LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Oops! There’s been a change of venue for the Culver City Garden Club August meeting: This coming Tuesday, August 6, the meeting will take place at the group’s old stomping grounds – after an absence of almost two years —the Uruapan Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Complex, 4117 Overland Avenue. This is a special event, as they’ll be holding their annual summer potluck as well as presenting awards for the entries that wowed everyone at their 60th Annual Garden Show last June. Come check out the winners – and you’ll be caught up by the enthusiasm of these avid gardeners. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the fun begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information visit www.culvercitygardenclub.org. Visitors are welcome, but remember – this particular meeting is a potluck!

In addition to the mind-boggling number of events and classes that the Culver City Senior Center offers, now there’s even more! A new class on Chinese Watercolor Painting starts this Wednesday, August 7 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. You will begin by painting petals, bamboo, branches, flowers, birds and the natural elements that honor this old Eastern tradition. The fee is just $6.00 for the two hour class, but you’ll need to bring watercolor paper/pad 8”x10” or larger; watercolor set; No. 12 (or larger) brush; a No. 2 detail Chinese watercolor brush; and a jar or plastic container and you’re ready to roll! Yet another new class is Chair Yoga (on Mondays). You can perform most yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation from a chair! Who knew?? (Editor’s Note – I knew, actually…) Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga you can do without going down to the ground. This class (the second taught at the Center by Shanna Hughes) starts this Monday, August 5, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on the patio and the fee is $4.00 per class (Shanna also teaches this class on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.). Interested in finding out more about what’s available at the Senior Center? Stop by 4095 Overland Avenue (corner Culver Blvd. and Overland Ave.) or call the Center at (310) 253-6700.

Members of the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club will be celebrating the success of this year’s show at next week’s (Monday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m.) meeting. The program will feature Janie Duncan, president of the Monrovia Rockhounds Club presenting “A History of Beads,” taking members back in time with actual samples of beads dating back to Ostrich shell beads from 9500 BC, an Egyptian bead from a burial tomb during the time of the pyramids, ancient Sumerian stone beads circa 3000 BC, African slave trade beads, Aztec and Mayan beads, and – well, you get the picture. There will also be beads for sale. The meeting takes place in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building (enter from the rear door). Guests are always welcome – for additional information, go to www.culvercityrocks.org.

Local music makers “Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones” (billed as “an American Roots and Blues Quartet”) will be playing this Wednesday, August 7 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the nearby Bar Melody, 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. (Across From ‘In &Out’ near LAX.) Dave himself will be on guitar.

In addition to their regular Sunday service (meditation with Rev. James Daly 9:30 – 9:45 a.m., followed by the 1 0 a.m. service) Westside Unity Church hosts Wednesday services: this Wednesday, August 7, meditation will be from 6:30 –6:45 p.m., followed by a Metaphysical Bible Class 7-8 p.m., both facilitated by Rev. James Daly, in keeping with Westside’s August theme of “Living a Life of Change.” Westside Unity is located at 10724 Barman Avenue, near Overland. Visit www.westsideunity.org for more information.

Let’s all “Party In The Park” August 23-25, 2013 when the 63rd Annual Fiesta LaBallona really parties in Veterans Park. Celebrate the City’s heritage with live music, food trucks and a variety of food concessions, a beer and wine garden, carnival rides, artisan wares, and many family-oriented attractions for all ages. Veterans Park is located at 4117 Overland Avenue, and admission is free.Last year more than 20,000 visitors enjoyed family-friendly activities, a showcase of local organizations, roving performers, and a mini taste of Culver City from local restaurants over the three-day period. Kick- off is the afternoon of Friday, August 23rd from 4:30pm to 10:00; 11:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday, August 24; and 11:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday, August 25. For more information go to www.fiestalaballona.org.

Happy birthday this week to Nancy Joujon-Roche, Dan Cohen, Kathy Paspalis, Tom Tidwell, Emily Cruz, Barbara Fier, Alex Power, Richard Prehoda, Leda Rogers, Minda Moe, Jeremy Ockomichalak, Charla Genser, Julie Anderson, Lauren Ishibashi, Dorothea Logan, Roya Mohamadi-Shirvani, Susan Warfel, Daniel Degravel, Naoko Watanabe, Jonathan May, David McAtee, Sehee Han, Karla Martinez, Jessica Morales, Neil Ruttenberg, Jacklyn Chi, Barbara Kabahar-Nicks, Victor Kennedy, Laurie McQuilkin, Lauren Rogers, Magdy Guirguis. Joanne Jaffe, and Nomie Lowe. If you’d like to have your (or a friend, neighbor or family member’s) birthday noted here, send the info to [email protected]

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