LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

History in the making! City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra is a proud grandmother for the second time with the April 11 birth of Miss Samantha Cerra Lachoff, daughter of Michele and Kevin Lachoff, and little sister to Nicholas Lachoff. Samantha has a special connection to a lot of grandfathers – Her great grandfather was Sam Schultz, her grandfather was Sam Cerra, she also had a great grandpa Sol and was born on her Great Great Great Grandfather’s birthday, aka Papa.

The perfect place for the Culver City Chamber of Commerce’s “Young Professionals” to meet – at BottleRock, 3847 Main Street! This is designed to be a a casual and easy way to meet face-to-face in a relaxed and fun environment with other like-minded business people that share similar interests, as well as getting the chance to build your professional network, and to generate new business leads. If you think you qualify as one of the Chamber’s “Young Professionals” (and no, we have no idea what the age brackets are), call the Chamber office at (310) 287-3850. The networking event takes place this Tuesday, April 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and is $20.00 with advance reservations, or $25.00 at the door. The cost includes appetizers, but – sigh! – it’s a no-host bar.

Also this Tuesday, April 16 –everyone and their best friend can visit City Tavern, where they’ll offer special dinner deals benefiting the city’s Summer Sunset Concerts (held, not-so-coincidentally right across the street on the front lawn of City Hall). A percentage of each meal will go to ensure that producer Gary Mandell attracts the best in entertainment – and this year there’ll be six concerts instead of the four announced earlier! City Tavern’s located at 9739 Culver Blvd.

Would you like to hear some beautiful music on a Spring Friday night? How about taking in the Cal State Dominguez Hills Chamber Singers concert (with long-time church local Ben Lowe) at Grace Church on Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm. Free will donations accepted. The church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue in Culver City.

If you’ve ever spent any time at the Culver Ice Arena (kids’ ice hockey or figure skating – or just your own recreational falling down and getting back up again) you’ll be interested in hearing John Jackson, owner and manager of the rink since 1982, who will be the featured speaker at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room. In addition to discussing how the ice arena was created and how hockey and figure skating training developed there, you’ll hear stories about Wayne Gretzky, Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, Michelle Kwan and many local skaters who learned their skills at the facility. Also on hand will be Cathy Machado (first U.S. Latina Olympian, Olympic medalist, World Professional Ice Skating Champion, U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame); Josselyn Baumgartner (Double National Medalist in figure skating); and Crystalrose Guerra (five-time National Showcase Champion). All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the Multi-Purpose Room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, and through the Archive & Resource Center space, which will be open following the meeting. For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail at [email protected]. Also, visit the CCHS website at: www.culvercityhistoricalsociety.org for updates.

Don’t forget – in addition to weekly Sunday services, Westside Unity Church offers weekly “Meditation, Sharing and Prayer” – this Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., facilitated by Rev. James Daly. Westside is located at 10724 Barman Avenue, near Overland.

Traffic Alert! On Sunday, April 21st, CicLAvia (and no, we still don’t know how to pronounce it either) will transform Venice Boulevard in to a car-free 15 mile linear park for strolling, biking, playing, and exploring the city from a new perspective – and Downtown Culver City will be one of the major destinations along the way. Over 100,000 participants, from lifelong Angelenos to first time visitors from around the globe will be taking part in this free event, and a few thousand are anticipated to take a break and have some food and drink in our Downtown. PLUS: You can “Get Psyched” for CicLAvia at Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday event – enjoy food, drink, live music, and fun from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Birthday wishes go out this week to the best luncheon host in Culver City history Mayor Andy Weissman, Sheila Benjamin, Carole Myers, Elizabeth A. Moser, Maile Hirai, Smilja Ivancevic, Davis Lee, Kavitha Nagarajan, Elizabeth Bowen, Blake Edwards, Geert Poppe, Violet Van Ligten, Rosalie Green, Richard Hobbs, Karen Klemes, Annalee Paulo, Gayle Stafsky, Estela Gascon, Pongsakorn Wangserwong, Megan McEwen and Rachel Schinderman. If you’d like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday saluted in LOCALmotion, email your information to [email protected].

(Editor’s Note – CicLAvia is pronounced Sick-lah-vee-ha. WE can just call it FUN.)

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