LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

From Culver City local drummer Martin Bennett, aka “Sonny B,” comes word that his American roots and blues quartet “Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones” will be playing at the Bar of Melody just a few miles south on Sepulveda Blvd. in neighboring Westchester this Wednesday, December 18 from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. To book either the quartet or his “Mystic Nights Trio” or “U.S. 99” (early rock and roll) call Sonny at (310) 387-6947.
Are you a working parent whose child may need care during the winter break? The Culver-Palms Family YMCA is offering three fun and exciting theme weeks of Winter Day Camp at the Palms Elementary School YMCA site. For “Around the World in Five Days”(beginning this week) campers will explore arts and crafts, sports and games, projects and experiments inspired by the seven continents of the world. For “Winter Wonderland,” campers will be engaged in a variety of holiday and winter projects, including a musical instruments day and a holiday cookies project. And for “Ringing in the New Year,” campers will dance in the New Year as we enter 2013! Camp weeks will also be filled with field trips and excursions (grab a camp calendar from the YMCA or download one from www.ymcala.org/cp). Camp will also include traditional day camp activities such as arts and crafts, sports and games, enrichment, fitness, clubs, projects, service learning, and much more! For more information, contact Chris Jefferson at 213-639-7608, or email him at [email protected]. Registration packets are available at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA and at Palms Elementary School.
Everyone’s invited to enjoy the Live Nativity in front of Grace Lutheran Church, 4427 Overland Ave. this Thursday, December 20 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. There’ll be a petting zoo of goats and sheep as well as costumed participants in the traditional Manger tableau. There’ll also be carols, hot chocolate and soup! Inside the church they’ll be showing “It’s a Wonderful Life,” so plan to make an evening of it.
The Culver City Rotary Club’s 40th Annual Bill Winn Holiday Luncheon, prepared this year by a completely new team of rib (not cigarette) smokers, was a great success. The Culver Hotel provided mashed potatoes, Laura Ferre decorated the American Legion Hall, and the Farragut Bell Choir played holiday tunes, even getting the crowd to sing some Christmas classics. The Club presented a plaque to Mike Winn (son of the late Bill Winn), for 20 years of attendance at the event honoring his father. There were also 149 toys donated for all the children in the club’s Marine Battalion, raffle prizes, and generally an all-round holiday glow permeated the Legion hall.
“Good Morning, Culver City,” the Culver City Chamber of Commerce’ network connection breakfast, will take place this Wednesday, December 19th from 7:44 – 9:00 a.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5990 Green Valley Circle. Attendees can start building business connections that are vital to the success of their businesses by jumping in front of the microphone with a 30-second promo, exchanging business cards, and – incidentally – have a delicious power breakfast! The cost is $20 with prepaid reservation: $25 at the door; please reserve by 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 18. (Note: The Chamber will be collecting canned or boxed food to be donated to S.A.V.E.S – St. Augustine’s Emergency Service (non-sectarian)
You CAN go home again! According to Los Angeles Magazine the Helms Bakery will be moving back into the Helms Complex after an almost 45 year absence, under the leadership of pastry chef Sherry Yard (formerly with the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group), and Sang Yoon, whose Father’s Office and Lukshon restaurants are well-established in the Helms Complex. It looks like H.D. Buttercup will be moving out and that area will become a giant bakery and breakfast-and-lunch restaurant by the end of 2013. (Father’s Office will begin serving breakfast three days a week beginning in January, and by the end of the year the new space should be well known as the” Calorie Complex”, turning out breads, pastries, and Yard’s estimate of “the best cream puffs and doughnuts we can make.”)
This Tuesday, December 18, the Fox Hills Republican Women Federated’s meeting will offer “The Bell Ringers,” a group of musicians ages 8 to 18 years of age to play songs of the season on their bells (if you’ve ever enjoyed a bell choir, you’re in for a treat!). The business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Four Points Sheraton, 5590 Green Valley Circle. Lunch is at noon, followed by the bellringers’ concert. Luncheon cost is $22.00, which includes parking. Call (310) 823-9948 or (310) 322-0948 to reserve.
Chilly but having fun are December birthday celebrants Michele Cerra Lachoff, Eric Snell, Norma Newton, Ali Safai Howie Jacobowitz, Laura Stuart, Karen McClain, Evelyn Quinn, Daniel O’Brien, Cavyn Simon, Robyn Johnson, Rebecca Engel, Linda Gripp, Terry Grimm, Carl Lundquist, Lee Collins, Andrew Sick, Ellen Jennrich, Sarah Danner, Patricia Millett, Jessica Ruacho, John Grosse, Kristina Yori, Paola La Bruna, David Benthin, Maria Haro, Krista Hill, Norma Newton, John Nordhaus, Paul Suzuki, Javona Threadgill, Margie Murray, Jeffry Poole, William Bloor, Silvia Molina, Marwan Soghaier, Jeffrey Timmer, Tomoe Beckstead, Alma Edy Santana, Aaron Thompson, Rebecca Aguirre, Natalie Chan, Allison Faris, and Pushpinder Marshall. Want to include your own or a friend or family member’s birthday in LOCALmotion? Let us know at [email protected].

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