Coming up on Tuesday, December 10 the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club will be holding its Annual Holiday Party at Culver City Rotary Plaza, 5100 Overland Ave. The doors open at 6:00 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Members are invited to bring a side, dessert, or other dish you’d like to share with members, PLUS: bring a wrapped gift for their “infamous White Elephant Gift Exchange.” The 2014 CCRMC’s 2014 Board members will also be installed at the party. (Per Rotary Plaza rules, the party ends at 9:00 p.m. promptly – you know how rowdy these rockhounds can get!) You can bet new members Michael Bronner, Norma Johnson, Anna Kazlauskene, Dallal Khouri, Sofie Lyddon, Emma Lyddon, Sarah Nilssen, and Molly Zimmermann will be on hand for the fun. For reservations, call (310) 836-4611.
If you’re in the musical mood, then you’re invited to enjoy The Choraliers, as they present “A Concert of Holiday Music” this Wednesday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 4427 Overland Ave. Admission is free, but donations would be gladly accepted. The Choraliers are a 30-voice choral group of community and professional vocalists accompanied by renowned pianist David Black, conducted by Kathrine Bates. (Check parking signs carefully – lots of parking on the East side of Overland or in the Adult Education lot, one block south of the church). This is another busy season for the Culver City Exchange Club, who will again be participating in the Toy Drive for needy children in Culver City. Members will be dropping off unwrapped toys at their December lunch meetings, which will then be turned over to the Culver City Fire Department, who will distribute the toys. The club’s Children’s Holiday Party will be held this Tuesday, December 10 at the Elk’s Lodge at 6:00 p.m. There will be music provided by the Bell Ringers from Farragut Elementary School under the direction of Patty Eskridge (a familiar name!), and members will be bringing additional toys for this event.
Adam Chester inspires with his music at Westside Unity Church, but now we find out that Adam went to England to rehearse with Elton John’s band, plus he composed part of “Home Again,” which was performed at the Emmys with a USC choral group and again on the Ellen DeGeneres show. USC is Adam’s alma mater, so it’s doubly exciting. And, according to the Westside Unity newsletter columnist Maxine Wood, “…you might hear his Hanukkah Song on the radio this season; it is unmistakably Adam!” Westside Unity Church is located at 10794 Barman Avenue, where Reverend James Daly conducts services on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening, complete with Adam’s music!
In time for some nostalgic gift-giving, the Culver City Historical Society is selling its unique cards, landmark blanket, history books, umbrellas, digital images, and NEW coffee mug, all featured online and in the shop corner of the Archives in the Veterans Memorial Building. The Archives will be open this Sunday, December 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This will be the last time that the ARC shop will be open before the New Year, so don’t miss it. Credit cards are cheerfully accepted. They’re open all the time online, however, so if you’re unable to visit the ARC, shop online and they’ll ship to you or your gift recipient (to guarantee delivery by December 25, please order by 12/18). Also of interest is the Ralphs Market support of the Society through its Community Contributions Program. Just present your Ralphs Card and the printed out bar code info you’ll find at culvercityhistoricalsociety.org/downloads/CC_Hist_Soc_Ralphs_Program.pdf. They’ll scan it, then every time you shop at Ralphs and present your Ralphs Card, Ralphs will make a donation to the Historical Society based upon your sales total. There is nothing added to your bill, and you are not charged.
Just what and where is Culver Village? It’s a newly-designated cluster of great retail stores and restaurants along Sepulveda Boulevard between Culver Blvd. and Franklin Avenue. The Village invites you to celebrate the season with delicious treats and holiday specials from 5:00 –8:00 p.m. this Tuesday, December 10. There will be holiday entertainment as well as free Santa photos (with 50 holiday cards included) at the Samy’s Camera lot, tasty small bites and promotions such as a special dinner for $8.50 at LA Spice, Free Camera workshops at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m at The Pod Photography, complementary massages at MetaTouch, a free weekend swim-pass at the YMCA, raffles and much much more! Don’t forget that Santa Claus, courtesy the Culver City Police Department, has begun making his rounds of our neighborhoods to greet as many youngsters as possible. He’ll be out most weeknights 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. to make sure he talks to as many of our children as possible. If you miss him on your block (see the schedule posted on www.culvercitypolice.com and click Events – disregard the “2012” shown, it’s this year’s sched!) then head over to the City Hall on Monday, December 16 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. armed with your list because after that he’s off to the North Pole to get to work! This must be what they mean by “w-w-w-winter birthdays” – but determined to celebrate in the warmest way are Pierre Joujon-Roche, Alan Corlin, Rebecca Engel, Linda Gripp, Carl Lundquist, Terry Grimm, Lee Collins, Andrew Sick, Yvette Marie Trinh, Barbara Shaffer, Ellen Moe, Rose Marie Ihde, Gil Barela, Michael Parra, Didi Purevee, Martha St. Paul, Paul Taylor, Natalia Armas, Koroush Sobhani, Amy Salzmann, Jean Walpole, Laura Burgess, Raul Ortega, Neil Sussman, Wren Aubry, Maria Checa, Johnathan Perez, AmeliaTetterton, Jeff Burne, Patricia Cervantez, Jeremy Haneline, Kristina Villanueva, Myrna Mark, Paul Moore, and Claudia Nicholas. If you’d like your (or a friend or relative’s) birthday noted here, let us know at [email protected].