Rotary seeks grant applications; YMCA pancake breakfast; Concert by the Canyon; Westside Voices concert

The challenge continues.

For 17 years, the late Jim Hill organized the annual South Bay Texas Holdíem Poker Challenge to help raise thousands of dollars in scholarships for local students. This year, the tournament will be held in his honor on Saturday, April 18th.

Hill, a longtime Westchester resident and Westchester Rotary Club member who served with several other organizations in the community, died October 9th at the age of 67.

ìHe was a true Westchester resident,î Westchester Rotary Club president Mason Shayan said. ìHe cared about his neighborhood and neighbors.î

The monies raised from this yearís poker tournament will go to the Jim Hill Memorial Fund. Hill spent more than 30 years volunteering for many different organizations throughout Westchester. In the end, his main concern was always the youth of this community.

Through the Jim Hill Memorial Fund, his family will continue his legacy and firm belief that the youth of our community are the future, with a scholarship to one senior from Westchester or St. Bernard high schools.

The poker tournament will return to the same site as last year ñ the Westchester Senior Center at 8740 Lincoln Blvd., at Manchester Avenue.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with appetizers and door prizes, followed by dinner. Poker will begin at 6:30 p.m.

All players will draw for their seating and will start with the same number of chips. They will play a limit game for the first hour, raising the ante and the minimum bet throughout the evening. A winner is usually determined by about 10:30 p.m.

During the previous 17 years, more than 50 scholarships have been awarded to students.

Entries are $60 per person. Checks should be made payable to Westchester Rotary Foundation and sent to Amanda Hill at 8324 Chase Ave., Westchester, CA 90045, or brought to the event.

To save your seat, contact Amanda Hill at (310) 567-8627 or


Westchester Rotary Club is currently soliciting applications for community service grants. If your Westchester-area community service organization has a special project or need for which you would like the clubís support, you are encouraged to submit a written request. The application should: 1) Describe how the money would be used for a special project or need rather than being part of your operating budget; 2) Fit into the object of Rotary (Information,;

3) Directly serve the Westchester community; 4) Let the community know more about your organization; and 5) Specify a particular amount of the request.

Requests will be evaluated based on the criteria listed above. All submissions should be no more than two pages and mailed to:

2009 Community Grants

Rotary Club of Westchester

P.O. Box 91543

Los Angeles, CA 90009

The Rotary Club hopes to announce recipient selections by May 15th. For more information, Glenn Marzano, community service director, at (310) 871-2001.


Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and the Westchester-LMU Community Task Force will hold a community meeting to talk about off-campus student activities.

The meeting is scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18th, in the Westchester Community Room, 7166 West Manchester Ave., Westchester.

This is an opportunity for neighbors to learn about their rights and resources concerning off-campus student activities and ìparty houses.î

Speakers will include Los Angeles Police Department senior lead officer Tony Ramos, city attorney Claudia Martin, Neighborhood Task Force representatives, Chief Hampton Cantrell of LMU Public Safety, LMU administrators and student leaders.

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations.


The Westchester Yís Menís Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23rd in the parking lot of the Westchester Family YMCA, at the corner of 80th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.

Tickets are available from members of the Yís Menís Club, the YMCAís front desk, and at the door for $5 per person, with a $20 maximum for a family of four or more.

All proceeds will benefit the various projects of the Westchester Family YMCA. Since 1945, the Westchester Family YMCA has worked to improve the lives of children, teens, and families of the community. The facility offers an array of classes, activities, and programming.


Cowan Avenue Elementary School will hold its Sixth Annual Concert by the Canyon from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3rd, at the schoolís campus, 7615 Cowan Ave. in Westchester.

The concert will include live music, including reggae artist Ziggy Marley performing songs from his new childrenís album ìFamily Time,î with food and fun activities for the entire family, as well as a silent auction with lots of items on which to bid.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

For ticket information, please contact Hope Crawford at or (323) 296-9694.

All proceeds directly benefit the students at Cowan Avenue Elementary School.


The a cappella group Westside Voices will hold an afternoon of entertaining and eclectic music at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19th, at Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave. in Westchester.

The group will sing songs from Alice Parkerís ìLove Lostî to Hans Leo Hasslerís ìLaudate Dominum,î and from ìGentle Lena Claireî to ìIl Est Bel et Bon.î

Admission is free, but the group will accept donations.

For more information, Harris Levey at (310) 822-9067, or