Here’s a chance to brush up on your Japanese, or at least bow and try to say “Welcome to Culver City”: Visiting middle school-age students and chaperones from our sister city of Kaizuka, Japan will get a taste of outdoor dining American style at a Welcome Picnic on Saturday, July 27th at Bill Botts Field (at the sun dial) from 12 – 3 p.m. The event is open to the public. If you’d like to bring a dish to share, have cases of beverages, paper goods and or other picnic items that you’ve wanted someone to use…the Committee is open to accepting your generosity. An RSVP to [email protected] will help, too! Can’t make that one? How about Monday, July 29th at 6:30 pm – dinner at Kay ‘N Daves’ with an All You Can Eat tasting sampler? The cost is $25, which includes tax and tip. Next up will be Thursday, August 1st at 6:00 pm – Dinner at BJ’s at Westfield Culver City – All you can eat pizza, pasta, salad and soft drinks. The cost is $20, which includes tax and tip. Following dinner, it’s off to skate – or skate it off – at the Culver Ice Rink from 8 – 10 pm. For additional information, email [email protected].
Speaking of the Sister City Committee, Councilman Jim Clarke swore in the organization’s 2013-2014 Board of Directors recently. Board members include Matt Brown, Nancy Perdomo Browning, Allison Burns, Mike Cohen, Lizzy Ferriera, Maureen Genteman, Michele Henrickson, Erika Hoekstra, Barbara Honig, Alice Impliazzo, Nancy Joujon-Roche, Pierre Joujon-Roche, Sonia Karroum, Sharlene London, Tina Mollica, Diane Paris, Veronica Reyes, Alan Schreibman, Matt Seeberger, Natalie Shaby, Mim Shapiro, and Marla Wolkowitz – a great team!
The Culver City Rotary Club (now meeting at the historic Culver Hotel) is looking forward to its upcoming Student Exchange with the Kaizuka Rotary Club. They will be welcoming two students from Japan on July 29th who will be staying until August 22nd. As usual, they are looking for members who are willing to home host and day host the students, sharing in showing them Culver City hospitality AND some of the Southern California area in general. This is always a fun and memorable experience, on both sides!
Akasha and the Arts both start with “A” and both deserve “A” grades for combining a fine restaurant with the Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation to support the Arts in Culver City by presenting the first fundraiser of the new fiscal year. Proceeds from this event will benefit the City’s “Music in the Chambers Program.” Bring your friends and family to Akasha to enjoy their fine food and beverages: wine tasting (including their half-price Wednesday wines), happy hour menu, 4 PM—7 p.m. and/or their dinner menu. 10% of the evening’s sales will be donated to the Foundation. The date is Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Akasha, 9543 Culver Blvd. For reservations call (310) 845-1700.
Get ready for some great vocals this Thursday eve, July 25 beginning at 7:00 p.m. when the Boulevard Music Summer Festival series presents Brenda Lee Eager. Brenda Lee performed last summer to standing O’s, and will belt out both rhythm and blues and Motown favorites this Thursday night. With classic songs and stories, Brenda narrates her own history with artists with whom she has performed including Etta James, Jerry Butler, Smokey Robinson, and Ray Charles. Brenda has recorded several chart-hitting singles with Jerry Butler and had two R&B hits on her own. She will be performing with an all-star band with some very special guests. Bring a picnic supper or bring takeout from any of our great local restaurants. The “gates” open at 4:30 p.m., so bring those beach chairs and picnic baskets to City Hall and enjoy!
It’s birthday time for Leilani Smith, Grace Elliott, Kathryn Parks, Addison Myers, Norman Auslander, Bob Steinberg, Elaine Struhl , Robyn Altman, Julia Ivanova, Tamara Mugalian, Catherine Garrison, Bronwen Jones, Alice McHugh, Eugene Mishustin, Ann Easley, Kareen Garcia, Mary Karen Tiller, Dereje Ejigu, Timothy Francuz, Marieta Gold, Vanessa Jones, John Keating, Roy Amemiya, Salina Eldin, Shalimar Gonzales, Ana Palacios, Elizabeth Destot, Kimberly Gibson, Derek Huang, Brian Lloyd, Kirsten Wagner, Sandra Barnard,Victor Delgado, Gretchen Gaboury, and John Quickley. If you’d like to have your (or a friend, neighbor or family member’s) birthday noted here, send the info to [email protected] and we’ll post it!