What a great idea – a “Night Out” for mothers! Downtown Culver City’s May “Third Wednesday” (this Wednesday, May 16) is dedicated to moms, and there’s a lot happening to keep that Mother’s Day spirit going: special prices on facials, massages, yoga sessions, 10% off all gift items at Lundeen’s, moms and their guests can enjoy half-off bottles of wine at Tender Greens and Akasha, half-off champagne cocktails at the Culver Hotel, $5.00 Skinny Margaritas at Ford’s Filling Station, buy-one-get-one-free beer at Libra, all you can drink mimosas for $10 at K-ZO, $8.00 Mom’s Day Martinis at Rush Street, dessert and organic wine samples on the patio at Native Foods – and the list goes on. From 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm this Wednesday, take Mom and pals and enjoy! Carpooling is encouraged, (as is designated driver status!) with valet parking available at several locations, and two hours free parking in the Watseka, Cardiff and (preferred) Ince structures.
Former Culver City resident Lori Escalera will be returning for her fourth year at the Sicilian Festival May 20, 2012 – Little Italy, San Diego. Lori began her chalk art street painting in 1994 and has traveled to China, Mexico and street painted throughout the USA. As Lori says, “… unlike a painting on canvas, which can only be owned by one…Street Art can be owned and shared by everyone!” Lori has been street painting in Little Italy every October at the Annual Festa since 2000. For More information on The Sicilian Festival Event visit www.sicilianfesta.com/ It’s worth a trip to San Diego – her art is amazing!
From Jana Williams comes word about an upcoming workshop called “Living Food Made Easy”, which is a Raw Food class plus a four-course meal. It takes place on Sunday, May 20 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at GODA Yoga, 9711 Washington Blvd. The workshop is led by superstar couple Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s raw food chef, Joanne Gerrard. The two-hour event will showcase delicious, nutritious raw food recipes prepared on site with your help and for your eating enjoyment, as well as a take-home booklet with recipes and great raw food “how to’s”. Hands-on participation is encouraged. Registration is $60.00 ($75.00 after May 15, so hurry!) You’re asked to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or small blanket. Register at www.costaricacleanse.com/workshops.html and send it in with your check, or call Jana at 310-391-9710. You can also email her at [email protected]
Wow – the Culver City Great Parks Association is taking the Gary Edmund Carter Collection on community tour and the first stop was last Monday night at City Council. Why is this significant? Because National Baseball Hall of Fame member Gary Carter was born in Culver City on April 8, 1954, that’s why. Are we proud, or what?
Not only has the Culver City CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) assembled more than a dozen members to participate in the American Cancer Society’s “Relay-for-Life” 24-hour walkathon this Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am to Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m. at Culver City High School, but they’ll also be staffing the event’s First Aid Booth They’re rounding up EMTs, Nurses, and Doctors with their own liability insurance to staff the booth plus recruiting additional CERT Members to assist.
What a great turnout of cars (more than 400), not to mention the huge crowds of people at last Saturday’s “Cruisin’ Back to the 50’s” Car Show, staged by the Exchange Club of Culver City. The colorful display of vehicles (…almost as colorful as their owners) was outstanding, the music was great and food opportunities were abundant – after all, it did take place in Downtown Culver City! Congratulations to the Club on its ninth successful Car Show, to George Barris, and the sponsors (plus the Culver City Fire Department Station #1’s Pancake Breakfast and open house – always a huge hit).
Grace Lutheran Church’s congregants and friends are invited to celebrate Pastor Jim Maines’ 15th year at Grace Church and 35th year of Ministry this Sunday, May 20th at 10am. The day’s one special church service will be followed by a party with Italian food, music, a comedy skit, and lots of fellowship. Participants are invited to bring an Italian entrée to share. RSVP to the office, (310) 559-1027, so they’ll know how many beverages, salads, desserts and rolls to provide. Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Ave.
This Saturday, May 19 from 11 am – 2 pm, West LA College is hosting an Open House. There’ll be music, food and family fun, not to mention checking out its new facilities and Information Fair, with special sessions on Health Care, Film/TV Production Crafts, Paralegal and Computer Science. The kids will enjoy Soccer and Volleyball Clinics, Bounce Houses plus more, and they even have a Pre-K Summer Camp Center and sign up. For your free parking pass and schedule, visit www.WLAC.edu/News. West is located at 9000 Overland Ave – enter on Jefferson east of Overland or on Overland north of Jefferson…got that?
We’re saluting lots of local birthday celebrants including Marilyn Schneider, Rick Hudson, Lisa Skelley, Sherman Gardner, Barbara Knipple, Heather Nuques, Rodney LaCroix, Todd Miller, Crystie Rooney, Patrick Hayes, Betty Karlberg, Patricia Lowe, Lisa Kim Wiemer, August Berger, John Rodd, Wim Scholten, Terrence Watkins, Audrey Fiorini, Elizabeth Harmetz, Holly Aluruhn, Melea Morris, Donna Oda, Marcelle Valenzuela, Joanna Garcia, Leandro Baiz, Walter Huezo, Leonel Sanchez, John Collier, Mayra De Paz, Greg Stanci, Anthony Vu, DCruz Carrete, Marcello Cavalheiro, Jane Kitano, Naomi Roth, Michelle Sinclair, Manjula Sriramachandrappa, Kalpana Thirumalai, Megan West, Carey Zeiser, Claudia Benitez, Lizzie Femina, Alison Hamilton, Nisha Horton, Elva Mendez, Mandy Meza, Kelly Mito, Melissa Rodriguez, and Melissa Ting. If you’d like your birthday mentioned in LOCALmotion, let us know at [email protected].