So sad to learn of the passing of Harrison F. “Red” Betts, who passed away in his sleep last weekend. “Red” was a former U.S. Marine, long-time Culver City businessman (Betts-Sine Lumber), member and past president of the Culver City Rotary Club, a true founding father of the Culver-Palms Family YMCA, and a longtime participant, along with wife Kit, in several community programs and activities. They leave a loving family and many, many friends.
Here we go again, with a lot of events falling on the same day, Saturday, March 15: to warm up for the following nighttime activities, how about participating in the monthly “Walk With a Doc” on the grass by the tennis courts at Veterans’ Park? Participants gather there at 8:40 a.m. for a warm-up by the Culver-Palms Y’s Brandon Webb, then a brief talk by Dr. Pouya Shafipour of Wellesley Medical Group in Santa Monica and then, just after 9:00 a.m., the fun begins – an two-mile walk around the area, exercising, sight-seeing and making new friends. (This takes place on the third Saturday of each month)
The Culver City High School Casino Night is this from 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Chairman Scott Zeidman promises that “your $35.00 admission ticket gives you access to the local restaurant donated food and the biggest dessert bar this side of Vegas.” Local businesses have pitched in with donations for the live and silent auction, including over 75 restaurant gift cards, four hotel stays, four chances at a massage, twenty-eight excursions, including tickets to Disneyland, The Ed Foundation’s Tribute to the Stars, Magic Mountain and the Magic Castle, and gifts from four different local fitness clubs. Scott adds, “The Live Auction includes autographed USC photos, a Blake Griffin autographed basketball, an LA Kings autographed jersey, a Magic Johnson autographed basketball, and four tickets plus your son/daughter (or niece/nephew, or just any kid you like) being the honorary ball boy at an upcoming Clipper Game. Not into sports? Bid on lunch with Culver City Police Chief Don Pedersen, a private tour of the Culver City Fire Department, a gourmet meal for four cooked at your home by a professional private chef, or even have Mayor Jeff Cooper as your personal servant for two hours. Do you know a graduating Culver City High School senior? Beat the crowds and the watch graduation from the comforts of the press box at Jerry Chabola Stadium.” You won’t have the slightest chance of winning any of the above OR a California-Legal video poker machine unless you buy a ticket ($35.00) and join in the bidding fun. For ticket purchase information, visit www.cchsboosters.com.
ALSO this Saturday, March 15 there’s the Friends of the Culver City Youth Health Center’s annual fundraiser, dubbed “Magical Mystical Marvelous Mayhem” at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Culver City, honoring California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell. There’ll be plenty of “wearin’ of the green” this year, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, music provided by Ronnie Jayne, and a no host bar, dinner, noted cabaret performer Ray Jessel, and a live auction. The cost of the event is $100.00 at the door. For more information contact Sarah Carpenter at 310-837-3734 or Sue Mitchell at 310-559-5681. All proceeds from the event go to the Culver City Youth Health Center, located on the campus of Culver City Middle and High School. For more information on the event or the Center itself, visit www.friendsofccyouthhealthcenter.org.
Parents, is Spring Vacation creeping up on you? See what the Culver-Palms Family YMCA has to offer. Spring Day Camp 2014 for grades K-5th looks like this: Week 1: March 24-28 (designed to accommodate the CCUSD calendar) M-F, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. it’ll be “SPRING FLING” at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA4500 Sepulveda Blvd. Week 2: March 31-April 4 (also designed to accommodate CCUSD) takes place M-F, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., titled “FROM THE LAND, TO THE SEA,” also at the Y. Week 3: April 14-April 18 (designed to accommodate the LAUSD calendar) “SPRING FLING II” takes place the same hours and days, but is located at Palms Elementary School, 3520 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, 90034. Campers will enjoy fun, engaging and enriching activities. Registration packets are available at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA and at the Palms Elementary School YMCA. Be sure to check with your School District to find out what weeks your child is on Spring Break before signing up. The cost for Facility Members is $140/week; Program Members $155/week; plus a Registration Fee of $20. As always, financial assistance is available for qualifying families. Spaces are extremely limited. For more information, contact Christopher Jefferson at 310-981-5348 or [email protected]
Wowza! The eclectic Vox Femina Los Angeles chorus will present Half the Sky: Hear Our Voices this Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Culver City Presbyterian Church. The concert includes the premiere of Jenni Brandon’s new work “We Are Home” commissioned by Vox Femina. This features texts, poems, and stories written by the women of Vox and compiled and arranged by Jenni Brandon. The concert will feature additional music by Los Angeles composer Christina Whitten Thomas and Vox Femina member Sally Chou. Inspired by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” Vox Femina will be performing songs that challenge the mind, stir the soul and celebrate the courage and strength of women all over the world. Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required. Visit www.voxfemina.org or call (310) 922-0025 to RSVP. Culver City Presbyterian Church is located at 11269 West Washington Blvd.
Among their many activities on behalf of the environment, the Ballona Creek Renaissance supports fact-based action and legislation for fracking moratoria or bans. In pursuit of that they are presenting, on March 13 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., “The Movement to Stop Fracking in LA,” a free Sierra Club West Los Angeles education event featuring experts and community leaders, and promising refreshments, free parking, and good conversation. It will take place in the Uruapan Room of the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Mayor Jeff Cooper, Carol Burns, Stephanie Gardner, Randy Bratton, John Cohn, Grace Sato, Avery Ocko Michalak, Michelle Grassmeier, Mike Halahan, Sonya Algosaibi, Darren Cokin, Anne Balmer, Jeff Gatesman, Takako Hirao, Adam King, Paul Lim, Kristie Ralph, Kazuo Matsubayashi, Yolanda Gutierrez, Jennifer Stara, Randolph Bratton, Sekou Diori Carter, Rakesh Kumar, Caitlin Tonda, Rachael Chadwick, Ann Chen, Jeanne Gilbreth, Leslie Parker, and Ann Stewart. 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!