LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

The Culver City Rock & Mineral Club invites all to its January meeting, set for Monday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building. Program Chair Ellen Moe will present Dr. Steve Hardinger, senior lecturer in organic chemistry at UCLA. Dr Hardinger will speak on gypsum, a neglected mineral, often thought of as nothing more than drywall ore, and his talk promises to be an eye-opener. Fellowship and refreshments round out the meetings, and if you’re a budding rockhound, drop by – or for more information visit www.culvercityrocks.org.

What a great way to start the year – “Walk-With-a-Doc” kicks off in Culver City on Saturday, January 18 at 9:00 a.m. on the lawn near the tennis courts at Veteran’s Park. Get your friends, family members, pets – heck, anyone you know – to put on their exercise gear and enjoy a healthy 60-minute walk through Culver City. This all came about when Mayor Jeff Cooper was exercising in the gym at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA and on the next treadmill was Jeffrey Penso, MD. A Los Angeles County Medical Association boardmember, Dr. Penso mentioned the LACMAWalk-With-A-Doc series to the Mayor and a subsequent conversation with Culver City activist Grace Elliott was all it took put the Culver City walk together. The walk will be led by Dr. Pouya Shafipour, MD, of Wellesley Medical in Santa Monica, who also leads the monthly Santa Monica walk. Walk-With-A-Doc began in Ohio and now covers the US and Canada, and has recently reached Australia and Moscow. Want to join in the fun? Email [email protected] or call (213) 226-0313 to register. Special note: Get there at 8:40 a.m. and participate in warm-up exercises led by Culver-Palms Family YMCA staffer Brandon Webb.

Also coming up soon (Wednesday, January 15, to be exact) is the Culver City Historical Society’s General Membership Meeting/Reception highlighted by the Installation of Officers, presided over by Mayor Jeff Cooper. This will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the beautiful Sony Pictures Plaza (SPP) Atrium Museum area at 10000 W. Washington Blvd. Reservations are necessary for the event and its hors d’oeuvres reception (beer/wine/soft drinks included). RSVPs must be in no later than Friday, January 10 – call (310) 253-6941 or email [email protected]. Tickets are $35.00 each for members/$40.00 for non-members.

Next Saturday, January 11 at 9:30 a.m. will be a free E-Waste Roundup taking place at the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, 8740 Washington Blvd. Recycling Items Accepted (working or not) include: Computers, Monitors, Printers, Scanners, Laptops, Modems, Televisions, VCRs, DVD Players, Radios & Stereos, Cassette Players, CD Players, Phones & Systems, Fax Machines, Cell Phones, PDAs, Cables. Household Batteries, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes. (Hazardous or Bulky Waste WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED) For more information, visit culvercity.org/recycle or call Customer Service – (310) 253-6400.

Have you ever wanted to visit the curiously-named (but highly acclaimed) Muddy Leek Bar and Restaurant but just haven’t yet gotten around to it? Here’s a great opportunity to bring family and friends to enjoy happy hour at the bar, the full dinner menu in the restaurant and/or order online for pickup at www.muddyleek.com between 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16. They have designated 10% of the proceeds that evening will be donated to the Cultural Affairs Foundation to support cultural programming that was lost when the Culver City Redevelopment Agency was dissolved! This fundraiser is open to the public. Parking is available on the street and at meters, with additional parking at Helms Bakery. Information and reservations are available by calling (310)838-2281 or emailing. Muddy Leek Bar and Restaurant is located at 8631 Washington Boulevard in the Culver City Arts District.

When You’re Mayor You’re Everywhere Dep’t.: FOTL co-presidents Elaine Hirohama and Nancy Kuechle invite families to join the Friends of the Library for a special “snowy” storytime with Mayor Jeff Cooper this Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library. A fun craft will follow the reading. (FOTL members are reminded that all non-lifetime memberships expire on December 31, so please renew soon.)

Ringing in the New Year with birthdays are celebrants Peter Stern, Robert Condinus, Brendan O’Brien, Flavia Winston, Judith Maass, Dolores Johnson, Allison Prehoda, Emily Prehoda, Shiranda Zee, Jesse Buteyn, Brandon Capili, Tricia Frintrup, Francisco Guzman, Desmond Styles, Ivan Antonijevich, Vaithi Arumugaswami, Diann Davis, Chris Mosier, Carol Ann Solomon, PirjoTjomslano, James Casey, Marie Ann Dougherty, Sonya Geis, Claudia McCowan, Heawon Paick, Ponciano Aquino, Hilary Dzurec, Anna Erwin, Sandy Hsu, Debbie Michaels, Rosalind Silver, Norman Antonio , John Johnson, Marissa Krupat, Lauren Tudela, and Kurt Zasadil. If you like to see your own or a friend or family member’s birthday here, email [email protected] and we’ll post it!

And, last….Remember to use your reusable bags – no more plastic bags –and there’ll be a charge of 10 cents per paper bag!

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