The Del Rey Neighborhood Council is proud to announce the 12th annual Del Rey Day, celebrating the Council’s 12th anniversary serving the Del Rey community. The festival will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Glen Alla Park, 4601 Alla Road, Del Rey 90292.

Del Rey Day 2015 includes free admission, food, entertainment and music, and a highlight this year, the County of Los Angeles’ “Shakey Quakey House”.

This year’s focus is Emergency Preparedness, presented by the Del Rey Residents Association. Chris Nevil, chair of the Association’s Emergency Preparedness Committee says, “The Del Rey Residents Association and our Emergency Preparedness Committee are proud to present important disaster preparedness resources at this year’s Del Rey Day. In addition to the “Shakey Quakey House” earthquake simulator, we’ll have power line safety demonstrations by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), hands-only CPR training and free smoke alarms courtesy of MySafe:LA, and a wealth of additional resources from the American Red Cross and the Los Angeles Unified School District. We’re grateful to the Del Rey Neighborhood Council for the opportunity to help make everyone “Del Rey Ready”!”

The LAPD Cadets Color Guard will open the festival and the Del Rey Community Jazz Band, led by Danny Meyer, will perform throughout the day. The band is sponsored by the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and has become a cherished part of the community, playing at Del Rey Day, first Fridays at the Del Rey Farmers’ Market and other Del Rey events throughout the year.

Among the other performers will be the Stoner Avenue Elementary School New Orchestra, ICEF Vista Academy Spirit Team, Marina Del Rey Middle School Performing Arts Dance Company, the Mar Vista Family Center Folklorica Group and Capoeira Group and the Mar Vista Gardens Boys and Girls Club Steppers. Despite some of the misleading names, all the groups are from local Del Rey schools and youth organizations!

L.A. Councilmember Mike Bonin, who represents Council District 11, will be joining in the festivities and holding “pop up office hours” to share thoughts about issues important to the neighborhood.

The always-popular MOA Wellness Center will be back offering free therapies: energy healing, flower activities and the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. MOA Wellness Center, with a location in the heart of Del Rey, is a non-profit organization looking for ways to help promote health and wellness in individuals and families.

Need a shade tree to keep your home cool? City Plants, through it’s partner KYCC will provide free shade trees for adoption to plant on private property within the City of Los Angeles. Verification will be required (ID, Drivers License or DWP bill). Trees are distributed on a first come, first served basis and the limit is one tree per address while supplies last.

“Every year, the community of Del Rey looks forward to celebrating this amazing neighborhood,” said Jonathon Neumann, President of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council. “Del Rey may not be as well known as some of our neighbors, but the Del Rey stakeholders that make this the best neighborhood on the Westside, they know all about the great Del Rey Community! And we like to celebrate it every October on Del Rey Day!”

Del Rey is the Los Angeles neighborhood located (approximately) from south of Washington Boulevard to Jefferson Boulevard and east of Lincoln Boulevard to roughly the San Diego freeway. Del Rey dates back to 1903 on Department of City Planning maps.

The Del Rey Neighborhood Council strives to bring a sense of identity to the community through special events such as Del Rey Day and the Del Rey Cup and co-sponsored events such as the Del Rey Art Walk and the Mar Vista Family Center Literacy Fair. The 15-member Board of Directors represents thousands of stakeholders who live, work, own property and contribute to the Del Rey community. The DRNC is empowered by the City of Los Angeles through Empower LA as an office advisory committee to the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles on issues such as land use and planning, traffic and transportation and public safety. Through the efforts of the volunteers on the DRNC Board of Directors, the DRNC works together with the people of Del Rey to improve the community!

Board meetings are held the second Thursday of each month and all are welcome. Del Rey stakeholders also are invited to join Board committees. Visit the website for more information about Del Rey, the DRNC and for the location of Board and committee meetings and agendas.

Jonathon Neumann
Del Rey Neighborhood Council