Sunday, August 13, 2017

Announcing the Cancellation of the 2017 Mar Vista Community Fall Festival & Silent Auction

Announcing the Cancellation of the 2017 Mar Vista Community Fall Festival & Silent Auction

Due to recent concerns that have arisen regarding organizational and liability issues for the Festival, the Planning Committee and the MVCC have decided it is best to cancel the Festival for the 2017 year.  The Festival organizers are confident that these issues will be resolved over the next few months and are looking forward to the 2018 event.

Those vendors and sponsors who have already signed up for the Festival will be personally contacted over the next few days regarding the returning of paperwork and payments.

In the interim, the MVCC, in partnership with the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market, will be hosting a Celebration of Mar Vista’s 90th Birthday at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market.  We will let you know the exact date for the celebration when it is set.

The Planning Committee

Mar Vista Community Fall Festival & Silent Auction

Monday, July 24, 2017

Full Circle Pottery

Full Circle Pottery

Looking for a creative adventure close to home?  Our classes are a great option  for people looking for a creative hobby. 

No experience necessary. We teach beginners of all ages how to make and glaze pots using a supportive one-on-one step-by-step approach. 

Potted before?  Our studio is well-equipped with everything you’ll need to make beautiful pottery again.

Handmade gifts. We offer mugs, bowls, vases, and more.  Selection changes often. 

Mark Your Calendar!  5th Annual Full-Circle Festival, Nov. 18-19.  Handmade holiday sale featuring pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, and more by Los Angeles area artists. Raffle and sales benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. 

“Pottery isn’t just about making pots.  It’s about building community.” 

Full-Circle Pottery
12023 Venice Blvd.
LA, CA 90066
tel            (310) 502-3115


Authentic Forgeries

Authentic Forgeries - Maker of swords, hollow ware, iron work, wood crafts, general fabrication, essays, illustrations, games and more from the mind and hands of Peter Farquhar. Peter Farquhar may be the only practicing blacksmith/sword smith living in Mar Vista. He has been a metal worker for over 35 years.

Peter had a knack for arts and crafts since age 2, and developed an obsession with metalwork by 13. He started doing business as Authentic Forgeries in his early 20s and his work has branched out in many directions since. 

Awarded for  Most Period Booth at this years High Desert Renaissance Pirate Faire. It is amazing what can be coaxed from minimal equipment and supplies with a little understanding and cunning - come and see for yourself!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Call For Volunteers!


As always, we need everyone to pitch in to make the Festival great again this year!  Here's what we need...

 Friday Evening, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
            Set up Auditorium and Gym, and Sign Painting
Saturday, October 22
8:00 AM - ?
            Basic set up of chairs, tables, booth numbers, etc
            Assist vendors in loading and unloading 
            Silent Auction set-up and assistance through day
9:00 AM - ?
            Assist at Info & T-shirt Booth
            Parking lot supervision
            Stage hands for Entertainment Stage
4:00 PM  Tear down:  We need all hands on deck!

Please let us know when you can help by sending us an email to  with your phone number and availability.

To volunteer for the Family Fun Zone either as a Face Painter or to supervise bouncers and jumpers, please email Pat Peterson at

To volunteer for the Westside Repair Cafe, please email Jim Tate at

Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 Silent Auction

Want to support the festival and reach more community members?
Donate to this years silent auction!

To arrange pickup of your donation please contact Patricia Peterson at or by phone at 310-435-1477

We are seeking item donations from local artisans, businesses and organizations for the Silent Auction. The Festival is the perfect place to showcase your quality goods and services to the greater Mar Vista community. We welcome contributions of gift baskets, gift items, gift cards or experiences (valued at $25 or more). We also accept gently used items like Bikes, Snowboards, etc, or collectibles and antiques, which were greatly appreciated last year. 

For donations to the silent auction please click here and complete the information on this form. 

Your contribution is tax deductible through the Mar Vista Landkeepers' Preservation (FEIN 45- 0516194), and the proceeds from the Silent Auction will support the Festival and the Mar Vista Recreation Center. 

