Playa del Rey resident Monica Kahn — who for years has been working to improve the lives of women with cancer — will receive the 2004 Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society Thursday, June 9th, in Atlanta.

“Your selection for this prestigious award signifies that you have attained a unique place of excellence among your colleagues who provide compassionate care to individuals with cancer,” awards committee chair Genevieve Foley told Kahn.

Kahn is being recognized for her work with Helen’s Room at the former Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood.

The Kahn Helen’s Room project is designed to give women cancer patients a positive appearance, image and resource center within the hospital oncology department and easily accessible to patients.

Helen’s Room offers wigs, breast prostheses and other items to women who need them. A special focus was placed on helping women who cannot afford such items.

Kahn devoted many hours to the project, working with women who have cancer to properly fit them with wigs and assist in developing a positive appearance despite loss of hair during treatments to mitigate cancer.

Y’S MEN PANCAKE BREAKFAST — The Westchester Y’s Men’s Club — the service arm of the Westchester Family YMCA — will hold its annual spring Pancake Breakfast between 8 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14th, in YMCA parking lot, 8015 Sepulveda Blvd.

A $4 per person donation is requested for a pancake breakfast, which includes orange juice or coffee.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the YMCA’s youth programs.

Founded in 1951, the Y’s Men’s Club, which — despite its name — includes many women members, is dedicated to service and support of the YMCA and its programs.

Members donate time assisting the YMCA in beautification and maintenance projects and in operating the YMCA’s annual Christmas tree lot.

The club is actively seeking new members who want to make a difference in the community by donating a few hours of time each month.

The club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month. Annual membership dues are $20.

Information, Julie Judge, (310) 670-6589.

TREE REMOVAL — Don’t get nervous when you start seeing trees along Sepulveda Boulevard tagged with notices indicating that the trees will soon be removed.

Removal of the trees is a necessary evil associated with the city’s Sepulveda Boulevard Project that will add a full-time parking lane in the Westchester Business District, repair some local sidewalks and add new landscaping along Sepulveda Boulevard between Centinela Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard.

After five years of planning, public outreach and design, the City of Los Angeles has made significant strides to move forward with the Sepulveda Boulevard Project.

This was possible only with the cooperative effort involving the city, the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association and members of the community.

Streetscape association volunteers have worked closely with the city to refine the project’s scope of work for street improvements along Sepulveda Boulevard.

The modified project is designed to enhance traffic safety and quality of life for residents and business owners of Westchester through the installation of right-turn-only lanes, new sidewalks and landscape median islands at several locations along Sepulveda Boulevard between Lincoln Boulevard and Howard Hughes Parkway.

Specifically, in the Central Business District between Manchester Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard, Sepulveda Boulevard will be altered to provide three full-time lanes in each direction with improved left-turn channelization and all-day parking.

To allow for street parking, sidewalk replacement and streetscape improvements, the city will have to replace and/or relocate several trees along Sepulveda Boulevard within the project limits.

A tree removal notice will soon be posted on all affected trees for a period of 30 days to allow time for public review and comment. Although the notices will be posted soon, the trees will not be removed or relocated until construction begins several months from now.

The Streetscape Association is currently working on the second phase of the project, which will be almost entirely devoted to beautification and enhancement of the streetscape along the boulevard.

To that end, the Westchester Vitalization Corp. recently presented $20,000 to the Streetscape Association to assist the organization in developing its final plan.

BILL WEST AWARD — Westchester resident Bill West will be one of six honorees recognized by the Westchester-based Diversity Employment Source at its Annual Cinco de Mayo Career Expo Thursday, May 5th, at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood.

West will be recognized as the Co-Partner of the Year for his work in founding the Diversity Employment Source’s Business Think Tank.

The expo, sponsored by AbilityFirst and presented by The California Department of Rehabilitation, provides prospective em- ployment opportunities for people with disabilities and at-risk youths and adults.

Also honored will be the Small Business of the Year, Best Western Marina Pacific Hotel & Suites in Venice.