Westside Voices concert; Visitation Food Truck Night;

Young Professionals’ Casino Night

By Geoff Maleman

A crowd of local residents and police officers turned out for the 29th Annual National Night Out in Westchester Aug. 7, a unique crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

Representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific division cooked up hot dogs and hamburgers for the crowd and joined visitors in a game of softball at Westchester Park. The event also included the opportunity for the community to interact with members of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa and the Community Police Advisory Board.

“Any chance for us to get to know our local police officers better and for them to get to know us is important,” said Cyndi Hench, president of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa and a longtime neighborhood watch advocate. “We saw a lot of new faces and had a chance to talk to them about all the things happening in our community.”

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2011.

The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

To that end, police officers handed out important crime-prevention tips at an LAPD table, representatives from the Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion (ARSAC) were on hand to share information about the proposed movement of the northernmost runway at Los Angeles International Airport and neighborhood council members promoted that organization’s Oct. 28 board of directors election.


The Westchester-based a-cappella group Westside Voices will present “The Sounds of Summer,” an afternoon of music celebrating the year’s hottest season, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Fellowship Hall of Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave.

Westside Voices is comprised of top solo and choral singers from throughout the area with a repertoire from jazz to classical, from Madrigals to world music, from Doo-Wop to holiday music.

Admission is free, though a voluntary donation of $10 per person is suggested. A dessert reception follows.

To reserve seats, please call Penny at (310) 670-3777.


Visitation School will host another Food Truck Friday Night event including 16 gourmet food trucks, five of which are new to the event — The Greasy Weiner, Mangia Italian, Kabob Express, Slap Yo Mama and Calbi.

The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at Visitation School, 8740 S. Emerson Ave. in Westchester. Free parking is available.

To view all of the food truck menus and photos,


Food Truck Friday Night will also include two movies and entertainment for the kids. In addition, O’Malley’s Pub will serve beer, wine and Bill’s “magic” margaritas.

Information, Terry O’Connor at (310) 994-9904.


The LAX Coastal Young Professionals will host their Second Annual Casino Night and White Party Friday, Aug. 10 at the “Top of the Radisson” at the Radisson at LAX, 6225 W. Century Blvd., in Westchester.

Admission, which includes appetizers, two drink tickets, playing chips and tickets is $65 per person.

A cocktail reception will begin at 7 p.m. and playing tables will officially open at 8 p.m. Games will include blackjack, roulette, craps and more. Among the festivities will be a raffle, silent auction, DJ and additional surprises.

The night will officially come to a close at 11 p.m. with the announcement of raffle/silent auction winners.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.laxcoastal.com, or by calling (310) 645-5151.

Proceeds from this event will go toward the creation and development of future Young Professional events and programs designed to foster networking and businesses opportunities for young business people in the community.