Why is this week’s Downtown Culver City Third Wednesday event titled “Out of this World Happy Hour?” Because this month (in addition to Third Wednesday’s live music, free samples, restaurant and retail specials) you can actually touch a 4-billion-year-old moon rock at NASA’s Drive to Explore multimedia exhibit, here for one day only at 9300 Culver Blvd. next to Culver Studios. Learn about the future of the space program and marvel at the rock, taken from the last lunar landing of Apollo 17 in 1972. Hours for Third Wednesday fun are 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., but the moon rock exhibit will be available for viewing all day, from 10:a.m – 9:00 p.m.!
How about some Friday night fun just outside Culver City? Local group “Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones” (an American Roots and Blues Quartet) will be playing Friday, February 21 at Hinano, 15 Washington Blvd. (Just keep going west on Washington until you cross Pacific, then Hinano’s on your right). You can enjoy great music from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The popcorn is free, the drinks are reasonable, and the cheeseburgers legendary! Then there’s this coming Saturday, February 22, totally crammed with events and activities – how does this happen?
(Note to Julie Lugo Cerra: whatever happened to our Community Calendar??)
You might need to clone yourself on Feb. 22nd – It’s not only the Culver City Symphony Orchestra’s next concert, with two outstanding young musicians from the orchestra-sponsored Parness Concerto Competition (8:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, box office opens at 7:00 p.m., with $10.00 for general admission tickets or buy tickets online at www.culvercitysymphony.org ); it’s also Temple Akiba’s 4th Annual Gala, honoring Diana and David Hauptman and the Bauer family – Judy, Michael, Marc and Mollie. This takes place at The Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd. beginning with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 7:00 p.m. More details can be found at [email protected]. But wait, there’s more: Grace Lutheran Church is presenting a Musical Comedy Concert in support of Habitat for Humanity also on Saturday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Church, 4427 Overland Avenue. The concert features Marina Curtis Tidwell and Richard Rosales, accompanied by Cody Gillette for a $10 suggested donation (all proceeds go to Habitat); and finally, Mayor Jeff Cooper’s re-election fundraiser takes place 6 p.m. on Saturday at the new Eric Owen Moss-designed Pterodactyl Building in the Hayden Tract.Eric as well as Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith will be special guests that evening. To reserve, visit www.cooperforcouncil.com.
The Linwood E. Howe Elementary School PTA (our alma mater, we must confess) will focus on health with a school-wide sponsored Walk-a-Thon set for Friday, February 28. It’s a fundraiser where all the funds stay within the school and are dedicated to promote health and wellness. The Walk-a-Thon will cap off February’s Heart Health Awareness Month at Lin Howe and simultaneously begin a six-week walking program, thanks to a $2,000 grant received from the California State PTA. The grant will provide a pedometer for every child in the school to be given out on the day of the Walk-a-Thon. Children who log and meet the daily amount of recommended steps will be recognized at school assembly and will receive a prize. Lin Howe already has a successful Walking School Bus program, the Hiking Vikings. Hiking Vikings meet every Friday morning, and the children walk to school together with adult volunteers.
What fun! Visit the photo display now gracing the Veterans’ Memorial Building and the Plunge. There are photographic prints depicting the stars and scenes from classic MGM films on permanent loan courtesy of the Culver City Historical Society, through a donation by NMS Properties. Scenes from the Wizard of Oz and other MGM films may be viewed in the VMB hallway. A large print featuring Esther Williams, in the 1952 film Million Dollar Mermaid, may be viewed in the Lobby at – where else? – the Plunge.
Membership registration for the new calendar year continues at a rapid pace at the Culver City Senior Center. There are dozens of workshops, seminars, movies, exercise classes, concerts, dance classes, art classes, language classes and more offered every week at the Center. Membership is just $13 a year plus an additional $5 for a parking pass. Registration takes place Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 3:30 p.m. Gym membership and newsletter mailing fees are additional, as are the fantastic travel opportunities. Drop in and check out the busy and happy folks at the Culver City Senior Center, corner Overland Avenue and Culver Blvd.
Enjoying not-so-very-wintery birthdays this week are Jack Esser, Sandy Cavanaugh, Ken Rogers, Sergio Montantil, Biaggi-Renzulli, Huw Davies, Kelly Hare, Nahid Kagzi, Yesennia Villalobos, Beau Janzen, Alma Ranous, Ana Camacho, Eric Cheng, Miriam Forman, Dakota Maxwell-Jones, Michael Kennedy, Barbara Temkin, Jaimie Nguyen, Heide Oglesby, Mona Ahmed, Mary Davis, Wenchia Parker, and Romina Singson. 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!