If things go as planned, Westchester may soon have a reigning beauty queen. But she’ll need a little help from the community.

Mary Infantino, a West- chester native, will compete in the 2006 Miss California USA Pageant as Miss Westchester.

Infantino attended Visitation Elementary School and went on to graduate from Santa Clara University, where she made the dean’s list and graduated with honors.

Since graduation, she has served as a volunteer for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and as a peer tutor.

Infantino says participating in the pageant, which will be held in Palm Springs next month, will cost more than $2,000, and she is currently seeking sponsorships from local businesses or individuals.

Information, (310) 709-8352.


SWIMMERS — The West- chester Family YMCA swim team, the Westchester Orcas, is sending six of its swimmers to the Long Course Junior Olympic Championships in Mission Viejo this week. The event continues through Sunday, August 7th.

Angella Chen, 11, Matthew Chen, 10, Teresa Lincoln, 14, Meriel Mitsakos, 9, Sarah Tuggy, 14, and Nichol Walloch, 10, qualified in individual events.

Swimmers throughout Southern and Central California who have met USA Swimming time standards qualify to attend. USA Swimming is the national governing body of the U.S. Olympic swim team.

Additionally, three West-chester Y swimmers will represent other teams at the Junior Olympic Championships in Fullerton, also this week.

They are Jasmine Punch, 14, Collette Gulick, 12, and Nicholas DeVito, 9.

Information on the YMCA swim team and the aquatics program is available from YMCA aquatics director Najeeb Shamsid-Deen, (310) 670-4316, or www.ymcala.org

DETTMANN ADDITIONS — YMCA board of managers member Steve Dettmann and his wife, Jackie, are the proud parents of some of Westchester’s newest residents — twins born at 2:46 p.m. Friday, July 22nd.

Grant Roman and Lauren Josephine Dettmann arrived healthy and happy.

Grant weighed in at five pounds, eight ounces and Lauren at six pounds, four ounces.

Steve reports that everyone is doing well, and big sister, Evie, is even helping out with diaper disposal and many kisses.

Steve, a Playa Vista attorney, played a major role in helping the YMCA secure the adjacent woman’s club property, donating hundreds of hours of time and making sure all the legal i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed.

Congratulations to the Dettmanns.

Maybe someday little Grant and Lauren will play at the newly expanded YMCA their father helped make possible.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME CHILI? — Think you have the world’s greatest chili recipe?

Ready to provide it?

Then, put on your chef’s hat and get ready for the Westchester Elks’ Third Annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday, August 20th.

Teams of chefs interested in showing off their chili are invited to participate.

An entry fee of $50 per team gets you a stove, a table and gas in a ten-by-15-foot area.

Participants should bring their own shade and a fire extinguisher.

The event will be between noon and 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is $6 per person, and soda, beer, hot dogs and hamburgers will be available beginning at noon.

Information and registering your chili cookoff team, (310) 821-3005.