Neighborhood News

Third Annual Red Cross Blood Drive | Marquez Knolls

The third annual Marquez Charter School Blood Drive will be held in the school’s auditorium Tuesday, February 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested in donating blood must make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code “MarquezSchool.”

For questions on blood donation eligibility, email sean.inoue@redcross.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

More information can be found online at redcrossblood.org.

—JAMES GAGE


Menu for Lovers | Palisades Village

Porta Via Palisades is offering a special “Valentine’s Week” menu from February 13 to 16 in addition to its regular options. Specialty items include Smoked Salmon Blinis, Lobster Ravioli with Black Truffles and a Porcini Dusted Prime New York steak, to name a few.

Specialty cocktails like the Burning Love—made with tequila, superfruit, lime, jalapeño and simple syrup—will also be available. The restaurant highly recommends reservations.

—CHRISTIAN MONTERROSA


Redican Honored at PPTFH Meeting | Pacific Palisades

Photo by James Gage

Before guest speakers were introduced at the January 28 meeting of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness, Janet Turner, field supervisor for Congressman Ted Lieu, presented a Congressional Certificate of Recognition to West Los Angeles Beach Unit Officer Rusty Redican.

Turner thanked Redican on behalf of Lieu and the community for his “remarkable commitment and tireless efforts in working with PPTFH to patrol the beach, to clean up old encampments, and with sincere appreciation, for your dedication to engaging hundreds of homeless individuals and offering them services and housing.”

Redican took the certificate with a smile, posing with Turner for a few snapshots.

“I’m not speechless very often,” Redican said at the meeting. “Thank you guys very, very much … it’s a team effort. I could not have done this without my captain, without my fellow officers, but mostly without you guys.”          

—JAMES GAGE


Vintage Grocers Offers Customizable Gift Baskets | Palisades Village

Photo courtesy of Barbara Burke

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Vintage Grocers has a selection of customizable gift baskets available for purchase.

“Gift basket orders are placed in-store or by calling Vintage Grocers’ in-house gift basket guru, Melissa,” the store explained. “She will ask a series of questions to find out more about the recipient, including things they like to snack on, go-to products, hobbies, etc. She then hand selects items tailored to the recipient, creating a basket full of treats, goods and luxuries that one’s special someone is sure to love.”

Several basket themes are available, including self-care, wellness, farmers market-inspired, and wine & cheese lover.

For more information, visit vintagegrocers.com.

—SARAH SHMERLING