LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Culver City Chamber of Commerce members are cordially invited to the monthly “Good Morning, Culver City” network connection breakfast this Wednesday, August 21, to eat, enjoy, and build the connections that are so vital to the success of any business. Register by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20 to be listed on the morning’s “Hot Sheet.” The meeting ($23.00 with prepaid reservations; $28.00 at the door) runs from 7:44 – 9:00 a.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5990 Green Valley Circle. To reserve, contact [email protected].

Ready for a tropical “staycation” right here in Culver City? Then enjoy this Wednesday right here in Downtown Culver City. It’s Third Wednesday time from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., and the fun abounds! Live music (the Island Rhythms Steel Drum Band, for one), The Culver Hotel for live jazz, Ford’s Filling Station for a House Mai Tai and a live band on the patio; up-and-coming singer/songwriters at Seventy7 Lounge – and bring the kids for free tastes of tropical gelato at Ugo, meet the Lion at Town Plaza, enjoy balloon artists, face painters, and more!

Painful but beautiful, “Ceiling in the Floor” affirms that “…even in death relationships continue to evolve.” This dance/music/theater performance explores the dark melancholy loneliness of suicide, unveiling an inspired, true story about the way two lives are bound together through music and dance. Choreographer Hilary Thomas brings movement to a collection of raw music composed by Brandon Toh throughout his short, inspired life. You’ve gotta be tough: the subject of suicide is laid bare, allowing a deeper connection and a place for compassion and understanding to grow. The production takes place at the Ivy Substation on Sunday,August 25 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased at www.lineagedance.org/center/events-and-concerts/. “Ceiling in the Floor” is being presented in collaboration with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services as well as choreographer Hilary Thomas and Director Maria Echeverria.

Have you heard enough about next weekend’s Fiesta LaBallona, now known as the “Party in the Park”? No? Then you might want to know that The Friends of the Culver City Youth Health Center will once again have a booth, open on Saturday, August 24th that will feature a wheel of fortune game with multiple chances of winning prizes. A raffle will be held for another chance to win a prize. Free bookmarks, band aid holders, and a variety of health related materials will be available to visitors, and you will have an opportunity to review your health knowledge. Dr. Sarah Carpenter, incoming Friends’ President and Health Center Doctor, will be there to answer questions, share concerns, and assist with membership sign-ups. There may also be some special surprises—stop by and see! (The Health Center is located on the campus of Culver City High School and Middle School. Free physical and mental health services are provided to children living in Culver City or attending Culver City schools. The nonprofit Center is supported through grants and donations. The Friends group serves as the fundraising arm of the Health Center. For more information about the Center or the Friends group call Andy at 310-837-5012 or Diana at 310-839-0862.)

Birthday greetings to out this week to Mary Ellen Fernandez, Ed Baughan, Lori Matsunaga, Keeshawn Andrew, Helen Evans-Simon, Ema Guy, Brad Smith, Marsha Franker, Nicole Jordan, Sherry Kelly, Norma Marquez, Mary White, Karla Cobian, Alberto Fadlallah, Jerry Jones, Helen Knighton, Topher Mohr, Chris Wojcieszyn, Karen Guthrie, Eric Oppong, Alexa Sheehan, Corinne Tomaselli, Negie Asfaw, Stephanie Guzman, Teresa Hernandez, Ollie Malbreaux Holden, Nancy Lewis, Stephanie Moss, Deborah Navarro, Martin Segal Danielle Christine Artigo, Christine McLane-Metoyer, and Ronald Williams. 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!

Special birthday greetings go out to Jennie Karnofsky, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on August 21st! (see photo) Daughter Marla Wolkowitz, along with siblings who flew in from North Carolina, meant that all of her children, their spouses and many of her grandchildren all came to Culver City to celebrate. According to Marla… “YES! Mom lives in Sunkist Park and remembers the celery fields in that neighborhood. Why’s it called Sunkist Park then?)” Happy Birthday, Jennie – see you at Ralph’s Market!

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