LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

From Stan Rainier comes word that Temple Akiba has a great show coming up: Roy Zimmerman, a satirical performer who sings a compelling combination of socially conscious comedy and original music will be appearing this Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $20.00 if you RSVP by July 30, or $25.00 at the door. Roy has opened for Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, and Paula Poundstone, and can keep the audience in stitches with his takes on politics, body piercing, social mores and love. Call (310) 398-5783 or email admin@templeakiba.net to reserve. Temple Akiba is located at 5249 So. Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City.

What does this say about Culver City? That there’s no place like the Culver City Elks Lodge! Must be true; the Lodge (located at 11160 Washington Place) will now be the official meeting place for the Rotary Club of Culver City on Wednesdays at noon. The Culver City Exchange Club has called it home for years on Tuesdays. Who’s next??

Speaking of the Exchange Club, they’ll get their history buzz on at the July 31 meeting (that’s this Tuesday) when City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra will be the guest speaker. Julie, author of several books on the life and times of Our Town, never fails to come up with new and interesting tidbits about the city we love.

It’s tee time! The Culver City Chamber of Commerce/Firefighters/Lions Club Golf Tournament is set for Monday, August 20 at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana. Tee time is 12:00 PM. Costs are as follows: individual player $175; foursome with 1 sign sponsor $775; foursome with 4 sign sponsor $1050; tee sign sponsor $125; Bag sponsor $1000; Hole-in-One Sponsor $750; Shirt Sponsor $2000; Lunch Sponsor $1000; Dinner Sponsor $1500; Beverage cart sponsor $500; For any or all of the above, contact ssssteve@culvercitychamber.com or call (310) 287-3850.

Fiesta LaBallona Chairman Mike Cohen proudly cites the honor the Fiesta will bestow this year on Cathy Zermeno, the first president of the Culver City Historical Society. A trophy will be presented to Ms. Zermeno by the Society at the Fiesta’s opening ceremonies, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 25. A former chair of the Fiesta herself (1987), Senora Zermeno’s name will be engraved on the trophy as its first recipient, and displayed in the Society’ ARC Museum at Veterans Memorial Park.

There’s lots going on this summer – and free! Take the family to the Free Theatre in the Park 2012 Summer Season productions, Saturdays and Sundays at Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park, 10400 Braddock Drive. From August 4-August 19 at 12:00 noon, you’ll enjoy the Children’s Popcorn Theatre presentation of “The Odyssey”, and at 2:00 p.m. Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.” Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and watch live theatre!

More going on: this Sunday, August 5 at the Helms Bakery Complex, the renowned Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater Company will offer Culver City residents and surrounding communities lessons in “Casino Rueda,” a unique form of Salsa that is at the heart of the dance theater’s identity. Contra-Tiempo uses this style of dance as a metaphor “to teach compassionate partnership and community building”. The workshop demonstrations are open to the public and all ages are welcome. After the event there will be free Salsa dancing on the Plaza. Ole! For more information about the company’s work, visit: www.contra-tiempo.org

Over 50 members of Grace Lutheran Church and their families are heading off to the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday, August 5 to picnic and then enjoy “Pixar in Concert,” with film clips on the giant screens accompanied by scores performed by the Hollywood Bowl orchestra. Included will be the “Toy Story” trilogy, “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Up,” and “Brave.”

Green up your thumb a little more next Tuesday, August 7 when the Culver City Garden Club holds its August meeting. The site will be Star Education, 10117 Jefferson Blvd. and the presentation will be “Growing Rare Fruit in Your Own Garden” by Bruce Blevin, California Rare Fruit Growers Association. As always, there will be refreshments, a raffle, and a “Show, Tell & Ask” table. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and visitors are always welcome.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Marsha Heath, Christopher LaCroix, Kimberley Elder, Johna Miller, Tom Tidwell, Emily Cruz, Tamara Borrego, Young Sook Lee, Jordan Bell-Zorich, Lidya Vinder, Vivian Chiang, Chunying Song, Dorothy Douglas, Joanne Hensley, Bob Schwartz, Molly Shiple, Doug Warner, Andrea Nicole Huerta, Nancy Burch, Charles Dolan, Alma Venegas, Julie Anderson, Roya Mohamadi-Shirvani, and Susan Warfel. If you’d like your or a friend’s birthday mentioned in LOCALmotion, email jozelles@ca.rr.com.

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