How To Adjust NextDoor To Minimize Email Notifications

This week Living90045 welcomes a guest post from NextDoor Power User Rhyss Leary. Would you like to write for us? More info here.

Did you know you can mute a person or a specific thread or even set up your email to filter just about whatever you want?

Muting A Person

Selecting a person’s name on Nextdoor brings up their profile page. Once there, click on the elipsis (“…”). This will reveal two options (Mute, Report). Choose appropriately. I recommend if someone uses WE to refer to themselves then they should be reported.

Muting A Thread

You can also mute an entire thread. This is especially helpful if the thread has become overrun by local amateur comedians and one specific know it all with a big ego.

Desktop PC/MAC:

1) Go to the thread. Look for three green buttons below the post, but above the blue area where the responses are. The three buttons should be: Thank (or Thanked), Reply (plus the number of replies) and a green triangle.

2) Click on the triangle. This will reveal an option called: Mute discussion. Click that option to mute the discussion. Feel free to select Flag if the content poster refers to themselves as WE.

Mobile Device:

1) Click on the NextDoor’s Home button and look for the thread that is really bothering you deep in your soul. Click on that thread with one of your fingers.

2) Once in the thread, go to the bottom of the post (not the bottom of all the comments). You should see (above the Thanks/Thanked, Reply) an elipsis (“…”) on the right.

3) Click on the elipsis (“…”) and select “Mute discussion.” Feel free to select Flag if the content poster refers to themselves as WE, or otherwise appropriate.

How to set Nextdoor Email Notifications

Desktop PC/MAC:

1) Click on your profile on the green bar in the upper right corner. It should say your first name followed by a white triangle.

2) Select Settings.

3) Select the Email tab under Settings.

4) Select Custom radio button. This will reveal a series of options. Set all of them (except Urgent Alerts) to None. This will stop any emails under these categories from coming to you.

5) In the OTHER EMAILS section farther down the page, click on the little triangle to the left of “Activity that involves you” which will reveal three checkbox items.

6) Uncheck all of them except the last one.

Mobile Device:

1) On the bottom right of your Nextdoor application, click the three horizontal lines forming a square. This will reveal the configuration screen.

2) Click on Settings, then Email Settings on the following page.

3) Choose “Custom” from the radio buttons. This will reveal a series of options.

4) Click on each item (except Urgent Alerts) and set to None. This will stop any emails under these categories from coming to you.

5) On the bottom right of your Nextdoor application, click the three horizontal lines forming a square. This will return you to the configuration screen. Stay with me….

6) Click on Settings, then Email Settings on the following page.

7) Scroll down to OTHER EMAILS and click on “Activity that involves you.” Turn off all except for the last one.

How to set your email program to filter out specific word

Beyond Nextdoor, you can manage how your email program handles incoming emails. Go to the links below for your specific email client to filter very specifically what you don’t want to see.

Yahoo! Mail
MS Outlook

If you are using another email client, please immediately cancel that account and move to one of the above. 😉

Because I know you AOL users are genetically resistant to switching, here are instructions for how to set up filters in AOL.

E-Waste Fundraiser for LAPD Cadet Program

This week Living90045 welcomes a guest post from Margie Hanson. Would you like to write for us? More info here.

I am part of an e-waste fundraiser being put on by the Pacific Boosters to raise money for the Pacific LAPD Cadet Program. You may already know about the program, but if not, it’s a leadership program for students ages 9 -21. It’s pretty cool and has turned many a kid’s life around. It’s free for kids to attend as long as they maintain a certain grade average. Read more about the program here.

Here’s how the fundraiser works: if you have any old cell phones, tablets, laptops, TVs, monitors,  and the like that you don’t want and are around, bring them this Saturday to event. To make it super easy, we are offering a drive-through at the Pacific LAPD station from 7:30AM – 2PM.

If you can’t come to the station Saturday, we are collecting phones and tablets (only) at two locations (Covenant Presbyterian Church & Control Printing) Mondays – Fridays, until April 30th.

Here are links to pdf’s of two flyers:

This one is just for Saturday.

This one talks about all ways to support the fundraiser.

Thanks in advance for any assistance! Anything you can do to support the Cadets is greatly appreciated.

Can You Donate Warm Clothes For Skid Row?

riseOne of our neighbors is collecting warm clothes for Skid Row. Her group is looking for warm clothing, jackets, coats, sweaters, hoodies, sweats, long-sleeve shirts, hats and gloves plus blankets of any kind along with the usual socks, sneakers and underwear.

If you can donate, my daughter and I are offering donation pick ups on Saturday. Please tell us where to pick up at

501(c)(3) receipts available upon request.

Westchester Weekly for September 5th

Westchester Weekly – Here’s your weekly recap of what’s new and notable in Westchester 90045, including fun things to check out this week - Westchester CA up close & personal
Happy Weekend Westchester!

We’re well into September and it continues to be hot, hot, hot out there. Do you have elderly neighbors? How about checking in on them to make sure they’re getting on ok? Maybe pick up some frozen yogurt? These are the froyo places that made the top of the list in the Hometown News’ most recent readers’ poll.

Below you’ll find links to lots of Westchester goodness. Enjoy! Drop me a note or stop by our facebook page at to let me know what you think of the newsletter and how it might be changed to be even more useful for you and your family.

Have a great week!
Tracy & The Living90045 Team


Fun things to do this weekend


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Fun Family Events This Weekend In & Around Westchester

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend?

