LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

This Tuesday, December 17 Westside Unity Church’s Women of Unity will be participating in the official church Christmas Tree Trimming from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The next evening, Wednesday, December 18, the regularly scheduled Meditation will take place from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., followed by a Healing Service from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., themed “An opportunity to share life’s challenges, learn from each other and pray for each other,” facilitated by Rev. James Daly. The church is located at 10724 Barman Avenue and offers regular Sunday services at 10:00 a.m.

It’s a busy time for churchgoers, and Grace Lutheran Church is adding a Live Nativity into the mix this Thursday, on Dec 19th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There’ll be barnyard animals, costumes, carols, hot chocolate and homemade soup .What could be more festive? How about the rumored screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life?” too? What a night!


Parents – with the kids out of school over the holidays, what could be more fun for your children grades kindergarten – 5th than the Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Winter Day Camp, December 23 – January 10 (three weeks)? Campers must be 4-year-old and 9 months at the time of registration. It all takes place at the Palms Elementary School Y site, 3520 Motor Ave. Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a couple of holidays off, of course. For a “Winter of Wonders” campers will explore the sights, sounds, smells and taste of Winter with a variety of games, sports, arts and crafts and cooking projects. For “2014, Here We Come”, campers will be dance in the New Year! And for “Back to the Future,” campers will travel back in time to the dinosaurs and then soar to the future universe. Campers will even get caught up in a time glitch, while exploring their present selves. Camp will also include traditional day camp activities such as arts and crafts, sports and games, enrichment, fitness, clubs, projects, service learning, and much more. Winter Day Camp will be the perfect experience to usher in the New Year! For more information, contact Christopher Jefferson at 310-670-4316, [email protected] or visit the Y online at www.ymcala.org/cp! Registration packets are available at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA and at Palms Elementary School. Registration is open now!


“Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones” – our own local American Roots and Blues Quartet will be performing this Friday, December 20 at the nearby Hinano Cafe, 15 Washington Blvd., almost on the sand! From 5:30 p.m. — 9:30p.m. Jerry will be on guitar for this show, with Rick and Sonny “B”. Come for the music–stay for the popcorn and the burgers!

Taking a break from all their good works is the Culver City Exchange Club’s Annual Holiday Party, starting at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday, December 21 at the Doubletree Hotel, 6161 W. Centinela Avenue. The cost is $50.00 per person, which includes appetizers, followed by your choice of steak or salmon feast. There might be a spot left: contact [email protected].

From Culver City Sister City Committee President Marla Wolkowitz comes a great way to make some year-end donations that will warm your heart: A portion of a student’s transportation to Japan or South Korea ($1,500) could be your gift; or for every $500.00, a student scholarship will be made available at the annual CCHS Scholarship Assembly; for $250.00 the CCSCC can entertain a visitor from one of our four Sister Cities (There are at least 8-12 official visitors each year including two runners from Kaizuka, Japan and other visitors from Kaizuka, Iksan, Uruapan and Lethbridge). They welcome smaller, multi-use donations as well, e.g. they have found that email is not always the most efficient way to communicate and often have to revert to actual postage and envelopes! A donation of $50.00 buys a roll of stamps, and they usually use two rolls per mailing. You can participate by mailing your check to the Culver City Sister City Committee, Inc., P. O. Box 1072, Culver City, California 90230-1072. Questions? email [email protected] or visit the Culver City Sister City website at www.culvercitysistercitycommittee.org.

Wait a minute: are these winter or summer birthdays? Anyway, enjoying birthday cakes and candles this week are Pastor Ellen Jennrich, Sarah Danner, Patricia Millett, Noreen Zucca, Mindy Sprague, Harry Malee, Rose Marie Ihde, Diane Moser, Caroline Antunes, Fariba Ardebilipou, Philip Ender, Pierre Helias, Karen Jean, Imtiaz Khanmohammed, Vanessa Griffin, Paola La Bruna, Sondra Lender, Jane Ann Montgomery, Norma Newton, John Nordhaus, Paul Suzuki, Javona Threadgill, HillaryKessler, Bill Bloor, Blanca Castro, Vlada Naku, Mark Rabinowitz, Marwan Soghaier, Jeffrey Timmer, Maria Cueva, Jens Funke, Andrea Latronico, Natalie Chan, and Allison Faris. If you’d like your (or a friend or relative’s) birthday noted here, let us know at [email protected].

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