Chamber awards, beach cleanup, CERT emergency preparedness and Adobe Fashion Show

More than 50,000 books will be on sale at the Rotary Club of Westchester’s 53rd Annual Book Sale from Friday, May 23rd to Saturday, May 31st.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Westchester Village Ralphs, at 89th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in the Westchester Business District.

The books are generously donated each year by businesses and residents in Westchester and the surrounding communities. The club is continuing to seek book donations prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

Books can be donated by calling Rod Tyler at (310) 677-6132 for free pick-up. The club asks that the books be in boxes or bags. The books can also be dropped of at Dr. Jeff Marshak’s office in the Westchester Triangle, 6225 W. 87th St.

If you have a significant number of books to donate, Tyler will make arrangements to have them picked up at your home.

Among the thousands of almost new books are dozens of categories. This year, audio and videotapes will also be available. Books have been presorted and placed in selected areas to ease the search in locating specific kinds of books.

Proceeds from the event provide support for a number of programs in the Westchester community, including the Annual Teacher Mini-Grant Program, which provides funds to local teachers so that they can conduct enriching classroom activities for their students that they otherwise could not afford.

The Rotary Club of Westchester also provides financial assistance to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the YMCA and other youth organizations, as well as scholarship programs at our local schools and many other community, senior citizen and youth activities.

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES AWARDS — On Wednesday, May 14th, LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board John Theuer announced honorees for the 2007-2008 year, which will be presented at the chamber’s annual installation dinner Friday, June 20th, at the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel.

Theuer’s honorees include

— Outstanding Event, City of Angels, Sibyl Buchanan, Playa Vista; and Gwen Vuchsas, Seco Investigative & Security Services;

— Outstanding Program, Future Leaders Training, chaired by Laurie Hughes, Gateway to LA;

—Outstanding Merchant, Mia Falkenstein, Hornblower Cruises and Events;

— Outstanding Committee, Membership/Networking, chaired by Christina Niewirth, Arbonne International;

— Outstanding Service, Clarence Griffin, Loyola Marymount University;

— Outstanding Member, Cozette Vergari, Vergari & Associates;

— Hugo Francis Volunteer of the Year Award, Mary Taylor, Got Promo’s;

— Rising Star Award, Kathi Woodley, Southwest Airlines;

— Jim Bunch Spirit Award, Geoff Maleman, Maleman Ink Public Relations;

— Chairman’s Award, Gail Gaddi, Los Angeles World Airports;

— Helmsman Leadership Award, Christina Davis, president/CEO of the chamber;

— Public Service Award, Congresswoman Maxine Waters; and

— Public Relations Award, Donna Lasman, chamber director of membership development.

The chamber’s honorary mayor, Larry Plotkin, chose H.B. Drollinger Co. president Karen Dial for the Honorary Mayor’s Award to recognize her work with the H.B. Drollinger Company and the community.

Each honoree will be awarded with a plaque at the 2008 installation dinner.

In addition, the installation dinner will welcome the new chairman of the board, Jim Ferro, and the new board of directors, as well as recognize the graduates of the 2008 Future Leaders Training Program.

Also at the dinner, the announcement of the 2008-2009 Honorary Mayor will be made.

Information on the installation dinner or the honorees, LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, (310) 645-5151.

BEACH CLEANUP — Westchester Rotarians partnered with Heal the Bay on May 17th for a beach cleanup effort at Dockweiler Beach, contributing information to the organization’s Adopt-A-Beach program such as how many plastic bags, fast food wrappers and Styrofoam cups and containers were found.

“The scariest thing we found were rusted nails all around the sand near the bathrooms where kids were playing,” said Rotarian Michael Hinrichs, who led the effort. “It was nice to hear from runners passing by say ‘thank you’ to our team for helping make their beaches cleaner.”

Hinrichs said the good news was that the beach was very clean compared to last year, but the parking lot and bluffs near the roads were still covered with trash.

PREPARED FOR THE BIG ONE? — Local governments prepare for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to equip citizens with basic training to effectively serve as first-responders to disaster or emergency situations. Taught by highly experienced Los Angeles city firefighters, CERT training includes earthquake preparedness, light firefighting, triage, first-aid, light search-and-rescue, disaster psychology and team organization.

These free classes will enable community members to effectively and safely assist their family, friends and neighbors in the event of an emergency.

The series of six classes will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday nights from August 18th to September 29th, except Labor Day, in the community room at Los Angeles Fire Department Station No. 5, 8900 Emerson Ave. in Westchester.

To sign up, send an email to

ADOBE FASHION SHOW — The Historical Society of Centinela Valley will hold a fashion show featuring fashions from the 1890s to the 1980s from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24th, in the beautiful Centinela Adobe Garden at 7634 Midfield Ave. in Westchester.

The fashions from the society’s collection of vintage clothing will be accompanied by an entertaining and informative narrative of the clothes and their origins.

Visitors areÝencouraged to wearÝa yesteryear fashion fromÝtheir own closet. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Information, (310)Ý671-4410.

For recorded directions to the Centinela Adobe Complex, (310) 649-6272.