Here are a few ideas to get you into the Westchester Kids Fun Zone frame of mind this weekend:

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Enter the 90045 Fun Zone

Visitation Friday Night Food Trucks – invited trucks include Stuffed Crepe, Lobsta, Grilled Cheese Truck, Fishlips and others. Eric Vincent and the Diamond Cutters are the musical guests. Tonight, 5 pm to 10 pm. 8740 Emerson Ave. 90045

Art For Animals’ Sake – Bring your favorite pet photo and pet painting expert David Walega will guide you through creating your own painting. All ages. $25 includes light snacks, kid-appropriate beverages and all supplies. Proceeds will be donated to charity. Saturday, 2 pm to 5 pm. 6207 W. 87th St. 90045

Family Day at ESMoA (El Segundo Museum of Art)Sunday, 7/20 10 am to 5 pm. Take part in a family-friendly tour of the facility and explore character design and graffiti-inspired lettering to create a one of a kind tote bag. Considered more of an “art lab” than museum, ESMoA is located at 208 Main Street 90245

Flight Path Learning Center – See scale models of various aircraft, photos depicting aviation history and the development of LAX, Howard Hughes memorabilia and a model of his famous Spruce Goose. Serious aviation buffs might want to plan for some time in the William A. Schoneberger Research Library. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. Free. 6661 West Imperial Hwy. 90045

Automobile Driving Museum – With a rotating collection of 150-plus classic, antique and vintage automobiles on display, museum visitors experience a wide range of vehicles. Visit on a Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to participate in the Take a Ride program, when three different vintage cars are available to give guests 10 and older a brief passenger experience out on the road. Suggested donation: $5 per person. 610 Lairport St., El Segundo 90245

Playa Vista Concert In The Park – Featuring DSB, revered by fans as the “next best thing” to Journey. Food truck lineup includes The Lobos Truck, Sweet E’s, The Surfer Taco and others. Sunday, 7/20, 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Concert Park

Jack & The Giant – Based on the fairy tale classic, this exciting adventure comes to life with a little modern twist courtesy of Jack’s best friend, the cow. Saturday & Sunday, 11 am. $10. LA Little Theater, 12420 Santa Monica Blvd. 90025 (West LA)

Family Sail – Take a family sail from the LA Harbor and watch the sun set from the deck of a tall ship.  Sit back and relax or learn to hoist the sails and tighten the hatches .  Don’t forget the warm clothes, soft soled shoes and snacks. Ages 5 and up. Saturday, 5 pm to 8 pm. $25-$50. Los Angeles Maritime Institute, Berth 73, Suite 2, San Pedro 90731

Beach Cleanup With Heal The Bay – Bring the kids out for a family service project! Saturday, 7/19. 10 am to 12 pm. 100 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach 90266

Bob Baker’s Fiesta – Bob Baker’s famous marionettes are back for their 53rd season with a revival of the Latin themed revue “Fiesta.” Friday through Sunday at various times. $15. Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st Street 90026 (downtown)

The OC Fair – So much to do, so little space to tell you about it. Check the daily schedule here. Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to midnight. Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am to midnight. Runs through August 10th. $7 to $12 with kids under 6 free. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626

And if you need more, check this out: The Best Museums for Kids in Los Angeles

Got a tip about a great family event coming up in and around Westchester? Drop us a note.

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Little Free Libraries In Westchester

Kentwood Little Free LibraryI shared a photo of a Little Free Library in Kentwood on Facebook this week and learned that lots of other families are as excited about them as I am.

Have you heard about Little Free Libraries? I learned about them last year when parents built three of them for my daughter’s K-8 campus.

What makes them special? This from the organization’s website:

If this were just about providing free books on a shelf, the whole idea might disappear after a few months. Little Free Libraries have a unique, personal touch and there is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community. These aren’t just any old books, this is a carefully curated collection and the Library itself is a piece of neighborhood art!

I’m a sucker for anything that promotes exploration, reading, community and sharing, but Continue reading “Little Free Libraries In Westchester”

Art Class Fundraiser Tomorrow At Real Creative Space

Portraits In The ParkHave you been to Real Creative Space yet in the Westchester Triangle? I got a chance to check it out last week at First Friday, and I was super impressed. We’re so lucky to have this studio in our own backyard.

Tomorrow they are hosting a terrific event to raise money for Art for Animals’ Sake. Bring a photo of your favorite animal and learn how to paint a pet portrait, with pet painting expert David Walega.

The event runs 2-5 and a $25 suggested donation is requested, which includes all painting materials, a 12×12 canvas and supplies.

Real Creative Space is located at 6207 W. 87th Street in Westchester.

Can’t attend? Donate $25 and they’ll paint the picture for you!

Click here to reserve your spot or make a donation.

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Rounding the homestretch

Westchester’s Jim and Sharon Higgins rescue racing greyhounds from long-shot odds when time runs out at the Tijuana dog track.

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These are a couple of LocalHeroes for sure. 😉

A Hero In Our Midst

A taco stand cook has become a local hero after saving a four-year-old boy from a violent Feb. 26 kidnapping attempt in Westchester.

Jesus Delgado, 35, was enjoying a short break in the parking lot of T2 Tacos at Manchester Avenue and Loyola Boulevard when he heard a cry for help. Rushing out to the sidewalk, Delgado saw a man and woman arguing over two small boys. Then the man grabbed the smaller child and started running east along Manchester.

“I didn’t think twice about it when I saw the man take off with the kid. By instinct, I went and chased after him,” Delgado, a native Spanish speaker, said through a translator.

Delgado caught up a few hundred feet later and wrestled the boy away. High school students standing nearby called 911 and distracted the kidnapping suspect until police arrived.

This was indeed a happy ending to a horrific event. One very cool thing to come out of the story is that the Moms of Westchester & Playa del Rey started a thank you fund for our hero on to help with medical expenses for Delgado’s sick child. So far, over $26K has been raised by 724 donors. Thank you to a true hero. We’re lucky to have you.

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