The Rotary Club of Westchester will hold its fourth annual Employee Recognition Day Fashion Show from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27th, at the Radisson LAX Hotel.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Westchester Rotary Club Foundation’s Scholarship Program as well as the Westchester Playa del Rey Education Foundation.

Seats are $35 per person, or $350 per table.

There will be a raffle for a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera or the Caribbean as well as many live auction items.

This event promises to be a great time for all attendees. For more information, or to reserve a table, visit the Web site at

JEFFERSON BOULEVARD CONSTRUCTION — Playa Vista is getting ready to conduct a two-phase plan to make roadway and other improvements along Jefferson Boulevard that should make traffic flow even smoother.

The project is scheduled to begin the last week in April.

For 60 days, beginning on or near Monday, April 24th, two of the three lanes on eastbound Jefferson Boulevard between Beethoven Street and Westlawn Avenue will be closed.

The lane restrictions are needed to make improvements to the sewer system and water lines and to connect lateral sewer and water lines to the main lines that run below Jefferson Boulevard.

Subsequently, various lanes on eastbound and westbound Jefferson Boulevard between Beethoven Street and Centinela Avenue will be closed intermittently for approximately four months to allow work crews to widen the eastbound portion of the roadway from three lanes to four lanes.

At least one eastbound and one westbound lane will remain open at all times.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE — The Westchester/Playa del Rey Historical Society invites local residents to celebrate the community’s past, present, and future at its annual Open House, Thursday, June 8th.

This year’s Open House will be hosted by Team Crockett at its new office location, 7114 75th St. in Westchester (just west of Loyola Blvd.). The event is free and open to the public.

The Open House hours are from 3 to 7:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be provided. Rare historical photos and memorabilia will be on display starting at 3 p.m.

An evening program, beginning at 6 p.m., will feature a 28-minute video recently released by Ruth Lansford and the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, titled Ballona Wetlands: The Story of an Urban Oasis.

This will be followed by a discussion of Playa del Rey/ Ballona history, led by Westchester Historical Society member and longtime area resident Robert Krauch, as well as “Five-Minute Stories” by other early residents on their recollections of life in the Westchester/Playa del Rey community, past and present.

Following this, certificates signed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be presented to members of the community who have resided in the Westchester/Playa del Rey area for 50 or more years, honoring their contribution to the community’s growth and stability.

“We look forward to meeting and honoring our longtime citizens,” said historical society president Patty Crockett. “And, if his schedule permits, we hope to have Mayor Villaraigosa on hand to present the ’50-plus’ certificates.”

If you have lived in the Westchester/Playa del Rey area 50 or more years and would like to receive a “50-plus” certificate at the June 8th Open House, before Thursday, May 11th, call Joe Cunningham at (310) 749-7483 or e-mail