Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thank You Mar Vista!

Thank You Mar Vista!  
What An Amazing Day!  

Over 250 kids performed on the Festival Stage; 50 booths presented,
communicated, showcased, and interacted with us; thousands of stomachs were satisfied by delicious food vendors; a multitude of talented Mar Vista
artists showed us their visions and imagination; kids bounced, jumped, slid,
and were painted; and the community came together and supported the Silent
Auction.  It was Mar Vista at its finest. 

Please enjoy the following photos, and peruse the many blog pages to get
more information about our Sponsors and Booth Vendors.  And then, if you
can, please support these sponsors and vendors in the coming year as a way
of thanking them for their participation in our community festival.

We're already thinking about next year.  Please email us at if you would like to get involved in the
planning for next year's Festival, or if you'd like to be a Sponsor or

We'll see you next October!

Thank you Roy Persinko for the wonderful pictures below and
 even more that can be seen  here.

Face Painting

Festival Honoree Lorraine Wells with Councilmember Mike Bonin

Bill Rosendahl, Mike Bonin, Paul Koretz, Tom Ponton, Albert Olson,
On The Edge Youth Dance Ensemble

Windward School Jazz Ensemble

Park Advisory Board Chair Pammela Jackson

Mar Vista Elementary School Chorus

Paintings by Leebs Goya in the Art Exhibit

Windward School Jazz Ensemble
Daniel Webster Middle School Band

Palms Middle School Vivoce Singers
Food Vendor Vicente Aparacia

LAPD Pacific Division Cadet Color Guard 

Mar Vista Rec & Parks staff - Zel Limenih, Elizabeth Narvaez, Jason Kitahara

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Lorraine Wells - Mar Vista Community Fall Festival & Silent Auction Honoree

We would like to extend our greatest congratulations to this year's Mar Vista Community Fall Festival & Silent Auction honoree, Lorraine Wells.

Honoree Lorraine Wells with Councilmember Mike Bonin
Lorraine has resided in  Mar Vista for the past fifteen years after moving from West L.A. where she managed the Mole Hill Gift Shop in the Westside Pavilion. Her commitment to the community became quickly  evident when she went to work at Trash and Treasures on Venice Blvd.  She managed the store for over fifteen years. Now retired, Lorraine keeps busy making sure our beautiful neighborhood continues to prosper and come together. Lorraine is devoted to the Mar Vista Community Council and the many outreach programs that make Mar Vista a truly special place.

Lorraine Wells & MVCC Board Member Yvette Molinaro

Working alongside others, Lorraine was passionate and devoted to the creation of the Mar Vista Farmers' Market that we have all grown to love.
For more than a year prior to the Mar Vista Farmers' Market grand opening in 2006, Lorraine lined up support and worked tirelessly  to convince  every community group and organization in the greater Mar Vista area that the market was a good idea. Since the opening of the Farmers' Market, Lorraine, a founding board member, continues her passion by volunteering at the market most every Sunday and dedicating herself to community outreach. Her most devoted effort is personally shopping  for the Neighborhood Youth Association after school snack program. She ensures that the children have the best locally sourced fruits and veggies compliments of  the Mar Vista Farmers' Market each and every week.

Lorraine Wells & Master of Ceremonies Nathan Dana Aldrich
While her community outreach efforts have truly changed the lives of many Mar Vista residents, Lorraine's ongoing involvement in the Mar Vista Community Council and the North Westdale Neighborhood Association continues to benefit larger Mar Vista.  She has a special way of reaching out to people and creating a sense of caring and interest in her Mar Vista neighbors and goings on of the neighborhood. Today we thank and appreciate Lorraine for her steadfast devotion and commitment to  the people and the place we proudly call, Mar Vista.

Tom Ponton, Sharon Commins, Lorraine Wells, Mike Bonin, Albert Olson,
 Diana Rodgers and Len Nguyen - photo by Roy Persinko

Bill Rosendahl, the Ultimate Councilman

Many of us in Mar Vista first met Bill Rosendahl in a packed auditorium at Venice High School in September of 2004.  Over 1,000 Mar Vista residents came to protest the massive development being planned for Playa Vista.  Bill walked over to Venice High School from his Mar Vista home with many of his neighbors. Not yet our councilman, Bill stood up and spoke in support of the people. The following year, we elected him as our Councilman and we have never regretted it.

As our former District Eleven Los Angeles City Councilman, Bill fought the big developers, promoted environmental causes, supported Native Americans, helped create homes for the homeless, promoted mass transit, and pushed hard for a more open and responsive city government. Even with all that, Bill has always made time to be out in his district with his constituents.

