Westchester/Playa Hometown News August 2022

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August 2022 Our 2022 “Best Of” honoree collage features some of the community’s favorite businesses, organizations, and events. YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER THE BEST OF ISSUE 2022

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help you promote organization or event Contact us for rates westchesterhometown@yahoo.comandusonFacebook! up-to-date with news and help you promote organization or event Contact us for rates westchesterhometown@yahoo.comandusonFacebook! up-to-date with news and About The HomeTown News (HTN) The HomeTown News is a monthly community newspaper dedicated to providing information about the people, events and happenings of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey and Playa Vista. Look for the HomeTown News the first Thursday of the month at your home or at one of our drop-off locations, including The Book Jewel, Westchester YMCA, Playa Pharmacy, Loyola Village Library, Playa Vista Library, Ralphs Sepulveda and Cantalini’s Salerno Beach. Connect with the HTN: Mailing Address: 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 110 #745 Westchester, CA 90045 • Email: westchesterhometown@yahoo.com • Website: thehtn.com • Facebook: facebook.com/thehtn • Instagram: instagram.com/thehometownnews The deadline for submissions is the 22nd of each month. This Month Brings You A look inside your HTN HOMETOWN STAFF/CONTRIBUTORS Stephanie Davis, Publisher Jeff Blair, Contributing Writer Fay Craton, Contributing Writer Consuelo Israelson, Contributing Writer Sheri Weitz, Contributing Writer Schools as Parks Program Adds Green Space 04 Second Annual Westchester Team Challenge 06 11th Annual Best Of List! 07 DRALL Wins Section 4 Championship 50 In Pictures: 22nd Annual Fourth of July Parade 54 Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News Front page photos (clockwise from top right): Best Private School, Visitation; Favorite Burger, The Manchester; Editor’s Pick for Favorite Public Art; Favorite Estate Planning Attorney, Bahar Geslin; Favorite Community Event, Elks Lodge Car Show & Chili Cook-Off; Best Shopping/Entertainment Center, Runway Playa Vista. Runway Playa Vista photo by Venice Paparazzi, courtesy Runway Playa Vista. Art and event photo by the Hometown News. All other photos by Zsuzsi Steiner for the Hometown News LAX Coastal Chamber Westchester Farmers’ WestchesterDrollingerMarketPropertiesVeterinaryCenterPeterKohly Truxton’s American Bistro The Coffee Company Ayara Thai Cuisine Cafe WestchesterSolarBakeryKanpai El MelodyTarascoBar&Grill LaRocco’s Pizzeria Covered by More Westchester Pharmacy SoCal Sports & Fitness Trader Joe’s Westchester Edgar Saenz The Book Jewel Westside Pacific Villages The Ramen Joint We’re proud to be home to these “Best of” winners... Courtenay Edelhart, Contributing Writer

By Courtenay Edelhart It’s a Saturday, and dozens of children are laughing and running all over the colorful playground equipment at Open Magnet Charter School in Westchester’s Osage neighborhood. Katelyn Kimoto, 4, is among them, zipping gleefully down a slide.This is the little girl’s weekly routine now. She’s only missed one Saturday since the schoolyard opened to the public on July 7 as part of a Schools as Parks pilot program to allow recreational use outside school hours. “It’s been great,” said Katelyn’s mother, Jia Kimoto, who lives nearby. “We can walk over. She’s making friends. It’s better than just being cooped up in the house, and we’ve met neighbors we never would have had the chance to get to know otherwise.”

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Through a partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, or LANLT, the roughly one-acre recreational area of the campus is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through October 22. Visitors can use the playground, basketball courts, picnic tables and other facilities by entering from Osage Avenue between W. 78th and W. 77th Streets. The district prohibits dogs, skateboards and scooters on its property. Initial funding is from a $10,000 donation from Councilmember Mike Bonin, a $5,000 donation from the Drollinger Family Charitable Trust, and $5,000 from the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa, or NCWP, an advisory group to the Los Angeles City Council made up of community members. The money is being used to pay for LANLT administrative costs, liability insurance, janitorial services and the salaries of two LAUSD staffers. It was a condition of the school district that at least two employees be present during weekend recreation hours. Backers of the pilot project are in talks with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to take over ongoing funding if all goes well and the program continues beyond October. Andy Sywak, who serves on the NCWP Government Affairs Committee and has two children enrolled at Open Magnet, spearheaded the push to open up the campus when classes are not in session. Sywak said he loves his neighborhood, but was struck by the lack of parks in the area when he moved there in 2011. “It was the first time in my whole life I hadn’t lived within walking distance from a park,” he said. “Then I became aware that there were other places that allow people to play on their schoolyard playgrounds when school is closed, so one easy solution was to make that happen here.” Mayor Eric Garcetti has encouraged making open green space available in park-deficient neighborhoods. In April 2018, the city partnered with LAUSD to launch the Community School Parks program at four school sites across the city. Plans call for adding five middle schools by the end of the 2022-23 school year and possibly phasing in other campuses later. “I’m thrilled that Open will be opening its gates to provide a new community park on the weekends,” said LAUSD Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “I’m a major proponent of green space, outdoor learning and opportunities for school-community partnerships, and I’d like to see more of our campuses open beyond school hours for community use.” Melvoin added that he’s grateful to the Open Magnet community and NCWP for their collaboration on the initiative and hopes it can be a successful model for others. About half of Los Angeles County residents cannot walk to a park from their homes, and in low-income communities that number rises to about 70 percent, said LANLT Executive Director Tori Kjer. “In communities like Westchester, there just aren’t enough parks, and we really see schools as an opportunity to have open and accessible play spaces for neighbors,” she said. “This was initiated by the community, and people are really excited about it.” But for schools to do double duty as parks, they need to be “softer, cooler spaces,” according to the Trust for Public Land. As part of its Community Schoolyards initiative, the trust has removed asphalt from nearly 300 schools across the country in favor of trees, plants and gardens. Dubbed “28x28,” the initiative has a goal of greening 28 LAUSD sites by 2028. The effort continues even as the city and state plead for water conservation amid an ongoing drought. Not having green campuses can be a health issue because the heat island effects of playing on asphalt in high temperatures can be dangerous to students, Kjer said, not to mention the mental health benefits of having more serene surroundings.(continued

Schools as Parks program adds much-needed green space and play area to Westchester

Park-goers pose for a group photo at Open Magnet Charter School’s recently opened park. Andy Sywak (back row left) led the efforts to petition LAUSD to pilot the program. Kids enjoy a game of four square on the playground at the recently opened community park.


Spotlight on Playa Vista


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The all day cafe concept is perfect for the Playa Vista lifestyle, where they offer an elevated experience for any hour of the day.


Joliet is the vibe that Playa Vista never knew it needed!

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Stop by in the morning hours for your gourmet coffee and pastries, or at lunch for can’t miss deli sandwiches, and in the evenings for a full dinner menu and perfectly crafted cocktails. Located in Free Market at Runway Playa Vista, Joliet is its own vibe with an outdoor seating experience by their custom trailor, interior bar or the “speakeasy” located in the back of the restaurant. Stop by this summer and see why Joliet is a spot that has quickly become a favorite local hangout. Seabluff #112 Offered $2,300,000 3 Bed | 3 Bath | 2,005 SF

Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is com piled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate.

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The weather was hot and the cheers were loud at the Second Annual Westchester Team Challenge (WTC) at LMU’s Drollinger Field on Saturday, August 6. Seven teams made up of local service organizations, neighbors, businesses and friends battled it out during the morning of friendly competition to see who’d take home bragging rights and the top spots in bocce ball, corn hole, hold the rope, the three-legged race and the football toss. “Over 70 competitors cooperated in an animated half day of fun and games,” said co-organizer Amy Frelinger. “With energetic competition and brimming team enthusiasm, we could feel the community spirit we are fortunate to share here in Westchester. All in all, it was a joy-filled and moving day!” Frelinger and fellow longtime Westchester resident, Grant Francis, founded the event in 2019 as a way to promote physical activity and encourage supporting local causes. Proceeds from the event, which this year raised $3,000, will go toward the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association (WSIA). The nonprofit is responsible for the beautification improvements along Sepulveda and Manchester, including replacing broken sidewalks, which once plagued the street, landscaping, planting trees and trash pick-up.


WSIA is currently in the midst of a relaunch, complete with a new website and an Adopt-A-Tree fundraising campaign to provide ongoing maintenance to the area and realize the organization’s vision for a walkable, green downtown Westchester. Stay tuned for more details! Save the date for the Third Annual WTC on August 5, 2023 and visit westchestercateamchallenge.com.

Dear Readers, We love our community and enjoy celebrating its people, places and events each month in the pages of the Westchester/Playa HomeTown News!

Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 7 CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2020 BEST OF & FAVORITE HONOREES FREE WEEK OF CLASSES Bring your kiddo or come workout solo. We welcome moms in every stage of fitness & motherhood. THANKS FOR VOTING US A “BEST OF” BIZ 3 YEARS IN A ROW! CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2022 HONOREES!

HomeTown News loves supporting our small businesses and shopping local. When we support our local businesses, they are able to support our neighborhood by sponsoring local sports teams, donating to school fundraisers, providing jobs and helping our community thrive. A special thank you to all our local businesses that make it a priority to give back to their Thecommunity!resultsof our 2022 Best Of Readers’ Poll are located on the following pages. These pages highlight those businesses that go the extra mile for their customers, clients and friends, inspiring the type of loyalty that gets our readers voting every year to make sure their favorites make our list. Each category contains a “Best Of” honoree and two runner-up “Favorites.”

Lastly, as a small local business ourselves, our publication would not be possible without the support of our readers, all the Best Of voters, our advertisers and this community. We are grateful for every single one of you! -The Westchester/PlayaHomeTownNews

We hope you’ll consider patronizing our Best Of honorees. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find some new favorites! Make sure to tell them the HomeTown News sent you!

While this poll is a fun way to celebrate the best of our community, it only represents a small portion of all the great things that make up our neighborhood. If you don’t see your top picks on this list, please remember to vote next year!

Our Best Of Readers’ Poll is our super-sized way to highlight all the best things about living and working in Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina del Rey. With so many excellent restaurants, businesses and organizations in the area, we love giving you—our readers—an annual opportunity to vote for your favorites. You are the real experts, and you’ve been helping us honor these outstanding individuals year after year! Thank you for being a part of recognizing those who make our community a special place to live, work and visit. Voting took place for our 11th Annual Best Of Poll on May 26 through July 11 and readers voted via a link from SurveyMonkey. Voting was limited to one vote per IP Theaddress.

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Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 9 The Westside’s Favorite Real Estate Team Honored and grateful to be voted a Favorite Real Estate Team on the Westside of Los Angeles. Thanks to our clients and fans! Your trusted Realtor for 17+ years. Call Amy today at 310.951.0416. Amy Nelson Frelinger Realtor® | DRE# 01484711 M amy.frelinger@elliman.com310.951.0416 © 2022 DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. 150 EL CAMINO DRIVE, BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212. 310.595.3888. Amy Nelson Frelinger Realtor® | DRE# 01484711 M amy.frelinger@elliman.com310.951.0416 Honored and grateful to be voted a Favorite Real Estate Team on the Westside of Los Angeles. Thanks to our clients and fans! Your trusted Realtor 17+ years. Call Amy today at 310.951.0416.

The Stephanie Younger Group takes our #1 spot again this year! Led by Stephanie Younger, the team includes more than 20 agents ready to help you find your perfect home or list your current property. Check out their website for all their Westchester/Playa listings, and follow them on social media for great real estate content and community spotlights. 310.641.1003 lainternationalfloristonline.comor BEST 310.441.93932716WendyADVISORFINANCIALWanTurk,GerberKawasakiOceanParkBlvd#2020,SantaMonicaorGerberKawasaki.com

BEST REAL ESTATE StephanieTEAMYounger Group | 7296CompassW.Manchester Ave., Westchester 310.499.2020 or stephanieyounger.com


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When it’s time to shop, are readers are heading to The Book Jewel! Since opening in 2020, this independent bookstore in the Westchester Triangle has been a reader favorite for all book-buying and gift needs. Their friendly staff is always ready to make recommendations and invite you to an upcoming author reading, book signing or special event. Visit their website for a full list of happenings and to view their upcoming book club selections. You can also sign up for their e-newsletter to stay in the know about all things The Book Jewel, and make sure to say “hi” to shop mascot, Paiges the cat, the next time you visit!

