LOCALMotion – Jozelle Smith

The Culver City Exchange Club’s Annual Family Picnic is due to take place on Sunday, September 23 at Lindberg Park. Mike Snell and Todd Miller will preside over the barbecues, and President Bruce and Barbara Popkin will provide the awards for the games (which will also be planned by Mike Snell). The remainder of the food will be potluck, with lots of goodies brought by members, we’re sure!
Can we go inside the jail? Huh? Can we? Well, just ask the nice officer this Saturday, September 15, when between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the Culver City Police Department (4040 Duquesne Avenue) will open its doors to the public. You and your family can check out the police vehicles and their equipment, talk with officers, watch the K-9 corps in action and the kids can have their picture taken on a police motorcycle. Information on CERT training (Community Emergency Resources) and Neighborhood Watch will be available, as well as raffles and free refreshments. Parking will be available in the City Hall underground parking lot adjacent to the station.
The Culver City Chamber program “Network @ Noon” provides an opportunity for networking with a small group of other Chamber Members over lunch (usually at a different location each month). Chamber President/CEO Steven Rose and six others enjoy making connections and eating lunch at various Culver City restaurants for $20.00 per person. All participants need to do is register, pay, bring their business cards, marketing materials, and an appetite for good food and small-group networking. Participants must be a Chamber member to attend, with only one person per business, please. The date is this Wednesday, September 12 at 12 noon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles, Westside, 6161 Centinela Ave.’s SHARE Restaurant. The cost is $20, prepaid only. Reservations are a must, call (310) 287-3850 by 1:00 p.m. this Tuesday.
The Culver City Rotary Club reported that Metropolitan Water District board member (and Rotarian) Ed Little presented the club with a a check for $1,200 at last week’s meeting, earned as a result of the recent toilet exchange. Bulletin editor Don Trepany reported further that “…I won’t go there…oh, maybe that is the wrong choice of words…anyway we are flush with money now…”
Wanna be a Ballona Wetlands docent? Here’s your chance: The Audubon Ballona Wetlands Education Program starts this Tuesday morning, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. until noon, with a history of the program and a walk-through of the site coupled with a historical overview of Ballona. You can park behind Gordon’s Market on Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey and enter the wetlands through the double chain link gate in the northeast corner of the parking lot. Walk down the long dirt path toward the trailer beside the palm tree. Your love of the outdoors plus the energy and enthusiasm to teach children about nature is all that’s needed. (Well, that plus some water, sunscreen, a hat and good walking shoes). It’s a seven-week course with a different expert each week to teach you about the native birds, flowers, etc. In turn you can conduct tours of the area for local schoolchildren during the year. The cost is $30.00 per participant, which includes a training manual and the entire series of lectures (no one is turned away due to lack of funds, however). For more information call Cindy at (310) 301-0050 or Diana at (310) 821-6444.
While we’re in the green mode, how about the upcoming Culver City Green Space Plan Public Workshop, scheduled for presentation on Thursday, September 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Garden Room (appropriate, eh?) of the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. This Workshop is open to all who use Culver City parks, paths, and open spaces. Participants will review proposed conceptual designs for five Culver City Parks. The Plan is focusing on people-friendly and eco-friendly improvements. The Culver City Green Space Plan aims to re-imagine Culver City’s parks and open spaces in ways that broaden their appeal to the local community through passive recreation or wellness activities. You can learn more about the Plan at: www.northeasttrees.org/Culver-City-Green-Space-Plan.asp.You may also contact Patrick Reynolds, Parks Manager of the Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, at (310) 253-6470.
Birthday greetings go out this week to Bob Clarke, Pat Dolce, Robert Ford, Paul Netzel, Karen Ellingson, Andrew Lowe, Tom Szujewski, Jim Snodgrass, Lindsay Thompson, Sophia Dupree, Todd Johnson, Donetta Macrillo, Kathy Reis, Carolina Okimoto, Naia Waters, Yefim Khodorovsky, Dawn Anderson, Debra Fischer, Michael Tong, Destaw Alemayehu, Micky Heinrichs, Heather Moses, David Thompson, Alan Wendell, James Bridges, Donnell Ford, Edward Park, Jaerial Perry, Evelyn Cantos, Ann Sewill, Irene Sugiyama, Amber Trueblood, Kira Kelly, Mary Stein, Kelly Young, and 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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