LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300Start saving your change: Why? Coming up soon (Saturday, January 24) is Temple Akiba’s Casino Night, set for 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. You can enjoy poker, craps, roulette, blackjack, good friends, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, prizes and in general, a good time. Early bird discount (word is that January 11 was the deadline, but…) is $40.00 for Temple Akiba members and $50.00 for non-members (no, there’s not time to change your religious affiliation to take advantage of the discount). Temple Akiba is located at 5249 Sepulveda Blvd. For ticket information call (310) 398-5783.

New at Westside Unity Church this Monday is The Village with Kevin King’s “The New Communion” from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. You’re invited to come “share your ideas, life journey, triumphs, challenges, talents and passions and receive the spiritual sustenance you need for the journey!” (This is in addition to regular Sunday and Wednesday services). Westside Unity is located at 10724 Barman Avenue. For more information on any of the events, contact the church office at (310) 838-4761.

The Culver City Rock & Mineral Club’s monthly meeting is this Monday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. The program, “The Chinle Formation & the Arizona Petrified Forest National Park” will be presented by Steve Wolfe, of Wolfe Lapidary. Steve, an expert in petrified wood, will talk about the formation, age, history of the park and surrounding areas, and will have photos to show and a few samples of petrified wood on display. General Meetings are held the second Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Bldg., 4117 Overland Ave. Enter from the rear door. Guests are always welcome. For more information, visit www.culvercityrocks.org.

We hadn’t attended a Culver City Chamber of Commerce Board Installation Luncheon for some time but were reminded last Thursday just how much energy and fun are still part of the program! The event honored outgoing Board Chair Bill Reider and Incoming Chair Kevin Lachoff and new members of the Board. Master of ceremonies Andy Weissman was prepared with a hard hat in case there was a repeat of last year’s audience’s roll-throwing, but didn’t need it after all, though the 85 attendees were tempted to hurl the mini-cans of CocaCola (Chair Lachoff’s favorite) at each place. Also present were Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, but they didn’t stop Mr. Weissman’s always-acid wit, in fact contributed some themselves!

This Saturday, January 17 the City of Culver City will host its 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, honoring the life and contributions of Dr. King. This takes place from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4095 Overland Avenue. There will be a screening of the film “Freedom Summer” at 2:00 p.m., a panel discussion with Margaret Prescod, KPFK’s host of “Sojourner Truth;” Tom Hayden, former California State Senator; Robert Farrell, former Los Angeles Councilmember; musical performances by Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, Bobby Grace and Funmilola Fagbamila, and an art exhibit from the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, plus a community service fair. For more information call Arames White-Shearin at (310) 253-6675.

Let’s have a standing ovation for the Carol and James Collins Foundation for renewing their $15,000 grant for the Front and Center Theatre Collaborative. The Collaborative provides comprehensive theatre arts programming for grades Kindergarten thru 12 throughout our Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD). Arts education is important in enhancing academic achievement and in educating the whole child, and the Collins Foundation gets it – hence the CCUSD gets it!!

Huddled around the birthday candles to keep warm are Liese Aufill, Eric Senchuk, Francia Fate, Diana Kirkpatrick, Matthew Seeberger, Sherri O’Daniel, Bram Skelley. Paul Skelley, and Brenda Langdon. If you’d like to have your (or a friend, neighbor or family member’s) birthday noted here, send the info to jozelles@ca.rr.com and we’ll post it!

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