Wendy Wan Turk takes the top spot for the third year in a row on our Best Of list! As an Investment Advisor Representative with Gerber Kawasaki, a leading wealth and investment management firm, her emphasis is on providing financial solutions. She believes that with a good plan, persistence, and high-

Favorites: Flowers by Felicia 200 Culver Blvd. #A, Playa del Rey 310.305.1200 or flowersbyfeliciapdr.com


BUSINESS categories

Lily Love Boutique 8125 B W. Manchester Ave. Playa del Rey 323.373.5490 or lilyloveboutique.com

The Stephanie Younger Group (SYG) takes the top spot in our real estate categories this year! Every review of the team–on Zillo five-star rating for their amazing service, making the home buyi their dream homes. Learn more about the team by stopping by one of their numerous neighborhood open houses or chat with them at Block Party, while they host the beer and wine garden to raise money for the Westchester YMCA’s teen mental health programs. PLACE TO 424.750.99916259TheSHOPBookJewelW.87thSt.,Westchesterorthebookjewel.com

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Wells Fargo Mortgage wellsfargo.com/mortgage BEST 310.823.63631842SarloSERVICEPREPARATIONTAXIncomeTaxWashingtonWay,Veniceorsarlo.com Whether you’re filing your personal taxes or taxes for your business, corporation or organization, Sarlo Income Tax is dedicated to providing clients with professional, personalized services and guidance. The firm has been in business since 1953 and is recognized for the third year in a row.

BEST 310.344.32524640MarinaCrossCountryCOMPANYMORTGAGEMortgage,delReyAdmiraltyWay,Suite#500,MdRorccm.com/dean-wong Looking to buy a home or refinance your mortgage? RPM Mortgage is now CrossCountry Mortgage, but with the same great team led by branch manager

or protaxservice.com Westside Income Tax 12043 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City 213.290.4829 or westsideincometax.com BEST REAL ESTATE

in 2020, the

Favorites: ProTax 322 Culver Blvd. #5, Playa del Rey 310.869.0038


Favorites: Betts Westchester 310.670.2398 or bettybettsescrow.com

StephanieGROUPYounger Group|Compass 7296 W. Manchester Westchester 310.499.2020 The HTN SYG topped; Wall Street Journal and Real Trends named the group a Top Ten Team in California and #32 in the nation for large team sales volume. Check out their Instagram @stephanieyoungergroup to view their current listings and start planning your next move!

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Wong. He has been helping his clients successfully navigate the mortgage process since 2002. Building a reputation on experience, knowledge and integrity has earned this business a top spot again on this year’s list.


BEST LAW FIRM Vergari & Napolitano 5777 W. Century Blvd. Ste.1580, Westchester 310.410.4014 or laxlawyers.com Vergari & Napolitano take the top spot in our poll this year! Focusing on family issues and estate planning, this Westchester firm led by Cozette Vergari and Kimberly Napolitano strives to build long-term relationships with its clients, while being committed to providing professional services with integrity.


BEST AUTO SHOP B&J Service Center 6551 80th St., Westchester 310.670.4272

LLP 4640 Admiralty

or stephanieyounger.com Real estate, like life, is all about getting the details right! At the Stephanie Younger Group, their attention to detail and passion for helping people find their dream homes have them topping our list year after year.

Favorites: Ramey Law 200 Culver Blvd. #208, Playa del Rey 310.773.5509 or rameylawpc.com Voss, & Braybrooke Way, del Rey 310.306.0515 or vsbllp.com Dean

Favorites: Palm Realty Boutique 323 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.545.2490 or palmrealtyboutique.com REMAX Westchester 7131 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester 310.802.6000 or eplahomes.com

Escrow 8641 Truxton Ave.,



or bandjservice.mechanicnet.com B&J Service Center is a full service auto repair and maintenance shop conveniently located next to little Vons. They pride themselves on making their customers feel welcome and happy with their experience. Favorites: Gary’s Pit Stop 8131 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester 310.338.7260 Loyola Marina Auto Care 8314 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester 424.227.5551 or loyolamarinaautocare.com Page 12 • August 2022 Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News Not only is Runway Playa Vista a great place to shop, it’s also a great location for events! Runway is #1 with our readers for the second year in a row, and if you haven’t had a chance to visit and check out places like Free Market or the Bull & Butterfly, make sure to visit this month for their second annual Taste of Runway! Sign up for their e-newsletter to learn about all their special events, pop-up markets and art installations. RunwaycourtesyandPaparazziVenicebyPhoto NOW WORKING WITH SELECT CLIENTS ON MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ALISON@ALISONWHITEHOMES.COM Thank you for again voting us Best RemodelImprovement/HomeCompanyof

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Christopher Blatter tops our list for the fourth time this year, thanks to his work in helping people plan for the future, while protecting their assets. His office prides itself in flexible meeting options, direct access and a quick turnaround time. They also offer flat rates and flexible payment options. While no one likes to plan for the unthinkable, making sure your family and loved ones are financially protected is more important than ever.

Favorites: Bahar Geslin, Geslin Law 310.994.3188 or geslinlaw.com Law Offices of Edgar Saenz 8921 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #101, Westchester 310.417.9900 or edgarsaenz.com

Favorites: Lily Chan Photography lilychanphotography.com Action Creative Group 310.853.3305 or LawPRACTICEPLANNINGESTATEofficesofChristopher Blatter 6080 Center Dr. 6th Floor, Westchester 424.832.1141 or blatterlaw.com

Top real estate agent Stephanie Younger has strong ties to the community as an LMU graduate and long-time Westchester resident. Her results-driven approach, integrity and honesty have earned her top-producer status, as well the hard-earned respect of her clients, colleagues and community members.

actioncreativegroup.com BEST

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BEST REAL ESTATE StephanieAGENTYounger, Stephanie Younger Group 7296 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester 310.499.2020 or stephanieyounger.com


Favorites: Jane St. John, REMAX 155 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey 310.577.5300 or westsidebeachhomes.com


Is it time to update your family photos? Westchester’s Zsuzsi Steiner has photographed more than 1,000 local families and always is ready to make the process fun and memorable. For the last few years, she has also been the official Fourth of July Parade photographer! View her photos from this year’s event on page 54 and 55 of the HTN.

Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 15 Thank you, HomeTown News readers for your ongoing support! Best Real Estate Team Best Real Estate Company Best Real Estate Agent-Stephanie Younger Favorite Community Partner | Top 3 Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. HomeTown News Best of Reader’s Poll #1 STEPHANIE YOUNGER DREstephanieyounger.comhello@stephanieyounger.com310.499.202001365696

With an office located across from Bristol Farms on Lincoln, Kate Leung takes our top spot for the third year in a row! Whether you’re looking for auto, home, property, business or life insurance, she can help provide a quote and make sure you’re prepared for the “what if.” She believes in putting customers first, which is how she has built longlasting relationships and trust with her clients.

At Westchester Veterinary Center and Cat Clinic, they’re dedicated to providing high quality medical care for your four-legged family members, while providing outstanding service, education and support to their clients. Led by Dr. Andrew Krieger, the team at Westchester Veterinary offers same day appointments and are accepting new patients!

Favorites: Peter Kohly 6320 Howard B. Drollinger Way #202, 310.641.3430Westchester or agents.farmers.com Tatiana Ruiz More, Covered with More 8705 Truxton Ave., Westchester 310.450.8833 or coveredwithmore.com 310.645.44448911WestchesterCENTERVETERINARYVeterinaryCenterS.SepulvedaBlvd.,Westchesterorwestchestervet.com

BEST 310.641.89908405KateAGENTINSURANCELeungLincolnBlvd.,Westchesterorkateleung.net


Favorites: Marina Veterinary Center 8421 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester 310.642.8080 or marinavet.com VCA Marina Bay Cities Animal Hospital 2506

Lincoln Blvd., Venice 310.306.8707 or vcahospitals.com/marina BEST alisonwhitehomes.comalison@alisonwhitehomes.comAlisonREMODELDEVELOPMENT/HOMEFIRMWhiteHomesor Alison White’s passion for design and the motivation to create some of Westchester’s most beautiful one-of-a-kind homes has not only made her a much sought-after name for those looking to buy their Westchester dream locale, but also has her topping our list again this year! She is now working with select clients on major construction projects. Alison is also the admin behind the “Westchester Renovations Group” where she shares her expertise with community members. Leigh Construction 310.528.7403 BEST 323.240.0399Jonathan’sCOMPANYPAINTINGPaintingorjonathanspainting.com Ready to make some home improvements and starting with a fresh coat of paint? Get a quote for our second time Best Painting Company honoree Jonathan’s Painting, Specializing in professional, affordable residential jobs, the family-owned business is ready to give your home a new look! Favorites: Greg Oakland Painting 310.641.1515 or gregoaklandpainting.com Zuno Painting 310.505.2167 or zunopainting.com Page 16 • August 2022 Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Los Angeles, CA 90045 310.645.5151 | info@laxcoastal.com | laxcoastal.com ENG AGE W IT H US /LA XCOASTAL @ LA XCOASTAL #LA XCOASTAL SE E WH Y O VE R 500 BUSINESSES CH OOS E T O I NV EST I N US BEST COMMUNITY EVENT 4TH OF JULY PAR AD E FAVORITEORGANIZMEMBERSHIPATION

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BEST PLACE TO ADOPT A PET Annenberg PetSpace 12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista 424.384.1801 or annenbergpetspace.org Playa Vista’s Annenberg PetSpace is top dog in this category for a second year in a row. If you’re looking to add a four-legged friend to your family, visit their website and then head to their Playa Vista center to view all the adoptables! This month, the organization celebrates “DOGust, the universal birthday for shelter dogs” with a special event on August 20, and everyone is invited! Bring your pup to this SoCal-themed birthday bash complete with fun activities, photo ops and games.

Favorites: Lovejoy Foundation 121 W. Hillcrest Blvd., Inglewood 310.641.1537 or lovejoyfoundation.org Forte Animal Rescue 310.362.0321 or farescue.org

Favorites: Marina del Rey Hotel 13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey 310.301.1000 or marinadelreyhotel.com Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 310.823.1700 or ritzcarlton.com BEST 310.417.80488929DrollingerFIRMMANAGEMENTPROPERTYPropertiesSepulvedaBlvd.Ste130,Westchesterordrollingerproperties.com

Page 18 • August 2022 Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News We’re all in this together. State Farm® has a long tradition of being there. That’s one reason why I’m proud to support all our local communities! Thank you for selecting our team as Best Of. Here to help life go right.® Kate Leung Ins Agcy Inc Kate Leung, HablamosWestchester,8405Insurance310-641-8990AgentLic#:0E86530LincolnBlvdCA90045Español State Farm, Bloomington, IL1801073 Family. Friends. Community. Check out additional Best Of Honorees including:  Best Pet Services, Best Dry Cleaners, Best Plumber, Best Orthodontist Office, and more thehtn.com!at MKT-1943E-A © 2022 EDWARD D. JONES & CO., L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. All the EdwardinvestreasonsusualtowithJones. Plus one. Now investors in Westcester have one more reason to feel confident about their financial future. Contact Financial Advisor Sharon Cooper and experience how Edward Jones makes sense of investing. Sharon E Cooper, CFP®, ChFC® Financial Advisor 4551 Glencoe Avenue Suite Marina240Del Rey, CA 90292-6385 310-301-2183 Sharon E Cooper, CFP®, ChFC® Financial Advisor 4551 Glencoe Avenue Suite Marina240Del Rey, CA 90292-6385 310-301-2183 MKT-1943E-A © 2022 Edward D. Jones & CO., L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. All the EdwardinvestreasonsusualtowithJones Plus one. Thank you for voting me a Favorite Financial Advisor! Contact Financial Advisor Sharon Cooper and experience how Edward Jones makes sense of investing.

Drollinger Properties is synonymous with property management in Westchester and earns our readers’ votes year after year. Some of the area’s most popular businesses–including In-NOut and Ralphs–are tenants, and they’re always looking for small businesses ready to call the area home. This month, Drollinger Properties will welcome new plant-based restaurant, Hart House to Westchester! The eatery is scheduled to open August 25 at the former site of Boston Market. Drollinger Properties has a history that goes back more than 70 years in Westchester, and is currently led by Karen Dial. Through the Drollinger Charitable Foundation, she and her family support nearly every community event and major nonprofit from the Fourth of July Parade and WAM to the Westchester Family YMCA and AMCS.

BEST HOTEL/INN Inn at Playa del Rey 435 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.574.1920 or innatplayadelrey.com When you’re planning your next staycation or have friends and family visiting, book a room at our readers’ top pick for Best Hotel/Inn, the Inn at Playa del Rey! Located on Culver Blvd., the cozy and coastal hotel right on the Ballona Wetlands is renowned for its customer service, relaxing environment and cookies with checkin! For the last five years, the inn has been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and was voted “One of the Ten Best Urban Inns” by Forbes.com.