Thank you to the awesome businesses and community members who donated to the Auction! Check out some of the items below. 

Apothecary Pharmacy - $50 Gift Certificate 

Aquarium of the Pacific -  2 passes  Value $54

Avatar Nail Spa - Mani/Pedi with a Sea Salt Scrub and 20 Minute Massage - Value $50

Baja Buds - 3 gift certificates - two for lunch or dinner for 4 value $40; one lunch or dinner for 2 value $20

B Beauty - Signature 60 minute Facial Treatment - Value $65

Bowlero  - Free Game of Bowling on the House for 4 or

Make it a Party - Free Game of Bowling on the House for Eight 

Bryan Hawkins Kenpo Karate - 2 gift certificates, each for 3 lessons (value $165 each)

Budget Blinds - $100 Gift certificate for blinds

Burke Williams Simply Massage Marina del Rey  60-minute introductory massage - value $79

Cafe Gratitude - $50 gift card 

Centinela Cleaners - $20 gift certificate for laundry and dry cleaning

Cherry On Top -  Two Gift cards for yogurt - Value $25 

Coffee Connection - $57 Gift certificate

Collectible Dolls donated by Adrienne Omansky of Stop Senior Scams

Cork tote bag from Portugal -  Value $200

Curves-Marina del Rey The Gift of Fitness For Two - 5 Classes in 14 Days, Fitness Consultation and $100 Membership discount PLUS - one of these giant teddy bears! Stop by their booth to enter a raffle for the other teddy bear.

District Skate on Venice Blvd - Two t-shirts and skate socks

Dogromat - Three grooming certificates - value $60 each 

Dream World Comics - $50 gift card

Gardenerd - One-hour Organic Vegetable Gardening Consultation 
with Christy Wilhelmi and signed copy of Gardening for Geeks – value $176

Gerber Kawasaki  -   Wealth Management two 4 hour Financial planning consultation - Value $500

HalffullLA - three faceted gold bead bracelets - value $45 each

Healing Body, Soul and Mind - 1 healing session with master healer Freyda Campbell - Value $200

Hamburger Habit$50 Gift certificate

HERE Design & Architecture   - Home design consultation from Kate Spanbock - Value $250

Hollywood Wax Museum - Two admission passes

Home Grown GardensRedwood Planter Box filled with soil and plants - 4' x 4' x 11" - $300 value and 3' x 1" x 11" - $150 value

Lakshmi Lambert - 2-hour comprehensive acupuncture/homeopathy/bodywork session - Value, $180

Life Moves Through - One hypnotherapy sessions - one hour and twenty minutes each - value $150 

Los Angeles Zoo - Two admission passes

NutriFit - Family Fare Intro Package and Cookbook - Value $115

Pause Float Studio - 2 one hour float sessions - Value $85  

Phyllis Miller pottery  - Big is Beautiful  fish platter - value $75, 

Coral Abstract bowl - value $300

Plant Spirit Medicine - Courtney Shelbourne   - Plant Spirit Medicine relaxation/healing session.  Includes a hand treatment and food scrub.  Value $185

Pop Physique - Package of five classes - value $122

Rediscover Center - Three Entries worth $60 each- 2 Hours Each to Tinkering Club, explore and learn construction skills.

Robinson's Beautilities - $50 Gift Certificate

Rotem Studio - Free audit of your website - value $180

Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar - 4 $25 gift certificates - take out or dine in

School of Rock - One month of lessons, minimum value $150 - $299

Venice Flake - $20 and $25 gift certificates for breakfast or lunch

Teaching Wellness - Private 1 hour gentle, non-invasive Reiki coaching;

Wellness coaching - 1 hour session - discover positive solutions to life's little stumbling blocks. Value on each - $70

The Dog Bakery - Gift certificate for a cake

Westside Music Studio - 2 Gift Certificate for piano lessons - each for 30 minutes (value $80 each) 

Westside Tavern - $100 Gift Card 

Yoga Works on MainStreet – one month unlimited pass plus yoga mat – Value $165

Zaniac - gift certificate for a 2 hour birthday party for up to 20 children

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Festival Honoree - Sherland Chensam

Sherland Chensam is Named Festival Honoree of the 2016 Mar Vista Community Fall Festival

The Planning Committee for the Mar Vista Community Fall Festival is very pleased to announce that Sherland Chensam has been selected as the 2016 Festival Honoree.   

