LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Even with working down to the last minute on this Saturday’s “Cruisin’ Back to the ‘50’s” Car Show, the Culver City Exchange Club still managed have past president Earl Eskridge conduct the election for the 2013-2014 Club Officers. Congratulations go to President – Michelle Ford; President Elect – Dr Jay Shery; Vice President – Dr. Vince Punturere; Sergeant at Arms – Mike Heidler; and Board of Directors members Oliver de la Torre, Terri Hudson, and Dr. Bob Montgomery, elected to two year terms, and Barry Sulkin, who was elected to a one year term to fill Dr. Jay Shery’s vacated seat.

A great way to start off your Saturday Car Show stroll is with the Culver City Fire Department’s popular all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8:00am to 11:00am, served by firefighters and City employees. Cost for the feast is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids (kids under 12 free). This event will kick off Fire Service Day, a Fire Station #1 open house (that goes until 3:00 p.m.) that will also feature guided station tours, activities for kids including a coloring contest with a chance to win Fire Department t-shirts, equipment displays, and even some fire coats to try on for the public. Culver City’s CERT team will be providing information and assistance, and Culver City Fire Department hats and t-shirts will be available for purchase. Fire Station #1 is located at 9600 Culver Blvd. For more information call (310) 253-5925.

The Culver City Friends of the Library will be having a Mother’s Day story time – with a craft session too – on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm. at the Library. Special guest reader will be Jennifer Slabbinck, principal of La Ballona Elementary school, who will be sharing one of her favorite books. The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is located at 4975 Overland Ave.

The Culver City Education Foundation reminds everyone to “Come celebrate with us as we honor the Volunteers, School District Employees and Community Partners who have contributed their time, talent and resources to the Culver City School District this past year.” This all takes place at the CCEF’s 15th Annual “Tribute to the Stars” this Saturday evening, May 11. The event will be held “under the stars” at Sony Pictures Studios. If you have questions about the event or to register, contact Chris Richardson at [email protected] or call (310) 842-4220, ext. 4212.

More going on this Saturday May 11: it’s movie night at Westside Unity Church at 7:00 p.m., when they’ll be showing “The Bible” in the sanctuary. Westside Unity is located at 10974 Barman Avenue, near Overland.

Chamber of Commerce members – here’s your chance to sit down and have a semi-intimate confab with Chamber president/CEO Steve Rose and just six other chamber members over lunch. “ Network @ Noon” allows you to enjoy making connections and eating lunch at various Culver City restaurants for $20.00 per person – all you need to do is register, pay, bring your business cards, marketing materials, and an appetite for good food and great networking. (You must be a Chamber member to attend and please only one person per business) This takes place this Wednesday, May 8 at 12 noon sharp at the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles, Westside ‘s (6161 Centinela Ave.) SHARE Restaurant (featuring an all-new menu). Reservations are a must, since this sells out quickly. Call the Chamber Office at (310) 287-3850 by 1:00 p.m. this Tuesday, May 7.

From the Culver-Palms Family YMCA comes word that registration for Spring Session 2 classes opens for Facility Members and Program Members this Monday, May 6. Spring Session 2 offers swim lessons and classes in ballet, karate, parent & child, and more! Hard to believe (for some of us, anyway) coming up is the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Betts-Staples Aquatics Center: When the state of the art Aquatics Center opened on May 17, 1983, Culver Y members were thrilled that the center retained the ambience of an outdoor pool, yet, being enclosed, offered uninterrupted participation in aquatics programs year around regardless of the weather. The Aquatics Center was a huge hit, and participation in aquatics programs soared. Drop by the Culver-Palms Family YMCA at 4500 So. Sepulveda Blvd. and see what all the splashing’s about – or call (310) 390-3604 for more information.

Happy sunny May birthdays to Stu Freeman, Barbara Steinberg, Xavier Nuques, Sam Feingold, JoAnn Dillenbeck, Shawn Lasley, Leota Thorne, Loren Peterson, Derrick Hente, Jennifer Roberts, Miriam Stenshoel, Soondeuk Byun, Matthew Majack, Kelly Makepeace, Robin Patch, Will Seiden, Paula Clarkson, Gwendolyn Villavaso, Kavita Downey, Debra Duket, Jamie Long, Sonia McDaniel, Steven Price, Keisha Kennedy, Yongjae Kim, Jane Korenich, Michael Snow, Pauline Thomas, Celeste Cass, Sarang Chandravila Deshpande, Wesley Hodges, Milkias Tiku, Sharon Cann, Niall MacMenamin, Ken Palmer, Andrea Smith, Jolene Swain, Jeya Wilson, Kathryn Bell, Heather Davis, Paul Guillemin, and Odinachi Nwosu. Let us know if you’d like to have your birthday noted in LOCALmotion – email [email protected].

…and please don’t forget – this Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day. Remember the moms and grandmas in your life, even if they aren’t your own! A kiss and a hug will be present enough for most moms, this columnist included…so enjoy!

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