There will be a picnic and a barbecue cook-off for the Oakwood community, sponsored by the Venice Neighborhood Council, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 11th, at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave. in Venice

All ages are welcome to come, get to know their neighbors, bring a dish, show off their best recipe, compete in the cook-off for prizes and taste some of the what organizers describe as the best barbecue in Venice, made by Capt. Jerry Johnson and his crew at Fire Station 63.

There will be activities for youngsters, including a “bouncy house,” three-legged races and wheelbarrow races, as well as games for adults and music.

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