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feature1-3The Culver City Garden Club’s monthly meeting, set for this Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Room (where else??) at the Veterans Memorial Building (4117 Overland Ave.) will feature “Our Disappearing Trees: Your Garden, the Environment & Public Safety” with Consulting Arborist, Landscape Architect & “Tree Whisperer” Pieter Severynen. Despite the recent above-average rainfall, experts warn that we’re not “out of the woods”, as they say. On Tuesday Severynen will discuss trees that are in our own gardens, in public areas, forests and more. Each of us can help stop the losses by taking simple steps, and why being engaged and proactive in our gardens and outside is more important than ever. Meetings are free and open to the public. Green thumb wannabes are cordially invited.

Coming up next week (Monday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.) the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club’s meeting will feature a member “Show & Tell” and a Silent Auction. In a live showcase, members will have five minutes to share their collection or creation, allowing time for at least six presenters. Members wishing to present should email with your name, phone, and a description of what you’d like to show. After that is their exciting February Silent Auction, with slabs, rough, specimens, tools, jewelry supplies, jewelry, books and more. (Everyone checks out the items displayed and writes their bids on the bid sheets until the bidding period comes to a close with the final instruction “all pencils down!”) President Darrell Robb describes the club as “…a diverse, non-judgmental Club, welcoming everyone’s interests and contributions, from novice to expert.” Guests are cordially invited.

Can’t wait until our Frank Gehry-designed Jazz Bakery gets built on Culver Blvd.? In the meantime you can enjoy “The Jazz Bakery Goes to the Grammys”, a special benefit for The Jazz Bakery Performance Fund that takes place this Friday, February 10 at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at the Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. The music will feature 2017 Grammy Nominees Joey Alexander (13-year old piano sensation), saxophonist Bob Mintzer with Peter Erskine and The Trip, and special guests Carmen Lundy and Patrice Rushen. Guest host is Jeff Garlin (from “The Goldbergs” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”) A VIP dessert and coffee reception will follow the performance. For ticket information visit or call (800) 838-3006, ext. 1. Tickets are limited!

The Culver City Recreation Department’s Spring Camp Registration Packets can be picked up starting February 11 at the Recreation Registration Office, 4195 Overland Ave. or go to to download them. It’s not too soon to find out what fun and educational activities are available for your kids this Spring!

Culver City movie fans can warm up for the Oscars on Wednesday, February 22 at a legendary site that’s been a favorite hangout for studio folks and locals for 80 years: the Backstage Bar & Grill! From 5:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m. you can enjoy handmade hot hors’doeuvres and an open bar (beer, wine and cocktails) for just $20.00 per person/$35.00 per couple. (The Backstage, located just across the street from Sony Studios at 10400 Culver Blvd., provided a dimly-lit site where screen idol Cary Grant entertained lady friends in the afternoons, to well-known customers like Lee Marvin, and more recently Will Ferrell, Matt Damon and even Mark Cuban, who was carried out on the shoulders of millionaires from “Shark Tank” singing “If I Were a Rich Man”.) Be a part of the Centennial celebration at a spot that even the Munchkins called home. Call (310) 839-3892 for more information or to reserve. This cozy location – long known as an unofficial MGM/Sony commissary, will fill up fast, so reserve your spots today.

Parents, family and friends of the Lin Howe, La Ballona, El Rincon, and El Marino choirs are invited to their annual All-District Music Concert. The program is on Thursday, February 16th, at 6:30 p.m. This year, the all-district concert will be held at Vet’s Auditorium, 4117 Overland Avenue, where all Elementary School choirs will be performing together. The concert and parking (adjacent to the Vet’s building) are free. For more information call Danielle Koplinka Loehr at (310) 842-4200, ext. 5001 or email

Coming up this Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. the Culver City Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting in the Veterans Memorial Building Rotunda Room 4117 Overland Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public and refreshments are served.

Happy Valentine’s Day note: Construction on the Ivy Station Transit Oriented Development Project will begin on February 14. This means the Washington/National/Venice Expo parking lot will be closed for approximately two years, but the good news is that you can park in the Ince structure (over Trader Joe’s) or the LaCienega/Jefferson Expo Metro station. Fees at Ince will be $3.00/day if you have a recently used TAP card. CityBus will accommodate affected commuters with two temporary stops adjacent to the Ince structure: westbound on Washington in front of the Toyota dealership and eastbound on Washington between Culver Blvd. and Ince. Use a TAP card to take the CityBus between Ince and the Metro Expo Station – it’s considered a transfer. Questions? Contact

Celebrating birthdays this week are Ron Coombs, Kimberly Garner, Ben Lowe, Francia Fate, Peter Baram, David Eggers, Paul Gomez, Stella Green and Marisa Grimes. If you, a friend or family member have a birthday coming up and would like to see it posted here, let us know at!

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