Favorites: Matilla Property 225 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.306.9005 matillagrouppropertymanagement.comor CCR Properties 8717 Delgany Ave. #106, Playa del Rey, 310.641.3383 or ccrprop.com

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Overlooking the beautiful Marina, Tony P’s is the place to be when the weather is warm and the sun is shining! Whether you’re on the bottom level or top deck of their patio, every seat in the house has a clear view of the water. Order up Tony P’s Special Salad, the signature “no bones” or go with the fish and chips, and enjoy your meal with a Mai Tai in hand while dreaming of cruising off into the sunset on a sail boat!


BEST PIZZA The Good Pizza 8115 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey 310.827.0500 or thegoodpizza.com The Good Pizza keeps its #1 spot this year thanks to serving up great pizza, pasta and salads. Order one of their giant pies to go or enjoy your meal and a glass of wine on their outdoor patio on Manchester Ave. For a fun night out with friends and family, stop by on Fridays or Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. for live music. The pizzeria’s recent remodel has made its indoor space bright and inviting, and owner Nando de Stefano has even added a small market where you can pick up the ingredients to whip up your own perfect Italian meal.

Favorites: Playa Provisions 119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.683.5019 or playaprovisions.com Warehouse Restaurant 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 310.823.5451 or mdrwarehouse.com

BEST 310.910.08957241CincoHOURHAPPYW.ManchesterAve.,Westchesterorcincola.com Melody Bar & Grill 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester 310.670.1994 or melodylax.com Tony P’s Dockside Grill 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 310.823.4534 or tonyps.com BREAKFAST Coffee Company 8751 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester 310.645.7315 or thecoffeecompanyla.com There’s always good food and great company at this beloved Westchester eatery that has been serving the community since 1978. The restaurant is only open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., so expect a line out the door no matter when you visit. You’ll be missing out if you don’t order one of their popular breakfast items like a giant omelette served with hot buttermilk biscuits or a light and crispy Belgium waffle, but the restaurant has plenty of yummy lunch items as well! Favorites: Cafe Solar 6224 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester 424.227.6486 or cahuengagroup.com/ cafe-solar J. Nichols 4375 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey 310.823.2283 or jnicholskitchen.com

Invite your friends and stop in at Cinco on Mondays through Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m. for our reader-voted “best” happy hour in town! Pick your favorite combo of street tacos for $6, enjoy a burrito with your beer for $7 and share an order of queso fundido with all your buddies while you peruse the drink menu. Signature cocktails are $10, and we recommend the Paloma or the Blue Jay Way with vodka, lavender and lime. Favorites:


Favorites: LaRocco’s Pizzeria 8806 Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester 310.642.0029 or laroccospizzeria.com Tower Pizza 8351 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester 310.410.0986 or towerpizza.com 310.823.45344445TonyDININGOUTDOORAREAP’sDocksideGrillAdmiraltyWay,MarinadelReyortonyps.com


At The Manchester, it’s easy to eat, drink and stay awhile! Since opening in 2019, The Manchester has built a reputation as a cool neighborhood hangout with thoughtfully curated food and drinks served in an intimate setting. Using local and fresh ingredients, menu standouts include our reader-voted favorite the Manchester Burger and Fries, the sautéed barramundi and the behemoth 24 oz. Delmonico steak. You can’t go wrong with any of their signature cocktails, but we’re partial to the Re-Animator served in a fish-shaped glass!

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BEST 310.306.833013208RainbowSTOREHEALTHNATURAL/FOODAcresWashingtonBlvd.,LosAngelesorrainbowacresca.com


Favorites: Mo’s Place 203 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.822.6422 or mosplacepdr.com The Shack 185 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.823.6222 or shackpdr.com

Rainbow Acres has been serving customers and the community with healthy options since 1981! With more than 1,300 reviews on Google and Yelp averaging a 4.5-plus rating, it’s no surprise this local favorite tops our list for the ninth year in a row. We love their selection of Rainbow Acres-brand snacks, including their trail mixes and spirulina popcorn, and we recommend checking out their deli area for a wonderful assortment of salads, desserts and togo items! Before you checkout, don’t forget to order a refreshing drink from the juice bar like the Strawberry Banana Dream or the Coconut Cooler.

BEST 310.417.87898611Truxton’sCATERERRESTAURANTAmericanBistroTruxtonAve.,Westchesterortruxtonsamericanbisto.com Looking for someone to cater your next event? Let Truxton’s American Bistro take over the cooking duties for your next holiday, dinner party or lunch meeting. Check out their website to view their offerings and have the fun task of choosing between items like firecracker chicken tenders, 11-spiced brisket, mom’s meatloaf or the spicy roasted red pepper

Favorites: El Tarasco Westchester 8620 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester 310.338.0399 Señor G’s 343 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.822.7733 or senorgs.com

Favorites: Alejo’s 8343 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester 310.670.6677 or alejosrestaurant.com C&O Cucina 3016 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey 310.301.7278 or candorestaurants.com

BEST RESTAURANT Playa Provisions 119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.683.5019 or playaprovisions.com Have you been to Playa Provisions yet? Since opening in 2014, this unique 4-1 concept that includes Dockside, King Beach Cafe, Small Batch and Grain, has delighted our readers due to their fresh, seasonal offerings and breezy coastal vibe. The eatery has a great outdoor area, making it the perfect spot to meet up with friends for coffee or the best Bloody Mary in town.

Our reader-voted top sushi spot has two locations in Westchester–one on Sepulveda and one on Lincoln–so you know this eatery is a community favorite! With a menu that combines traditional Japanese cuisine with a California flair expect a menu full of sushi rolls, sashimi and more than 40 different kinds of sake. Head there at noon for lunch specials or if you’re looking for a late night meal, the restaurant is open past midnight. Favorites: Irori Japanese Restaurant 4371 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey 310.822.3700 or irorisushi.com Sugarfish 4722 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 310.306.6300 or sugarfishsushi.com penne. You can also reserve a burger or taco bar, complete with vegan options.

Favorites: Benny’s Tacos 7101 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester 310.670.8226 or bennystacos.com Cantalini’s Salerno Beach 193 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.821.0018 or salernobeach.com

BEST PLACE FOR SWEET TREATS Westchester Bakery 6216 W. 87th St. Westchester 310.215.9606 or westchesterbakery.com Westchester Bakery has been serving the Westchester/Playa community since 1985. This family-owned bakery specializes in custom-made cakes and yummy desserts, including our favorites: the Florentine cookie and fresh fruit tarts. Check them out on social media to view some of their fantastic cake designs that range from cute and whimsical to sophisticated and hyper-realistic.

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Favorites: KC’s Crepes Cafe 8320 Lincoln Blvd. #101B, Westchester 310.348.9697 or kcscrepescafe.com Ginger’s Divine Ice Creams 12550 W. Washington Blvd., Del Rey 310.437.0246 or gingersicecreams.com Playa del Rey Marina del Rey Playa Vista

BEST 310.670.05338736KanpaiRESTAURANTSUSHIJapaneseSushiS.SepulvedaBlvd.,Westchesterorkanpai-sushi.net

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach takes our 2022 top spot for Best Italian Food for the second year in a row! The restaurant has been a Playa del Rey landmark for more than 50 years, and since 2000 has been owned by executive chef Lisa Schwab. Her family hails from the Abruzzi region in Italy, and she’s been using the recipes handed down from her family for generations to create her award-winning menu. Plan your next visit to enjoy their homemade pasta and happy hour offerings all summer long, Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

BEST LUNCH SPOT The Ramen Joint 6220 W. 87th Street, Westchester 424.227.9328 or ramenjointlax.com When you want Ramen, this Westchester hot spot will not leave you disappointed! The ever-popular Ramen Joint, tops our list for Best Lunch Spot this year thanks to their hearty and delicious bowls that patrons can customize with items like pork rinds, a soft-boiled egg, brown butter corn and kimchi. Whether you’re a local or catching a plane at LAX, this is a can’t-miss dining option in Westchester!

Favorites: Trader Joe’s Westchester 8645 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester 310.338.9238 or traderjoes.com

If you haven’t been to the Melody lately, make sure to pay them a visit! Their updated outdoor seating area is cozy and inviting, creating a little oasis for food and drinks off Sepulveda Blvd. Bring a friend or show up solo, because with their Cheers-style vibe, you’ll probably run into someone you know! And if you don’t, you’re bound to make new acquaintances. Make sure to come hungry, because for a bar, the Melody excels in their menu options, which range from sliders, tacos, salads, burgers, wraps and more. For a hometown favorite, try the Elvis wings available in 10 different styles and sauces. Give the “Amazing Blazin” sauce a try if you’re look ing for something ultra spicy.

BEST 310.821.0018193Cantalini’sRESTAURANTITALIANSalernoBeachCulverBlvd.,PlayadelReyorsalernobeach.com

Mornings are a little easier when you have a neighborhood coffee shop like Tanner’s. Whether you’re heading to the beach, meeting up with friends for a latte with soy milk or looking for a caffeine buzz and a place to get some writing done, the friendly staff will serve up your favorite drinks so you can face the day.

Whole Foods Playa Vista 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista 310.862.9900 or wholefoodsmarket.com

BEST COFFEE SPOT Tanner’s Coffee 200 Culver Blvd. #C, Playa del Rey 310.574.2739 or com/tannerscoffeepdrtannerscoffeepdr.wixsite.

Favorites: Cafe Boheme 8428 Pershing Dr., Playa del Rey 310.439.2242 or cafebohemepdr.com Cafe Solar 6224 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester 424.227.6486 or cahuengagroup.com/ cafe-solar

Favorites: Ayara Thai Cuisine 6245 W. 87th Street, Westchester 310.410.8848 or ayarathaicuisine.com Hank’s Pizza 442 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey 424.228.5251 or hankspizzaofla.com

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The owner behind Benny’s Tacos spent years perfecting his recipes to create the best burritos, tacos and rotisserie chicken in town. His work has paid off, and everything we’ve tried at this popular eatery–that’s down the street from LMU– has been delicious! Some of our favorites include the Southwestern salad, the macho wet burrito and the red chicken enchiladas. The restaurant is also generous when it comes to donating food to support local causes like the YMCA and hosting fundraisers for schools and neighborhood charities.

BEST 310.670.82267101Benny’sMEXICANSERVICEQUICKFOODTacosW.ManchesterAve.,Westchesterorbennystacos.com

Favorites: Tony P’s Dockside Grill 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 310.823.4534 or tonyps.com Truxton’s American Bistro 8611 Truxton Ave., Westchester 310.417.8789 or truxtonsamericanbistro.com

Thank you for 42 years of community support and voting us #1 Juice Bar & Natural Food Store on the Westside for the last 9 years! Family owned and operated since 1980.

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BEST BAR 7241CincoW. Manchester Ave., Westchester 310.910.0895 or cincola.com Taking our Best Bar honor this year is Westchester’s Cinco! With a menu that shows an appreciation for agave spirits, standouts include the Paloma, the Tequila Gimlet, and of course, the margarita ordered spicy! Pair your drinks with their Oaxacan-influenced Mexican food like the tlayuda and the memelas. If you can, save room for the mouthwatering homemade caramel flan!

Favorites: Melody Bar & Grill 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester 310.670.1994 or melodylax.com Tony P’s Dockside Grill 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 310.823.4534 or tonyps.com

BEST 310.410.88486245AyaraRESTAURANTTHAIThaiCuisineW.87thStreet,Westchesterorayarathaicuisine.com

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BEST BRUNCH Playa Provisions 119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.683.5019 or playaprovisions.com Our readers love the offerings at PdR’s Playa Provisions it’s time brunch! Head to patio 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ocean breeze shellfish tower, baked Cajun shrimp Dungeness crab craving sweet, the cinnamon bun with maple candied bacon skillet cream croissant French

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comes to dining with the whole fam! The menu is large with something for everyone, including meat-free options, fresh seafood, salads and more. Favorites: Paco’s Tacos Cantina 6212 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester 310.645.8692 pacosmexicanrestaurant.comor Truxton’s American Bistro 8611 Truxton Ave., Westchester 310.417.8789 or truxtonsamericanbistro.com BEST 310.645.86926212Paco’sRESTAURANTMEXICANTacosManchesterBlvd.,Westchesterorpacoscantina.com Paco’s Taco’s is a neighborhood institution and a reader favorite when it comes to Mexican food. You can’t go wrong ordering up one of their giant burritos, combination plates or a refreshing margarita to complete your meal. Favorites: Hacienda Del Rey 8347 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester 310.670.8588 Sol Mexican Cocina Playa Vista 12775 Millennium Dr. #160, Playa Vista 424.289.0066 or solcocina.com SteinerZsuzsibyPhoto Daily Happy Hour 3 - 6 pm Weekend Brunch 9am - 1pm Weekday Lunch Specials 11am - 3 pm 6245 West 87th Street Westchester, CA 90045 (310) ayarathai.com410-8848Stayconnected with us @ayarathai!


