Odds and ends from around the Valley: Joe Andrews’ old science teacher, Mr. Carr, would be proud of his former middle school student. No, not because Joe grew up to be a scientist or a teacher. He didn’t. Joe became a Realtor, but don’t hold that against him. No, Mr. Carr would be proud because Joe learned a lesson from him that was more important than any science project he ever did. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 `’My mom worked in the cafeteria at my middle school, and I was always embarrassed by that,” Joe said. “She was the lady with the hair net. “Mr. Carr told me not to be embarrassed, that it’s not what you are that’s important, but who you are. He said my mom was teaching me a valuable lesson about hard work, and putting your family first. “He was right. My dad was a plumber and we didn’t have much, so mom always worked hard to support us. I never had the chance to thank Mr. Carr for that lesson.” But Andrews has had a chance to thank all the good teachers out there with the Walk of Hearts he started a couple of years ago in Canoga Park. It’s styled after Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, but it’s for teachers. At 10 a.m. Saturday, on the corner of Sherman Way and Remmet Street, the 2005 recipients of the Walk of Hearts Teachers awards will have their stars unveiled. They deserve a big public turnout in addition to the local politicians, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will be there to honor them. “We all had a special teacher who affected our lives, so why not recognize and honor them?” Andrews says. Yeah, why not? So, for your own Mr. Carr, stop by the ceremony if you can and show these teachers how much we owe them. The recipients this year are Lauren Roedy from Westmark School in Encino, Paul Trapani from John Wooden Continuation High School in Reseda, and Jacqueline C. Young, who teaches at Cleveland High School in Reseda. Also receiving a star on the Walk of Hearts are retired teachers Enrique Duran from Canoga Park High, Kathy Holmes from Hart Street Elementary School in Canoga Park, and H. Warren King from Reseda High School. Jayne Meadows, the widow of entertainer and author Steve Allen, will also be there to receive the Walk of Hearts Foundation’s “Partner in Education” award for all her late husband did to promote education. Ladies, start your needles. There’s a 24-hour sew-a-thon Sept. 9-10, and you’re invited to pull an all-nighter, sewing quilts that will be given to sick children in local hospitals by Project Linus. “It’s a new, different gimmick we’re trying, and so far the enthusiasm has been great,” says Hannah Almstead, who came up with the idea for this year’s “Wrapped in Love” quilt show that also features doll displays, quilt auctions, lectures and a merchants mall. The show will be held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, and is sponsored by the Valley Quiltmakers Guild & San Fernando Valley Quilt Association – two great organizations that do a lot for making hospital stays a little brighter for children. “We’ve got some sewers going the whole 24 hours alone, some tag teams, and other teams taking shifts to see who can sew the most quilts for the kids,” Almstead says. “It’s going to be a free-for-all. “Project Linus has promised us that every quilt we make will stay in San Fernando Valley hospitals.” For more information on the show, log on to www.sfvga.org/quiltshow, or call Hannah at (818) 784-4612 if you want to enter the 24-hour sew-a-thon. Hats off to John Eshbach and the Sun Valley Rotary Club for not letting some vandals beat them. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary, the club – with a lot of community support and donations – planted 100 trees around the exterior of Poly High in Sun Valley to hide much of the ugly concrete and chain-link fences. “We wanted the students at Poly to have something green and beautiful to look at coming and going from school every day, not something gray and ugly,” Eshbach said. No sooner had the trees been planted than someone drove a truck up on the sidewalk over 10 of the trees, trying to destroy them. “You could tell it was deliberate because they swerved off the sidewalk before hitting any of the poles or street signs. Needless to say, I was a bit irritated.” Eshbach went home, changed clothes, grabbed a shovel, and with the help of his wife, replanted the trees. “There was no way I was going to let them win,” he said. Good for you, John. And finally, the Independent Living Center of Southern California and Mission Community Hospital will present the fourth annual Independent Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at the hospital, 14850 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Over 50 exhibitors will be presenting services and products that promote independence for people living with disabilities. “One in five children, teens, adults, and seniors are living with a disability, and many lack the knowledge of the technology and resources available to them to make their dream of independence a reality,” said Marcy Hernandez, EXPO coordinator. For more information on the EXPO, which is free, call (818) 785-6934. —Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!