LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

The Culver City After School Recreation Program (CCARP) began its recycling contest on Earth Day, April 22, 2013. All of the after-school programs are competing in a contest to see which site can collect the most CRV recyclable plastic bottles and aluminum cans. CCARP – Linwood Howe Elementary has taken an early lead with 315 recyclables collected. CCARP students have collected recyclables from their schools, park site playgrounds and from their households and neighborhoods. The contest will end on May 31, 2013. Go CCARP kids!

This is a Culver City group – can’t we get them any closer than Hinano’s? (which actually isn’t all that far away at 15 Washington Blvd. in Venice) “Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones” an American Roots and Blues Quartet, will be playing there this Friday, May 24 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. As drummer Sonny B. puts it, “Come for the music – stay for the music…and the burgers!”

Westside Unity Church will be hosting a “New Thought Photography Workshop” from 12:30-2:00 p.m. on Sundays from June 2nd to 30th at the Church, 10724 Barman Ave. The Workshop will be conducted by Rick Diamond of Creative Creation Consultants, who are waiving their fee in exchange for your donation to Westside Unity Church. In 1964 in New York City, Mr. Diamond began studying the art of photography. He discovered New Thought Photography in 2008 while living in Hawaii and studying creative spiritual practices that changed the way he looked at the world and created photographic images. Seating is limited, so RSVP to Rick Diamond (808) 927-7555 soon!

Congratulations go to the Culver City Rotary Club, who will be honored by the installation of a plaque at the Culver City Teen Center on May 29th at its regular monthly meeting. This year Rotarians raised $5,000 for the Teen Center. The funds will be used to buy 4 additional computers for a total of 14 working computers and a printer for every 2 computers. Lunch will be provided by Santa Maria BBQ.

What’s better than strolling Yard Sales in this balmy weather? Coming up on Saturday June 1 is the Culver-Palms United Methodist Church’s annual event, set from 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Even more fun, you can drop off donated items all this week and make room to buy new “stuff” at the sale! (Need a furniture pick-up? Call the church office at (310) 390-7717) CPUMC is located at 4464 Sepulveda Blvd., next to the Culver-Palms Family YMCA.

The Culver City Chamber of Commerce wisely decided that an evening of networking, shopping, appetizers, and wine just can’t be beat, and so this Wednesday, May 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Help Group’s Silverlining Designer Resale Boutique will be the site of the monthly Mixer. Silverlining offers new, vintage, and gently used fashionable and designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories for the whole family at unbelievable prices. The racks are filled with a steady stream of “…fabulous merchandise from Gucci to Gap.” Silverlining serves as a vocational training center for The Help Group’s students with autism and other special needs. The store enables them to gain valuable experience in a retail operation and develop important job skills that contribute to their knowledge, self-confidence, employability, and independence. Silverlining is located at 12211 Washington Blvd., and the cost is $15.00 prepaid, or $20.00 at the door. Chamber members should RSVP by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 to take advantage of the lower admission. Call the Chamber Office at (310) 287-3850.

You say you want to rock your socks off with gospel music that carries a message that is so strong that ushers stroll the aisles with boxes of Kleenex along with programs? Then visit Agape International Spiritual Center this Sunday, May 26. We know it’s Memorial Day Weekend, but the Agape Choir performs on the last Sunday of each month and it might just be great to take your out of town visitors to experience the energy that Agape and Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith impart. There are three services each Sunday, 6:25 a.m. meditation/6:55 service; 8:00 a.m. meditation/8:30 a.m. service; and 11:00 a.m. meditation/11:30 a.m. service. Agape is located in Buckingham Business Park, 5700 Slauson Ave.

Sad to hear of the passing of Mike Miller, longtime Toyota dealer in Culver City, and former president of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. Mike retired in 2002 and lived part time in the desert, where he was active as a board member of the McCallum Theater and president of Tamarisk Country Club. He leaves wife Carole (Cookie), children David, Celes, Gayle, Randy, Michelle and Leslie, and grandchildren Michelle, Laura, Ryan, Alex and Ben. Services were held last week at Hillside Memorial Park.

As May is winding down, birthday celebrants are gearing up to party, including Culver Coombs, Dane Twichell, Jessica Parr, Patrick Case, Grace West, Marion Firnhaber, Marcelo Cavalheiro, Jane Kitano, Naomi Roth, Carey Zeiser, Claudia Benitez, Alison Hamilton, Nisha Horton,Trevor Johnson, Linda Marten, Mandy Meza, Vikram Raj Vidya Sagar, Jeffrey Wilkerson, Caryn Bernstein, Ulf Buddensieck, Brian Reich, Rachel Rubin, Joan Salvaterra, Uve Sillat, Devon Wood, Milton Flores, Dr. Jacqueline Hill, Jessica McNamara, Stephanie Yoshida, Kevin Cheng, Lianne Clough, Lexington Aaron, Stephen Kelly, John Stephenson and Yolanda David. If you’d like to have your, a family member or friend’s birthday noted in LOCALmotion, email [email protected] and you’re in!

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