LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith


Looks like Culver City Julian Dixon Library-goers have the good news this week: the planned remodeling closure has been postponed until further notice, so you can keep on enjoying that Library! Not surprisingly, the required County building permits will not be approved for several months, so the Library’s regular hours will be in place until further notice.

This Wednesday, April 16 there will be a memorial service for Kay Larson at 11:00 a.m. at Westside Unity Church. That evening will be the regularly-scheduled Meditation (6:30-6:45 p.m.) followed by the Healing and Revealing Service from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., titled “An opportunity share life’s challenges, learn from each other, and pray for each other”, facilitated by Rev. James Daly. Regular Sunday services begin with meditation 9:30-9:45 a.m., followed by the service at 10:00 a.m. Westside Unity is located at 10724 Barman Avenue.

Lots going on this Wednesday evening, April 16: It’s the Downtown Culver City Third Wednesday happening, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., dedicated to putting a “Spring” in your step during this Easter/Passover holiday season. Lots of music, food, special deals on merchandise, meals, snacks and samples.

Also this Wednesday, April 16 beginning at 7:00 p.m., the Culver City Historical Society will present “MGM and the Heart of Screenland,” featuring Stephen Sylvester, co-author of “M-G-M Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot,” plus Academy award-winning cinematographer Fred Kronenkamp. Both will share their memories (plus a short film by Sylvester) that describe the lot’s historic soundstages and outdoor sets. Sylvester will also sign his book for those who bring it with them (plus there will be a limited number of copies for sale that evening). Also at the meeting the CCHS’ upcoming programs and projects will be announced, along with updates in the Archives and Resource Center (ARC), open following the meeting. This program is expected to draw a crowd, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. Questions? Call (310) 253-6941 or visit www.CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org.

Not feeling quite up to par this week are Exchange Club members Ken Owens, who is recovering from surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital, and Don Chandler, who suffered a stroke and is still weak, so is resting comfortably at Culver West Convalescent Hospital.

Third Saturday (April 19) means it’s Walk with the Doc, starting with a brief warm-up by Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Brandon Webb (after all, we don’t want to tire everyone out before the two-mile walk) on the grassy area adjacent to the tennis courts at Veterans’ Memorial Park at 8:40 a.m.. Then short but informative and timely remarks by Dr. Dr. Pouya Shafipour of Wellesley Medical Group in Santa Monica. Then it’s off for an hour walk around Culver City. Dogs (on leashes) are welcome too!

It’ll be a great Friday on April 18 if you journey all the way down Washington Blvd. to the beach and check out locals “Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones” — American Roots and Blues Quartet playing at Hinano’s (15 Washington Blvd.) from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Enjoy free popcorn, reasonable drinks, famous cheeseburgers, and great music!

Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) and the Eagle Scouts Troop 50 invites you to join them on Saturday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. – noon to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up Ballona Creek! Meet at Centinela Ave and Ballona Creek Bike Path Entrance, between Culver Blvd and the Marina Fwy I-90 at Milton St. (In case of rain, they will reschedule the event to Saturday May 10th from 9am-noon) At BCR’s February clean-up, they diverted 550 lbs. of trash and collected 50 lbs. of recyclables from reaching the Ocean! Register the day of the event with BCR at this special gateway and native plant mini-park at the northwest corner of the Centinela Ave./Ballona Creek crossing in the Del Rey neighborhood, west of Culver City. Volunteers of all ages are welcome for this fun and worthwhile activity. It’s a great way for students to earn community service credits, too. Waivers required for all participants: As with all creek and coastal cleanups, participants under 18 need waiver forms signed by their parent or guardian (available on-site or online at www.ballonacreek.org). You’re advised to bring your own water in a reusable container plus sunscreen. Water will also be available at the event, as well as grabbers, gloves, other tools, and educational displays. Buckets, hand tools to help retrieve trash from plants, and water-resistant shoes or boots can be helpful, too.

Easter Brunch this Sunday at Public School 310 sounds even yummier, when you know that 10% of your check will go back to the Culver City Education Foundation. Call the Culver City Education Foundation at office: (310) 842-4220 x4212 for details regarding coupon you must present at the restaurant!


Happy Birthday shout-outs this week to our boss, Judith Martin-Straw, one of our City bosses, Andy Weissman, Sheila Benjamin, Bernice Mathison, Freddie Wilson, Martin Hente, Barbara Jefferson, Frank Keister, Carly Priebe, Jette Sorensen, Kim Flynn, Nidett Quintero, Jon Riddle, Rodrigo Fracascio, Maile Hirai, Davis Lee, Elizabeth Bowen, Nava Hackmon, Geert Poppe, Melissa De La Hoya, Richard Hobbs, Horacio Cerutti, Christina Paik, and Megan McEwen. 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!

Happy Easter and Passover wishes to all!

The Actors' Gang

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