LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Mark your calendars now for this historic event: the Culver City Garden Club’s 60th Annual Show & Sale! It’ll be held just one day this year, on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Star Education, 10117 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City (between Raintree & Duquesne. They’ll be giving away free starter plants for beginning gardeners, too.( Exhibitors may enter their plants 8:00— 9:30 a.m.)For additional Show and Club membership information, contact the Club at (310)203-1482 or visit www.culvercitygardenclub.com

Would you know him if you saw him? Famous pop-artist and photographer Ed Ruscha (he currently has an exhibit at the Getty Museum that will run through September 29) has been noted as living and working in Culver City. Ruscha left the studio in Venice that he occupied for twenty-six years, a nine-thousand-square-foot former Coors-beer warehouse on Electric Avenue where the railroad used to run, almost two years ago. His “new place”—a warehouse in Culver City—has a ceiling that’s “… only about twenty feet” high, but he’s making do. (Now, its residents like this that make our claim as being an “artsy” town VERY credible!)

The Culver City Chamber of Commerce has another great trip available – and you don’t have to be a Chamber member to participate: this November, 2013 you can “Discover Viet Nam and Cambodia.” The all-inclusive price of $2,999 per person (double occupancy: single supplement is $600) includes Round-Trip Airfare from LAX, Airline Fuel Surcharges/Fees, Air Departure Taxes/Fees, First Class Accommodations for 7 nights; 11 Meals: 7 B, 2 L, 2 D; Professional English Speaking Guides; Motorcoach Transportation; Admissions / Sightseeing per Itinerary. You’ll visit Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon & Hanoi plus scores of other sights. For more information contact Jaylon Letendre at (310) 941-3739 or email [email protected]. (And don’t forget – there’s also a “Discover Cuba” trip in November, too – just ask Jaylon all about both these great travel opportunities)

Over 400 people attended the Culver City Education Foundation’s Tribute to the Stars at Sony Pictures Studios, shouting out to: the Rotary Club of Culver City’s Classified Employee of the Year, JoNellia Guinn; Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Teacher of the Year, Marshanne Kendrick Love; Playa Vista President’s Award winners Lois and Jason Frand; Paula & Tom Wilson’s Shining Star Award winner, Madeline Ehrlich; LA Urban Homes Superintendent’s Award winner, Loyola Marymount University (represented by Dr. Magaly Lavendenz, Dr. Shane Martin, and Dr. Curtiss Rooks) in recognition of the extraordinary partnership they are developing with our school district; and See’s Candies Volunteers of the Year, Gina Marie Walker, Ali McCann, Lisa and Steve Levin, Monika Okker, Michelle Lucas, Bonnie Wacker, Nancy Burne, Diana Watson, May Woo and Megan Rawls. The party then began in earnest, moving from the Cary Grant Theatre to Sony’s Main Street, where there were samplings of the foods from many of Culver City’s celebrated restaurants, music, dancing, and conversation.

The Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) group continues its pursuit of improvements to the environment, and from President Jim Lamm comes word that that over the past several months BCR has participated in a broad variety of activities—creek cleanups, restoration planning and events, talks at schools and a university, education and advocacy about fracking and single-use plastic bags, enjoying a comedy night fundraiser, BCR talks, meeting at a new creek-close venue, participating in cicLAvia, setting the stage for a mural restoration, engaging in the wetlands restoration dialogue, and more. If you’d like to become involved, contact www.ballonacreek.org, or email the Pres himself at [email protected]

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Yard Sale Season – this Saturday June 1 is the Culver-Palms United Methodist Church’s annual event, set from 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. The church is located at 4464 Sepulveda Blvd., next to the Culver-Palms Family YMCA. The following weekend, Grace Lutheran Church will be featuring a two-day Sale – Friday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Grace is located at 4427 Overland Avenue. Proceeds from their sale go to benefit the church’s Youth Programs.

The Culver City Sister City Committee’s Annual Membership Dinner Meeting and Installation takes place on Wednesday, June 5 at the Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, in Marina del Rey. You’re encouraged to “arrive early and enjoy the blissful view prior to 6:00 p.m. cocktails and 7:00 p.m. dinner.” (Sounds good to us!) The menu includes a house salad and choice of filet of sole w/capers & mushrooms, rice and vegetables; or horseradish crusted tri tip potato and vegetable du jour. Dessert for everyone is flourless chocolate cake and ice cream ($25.00 per person – $26.50 if paid by credit card; $15.00 for ages 18 and under). Contact Dinner Chairman Alice Impliazzo for more information at [email protected].

Certainly happy that they’re celebrating birthdays in sunny California are Paul Smith, Jake Jakubowski, Heather Nuques, Sarah Moss, John Maines, Ron Engen, Linda Lovgren, Grace Chow, Claire Scivoletto, Mieko Windman, Gretchen Kubacky, Joel Swartz, Carol Chan, Karla Vega, Christopher Velazquez, Justine Darling, Stephon Litwinczuk, Rocio Macias, Celine Pol, Christina Tanios, Kathleen Amiewalan, Elizabeth Lee, Jason Ochs, Michael Sweeney, Juliet Larmore, David Pinzon, Elizabeth Rubien, and Harvey Schneider. If you’d like to have your own, a family member or friend’s birthday noted in LOCALmotion,email [email protected] and you’re in!

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