LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Wake up and smell the roses this coming Saturday –it’s the Culver City Garden Club’s 60th Annual Show & Sale! The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 5:00 p.m. at Star Education, 10117 Jefferson Blvd. There’s free parking along Jefferson Blvd. and in the neighboring lot, and they’re even giving away free starter plants for beginning gardeners! For more Show and club information, call (310) 203-1482 or visit www.culvercitygardenclub.com.

Here’s another wake up opportunity: Chamber of Commerce members’ “Good Morning Culver City” network connection breakfast takes place this Wednesday, June 19 – and members can start building business connections over coffee plus more good eats. It begins nice and early at 7:44 a.m. and is over promptly at 9:00 a.m. so everyone can be at their respective businesses bright-eyed and ready to roll. The location is the Four Points by Sheraton at 5990 Green Valley Circle, and the cost is $23.00 with prepaid reservations (call the Chamber at 310-287-3850 or contact [email protected]) or it’ll be $28.00 at the door. Bring business cards? Sharpen up your ability to schmooze? Have another bagel? You betcha!

The Culver City Education Foundation has sent thanks to the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts for a $1,000 gift it recently awarded CCEF. The money will be used to support the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s Artist in Residency Music Program for all CCUSD 2nd graders. (This program brings students in contact with musical instruments, a variety of musical genres, elements and forms, and even gives them a chance to compose their own music.) Second grade?? Musical genres?? Compose?? We guess kids are smarter than ever, given the opportunity!

Really overwhelming, though, is the $60,000 received through CCEF’s participation in the All-For-1 campaign 2012-13. These funds will be allocated to programs in elementary, middle and high school, with every dollar dedicated to “…support programs that help our students build strong academic foundations on which to base their future success.”

Local folks will be participating (and certainly many more are sure to be in the audience) in the Concert Singers’ latest offering, “Campfire Songs – Songs of Outdoors” this Sunday, June 23 at the CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive in Playa Vista. Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $17.00 at the door (suggested donation). The Concert Singers will be joined by accompanist Stephanie Hutchinson, Lenny Coltun, guitar; Andy Allen, bass; and Kenny Park, drums. Maybe no campfire s’mores, but do they promise ice cream and treats for the whole family! For more information call (310) 376-1601 or visit www.theconcertsingers.com.

If it’s the third Wednesday in June, it’s Downtown Culver City’s “Sizzlin’ Solstice!” Everyone’s invited to kick off summer with a Neighborhood Happy Hour & ‘Spiked’ Lemonade Tasting this Wednesday, June 19 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Check in at Melrose Mac on Main Street or Lundeen’s Gifts, across from City Hall, and pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport” with a list of participating restaurants, bars and retail establishments – then get it stamped each time you cool off with a free sample of Hard Lemonade (virgin options available for the under-21 set). At the end of the night, turn your passport in at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes. Music will abound, from the folk/rocks sounds of Rosendo at Town Plaza to American Primitive on the patio at Ford’s Filling Station to the elegant and fun Marston-Lord of the Cello playing just outside Starbucks .

It’s nice when your school district wants your input, and that’s what will happen this Thursday, June 20 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Linwood E. Howe Elementary School. After receiving input from the public and professionals assisting the school district develop a Core Facility Standard, the Culver City USD Board of Education is inviting locals to participate in the District’s Facility Priority Workshop Event. This Workshop will use information gleaned from a recent School Facility Assessment and ask community stakeholders which projects they feel are of the most importance. The results will be helpful in determining if the Board of Education should proceed with a potential General Obligation Bond in the future. It may not be too late to RSVP – contact [email protected] if you’d like to take part.

Egad , it’s almost July! Celebrating late June birthdays in style are Joy Sangalang Smith, Lynn Erickson, Babak Kamjou, Martha Keister, Tony Koppula, Zachart Stadel, Wilbert Williams, Mary Ellen Shaffer, Pamela Linderman, Nancy Hayes, Kim-An Nguyen, Lekh Talreja, Adam Brand, Deborah Craig, Brandon Webb, David Hendren, Cheri Katz, Charles Lawrence, Anne-Gaelle Helen Marien, Fernando Segura, Holly Watson, Estela Estrada, Lawrence Gotkin, Annette Miller-Follette, Araceli Rodriguez, Karyna Salgado, John Amador, Monica Bell, Beth Choe, Maria del Mar Hollingsworth, Charles Loch, Alice Tileston-Brown, Minh Collins, Alicia Dordoni, Daniella Liber, Calvin Marshall, Brian McDonald, Kelley Miller, and yours truly. If you’d like to have your own, a family member or friend’s birthday noted in LOCALmotion, just email [email protected] the info and you’re in!

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