LOCALmotion! – Jozelle Smith

Justifiably proud, several members of the Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s fitness program turned out last Friday night to applaud Healthy Lifestyles Counselor Desmond Styles, who is appearing in “The Vampire Masquerade” at the Next Stage Theatre on Sunset & LaBrea in Hollywood. Audience members laughed and then screamed in all the right places and then gathered outside following the performance for a champagne toast to Desmond!

Culver City Chamber of Commerce president Steve Rose is being uncharacteristically cagey when it comes to divulging the name of the movie screening set for this Thursday, August 23 at the Rave 18 Cinemas. That’s the night that the Culver City biz folk meet up with the LAX Coastal Chamber at the Rave Burger Bar for a cocktail reception, followed by a (dare we say it?) just-released Disney film. The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. followed by 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.

Condolences go out to the Phil Tangalakis family, whose dad Dan Tangalakis, passed away on August 10. Dan was one of the younger “founding fathers” of our town, beginning his law practice here in 1951. He served on the city’s planning, civil service, and human services commissions, and continued to practice law with son Phil until he retired. Dan Tangalakis leaves his wife Mary, children Phil, Paula, Louis and Christina, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

It may seem a little quiet around town this coming weekend – except over by Vet’s Park! That’s where an anticipated 20,000 people are expected to visit Fiesta LaBallona, beginning Friday evening, August 24 and running just about all day Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.fiestalaballona.org to get your 19-page (yes, we said NINETEEN PAGE) program guide, and have a great Party in the Park! How do you say “take your sunscreen” in Spanish?

Speaking of Fiesta, on Saturday, August 25th the Rotary Club of Culver City will be competing against the Exchange Club in a tug of war and a rock climbing competition (as Rotary bulletin editor Don Trepany put it, “…I hope the rock is small…”). That event takes place about 2:00 p.m.

We had a wonderful visit with retired Culver City Police Sgt. Bob Wassertheur last week. Bob, long-time member of the Culver City Exchange Club and also a former CCUSD Security Chief at Culver High, is now a resident in the Memory Care Unit of a lovely group home in Oceanside. Although Bob-O has a difficult time putting people and places together, his comic timing is still terrific. His caustic wit is still right on target, and the employees at the facility – if not all his fellow residents – are right on target with him. Bob looks great, has a terrific attitude and we (husband Ken and I) were warmed by the time we spent with him.

We know the weather doesn’t feel like it, but it’s time to think about the terrific Fall classes being offered by West L.A. College’s Westside Extension. Career training workshops ranging from medical billing to bartending to makeup artistry; computer classes, languages, dance, fitness and recreation (even sailing, rowing, and sunset/full-moon paddling courtesy an agreement with UCLA at Marina del Rey), decorating, cooking, arts & crafts, and music. There’s no excuse for not connecting with something you’ve always wanted to do! Register online at www.westside.wlac.edu or call (310) 287-4475 for additional information.

The birthday song rings out this week for celebrants Mary Ellen Fernandez, Marci Clarke, Ed Baughan, Lori Matsunaga, Steve Rose, Earl Eskridge, Patricia Kuhn, Bronwyn Jamrok, Mary White, Wanda Evans, Alberto Fadallah, Jerry Jones, Helen Knighton, Chris Wojcieszyn, Karen Guthrie, Eric Oppong, Alexa Sheehan, Corinne Tomaselli, Negie Asfaw, Stephanie Guzman, Ollie Malbreaux Holden, Nancy Lewis, Liz Mariscal, Marty Segal, Alicia Brown, Lina Martinez, Christine McLane-Metoyer, Ron Williams, Laura Avila, Kevin Fukikami, Sandra Ochoa, Quincy Surasmith, Min Yang, James Franzola, Lorraine Murphy, and Norma Hood. Don’t forget – if you’d like to have a birthday mentioned in LOCALmotion! Email [email protected] with all the information.

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