LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Weekly Prayer Clinics, Laughter Yoga and Sacred Energy Healing sessions, – oh, my! Three morning meditations plus services every Sunday, and one on Sunday evenings – who’s got this kind of energy? It’s the Agape International Spiritual Center, led by Reverend Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, that’s who! Then throw in the regular Hand-to-Hand Feeding Project, Bereavement Support Groups (including one for those who have lost animal companions), and Agape University Classes – this place has energy to burn, and we haven’t even mentioned the music, Singles and LGBT Ministries, plus, plus, plus. Visit www.agapelive.com to find out the times and locations of all these activities, most located at 5700 Buckingham Parkway in the Buckingham Business Park, just off Slauson Ave. Or just visit Alice’s Quiet Mind Bookstore onsite to take a deep breath, relax, and find beautiful meditation music, books, and more.

Spelling Bees are alive and well, to wit: This Monday, February 3, four students from each of the district’s five elementary schools and Culver City Middle School will compete in CCUSD’s district-wide spelling bee at Linwood E. Howe Elementary School Cafetorium. The competition, sponsored by The Fineshriber Family Foundation, will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. The Spelling Bee will be taped and broadcast on the local cable access channel shortly after the event. The winner will advance to the county-wide competition in March in Alhambra, and the winner of the Los Angeles County competition will advance to the statewide spelling bee in May at Sonoma State University.

Culver City Friends of the Library co-presidents Elaine Hirohama and Nancy Kuechle want to remind everyone that the Friends story time will continue as usual in February, on the first Tuesday of the month. Special guest reader Celia Carroll, former children’s librarian in Santa Monica, will share some favorites like Is Your Mama a Llama and Quick as a Cricket, along with a fun craft this Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 pm in the meeting room at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave.

The February theme at Westside Unity Church is “The Power of Love, and their midweek (Wednesday February 5) service starts with Meditation 6:30 – 6:45 p.m. followed by a Healing and Revealing Service 7-8:00 p.m. , providing an opportunity to “share life’s challenges, learn from each other and pray for each other,” (facilitated by Rev. James Daly). Westside Unity is located at 10724 Barman Ave. For more information, call (310) 838-4761.

The program for the Monday, February 10 meeting of the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club will feature “Welo Opals,” which were discovered in 2007 in Welo, Ethiopia. Since then, Welo opals have been captivating the gem world and have risen to the top of the list for most precious gems due to their beauty, depth, fire, diversity and ease to work with. Gabriel Mosesson of Ethiopia Imports will talk about the discovery of the Welo opal in 2007 and the unique mining practices. Gabriel is well experienced working with the opals which he polishes, hand carves and sets into his own jewelry designs. Examples of rough material and finished opals will be available to view and purchase. Culver City Rock & Mineral Club meetings are held the second Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Bldg.,4117 Overland Ave. Enter from the rear door. Guests are always welcome. For more information visit www.culvercityrocks.org.

The Culver City Rotary Club will be participating in next weekend’s Ballona Creek Cleanup – will you? Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) welcomes the partnership and hands-on participation of LA Councilman Mike Bonin, staff, and all volunteers as part of the Access 11 community outreach program. Rotarians will be joining Mike, BCR, and volunteers of all ages in this fun and worthwhile activity where the inland water and incoming tide meet, a special place of fish, birds, plants—yet still too much trash and concrete! (Also, it’s a great way for students to earn community service credits.) As with all creek and coastal cleanups, participants under 18 need waiver forms signed by their parent or guardian, available either on-site or online at www.ballonacreek.org. This event will be held this Saturday, February 8 from 9:00 AM to noon. Participants should meet on Centinela Avenue at Milton Street, Los Angeles, 90066, between Culver Boulevard and the Marina Freeway.

Chilly birthday wishes go out to the following: Ron Coombs, Erin Asheghian, Jim Gilbert, Lorene Jones, Kimberly Garner, Paul Gomez, Rita Simonson, Lisa McDaniel, Princess Foster, Avi Satz, David Wallace, Guisheng Zhou, Flora Cordett, Roberto Ocampo, Maria Ortiz, Daniel Tapia, JoAnn Taylor, Alexandra Apolloni, Dwight McBride, Catherine Algra, Leslie Rosdol, Claudia Villasenor, Ronda Hudson, Melynda Bissmeyer, Mary Bonic, Jessica Brewster, Ana Yadira Hinojosa, and Kelly Piper. Would you like to have your – or a friend or family member’s – birthday mentioned here? Let us know at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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