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LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Comedy Club @ MGM Grand

The beat goes on – Just because we’re on a road trip (see more below) doesn’t mean we don’t have the proverbial finger on the pulse of Culver City, for example:
What the frack? All you ever wanted to know about oil and gas production via hydraulic fracturing (aka known as “fracking,” PXP’s proposed Baldwin Hills undertaking) will be presented at City Hall Council Chambers this Tuesday, June 12 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. This is just the first of what we suspect will be several sessions, since public comment will be limited to two minutes per person. If you can’t make this meeting watch it on Channel 35 (Comcast) or Channel 37 (Verizon Fios). It will also be streaming live at www.culvercity.org.
Yippee! The 2012Culver City Blvd. Music Festival will kick off on Thursday, July 12 in the courtyard at City Hall, once again under the direction of Gary Mandell, Boulevard Music. There will be at least four concerts, maybe five, so dust off those picnic baskets!
Can’t wait to try West Culver City’s newest restaurant, The Corner Door, located at 12477 W. Washington Blvd. It’s currently open for dinner plus a special late night menu and is going to add even more buzz to the Waterloo & City and A-Frame culinary cluster. Visit www.thecornerdoor.com for more information and menus. Good news: there’s also valet parking, $3.50.
Summer swim registration is open at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA, and the small student/teacher ratios help kids get the most learning out of their time in the water. Sessions begin June 25 and run through September 1. Contact Mario Jovel, Sr. Program Director at (310) 390-3604 or drop by the branch, 4500 Sepulveda Blvd.Also beginning in June at the Y is a Basketball Clinic (June 16, 23, 30 and July 7) to get ready for Jr. Lakers. Boys and girls 6-7 and 8-10 will have separate times, with cost to Facility Members $50 and Program Members $70. Skills assessments won’t be far behind – contact Lamondo Greer at (310) 390-3604 and get in on the Jr. Laker fun.

Congratulations to Culver City High School “Coach of the Year” Dave Sanchez, named 2012 Fiesta LaBallona Grand Marshal, and Cathy Zermeno, Culver City Historical Society Honoree. They’ll preside over this year’s Fiesta – bigger and even better – the weekend of August 24-27.

Happy Birthday this week to Bill Fecho, Oliver de la Torre, Daphne Yemolio, Judy Audet, Ashley Sutton, Yve Marie Antista, Candice Balkman, Hilton Creve, Lara Embry, John Mayer, Angela Mukirae, Justin Nowlen, Jyoti Puvvula, Kumiko Sasamori, Getahun Asfaw, Esperanza Banachowski, John Matthiesen, Janine Quan, Fahad Rehmani, Cecilia Saunders, Yi Jiang, Allison Reeves, Jose Santa Rosa, Gregory Vega, Fred Wadibia, Zelda Lassoff, Jeri Lynn Albala, Brooke Boldemann, Ave Jacinto, Veronica Lopez, Jessica Rains, Cristen Tao, Keiko Yabushita, Lisa Burlingham, Linda Childs, Shereen Lanzarotta, Shereen Lanzarotta, Don Matoa, Brittany Bernard, Ranjeet Ganguli, and Ievoenii Kovtun. If you’d like your birthday mentioned, email details to jozelles@ca.rr.com.

Jozelle reads "Newspaper Rock" (live links not available ; )

Road trip update – we started with a weekend in Las Vegas to visit granddaughter Kanna Smith (and great-grandson Ryder), who formerly worked at Gyenari/MoKo in Downtown Culver City. She’s now a cocktail server at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at the MGM Grand, where we wiped tears from laughing at Jen Kober and Michael Loftus (see picture). It was then off to Utah to visit long-ago Braddock Drive resident Diane Smith and husband, Craig, riding the chairlift at Sundance to the top of the mountain and exploring beautiful desert red rock bridges and arches. Old habits are hard to break: we’re reading “Newspaper Rock,” a petroglyph panel dating back 10,000 years (see photo). Then on to Austin/San Antonio, where we watched the LA Kings go down to defeat in the Stanley Cup finals at the home of CCHS ’55 grad Don Kovar and wife Kitty. Off to New Orleans tomorrow to visit Culver City local Grace Elliott’s mom, Jackie – Laissez les bon temps roulez!!

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