LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

The public is cordially invited to Culver EXPO 2013 this Wednesday, June 26, at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, where hundreds of Culver City Chamber of Commerce members will be showing their products, services and offering food samplings from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The admission is free, and it is a terrific opportunity to meet representatives of scores of local businesses and non-profits, all in a relaxed and festive atmosphere. (There’s also free parking along Culver Blvd.)

In addition to its weekly Sunday service, which begins with Meditation 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. followed by the service by Rev. James Daly at 10:00 a.m., the Westside Unity Church also offers Meditation every Wednesday, 6:30 – 6:45 p.m. followed by a Metaphysical Bible Class, also facilitated by Rev. Daly. Westside Unity is located at 10724 Barman Ave. near Overland Ave. For more information, call (310) 838-4761.

What started out to be great press for Culver City may in reality turn into a traffic nightmare around Culver City High School this 4th of July. Before it was announced that the 2013 Fireworks Show would be cancelled because of the renovations to the Culver City High School field, the June edition of popular Los Angeles magazine cheerfully advised folks who “Love Fourth of July fireworks, hate the marine layer that makes them hard to see” go to the Culver High show. “…all the bang of displays over the Pacific, without the coastal fog. There are also a raffle and live music.” Hope our CCPD is ready for what could be an added influx of out of town visitors expecting to see a great event, in addition to those around Culver City who may have not heard that the show was cancelled…

No fireworks, but some celebratory July 4th news is that the Culver City Chamber Orchestra is offering a free Brass Ensemble Concert designed to lift your patriotic spirits at 4:00 p.m. at the Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, located nearby at 6700 W. 83rd St. in Westchester. You can celebrate the 4th with at least an auditory bang by enjoying works by Philip Sousa, Rossini, “America the Beautiful” and more rousing favorites. Seating is limited, though – call (310) 397-2490 for reservations. For more information visit www.ccchamberorchestra.com.

Congratulations to the Culver City Senior Center June “Seniors of the Month” – Walter and Minnie McGriff. When Minnie and Walter retired, they decided to find a place to help out, and in 1997 became dedicated volunteers in the Center’s Senior Nutrition Program. Now, 16 years later, they are still volunteering for home delivered meals and serving at the Senior Center, always with big smiles and kind words. They’re also active in their church, enjoy bowling and reading and Walter loves a good game of poker and watching the Boston Celtics play basketball. They are proud parents of three lovely daughters, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, and will be married 50 years next April. Congratulations, Walter and Minnie!

Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) members are inviting folks to join them in a Bike Path Beach Bash this Saturday, June 29 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., starting at the LaCienega/Jefferson Expo Station. Through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., with the Walk ‘n Rollers, will kick off the summer with a ride along the “mural-speckled” Ballona Creek Bike Path to the sea! This path is a fully protected bicycle path making it an ideal opportunity to ride a longer distance without vehicle traffic whizzing by or the congestion of CicLAvia. BCR will help riders learn about the Creek and the watershed at stops at Overland and Centinela Avenues, which also serve as alternative starting points for participants who would like a shorter ride, arriving at 11:20am and 11:45am respectively. Participants will be given an hour to spend at the beach for lunch, a picnic, or to take a dip in the water. You’re encouraged to pack food, sunscreen, beach gear, and water. For more details visit www.cicle.org/about-us/news-views.

It’s that time of year again – out with the old and in with the new for the Culver City Rotary Club. The club’s annual Demotion Party provides the framework to say “Adios!” to President Keith Jones and his Board of Directors and to welcome incoming President Chris King. The event will be held this Sunday, June 30 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Casa Sanchez located at 4500 S. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066. You can bet Rotarians and their significant others will be in attendance to enjoy what’s always a spirited celebration, or in this case, fiesta!


Summertime and the living is easy for birthday celebrants Shotaro Smith, Michael Roberts, Ted Tidwell, Jill Rosicki, Lucas Case, Andrea Clare, Mary Ellen Shaffer, Sue Acosta, Darrell Robb, Ievgenii Kovtun, Shireen Baban, Mike Aldy, Darren McGrath, Michael Reinsch, Ranak Gandhi, Addison Pan, Faye Toma, Irena Costello, Shiho Kawano, Marlene Rodrigues, Margaret Yabs, Ihab Ghanem, Rigoberto Marquez, Melinda Shapiro, Victoria Paris Castorena, and Lucy Vlahakis. If you’d like to have your own, a family member, or a friend’s birthday noted in LOCALmotion, just email [email protected] the info and you’re in!

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