Favorites: Bacari PDR 6805 S. Vista Del Mar Ln., Playa del Rey 213.340.8196 or bacaripdr.com Truxton’s American Bistro 8611 Truxton Ave., Westchester 310.417.8789 or truxtonsamericanbistro.com



with your besties on Saturdays and Sundays from

Favorites: J. Nichols 4375 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey 310.823.2283 or jnicholskitchen.com Tony P’s Dockside Grill 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 310.823.4534 or tonyps.com


BEST 4445TonyRESTAURANTFAMILYP’sDocksideGrillAdmiraltyWay,Marinadel Rey 310.823.4534 or tonyps.com When you stop in to Marina del Rey’s Tony P’s you’re treated like family, so it’s no surprise our put this popular eatery as their top pick when it


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Truxton’s American Bistro has been a longtime Westchester favorite and part of the community for 16 years. If you’re ordering for pick up, or dining in at one of the restaurant’s booths with your family, make sure to ask for the specials and add an order of monkey bread to share!

BEST 310.417.87898611Truxton’sRESTAURANTAMERICANAmericanBistroTruxtonAve.,Westchesterortruxtonsamericanbisto.com

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Ayara Thai is not only one of our reader-voted best restaurants in the community, but it’s one of the best restaurants in L.A. thanks to the dedication, innovation and creativity of the Asapahu family and the Ayara team. In addition to their full menu of traditional Thai food favorites like pad thai, tom yum, papaya salad, curries and pad see ew, the restaurant regularly hosts special pop-ups in their outdoor space. Recent highlights include a pizza collab with Wormhole Pizza featuring Thai shaved ice; Moo Krata nights where you grill your own meal tableside, and the sold-out Thai Thursdays. This month, the restaurant will celebrate its 18th anniversary with special events on August 25 and 26, and later this year a facelift for the restaurant is planned. Follow them on Instagram @ayarathai to stay in the loop about new food offerings, events and what’s next for this special Westchester eatery.



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Favorites: Natalee Thai 10101 Venice Blvd., L.A. 310.202.7003 or nataleethai.com Thai Talay 8411 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester 310.670.3055 or thethaitalay.com


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If you’re looking for a romantic night out, make reservations at Playa del Rey’s Caffe Pinguini for a memorable evening. As one Yelp review states, “This charming little gem hidden away at the end of Culver Blvd. takes me back to the cafes in beautiful Rome and other Italian locales!” Start your meal with prosciutto e melone before choosing between the risotto, homemade pasta or mouth-watering entrees. End the night with one of their delicious desserts to-go and a walk on the beach, just steps away.

BEST BURGER The Shack 185 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.823.6222 or shackpdr.com This Playa del Rey hotspot has been a community favorite since 1972 and a place you’ll almost always run into old friends. Billing itself as a “vintage beach OG dive bar” means that the drinks are good, and when it’s time for a snack, The Shack’s menu won’t disappoint! Order up our readers’ #1 best burger pick, the famous Shack Burger topped with a Louisiana sausage link, and get ready for the good times to roll while you wait for karaoke to start.

Favorites: Playa Provisions 119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.683.5019 or playaprovisions.com

Favorites: Benny’s Tacos 7101 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester 310.670.8226 or bennystacos.com

BEST 424.227.64866224CafeDININGCASUALSolarW.ManchesterAve.,Westchesterorcahuengagroup.com

Truxton’s American Bistro 8611 Truxton Ave., Westchester 310.417.8789 or truxtonsamericanbistro.com

BEST SERVICE Tony P’s Dockside Grill 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 310.823.4534 or tonyps.com Our readers are noticing the great customer service at Tony P’s and ranking the Marina restaurant and bar at the top of our list for 2022. If you’re a regular, you know that owner Tony Palermo makes the rounds to give his guests a warm welcome and check to make sure they’re enjoying their meal. The staff is attentive, polite and friendly while taking your order, refilling your beer or packing up your order to-go.

Favorites: The Manchester 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester 424.541.7097 or themanchester.la Truxton’s American Bistro 8611 Truxton Ave., Westchester 310.417.8789 or truxtonsamericanbistro.com thegoodpizza.com Visit us at 8115 W. Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey or order

Next time you’re looking for a spot for a casual bite to eat, check out Cafe Solar. The bright and airy cafe with a coffee bar, and case full of picture-perfect pastries, has a yummy menu full of breakfast and lunch favorites from cinnamon French toast to the classic burger and fries.

Favorites: Hacienda Del Rey 8347 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester 310.670.8588 or haciendarestaurants.com


The Shack 185 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey 310.823.6222 or shackpdr.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House MDR 13455 Maxella Ave. #230, Marina del Rey 310.821.4593 or ruthschris.com

BEST DATE 310.306.01176935CaffeRESTAURANTNIGHTPinguiniPacificAve.,PlayadelReyorcaffepinguini.com

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The Westchester Rotary Club makes its way back to our top spot in the Best Community Club category for 2022! The club is made up of engaged and passionate individuals who are always looking to give back to the Westchester/Playa community. The club has served the community for more than 70 years, and since being founded in 1950, it has made a positive impact on virtually every community organization and event. From working with the YMCA and AMCS to fund mental health initiatives, sponsoring community events and “making over” the Westchester Townhouse, the Senior Center and the Emerson Avenue Community Garden, to recently donating $45,000 to make needed upgrades at Nielsen Park for youth athletes, the Westchester Rotary Club is spreading “do-goodery” wherever they go! Save the date for September 2 for the unveiling of the upgrades at the field, and join them in service to Westchester!

Favorites: Friends of Ballona Wetlands ballonafriends.org Grass Roots Neighbors 424.2O9.2777 or grassrootsneighbors.org

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The Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary is always looking to make a difference in the community! Join them this month on August 27 at Westchester’s Fire Station #5 for their annual Pancake Breakfast benefiting the station! Bring the whole family for an $8 breakfast (kids under 2 eat free) and then chat with firefighters and take a tour, while kids can enjoy a bounce house and balloon animals.

Favorites: Westchester Elks Lodge 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey 310.821.3005 or elks.org Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club playavenice.org

BEST NONPROFIT Airport Marina Counseling Service 7891 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester 310.670.1410 or airportmarina.org AMCS is doing important work to support the community’s mental health needs, which has earned them our readers’ pick for Best Nonprofit again this year. Providing services on a sliding scale, AMCS serves hundreds of individuals, families, and couples weekly. Visit their website to learn more about their efforts and their group therapy schedule, which includes process groups for men and women, emerging adults and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Loyola Marymount recently welcomed the community back to its campus, just in time to enjoy the university’s summer events. The newly unveiled Drollinger Family Stage in Lawton Plaza made the perfect backdrop for the free Shakespeare on the Bluff performances of “Julius Caesar” and “The Tempest,” as well as family-friendly movie nights. When it comes to partnering with the community, LMU steps up to support events like the AMCS Spring Gala, the Rock Roll & Run for Education, The Fourth of July Parade and the Westchester Arts & Music Block Party.

Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 29 is proud to be your favorite private school! St. Anastasia Catholic School 8631 Stanmoor Drive Los Angeles, CA school.st.anastasia.org90045

Page 30 • August 2022 Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News We offer (DIS)InstructionalDesignatedServiceswhichincludes: • Occupational Therapy • Speech & Language Therapy • Physical Therapy • Counseling • ProgramsIndividualized • Case management • Art Programs, Field Trips & Special Events Serving students with special needs 3-22 years

Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 31 for voting us Best Community Club and our Annual Book Sale a Favorite Nonprofit/Charity Event!! www.rotary-westchester.com We recently donated $45,000 to make improvements at Nielsen Field! Join us for a community celebration on September 2 as we unveil the upgrades. Makeover Project | Book Sale | Scholarships | WAM | Nielsen Refresh Project | Supporting YMCA Programs...and so much more! 2022 Cozette Vergari, Esq. Kimberly Napolitano, Esq. We are committed to serving the community and providing professional services with integrity Wills - Trusts - Probate

We couldn’t agree with the sentiments of this piece more: Oh thank heaven for Westchester! This 100-foot mural popped up late last year at 7-Eleven Westchester, located on Sepulveda Blvd. at Lincoln. The colorful artwork features a giant parrot and hummingbird with the shout-out to the neighborhood, which is also a nod to one of the convenience store’s memorable slogans. The painting was created by local artist Ernest Doty who is known for his bold style featuring birds.

“Into the Blue” was completed in spring on the newly constructed LAX Police facility located on the northeast corner of Westchester Parkway and Loyola Blvd. The mural is an impressive 105-feet wide by 10-feet high and was created by Los Angeles artist Francisco Letelier in collaboration with Marybeth Fama. The artwork features a variety of colorful scenes that highlight the rich history of the area. Here, the El Segundo Blue Butterfly figures prominently.

BEST 310.338.27591LoyolaPARTNERCOMMUNITYMarymountUniversityLMUDrive,Westchesterorcommunity.lmu.edu Loyola Marymount University tops our list this year for Best Community Partner because of their support of numerous community events and initiatives. After being a closed campus due to COVID protocols, the university recently reopened to the public and was the location for the AMCS Spring Gala and the Westchester Team Challenge. From hosting free events to LMU students contributing hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours every year to local nonprofits, having a university in Westchester’s backyard is a major resource, although sometimes there can also be challenges. The community is invited to quarterly LMU Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) meetings to discuss programs at LMU and any issues between the university and neighbors. The next meeting is scheduled for August 31 at 6:30 p.m. and is held virtually. Register at community.lmu.edu/masterplan/nac/meeting. Favorites: Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation 8929 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #130, Westchester drollingerproperties.com Stephanie Younger Group 7296 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester 310.499.2020 or stephanieyounger.com BEST laxcoastal.comFourthEVENTCOMMUNITYofJulyParade The Fourth of July Parade is unbeatable when it comes to our readers’ selection for the Best Community Event! The parade is our favorite day in Westchester, and there’s no event that brings so many neighbors, organizations, families and businesses together to celebrate. Organizers are already brainstorming about next year’s festivities, and are encouraging community groups to plan early to start making great floats! Check out our parade recap on page 54 and visit our website to view this year’s parade video to relive the event’s most memorable moments! Favorites: Westchester Elks Lodge Car Show & Chili Cook-Off Facebook.com/westchester.elks Westchester Arts & Music Block Party wamblockparty.org BEST PLACE TO 424.2O9.2777GrassVOLUNTEERRootsNeighborsorgrassrootsneighbors.org For the last two-plus years, Grass Roots Neighbors has built a dedicated team of local volunteers ready to help feed those in need. In their headquarters on Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey, volunteers meet weekly to pack and deliver bags of food to distribute to the families they serve. Inspiring their neighbors to get involved, you’ll often see people stopping by with freshly baked bread and sweets or dropping off extra items they picked up at the grocery store. Favorites: Friends of Ballona Wetlands ballonafriends.org Westside Pacific Village 8939 Sepulveda Blvd. #326, Westchester 310.695.7030 or thewpv.org BEST farmermark.com/playavista12775PlayaMARKETFARMERS’VistaFarmers’MarketW.MillenniumDrive Get your Saturday shopping done at Playa Vista Farmers’ Market. Located in the Runway Shopping Center, the market features dozens of vendors selling organic produce, artisanal items, fresh-baked bread, pastries, flowers and more. Visit their website to sign up for their monthly newsletter for seasonal recipes, to learn about new vendors and special events. Favorites: Sunday Westchester Farmers’ Market 6200 block W. 87th St., westchesterfarmersmkt.comWestchester Mar Vista Farmers’ Market 3826 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista marvistafarmersmarket.org BEST wamblockparty.comWestchesterNONPROFITCHARITY/EVENTArts&MusicBlockParty Are you heading to the Westchester Arts & Music Block Party next month? Save the date for this year’s pick for Best Charity/Nonprofit event! For 2022, WAM is switching things up and proceeds will benefit the Westchester Family YMCA’s teen mental health initiatives. Organizers are finalizing the details for the September 24 festivities, so if you’re interested in sponsoring WAM or having a vendor booth to sell your arts and crafts, reach out to volunteers at wamblockparty@gmail.com. Favorites: Westchester Rotary Annual Book Sale rotary-westchester.com Holiday Lights Tour westchestermhg.org BEST 310.670.43168015WestchesterORGANIZATIONMEMBERSHIPFamilyYMCASepulvedaBlvd.,Westchesterorymcala.org/westchester If you’re not a member of the Westchester Family YMCA, or at least keeping this organization on your radar for the work they do in the community, you are missing out! Our readers have voted the Y this year’s Best Membership Organization because of the plethora of programs available for members beyond just gym equipment! Members make friends that last a lifetime through the Y Guides, volunteering, camping trips and more. Follow the Y on social media to learn about their upcoming events and programs! Favorites:LAXCoastal Chamber 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #210, Westchester 310.645.5151 or laxcoastal.com Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club (tied) playavenice.org Westchester Mental Health Guild (tied) westchestermhg.org Page 32 • August 2022 Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News Mark your calendars for September 24! You’re invited to the Westchester Arts & Music Block Party (WAM) featuring live music, food trucks, community booths, entertainment, crafting and art vendors! The event will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on Emerson Avenue between 80th Street and 80th Place. This year’s music lineup includes the Wayback Daddies, Sanford Street, Omar Torrez, Alpine Camp, Pom Pom and Rose’s Pawn Shop. Plan your day so you can spend the early afternoon enjoying all the family activities before heading into the 21-and-over beer and wine garden hosted by the Stephanie Younger Group. When it’s time to eat, visit the food truck area to purchase grub from Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Wise BBQ, the Tropic Truck and more. This year’s major sponsors are The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, Stephanie Younger Group | Compass, Westchester Rotary Club, Decron Properties, Gerber Kawasaki and Loyola Marymount University. Get the full scoop at wamblockparty.org.

