B’nai Tikvah Nursery School students will celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat (the “New Year of the Trees”) by planting a special child-friendly garden at the school Monday, February 13th.

The plants have been chosen by the students and include things to be harvested for other holidays, such as parsley for Passover in April.

Using funds raised by the school’s parent group, the garden centerpiece will be a lemon tree planted in honor of the teachers.

In conjunction with the plantings, the school will hold a Tu B’Shevat Seder, a ceremony designed for the children to talk about nature and experience a variety of tree fruits such as pomegranates and almonds.

Jews celebrate Tu B’Shevat just as the sap begins to rise in Israel’s fruit trees.

Outside of Israel, Jews celebrate the “New Year of the Trees” by eating fruits that grow in Israel, attending a ritual Seder, planting something new in their garden, or sponsoring a tree to be planted in Israel.

B’nai Tikvah Congregation’s Sisterhood will celebrate on Sunday, February 5th, at 10 a.m., with a program featuring stories, a planting activity and festive foods.

This event is part of the Sisterhood’s monthly Rosh Chodesh (or “New Month”) series, which celebrates each new moon with a creative activity.

For more information about the nursery school, religious school and other programs of B’nai Tikvah Congregation, call (310) 645-6262 or visit the Web site at


READY TO RUN — The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey is preparing for its annual election Monday and Wednesday, April 3rd and 5th, and is currently seeking candidates interested in running for one of the 11 seats available on the Neighborhood Council’s board of directors.

There are 31 elected members of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey board of directors. These are voluntary positions, and directors do not receive remuneration.

The following 11 seats are up for election, each for a three-year term:

n Residential Areas: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 (The residential director must live in the residential district for which he/she is filing to represent.)

n Two At-Large Seats (Any registered stakeholder is eligible to run as an at-large director.)

n Community Organizations (Shall be a member of a recognized and bona fide community organization located within the Neighborhood Council boundaries.)

n Service Clubs and Fraternal Organizations (Shall be a member of a recognized and bona fide community service club or fraternal organization located within the neighborhood Council boundaries.)

n LMU (Shall be an employee of Loyola Marymount University.)

n Education (Shall be an educator or administrator affiliated with a school located within the council boundaries, with the exception of LMU, which has its own seat.)

To become a candidate for one of these seats, visit the Neighborhood Council Web site at www.ncwpdr.org or call the Election Committee chair Cozette Vergari at (310) 410-4014.

All candidates must complete a declaration statement and submit it to the Election Committee no later than Monday, February 13th, into order to be on the April ballot.


GUITARIST — The public is invited to a presentation by guitarist William Kanengiser as part of Loyola Marymount University Guitar Concert and Masterclass Series.

Now in its seventh season, the series brings internationally acclaimed artists to LMU.

While the Masterclass Series typically draws a guitar-educated audience from around Southern California, the concerts also are attended by the general public and local community.

The artists frequently talk about the pieces they are performing, creating a very intimate and captivating concert-going experience.

Kanengiser has performed in recital and as guest soloist with orchestras in virtually every major American city as well as throughout Canada, Europe and Asia.

As a member of the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, he has released numerous solo discs and videos, and is member of the guitar faculty at the University of Southern California.

Kanengiser will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 21st, at Murphy Recital Hall on the LMU campus. General admission is $22 and $15 for students.

He will also participate in the Masterclass from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, January 22nd, at the same location. Admission is $5 per person.

Ticket reservations can be made by calling the LMU Central Ticket Agency at (310) 338-7588.