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February Programs at the Mar Vista Library

February Programs at the Mar Vista Library

February at the Mar Vista Library is filled with programs, events and another holiday! Sat Feb 3 – Book Sale Mon Feb 5 – Peter Rabbit Funny Story Time Sat Feb 10 – VITA tax preparation Sat Feb 17 – Citizenship class instruction continues each […]

Citrus time at Mar Vista Farmers’ Market January 21, 2018

Citrus time at Mar Vista Farmers’ Market January 21, 2018

It started out chilly but soon warmed up at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market today. Get your citrus and keep the flu at bay! These mandarins are gorgeous. I saw Romanesco cauliflower, these mini-pies from Marcie’s, and I met the new Cheesecake vendor giving out […]

Red Cross Blood Drive Jan 30 at LAPD Pacific Division

Red Cross Blood Drive Jan 30 at LAPD Pacific Division

The Red Cross is partnering with LAPD Pacific Division for a Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 30th, from 8AM-8PM – and they are inviting the community to participate; to donate and help save lives.

Sign up HERE to donate on January 30th!

LAPD Pacific Division Blood DriveThis January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage that could affect patient care.

• Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with nearly 500 blood drives forced to cancel causing about 13,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

• Blood and platelet donations are urgently needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

• Donors in weather-affected areas are urged to give blood or platelets when storms have passed and it is safe to travel.

• Donors in areas unaffected by the weather may be helping patients close to home or patients in areas where donors are unable to give because of inclement weather.

• Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they come in.

• The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

• Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

• Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations – in particular – are critically needed right now.

• Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be used within five days of donation and are in constant demand.

• By giving platelets regularly, donors can help patients kick cancer and recover from other life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

• Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

• Type B negative blood can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.

Now is the time to help ensure the shelves are stocked with the lifesaving blood and platelet donations patients depend on when disasters and severe winter weather strike, and for everyday survival.

• Winter weather, an active cold and flu season, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.

• Additionally, a busy holiday season in November and December contributed to nearly 550 fewer blood drives hosted by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators than the two previous months.

• More than 80 percent of blood donations are made at blood drives organized by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators.

• Many of these groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel, which limits the availability of blood drives for people to attend.

 

Root Veggies at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market January 14, 2018

Root Veggies at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market January 14, 2018

Even though it was about 80 degrees today at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market, it is technically Winter, so there are tons of root vegetables to be found. I saw parsnips, rutabagas and celeriac – and squash (not a root veg…). Soaptopia has taken up […]

New Year’s Resolutions at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market January 7, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market January 7, 2018

It was a beautiful day at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market today and it seems everyone has New Year’s Resolutions that involve eating healthy, because when I went at 1pm, the Farmers were practically sold out of all their veggies! I saw this broccolini, these […]

January Mar Vista Library Programs

January Mar Vista Library Programs

The Mar Vista Library branch begins the year continuing the Winter Reading Challenge. There is still time to sign-up in the branch or online. Reading just 5 hours entitles you to a book and a raffle ticket with a chance to win a branch prize. Stop by the Reference Desk to see the choices!

January’s featured programs:

Wednesday, Jan 3rd, 11am – Preschool/Toddler Story Time returns every Wednesday of the month

Thursday, Jan 4th, 12:30pm – Baby Story Time

Saturday, Jan 6th, 10am – SAT Math workshop, pre-registration required

Saturday, Jan 6th, 2:30pm – Kim Selbert will present “YOU are Stronger than Cancer”

Monday, Jan 8th, 4pm – end of Winter Reading craft making event

Friday, Jan 12th, 1pm – Quilters return on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month

Saturday, Jan 13th, 10am – SAT Practice Test, pre-registration required

Monday, Jan 15th – closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, Jan 16th, 5:30pm – Mar Vista Movie Night “The Lego Batman Movie”

Thursday, Jan 18th, Noon – The Source provides free health and shelter services plus DMV and Healthy Choices will be onsite to offer their services to the community

Thursday, Jan 18th, 6:30pm – Mystery Book Club will discuss High Window, a Raymond Chandler classic

Wednesday, Jan 24th, 6:30pm – Lilly Padilla will present “Weight Loss & Anti-inflammatory Nutrition”

Thursday, Jan 25th, 6:30pm – Mar Vista Friends will meet to discuss plans for the upcoming February 3rd book sale. All community members are invited to attend.

Saturday, Jan 27th, 10am – SAT Test Review, pre-registration required

Check the calendar for the Mar Vista Community Council Meetings:

Education meets the 1st Friday

Planning and Land Use meets the 1st Thursday

Great Streets meets the 2nd Wednesday

Outreach meets the 2nd Thursday

New Year’s Eve Fun at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve Fun at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market December 31, 2017

It was a nice, chill day at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market today. I saw beautiful orchids, lettuce, and butternut squash. The Border Grill truck and the Green Truck were both there, serving up delicious food. Sandra was helping kids make fun hats for New […]

Happy Holidays at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market December 17, 2017

Happy Holidays at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market December 17, 2017

It was a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Grinchmas at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market today. Klezmer Juice was playing, Santa was giving out tangerines and the Grinch was bring Grinch-y. Heads up: there will be NO Market on Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24th, […]

Reminder: LAPD Santa Sleigh Coming on December 12th

Reminder: LAPD Santa Sleigh Coming on December 12th

Don’t miss the LAPD Pacific Division Santa Sleigh as it spreads cheer on the Westside on Tuesday, December 12th.

New Citrus at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market December 10, 2017

New Citrus at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market December 10, 2017

There are so many things to see at the Mar Vista Farmers Market, and today that included a new citrus vendor, this new bakery called Circle & Square with awesome shortbread cookies, walnuts, almonds, and yes – tomatoes! Plus have you tried the wrap sandwiches […]