LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Will the Overland Avenue/Culver Blvd. area become known for housing the newest cultural cluster in Culver City? Now that the city council has approved a 75-year lease agreement with the Wende Museum for the old Armory property (no longer used as a National Guard facility or winter night housing for the homeless), it will be neighbors with not only the Culver City Historical Society Archive & Resource Center (ARC) in the Veteran’s Memorial Building, but also the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum’s documents and memorabilia on African American history and culture at 4130 Overland Avenue! These three will form a real destination for history lovers. The Wende Museum owns more than 100,000 cultural artifacts related to Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union but at its somewhat hidden location in Fox Hills could only accommodate less than one percent of its collection.
This club loves kids! The Culver City Exchange Club’s Annual Children’s Holiday Party will take place at the Elks Lodge on December 11th. Heather Nuques will chair, and members are asked to indicate how many children they would each be bringing and to purchase a gift for their young guests ($20 maximum) which will be reimbursed by the Club. Exchangeites will also be conducting their Annual Toy Drive for the next four weeks. Members will bring unwrapped toys to be donated to the Culver City Fire Department for distribution.
The Culver City Sister Committee is getting in the spirit with its December Holiday Quarterly Dinner, set for Wednesday, December 5 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. Cocktail time is 6:30 p.m., with dinner and dancing going strong from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Casual cocktail attire will be the wardrobe of the day, and the cost is $40.00 per person (menu selections include appetizers, entrée choices of chicken marsala with garlic mashed potatoes; red snapper with rice pilaf or pasta primavera; plus salad, seasonal vegetables and dessert). RSVP to [email protected] or (310) 642-7604 by November 26, so hurry!
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday the Culver City Rotary Club went dark the Wednesday before (lots of chopping and slicing to do), but at this week’s meeting the focus will be on the next big fundraiser for the club – The Famous Bill Winn Holiday Rib Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, December 5th from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 5309 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230. The event is always run by the club’s president-elect which this year means Chris King is in charge.
According to the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, “’Tis the Season to Mix Mingle and Network at the Holiday Mixer!” and all three will take place on Thursday, December 6, co-sponsored by Send Out Cards – Culver City, Richard Marcus and Courtyard by Marriott – Dennis Hollingdrake, General Manager. From 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. guests will enjoy festive appetizers and cocktails while mixing and mingling with other Chamber members at the Courtyard by Marriott, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City. The cost is $15 with prepaid reservation; $20 at the door, and RSVPs must be in by 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 5, 2012, so call the Chamber office at (310) 287-3850 now to reserve!
Here’s a wonderful way to help feed needy families this Holiday Season: make a charitable, tax-deductible contribution to the Culver City Senior Citizens Association Annual Holiday Food Certificate Program. The Program is expecting great demand again this year because so many families are affected by the continued high rate of unemployment and other financial difficulties related to the state of the economy. The program is sponsored by the Culver City Senior Citizens Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Senior and Social Services Division of the Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, and is designed to brighten the Holidays for eligible, low income Culver City families and individuals by providing them with supermarket food certificates. You can make your donation check payable to the Culver City Senior Citizens Association and send it to: Culver City Senior Citizens Association, Attn: Holiday Certificate Program, 4095 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232 by December 7. Questions? Call Darren Uhl, Disability & Social Services Specialist at (310) 253-6729 or [email protected].
Love “Les Miserables” like we do? Then sing along at Grace Church’s “Les Miz” Songbook Concert at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday eve, December 1 and/or Sunday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m. If you’re not already, familiarize yourself with one of the most fantastic musicals of all time before the movie opens later in December. Join accompanists Jana Koppula and Cody Gillette with soloists from Grace and the community and sing your heart out! Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue.
Happy birthday to this week’s celebrants: Cathi Bratton, Linda Owens, Sharon Craig, Kevin Hughes, Jana Koppula, Krystyna Riban, Peter Stenshoel, Jo Ann Callis, Jessica Lynn Woods, Monique Escamilla, Lillie Farwell, Lisa Fuqua, Ty Knighton, Sonia Madan, Leilani Snider, Laura Vandeweghe, Jessica Westcott, Leticia Tapia, Laura Carranza, Tana Mozingo, Joanne Tortorici Luna, Steve Deitelbaum, Ellen Edwards, Kim Miyade-Weaver, Mark O’Brien, Vincent Palazzola, Jacqueline Stinson, Norbert Garcia, Maureen McGlynn, and Gina Soliman. Want to include your, a friend, or family member’s birthday in LOCALmotion? Let us know at [email protected].

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