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jsmith01-cropThe Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program started last week (on November 10) but registration will remain open through November 30, since November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. An estimated 1 in 3 adults in the United States has prediabetes – that’s 79 million people – yet just 11 percent are aware they have it. If you are at risk you qualify for the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, where you’ll learn how to eat better and how to step up your physical activity for improved health and a lower risk of contracting type 2 diabetes. To learn more about the program and to sign up, contact Christina Tanios at (310) 390-3604, or email christinatanios@ymcala.org.
Lots going on this Saturday, November 19 (besides the USC-UCLA game, of course!) – at 8:45 a.m. it’s back to Veterans’ Memorial Park for the third-Saturday Walk With a Doc. Dr. Sarah Carpenter will give a brief talk on Vaccines for Adults, followed by YMCA Fitness Trainer Brandon Webb, who will lead the warm up. The walk begins at 9:00 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. The group gathers near the tennis courts at Vets, it’s a fun, all-ages walk, with folks both from and out of Culver City.
Also this Saturday, Agape International Spiritual Center will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a rousing reunion (meaning everyone who’s ever sung in the choir) choir concert, and more music by surprise guests, all of whom we guarantee to be terrific! General admission is $60.00, and VIP seating plus a reception prior to the 7:00 p.m. concert is $150.00 per person. Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith and Ricki Byars-Beckwith will introduce the “Love Comes Home” musical program, which promises to be a sellout. For tickets, visit www.agapelive.com and go to Special Events. Agape is located at 5700 Buckingham Parkway, just off Slauson Avenue. For more information call (310) 348-1250.

This weekend must be the kickoff for the party season: the Culver City Elks Lodge #1917 will be hosting a Charity Fundraiser Event on Saturday evening, November 19, highlighting the great work Elks do for charity: Social hour is from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Dinner (choice of tri-tip or salmon) from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., followed by a performance by Grupo LaRosa Folklorico Dancers, 8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., then dancing until midnight to the COASTLINE band! There’ll be raffles, a silent auction and prizes, so if you’re not an Elks Lodge member yourself, find one quick and become their friend so that you can call the Office for reservations: (310) 839-8891.
They’re multitalented, all right! This Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ivan Shulman, will present Johannes Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45” (The German Requiem) in collaboration with the Orange County Friendship Choir (Keiko Takeshita Artistic Director and soprano; Naoko Suga, Chorus Master, and David Castillo, baritone). Admission (open seating) is $20.00 for adults, and students under 18 are free. Parking is free, adjacent to the auditorium.

This Friday morning, November 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., head over to the Culver City Senior Center for some early (?!) shopping: it’s their annual Holiday Gift Boutique, featuring all items handmade by the Senior Center Association members. The Center’s address is 4095 Overland Avenue, corner Culver Blvd. Telephone (310) 253-6700 for additional information.

Here’s a great opportunity for your family: The Culver City Sister City Committee is organizing a thirteen-day cultural exchange to our sister city of Iksan in South Korea, (tentative dates) July 22-August 3, 2017. Space is available for only eight Grade 9-11 (ages 14-17) students and two adult chaperones. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come basis, and the deadline for submittal is December 1st! Most trip expenses are covered, with the exception of the roundtrip air ticket (chaperones’ tickets are covered). This includes a two-year commitment from families and chaperones to host a Korean student or chaperone in the summer of 2018, plus a paid membership with Culver City Sister City Committee. Housing is a homestay with a host Iksan family. This is a great opportunity in becoming a student delegate/chaperone representing Culver City. Applications can be downloaded at www.culvercitysistercitycommittee.org look under applications. Mailing address for completed applications: CCSCC, P.O. Box 1072, Culver City, CA 90230-1072. For further information email Haifaa al-Moammar at Iksanexchange@gmail.com.

Love Culver City and maybe even interested in working for the City? There are several job opportunities available, so head to www.culvercity.org and hit Job Opportunities and see if there’s anything that looks like a good fit!

Summery Autumn birthday celebrants this week are Shirley Miyamoto, Pat Clapp, Virgie Eskridge, Lisa Snell, Laura Weiner, Jerry Mitchell, Jessica Seastead, Paula Boelsems, Scott Johnson, Georgia Wehbi, Stephen Jahn and John Swenson. If you’d like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday mentioned here, just send the information to jozelles@ca.rr.com and we’ll be happy to post it!

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