Playa Sunrise Rotary honors David Herbst; Annual Protectors’ Breakfast; YMCA pancake breakfast

Get ready to celebrate Halloween like never before. This year, in conjunction with the completion of Westchester Town Center’s street and landscaping improvements, the Westchester Town Center BID (business improvement district), Ralphs Grocery Company and H.B. Drollinger Company will present Westchester’s first Halloween Town Fair Saturday, October 24th.

The event will include a Los Angeles City Fire Department Battalion 4 “Firehouse Chili Cook-Off,” LAFD bandwagon rides, live music, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, beer garden and a variety of family-friendly activities and other amusements. The fair is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ralphs Westchester Village parking lot, Sepulveda Boulevard and 89th Street.

In conjunction with the fair, Otis College of Art and Design and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Second Annual Halloween Window Painting Competition, beginning October 24th, in which young artists from throughout the community will come together to decorate storefront windows along Sepulveda Boulevard with Halloween images.

“This is a great opportunity for us to announce to the community that the shops and restaurants in Westchester Town Center are open for business,” said Don Duckworth, executive director of the Westchester Town Center BID. “The Halloween Town Fair will be a true community event, and we expect that thousands of people will turn out to celebrate Halloween and enjoy the unique sense of community we have here in Westchester.”


The Playa Sunrise Rotary Club will honor David A. Herbst of Mercury Air Group with the club’s Sunrise Community Service Award at an Oktoberfest at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 8th at the CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive in Playa Vista.

Herbst, who has a long track record of community service, has served as honorary mayor, chairman of the Westchester Family YMCA Board of Managers and as president of two area chambers of commerce.

He currently serves on the board of the William H. Hannon Foundation and on the board of governors for Otis College of Art and Design.

The rotary club award recognizes an individual who lives his/her professional and personal life by the rotary motto of “service above self.”

Tickets for the fundraising event, which is sponsored by Playa Vista and the William H. Hannon Foundation, are $60 per person. Proceeds will help support the club’s many community projects.

For more information or to purchase tickets, (310) 306-8525.



The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Protectors’ Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 29th at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd., Westchester.

This event is the chamber’s way of giving back and honoring the men and women who help protect the community every day. This year’s guest speaker will be Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and the event will feature men and women from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles City and County Fire Departments, LAX Airport Police division, county Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Los Angeles County Lifeguards and the California Highway Patrol.

Tickets are available for $40 per person or $400 for a preferred table of eight. Please contact the chamber at (310) 645-5151 for more information or to RSVP. This event is sponsored by Playa Vista, Mercury Air Group, Inc., Gateway to L.A., The Westin Los Angeles Airport, and H.B. Drollinger Company.



The Westchester Y’s Men’s Club will hold its twice-a-year pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 10th in the parking lot of the Westchester Family YMCA, 80th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.

Tickets are available from members of the Y’s Men’s Club, the YMCA’s front desk, and at the door for $5 per person ($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 helped impact the lives of children, teens and families of the community in an effort to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. The organization offers an array of classes, activities and programming.