LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Touting Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday as a “Hang on to Summer” Happy Hour event when the temperature’s still in the 90’s? We don’t have to try to “hang on” – to anything but the retailers’ bargains and free samples in Downtown, and they’re plentiful from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday, September 19. Marston, Lord of the Cello will perform on his unique six-string electric cello, and LA’s rockin’ band Slugger O’Toole will be raising the roof with Irish tunes. Downtown businesses offering free samples on Wednesday include Grand Casino (milk and cookies), Hikari (sake tasting), LaRocco’s Pizzeria (free samples of “Autumn Wine Punch” and cheese pizza, Native Foods (free cheesecake samples and wine tastings), Rush Street (free Apple(tini)Juice Box Samples plus dinner, drink specials and an AfterParty), plus lots of other restaurants offering all kinds of freebie additions to your purchase. It’ll be a beautiful night for strolling Downtown Culver City, so join in the Third Wednesday fun!
From the Culver Crest Homeowners Association’s Michael Bauer and John Kuechle comes word of an article on the front page of the business section of the LA Times’ Friday, September 14 edition. It concerns concessions being made by oil companies when they drill near residential areas, and specifically discusses recent mitigation agreements that have been entered into in Carson and Whittier. Midway through the article the point is made “…that the residents in these far-flung parts of the State are benefiting because oil companies realize they must “meet the standards that came out of Baldwin Hills, and most specifically the lawsuit which Ken Kutcher brought on our behalf. So, it turns out that the year and a half Ken devoted to this matter benefited not only Culver Crest and the surrounding area, but all of California.”
“In God we Rock!” is the title of Grace Lutheran Church’s Praise Band Concert this Saturday, September 22, 4:00 p.m. at the church, located at 4427 Overland Avenue. Following the concert, everyone is invited to head over to the Parish Hall for a delicious dinner. Attendees are encouraged to bring their best dish for the Chili, Cornbread, Mac& Cheese and Dessert CONTESTS – always a cliffhanger, requiring multiple tastings of all the entries, of course! Friends and neighbors are invited: cost is a $15 suggested donation/person, but any free-will donations will be gratefully accepted.
Getting a close-up look at what our city’s emergency services provide, the Culver City Rotary Club welcomed Culver City Police Chief Don Pedersen as their guest speaker last week, and this week will feature Culver City Fire Chief Chris Sellars. Rotary membership numbers are starting to move upward thanks to the extensive recruitment they did at Fiesta LaBallona.
If you love movies and history, this Sunday you’re in for a real treat! “Meet Me in Culver City” celebrates Culver City’s 95th anniversary and Margaret O’Brien is the honorary event chair! It all takes place at the historic Culver Hotel from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and there will be appetizers, a raffle, no-host bar (the first glass of champagne or beer, however, is free!), and “surprises.” The cost is $40.00 per person for Culver City Historical Society members, and $45.00 for non-members and your reservations must be in by this Monday, September 17, so hurry. Call (310) 253-6941 or go to www.culvercityhistoricalsociety.org.
What’s more fun than driving near the intersection of Washington and National and taking a gander at the great mural art on the Branded Arts Building? Brightest and really eye-catching is the new mural of psychedelic cats’ eyes painted by Los Angeles-based artist Robert Standish. According to the artist, the mural is meant to “symbolize the wisdom of seeing the world with eyes of gratitude and joy.”
Happy Birthday to this week’s celebrants, Agnes Agzarian, Don Chandler, Lindsay Thompson, Leon Marr, Isabel Cortes, Heather Gripp, Doris Green, Kayla Walden, Barbara Hippensteel, Liz Leshin, Sean Leighton, Elizabeth Mojarro, Zivia Munoz-Gonzalez, Robin Yung, Julie K Harris, Molly Ochoa, Stephanie Lowry, Steven Rincon, Autumn Wegner, Julie A Benke, Ann Duncan, Deborah Hubbard, Sarah Caliboso, Bryan Eleazar, Patricia S. Richmond, Cindy Roche, Jacqueline Smith, and Osmani Baeza. If you’d like to see your name or your friends’ names posted in LOCALmotion! Email the info to [email protected]

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