LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Gosh, can you believe the election (the CULVER CITY election that is) finally takes place this Tuesday? Each of the candidates has scheduled “Election Night Parties,” – we used to call them “Victory Parties” – then starting on Wednesday we’ll have to endure more, but on the national level!
And speaking of elections: The Culver City Democratic Club will hold its General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at its new home, The Peace Center, 3916 S. Sepulveda Blvd. They will be hosting a candidates’ forum and endorsement vote for the June primary elections. The public is welcome. For more information, contact Bill at [email protected]
Get ready for some pre-Expo Line traffic headaches this Saturday, April 14, when from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. that grinding sound you hear will mark the end of the existing pavement. On Sunday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. they’ll be paving it anew. Both days Washington Blvd. will be closed between Landmark St. and National Blvd., and National closed between Washington and Wesley St. It’s noted that the closure on National will not overlap the closure on Washington. Got that? Our advice: stay away from National & Washington next weekend. Far away.
We’d call it “Up Close & Personal,” but the Culver City Chamber of Commerce’s monthly ”Network @ Noon” meeting is set for this Wednesday, April 11 at 12 noon (sharp) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel’s SHARE Restaurant. This particular monthly confab provides an opportunity for folks to network with just six other Chamber Members over lunch. Chamber President/CEO Steve Rose and the first six to reserve enjoy making connections in addition to trying out various Culver City restaurants for $20.00 per person. Attendees must be a Chamber member (only one person per business), bring along their business cards, marketing materials, and appetites for good food and great networking. RSVP to (310) 287-3850 by 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10.
Hooray for the usually-quiet Culver City Women’s Club, set to hold its first “Spring into Fashion Show” at 11:00 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel next Saturday, April 14. Featured will be fashions from the popular Chico’s in Marina Del Rey, with the goal to not only help jumpstart attendees’ Spring wardrobes but raise money for the club’s favorite charities as well. Luncheon will be served and a few choice vendors will be on site to add to the day’s excitement. Tickets are $40.00 each, and must be purchased by April 9 by calling (310) 391-0951.
Culver-Palms Family YMCA is joining forces with the Westchester Y for Jr. Soccer Spring Session, and there is special pricing available until April 13! If you register before that time, you’ll save $35.00 (the cost of uniforms). The season starts April 28. Before April 13, cost to Facility Members is $100 and Program Members $130, which includes uniforms. After April 13, Facility Members pay $105, Program Members $140, and the cost of the uniform – $30.00. For more information contact Lamondo Greer, Associate Director of Sports & Recreation at (310) 390-3604, ext. 7522 or email [email protected].
Culver City Garden Club members were hit with tragic news last month when it was learned that member Elissa Bradley, 35, drowned in a freak accident in the Virgin Islands. She was there on vacation with her husband Joe Provost, also a Club member, her father and two brothers. The couple had recently moved to Paris to begin a new chapter in their lives. Both had been active Club members, helping out with the Show, Potlucks, Show & Tell, etc. Elissa’s funeral was held in her home state of New York, and friends and family on the West Coast subsequently honored her with a memorial at Kenneth Hahn Park. Following the service, a reception was held at Elissa and Joe’s former Culver City home on Charles Ave. The Garden Club is finalizing plans for a permanent tribute to Elissa at a Culver City site.
Culver City Adult School’s Spring/Summer 2012 schedule of classes is out, and there’s even an extensive Kids’ Summer Program. Adult classes begin as soon as mid-April (Bellydancing – Levels 1, 2, 3 and Advanced; Photoshop; Tai Chi, Musical Theater, Tennis and more) and there’s something to keep you busy all Spring and Summer. For more information or to enroll, call (310) 842-4300 or visit www.ccusd.org/adultschool.
We ARE the Heart of Screenland! WESTDOC, the West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference, is scheduled to be held in September at the historic Culver Hotel – the first time this conference has taken place in Culver City. Networking is the top priority for attendees, all involved in documentaries and reality programming. Early registration is available through April 30 at a reduced rate of $395 for the program, formerly held in Santa Monica. The conference will host an estimated 500 people, with easy access to and from the hotel to the Pacific 12 theaters and Downtown Culver City restaurants. The three-day event is designed to facilitate communication between filmmakers and network executives through scheduled meetings and more informal parties and screenings.
Birthday greetings go out this week to Jack Skelley, John Cohn, Kevin Kawamoto, Sheila Benjamin, Len Lovgren, Inger Kleckner, Bernice Mathison, Gertrude Moore, and Freddie Wilson. If you’d like your birthday included in future columns, please let us know at [email protected]

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