LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Among the Culver City Rotary Club bulletin’s announcements last week was the one that immediate past president Ann Murakami will be moving to Washington State. So it must be true that there is nothing left in Culver City once you’ve been Rotary Club president… they certainly will miss you, Ann.
The same schedule may hold for many houses of worship, so check your church’s calendars – next Sunday, September 2 – Labor Day Weekend – Grace Lutheran Church will hold just one service at 10am in honor of Labor Day, and the Church office will be closed on Monday, September 3. Those who attend the weekly “Grace Diner” dinners on Mondays won’t be disappointed, though – it’ll be a picnic on the lawn, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Coming up on Sunday, September 9 at 11:30 a.m., the Culver City Sister City Committee, Inc. will host its Annual Membership Quarterly Meeting in Lindberg Park. Picnic lunch and beverages will be provided, and guests are just asked to bring fruit or a dessert to share. The meeting pays tribute to the accomplishments of the Sister City’s Youth Programs, and “The Summer of Student Experiences” will provide a fun program. Covered picnic tables, a convenient baseball diamond (and nearby playground for the kids) will set the scene – members and guests may want to bring softball equipment, a potato sack (don’t we all have those pesky potato sacks around the house?) and a comfortable chair and blanket. The cost is $10.00 per person, and kids under 8 are free. Pre-paid reservations must be made – and paid – by August 31. Contact Alice at (310) 642-7604 to make sure you’ll get in!
It looks like you don’t have to be a member of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce to participate in their October 9-18 “Discover Cuba” trip – that is if there are any spaces left! We can vouch for what a wonderful country this is to visit, and the Chamber trip’s highlights include extensive tours of Old Havana (plus three other UNESCO World Heritage sites), museums, churches, fishing villages, Hemingway’s farm, painted caves, the Partagas cigar factory (which is pretty amazing) and more. The price of $3,799 per person double (+$600 single supplement) includes deluxe hotel accommodations, round trip air fare, Cuban visa, health insurance, 21 meals, sightseeing and admissions, a bilingual guide, plus, plus, plus. Contact the Chamber Office at (310) 287-3850 to see if there are any openings left – you’ll love Cuba!

Leave it to the Culver City Education Foundation to launch an ambitious annual fundraising campaign for our kids and our schools – it’s called “All For 1.” Last year’s campaign funded $75,000 worth of technology upgrades and academic software at each of our k-12 schools, recorders for every third grade class in the district, musical instruments for CCMS and CCHS, the college readiness program AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), and more. In the face of more budget cuts in Sacramento and building on last year’s success CCEF is now asking parents and relatives of current students, homeowners who understand that great schools mean high property values, and businesses to jump in and play an important role: a contribution from each household or business, as little as $30, $20 or $10 a month, would provide a great source of funding. To make a one-time donation or to set up monthly payments visit CCEF’s website at ccef90230.org/donate and follow the instructions. Then, as Ed Foundation folks put it, “…sit back and watch the difference your money will make in the lives of students right here in Culver City.”
Yay! Happy Late August Birthday greetings go to Ken Smith, Julie Lugo Cerra, Mallory Low, Steve Rose, Earl Eskridge, Cristina Alexander, Dr. Bob Montgomery, Patricia Trelinski, Lise De Sablet, Brandon Dowell, Hilda “Shug” Durbin, Renea Greenberg, Raquel M. Kuronen, Kelly Song, Gabrielle Friedenthal, Ricardo Ramirez, Gregory S. Smith, Edward Song, Susan J. Suh, Myra Boime, Patricia Hernandez, Kendra King, Dana Rucker ,Olga Vaysberg, Christine Yoshida, Navnidhee Batra, Marion Ostrow, John C Anaya, Donald Chan, Naja Johnson, Samira Salim, Hanna Dershowitz, Stephen A. Douglas, Thomas D Graham, Ray Smith, and don’t forget – if you’d like to have a birthday mentioned in LOCALmotion! Email jozelles@ca.rr.com with all the information.

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