LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

We’re back! After spending much of the past three weeks traveling in the South, we’re now pretty sure we prefer the lack of humidity here, even though the scenery, sparse traffic, very generous highway speed limits and variety of deep-fried foods are pretty tempting…Culver City wins!

It’s almost here: the Fiesta of Gems 2012, set for Saturday, June 30th 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 pm, and Sunday, July 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium (and you know where that is). The Culver City Rock & Mineral Club puts their all into this event every year, attracting rockhounds from all over California as well as just folks (including kids) who enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature’s offerings.

The Culver City Education Foundation installed newly elected trustees at its Annual Installation dinner on June 11, 2012. Culver City Unified School District Superintendent Patti Jaffe did the honors for Denny Fisch, Mike King, Megan Kirkpatrick, Kathleen McKernin, Tamika Quillard and Maggie Walsh. They join new officers Marci Shulman, President; Dan O’Brien, Executive VP; Susannah Baxendale, Secretary; Patti Schaub, Treasurer; Aileen Zeidman, VP Fundraising; Karen Goldsmith VP of Publicity; Amy Warner, VP of Membership; and Jane Harada, Parlimentarian. CCEF board and general members are still excited over the $75,000 raised at this year’s Annual Tribute to the Stars!

Westside Unity Church is encouraging all members (plus interested community folks)
to attend its workshop this Wednesday, June 27 on the new Minister selection process.
They have two excellent candidates, Rev. James Daly and Rev. David Matthew Brown. These gentlemen have delivered both a Sunday Sermon and a Workshop, with this Wednesday’s workshop kicking off with music by Adam Chester plus OutaSight at 6:30 p.m., followed by the midweek prayer and meditation service and then the workshop, “Turning Problems into Opportunities,” led by candidate Rev. David Matthew Brown. Westside Unity is located at 10724 Barman Avenue.

And what are YOU doing this summer? A group of eight Culver City Middle School students will be traveling to Kaizuka, Japan as ambassadors representing Culver City. This annual exchange of local students traveling to Kaizuka and middle school age students from Kaizuka, Japan coming here and staying in local homes has been an annual event since signing the Sister Cities agreement in 1965. In addition, Culver City High School students will be hosting eight students and three chaperones from Iksan City, So. Korea. This high school exchange has been active since 1983. Topping off this ambitious program of exchanges, another eight students from Culver City will be participating in an totally new
program for Culver City, fully funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in connection with Sister Cities International, as a result of winning a bid to participate in the Trilateral North America Youth Ambassador Exchange Program in which students will be briefed, educated and involved in projects in Washington D.C., at U.C.L.A. , in Culver City. and various cities in Mexico. This program will include visiting students from our sister cities in Lethbridge, Canada (a partner since 1989) and Uruapan, Mexico (1964). Congrats to the Culver City Sister City Committee, Inc., now in its 50th year!

Recent Culver City Rotary Club hijinks included President Ann Murakami’s pointing out that member Cy Pierce had returned from Europe healthy as a horse. President Ann further declared that since Cy had not gotten married on his extended vacation he should be fined a total of $70.00 ($10.00 per country). So this is how the Rotary Club treasury grows…

This Wednesday, June 27, hundreds of local businesses and non-profits will present their best faces in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. It’s the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, and Chamber members will be showing off their products, services and tastes from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM. There will be free parking along Culver Blvd., and members of the community, be they in business or residents, are all invited to come out to meet the business leaders of Culver City. Admission is free, and you’ll be able to visit hundreds of local businesses at the biggest annual networking event in the Heart of Screenland, all in a relaxed, festive atmosphere. (Bring an appetite – some of Culver City’s best restaurants want to show off too!)

Closing out the month of June with birthdays are celebrants Richard Ross “Dick” Brundo (former CC mayor), Kelley Miller, Lucas Case, Jill Rosicki, Adam Brand,Deborah Craig, Dena Snedden, Thad Somoza, Brandon Webb, Saitharn Hand, Cheri Katz, Fernando Segura, Holly Watson, Jon Michael Argenziano, Tiffany Castro, Estela Estrada, Lawrence Gotkin, Annette Miller-Follette, Araceli Rodriguez, Karyna Salgado, John Amador, Monica Bell, Beth Choe, Maria del Mar Holligsworth, Patricia Weiss, Jose Fernando Elizondo, Lupe Marsden, Calvin Marshall, Kelley Miller, and Jonathan Norris. If you’d like your birthday mentioned in
LOCALmotion, let us know at [email protected]


The Actors' Gang

1 Comment

  1. Jozelle, thanks for the shout out to Sister Cities. I am in Mexico with four students for Culver City High School who are learning and experiencing an incredible amount

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.