By Gary Walker
Celebrating the Arts is the theme of the 2013 Mar Vista Fall Festival, happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mar Vista Recreation Center.
Former Councilman Bill Rosendahl, a Mar Vista resident who represented the area for eight years, will receive a special commendation for his service to Mar Vista.
Current 11th District City Councilman Mike Bonin, who was Rosendahl’s chief of staff, will host a community resource fair.
The festival will feature live entertainment by local schools and performing groups, a community art exhibit, giant slides and bouncers, games, a silent auction and food — but especially art.
“We have over 250 musicians, dancers, singers, martial artists and theatrical performers,” said Albert Olson, an event organizer.
“Although each year has had its own highlights … this year’s event is the massive influx of community members who have chosen to step up and be an actual participant,” he said.
Among art show participants are nearly two dozen Mar Vista residents, said Olson.
Lorraine Wells, a longtime Mar Vista businesswoman, will also be honored at the event.
The festival is organized by the Mar Vista Community Council and several local partners.
“The fall festival is coming into its own as a keystone Mar Vista event,” said Mar Vista Community Council Chair Sharon Commins. “Everyone working on it should be very proud.”
The Mar Vista Recreation Center is at 11460 Woodbine Ave. in Mar Vista.