Bill truly emulates what it means to be a man of the people. He has been seen at virtually every block party and neighborhood gathering in the district, not just talking, but listening to his neighbors. He has joined rallies to protest Mar Vista dogs locked out of the Santa Monica Dog Park and other rallies to protest jet air pollution from the Santa Monica Airport. He used some of his district money to improve Venice Blvd and his offices to collect school supplies for the needy and clothing for the homeless. Bill fought against LAX expansion and cuts to Fire and Police service while downtown, then found time to volunteer for Meals on Wheels back in our neighborhood.

From the impromptu meetings in his Mar Vista home, complete with a dog in the house and chickens in the backyard, to the regular Sunday visits at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market chatting with neighbors and picking up greens for the chickens, Bill has become a staple in our community.

We are proud to have Bill Rosendahl as our beloved friend.

Thank you Bill, from all of Mar Vista and all of humanity.

Bill Rosendahl, Paul Koretz, Tom Ponton and Mike Bonin - Photo by Roy Persinko

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


  Kim Borgaro and Robert Gilliam, Co-Directors

Nathan Dana Aldrich, Master of Ceremonies

10:15   Community Family Yoga:  Laura Fuller & The Moving Joint
           People of all ages are invited to participate in an easy yoga class to kick off a beautiful day! 

                        Kimberly Daniels, Director

11:30   Daniel Webster Middle School Band
                        Bill Barrett, Director

                        Kim Borgaro and Robert Gilliam, Co-Directors

12:25   Opera Singers of Echo Park, a short theatrical presentation
           A Presentation of the Art Exhibition, 
performed near the Park Swings
                        Created and Performed by Howard Seth Cohen

12:35   WindwardSchool Comedy Sportz Improv Troupe

Windward School Comedy Sportz Improv Troupe

1:00     Welcome, Councilmember Bonin, and presentation to Festival  
             Honoree LorraineWells

Lorraine Wells & Councilmember Mike Bonin

Lorraine Wells & Yvette Molinaro
Lorraine Wells & Master of Ceremonies Nathan Dana Aldrich

                        Katherine Williamson, Director

                        Bruce Eskowitz, Director

2:00 - 4:00 - Mar Vistan Healing Artist Lakshmi Lambert will offer     complimentary Divinitory Art of Tarot Reading in the Art Exhibit Gallery from 2-4 pm. (located in the Auditorium)

                        Monica Che, Director

3:00     Commendation to Bill Rosendahl  with visiting Political Dignitaries

Celebrating The Arts - Art Show!

Jeanne Kuntz, Art Exhibit organizer - photo by Roy Persinko

Did you miss the Art Exhibit? You can still check out the wonderful Art Exhibition in these photos taken by Roy Persinko - enjoy!

Who knew there were so many great artists in Mar Vista and environs?!  The Fall Festival Committee did.  That's why they chose the theme "Celebrating the Arts" for this year's Fall Festival. We've got painters, potters, performance artists, photographers, prints on paper, plywood and plastic.  In addition to all of these forms that start with "P", there will be shadow boxes displaying other-worldly scenes composed of objects from the past.   Come and see the variety of pieces in our Art Show, housed in the Auditorium at Mar Vista Park.  Festival and Art Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The park is located between Palms and Woodbine, bordered by McLaughlin and Sawtelle.  See you there.

Participating Artists 

Susan Melly

Susan Melly, exhibit organizer, with her husband
 - painting, GATHER THIS EDGE

JUMPSUIT – Painting - Susan Melly

KISSES FOR SALE  Painting Greg Colson

Susan Weissman

Susan Weissman

Jim Sullivan

Paintings by Jim Sullivan

Louise Marler

Assorted digital prints, white metallic stock, birch wood block
Louise Marler  

Sean Finnochio

Digital Print on Wood 
Sean Finocchio  

Stephen Boskin

Photographs by Stephen Boskin

Sharon Commins
CROSSCURRENTS - Quilt - Sharon Commins

Lisa Segal

LONG YEARS mixed media -  Lisa Segal   

Leebs Goya

Acrylic Paintings - Leebs Goya

Jen Davis

Jen Davis - Peachtree Pottery

Pam Douglas

A MEMORY OF RAIN Mixed Media Painting  - Pam Douglas

Joe Fitzpatrick

SEATED FRIEND  - Acrylic on canvas
Joe Fitzpatrick

Eric Peterson

Gelatin Silver Print  - Eric Peterson

Gail Randall

OBLIVION Mixed media shadow box  - Gail Randall

Mick Bender

I AM    - Embroidery & Spraypaint
Mick Bender  

Phyllis Miller


Jordan Loth

Chlorite sculpture - Jordan Loth

Marilyn Smart 
Triptych Photograph Marilyn Smart

Assorted artists from Windward School