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Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 33 Thanks, Westchester/Playa. I love being here to help in a community where people are making a difference every day. Thank you for all you do. Tatiana Ruiz More, Agent 8705 Truxton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90045 tatiana@coveredwithmore.com310-450-8833 State Farm, Bloomington, IL2007005 Action Sports @actioncreativegroup310-853-3305Photos See for yourself on Wednesdays at 7:15 AM @ Whiskey Reds! Meetings on the patio overlooking the Marina | 13813 Fiji Way, MdR PLAYAVENICE.ORG | (310) 963-9494 | JOE CHEHADE, PRESIDENT Thank you to our sponsors: Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, Rainbow Acres Natural Foods & LAWA

Go bulldogs! Since 2010, Visitation Catholic School has been led by Principal Christopher Watson, who has overseen the implementation of a lot of great successes at the school, including the building of a new playground, upgrades to the campus and beautification work. The sense of community that families, students, staff and parishioners have built is palpable, and they invite the neighborhood to check out their programs and visit the campus at one of their upcoming events. On September 9, Visitation will host their second Concert in the Park(ing Lot) featuring live music, food and fun.

BEST PLACE FOR KIDS’ 310.670.43168015WestchesterLESSONSFamilyYMCAS.SepulvedaBlvd.,Westchesterorymcala.org/westchester

Last year, Westchester Lutheran relaunched its Early Learning Center and renovated its class rooms and play yards. The ELC is now welcom ing children ages six weeks to five years and is under the leadership of Director Shirley Becker. Favorites: Carousel School 7899 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester 310.645.9222 or carouselschool.com Covenant Preschool 6323 W. 80th St., Westchester 310.670.5758 or covla.org 310.670.57586323CovenantPRESCHOOLBESTPreschoolW.80thSt.,Westchesterorcovla.org

Favorites: St. Anastasia Catholic School 8631 Stanmoor Dr., Westchester 310.645.8816 or school.st-anastasia.org Westside Neighborhood School 5401 Beethoven Street, Los Angeles 310.574.8650 or wns-la.org BEST 310.642.94746550WISHSCHOOLCHARTERCharterSchool80thSt.,Westchesterorwishcharter.org

BEST PRIVATE K-8 VisitationSCHOOLCatholic School 8740 Emerson Ave., Westchester 310.645.6620 or visitationschool.org Visitation Catholic School takes the #1 spot in this category for the first time this year. As principal Christopher Watson shared, “Our teachers, students and parents are what make us unique and allow us to come together in community and share our lives.” Take a virtual tour of the school on the Visitation website or save the date for their biannual carnival with games, rides and fair food on October 21-23 to see the campus–and the community they’ve built–in person!

Favorites: Children of Our Savior Preschool 6705 W. 77th St., Westchester 310.215.3166 or oursaviorwestchester.com Westchester Lutheran Preschool 7831 Sepulveda Blvd., Creek Dr., Playa Vista 424.228.1800 or playavistaschool.com BEST 7400WISHSCHOOLHIGHAcademyW.ManchesterAve., Westchester 310.743.6990 or wishcharter.org WISH Academy High School takes our Best High School honor this year! With projectbased learning, hands-on activities, and programs that are reflective of the everchanging world, the school challenges students to succeed as 21st-century graduates.

BEST 310.670.54227831WestchesterPROVIDERCHILDCARELutheranSepulvedaBlvd.,Westchesterorwlcs.org Since 1963, Covenant Presbyterian has been serving the Westchester community with its popular preschool program. The faith-based preschool has a curriculum that emphasizes kindness, sharing and generosity, while offering a variety of activities focusing on the whole child. Its positive and nurturing environment make it a top pick for local families when it comes to preschool.

Favorites: Venice High School 13000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 310.577.4200 or venicehs.org Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets 7400 W Manchester Ave., Westchester 310.338.2400 or schoolloop.comwestchesterhs-lausd-ca.

Favorites: Goethe Charter School 12500 Braddock Dr., Los Angeles 310.306.3484 or goethecharterschool.org Open Magnet Charter 5540 W. 77th St., Westchester 310.568.0735 or opencharter.org

Westchester 310.670.5422 or wlcs.org BEST ayso.bluesombrero.com/region7AYSOSPORTSYOUTHLEAGUERegion7 AYSO Region 7 keeps its Best Of title this year! The league and its volunteers recently led a successful Refresh Nielsen campaign, which will fund updating the soccer fields for players to enjoy for years to come! The fall season starts September 2 and opening games for the U5 to U14 divisions start September 10. Favorites: Del Rey American Little League drall.org Westchester Little League westchesterll.org BEST 310.670.89778401KentwoodPUBLICTRADITIONALSCHOOLElementarySchoolEmersonAve.,Westchesterorkentwoodedfund.org Kentwood Elementary School tops our list for the first time this year! The school, located in the heart of Westchester, has been recognized as a distinguished school and is known for its dedicated parent community and passionate teachers and staff led by principal Helen von Schreiber. Favorites: Cowan Ave. Elementary School 7615 Cowan Ave., Westchester 310.645.1973 or cowantigers.org Playa Vista Elementary School 13150 Bluff

From swimming lessons to basketball and ballet to martial arts, the Westchester YMCA has tons of programming and enrichment opportunities for kids of all ages all year round! Favorites: Artistico Dance School 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #105, Westchester 310.641.2575 or artisticodance.com Musical Beginnings 6607 W. 80th St., Westchester 310.641.8518 or musicalbeginnings.org

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WISH Charter School is a favorite with West chester/Playa families and ranks at the top of our readers’ picks for Best Charter School! WISH Charter now spans K-12 grade, and the school continues to “thrive due to the incred ible support of the Westchester community, strong family partnerships, and a commitment to high-quality meaningful and engaging public education for all students by its amazing team of educators!” Admission to the school is through a lottery process, so visit their website to learn more and for important dates, including tours.

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SERVING TK - 8 TH GRADE • Tuition Free, Non-Profit Public School • TK/K - 8 Multi-Language Program • International Baccalaureate World School • Social Emotional Learning • Culturally Diverse Student Body • Inquiry Based GoetheCharterSchool.orgInstruction (310) 306-3484 PREPARING CHILDREN FOR THE GLOBAL SOCIETY OF TODAY & TOMORROW JOIN US FOR A SCHOOL TOUR, EVERY THURSDAY AT 9AM! Please sign up on our website. SERVING TK - 8 TH GRADE • Tuition Free, Non-Profit Public School • TK/K - 8 Multi-Language Program • International Baccalaureate World School • Social Emotional Learning • Culturally Diverse Student Body • Inquiry Based GoetheCharterSchool.orgInstruction (310) 306-3484 PREPARING CHILDREN FOR THE GLOBAL SOCIETY OF TODAY & TOMORROW JOIN US FOR A SCHOOL TOUR, EVERY THURSDAY AT 9AM! Please sign up on our website. PhotographyPellinMariannebyPhoto ENROLLINGCOVENANTPRESCHOOL NOW! CALL FOR TOUR AGES 2.5-5 YRS. PLAY-BASED WHOLE CHILD CURRICULUM PARENT & ME CLASSES2014 2022 Facility number- #191600175 Presbyterian Church 6323 W. 80th St., 310-670-5758Westchester covla.org | office@covpreschool.org

We didn’t realize how much we loved stepping onto this Westchester campus until it was closed to the public for more than two years! LMU holds a special place in the heart for many in the community who either attended the university, work there or enjoy visiting the campus. The university is top-rated across the country, not only for their academics, but also for their beautiful campus with wonderful views. The school also has one of the best college radio stations in the country. Tune into KXLU at 88.9 or online at kxlu.com. Follow LMU at facebook.com/lmula to stay up-to-date with news and events. UCLA ucla.edu USC usc.edu


Page 36 • August 2022 Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News BEST 310.394.37011030St.HIGHPRIVATESCHOOLMonicaHighSchoolLincolnBlvd.,SantaMonicaorstmonicachs.org St. Monica High School tops our list for the second time this year. In addition to its rigorous curriculum, the school is known for its innovative athletic programs and robust creative visual and performing arts offerings. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, St. Monica High School will merge with St. Monica Catholic Elementary School and will be known as Saint Monica Preparatory. The relaunched school will serve students TK-12.

Favorites: Loyola High School 1901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 213.381.5121 or loyolahs.edu St. Bernard High School 9100 Falmouth Ave,, Playa del Rey 310.823.4651 or stbernardhs.org 310.338.27001LoyolaCOLLEGEUNIVERSITY/MarymountUniversityLMUDrive,Westchesterorlmu.edu

Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 37 visitation CATHOLIC SCHOOL www.visitationschool.org | 8740 Emerson Avenue, Westchester | 310.645.6620 Join the Visitation family and give your child the gift of academic excellence in a supportive community! Schedule a tour today! JK - 8th Grade 2022 THANK YOU FOR VOTING VISITATION BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL GRADES JK-8 receive hands-on project based learning benefit from university & business partnerships take rigorous High School pathway courses in Engineering, BioMedical Science, Social Justice & Performing Arts be valued and understood be held to high expectations experience exciting & engaging curriculum receive a chromebook have the opportunity to join a sports team participate in exceptional art, music, technology & PE instructional experiences have high quality SEL, STEM, & GATE instruction WISH continues to thrive due to the incredible support of the Westchester community, strong family partnerships, and a commitment to high-quality meaningful and engaging public education for all students by our amazing team of educators!

BEST 310.670.34638930WestchesterPHARMACYPharmacySepulvedaBlvd.#103,Westchesterorwestchesterpharmacy.com

BEST 310.577.64018511DelOFFICEOPTOMETRYReyOptometryPershingDr.,PlayadelReyordelreyoptometry.com

Favorites: Marina del Rey Pharmacy 4558 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 310.823.5311 or marinadelreypharmacy.com

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BEST 424.443.560012555Dr.DOCTORDOCTOR/OFFICEDanelleFisherJeffersonBlvd.Ste.302,PlayaVistaorprovidence.org

Dr. Danelle Fisher is a pediatrician and local mom who provides thoughtful attention to all the families she sees and supports her community through health education. She has hosted chats for moms to ask questions on the “Parenting Sisterhood” Facebook page, and has been the speaker at the NCWP’s Community Service Meeting.


Favorites: Look Optometry 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., MB 310.796.5665 or lookmb.com Westchester Eye Care Center 8610 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #100, Westchester 310.670.1888 or westchestereyecenter.com

This Westchester office provides expert child-centered dental care for young teeth. Dr. Christie Burnett and Dr. Deepa Sreenivasan strive to make dental care a pleasant and fun experience, helping kids build healthy dental habits that will hopefully last a lifetime.

BEST HOSPITAL UCLA Medical Center, Santa 1250Monica16th St., Santa Monica 424.259.6000 or uclahealth.org/santamonica UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica serves as the cornerstone of UCLA Health’s Santa Monica medical campus. The 281-bed, fullservice medical center provides the complete continuum of healthcare services, from prenatal and neonatal care to geriatric medicine, in a technologically advanced and welcoming facility.

