Lions’ Club speech contest; Westside Voices concert; LMU Day; LAPD boosters golf

The Rotary Club of Westchester participated in a wheelchair donation event on March 12 at the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo, where clubs from throughout District 5280 distributed 72 wheelchairs throughout the Los Angeles area.

The club’s wheelchair was donated to Doreen Watts, a Westchester resident since 1963, who has a type of Parkinson’s disease that reduces her mobility by locking up her legs.

She was referred to the club by the Westchester Senior Center.


Venice High School student Xiaoxiong Xiong will advance to the third round of the annual Lions’ Club Speech Contest after taking top honors in the zone level competition March 13 at Playa Vista. Xiaoxiong previously finished first in the Venice-Marina Lions Club contest.

Xiong and the other competitors are presenting 10-minute speeches on this year’s statewide topic “Enforcing Our Borders: State versus Federal Rights.”

Xiong will compete in the Southern California Region contest Saturday, April 2.

The winner of the statewide competition will bring home $21,000 in scholarship money from the Lions Speaker Foundation.


Westside Voices, Westchester’s popular a cappella singing group, invites the community to journey back to the 1960s as they celebrate some of the greatest music of the time, including songs by The Beatles, Henry Mancini, Dorothy Parker, Lerner and Lowe, The Marcells and more.

The concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in the Fellowship Hall at Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave. in Westchester.

The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 and reservations are required. To make reservations, Penny at (310) 670-3777.

For more about Westside Voices, please visit


The Playa Vista Certified Farmers Market will celebrate its first “LMU Day” on Saturday, March 26.

The day will showcase fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers direct from local farmers along with interactive components by Loyola Marymount University students. The students will share their love of the farmers’ market and showcase the latest environmental and social initiatives by introducing a handful of local non-profits, including Tree People, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Corporation, and Bikerowave along with their own student organizations such as Eco Students and Center for Services & Action.

The farmers’ market encourages everyone to ride their bike to the market via “ride your bike” incentives. Incentives include a free bike valet, tune up services with Bikerowave and student volunteers, and a free raffle ticket to win prize giveaways, including gift certificates/coupons for bike servicing, sailing, water sports, and local restaurants.

Several LMU student singer-songwriters will provide the day’s entertainment.

The Playa Vista Certified Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Seabluff Drive and Discovery Creek Road in Playa Vista.


The Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area Boosters Association will hold its 32nd Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 6 at Westchester Golf Course.

Proceeds from the best ball tournament will go to benefit the boosters’ community and youth programs, including Deputy Auxiliary Police (DAPS) – a program created to help boys and girls ages 9-13 develop a positive relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department through education, personal development and community service activities, including sports, field trips, and craft activities; and Law Enforcement Cadets – a program for young men and women ages 14-21, who are interested in serving their community by assisting the police and learning basic police skills and procedures.

The tournament will include a continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, door prizes, auction, awards and more.

Entry fees are $100 per golfer, but a variety of tee and other sponsorships are available.

For more information on sponsorship or to reserve a spot in the tournament, please call (310) 823-7449 or email