Ms. Chensam, better known to multitudes of Mar Vista residents as "Coach", has acted as a volunteer head coach of both girls and boys basketball teams at Mar Vista for over twenty years.  Coaching pee wee, juniors, minors, and majors teams, she has had an indelible influence on thousands of our children over the years, instilling in them the values of hard work, of believing in yourself, trusting your teammates, committing oneself to goals and finding the strength to achieve those goals, and teaching them life skills both on and off the basketball court. 

Coach Chensam was born  in Belize, Central America. Raised in Belize as the youngest of 11 children, she finally migrated to California, where she started her family. She married George Chensam and has three beautiful girls, Sherilee, Sherisse, and Sherilynne Chensam, all of whom have played on the basketball courts of Mar Vista.

Coach Chensam's success has been highlighted by the many Mar Vista All-star teams that she has taken to regional and City Championship tournaments.  One of  her most memorable moments  came in 2014, when she led the Mar Vista Co-ed Boys Juniors to win the Valley Region championship, and the same year she took  a team of  Mar Vista girls to the Staples Center to play on the L.A. Sparks court for the  inaugural tournament sponsored by the L.A. Sparks, called "Get Spark", and remarkably, the Mar Vista team won that championship as well!

In 2015 Coach Chensam achieved additional recognition outside our community by being named the Head Coach of the Girls Basketball team at Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles. 

The Mar Vista community is truly blessed to have Coach Chensam as a leader and mentor of our children.  Her achievements are remarkable, but her selection as Honoree also serves to highlight the many other coaches in our Mar Vista community who dedicate so much of their lives to training our kids in the many sports we pursue, and most importantly training our kids in learning how to be strong and good people.


Mar Vista Is Music And Motion: Arts In Our Schools

              Mar Vista boasts 13 public district schools alongside oodles of charters and private pre-through K-12 schools. Parents, staff and kids from many of these will gladly be sharing what makes their school special; come meet them at the local-schools information booth near the kids' crafts and inflatables run by MVCC's Education, Arts and Culture Committee (EACC).

              Our schools host really talented kids, many of whom will perform all day long on the Main Festival Stage. We'll showcase choral, band and jazz ensembles from elementary, middle and high schools, including Mar Vista ES, Daniel Webster MS, Palms MS, Windward and Venice HS. And we'll spotlight local businesses where yoga and dance groups are available for you and your children to join. But the hottest ticket of the day may just well be Daniel Webster's 11am preview of their upcoming November performance with the LA Opera! Plan your day around this full schedule:

2016 Mar Vista Community Fall Festival & Silent Auction


Tony Solomon, Master of Ceremonies

10:15 - Family Yoga with Laura Fuller of Life Moves Through & The Moving Joint

11:00 - Daniel  Webster Middle School Chorus, Directed by Kimberly Daniel

11:30 - Daniel Webster Middle School Band, Directed by Bill Barrett

12:00 - On The Edge Youth Dance Ensemble

12:30 - Mar Vista Elementary School Chorus, Directed by Katherine Williamson

1:00 - Festival Welcome with Councilmember Mike Bonin, Congresswoman
          Karen Bass, and various local dignitaries

1:30 - Windward School  Jazz Ensemble,  Directed by Dr. Bruce Eskovitz

2:00 - Palms Middle School Vivoce Singers, Directed by Monica Che

2:30 - TBD

3:00 - Venice High Mighty Gondolier Marching Band, Directed by David Lee

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Curves Marina del Rey - Gold Sponsor

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