LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

This Wednesday eve, September 18—It’s Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday “Hang on to Summer” Happy Hour – and the way the weather’s been going, it shouldn’t be hard to hang on! Downtown is awash in live music, food and beverage specials (even some freebies) so from 5:00 pm. 9:00 p.m. roam Downtown’s restaurants, bars, shops and galleries and enjoy!

Coming up this Saturday, September 21 is the Culver City Friends of the Library’s final book sale of the year. According to co-presidents Elaine Hirohama and Nancy Kuechle…”This will be a huge sale with an outstanding collection of gently used books, coffee table books, comic books and audio visual materials,” so don’t miss this chance to take advantage of some real bargains. The sale will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Avenue.

Also happening this Saturday, September 21 is Coastal Cleanup Day along Ballona Creek, running from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Help our own Ballona Creek Renaissance members join in to clean the creek of ocean-bound trash at two actually attractive creekside mini-parks: (1) Creek bike path entrance next to the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., and (2) Creek bike path entrance, Centinela Ave. & Milton St., LA 90066. This is open to volunteers of all ages! (BCR signs for community service credits, too!) You’ll be working in coordination with Culver City Public Works, the County and City of Los Angeles, and Heal the Bay, the overall Los Angeles area coordinator for the international Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD), the largest volunteer event on the planet! For details, waiver forms, and updates, go online to www.CCD.com. More BCR- related information can be found at www.ballonacreek.org

“We Can’t Predict, but We Can Prepare!” is our Culver City Fire Department’s motto for September, National Preparedness Month (NPM). In the event of an emergency or disaster, Police, Fire and rescue may not be able to get quickly to everyone who needs them, so – as we learned years ago in the CERT program – you should be able to take care of yourself, family, and neighbors. What if we had to go for just three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services? You can stay informed by signing up for our City’s Emergency Notification System, Nixle. Text your zip code to 888777 or go online to www.culvercity.org or www.nixle.com. You should make and document an emergency plan for you and your family (for hints, visit www.culvercity.org/emergencyprep. You can put together an emergency kit, and you can enroll in the CERT (Community Emergency Resource Team) so you’ll know just what to do. Visit www.culvercity.org/pledge/ and review the checklist and learn what steps you and your family should take to become technologically prepared for disasters.

Congratulations to Mike Snell and the lovely Lisa DeRose – at last week’s Exchange Club meeting, Past President Mike announced that they’re officially engaged! No word on a wedding date as yet…

More and more great and innovative restaurants, pubs, and dining spaces are opening in Culver City – who knew?? Bucato (translation: “laundry”) is in the former Beacon Laundry Building in the Helms complex (but you’d better leave your cellphone in the car according to reports); Patricia Tsai, chocolatier, brings her Chocovivo to West Washington Blvd.; Signature Burger is now open on Main Street, and there are lots more. Following up on the naming of Roger’s Exciting Tattle Room as “one of the eight best dive bars in Los Angeles” was a must, though – just to see if it is as good as we remembered. It is: drop in the Tattle Tale at 5401 Sepulveda Blvd. (corner Sawtelle) and experience it for yourself! Roger Lowell’s owned the place for 50 years now – and he and bartender Bonnie welcome newcomers just to see what all the fuss is about!

Skipping through September at a record pace are birthday celebrants Agnes Agzarian, John Howe, Ann Sewill, Irene Sugiyama, Lorraine Tillett, Amber Trueblood, Mary Stein, Kelly Young, Scott Hostmyer, Sean Leighton, Leon Marr, Robin Yung, Connie Capa, Christie Herrera, Susan Levy, Victor Martuza, Stephanie Lowry, Steven Rincon, Autumn Wegner, Ji Yoo, Nidya Castaneda, Ronald Fink, Catherine Thompson, Bryan Eleazar, Jie-Young Kim, Dustin Niehoff, Patricia Richmond, Cindy Roche, and Jacqueline Smith. 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!

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