Kentwood Players Now Playing – “Lend Me a Tenor”

Kentwood Players’ current live-stage Comedy is “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig.

From the Kentwood Players website:

On a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, world famous tenor Tito Merelli is set to perform Otello. Through a series of mishaps, misunderstandings and mistaken identities, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers causing the House Manager and his timid assistant to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and hilarious escapades. A fun and laugh filled evening!

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Westchester Babe Ruth Teams Advance to Pacific Regional Championship

Westside Baseball’s Westchester Babe Ruth’s 15U and 14U teams won their respective State Championships this past week, and each now advance to the Pacific Southwest Regional Championships in Arizona this weekend.

Westchester Babe Ruth encompasses players from Culver City, Westchester, Hawthorne, Ladera, Inglewood, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, and various areas in Los Angeles.

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10 places in & around 90045 for “fast” food that won’t leave you singing the fast food blues….

We knew this list was a winner when we saw a couple of our personal favorite – but kind of obscure – choices.

We haven’t tried the whole list, but we are huge, huge fans of Starbucks (lots of location choices close to 90045), Clementine (a trek, but worth it, especially if you have other errands in Century City), Veggie Grill (El Segundo across from Whole Foods) and Gaby’s (Lincoln/Washington in the Marina) as places to grab a quick meal that won’t leave you singing the fast food blues.

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On Our Summer Bucket List: Host a “Yes” Day

“Mom, I want to wear my princess costume to school!”  “No.” “Mom, can I have chocolate ice cream for breakfast?”  “No!” “Mom… I was just going to see if I can fly if I jump from this branch… just like a bird!

What if you put on your “yes” hat just for a day, Mom? For the full story, head over to Red Tricycle’s website.

Anybody want to try this with me in 90045. I love the idea in theory, but I have a feeling it’s going to require moral support in practical application. 😀

Meet Our New Councilman Tonight – Bonin to Hold Community Office Hours in 90045

Councilman Mike Bonin will hold “office hours” in the community, meeting with constituents at a Westchester diner and two Westside farmers markets, he said Tuesday.

“City Hall can seem pretty far away, and I want to do everything I can to bring it to our neighborhoods,” said Bonin, who assumed office July 1.

Bonin will be at the IHOP Restaurant in Westchester, 8600 S. Sepulveda Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; the Del Rey Farmers Market, 461 Alla Road, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and the Pacific Palisades Farmers Market, 1037 Swarthmore Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

“By hosting open office hours on weekends and evenings, at times convenient for members of working families, we can be sure that we engage people in local government,” Bonin said.

The office hours are part of Bonin’s Access 11 initiative, which he launched shortly after assuming office. He plans to host hikes, service fairs, coffee klatches and go door-to-door and connect with residents via Skype and Facetime.

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Why I Don’t Give My Kids a Multivitamin

While my kids don’t eat a perfect diet, I don’t give my kids multivitamins to be their nutritional saving grace either. Why?

For an interesting perspective from a respected health practitioner in 90066, head over to

Having watched my own daughter gravitate naturally to some of the choices Emily describes in her post, I tend to agree with her points. I definitely haven’t been paying attention to the extra additives in the vitamins. What about you? What’s your experience been? Leave a comment below.

It’s Hot Out There – LA County Cooling Center Info

hot tempIt’s hot, hot, hot out there, but LA County offers Cooling Centers to help you survive the summer heat.

For more information, call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1. Information is also available from this downloadable document furnished by the LA County Public Health Department. This document covers the entire county, so share it with an elderly friend. 🙂

It is advisable to call ahead to confirm seating is available.

Any local library is a great place to hang out in the heat, including our local Westchester library. The Lloyd Taber library in the Marina is listed as an official LA County Cooling Center:

Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library
4533 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey 90292
(310) 821-3415
Days & Hours of Operation
Mon – Thur: 11am – 7pm, Tue-Thur: 11am – 8pm, Fri: 12pm – 6pm and Sat: 10am – 5pm

What are you doing to survive the heat in 90045? Leave your great tip for your 90045 neighbors below.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach Schedule 2013

OK, admittedly it’s a trek, but shouldn’t everybody take in a movie at the beach at least once??

Alfredo’s Beach Club presents: Moonlight Movies on the Beach and Movies at Moms!

New Season Starts Saturday May 18, 2013 and runs through August 31, 2013

Movies are free and there is plenty of free parking.

Movies begin around 7:45 or dusk. Getting there early is recommended to find a good spot.

Bring a blanket and low back beach chair.

Dinner, Snacks and Popcorn (kettle corn) available for purchase.

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Kids Bowl Free This Summer in 90045


Kids bowl free at 90045’s local bowling alley. No coupons or vouchers required. An adult can pick up a summer pass for $34.95 and bring up to three non-kid guests.

AMF El Dorado Lanes
8731 Lincoln Blvd.
Westchester, CA 90045

Get the details here.

Who’s up for a game??

LA Kids Weekend Events: July 12 – 14

Bonjour!  This Sunday is Bastille Day, which means it’s a great time to indulge in French fries, macarons, crepes and other Gallic delicacies.  You could also celebrate by storming the city (in lieu of the Bastille) and making it to as many of these…

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