LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) reminds us that anytime, but especially nice in the Winter on a good visibility day (which is most of the time), is a cruise along the banks of Ballona Creek. The renewal of Ballona Creek and its trail continues to be a work in progress, but it’s a great place to bike or walk for recreation, exercise, and commuting to school or work. Now you even can bicycle from the creek to Metro’s Expo light rail stations at Washington/National and La Cienega/Jefferson and take your bike on the train to downtown LA and Exposition Park museums! Or head downstream to the coast bike path. Ride alongside not just concrete but also flowing water, art, interpretive signs, vegetation, waterbirds, and a fresh breeze. For more information, visit www.ballonacreek.org.

Looking ahead, members of the Culver City Senior Center will have access to some expert “One on One Help” with their cellphones or laptop computer questions when employees of computer giant (and Culver City-headquartered) Symantec arrive at the Center from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8. Members are asked to bring the equipment they need help with (along with their chargers) plus pen and paper to take notes. And don’t forget: 2014 Culver City Senior Center membership needs to be current by January 20 in order to take advantage of AARP tax preparation assistance, free notary service, a Chinese New Year Party on January 31, plus too many great programs to list here! These folks know how to do fun – find out by stopping by the Culver City Senior Center, corner Culver Blvd. and Overland Avenue.

Culver City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Division is ready for you: The Winter 2014 edition of the Culver City Living recreation brochure is now available online at www.culvercity.org/CulverCityLiving. Check out the latest brochure to learn more about the wide variety of exciting winter programs and activities being offered for all ages. Call (310) 253-6650 for more information.

Congratulations to Barbara Brody, Vice President of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce! Barbara was just named recipient of a 2014 Scholarship from the Western Association of Chamber Executives Annual Convention. Where will she go to school?? Maybe she just needs a vacation – after all, she’s worked for the Chamber (including Steve Rose…) for 15 years as Vice President of Administration, where she’s responsible for most of the many functions of the operation. More power to you, Barbara!

For dozens of years the Culver City Rotary Club has saluted the memory of long-time member Bill Winn with a holiday BBQ rib lunch, now simply entitled the “Bill Winn Luncheon,” since that was Bill’s special area of expertise. This year attendance numbered over 100, with the more than 200 pounds-plus of ribs being eagerly enjoyed by U. S. Marines representatives (there to happily pick up the over 300 toys collected and presented by Lyn Caron and members of the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach), current and former City Councilmembers, and too many Rotarian guests to mention. A tradition that Bill would have approved of!

From the Culver City Symphony Orchestra President and Executive Director Matthew Hetz comes an end-of-the-year reminder: that any orchestra needs constant funding, and if you’ve ever been to any of the Culver City Symphony’s concerts, you appreciate the caliber of what you have enjoyed. However, Director Frank Fetta and the orchestra musicians’ salaries; venue rental; librarian and music rentals; stage manager; equipment; printing and mailing; internet access; insurance, etc. etc. all need funding, and your participation as a member of the SoCal Symphony Society ensures that these needs are met. There are various levels of participation, and you can explore them by visiting www.culvercitysymphony.org.

Determined not to get lost in the holiday shuffle are birthday celebrants Michele Cerra Lachoff, Jessica Ruacho, Christine Hernandez, Natalie Chan, Allison Faris, Pushpinder Marshall, Laura Stuart, Claudia Bracho, Claudia Escobedo, Irma Hernandez, Lorraine Allman, Shirley Wiliani, Diana Aceves, Barbara Bryndle, Omid Kheiltash, Lilia Mares, Soo Tae Yoon, Lynn Bates, Jesus Beltran, Stephen Corder, Rosa Farre, Li Mengmeng, Doris Sanchez, Sharon Stoltzman, Scott Zeidman, and Linda Schumitzky. If you’d like your (or a friend or relative’s) birthday noted here, let us know at [email protected].

If you celebrate Christmas you, your family or friends can find many local houses of worship who offer Christmas Eve services to add to the occasion, and there are even some who add a service on Wednesday, Christmas Day. You can find lots of listings on line where you can surround yourself with music and inspiration in Our Town!

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