The Rotary Club of Venice-Marina has given Beethoven Elementary School a $1,500 grant toward its Homework Laboratory and will also give a matching grant of books. The Homework Laboratory was forced to close last year, but because of the donation from the Rotary Club of Venice-Marina, it is up and running again, according to the school.

The Rotary Club of Venice-Marina is a service organization that meets at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at C & O Cucina Restaurant, 3016 Washington Blvd. in Venice.

On February 28th, racing car driver Page Jones will speak to the club. Page, son of Indianapolis 500 legend Parnelli Jones, began racing in his early 20s and by 1994 had won 41 races, 18 of them in midget and sprint cars. Along with his racing brother PJ, the Jones boys were known as the leading drivers of midget race cars, later to become a NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) leader.

Jones is also the keynote speaker for District 5330 Winner’s Circle Gala “Team Rotary.”

Information about the club, (310) 858-4797.