St. Anastasia Catholic School, a kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Playa del Rey, has announced the hiring of Mike Muir as its new principal. Muir was selected from a pool of more than 20 applicants.

“We are truly blessed to have attracted someone of Mr. Muir’s caliber. His wealth of experience as both a principal and teacher is matched by his strong faith in Jesus,” said Monsignor Gabriel Gonzales, pastor of St. Anastasia Catholic Church, who added that the parish school continues its history as a leading edge educational institution, producing high-achieving individuals who grow to become the Christian leaders of tomorrow.

Muir brings to St. Anastasia a wealth of experience in Los Angeles Catholic education as a teacher, coach, principal and innovator.

July 1 will mark his official start date as principal.

He succeeds retiring principal Rosemary Connolly, who held the post for the past 22 years. Muir said he will continue to champion projects that are currently underway, namely, expanding the technology curriculum started with the school’s iPad initiative, continuing the focus on science and mathematics excellence and the establishment of the Pre-K program.

“I am extremely honored to be joining the St. Anastasia school community. St. A’s is well known as one of the best K-8 schools in the Archdiocese,” Muir said. “I look forward to working with St. A’s outstanding faculty and staff in making sure our school children continue to receive an outstanding and faith-filled education.”


Though still in its infancy, the Westchester Lacrosse program, founded in 2008, has not been short of success.

All three Westchester Lacrosse divisions won the Adrenaline Youth League Spring Lacrosse Championships on May 20.

The seventh- and eighth-grade team, a combination of the Westchester Wave and Redondo Beach Rebels, coached by Jimmy Faecher and Dan Mohler, won against the three-time reigning champions, Palos Verdes Lacrosse Club. The Rebels had not been able to notch a victory against this team all season, but managed a decisive 4-1 victory in the championship game.

The fifth- and sixth-grade Westchester Wave had a banner season winning every game it played. The team is coached by Bill Priestly and Drew Carolan, two local Westchester dads who said the boys played hard and fair. The last two games took place right in the middle of the May 20 solar eclipse, when the Wave beat the Palos Verdes Sea Kings 10-6 to take the title.

The third- and fourth-grade Westchester Wave team, the area’s youngest and newest members to the sport of lacrosse, also won its championship game. Coached by Carl Swan, Jason Kimo Lee and Stephen Blum, the boys won every game except a tie against the Sea Kings. The Wave came from a 3-0 deficit in the first quarter of the championship game and rallied to win 8-5.

In addition to the coaches and players, Westchester Lacrosse supporters said these victories would not have been possible without the support of the Loyola Marymount University Lions lacrosse team. The partnership between LMU and local youth players has been instrumental in the development of the lacrosse program at Westchester Park, they said. From the beginning, LMU players have coached and supported local players by offering their time and expertise during the lacrosse season.

The creation of this program was the brainchild of two Westchester dads, Mark Jongerwaard and Phil Bonney. To view a three-minute video on the LMU website explaining how this program has helped players and the Westchester-area lacrosse community,

At Westchester Park on June 9 and 10, youth lacrosse players from throughout the city will play in the Battle of Los Angeles Lacrosse Tournament beginning at 9 a.m. each day. The championship games in three divisions will be played on Sunday, June 10 at El Segundo High School.

For those new to the sport or interested in honing their skills, the city of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will also hold a summer lacrosse academy at Westchester Recreation Center with two-week-long sessions, one in July and one in August. For more information, (310) 670-7473.


From Concerts in the Park to starry Movies in the Moonlight, Playa Vista is again hosting a full summer of events for residents, friends, office campus tenants and the surrounding neighbors. The Campus Central Park Bandshell is hosting most of this year’s events due to planned renovations at popular Concert Park.

Summer 2012 also includes another Shakespeare by the Sea performance. Gourmet food trucks will also make an appearance at select events.

Convenient shuttle service will run from The Shops at Concert Park to all Campus Central Park Bandshell events.

The schedule of events in June includes:

Summer Concerts in the Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell on June 10 (King of Pop – The Band) and June 17 (The Boogie Knights); Movies in the Park from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell on June 15 (“The Muppets”) and June 22 (“Crazy, Stupid Love”). The June 22 movie will include eight gourmet food trucks as well.

Information, or (310) 448-4630


The Historical Society of Centinela Valley will hold its 37th Annual Centinela Adobe Complex Barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10.

The event will include barbecued chicken or beef served with cole slaw, baked beans and cake for a $12 donation from adults, or $5 donation from children 6 and under. The funds raised will be used to preserve artifacts and documents at the Centinela Adobe, 7634 Midfield Ave. in Westchester.

The Adobe complex features the 1834 Centinela Adobe with its Veterans Room, 1888 Daniel Freeman Land Office, Walter Haskell Research Center and an aerospace tribute. The event will also include displays of vintage cars, classic low riders and hot rods courtesy of Fred Machado Jr., Fred Machado III, Vincent Migliazzo, and the Old Timers of West L.A.