LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Aren’t we just warm and fuzzy in good old nonpartisan Culver City? At the Boulevard Music Concert a couple of weeks ago the right joined the left when some spirited hip-bumping took place between yours truly and Meghan Sahli-Wells…and the beat goes on!

Got a toddler (ages 2-5) you’d like to entertain? Kids may have traveled over the summer, and Westfield Culver City’s got stories for them that capture the thrill of freight trains and the exciting world of airplanes. After story time, kids will decorate a wooden airplane to take home and enjoy a tasty snack. Family Fun Days are always FREE and feature different stories, snacks, and crafts at each event! Join the fun this Tuesday, August 8 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Level 1, jcp Court.

Who or what is Paper Rain, Below 51, Conrad, Stereo Union and False Puppet? How about Mariachi Voces de Mexico de Raul Sanchez, Smells like the 90’s, 80z All Stars, Tom Nolan Band and Sgt. Pepper? And finally, Orquestra Charangoa, Bern,Bennie & the Swamp Gators and Soul Dogs? These are the music groups who’ll be playing at this year’s Fiesta LaBallona on Friday night (special senior swing music at 4:30 pm, then it’s teen FiestaPalooza time), and during the day on Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25-26 at Vet’s Park. There are carnival rides beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday, and the rest of the weekend will feature a petting zoo, food and game booths galore, Culver City Police & Fire Department demonstrations, roving magicians and jugglers, pony rides, sports, art and music events, and more. Visit the website at www.fiestalaballona.org for everything you always wanted to know about this annual Party in the Park!

Speaking of Fiesta LaBallona, Culver City Exchange Club members are staffing two
of the most popular attractions: the Beer & Wine Garden and Tri Tip Booth! Some folks have been known to spend most of Fiesta in that general area…

Coming up on Monday, August 13 is the monthly meeting of the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club, and the program this month is titled simply “Birthstones 101.” Speaker Walt Lombardo is the owner of the Nevada Mineral and Book Company, and has over 30 years’ experience related to mining, geology, mineral exploration and collecting and selling mineral specimens and books. Attendees are requested to wear their birthstone to the meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans Memorial Building (enter from the rear door). Guests are always welcome.

Just across Centinela Ave. outside the Culver City border still can count as Our Town, at least it will on Thursday, August 23 when the Culver City Chamber of Commerce and the LAX Coastal Chamber join forces to make business connections at a cocktail reception at the Rave Burger Bar and a night at the Rave 18 Cinemas! The networking begins at 5:00 p.m. and the movie at 6:30 p.m. – $15.00 per person prepaid, $20.00 at the door. Reservations must be in by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22. Call the Chamber Office at (310) 287-3850 to reserve. No word as we go to press as to which movie will be shown…

This coming Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, the Free Theatre in the Park series under the auspices of Culver City Public Theatre continues with a 12 noon performance of “The Odyssey,” and a 2:00 p.m. performance of “The Matchmaker.” The site is Dr. Paul Carlson Park on Braddock bounded by LeBourget and Motor Avenues, so just bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy great live theater. The last shows will take place the following weekend, August 18 and 19, so don’t miss out. The performances are made possible in part by the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

This Tuesday, August 8 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., you can help plan your Community Nature
Center. Residents, community organizations and other interested persons are invited to attend the second community meeting to help envision a nature center master plan at the former Ohr Eliyahu Academy site, located at 5950 Stoneview Drive in Blair Hills. The workshop will be held at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Community Room, 4100 So. La Cienega Blvd.
The L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation wants to know our views on how to develop the Stoneview property as a nature center, and what type of environmental issues should be analyzed as part of the development process. For more information, call Shawn McAdory at (323) 298-3660.
Happy early August birthdays to Mike Snell, Lance Johnson, Megan Hayes, Craig Valerie,
Kathy Paspalis, Julius Wilson, Don Kuehne, Daniel Degravel, Jessica Erskine, Nelly Salamanca,
Marcus Eriksen, Karla Martinez, Neil Ruttenberg, Victor Kennedy, Sarah Lindsey, Laurie McQuilkin, Tanya Meyer, Janet Neal, Joanne Jaffe, Neomia Lowe, Laurie Storlie, Mohi Chand, Belen Velasco Flores, Carlos Romero, Barbara Frier, Alex Powers, Leda Rogers, Minda Moe, Judi Turner, and Jeremy Ockomichalak. If you like to have your Birthday – or a friend or neighbor’s – mentioned in LOCALmotion, email [email protected]

www.culvercitysymphony.org

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