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Brittain honored for 50 years at the L.A. Zoo By Suzan Filipek Two Los Angeles Zoo docents were honored last month for their 50 years of service, a milestone achieved by a select few dedicated animal lovers and educators. Local resident Kilbee Brittain and Amy Callister, of Pasadena, were honored at a luncheon where they each received  a  Mayor’s Certificate  for unwavering commitment and dedication to the Zoo, its animals and the education of its visitors.  After all these years, Brittain says she still loves going to the Zoo. The certificate? Not so much. “I don’t think I’ll hang it up. There are too many of these official thank yous,” she told us last month at her S. Irving Boulevard home. As a child growing up in Fremont Place, she watched as her mother, the late Adelaide Kingman, was showered with praise for her community work. She also remembers her stepfather, Howard Kingman, a retired vice admiral who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII; he would drive Brittain and her friends to Marlborough School. “He once told us he learned more in two weeks driving the Marlborough carpool than in the war…. from the giggling and the talk and the gossip,” Brittain said. She’s always loved animals, and counts trips to India (several times) and Vietnam among her

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many travels. She’s less mobile now since she had a stroke seven years ago, but she remains among a select group of more than 30 docents who have served for more than 30 years, said Ashley Rodgers, Zoo spokesperson and a Hancock Park resident.  Brittain’s education also has come in handy in teaching docent classes the past several years. After Marlborough, Brittain went to Stanford and earned a Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature from UCLA. She taught third graders in the Philippines, and upon her return was appointed a member of Marlborough’s Board of Trustees; she

also was a member of the Alumnae Council, editor of the school magazine and leader of a Shakespearean seminar. She and her late husband M.L. (Marion Luther) Brittain III were busy raising four children on Irving, and Mrs. Brittain was already working as a volunteer at the Zoo when she was featured in the 1971 Larchmont Chronicle Women of Larchmont issue. She also found time to be a member of the Museum Alliance of the Natural History Museum, but it was at the Zoo that she signed on for the docent training and would soon be drawn to primates.

“They are our closest relatives, and I’m very interested in people’s self-analysis and our place in evolution. I don’t believe in the Biblical account,” she said. Most people know about animal behavior from television shows, “but if they take a primate class they often get hooked,” she added. Another class in her docent teaching repertoire is the domestication of animals. Research has shown there’s a strong bond between canines and humans, which Brittain can attest to first hand. Sheba is her sixth Labrador retriever. As a child, her family had a Great Dane, and soon five puppies. Actor Henry Fonda came to her Fremont Place home to get one. “My dad was a screenwriter,” explained Brittain. She was four at the time, and she told the actor, “he was the most handsomest man I’ve ever seen!” to her mother’s chagrin. She doesn’t get to the Zoo as often as she’d like anymore. Her helper of many years, Dolores Ascencio, drives her. And while the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) started its annual training last month, there are educational opportunities available to the public all year long, Brittain said. “The docent program is for people with an interest in wildlife, a love of learning and the desire to make a (Please turn to page 14)

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difference in the world,” added Docent Chair Paulette Heath. “It is hard to have a bad day at the L.A. Zoo. Every day I see something new like tigers swimming or chimps interacting with guests. “It’s fun to talk to guests about behavior and adaptations as well as give a voice to the conservation mission of the Zoo, as its staff members help visitors of all ages understand how important the Zoo’s work is to wild animal populations around the world,” Heath goes on to say.  Docents complete a 23-week training program that includes lectures, tours and behind-the-scenes visits offered in conjunction with UCLA Extension.  Classes, which run through March, meet once a week and focus on taxonomy of both the plants and animals at the Zoo as well as ecology, conserva-

Television writer, activist and Brookside resident Susan Watanabe died Aug. 26 at the age of 49. She died of a brain tumor. A one-time president of the Brookside Homeowners Association, Watanabe was married to SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White. The Chicago native had a graduate degree in social service administration, supported progressive candidates and causes, and had worked on the TV series “Girlfriends” and “One-on-One.” According to an Aug. 2016 article in the Larchmont Chronicle, she loved every year of her family’s time living in Brookside. “The small town, community-oriented vibe of the wonderful residents is one of the many things that makes this part of town so special. Along

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KILBEE BRITTAIN received the Mayor’s Certificate for 50 years of service.

Photo by Jamie Pham, GLAZA

tion and the role of zoos in wildlife preservation. Full descriptions of volunteer and docent opportunities and requirements are available at  lazoo.org/voluneers and general information is available by calling 323-6444702. See also docents@lazoo. org.

with the exemplary architecture of our entirely singlefamily community south of Eighth St.,” she told us. When interviewed then by the Chronicle, Watanabe was prepping for the community’s upcoming block party, where she oversaw the pot luck table, as she had for many years. “The block party is just one of the many gatherings that bring us together. Even the numerous community meetings concerning the proposals for the four former Farmers Insurance blocks along Wilshire Blvd. have brought many neighbors together,” she said. Watanabe was a volunteer at St. James’ Episcopal School, and she previously served as president of the Wilshire Vista Heights neighborhood association. As the child of an African American mother and Japa-

