westchester.
The school’s kindergarten students performed a variety of holiday songs, while the Lions brought Santa, club member Bob Hay, along with them to pass out presents to the students.
“It was a great chance to see these talented kids do their thing,” said Lion member Sibyl Buchanan. “They certainly brought a smile to the face of every Lion, and having Santa there to pass out presents, certainly brought a smile to their faces.”
The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors will hold a Beach Winter Wonderland event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar in Playa del Rey.
The free event is open to the public and will include bouncers, children’s activities and real snow.
For more information, (310) 726-4128. §