LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Always active on behalf of our veterans, the Culver City Elks and the Culver City Emblem Club join forces on the third Thursday of each month to host a bingo game for patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital. In addition to organizing the games, they treat the patients to a beverage, cookies and ice cream or yogurt. Throughout their travels Lodge and Club members remember to be sure to bring home unused soap and shampoo samples in their hotel rooms to pass along to the veterans. Then each Christmas they deliver Christmas stockings filled with these soaps and shampoos, plus toothbrushes, socks and playing cards. For anyone who would like to help out, or for more information about the program, contact Luisa Saenz at 310-397-8923.

Another reason to cheer our Culver City Fire Fighters: you may have noticed that during the month of October Firefighters have been wearing pink: this is to honor and support those battling breast cancer. This will be the third year for this cause. Beginning October 1 and lasting the entire month, T-shirts are being sold at Fire Station 1 at 9600 Culver Blvd. and ALL proceeds will go directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The public is welcome to stop by and purchase t-shirts, but hurry! It’s only supposed to be through October 31 (but I’m betting if you drop by later, they’ll be able to find one for you!) Contact TimCarrr at [email protected] with any questions.

Did you know that Culver City features one of the highest concentrations of fine art galleries in Southern California with nearly twenty galleries located within the City’s borders? AND — there are approximately the same number of galleries just over the border in the – okay, we’ll say it – the City of Los Angeles. Although there are several art galleries located in other parts of Culver City, the majority are in the Culver City Arts District, generally defined as the section of Washington Boulevard between Helms Avenue and Fairfax Avenue. For an interactive map of the galleries within the Arts District, visit www.culvercityartsdistrict.com. Hopefully we’ll be able to resume the annual Culver City Art Walk, previously funded by the Redevelopment Agency. (Another good reason to support the Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation’s fundraising efforts!)

Coming up soon is Grace Lutheran Church’s Yard Sale, set for Friday, November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Catchy hours, a little different from the usual sales, but very popular! There’ll be a Christmas Boutique, Jewelry, Electronics, Clothes, Books, Kitchen and bath items, and much more! Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue. Proceeds from the sale go to support Grace’s Youth Ministry.

This Thursday, October 31, there’ll be a “Halloween Candy Crawl”, hosted by the new Culver Village Business District, located on Sepulveda Blvd. between Culver Blvd. and Franklin Avenue. On that day local businesses along this strip will be handing out free candy (and/or offering promotions) to Trick or Treaters from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Culver Village Business District has ambitious plans to present their retail offerings to the Culver City public, who often drive so fast north or south on Sepulveda that they don’t notice the array of businesses (including some super restaurants) along the way!

How long has it been since you’ve visited our own Culver City Farmers’ Market? It’s known to have been one of the best weekday markets on the Westside since it was established in 1995 (where we must modestly admit, served as manager when it opened!). Now it features 30 farmers and about 35 food and craft vendors, and is located on Main Street between Culver and Venice Boulevards on Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You’ll see neighbors, folks you know and get to meet new friends. Best of all – talk to the vendors/growers/suppliers themselves. Smell, touch, taste, chat, buy – it’s just an experience you won’t find at our local supermarkets.

Creepy Halloween week birthday wishes go out to Jeannie Stevens, Joan Engen, Joanne Scheding, Jessica Salazar, Carol Auslander, Kent Seeberger, Elaine Goodyear, Marjorie Joy, Elizabeth Moss, Paula Cabrera, Carlie Warner, Steven Dover, Lonne Hunt, Angeles Hernandez, April Lenkey, Maegan Mattock, Tisha Middleton, Maren Neufeld, Mario Palacios, Jane Morton, Stuart Waldman, Varun, Benjamin Rosenthal, Maggie Scott, Karie Bible, Katie Cofield, Guadalupe Cueva, Taylor Dohm, Joo Eun Lim, William Logan, and Craig Tomita. 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!

…and please don’t forget to be on the lookout for those little (or BIG) Trick or Treaters out this Thursday night – drive carefully!

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