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Lawyer Laura Christa died Aug. 1 following a brief battle with lung cancer. She was 63. The Windsor Square resident graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University. She and her late husband Laurence Jackson joined their separate legal practices as Christa & Jackson in 1994. The couple has two grown children, Peter and Lucy. Christa championed the advancement of women and girls, leading the California Women’s Law Center board. She advocated for equal opportunities for female athletes in area schools, and she fundraised for female candidates for public office. Her husband and a twin sister have predeceased her. She is survived by her brother, sister and children. A memorial service was held at Carondelet House on Aug. 26; attendees wore Rolling Stones T-shirts, Dodgers gear, and other attire that spoke to Christa’s interests. Among speakers from the neighborhood were Christa’s children and her “almostdaughter” Annie Humphreville. Daughter Lucy Jackson noted early in the ceremony the appropriateness of “today being Women’s Equality Day.”

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nese American father, who were Chicago activists in the ’60s and ’70s, Watanabe said that she was acutely aware of the continuous challenge of building an inclusive and diverse neighborhood in the middle of a large city. She and White were married in 2000. Beside her husband, Watanabe is survived by their daughter, Sophia, 9, and her parents and a brother. A memorial service was held Sept. 15 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills. Susan’s Circle, a foundation established in her name, is housed within the Liberty Hill Foundation. Visit libertyhill.org/form/susans-circle.

Father Michael J. Mandala, pastor at Blessed Sacrament from 1998 to 2011, died Sept. 9. He was 71. A Los Angeles native, Mandala, born Dec. 7, 1946, had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years as a priest. In 2018, he stepped down due to failing health. He had pancreatic cancer. Donations may be made to Verbum Dei High School’s Adopt-A-Student scholarship fund, 1100 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059.


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Hope Lutheran to celebrate its 76th year in the neighborhood Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Ave., will celebrate 76 years in the neighborhood with music and an Oktoberfest luncheon Sun., Nov. 4, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Festivities Music during the worship service will be performed at 10:30 a.m. Oktoberfest in the courtyard will include appetizers, pretzels and beer at 11:40 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the social hall at 12:30 p.m. The menu for the complimentary meal is soup, salads, prime rib, roast pork loin, sausage and sauerkraut, creamed spin-

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ach and glazed carrots. All are welcome. History The church at Mansfield and Melrose was established in 1942 after a small American Lutheran congregation purchased the site from the Melrose Park Methodist Church, which had fallen on hard times. Pastor Hubert K. (H.K.) Rasbach came to Hope Lutheran in 1947, serving the congregation until 1980, when his son, Pastor Mark Rasbach, took over. In 1983, the building burned in an arson fire, but by 1985 a new, 15,000-square-foot facility had been erected, which now houses 12-step groups, children’s relief organizations and an emergency food dispensary, as well as the congregation. For more information, call 323-938-9135 or visit hopelutheranchurch.net.

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Marc Cohen, Hancock Park, was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the California State Military Reserve at a ceremony in Sacramento. He is deputy chief of cyber law in Legal Support Command. Cohen was accompanied by wife Lyn Cohen, Brig. Gen. Jay Coggan and Maj. Gen. David Baldwin at the August ceremony.

St. Barnabas to join LAAAC on housing seminar

St. Barnabas Senior Services (SBSS) and the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition (LAAAC) are joining together for a conference on housing and senior citizens at the California Endowment, 1000 Alameda St., Fri., Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference, “The Intersection of Health, Housing and Services,” will feature experts on economic and housing challenges facing local seniors. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, homelessness among older adults has increased 22 percent since last year. Visit laaacconference.eventbrite.com or sbssla.org.

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Tai chi, chair yoga, field trips among choices in neighborhood From chair yoga and water aerobics to poker and bridge, there are activities aplenty to choose from at facilities that cater to the silver set. If you or your organization know of similar local activities of interest to seniors, please let us know at info@larchmontchronicle.com.

Department of Recreation and Parks Claude Pepper Senior Citizens Center 1762 S. La Cienega Blvd. 310-559-9677 laparks.org/scc/claude-pepper Tai chi, quilting, smart driving, nutrition and line dancing are just some of the classes at this center. Call or drop by for a schedule. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fairfax Senior Center 7929 Melrose Ave.

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323-653-1824 laparks.org/scc/fairfa Chair yoga, field trips, special speakers, ballroom dancing and a knitting group are at this senior center. Call or drop in for a schedule. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m.

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Las Palmas Senior Center 1820 N. Las Palmas Ave. 323-465-7787 laparks.org/scc/las-palmas Performance workshops, live music, duplicate bridge, bingo, a computer lab and

Bingo, monthly movies, a gym and fitness classes are some of the activities available at Pan Pacific. Call or drop by for a schedule. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center 6310 San Vicente Blvd. Ste. 275 323-937-5900 jfsla.org Field trips, holiday celebrations, support groups and even a Wii gaming system exercise class are a sampling of the activities at Freda Mohr. Shabbat parties are every Friday at 1 p.m. Call or visit the website for complete schedule. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. L.I.F.E. at Park La Brea 535 S. Curson Ave., Tower 49 323-936-0859 jfsla.org Living Independently in a Friendly Environment (L.I.F.E.) offers a wide range of activities for older adults in the Park La Brea community, including movies, music programs and art classes. There is much to choose from at the L.I.F.E. program. Also available are referral services, private consultations with social workers and more. Call to get on the newsletter mailing list.

