LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Ole! Coming up soon — Saturday, May 5th, to be exact — Grace Lutheran Church will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser Dinner/Dance in the Parish Hall, with a promise of an “…elegant and fun Mexican theme, soft lights and beautiful music.” The cost for couples is $25.00 and singles, $12.50. Tickets are available at the church office, located at 4427 Overland Avenue, or call (310) 559-1027.
Music to our ears – that’s the duo of Dean & Richard, playing Friday and Saturday nights starting around 8:00 p.m. at good old Dear John’s, 11208 Culver Blvd. Country? Rock & Roll? A romantic ballad? Repartee with the diners and bar patrons? They’ve got it all – brass, keyboard, plus, plus – the energy these guys radiate is contagious. And if for some reason they don’t play “Ring of Fire” – ask for it!
The Culver-Palms Family YMCA and Westchester Family YMCAs will jointly host Healthy Kids Day 2012 next Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Center Court at Westfield Culver City. Healthy Kids Day is free, and this year’s theme “Jump into Summer” will offer kids the opportunity to do more than that right in the middle of the Mall. There’ll be a rock-climbing wall, garden planting lessons, a mural creation using colors made from vegetables, basketball, an exercise-loaded scavenger hunt, music, prizes and healthy snacks. Health reps from a podiatry clinic and children’s dentist and others will also be on hand. Need ideas on how to keep your kids healthy and active this summer? Have a ball at Healthy Kids Day. For more information, contact Jerry Morrow at (213)639-7520.
Culver City Garden Club members are excited to be able to visit Susan Gottlieb’s unique garden (she and husband own The G2 Gallery in Venice) at their Beverly Hills home on April 25. Her one-acre garden is certified as a “Backyard Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Fund and was one of the first in the Southland to convert to native plantings. To see if you can join club members on the tour contact [email protected]
It’s still “Earth Month,” and to round it out you might enjoy the Green Space Workshop this Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the Rotunda Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building. Anyone who uses Culver City’s parks, paths and open spaces will enjoy learning more about these spaces and sharing ideas for improvement and increasing opportunities for passive recreation or wellness activities. The same workshop will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m. to gather as many ideas as possible. At a subsequent meeting in Fall 2012 preliminary designs will be presented for possible people- and eco-friendly improvements. For updates, go to www.ballonacreek.org.
Always growing is the membership of the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club, who welcomed Joseph Souza, Marc Brown, Azalea Lee (…shouldn’t she be in the Garden Club?), Sharon Craig, Rita Simunson and Zachary Stadel. They’re joining other local rockhounds in preparing for the 51st Annual Culver City Rock & Mineral Club “Fiesta of Gems,” set for Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. More on this popular event later – in the meantime, visit www.culvercityrocks.org
Even more fun going on this coming weekend: Free rides on the brand new Metro Expo Line both Saturday, April 28 and Sunday April 29, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday’s packed with music, entertainment and family fun at four stations, plus free rides for the entire line between Downtown LA and the Westside. Free live music, onstage karaoke, local dance and entertainment plus food trucks and local eateries featuring food for purchase at the LaCienega/Jefferson Station; Expo/Crenshaw Station; USC/Expo Park Station; and the 7th St./Metro Center Station. Not too far ahead, we hope – Culver City station!
It’s almost May and that means it’s almost time for the Culver City Education Foundation’s annual “Tribute to the Stars” gala. On Friday, May 11 you can be “on location” at the beautiful Sony Studios Main Street, where food from top Culver City restaurants, music, street performers, a silent auction raffle, and – best of all – accolades will go out to the top Volunteers, Culver City Unified School District Employees, and Community Partners, honored for their contributions to Culver City’s kids. A wine and cheese social begins at 6:00 p.m., the awards are at 6:45, followed by the biggest Street Party ever! The event price is $110.00 per person ($120.00 after Friday April 27, 2012); and the special CCUSD employee price $65.00 per person ($75.00 after April 27). To register contact [email protected]
Happy Birthday to April celebrants Maureen Genteman, Bob Wassertheur, Jim Harrold, Margaret Lowe, Raymier Simon, Kalya Weeks, Judith Martin-Straw (our boss), Hans and Barbara Matzel, and Valerie Sulkin, If you’d like your birthday included in an upcoming LOCALmotion, please let us know at [email protected]

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