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happyhalloweenIf you’re reading this on Monday, October 31st – EEEK! It’s Halloween!! Keep the lights on, the candy coming, and if you’re out and about, drive carefully – some kids get pretty excited about ringing doorbells and don’t always watch for cars.

Coming right up on Tuesday, November 1 the Culver City Garden Club will be holding its monthly meeting. Appropriately enough, speaker Bruce Blavin from the Rare Fruit Growers Club of Southern California will be speaking in the Veterans’ Memorial Building’s Garden Room. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and following his addressing “The Joys & Struggles of Raising Rare Fruit,” there’ll be refreshments and a raffle. Guests are always welcome.

Everyone’s invited to attend a panel discussion with faculty members from the Woodbury University School of Architecture this Wednesday, November 2, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. to discuss architecture and design as a “…socially and civically engaged endeavor.” The event takes place at our own Helms Bakery District. Everyone’s invited to join Jeanine Centuori, Theresa Hwang, and Deborah Richmond for their short presentations and a discussion moderated by Eric Olsen. This event is free and open to the public, and will include light bites and refreshments. Free valet parking is available at the corner of Helms Ave. and Venice Blvd. or folks from out of the area can take Metro Expo line to Culver City station, one block west of the Helms Design Center.

We feel compelled to give a shout-out to 5iPho Chinese and Vietnamese Food at 5407 Sepulveda Blvd. (nestled conveniently between the TattleTale and Scarlet Lady). They’re open seven days a week the food is phenomenal and the prices really good! To take a look at their menu, visit – and enjoy!!

The Culver City CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will be holding its Executive Board Elections at the next General Meeting, set for this Thursday, November 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Rotunda Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building. General election information is at: Candidates’ statements are at: From October 31 through November 2 current Culver City CERT members who will not be attending this Thursday’s General Meeting may vote online at

The tents have started to go up in front of 4427 Overland Avenue for the next few days in preparation for Grace Church’s revamped Holiday Bazaar, taking place this Friday, November 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. until noon, where you’ll find jewelry, books, CDs, DVDs, Christmas décor, crafts and gifts (homemade and vintage) boutique items (vintage or fine quality china, silver, crystal, soaps, candles, frames, lots of collectibles, and children’s newer toys, clothing and educational items. Proceeds support the Youth Ministry of the church.

Since the Culver City Democratic Club’s regular meeting schedule puts them on the second Wednesday of the month, they’ll be meeting on Wednesday, November 9 – the day after the election. Too hoarse to post-mortem? Too tired to even come? We’re betting it’ll still be a full house starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Building.

Coincidentally (…we think…) the play “Vicuna,” by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Robert Egan which just opened at the Kirk Douglas Theater, deals with a “…tailor to the wealthy, powerful, and famous struggles to serve a very unusual client: a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star who—to everyone’s surprise—becomes a major party’s nominee for President. As the election spins out of control, the tailor and his apprentice are forced to examine their roles as confidants and image-makers for the candidate…and whether the right suit has the power to clinch the presidency.” The world premiere of this hot-off-the-presses satire really presents an opportunity for a play to participate in our nation’s political discourse as it unfolds. It will be playing at the Kirk Douglas until November 20. For ticket information, call (213) 972-7231.

Raindrops might keep falling on the heads of birthday celebrants Megan McKeon, Tom Hayes, Cathy Lugo, Randal Rhodes and a few days late for our boss, Judith Martin Straw (who is always delighted to put another candle on a cake!) If you’d like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday mentioned here, just send the information to and we’ll be happy to post it!

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