The Rotary Club of Westchester is now seeking worthy families for its “Thanksgiving Rotary-Style” project — a sort of mini home makeover for one deserving family in the Westchester and Playa del Rey area.

Involving a team of dedicated Rotarians, local business people and volunteers, Thanksgiving Rotary-Style will endeavor to change the lives of one lucky family by conducting repairs, sprucing up their home and adding a few special surprises.

With a much smaller budget than the folks at ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Rotarians will spend the weekend before Thanksgiving doing what they can to give back to the community and improve the living conditions for one family.

If you know a deserving family that should be considered for Thanksgiving Rotary-Style, send their name, address and phone number to Thanksgiving Rotary-Style, 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., #526, Westchester 90045.

Be sure to include up to 250 words about why the family deserves a home makeover, whether the family owns or rents, and the ages of children in the family. Include your own contact information as well.

A panel of Rotarians will review the submissions and select the family. Submissions must be made by Thursday, June 1st.

If you are interested in contributing goods, services or just your time to this project, call (310) 645-2295 to be a part of Thanksgiving Rotary-Style.

With so many of us so fortunate, this is one small way for us to give back to our neighbors right here in Westchester/Playa del Rey.

LMU BUSINESS CENTER — Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has created a research and resource center that will provide local small businesses and entrepreneurs with access to business consulting, planning, marketing and training programs.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs play a pivotal role in the growth of our local economy,” said John Wholihan, dean of LMU’s College of Business Administration.

“Establishing the Small Business Development Center at LMU continues to build bridges into our community and creates resources and relationships that weren’t available before,” he said.

The center is one of ten organizations that make up the Los Angeles network, seven of those being higher education institutions.

Initial funding for the center was awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, an agency that assists and protects the interests of small businesses and aids families and businesses in recovering from national disasters.

LMU’s center received nearly $550,000 in funding from the Small Business Administration and university matching funds.

The center is expected to serve more than 1,700 clients in its first year through the development and implementation of community-based programming.

The center also will identify and serve those with limited business experience and/or education with a desire to own their own businesses.

“Utilizing professional consultants, the center provides professional services to individuals and small business owners who want to establish or grow their business,” said Cal Caswell, director of the center.

“Students from the LMU entrepreneurial program will participate in internships that allow them to interact on a business level with local companies in addition to providing support for the center’s office,” he said.

LIONS FUND GOLF TOURNEY — The 13th Annual LMU Golf Classic and Dinner Auction will be held once again at the beautiful Mountain Gate Country Club.

Scheduled for Monday, May 15th, the event will include an 18-hole tournament, dinner and cocktails, and a live and silent auction.

Players will be able to meet and mingle with LMU athletics coaches, student-athletes, and other fans and friends in a great day to celebrate the end of another athletics season.

The central golf tournament for all of Loyola Marymount University, the LionsFund Golf Classic has raised over $350,000 in its 12-year history.

Attended by some of LMU’s best alumni and friends of the university, it is a showcase event for LMU athletics with all proceeds benefiting the student-athletes of Loyola Marymount University.

Following the afternoon of golf, there is a dinner and auction celebrating the end of another great year for LMU athletics.

For information, call (310) 338-2908 or send an e-mail to

WESTBLUFFS SET TO OPEN — Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13th, potential buyers will be able to tour the models of the new One Westbluff development.

Visitors to the Standard Pacific Homes development will be able to obtain information of sales procedures, pre-qualifying, and assistance in establishing priority placement.

The project of two-story homes is being built atop the bluffs west of Lincoln Boulevard.

Homes will range from 3,560 square feet to 5,030 square feet and include up to six bedrooms.