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unnamedFrom Culver City Sister City Committee President Nancy Perdomo-Browning comes word that TONIGHT, Monday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. the Culver City Student Ambassadors and two chaperones who visited Iksan, S. Korea this summer (7/22 to 8/2) will be showing a short Power Point presentation about their experience to the City Council in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers. Committee members and the public are sure to enjoy this presentation.

Here’s an opportunity to get into the Centennial spirit: help decide which of two architects’ competing designs should replace our City Hall’s landscaping. The project includes replacing plants with drought tolerant landscaping and creation of a new Centennial Garden to memorialize the City’s anniversary that includes public art and gathering spaces. A special City Council meeting will be held this Wednesday, August 30 to hear and see the in-depth presentations from the two competing firms. And the city’s looking for your input on which design to select. This special City Council meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers, is dedicated to offering attendees ample time to thoroughly review the presentations and then take part in a question and answer session. After all is done, attendees will be asked to affix a sticker upon the display board of the design they prefer. For additional information, you can contact Joe Susca at or call the Public Works Department at (310) 253-5635.

This Centennial event should be dazzling – The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s final ‘1988’ Series Performance (based on the year that the Art in Public Places ordinance was approved in Culver City) will be on Saturday, September 9th featuring Hanging Garden by Ed Carpenter, Quotation Courtyard & Panoramic by Barbara McCarren and La Ballona by May Sun at Culver City City Hall Courtyard. The performance will begin with a processional parade down Culver Boulevard into the courtyard of City Hall and then culminating at Heritage Park, the location of the replica of the original City Hall façade, same place, but right on the corner of Duquesne and Culver. The audience will be seated in the courtyard of City Hall, listening to live Chamber Music, then five HDDT company dancers will start performing on the second and third balconies of the atrium at Hanging Garden. The second act opens with dancers beckoning the public to Heritage Park where both La Ballona and Quotation Courtyard & Panoramic are located. Admission is free to Culver City residents, visit Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre on (Code: CCResident), RSVP required. (limited space), and it’s $25 per ticket for non-residents. Show times are 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be free public rehearsals (subject to change) on Tuesday, Aug 29, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, Aug 31, 6-10:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept.5, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept 6, 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept 7, 4-9 p.m., and Friday, Sept 8, 4-9 p.m.
Falling on the heels of Labor Day Monday, the Culver City Garden Club’s Tuesday, September 5 meeting will feature “Fall’s Garden Abundance,” with Christy Wilhelmi, who will advise all how to extend your vegetable season into Fall. Christy, an Organic Edible Gardening Guru and author of “400 + Tips for Organic Gardening Success,” will give great tips on growing an enviable Fall garden. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Building. Admission and parking are both free and all green – or is it brown? – thumbers are invited.
Just released last Friday on YouTube – our friend Mallory Low’s “So Beautiful,” featuring a song she wrote and performed with a few familiar faces (including yours truly and husband Ken in the park scene) and daughter-in-law Joy Sangalang Smith and granddaughter Leilani Smith in the Lemonade Stand scene! At the ripe old age of 28, Mallory has been a long-time fitness counselor at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA and has been an even longer-time tv and live music artist!

This Thursday, August 31 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., The Culver City Elks Lodge #1916 will be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross at the Lodge, 11161 Washington Place, Culver City.

Got dog, cat, skunk or even bobcat problems and curious about the City’s Animal Services Dep’t.? Visit and then be ready to be amazed that all the services our one officer is able to provide or refer you to someone else who can!

Celebrating birthdays this week are City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra, Cristina Alexander, Margarita Chie, Michelle Moreno, and Dr. Bob Montgomery. If you (or a friend or family member) have a birthday you’d like mentioned here, send details to and we’ll be happy to post it!

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