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voteYou may have heard but here’s a reminder that the Culver City Unified School District board is taking applications to fill Susanne “Sue” Robins’ seat on the board. Sue is moving to Portland, Maine and the Board will consider applications from those who would like to serve as a Provisional Appointee at its March 14 meeting. Applications are only being accepted through March 10, and you must be a Culver City resident. The Provisional School Board Member Applications can be found on the front page of the Culver City Unified School District website, and should be completed and dropped off to Rebecca Williams at the CCUSD Office, 4034 Irving Place, by noon on Friday, March 10.

Yes, Virginia, there’s an election this Tuesday, March 7. It’s certainly not the attention-getter the last two have been, but important nonetheless. Culver City voters will have four items to consider on the ballot: three seats on the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District, and Los Angeles County Measure H (a sales tax measure to fund homeless services and prevention). Our City Council unanimously adopted a position to support Measure H at their February 13 meeting, and you can learn more about it by visiting www.culvercityorg/vote.com.

Also on Tuesday, March 7, why not relax after voting by visiting the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club’s monthly meeting? Nancy Bird, of Nancy Rocks, GemsByMail, and Hettie’s Rock & Crystal Shop will speak on “Finding your own rocks for yard or dish gardens.” This Rock Expert and longtime Mineral and Fossils collector’s talk will center on how to find free beautiful, colorful rocks for your gardens and containers out in our local desert – legally! Handouts listing resources such as the Barstow Bureau of Land Management, books and experts, who lead field trips into our local desert, will be provided. An assortment of Nancy’s “pretty garden rocks” will be available for sale starting at $1 (Larger rocks run around $20). You can decorate your succulent dish and container gardens, homes and yard with these natural wonders, plus pick up one or more $3.00 “Kids Grab Bag” of rocks specially sorted for the little ones in your life. They’ll love them! The “gem of a meeting” will be held at 7:00 pm. In the Garden Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. (at Culver Blvd.) – guests are always welcome, and refreshments are served!

The Culver City Sister City Committee is proud to sponsor the Annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase through its parent organization, Sister City International, and are inviting students between 13 and 18 years of age from Culver City Middle and High Schools to submit their entries for its local competition. The 2017 theme is “We’re Going Places, “…showcasing the importance of travel and exchange in achieving peace.” Artists are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experiences with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships, and their goals to present their vision of where the future will lead. For more information, visit www.sistercities.org/YYAA, or www.culvercitysistercitycommittee.org. Submissions deadline is March 31, 2017.

Here’s a great opportunity to volunteer: It’s a Culver City Rain Garden Cleanup from 10: a.m. – 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, March 11 on the South Ballona Creek side (the end of Pearson Ave., zip code Culver City 90232). This is a commercial area 500 feet from Jefferson Blvd. You can park on Jeffrerson Blvd., on either side of Pearson Ave. The Rain Gardens (there’s also a residential-area rain garden on the North side of the Creek you can visit at a later date) capture rain and surface runoff and filter contaminants that would otherwise flow into Ballona Creek. As a volunteer you will be able to help weed, water and maintain the gardens to give the newly-planted natives time to take root and thrive. You can get Community Service hours along with “plenty of feel-good vibes for a job well done in helping to keep our waterways clean.” Sound good? Bring water, sunscreen, and a snack if desired. Wear closed-toed shoes. Tools and gloves will be provided. For more information call Site Supervisor Mark Abramson at (310) 490-0279.

Coming up in a couple of weeks is the Culver City Kiwanis Club/Culver City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department’s Spring Egg Hunt, set for Saturday, March 18. The Egg Hunt starts at 10:00 a.m. sharp, and they’re asking that participants arrive at Veterans Memorial Park by 9:45 a.m. and bring their own baskets. There will be Egg Patches for kids walking-2 years; 3-5 years; and 6-10 years. There will also be games, arts and crafts, a DJ, bounce house and photo booths. (Don’t get too nervous – this is almost a full month before Easter!)

From the Culver City Woman’s Club (a non-profit organization that supports a number of local charitable group), comes word that they are having a Spring Fiesta Fundraiser on Thursday, March 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Casa Sanchez Mexican Restaurant, 4500 S. Centinela Ave. (near Culver Blvd.) There will be a fashion show, door prizes and a silent auction, with free hors d’oeuvres & soft drinks and happy hour-priced cocktails. The proceeds will benefit the Culver-Palms YMCA Summer Camp Program and will be funding scholarships for Culver City High School graduating seniors. Admission is $25.00 for advance purchase or $30.00 at the door.
For tickets call Carole at 310-453-2314. Space is limited, so reserve early!

March winds doth blow out birthday candles this week for Brooke Mangum, Carolyn Burns, Craig Health, Ian Carter, Alexa Hunter, Grace Sato, Mike Halahan, Chris Golden, and Susan Rich. If you, a friend or family member have a birthday coming up and would like to see it posted here, let us know at jozelle@ca.rr.com!

PLUS: Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” (time-wise, that is) before you go to bed this Saturday night: Daylight Savings Time goes into effect at midnight and you don’t want to be late for Sunday morning activities!

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