Favorites: Del Rey Dental 8410 Pershing Dr., Playa del Rey 310.822.2011 or delreydental.com SiliconBeach.Dental 6101 W. Centinela Ave. #375, Culver City 310.929.7200 or siliconbeach.dental

Care Playa 12746Vista W. Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista 424.315.2220 or Playa-Vista.aspxcedars-sinai.edu/About-Us/ Cedars-Sinai Playa Vista Urgent Care has been voted number one by our readers for the second time this year. Offering expert care without an appointment, they are open extended hours, seven-days a week and can provide both adult and pediatric urgent care. Favorites: Exer Urgent Care Playa Vista 6020 S. Seabluff Dr. #1, Playa Vista 310.862.0400 or exerurgentcare.com UCLA Playa Marina Urgent Care 4560 Admiralty Way Ste.100, Marina del Rey As owner of Westchester Pharmacy, a business her family has owned since 1984, Erin Cueto is proud to serve the people of Westchester/Playa and provide the best service and care to her patients. During the pandemic, she worked tirelessly to keep people informed, be a resource for PPE and support her community with vaccine clinics and by volunteering with community groups like the Westchester Rotary Club. HEALTH & WELLNESS categories SteinerZsuzsibyPhoto

Favorites: Chloe Training 310.418.0145 or chloestraining.com FIT4MOM Westside westside.fit4mom.com

The team at SoCal Sport and Fitness have found the perfect combination of encouraging and pushing their clients to reach their fitness goals and potential. Rob Savory, Carisa Skretch and Jeff Blair customize each workout to fit any fitness level, and they are happy to provide adjustments, coaching and feedback as people work on their rows, push ups and squats. While fitness and lifestyle changes are the goal, the team makes sure that everyone is having fun too, and they have built a dedicated following with themed workout days, planking contests and running groups.

Favorites: Dr. Jonathan Velasquez 6020 S. Seabluff Dr. #1, Playa Vista 310.862.0400 or exerurgentcare.com Dr. Paymon Banafshe 6222 W. Manchester Ave. #A, Westchester 310.670.1840 or manchester-medical.com 310.216.57548540WestchesterOFFICEDENTISTPediatricDentistryS.SepulvedaBlvd.#710,Westchesterorsmilewestchester.com

Westchester Pharmacy tops our list for the first time this year! Family-owned and independent, the pharmacy prides itself in personalized friendly service and in-depth consultations. They also offer free neighborhood delivery and make transferring prescriptions easy. In addition to prescription medication, the pharmacy also provides vaccines, women’s health services and a wide-variety of over-thecounter products.

BEST URGENT CARE Cedars-Sinai Urgent

When it’s time for an annual eye exam or you need to update your contact lens prescription, our readers are heading to Del Rey Optometry. The Playa del Rey office is led by Dr. Pennino and her team who provide exceptional care for all your eye-related care! If you need a new pair of frames, the office also has a great selection of stylish eyeware.

Favorites: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 310.423.3277 or cedars-sinai.org Providence St. John’s Health Center 2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica 310.829.5511 or california.providence.org/ saint-johns BEST 310.497.08638939SoCalTRAINERPERSONALSportandFitnessS.SepulvedaBlvd.#111,Westchesterorsocalsport.com

Playa Pharmacy 8131 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey 310.823.4500 or playapharmacy.com

Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 39 Scan, call 323-487-0161 or visit uclahealth.org/marinadelrey to book an appointment or learn more Thank you for the support. UCLA Health ranked #1 in Hometown News, Best of 2022–UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center UCLA Health Marina del Rey Immediate Care ranked a top 3 favorite for 2022.

We are proud to be part of the community, and we look forward to serving you for many more years! Venicepaparazzi.comPaparazzi,VenicebyPhoto

Owned by Westchester’s Kellie Fell, FIT4MOM is helping fellow moms at all stages of motherhood enjoy fitness and wellness with classes like Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, Body Boost and more. Classes are held outdoors in Playa Vista, and while you’re working out, you’re sure to meet new friends looking to start or continue their fitness journey. Visit their website to view a list of workouts, and they offer the first class free! Marina Martial Arts 13203 Washington Blvd., Westchester 310.821.6768 marinamartialarts.net Studio (MDR) 12775 W. Millennium, Suite 150, Playa Vista 310.593.4323 or thestudiomdr.com



Page 40 • August 2022 Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News MENTALBEST 310.670.14107891AirportSERVICESHEALTHMarinaCounselingServiceLaTijeraBlvd.,Westchesterorairportmarina.org Taking care of your mental health has never been more important, and with the stresses of the pandemic and everyday life, organizations like AMCS are ready to help. AMCS offers a variety of individual and group therapy options on a sliding scale. The clinic, located on La Tijera, recently began offering sessions back in person, but also has virtual options. Favorites: Didi Hirsh Sepulveda 4760 S. Sepulveda Blvd.,Culver City 310.390.6612 or didihirsch.org Life Adjustment Team 4551 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey 310.572.7000 or lifeadjustmentteam.com westside.fit4mom.comFIT4MOMFITNESSSPECIALTYBESTSTUDIOWestside


Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 41 7891 La Tijera Boulevard in Westchester (310) 670-1410 • www.AMCShelps.com Voted Westchester’s Best Non-Profit Organization, Again!CHANGE YOUR LIFE TODAY! At first, the idea of participating in group therapy might seem intimidating. Who wants to share their story with strangers? But group therapy, in which two therapists lead a small group of people, can be very beneficial. In fact, participants are often surprised by how rewarding their experience can be. Sharing can be healing, and AMCS is here to help. To join us for one of these educational therapy groups, please call 310.670.1410 MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays | 6:30 - 8pm | Mark at ext. 246 & Daniel at ext. 137 via Zoom • $15/session WOMEN’S PROCESS GROUP Wednesdays | 5:30 - 7pm | Morgan at ext. 179 via Zoom • $15/session EMERGING ADULTS: NAVIGATING YOUR 20s Thursdays | 5:00 - 6:30pm | Mark at ext. 246 & Hannah at ext. 136 via Zoom • $15/session GROUP FACILITATORS SUPERVISED BY Stefani Roscoe, LCSW, CGP #60100 WE LOVE OUR MEMBERS & VOLUNTEERS! MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY! Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Marcia Salvary! SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR SEPTEMBER FALL PREVENTION WORKSHOPS

Random Notes/Opinion HAVE THE CUTEST CRITTER IN WESTCHESTER/PLAYA? Email us your adorable pet photos through September 7 for a chance to be featured in our October issue. There will also be some fun prizes for pets! Visit thehtn.com for details. PET CONTEST!

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By Jeff Blair Opinion: It is amazing to watch the amount of physical energy young children expend routinely. Just watch a child walk anywhere. You’ll probably see some jumping, some sprinting and maybe even some dancing. Since children are making these movements on a consistent basis, their muscles respond by staying relatively strong. In the mid-teens, many kids slow down. Their lifestyle often shifts from highly active to more sedentary. Kids start to spend more time in front of computers and the demands of school usually increase. In our 20s, physical activity levels usually lower dramatically. People often enter the workforce full-time. That dramatic lifestyle transition creates burdens on time and energy. In some cases, people start families in their 20s and this can pose another exercise obstacle. Unwanted weight gain may pose another physical activity challenge as the 20s are the decade when people gain the most weight over a lifetime. Some might even experience negative emotional states during this decade due to a drop in physical activity, among other reasons. Consistent physical activity is a proven mood enhancer due to the various chemicals released by exercise. Removing or lessening physical activity can have predictable negative emotional outcomes. After age 30, we lose between three to eight percent of our muscle per decade. This loss contributes to joint pain that might begin during the 30s. Eventually, this loss may lead to falls and even disability later in life in some cases. Muscle loss also has implications for weight management. A steady loss of muscle slowly lowers the metabolism and this can make it difficult to fight weightHundredsgain. of studies and thousands of examples prove dramatic muscle loss after 30 is not inevitable. Contrary to popular belief, people can gain strength and muscle throughout their lifetimes. The human body responds to strength training mostly the same way at age 60 as it does at age 30. Even frail, elderly people can increase muscle mass. One famous study put bedridden people over 90 years old on a strength training program. Some of those patients were able to get out of bed for the first time in years after strength training. Some were even able to leave their assisted care facility. In addition to the obvious physical benefits of such a transformation, can you imagine the psychological benefits? With aging, many people feel a loss of control over their health. Strength training can be a great strategy to retain a measure of control. Strength training can increase selfconfidence, motivation and provide other emotional benefits, according to studies.Many people believe it takes many months or even years to notice a positive difference from strength training. In my 20 years as a personal trainer, I have seen people experience a real difference within a couple of weeks and almost everyone feels better within a month. Some feel better after a single session. Some report almost immediate increases in energy. I always love to hear a client say how much better they feel and how quickly they feel it after beginning a strength program. The term “muscle mass” might evoke images of massive bodybuilders flexing massive muscles. In the real world, muscle mass probably looks much more like what you see in a distance runner. Few people will build massive muscles from strength training, but process as inevitable, I encourage you to consider that it is not. Just a couple of hours of full body strength training per week can increase strength and muscle. Retaining strength and muscle means more energy, more ability to do enjoyable things and a higher quality of life. Who wouldn’t want that? Starting can be a challenge. Managing a work schedule, dealing with childcare issues and coordinating with a significant other takes effort. Some beginners are concerned about being embarrassed or even about getting injured before they begin. These are all understandable concerns. Finding a way to overcome those challenges is an achievement and should be celebrated. If you are able to do so, you can enjoy the payoffs of increased strength, greater energy and a higher quality of life.

*Before you start any fitness routine, TheHTN.com

Jeff Blair (MS, CSCS) is a certified personal trainer and founder of the SoCalSport and Fitness Personal Training Studio located in Westchester. SoCalSport Personal Training is celebrating 10 years at its current location this month. Thanks to all who

As we age, muscle loss is not always inevitable

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• Having unclear or conflicting goals.

• Believing that taking care of yourself and your loved ones is not as important as a work or community goal.

• Taking care of yourself is not comfortable because of physical, mental or emotional pain.

• Believing the internet or other busy work has a higher priority than their own needs.

• Feeling burned out, numb, tired and no longer able to prioritize your needs.

By Fay Craton Opinion: Recently I saw a cartoon of a person crawling through a desert.

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• Being bullied to do extra work or extended family care.

Judging from the person’s appearance, they had been struggling without food or water through hills of arid sand for some time. As is common in cartoons, in the middle of the desert there was a sign giving directions with arrows. One arrow pointed toward water, while another arrow pointed toward the internet. The struggling person chose the internet instead of life-sustaining water.While the internet is very important in today’s world, it’s far too easy to get caught up in the “busy-ness” of the web and neglect your own physical and mental health, as well as the significant people in your life. Have you found yourself on the internet instead of addressing a need in your self-care? Do you find yourself doing other busy work instead of doing nurturing activities? Many people avoid doing what they need to do and some of the reasons may include:

• Having addictions to certain behaviors.

• Having ongoing stressors that keep you in a continuous state of change and uncertainty.Doanyof the above reasons resonate with you? In the cartoon I watched, I imagined the person as having a high demanding job and being fearful that if they do not get a project completed on time they will be reprimanded. Many people neglect their own care when jobs are demanding.Whyisitimportant to place a high priority on the well-being of yourself and your loved ones? Because your physical, mental and emotional life depends on it! When you ignore participating in nurturing activities, your stress level steadily increases. For decades we have heard about the mind-body connection, but what does it really mean? When you are stressed, you are much more vulnerable to health challenges. Here are some of the challenges you can experience as a direct result of stress: reproductive system problems, depression, insomnia, weakened immune system, increased risk of infections, increased high blood sugar, digestive system problems, tense muscles leading to headaches and backaches, premature aging and cognitive decline, high blood pressure and foggy thinking. Added to this list of physical ailments are challenges to relationships and the ability to hold a job as a direct result of the physical ailments. As you can see, the risks of ignoring self-care are high. When I go back to the list of why people avoid doing what they need to do in order to take care of themselves, I notice it could be easy to become entrenched in the value of the reason. This means some of the reasons could be very difficult to change. Even though the change could be difficult, the effort to find new ways of doing things is worth the possibility of decreasing some very serious current or future health challenges. Do you think the effort could be

• Fava Beans. Fava beans are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy linoleic and oleic fatty acids. They also are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index, making them a great addition to help lower cholesterol and prevent blood sugar spikes.

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• Blueberries. One-half cup of blueberries contain 25 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and 3g of dietary fiber. Blueberries also contain anthocyanin, an antioxidant that gives them their beautiful color. Add blueberries to cereal, oatmeal, or your favorite smoothie. They are also lower in sugar than other fruits, as are all berries.

Add some scrumptious summer super foods to the menu It’s time to...

