LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

What day is this? Ah, 4,000 miles and 14 states and we’ve reached our destination: Hilton Head Island, SC. More on our road trip later. Meanwhile, Culver City seems to be getting along just fine without us:

C-CARES, the Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service will demonstrate the benefits (and fun) of Amateur Radio at their Emergency Operations Center behind Fire Station 1, 9600 Culver Blvd, beginning Saturday, June 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. and staying continuously on the air until Sunday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m.  The public is invited to come see ham radio’s capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license so as to be ready for any emergency. “When all else fails, ham radio works” is their slogan – and a good one!

Grace Lutheran Church will be treating male congregants to brunch between services next Sunday, June 24, coined “Men’s Sunday,” where the men cook and the women clean up. Kind of like real life…

If you’ve got a budding young artist in the family who might get a little bored this summer, check out the special Arts Summer Camps 2012 roster offered by Culver City Parks & Recreation. Go to www.smartspaceLA.com or call (310) 399-0137 for details. (They’ve also got summer-long Teen Camp for ages 11-13 (going into 6th grade) with a different theme each week – drop by 4153 Overland Avenue and pick up the brochure with week-by-week descriptions.

Meanwhile, it’s not too late to head over to the Culver-Palms Family YMCA and save a spot for your kids entering grades 3-8 for an extraordinary week at Camp Whittle. The campers will enjoy being in the Big Bear Mountains and having an “unplugged” week! Camp activities include High and low ropes course, climbing wall, horseback riding, a zip line, arts and crafts, archery, riding in Big Bear Lake on a banana boat, cruising down the trail on mountain bikes, and much more. Each night, campers will gather around a warm campfire and enjoy skits and songs performed by their peers. The meals are prepared by a camp chef who creates healthy, well-rounded meals that are not only nutritious but delicious meals. This week includes spending the 4th of July up at camp, watching the firework show over Big Bear Lake. For more information, contact Katie Laase at 310-390-3604 or at [email protected]

While other clubs and organizations’ memberships might seem to be dwindling, the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club adds more new members every month, with the welcome mat out currently for Susan Beveidge, Stuart Capewell, Harriet Earle, Paul Gomez, Oksana Ihnatkova, Vera Indenbaum, Yvone Lubman, Rose Myers, Tiffany Palm-Taylor and Joseph Souza. All the rockhounds are gearing up for their annual show, set for June 30-July 1 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Visit www.culvercityrocks.org for details.

We’re missing a lot in Our Town on Wednesday, June 20: Third Wednesday fun and music in Downtown Culver City PLUS the opening of the newest Expo Line link, right into Culver City. Would have been a great birthday treat, and we can’t wait to try it out when we get back!

Birthdays this week include daughter-in-law Joy Sangalang Smith, Babak Kamjou, Tony Koppula, Martha Keister, Michael Roberts, Adam Sonenshein, Kate Cregor, Mike Aldy, Kathy Hodges, Darren McGrath, Michael Relnach, Addison Pan, Faye Toma, Henry Hall, Zachary Stadel, Matthew Yori, Kate Victors, MaryEllen Shaffer, Sue Acosta, Darrell Robb, Marlene Rodrigues, Melinda Shapiro, Tamara Stauff, Miguel Boccaloni, Ana Guzman, Tirrell Pakeman, Maria De luz Santillan, Erin Bryan, Nancy Hayes, Arlene Matteson, and Kim-An Nguyen. If you’d like your birthday mentioned, email details to [email protected]

Road trip update: the beginning of last week found us in Metairie, LA, hosted by local Grace Elliott’s mom Jackie, born and bred in Metairie, a proud Rotarian and local realtor. We then took her to our favorite places in New Orleans – the Praline Connection for dinner (see photo) and then strolled further up Frenchman St. to Snug Harbor for jazz. Then it was off to Nashville (more great food and music) and on to two days in Charleston, WV with cousin Kathy and husband Frank, including watching a concert on the river, shades of the Summer Sunset concerts at our city hall!. Then a too-short lunch and visit with niece Teri, husband Jeff and kids William and Shannon in Verona, VA before heading down to Hilton Head. Luxurious roadside picnics (see photo) only added to our trip!

Ting Internet is in Culver City!

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