From Culver City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director Daniel Hernandez comes a warm welcome to the Spring 2014 season. In February, the Veteran’s Memorial Complex and Park had WiFi capabilities installed in the building and throughout the park; then they were informed that CBS/LA rated our Culver City Plunge one of the top 5 pools in all of Los Angeles, and in addition the Department will soon be rolling out an Anti-Bullying Policy for all city programs. And programs abound: go to www.culvercity.org/CulverCityLiving and check out the astounding number of offerings for kids and adults alike, ranging from adult and youth sports, music, dance, arts, exercise, health & wellness, sports, and senior activities (which include most of the aforementioned). There’s no excuse to be bored in Our Town!
Culver City Rotary Club Reciprocator editor Dannie Cavanaugh noted that their weekly Health Updates “… reported that long-time member Harold Hanslmair was home with the flu. Phil Tangalikis mentioned that Harold was home in his pajamas, to which Craig Ferre immediately dubbed him as the Playboy King. Nice new name for you Harold!” (And we agree!)
Rotarian Joel Forman concluded a heartfelt description of the funeral services for long-time Culverite Harrison F. “Red” Betts held last week with the following: “…The funeral was held at Holy Cross cemetery and reflected what was important to Red. At graveside, a Marine Corps helicopter gun ship flew respectfully overhead, followed by a 21 gun salute. The flag, which covered the coffin, was carefully folded by two Marines. The major who led the Marines, kneeled down and presented the folded flag to Kit, Red’s wife with the thanks of the President and a grateful nation. Then a Marine Corps bugler blew Taps. By now, everyone was in tears. Red was an honorable man, who respected all people, regardless of who they were. To summarize, a national military hero who was Protestant, buried in a Catholic cemetery, with the ceremony ending with a quote from the Koran followed by meal from a Jewish deli, an extraordinary sequence of events in an extraordinary place – Only in America. Semper Fi Red, rest in eternal peace.”
From Grace Lutheran Church comes word that an American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place in front of the church (4095 Overland Avenue) on Sunday, April 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for two free tickets to the Laugh Factory and a voucher for two tickets (each requiring just a $10.00 processing fee) to an LA Galaxy game. To make your life-saving appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code GraceLutheran, or contact Grace Elliott at (310) 435-5323 or [email protected].
It’s not just about books, you know: From the Culver City Friends of the Library comes word that the Culver City Julian Dixon Library has a Thursday afternoon knitting group that’s now entering its ninth year. It started as a way to teach teens and tweens how to knit and crochet and has expanded to include stitchers of all ages and abilities. They meet every Thursday afternoon from 2:45—4:15 p.m. in the Community Room at the Library. Yarn, needles and instruction are all free. (Donations of yarn and supplies may be dropped off at the Library, 4995 Overland Avenue to bolster their inventory) It’s not all about mittens and scarves for the participants, though: last year over 80 hats were donated to the Girl Scouts’ Caps for Chemo Patients project, as well as afghans for babies and cancer patients have been lovingly created.
Enrollment is now open for classes at the Culver City Adult School, located at 4909 Overland Avenue. They include Citizenship, Computer Education (in English and Spanish), Dance & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Jewelry Making, Languages (French, Japanese and Spanish), Personal Finances, Photography, Sewing, Visual & Performing Arts, English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, and High School Diploma & GED. SO much to do – drop by to enroll: Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon, or read more at www.ccusd.org/adultschool.
If there’s a young soccer enthusiast in your family (and we mean starting as young as 3-4 years old) it’s time to sign up for the Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Youth Soccer Program, starting this weekend. Skill Assessments start this Saturday, March 29 at Farragut Elementary School, with specific times set for specific age groups . After the Assessments are completed, weekly games and practice time schedules will be set. League play actually starts on Saturday, April 26, playing at Blanco Park. The program promises lots of fun learning proper footwork, playing in competitive games, and there are trophies and team photos to boot. Early Bird Pricing for those registered by March 29 includes the cost of the uniform. After that, the cost will go up. Contact Lamondo Greer at (310) 751-4972 for more information, or go directly to the Y at 4500 Sepulveda Blvd. and register your young athlete!
Winding up March with birthdays are Peter Benjamin, Roger MacGregor, Claire Snodgrass, Katherine Timm, Sofie Lyddon, Bruce Mensinger, Pam Leitner, Michael Bronner Marsha Brilliant, Tracey Gee, Lucy Lange, Rubenia Quinonez, Natalia Rodrigues, Amy Yen, Lauren Casella,Victor Diaz, Daniel Maki, Eric Salsman, Jean Yoo, Susan Antani, Katherine Haviland, Katherine Timm, Deborah Cox, Nan Jia, Alan Levine, Frank Manley, Addison Chen, Lisa Grace, Marcelo Rodriguez, and Janava Welton. 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!