Schools as Parks program (continued)

By Sheri Weitz, RDN, CDCES Contributing Columnist Opinion: The sun is shining, the days are longer, and warmer nights are perfect for walks on the beach. While school will start up again soon, it’s still summer! You may be focused on last-minute vacations and enjoying days at the beach, but let’s not forget that scrumptious super foods shine bright during this season. Summer super foods are nutrientdense, bursting with flavor and best eaten when they’re in season! Eating foods in season, which grow close to home, are better for your health and the environment. Fruits and vegetables picked and consumed at peak ripeness contain higher amounts of vitamins and minerals, according to Rutgers University. Plus, buying fruits and veggies in season also means they are more delicious! Produce grown during this time helps reduce greenhouse emissions because summer produce doesn’t require artificial heating or lighting. According to USDA research, growing foods out of season can affect crop production and increase the need for pesticides. And eating local produce–during any transportationseason–decreasesemissions.Areafarmers’marketsarea

• Artichokes. Artichokes are rich in vitamins and minerals including fiber, Vitamin C, magnesium, folate. They also have potassium, which can help decrease the risk of hypertension.

A plethora of super foods are displayed at the Sunday Westchester Farmers’ Market. “Just because there’s a drought doesn’t mean we should be cutting back on greenery,” Kjer said. “We just need to be strategic about it.” That means landscaping with native trees and plants that don’t require much water, capturing rainfall that currently runs down storm drains into the ocean and being smart about where the limited water supply is used, she said. “We’re watering a lot of locations that people can’t use, like medians,” Kjer said. “Do we really need trees on medians?”

• Beets. Beets add a beautiful reddish-purple color to your plate due to their high betalain content. Betalains are powerful antioxidants and may reduce inflammation, protecting us from cancer, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Try roasting beets with a pinch of salt and pepper and finish off with extra virgin olive oil for a colorful side dish.

LANLT is one of the organizations in the Living Schoolyards Coalition, which also includes the Trust for Public Land, Tree People, Occidental College, Northeast Trees and others. Francesca de la Rosa is the manager of the group’s Los Angeles Green Schoolyards campaign. The city is way behind on this issue, she said, noting that New York City has been opening school playgrounds to the public for about 30 years. What Los Angeles needs is a “comprehensive, scaled up greening program” to add shade and outdoor learning spaces on campuses that experience extreme heat for most of the school year, and to make sure families in neighborhoods without parks have access to those “greened and transformed campuses,” de la Rosa“Theresaid.is a school in every neighborhood. Almost 150,000 Angelenos would have greater access to open space that they currently do not have,” she said. Sywak would like to see more schools transformed into part-time parks, too. “It took a long time to get ours going,” he said. “It was really clawing my way in the forest. But now there’s a roadmap. We have a model in place, and this needs to happen all over Los Angeles.”

Weitz is a Westchester dietitian, who also enjoys being a fitness instructor.

great source of organic seasonal produce and feature fruits and vegetables grown in SoCal. Every week, we have the Westchester Farmers’ Market open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Playa Vista holds its market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by to fill your basket with yummy, healthy foods, while supporting your local farmers. Some of my favorite super foods you’ll find at the markets right now include:

• Strawberries. These bright red berries are higher in Vitamin C than oranges (per the USDA) and contain phytochemicals and polyphenols that may help decrease free radicals in the body. Enjoy in a fruit salad, add to yogurt or, for an antioxidant-packed treat, dip in dark chocolate! If you stock up on too many summer super foods and aren’t sure what to do with them, you can always freeze them. Frozen fruits will go perfectly in your next smoothies, but be sure to include protein and veggies if you have diabetes. Aim for more berries than other fruits in your drink since they’re lower in sugar. Frozen veggies, like leftover peppers, can be used to make fajitas and more. Discover more super foods as you peruse the aisles of the farmers’ market, and don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy the live music and community for a fun and healthy outing with friends and family. Sheri Weitz, RDN, CDE is a Registered Dietitian and functional nutritionist with a private practice in Westchester. This article was cowritten by Kelsie Kropp, nutrition intern for Move to Wellness.

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• Bell peppers. Peppers are high in antioxidants and many studies show they can help prevent cancer. Different colored bell peppers have unique properties, so a colorful plate–red, orange, yellow, green–offers benefits for both your body and your eyes. They are also high in fiber and Vitamin C. Along with a side of hummus, you can enjoy sliced peppers for a simple easy snack, or chop and add them to your favorite salad.

Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 45 wamblockparty.org2022 proceeds will support the Westchester Family YMCA September 24, 2022, 12pm–7pm Emerson Ave. at W. 80th St. COME JOIN US! ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES! MUSIC Wayback Daddies (Classic Rock), Marsh Davis & the Honey (Indie), Sanford Street (Funk Jam), Omar Torrez (Flamenco Rock), Alpine Camp (Americana), Pom Poms (Alt. Rock), Rose’s Pawn Shop (Americana) DANCE Artistico School of Dance & The Lariats ART AND CRAFTS Fine Art, Ceramics, Jewelry, Textiles, WearablesBEER AND WINE GARDEN Featuring Firestone Walker, Upshift Brewing and Sweetzer Cellars FOOD TRUCKS WESTCHESTER ARTS & MUSIC BLOCK PARTY WAM22_HTN_July_r1.pdf 1 7/15/22 5:12 PM

Page 46 • August 2022 Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News Guild hosts fundraising events to support mental health. The Westchester Mental Health Guild is hosting two events this month to support Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS). If you love plants, sign up for a demonstration by Guild board member Robin Adams to learn about unusual ways to plant succulents. Two workshops will be held on Saturday, August 13, and admission includes potting soil and succulents, as well as refreshments. Tickets for the workshop at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. are $35 and can be purchased at wmhgsucculents.eventbrite.com. The workshop will be held at an outdoor location in Inglewood. Space is limited. If you’re a foodie, join the Guild at a wine-pairing dinner at Playa del Rey’s Cantalini’s on Tuesday, August 23 at 6 p.m. Six wines from French winery Gerard Bertrand will be paired with five Italian courses. The cost for the dinner is an all-inclusive $125. The menu for the evening includes lobster tortellini, short rib ravioli and a chocolate creme brulee. For the full menu and wine pairings, visit westchestermhg.org. Seating is limited and RSVPs must be made on their website before August 18. For the third year in a row, the Westchester Mental Health Guild will be holding its Holiday Lights Tour in lieu of the Holiday Home Tour. The home tour was always the Guild’s largest fundraiser of the year, with the proceeds supporting various AMCS communityVolunteersinitiatives.areencouragingmemberstosignup to participate in the contest, which features local homes creatively decorated with lights, inflatables and holiday decor. A map to view the homes is then available for purchase as part of the fundraiser. To learn more or receive sponsorship information, please email info@westchestermhg.org. Ballona Wetlands readies to host Moonlight on the Marsh. Moonlight on the Marsh is back in person this year to raise money for education, restoration and programming dedicated to the Ballona Wetlands. The event will be held at Playa Vista’s CenterPointe Club on September 10 and will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and an awards ceremony honoring Catherine Tyrrell, Dawn Suskin and Google. Raffles for a wine basket and gift card round out the festivities. For more info, visit ballonafriends.org/ moonlight22. Community members are also invited to a wine and paint event hosted by the nonprofit at Playa Vista’s Ballona Discovery Park on Thursday, August 18 from 4:45 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and guests will have the opportunity to create an artistic masterpiece with the theme “Bumblebee Buzz.” Learn more and RSVP at ballonafriends.org. Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary hosts drive for mobility devices. Join the Playa Venice Rotary Club in collecting canes, crutches and other mobility devices during the month of August. The items that are collected will be sent to nonprofit Crutches4Africa and distributed to people in Donationsneed.can be delivered to Playa Pharmacy, located at 8131 W. Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey. For more info, please email Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary President Joe Chehade at joe@playapharmacy.com.(continuedonnextpage) TheHTN.comBusiness & Nonpro t News

Farewell to The Gillis. Hundreds of people traveled from local Westchester/Playa streets, across the U.S. and even Europe to attend the 50th and final Gillis Beach Volleyball Tournament to give the event a proper send off. The vibe during the July 23-24 weekend was celebratory, albeit bittersweet, as the crowds cheered on seasoned beach volleyball vets returning to The Gillis to play one last time. Families and friends also showed their support for a new crop of players who are carrying on the torch for local beach volleyball. Pictured: Event organizers, Dave and Steve Cressman, get the crowd going with applause during one of the event’s famous group skits.

Pictured: LAPD Pacific Division officers pose on stage during the event.

More than 100 community members participated in National Night Out on August 1 at Playa Vista’s Concert Park. The annual event is a way for local police departments to interact with the public, for neighbors to meet each other and to enhance community relationships. The event featured booths hosted by organizations like the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa, giveaways, food catered by Cantalini’s Salerno Beach, a raffle and more.


Karen Dial introduces Congresswoman Karen Bass at an event at The Book Jewel in Westchester Triangle. Karen Dial and comedian Kevin Hart check out the progress of Hart House restaurant on Sepulveda Boulevard.

6. Combine remaining 3/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and peaches into skillet and heat until sugar melts and everything is well incorporated.

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The Emerson Avenue Community Garden held its Fifth Annual Tomato Tasting on Saturday, August 6. Attendees had the chance to try more than a dozen varieties of tomatoes grown in the garden, including True Black Brandywine and Green Zebra before ranking them in categories like prettiest, ugliest, “wish I’d grown” and best color.

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We asked Westchester resident, chef and Hapa Meals’ owner, Michael Kitano, to share one of his favorite summer dessert recipes with us, and he did not disappoint with his take on a traditional Peach Cobbler. As a brand ambassador for Char-Griller and an expert on BBQ, of course the dessert can be grilled to smoky perfection! No stranger to #1 recipes, Kitano recently won first place at the L.A. County Fair for his Korean BBQ sauce, and is working on opening his own Checkrestaurant.outhiscatering and pop-up menu hapameals.comatand make sure to visit his booth at the upcoming Westchester Elks Lodge Chili Cook-off on September 10.

7. Pour flour mixture evenly on top, do not stir. 8. Place skillet into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until crust is a golden brown. Note: You can also smoke the cobbler using applewood or peachwood. For smoking the cobbler, you’ll need 45 minutes via offset smoking or heating. To cook this way, keep your coals on one side of the grill with smoking wood and the cobbler on the opposite side of the coals; not directly on top.


Ingredients: • 1 stick butter • 1 cup all purpose flour • 1 1/2 cup white sugar • 1 tbs. baking powder • 1 cup milk • 1-2 cans sliced peaches in syrup (drained and save juices for other creations) • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg • pinch of salt Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350.


2. Drain peaches and dice. If you want, you can add some whole slices. 3. Combine 1 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl. 4. Add milk and stir until the dry ingredients are well incorporated.5.Meltbutter in cast iron skillet (preferably 12 inch).

Pictured: A volunteer shares some tomato slices with a visitor to the garden.


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(continued from previous page) Send in your photos for our Third Annual Pet Photo Contest. Do you have the cutest critter in the community? It’s time for our Third Annual Photo Contest focusing on local pets! Show off your photo skills and capture a picture of your pet doing what it does best: being adorable, funny or lounging around! Submit your original high-resolution photos to us by September 7 for a chance to be featured in our October edition and win some prizes for your pets.

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All of the photos received will be uploaded to Facebook.com/thehtn to create the ultimate gallery of Westchester/Playa pets. Viewers will be able to give all their favorite dogs, cats, guinea pigs and more a thumbs up, and the pets with the most votes will take home our 2022 top title! Visit our website at thehtn.com for more details. Have info to share about your business or nonprofit? We want to hear from you! Email us forwestchesterhometown@yahoo.comatachancetobefeatured.

Traveling back in time to 1950s Westchester/Playa

A view of the Westchester Triangle circa 1950s. Notice the large building on the corner, Karl’s Toy Store, which is now The Book Jewel.

