LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Those Culver City Chamber of Commerce members know how (and where) to network! Their next Mixer will take place at Coolhaus – “haus of architectural sammies.” That translates to a description of their dazzling ice cream sandwiches that are all-natural, handmade and organic whenever possible. Their dairy is sustainably produced and uses local and seasonal farmer’s market fresh ingredients. Natasha Case, owner of Coolhaus, invites all Chamber members and guests to her storefront location at 8588 Washington Blvd this Wednesday, April 24 for great networking! Tastings will include their cookies (made with love) with over a dozen unique ice cream flavors to experience while sipping champagne. The event takes place this Wednesday, April 24 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The cost is $15.00 prepaid; $20.00 at the door. For reservations, call the Chamber Office at (310) 287-3850. Street parking only.

If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets to the Culver City Education Foundation’s 15th Annual Tribute to the Stars, you’d better do so before this Friday, April 26 – after that the May 11 gala’s ticket prices will go up. The event takes place at Sony Pictures Studios’ wonderful Main Street where, in addition to applauding the 2013 “Stars,” you can “…pop a balloon to win a prize, be entertained by street performers, enjoy tantalizing tastes from top local restaurants, and dance and drink the night away under the stars.” The wine and cheese reception starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by the awards presentation at 6:45 p.m. and the street party starts at 8:00 p.m. Registration before April 26: $125.00 per person (will go up to $140.00); CCUSD Employee Registration is $65.00, $75.00 after April 26. Presentations will be made to the Sony Pictures Entertainment Teacher of Year, Rotary Club Classified Employee of the Year, LA Urban Homes/CCUSD Superintendent’s Award, Playa Vista/CCEF President’s Award, Paula and Tom Wilson/CCEF Shining Star Award, and See’s Candies Volunteers of the Year Awards, one for each of our CCUSD schools. To register online, visit [email protected].

This summer will mark the Culver City High School Class of 1958’s 55th Reunion, and there are some fun events in store for attendees: how about a Happy Hour on Friday, July 19 at the Culver Hotel, a big picnic at Carlson Park on Saturday, July 20 (admission is free, just bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park’s sheltered tables with benches, four barbeques, two fireplaces, and lots of grassy areas under shady trees), and then wrap it up with Sunday breakfast at Dinah’s. To register (even though it’s three months away, they’ve already got positive responses from fifty people!) visit www.culverhighalumni.org/class-of-58-reunion.html

The Culver-Palms Family YMCA encourages families to “Get a JUMP on Summer” this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, at the Center Court of Westfield Culver City mall. It’s the Y’s 20th Annual Healthy Kids Day, and from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days you’ll enjoy kids’ ZUMBA, hula, hip hop and cardio dance, a Wacky Monkey obstacle course requiring crawling, climbing and balancing, a kids’ Picasso group art project creating a large mosaic, arts, crafts, and games at a mock mountain campsite, basketball toss, and learning about healthy snacks while assembling personal trail mix combinations. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® is the largest health day for children and families in America, celebrating kids’ health and teaching healthy habits for kids and families, encouraging active play, and – hopefully – inspiring a lifetime love of physical activity. It’s free – so come and enjoy!

The Culver City Woman’s Club will be presenting a “Spring Spree Fashion Show” on Saturday, May 4 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 6161 W. Centinela Avenue. The social hour begins at 11:00 a.m. and luncheon will be served at 12 noon. Musical entertainment will be provided by Diana Drake, and there’ll be a silent auction and door prizes to boot! In addition to women’s fashions (from Talbot’s, Manhattan Beach) there’ll be guest models from the Culver City Police and Fire Departments (sure to get the most hoots and hollers), in fashions by Men’s Wearhouse in Marina del Rey. The cost is $45.00 per person, a portion of which goes to support the philanthropic programs sponsored by the Club. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 27 – call Carol DeSalvo at (310) 839-5948 to reserve yours!

In early 2014 our own Culver City Julian Dixon Library will celebrate its 100th birthday, and the Friends of the Library have big plans! The County Library System, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the office of County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas have joined the Friends to bring exciting improvements to the library, including new carpet, lighting and electrical upgrades and improvements to the children’s section, as well as beautiful and comfortable new furniture. Over the past 10 years the Friends have raised more than $200,000 towards this project, and are now within $20,000 of their goal to purchase the furniture needed. Any amount your family might give is appreciated, and public acknowledgement will be given to gifts $100.00 or more. Send your checks (before April 30, if possible) to Culver City Friends of the Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230. Watch for the “grand opening party” in 2014!

April may be winding down, but the birthday beat goes on – best wishes go out to Barbara Matzel, Maura Punturere, Kisa Sato, Beth Kennedy Will, Kathleen Lambird, Violet Munger, Andreina Prestridge, Maura Sandoval, Anna Svetlogorova, Ernest Adzentoivich, Erin Urbina, Sirpa Welch, Marielle Bruant-Carlson, Alejandra Domenzain, Keith Wieser, Diane Zwang, Angela Rincon, Araceli Boyce, James Dodenhoff ,Jennifer Edwards, Naomi Aytur, Melissa Kurtz, Robert Villa, Harriett Baker and Rocio Lara. Let us know if you’d like to have your birthday noted in LOCALmotion – email [email protected]

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