YMCA Anderson Munger 4301 W. 3rd St. 213-427-9622 ymcala.org/anderson-munger Chair exercise and balance and mobility classes cater specifically to older adults, but aqua fitness and Latin Groove and Zumba dance classes are also available. Check the website for times. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hollywood Wilshire 1553 N. Schrader Blvd. 323-467-4161 ymcala.org/hollywood Chair and water exercise, as well as yoga and Zumba are among the choices at this YMCA. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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675 Carondelet St. 213-388-4444 sbssla.org/mid-city From fall prevention and art classes to computer literacy and health screenings, St. Barnabas offers a variety of activities along with their transportation, nutrition and social services. See website for calendar, updated monthly. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westside Jewish Community Center 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2531 westsidejcc.org Israeli folk dancing, Zumba, brain ball, strengthen and stretch classes and water aerobics are available for seniors at Westside Jewish Community Center. There are also Shabbat and other holiday celebrations. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Good Samaritan honored for efforts with stroke care Good Samaritan Hospital was recently honored for its efforts in patient health care with the “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.” The American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s award recognizes the hos-

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UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been recognized in “U.S. News & World Report’s” “Best Hospitals 2018–19” report as among the 10 best hospitals in the nation.  UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, was ranked No. 7, and Cedars-Sinai was No. 8 in a select group of 20 Honor Roll hospitals. UCLA had 14 medical specialties that ranked nationally in the magazine’s latest hospital rankings released Aug. 14. Cedars had 12 medical spe-

cialties ranked nationally. Two of those specialties — cardiology / heart surgery, and gastroenterology / GI surgery — ranked No. 3 in the U.S. The rankings are based on a variety of measures, including patient outcomes, patient safety, technology and reputation (from physician surveys).   Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) came in as No. 6 in the magazine’s “Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll,” and CHLA ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialties.

Law library has pro bono week, legal services fair Los Angeles County Law Library will celebrate Pro Bono Week with free classes and a legal services fair at 301 W. First St., Mon., Oct. 22 to Sat., Oct. 27. Classes are offered on topics such as how to become an adult’s legal conservator, how to become a legal guardian

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‘Notorious RBG’ exhibit at Skirball

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“Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” an exhibit based on the book of the same name, will be at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., from Fri., Oct. 19 to Sun., March 10, 2019.

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The Shofar Sounds! A New Year with new hopes and new beginnings!

Shaarei Tefila Lunch and Learn Program “Tuesdays with Seniors” Event-filled Year Ahead! At Shaarei Tefila, our goal has been to enhance the quality of life for seniors by bringing them out of their homes each week and providing various programs for their enjoyment. There has been much appreciation of the quality, variety and content of these programs. Many of us have been blessed with a loving family and friends, but there are still many without that good fortune who are isolated and alone. As we wish each other happy holidays, a ketiva v’chatima, we encourage your support for our programs and services.

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ER response is critical— Olympia Medical ranks high

By Rachel Olivier Olympia Medical Center, 5900 Olympic Blvd., recently ranked high among hospitals with the quickest average wait time for emergency room response in Los Angeles, according to hospitalstats.org. Hospitalstats.org, which tracks wait time in both hospital emergency rooms and urgent care facilities, lists the average wait time at Olympia Medical Center to be two hours 50 minutes for those with serious injuries waiting to be admitted into the hospital. The average wait time for a patient’s initial exam is 10 minutes. Non-critical cases have an average total visit time of one hour 35 minutes. Emergency room arrivals Patients arriving to an emergency room may have a wide range of conditions. Some people have serious illnesses or life-threatening injuries that require immediate medical attention. Other patients may have conditions that are not as serious, and they may be able to wait a little longer than others. When patients arrive at the emergency room, a “triage” nurse evaluates the patients for seriousness of condition, and the nurse sorts through

the information to determine which patients need to be seen first. A bad infection to the leg, a mother with a child who swallowed a poisonous substance, or an anxious construction worker holding his hand worried about losing a finger after accidentally smashing it at the job site are all possible scenarios of patients who need to be seen quickly. Rapid response The rapid response of the staff at Olympia Medical is made possible by the parallel initiation of several treatment aspects in the emergency room, which occur simultaneously. When the patient arrives, the primary care doctor is notified and hospital room preparation begins. At the same time, laboratory work (blood and other fluids) and X-rays are also ordered. Other ERs may utilize a straight linear system. They perform each of the tasks one after another, which can take up to several hours. Olympia Medical Center’s ER is staffed with board certified physicians and certified physician assistants. For more information, call 310-6575900, or visit olympiamc.com.

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