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By Cozette Vergari All aboard! For those returning to our “looking back in time” column, we are once again jumping on board our time-travel machine. We continue our adventures into the past, and, as a reminder, we board each time from today’s Westchester/Playa geographic footprint. Though standing still, our time machine has magically taken us from 65,000 BCE forward. Our last adventure took us through the 1940s, where we witnessed women pole-vaulting into what had been a predominately male workforce due to the impact of WWII. We saw a huge explosion in the development of housing, primarily within the Westchester community to support those working in the massive local arena of defense and aerospace industries. We also witnessed the first commercial buildings constructed along Sepulveda Boulevard to provide these same families with necessities, as well as the construction of three movie theaters, which brought entertainment to those supporting the war effort. Our time-travel machine is now propelling us forward into the 1950s, where we are witnessing another explosion. Where there are families, there are kids, and they are everywhere! These are the kids later to be known as the baby boomers. And what did these boomers need? Schools! By now, we see the Westchester/ Playa community has become identified and broken into several neighborhoods, with five new public elementary schools being built or already completed to accommodate these students. At the eastern edge of town is Osage Elementary, then moving westwardly across La Tijera toward Sepulveda, we see the newly constructed Westport Heights Elementary. Crossing west over Sepulveda, we pass by two elementary schools running along the Emerson Avenue corridor, Kentwood Elementary and Cowan Avenue Elementary. Then, traveling further west, there’s the completed Loyola Village Elementary. Visitation Catholic School has opened in 1947. We see Westchester Lutheran School open in 1950, followed by St. Jerome’s School in 1952 and St. Anastasia Catholic School in 1953. To accommodate the older students wishing to attend public school, we witness the newly opened campus of what is now Wright STEAM Magnet. The day is split between the high school students in 10th through 12th grade attending classes in the morning hours, followed by the 7th through 9th graders taking their classes in the afternoon. The high school students are attending what is called “Westchester High School,” while the 7th through 9th graders are attending “Westchester Junior High School.” We learn from our time travel machine that prior to this campus opening, high school students in the area wishing to attend public school went to Dorsey High School. Aviation continues to be a major driver in the Westchester/Playa community. The Los Angeles Municipal Airport has just become rechristened Los Angeles International Airport, and we are witnessing plans for a major expansion to the west. Expansion of the commercial properties in the Westchester area is also happening. We see the development of what today is known as the Triangle, which is now recognized by the City of Los Angeles as a historic commercial district. As we look down from the bluffs of Westchester and Playa del Rey, over and beyond the growth and development of the Howard Hughes holdings and airfield just below, we see the beginnings of the development of Marina del Rey. We also see that pioneer Ella Drollinger has successfully built and leased her commercial buildings to three tenants: Thrifty Drug Store, department store Quigley’s and grocery store Jim Dandy. The buildings start at the southeast corner of the intersection of Sepulveda and La Tijera Boulevards, now Citibank, and move directly south through what was Bed Bath & Beyond. Fast forward to today, a seasonal Spirit Halloween Store has popped up in this space for shoppers to pick out their costumes. It is truly exciting to see the quickly expanding development and collaboration in the growth throughout the Westchester/Playa footprint during the 1950s. Stayed tuned for next month’s travels through the 1960s! Due to the many positive responses to our articles on the history of the giant holiday candles, the historical society will be taking reservations for Candle Making Workshops happening the month of October. If you are interested in making your own red or blue giant holiday candle to display in your front yard, please contact us at info.wphistorical@gmail.com. This month also marks the oneyear anniversary of the grand opening of the Discovery Center. I wish to acknowledge and thank the Westchester/Playa Historical Society board members and donors who have made this first year possible. We are so thankful to our donors and have acknowledged each of them on our website. Please visit wphistoricalsociety. org/support.TheWestchester/Playa Historical Society Discovery Center is located in the Westchester Triangle at 6207 W. 87th St. and is open to the public on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center has reopened for the summer and its current exhibit is “MAPS: Telling the story of a city, a community and its people.” Cozette is an attorney and lifelong resident of Westchester. She is the President of the Westchester/Playa Historical Society. Together with a group of dedicated volunteers, the organization is working on creating new programming and events to celebrate the history of the area and engage the community in preserving it for future generations.

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Congratulations to the Del Rey American Little League (DRALL) 12U team for finishing second in the SoCal State Tournament and making it further than any DRALL team in the league’s 68 years! It was a season for the record books for the DRALL All-Stars who first competed in the District 37 All-Stars’ tournament and ended with a clean-sweep winning district titles in all divisions (10U, 11U and 12U). DRALL’s 12U team had an impressive opening game, scoring 10 runs in the first inning, including six home runs by Robbie H., Mason K., Julian K. Smith, Enzo R. and Aiden W. DRALL continued to overpower the competition, outscoring their opponents 52-4 during the tournament to take the district title. Next up for DRALL came sectionals where the 10U and 11U teams fell to the competition and were eliminated. DRALL’s 12U team continued with their impressive performance, outscoring opponents 21-2, including two wins over Torrance Little League (who represented the West region in the 2021 Little League World Series). In sectionals, the 12U team was led by home runs by Elliot R. (2), Smith C., Jayden B. and Robbie H., and with remarkable pitching from Enzo R., Will N. and Julian K., DRALL came out on top of the Section 4 tournament defeating Torrance Little League 3-2 to clinch their first Sectional Title since 1980! DRALL then made the trek to Eastvale, California to challenge the SoCal State Championship. In their first match-up, DRALL defeated Escondido Little League with a score of 7-6. Next, DRALL matched up with Huntington Valley, winning in three innings (18-3) with a walkoff grand-slam from Aiden W., and inspiring pitching from Will N. who struck out five batters in three innings. DRALL faced the host team, Eastvale next, winning 1-0 in extra innings. Taking on Glendora next, where the winner would have a bid to the championship game, DRALL fell 2-5, sending them to the loser’s bracket for the first time. DRALL faced Sweetwater in the win-or-go-home game. Jayden B. led the way with four RBIs on two home runs, and Julian K.’s impressive five innings on the mound lifted the team to a 4-3 win, and sent DRALL to the two-game championship finale.Keeping the momentum going, DRALL was due to face Glendora for a second time. Going into the top of the 6th inning, DRALL was down 1-3, when Davis A. led off the top of the 6th for DRALL with a single to center, kicking off a massive five-score rally, including a two RBI single from Elliot R. to lift DRALL 5-3. Glendora scored one run in the bottom of the 6th, but was held off by Mason K. as he struck out three batters in the final two innings. DRALL’s 6-4 win would send the two teams to the “if-necessary” game the next day. DRALL came into the championship game on August 1 with the momentum of their win, but having to play four days in a row proved a challenge and they eventually fell to Glendora 2-10, ending DRALL’s road to Williamsport.DRALLsends a big thank you to the All-Stars coaches for their leadership and support of the team: Manager Chris Walter and Assistant Coaches David Kenny, Joe Chargin and Jason Rodriquez. Next up for DRALL is “Fall Ball” beginning the first week of October (signups will be coming soon). For more information, please check out DRALL.org.Thankyou to all DRALL supporters, fans and sponsors for making this possible for our players!

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Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 51 8515 Falmouth #218, Playa del Rey ~ $665,000 Such a great resort setting in the heart of Playa del Rey, the Villas del Rey complex offers close proximity to the beach, and all the outdoor benefits of Marina del Rey, as well as freeways, the airport, and technology employment hub in Playa Vista, the Westside and the South Bay! Enjoy the summer sun on the tennis courts, in the large pool, two spas, and sunbathing areas, and clubhouse with exercise room! This new offering has all the usual features of Villas del Rey units: fireplaces, open floorplans, indoor laundry, forced air heating and AC in the very popular one bedroom, one and half bath floorplan with 855 square feet Upgrades include laminate flooring throughout, updated kitchen with cabinets, counter tops and appliances, ceiling fans, full sized stackable appliances, and new counters and fixtures in the baths You'll be impressed with the spacious open patio for outdoor entertaining, dining, relaxing, and gardening til your hearts content This unit is west facing to capture lovely sunsets, and is open over the expansive guest parking, and convenient to the elevator and the gated two tandum parking spaces and individual storage units JANE ST. JOHN ST. JOHN & VANDERVORT (310) JANEANDCARLI@GMAIL.COM567-5971CHILDRENS HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES A PORTION OF EVERY COMMISSION JANE EARNS IS DONATED TO CHILDREN S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES IN HER CLIENT S HONOR Lic# 00998927 Perfect Private Alfresco DiningPerfect Private Alfresco Dining 7421 Earldom Avenue, Playa del Rey List Price: $1,789,000/ SOLD in Multiple Offers: $1,850,000 Inviting curb appeal welcomes you to this charming Contemporary Coastal Cottage on the Hill in Playa del Rey! Bright natural light from skylights and ample windows brightens the open living room and dining room areas with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplace, pass through bar to kitchen and French doors that open to east facing balcony and expansive views Two hallway bedrooms share a smartly renovated bathroom, and laundry area Comfortable main suite has a lovely spa like bathroom with great closets, and opens out to lush, private rear patio and yard Great BBQ area, a hammock in the tree, and grassy play area - doesn’t get much better than this! You’re just three blocks to the bike path and the beach, and minutes to cozy, local restaurants and businesses, and convenient to freeways, airport, shopping, and the technology hub at Playa Vista In the last 5 7 years, the following renovations were completed: Forced air heat and AC: Copper plumbing and Sewer line, Roof, All doors/balcony railings, Tankless water heater; New dishwasher, refrigerator and washer/dryer; And a Security system! Enjoy all that Playa del Rey has to offer in this special 1675 sq ft beach home! Contemporary Coastal CottageContemporary Coastal Cottage

SUMMER CROPS Happy Summer y'all! From our farmers' market family to yours thank you so much for sharing your Sundays with us, with each season we continue to grow (swing by new vendors and farmers - including a flower grower and a bee keeper!) Save the date (Aug 21!) Join us for 6th Anniversary Celebration, follow us on social media for updates! AUG 21! VINTAGE CAR SHOW, SPECIALS THROUGHOUT THE MARKET, ALL DAY KIDS ACTIVITIES, COMMUNITY GROUPS, PLANTING DEMOS, FARM TALKS, LIVE MUSIC 11:30 - 12 PM CHILDREN'S STORYTIME & AUTHOR READING BY THE BOOK JEWEL

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Westchester • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • Playa Vista HomeTown News August 2022 • Page 53 NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL OF WESTCHESTER / PLAYA www.ncwpdr.org • 213.473.7023 Working together to improve our communities! “If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.” CWP~ Plato Next Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa Monthly Board Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, 2022 via Zoom OPICA Offers Free Program for Caregivers Are you responsible for the care of a loved one? OPICA, which provides support for adults with memory loss and their families, is offering a program that will help you acquire the tools you need to care for Youyourself.willlearn techniques to: • Reduce personal stress; • Communicate your needs effectively; • Manage emotions when coping with difficult situations. This FREE program consists of class on SIX consecutive Wednesdays August 24, 2022 through September 28, 2022 Location: Virtual on Zoom Time: 10am – 11:30am Pacific Time Instructors: Carol Hahn, MSN, RN and Tara Guden, LCSW This program is offered free of charge, made possible by the generous support of OPICA donors. You may like to purchase the companion book for $30. For more information and/or to register for this program please contact Carol Hahn at CarolHahnRN@gmail. com or (310) 612-9064. There are great things happening at the Westchester Senior Center. To find out more about all the Senior Center does, please visit the NCWP website or follow this link to download the Center’s latest newsletter: https://ncwpdr.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/SUMMER-2022-NEWSLETTER-canva.pdf NCWP Joins 2022 National Night Out Representatives from the Neighborhood Council of Westchester / Playa recently participated in the 2022 National Night Out at Playa Vista.

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22nd year last month, with the theme “Yours for a Better Community: Celebrating the Best of America,” was originally spearheaded by longtime Westchester resident and Historical Society President, Mary Lou Crockett, as a way to celebrate the millennium. Needing a community partner to bring this idea to life, she reached out to the LAX Coastal Chamber who jumped on board to help. Then chamber board president Gwen Vuchsas worked with the inaugural committee to recruit participants, volunteers and sponsors. And that first year in 2000, the chamber wasn’t sure anyone would show up! Luckily they did, and today the parade is a neighborhood tradition that the community looks forward to every July.Congratulations to this year’s float winners: WISH Charter, Best Overall; St. Anastasia School, Spirit of the Parade; Emerson Ave. Community Garden, Chair’s Choice and Otis College, Honorary Mayor’s Choice. Thank you to major event sponsors: Jane St. John/REMAX Estate Properties, Decron Properties, Zacha Homes, the Stephanie Younger Group, Drollinger Properties, Rotary Club of Westchester, Cedars-Sinai, Otis College of Art & Design, the Hometown News and Sunset Studios. For information about getting involved in next year’s event as a participant, volunteer or sponsor, please email info@laxcoastal.com. Visit our website at thehtn.com or scan the QR code to view our parade recap video and get a link to view all of this year’s parade photos!

It all starts with the LAX Coastal Chamber, which has put on the parade since the beginning, rallying a group of dedicated community members to plan and organize all the details. Then there’s the nearly 100 people who volunteer the day of the event, dozens of sponsors, 50 entries and thousands of attendees who cheer on the participants as they make their way down Loyola Boulevard! The parade, which celebrated its

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The Fourth of July Parade would not be possible without the support of so many people in the community!

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