For those of you who have not attended any of the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts at Burton Chace Park, you are really missing a great time.

On Saturday, July 16th, Grammy winner and country music star Pam Tillis appeared with her band and rocked the audience.

Everyone was singing along with friends and enjoying picnic dinners under the stars as the silent sailboats cruised by to complete the picture.

There are some wonderful performances scheduled throughout the summer and I hope you will join us at Burton Chace Park. Information, (310) 305-9545.

SUMMER VENICE DASH — The Venice DASH shuttle bus service began operation Memorial Day weekend to help us get around Venice on summer weekends and holidays. The DASH service will continue through Labor Day.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation runs the DASH buses every ten minutes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Beach goers can access the free buses at 4551 Glencoe Ave. in the Villa Marina area near the Villa Marina Marketplace and park all day for $2.

INTERSECTION EVENT —Frank Murphy is hosting an opening reception for VENICE INTERSECTION[S] from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23rd, at epOxybOx gallery, 602 Venice Blvd.

The event will feature a public discussion of ideas for the development of the intersection of Venice and Abbot Kinney Boulevards. There will be an exhibition of architectural models and drawings by students from California College of the Arts.

The exhibition continues through Wednesday, July 27th. Information, Karen Wolfe, (310) 823-4204.

NEW LAPD DROP-IN SITE —The Los Angeles Police Department opened its newest Drop-In Station Wednesday, July 20th, at 13151-C Fountain Park Drive, Playa Vista.

The Drop-In Station will enable officers to “drop-in,” use the office to catch up on paperwork, and have a visible presence in the neighborhood.

In order to make the facility more functional, LAPD Capt. Bill Williams, commanding officer of the Pacific Community Police Station, has asked for volunteers to staff the Drop-In Station since no officers will be assigned to the facility.

Interested volunteers should contact the LAPD Pacific Community Relations Office, (310) 202-4524.

BOOSTER SCHOLARSHIPS — The Pacific Area Boosters awarded three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors of three area high schools — Marina Diaz of St. Bernard High School, Leticia Garcia of Venice High School, and Sherniece Spiller of Westchester High School.

The students were chosen from many applicants, all of whom were very deserving.

The three recipients chosen had outstanding character and determination to complete their studies and make better lives for themselves and their families. The Boosters are very proud of their accomplishments and know that they will be successful in whatever they choose to pursue.

SUCCESSFUL RECEPTION — Rose Vista, a home for pregnant women who wish to place their babies for adoption, held a very successful reception Saturday, July 16th, according to Jane Bright, executive director.

The purpose of the reception was to announce the expansion of the home’s program to include women in transition from homelessness and shelters.

Those who attended were impressed by the wonderful facility and the programming available to help the women achieve independence and permanent housing.

The women, who have low income and are drug and alcohol free, are encouraged to find work and/or volunteer in the community.

To raise operational funds, gift baskets and other items are available in the home’s thrift store. A second presentation of the expanded program will be held later this month. Information, (310) 915-1179.

NEW ROTARY PRESIDENT — Fred Hermosillo is the new president of the Venice Marina Rotary Club for the 2005-2006 year.

Hermosillo is the principal of the Los Angeles Unified School District Venice Skills Center and has been with the school district for more than 27 years.

The Venice Marina Rotary Club sponsors many worthwhile projects throughout the year, including Project Amigos, an annual event at which Rotarians construct a basic residential structure for a needy family in Mexico.

EYE PROGRAM — Another very worthwhile program that is being adopted by the Venice Marina Rotary Club for participation this year is the Rotary Eye Rescue Program with David Krupp as the club program chair.

The purpose of this program is to assist in the efforts of Tissue Banks International (TBI) in the donation, retrieval, processing, and distribution of corneal and other human tissue for transplantation, research, education, and other medical needs worldwide.

TBI is a non-profit network of eye and tissue banks that provides corneas and other eye tissue for sight-restoring transplant surgery. TBI also provides a wide range of human allograft tissues to heal and save lives.

Last year, the TBI Tissue Distribution and Information Center distributed nearly 7,000 eye tissues for surgery from TBI U.S. locations and allograft tissue for more than 100,000 surgeries.

Information on participating in either of these Rotary projects, Hermosillo. (310) 392-4153.

H.O.P.E. AWARD — Venice Family Clinic associate director Ana Zeledon Friendly has received the Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Through Empowerment) Award.

Selected from a national field of nominees, Friendly is honored for her significant achievement in serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations.

The purpose of H.O.P.E Award is to reward those who have devoted their careers to serving underserved populations and promoting cross-cultural harmony, to disseminate innovative and effective health promotion strategies to do this, and to increase the attention directed toward these efforts within the health promotion community.

Previous honorees include former Surgeon General David Satcher.

The award includes a sculpted crystal and a $3,500 check given by the American Journal of Health Promotion and is made in recognition of Robert F. Allen, founder of the Human Resources Institute, for his work in helping people to live harmoniously and achieve their greatest potential.

“Ana’s work in the field of health education and promotion contributes to the lives of our patients and to the well being of our community.” said Venice Family Clinic chief executive officer Elizabeth Benson Forer.

The Venice Family Clinic is the largest free clinic in the nation serving 20,000 patients making 100,000 visits to seven sites in Los Angeles County.


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