LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

GetAttachmentWestside Unity Church’s March Theme is aptly titled “Spring Forward”, and in addition to their weekly Sunday meditation 9:30-9:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services, they always offer a Wednesday Meditation (6:30 – 6:45 p.m.) with a Healing and Revealing Service from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. This Wednesday’s service offers “an opportunity to share life’s challenges, learn from each other and pray for each other,” and will be facilitated by Rev. James Daly. Westside Unity is located at 10724 Barman Ave.

In case you haven’t noticed, March Madness is rampant, especially in Downtown Culver City’s center court on the 19th. This week’s Third Wednesday Downtown can be celebrated by watching basketball in multiple viewing destinations like Rocco’s, Rush, City Tavern, Wildcraft and Seventy7 Lounge and join in on the cheering and fun. There’s plenty of other things to do, music to listen to and food and beverages to taste if you’re not in a hoops mood – bring the family to Downtown and see, taste and hear for yourself, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Ladies: “50 Shades the Musical,” a parody on a most popular book, is playing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre through the end of March. This might be a good night to enjoy it while hubby’s watching basketball, or just pick up a few tickets for you and your friends to enjoy later, but before its run is over.)

Also on the Exchange Club’s mind is their longtime-tradition: The Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show. As we go to press, it looks like the decision has been made to hold the event at West Los Angeles College. The Culver City High School field may be ready, but the stands need safety updates and approvals, and the parking lot will be undergoing resurfacing, and the Club needs to move forward with the organization that this kind of event takes. See you at WLAC!

From much-traveled pal Linda Thieben comes a tip about a tour that’s coming up this Fall – a dream tour for chocolate aficionados. It will take participants to the most luscious of chocolate shops, and the factories of famous purveyors of outrageous chocolate concoctions. But, according to organizer Helga, “…it is not all chocolate orientated. If you are not into chocolate you will still enjoy this tour. Great destinations, great sights, great food and drink. Google as you may, there is nothing out there that’s even comes close. It is a one-of-a-kind fantasy tour for this along www.poshjourneys.com/ click on chocolate tour for the information.”

Heads up if your more domestic travels take you near Linwood E. Howe Elementary School in the next two months – work is starting this week on the Linwood E. Howe Safe Routes to School Project, consisting of the placement of curb extensions, sidewalk, high-visibility crosswalks, striping, and signage at the multiple intersections around the school. The project is anticipated to be completed by early May. The expected hours of work will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Culver City Garden Club invites everyone to “Step Into Spring” at its Garden Tour and Workshop, set for Saturday, March 29. The cost is just $10.00 per person, and Club members are free. The first stop is from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at 11027 Westwood Blvd., where local landscaper Deni Friese will host a “Native and Drought Tolerant Plant Workshop & Onsite Tour.” Then it’s on to 10874-10876 Northgate from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to view a beautifully manicured succulent garden combined with rare fruit trees. A professionally landscaped garden (1:00p.m. – 2:00 p.m.) is just a few minutes away at 5717 Tellefson Rd. (Don’t worry: yellow balloons will mark the locations, but carpooling might be a good idea since parking is scarce in ‘lower Culver Crest’). You’ll end the day with a potluck party (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.) at 5603 Heatherdale Drive, LA 90043 (a little over three miles away in the Windsor Hills area), where you can enjoy “plenty of talking and sharing in a cactus garden.” For additional details go to www.culvercitygardenclub or email [email protected].

This nice weather giving you a hankering for a beer and some music at the beach? Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones” – a local American Roots and Blues Quartet will be playing this Friday night, March 21 at Hinano’s, 15 Washington Blvd. Stroll out on the pier, then come back to enjoy free popcorn, reasonably-priced drinks, the famous HinanoBurgers, and great music too, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

MARCHing straight for their birthday cakes are Karen Gajewski, David Oliver, Dave Ruebsamen, Chip Netzel (who’s hitting the half-century mark), Luther Henderson, Elaine Behnken, Eva Westholm, Joyce Raichel, Leah Wouters, Mark Kleinman, Dave Baker, Sofie Lyddon, Bruce Mensinger, Graham Fyffe, Robert Gray, Paul Palo, Judit Harris, Caty Kehs, Natalie Petro, Deena Czerwinski, Megan Griffin, Brenda Podemski, Irene Toh, Bahman Rowhani, Sandy Hill, Shilpa Khanna Sahi, Angela Collins,Tony Fox, Angela Sandoval, Joan Torfeh, and Rongrong Wang. 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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