Showtime Dinner Group; Girl Scout anniversary; dog license amnesty

The Rotary Club of Westchester is sponsoring an art, speech, and music contest for high school students who either live or attend school in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

Artworks that may be submitted include oils, watercolors, drawings, photographs and sculptures.

The music contest is open to musicians of orchestral instruments and to singers. Applicants must provide their accompanist if necessary.

For the speech contest, speeches shall be between four and six minutes with a 30-second grace period. Contestants will be disqualified if the speech does not fall within the allotted time. Speakers shall identify a current challenge within their family, school, community, state, nation, or abroad and answer: “How can one solve this problem by using Rotary’s Four Way Test?”

Entrants will compete at the Westchester Club level during this month. The club winner will win a cash prize of between $200 and $1,000 for each discipline, at the sole discretion of the Westchester Rotary Club vocational chairman.

Club winners in each discipline will advance to the district finals on or about March 3. Awards of $1,000, $500, and $250 will be given to the top three district finishers.

District winners in each discipline will be eligible to attend at the District 5280 Annual Conference in San Diego on April 21. Artworks will be displayed at conference.

Information, please contact Edgar Saenz at (310) 753-1668.


The Westchester-based Showtime Dinner Group and social networking group for people who enjoy entertainment and good food will be holding two upcoming events.

On Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., the group will attend the play The Dining Room by A. J. Gurney at the Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third St. Promenade in Santa Monica. Tickets are $20 per person and can be reserved by sending a check made out to “J. Adrienne Pender” at 7049 Flight Ave., #203 Westchester, CA 90045.

The play earned Gurney a Pulitzer Prize nomination and it focuses on the one room in the house that was once the hub of American family life – the dining room. It is a series of vignettes enacting a scene of family life.

Following the play, the group will go out for coffee and a light dinner. The group will also meet on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., in Santa Monica to see the play Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved by sending a check made out to “J. Adrienne Pender” at 7049 Flight Ave., #203 Westchester, CA 90045.



Do the words Tasting Bee, Breveho, Triple Bee, and swaps bring back memories? Do you miss the friends you had back when you were in Girl Scouting?

Well, Margaret Emmons, Katrina Fusco, Angela Gayton, Kathy Klein, Janet Kinsella, and Sue Skaggs are working with the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Girl Scouts to look for former leaders and adult former girl scouts to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.

The group has a get-together planned for the summer, but is still seeking contact information for former local Girl Scout leaders and scouts.

For information, visit the group’s Facebook page at Girl Scout Alumni Reunion or email

The group can also be reached at (310) 670-5726.

The group is also seeking photos and souvenirs from past neighborhood events.


Los Angeles Animal Services has a temporary amnesty on dog licenses until the end of March, so pet owners are advised to get their pets licensed soon.

The amnesty is for dogs that have never been licensed or those whose licenses have lapsed. To register a dog online, The website allows dog owners to enter their pet’s information (rabies, sterilization, address) and secure the required license. License fees are $20 for sterilized animals and $100 for unsterilized animals, plus applicable breeder’s fees.

In addition, 35 percent of the fees go to support spay and neuter vouchers, helping to pay for the surgeries of animals whose owners cannot afford to get their animals fixed.

“Licensing is a safety net for your pet,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of the Department of Animal Services. “One in three pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime, and without proper identification, many of those pets are never reunited with their families. Licensing is one of the most effective ways to ensure that a lost pet will be safely and swiftly returned.”