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jsmith01-cropHere’s a nice touch for a busy time of year: This coming Saturday, December 17th Grace Lutheran Church is offering parishioners a Parents’ Night Out, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for just $20.00 per family (not per child!) Call Lisa to reserve a spot – (310) 559-1027.
Culver City Rock & Mineral Club members are getting ready for a good time tonight at their Annual Holiday Dinner & Gift Exchange, Monday, December 12, at the Culver City Rotary Plaza, 5100 Overland Ave., corner Virginia Ave. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Installation of new officers and a White Elephant gift exchange. The club supplies ham and turkey plus water and utensils and members can bring a side dish, salad, dessert and a (non-alcoholic) beverage. Participation in the White Elephant gift exchange requires bringing a wrapped gift, decorative, funny or? Members who would like to help set up for the party are asked to arrive around 5:00 p.m., and all guests are asked to not park in the Rotary Plaza lot, but to use adjacent street parking.
Culver City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department’s Winter Wonderland Camp is coming up fast (just like everything in December!), where participants ages 5-13 can enjoy sports, games, arts & crafts a fun time with the well-trained staff. Week #1 runs from December 19th through the 23rd. The field trip for that week is Mulligans Family Fun Center and there’s a luau planned for that Friday so kids should pull out their (warm) Hawaiian shirts! Week #2, December 26th through the 30th, includes Winter Karaoke, a field trip to the California Science Center, and on Friday a Pre-New Year’s Eve Dance Party. Camps costs $135 per week for Culver City residents and $166 per week for non-residents. Extended care is available for an additional fee. For more information, contact the Recreation office at 310-253-6650. These sessions fill up fast, so you may want to visit their website at www.culvercity.org to sign up.

Invitations are out for the Republican 54th AD California’s annual “Christmas/Holiday Party 2016” This event takes place this Tuesday, December 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Wood Café, 12000 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066. A gift exchange is voluntary – if you give a gift you’ll get a gift. (Gift selections should be between $5-$10.) The Wood Cafe serves comfort food as well as beer, wine, and cocktails. The event will be held outside where there are heaters, but attendees are advised to be sure to bring warm jackets, just in case. There are approximately 15 free parking spaces behind the restaurant, plus street parking or at the adjacent mini-mall.
It’s the season when exercise is an especially good thing – and one of the most pleasant ways to burn a few calories is enjoying the monthly “Walk with a Doc,” that takes place this Saturday, December 17. Meet near the tennis courts at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 8:45 a.m., where Dr. Jeff Penso, MD will speak on “The Best Medical Breakthroughs of 2016,” followed by a warmup by Culver-Palms Family YMCA Fitness Director Brandon Webb. The Walk begins right around 9:00 a.m. and finishes back at the Park approximately 10:00 a.m.

We Can’t Wait Dep’t.: Founded in 1992 by Ruth Price, The Jazz Bakery was the first nonprofit performance space in the country to present jazz concerts twice nightly, 50 weeks a year. Originally located in our own Culver City Helms Bakery building, The Jazz Bakery is in the process of building a new permanent home that will undoubtedly become a world-class center for jazz. Designed by acclaimed architect (and jazz enthusiast) Frank Gehry, the new venue will be located next to the historic Kirk Douglas Theatre, hosting year-round performances and youth outreach programs in two state-of-the-art theaters with two distinctive lobbies, the West Coast Interactive Jazz Museum, an art gallery, a café and a pop-up shop. (We saw models of the proposed buildings at a recent Frank Gehry exhibit – gonna be great!!)

The Culver City Exchange Club’s Annual Children’s Holiday Party is set for this Tuesday, December 13 at the Elks’ Lodge. Heather Nuques is once again in charge of planning some wonderful activities for the children attending the party. A group of Patti Eskridge’s Bell Ringers will be on hand, and there will also be a visit from Santa Claus. Members are asked to bring a gift for Santa Claus to give to each child attending. (Upon receipt of the sales slip for each gift members will be reimbursed up to $20.00.)

This Wednesday, December 14, the Culver City Democratic Club’s General Meeting will feature a free screening of “The Koch Brothers Exposed,” described as “… a chilling documentary about the billionaire brothers, David and Charles Koch…” by BraveNewFilms. The Culver City Democratic Club meets every second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building’s Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Guests are always welcome.
Christmas, Hanukkah, and a birthday coming up? Lots to celebrate for Pierre Joujon-Roche, David Ashcraft, Eric Snell, Rita Lugo, Harry Malee, Mindy Sprague, and Norma Newton. 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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