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  Sorry to report that the Grace Lutheran Church’s Cinco de Mayo event has been postponed until next month, but they have lots of other activities going on –  Tuesday Night Bible Study with Pastor Jim starts at 7:00 p.m. plus a Tuesday Night Young Women’s (“20-ish-40-ish”) Bible Study Group at 7:30. For more information, visit the church office at 4427 Overland Avenue, or call (310) 559-1027. On Thursday, May 3 there will be a  “Days for Girls” workshop at Grace Church Parish Hall from 7-9:00 p.m. where volunteers will sew and assemble sanitary kits for impoverished women in El Salvador No monthly  supplies can mean no school, no income, and poor hygiene for many girls and women, and workshop participants aim to change that. Visit www.daysforgirls.org for more information.

From Culver City High School alum Pete Pellerito comes word that former head football coach and teacher at Culver High in the 1950′s, Don Reed, died on April 9 at the age of 92. While at CCHS he coached the 1957 team to the first football championship in school history. He left CCHS in 1957 to become the head football coach at Long Beach State.  He later became their golf coach in the 70′s and 80′s, and coached Mark O’Meara to a Masters win in 1988. As Pete says, “He was a fine man and will be missed”.

Speaking of Culver City High School, Airport Marina Ford and CCHS are partnering on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Farragut/CCMS faculty parking lot on the corner of Elenda St. and Farragut Dr. for Ford’s “Drive One 4 UR School” event. Members of the community can support the Culver City High School’s athletic programs simply by taking a test drive in any brand new Ford vehicle! For every test drive taken, Ford Motor Company and Airport Marina Ford will donate $20 to Culver City High School Booster Club.  A potential $6,000 could be raised for athletic programs including tennis, soccer, lacrosse, etc. In addition, the Booster Club will hold a car wash adjacent to the test drive area to raise additional funds. To date, Ford dealerships and local communities across the United States have helped raise over 9 million dollars for high schools thanks to their hard work and partnership with the “Drive One 4 UR School” program.
Local Boys Make Good Dep’t. – Rob Jones and Greg Potik (both Culver High alums) report that their Jones & Potik Inc. landscaping design firm   has been invited to be part of the annual self-guided Venice Garden & Home Tour featuring contemporary homes and gardens by Los Angeles architects and designers. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 (rain or shine) visitors can peek into more than a dozen homes and gardens in the Venice neighborhoods tucked away east of Lincoln Blvd. The Jones & Potik eclectic garden is part of the Byrne residence’s modern studio and urban outdoor lifestyle, designed and built by architect James Myer of LeanArch. Tickets ($60 in advance, $70 on Saturday) may be picked up at the Neighborhood Youth Ass’n. Las Doradas Children’s Center, 804 Broadway Ave., Venice (310) 821-1857 or visit www.venicegardentour.org.
You can celebrate Cinco de Mayo all this week at Campos Famous Burritos on the corner of Venice Blvd. and Motor Ave. (this location only) and participate in a fundraiser for CERT (our Community Emergency Response Team). Louie Campos and family are sponsoring the week-long event, good for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. through Saturday, May 5. Just tell the cashier you are there for the CERT Fundraiser when placing your order and remind them to print out a second receipt to put in the CERT basket.
Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Leopoldo (Leo) Rendon passed away April 19 and was honored at a funeral mass last Saturday at Holy Cross Cemetery. Our next-door neighbor Leo leaves his wife Graciela, sons Gus (Anita) and George (Polly) Rendon, grandchildren Jean Marie, Jadie, Geoff, Lori, Garrett and Melanie and great grandchildren Maya and Joseph. He was a gentle and caring man.

Has anybody noticed how great the landscaping looks around the Culver-Palms Family YMCA? (4500 Sepulveda Blvd., in case you didn’t know) Daniel Feifer, outgoing Youth & Government Vice President of the CPY Delegation and an Eagle Scout, designed, coordinated, and led the landscaping makeover. He had a combination of Eagle Scouts, Family, Friends, Y-Staff, and Board Members assisting him over the course of two weekends getting the project done, and they did a fantastic job. Daniel chose the Culver-Palms Family YMCA as his Eagle Scout Project that he needed to complete before his 18th birthday.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Christine Lyall, Melissa Malone, Mike Cohen, Kyle Peters, Katie Laase, Wayne Maass, Barbara Steinberg, John Meyers, Daniel Retting, Shawn Lasley, Carolos Tomas, and Leota Thorne.    If you’d like your birthday included in an upcoming LOCALmotion, please let us know at jozelles@ca.rr.com.

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