Christmas Time is Here’ concert Dec. 6; Chamber holiday mixer; St. Bernard open house; Visitation School accepting applications

Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester has received a $150,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation for the ongoing support of O TEAM (Otis Teens, Educators, Artists and Mentors Initiative) and the planning of its Otis Media Arts Initiative.

Since 2005, O TEAM has provided a gateway for underserved youths into higher education and the workforce. Based on the learning lessons of the last three years, Otis has a clearer understanding of how it can use its resources and expertise to deliver a sustainable program that will have a greater impact on how media and visual arts are learned and taught at the high school level. With the Media Arts Initiative, Otis will stimulate systematic change at all levels of learning and teaching of media arts.

Given the high demand for innovative approaches to new media such as the Internet, cell phones, video games, animation, television, print, radio and digital and film photography, the media arts are positioned as a momentous industry of the 21st century. Otis has established this media arts program to not only provide educators with new models of research and technologies in media arts, but to give students from all backgrounds opportunities to expand their knowledge in this critical and growing field.

The Otis Media Arts Initiative will: 1) provide high school students with digital media arts knowledge applicable for college and careers; 2) increase teacher capacity and content knowledge in the media arts; and 3) help school districts and individual schools develop and implement a media arts program that mirrors higher education and industry standards.

The project will have measurable outcomes, provide real and tangible benefits to all invested parties, and will develop a model of sustainability.

LEGACY CHRISTMAS CONCERT — The locally-based vocal ensemble Legacy will hold a spectacular holiday concert — “Christmas Time is Here!” — at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6th, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 5550 Thornburn St. in Westchester (near the 405 freeway at La Tijera Boulevard).

Legacy will offer musical gifts spanning the centuries, including chants from the most ancient Christian traditions; motets by Vittoria, Poulenc, Hassler, and Praetorious; beloved well-known carols from the British Isles, Latin America, Austria and Sicily; and traditional American favorites.

Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring grocery bags of non-perishable food for the LAX Food Pantry.

Legacy is directed by James Drollinger and is composed of members Andrea Drollinger, Raquel Haas, Suzette Sornborger, Stacia Guzzo, Gaile Krause, Linda Naney, Linda St. George, Gregg Bruno, John Gilb, Dominic MacAller, Jon Sornborger, Kelly Younger, Brian Genova, Robert Guzzo, Robert Haas and James Jensen.

CHAMBER MIXER — On Thursday, December 18th, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Holiday Mixer, at the Four Points by Sheraton Culver City, 5990 Green Valley Circle in Culver City.

The event will include food, drinks and a fantastic raffle full of great prizes. Admission is a $10 donation that will benefit the Westchester/Playa del Rey Education Foundation.

Information, the Chamber at (310) 645-5151.

ST. BERNARD OPEN HOUSE — St. Bernard Catholic High School will hold an open house, where prospective students and their parents can visit the 13-acre campus and meet with administrators, teachers, students and parents about the school.

The open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 7th, at the school, 9100 Falmouth Ave. in Playa del Rey.

Information, (310) 823-4651.

VISITATION ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS — Visitation Catholic School is now accepting applications for the junior kindergarten and kindergarten classes for 2009-2010. Those interested should call the business office to register their child for testing at (310) 645-6620.

The school is also accepting applications for grades one through eight. Applications for those grades are also available by calling the business office.