LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

It’s this Monday, April 8th! That’s the monthly meeting of the Culver City Rock and Mineral Club, set for 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans Memorial Building (enter from the rear). This month’s program, “Buying Minerals,” can be more accurately described as “Everything you needed to know – but your mother wouldn’t tell you – about buying mineral specimens!” Steve Hardinger, a collector for 35 years, owns Dragon Minerals, always a popular participant at the club’s annual Fiesta of Gems Show. (Word is he’ll be bringing a small fraction of his inventory of mineral specimens to use as examples during his talk and they’ll be available for purchase following the meeting.) Sure to be welcomed at the meeting will be newest rockhounds Soyoung Johnston, Stephanie Mondschien, Scott Silver, Sergio Montanti, and Megan Stevens.
According to the Otis College of Arts & Design, their new studios, (a graduate student site at that) at 10455 Jefferson Blvd. – are “in Culver City’s Arts District,” which may be a bit of a stretch. Of course, with Otis moving in, Jefferson may very well just become a whole NEW Arts District! In any case the studios will be open to the public this Sunday, April 14, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and visitors are welcome.
The eternal question: How old is “Uncle Syd” Kronenthal? The answer? Who cares? He’s still pretty darned perky and welcomed friends and extended family in January who joined in to celebrate his birthday. Let’s see: according to the Culver City Historical Society, “…it’s been nearly fifteen years since Syd retired as Culver City’s Human Services Director after more than 50 years of dedicated service – so many of us grew up under his direction and support!” From members of the entertainment industry, to former mayors, to Olympic Gold medalists and members of the Culver City Historical Society, it was a warm and fuzzy turnout to sing “Happy Birthday” to Uncle Syd!
Congratulations to new Culver City Emblem Club officers Greg Simoes, president; Audrey Simoes, vice-president; Juta Gonzalez, past president; Barbara Johnson, corresponding secretary; Darlene Rogers, recording secretary; Barbara Johnson, treasurer; Noe Saenz, financial secretary; Betty Springsted, organist; Joanne Osterhout, 1st trustee; and Paula Hernandez, marshal.

From the Culver City Sister City Committee comes the word that they are looking for 8-10 Culver City High School age students and families interested in making a two-year commitment beginning this Summer 2013, whereby Culver City students can enjoy a7-10 day chaperoned trip to Iksan City, So. Korea. 
The students will learn about the Korean culture and stay with Korean families who have a child of similar age and sex. (Most of the trip expenses are covered, except for round-trip airfare. Group fundraising is a possibility to help defray costs.) Then the following summer the Culver City family will reciprocate and host their child’s Iksan “brother or sister”. If you and your family are interested in receiving more information about this ongoing Exchange please contact Iksan City, So. Korea Exchange Chair Sharlene London at (310) 836 3635 or by email to [email protected] Those students selected will spend the upcoming months learning about Korean culture, proper deportment as an ambassador representing Culver City, trying out meals likely to be encountered and learning some important phrases all travelers want to know before visiting any non-English speaking country. Interested parents and students are invited to visit Youth Facebook page, Culver City Sister City Committee Youth Program, scroll back to August July 2011 and read some of the notes and see the pictures from the last trip to Iksan.
Mark your calendars for Native Plant Restoration in Baldwin Hills, coming up Saturday, April 20, 9am-noon, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, 4100 S. La Cienega Blvd. in Baldwin Hills. Co-led by Generation Water, LA Audubon, and Mujeres de la Tierra, and supported by others including Culver City’s Ballona Creek Renaissance (or BCR), this volunteer Earth Day event will expand and restore an existing native plant habitat area in the Ballona Creek Watershed. For details or to rsvp, email [email protected]
Please, no April showers on birthday cakes this week for Doneil Weissman, Inger Kleckner, Susan Green, James Powers, Scott Silver, Janice Metz, Brenda Sisson, Susan Beveidge, Richard Shaffer, Fredick Reinhorn, Megan Stevans, Josie Mariposa, William Prewett, Sri Welton, Carlos Duran, Max Robinson, Sandro Varejao, Amanda Chapman, Damien Daurio, Karin Herman, Christina Howington, Naima Malone, Margaret Benson, Riah Buchanan, Harold Hackshaw, Maggie Han, Marisol Chan, Debbie Sean, Ruth Tecle, Alexandra Coatney, Miguel Diaz, Elexia McGovern, Kim Flynn and Jon Riddle. 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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