LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

GetAttachmentFrom the Culver City Sister City Committee comes the reminder that every other year our own middle school-age students have an opportunity to visit our sister city in Kaizuka, Japan. If you have a student who is interested in visiting Kaizuka, Japan July 20-29, 2014 and you are willing to then host a Kaizuka student the following summer, read the guidelines and download an application from the CCSC website www.culvercitysistercitycommittee.org. Culver City has been invited to send four boys and four girls along with the two chaperones this summer. If you have questions, you may also email [email protected].

Those long hikes up the hill to West Los Angeles College from the closest bus stop (and often carrying heavy backpacks) are a thing of the past: Local elected officials along with those representing the LA Community College District and CCUSD gathered together with WLAC leadership and students to celebrate the opening of the new on-campus bus stop that brings riders right to Admissions and Student Services, the Bookstore and Café, classrooms, and the elevator to the campus’ upper level. The new bus stop was made possible by the college working in partnership with Culver City to create a bus turnaround at the college. Fittingly, a Culver CityBus had the honor of “cutting” the ribbon to the turnaround by driving right through it, to everyone’s cheers.

The second Culver City “Walk with a Doc” is set for this Saturday, February 15 at 9:00 a.m., starting on the grassy area near the tennis courts at Vet’s Park (warm-ups at 8:40 a.m. led by Brandon Webb, Culver-Palms Family YMCA). This healthy, 60-minute walk roams the nearby area and is perfect for friends, families, neighbors, plus your (leashed) dog. And look at it this way: it will be a great way to work off the champagne and chocolates you may have consumed Valentine’s night (that’s this Friday, in case you’ve forgotten)! To register, email [email protected] or call (213)226-0313. January’s first Culver City “Walk,” organized by Mayor Jeff Cooper, Dr. Jeffrey Penso, and Grace Elliott, drew over 50 participants.


Congratulations to the Culver City Senior Center’s “Senior of the Month,” Mae Oczachowski. Mae has been an active volunteer at the Center for the past ten years, helping at the desks, with CCSCA Board elections, and has put in long hours with the yearly Membership Registration. Wednesdays she participates in the Wednesday Work Project. Growing up in Wisconsin, Mae’s passion for the Green Bay Packers is understandable, and add to that her cheerful disposition and sense of humor and she’s a joy to have around. Congratulations, Mae!

Registration for Winter Session 2 classes at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA starts this week, and offers swim lessons and classes in ballet, karate, parent & child, Jr. Lakers basketball league, and more! Facility members can register in-person at the Front Desk beginning Monday, February 10. Program members can register online starting Monday, February 10 and in person on Wednesday, February 12. Winter Session 2 starts Monday, February 17 and classes fill up quickly, so register early! The CPFYMCA is located at 4500 Sepulveda Blvd. If you have questions, call (310) 390-3604.

Young comics got their chance to perform recently when the Culver City Middle School Theatre Arts Comedy Improv troupe gave audiences a belly full of laughs in six incredible performances at the Robert Frost Auditorium. Seventy middle school students performed in groups of nine to 13 led by professional improvisers and teachers Jennifer Flack and Eric Price. Students performed a variety of improvisation games and skits based on suggestions from the audience. Musical improviser Scott Passarella kept right up with them on the piano and led the students in hilarious improvised songs. The Improv Comedy Program is made possible in part by a grant from Culver City Education Foundation. Join us in marking your calendars now for the troupe’s spring shows, which are set to be performed on May 17 and 18. (Don’t worry – we’ll remind you!)

Gold Medal birthday celebrants this week include Virginia Tangalakis, Duane Bunker, Sue Bowles, Leland Finch, Russell Friedenberg, Claudia Rodriguez, Celeste Anlauf, Tia Gutierrez, Dynisha Allman-Nomikos, Julie Buchanan, Patricia Eskovitz, Philip Watt, Max Ellzey, Karen Griffith, Leslie Hakala, Diana Kahn, Eileen Snidman, Corinne Lightweaver, Katy Lowey, Gabriella Colbasso, Michael LeFebre, Nancy Yamazaki, Harvey Lishnick, Diane Tabener, Colin Gibson, Dave Lyons, and Lynne Lukert. 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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