LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Downtown Culver City’s ‘Third Wednesday Neighborhood Happy Hour’ this Wednesday, October 16 honors Oktoberfest! and will be bubbling over with free beer samples, live music, dining and merchant specials from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Downtown Culver City will feature hops, drafts, lagers, stouts and suds to fill your stein: the perfect place to enjoy Third Wednesday samples of frothy beer, sizzling sausages, pretzels and more, plus live German music, fun discounts and special offers from local merchants, boutiques and galleries. Craft beers will be featured at City Tavern, Ford’s Filling Station (with bluegrass band American Primitive playing on the patio), Rush Street and Rocco’s Tavern, plus beer specials at Hikari, Novecento, and more. Traditional German music will be provided by Blue2Music in Town Plaza, and there’ll be a bratwurst and beer combo for $8.00 PLUS jazz at the Culver Hotel.

Who says there’s nothing going on in Culver City? Head-to-head with the above comes the Culver City Historical Society’s General Membership Meeting, also on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. with the program featuring “The Kirk Douglas Theatre.” (It’s also the Society’s election night to choose the 2014-2016 slate of officers.) The program, formally titled “The Kirk Douglas Theatre and Its Metamorphosis,” will be presented by Eric Sims, current Theatre Operations Manager, who also happens to be the President of the Culver City Downtown Business Association. He’ll describe the history of the early Culver Theater (where this columnist recalls seeing the film “Black Beauty”) as it evolved into the Center Theatre Group venue of today. Sims, an entertaining speaker, will have pictures and documents relating to the theater’s history, renovation, and landmark productions. The meeting is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. (please park and enter from the rear of the building). The ARC (Archive & Resource Center) will be open briefly following the meeting. For more information call (310) 253-6941 or visit www.CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org.

This Sunday, October 20, the Westside Children’s Center will be presenting “Kids Rock!” its 20th Anniversary Children’s Arts Festival. The event takes place from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Sony Pictures Studios, and is the primary fundraiser for WCC’s programs, which include high-quality early education for low-income children; family counseling to address issues of domestic violence, stress, substance abuse and depression; and recruiting, training and certifying foster parents. Featured will be a Battle of the Bands (local middle school and high school bands), more than 25 activity booths and gourmet food stands, a Silent Auction, Kids Raffle, and Karaoke Recording Booth, along with a Video Game Truck, Rock Climbing Wall, Bungee Jump, Bounce House and more. The cost is $100.00 per adult; $50.00 per child; and no charge for children under 3 years. Reservations are required – visit www.westsidechildren.org to get yours!

Is this possible? At last week’s Culver City Exchange Club meeting, Past President Earl Eskridge reported that member Rick Hudson was home sick after getting “food poisoning” at the prior evening’s Dodger playoff game…

Don’t forget that the “California Great ShakeOut” takes place this Thursday, October 17th. You get to practice twice: The California Great ShakeOut occurs at 10:17 a.m. and you can join almost 9 million other Californians in practicing Drop, Cover and Hold On. You can ALSO participate in the City of Culver City’s own “ShakeOut” (Annual Disaster Drill) at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening by doing the same, followed by placing an OK sign in a window easily visible from the street. The OK signs are available for download, as well as family disaster plans and disaster supply checklists at www.culvercity.org/emergencyprep. Additional information can also be found at www.ShakeOut.org.

Almost getting to feel like Fall, and the birthday candles are glowing warmly for Al Schreibman, Ken Ruben, Cindy Lundquist, John Ziegler, Emily Asheghian, Olivia Andrew, Sara Grimm-Weeks, Finn Swenson, Kennedy Simon, Bonnie Heidler, Vince Punturere, Paul Struhl, Mary Kravitsky, Andrea Cimini, Crystal D’Angora, Joyce Dallal, Felice Austin, Timothy Lee, Natalie Marsden, Miranda Vatterott, Nancy Contreras, Judith Hodson, Jerome Hunter, Max Liebl, Liz Peterson, Stacy Weiss, Enrique Campos, Renee Feiger, Joel Levinson, Amalia Llombart, Ron Milberger, Edna Orellana, Jessica Zeineddin, Ine Kutcher, Amar Kumaraiah ,Kjerstin Thorson, Cynthia Walser, Claudia Armstrong, Pilar Diaz, Catherine Matsuda, Lise Kleckner, and Maria Ventura. 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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