Mercury group sponsors Flying Tigers reunion; YMCA pancake breakfast; Sunday Funday food truck events; Rotary to honor Javier Cano

The Westchester Halloween Town Fair and Food Truck Fest promises to deliver a “spooktacular,” fun-filled event beginning at 11a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 in the parking lot behind the Paradise Building, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester.

With free admission for everyone, the fair will offer something for young and old alike: carnival rides and games, live entertainment, a petting zoo, face-painting, a costume contest, and lots of food, continuing until 5 p.m.

The fair will also include a Firehouse Chili Cook-off, featuring original chili recipes from the seven Los Angeles Fire Department stations in Battalion 4.

“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase to the community the great shops and restaurants in Westchester Town Center,” said Don Duckworth, executive director of the Westchester Town Center business improvement district, which is presenting the event. “The Halloween Town Fair will be a true community event, and we expect that thousands of people will turn out to celebrate Halloween and enjoy the unique sense of community we have here in Westchester.”

The event will also include a beer, wine and margarita garden by Melody Bar & Grill, as well as bounce houses. Fantastic Fig & Newton, the “psychic magician,” will roam the crowd entertaining kids and adults alike. On stage, the Couchois Brothers Band will entertain fair-goers with its unique brand of rock, funk and R&B.

At 4:45 p.m., the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce and Otis College of Art and Design will announce the winners of their annual Halloween Window Painting Contest.

At 6 p.m., the site will transform into an After-Fair Food Truck Fest and Fun event, featuring gourmet food trucks and entertainment by Pure Play Band.

Free parking for the fair will be available in the Drollinger parking structure at Westchester Parkway and Sepulveda Westway.

For more information on the fair or the Food Truck event, please visit, or contact Terry O’Connor at (310) 994-9904, or via email at


Mercury Air Group of Del Rey was a sponsor of the recent American Volunteer Group (AVG) Flying Tigers’ 70th anniversary reunion in Cleveland, OH. Mercury was founded in 1956 by three fighter pilots from the legendary Flying Tigers. The reunion included a Chinese banquet, special recognition of the Flying Tigers at the Cleveland National Air Show as well as a reunion banquet attended by four-star U.S. Air Force Gen. Donald J. Hoffman.

“It was a true honor to spend time with members of the Flying Tigers,” said David Herbst, Mercury’s chief corporate officer, who represented the company and spoke at the reunion banquet.

“Their stories of bravery are phenomenal. These men are truly the heart and soul of the Greatest Generation. It was also wonderful to see the children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren of AVG families attending the reunion as a way to keep their loved ones’ legacy alive.”


On Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Westchester YMCA, 80th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard), the Westchester Y Service Club will be flipping pancakes to benefit the Westchester Y’s programs. The organization has been devoted for more than 50 years to building strong kids, strong families and a stronger and safer community.

Breakfast will include pancakes, sausages, orange juice, orange slices and coffee.

Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more. Tickets may be purchased from Westchester Y Service Club members, at the YMCA front desk or at the gate to the pancake breakfast.


The Westchester Elks Lodge will be having Food Truck Sundays every second Sunday of the month. The trucks will be parked in the parking lot behind the Elks Lodge at 8025 W. Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey. The first event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 and is open to the public. For more information, (310) 821-3005.


The Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club will honor Javier Cano at a Wild West Cowboy Supper at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Playa Vista CenterPointe Club.

Cano, the general manager of the Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott Hotels at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, previously oversaw Marriott properties in both Westchester and Marina del Rey and is a former chairman of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce.

The event, which will raise funds for the Playa Sunrise Foundation, which supports Rotary projects, will include appetizers, dinner, beverages and entertainment. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by calling (310) 306-8525.