LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Culver City Garden Club members (and potential members) will want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, August 6 when the club will host its “It’s a Small World” Summer Potluck beginning at 7:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a specialty dish influenced by their favorite international cuisine, be it Italian, Mexican, French, Japanese, Indian, German, Moroccan, Greek, Thai, regional American – you get the picture – and international drinks are also welcome. The picnic will be held at Star Education, 10117 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City (between Raintree & Duquesne).

With an eye to garnering some positive publicity perhaps? In any case, the Culver City Education Foundation is pleased to announce a $20,000 grant from Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas (formerly PXP). These funds will be used to purchase 15 document cameras and LCD projectors with 15 security work stands plus 4-replacement projector bulbs for Culver City High School science classes. Last year CCEF was awarded a $20,000 grant to equip the Culver City High School math department with this technology. They are grateful for the opportunity to do the same now for the high school science department. Document camera/LCD projector combinations enable teachers to easily integrate the latest technology into their lessons. With this technology virtually anything (textbooks, internet resources, etc.) can be projected onto a wall or screen.

Finishing out July with their regular Tuesday afternoon movie screenings, members of the Culver City Senior Center will enjoy “Trouble With the Curve,” this Tuesday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m. at the Center. This is the 2012 Clint Eastwood drama, also starring Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. The show is 111 minutes long, and seating (Center members must show their card for admittance) is first-come, first-served. To find out more about the dozens of programs, trips, classes, and special events that take place at the Center, drop by 4095 Overland Avenue Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, noon-4:00 p.m. or call (310) 253-6729.

From Elaine Hirohama and Nancy Kuechle, co-presidents of the Culver City Friends of the Library, comes an invitation to join the Friends on Tuesday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library for storytime and crafts. The special guest readers will be our own Culver City Fire Department Firefighters, reading some of their favorite stories. This will be a great opportunity to thank our firefighters “up close and personal” for their service, hear some fire safety tips, share stories, and make a fun craft. The Library is located at 4975 Overland Ave.

Does weekend theater in the park sound like fun? Then you and your family will love this Saturday, August 3’s “John Henry: the Steel Driving Man”, starting at 12:00 noon in Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park, Braddock Ave. at Motor Ave. The 12:00 production is presented under the auspices of “Children’s Popcorn Theatre,” and is the world premiere of “John Henry” by Heidi Dotson, an American folk tale about a hero with extraordinary strength, who first wields a steel-driving hammer when just a babe in arms, and features a climactic showdown between John Henry and the powerful steam driven machine designed to replace him. The audience is encouraged to cheer for John Henry right along with a colorful cast of characters that includes his adoring parents and loving wife, as well as a motley crew of bumbling, comedic, fellow steel drivers and townsfolk. This will be followed at 2:00 p.m. with Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies,” a comedy set in mid-century York, Pennsylvania. Directed by Los Angeles theatre scene veteran Lewis Hauser, the play revolves around a plot contrived by two down on their luck Shakespearean actors, who disguise themselves as a wealthy dowager’s long lost nieces to trick her into leaving them her fortune. The fun begins – in true Ludwig and Shakespearean fashion – when mistaken identities and romantic entanglements complicate matters, and no one can be quite certain who is really fooling whom. Bring your picnic baskets and lawn chairs and enjoy one – or both – of these summer productions! For more information, contact Heidi Dotson at (310) 712-5482 or visit www.ccptheatre.org.


Maybe no one but this author remembers eating at Scandia on Sunset Boulevard many years ago? Well, take our word for it – it was something special. Now Gravlax – a new restaurant located at 12042 Washington Place – is under construction and will open soon. This restaurant is a partnership between Arda Koca and Lars Magnus Stefansson, who was the former chef of Ken Hansen’shigh-end Scandinavian restaurant, Scandia. Skoal! And there’s yet another Italian restaurant coming to Culver City (“taste them all and compare” is our motto): Bucato Italian Restaurant – will be located at the Helms Bakery complex, in the space where the former restaurant Beacon was located. Bucato should be open any minute now, and will feature bread baked in-house, a wood grill, rotisserie, pastry kitchen and handmade pasta. It’s getting more and more difficult to diet in this town…

End-of-July and First-of-August birthday celebrants include Ellen Plach, Darlene Wassertheur, Liberty Bradford, Stacie Neroni, Jennifer Rockwell, Giselle Wellman, John Mandeville, Sean Markham, Kevin O’Sullivan, Asaka Ogihara, Dilshad Rahman, Erin Shaver, Evalon Witt, Tamara Borrego, Fumika Okita, Vivian Chiang, Michael Pellettieri, Rachel Razo, Krishna Vangala, Dorothy Douglas, Joanne Hensley, Robert Schwartz, Molly Shiple, DouglasWarner, Andrea Nicole Huerta, Nancy Burch, Charles Dolan, and Christian Sherriff. 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 be happy to post it!

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