LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

-1Can you dig it? If so, head to 9710 Jefferson Blvd. this Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m.— 4:00 p.m. to the lower Bill Botts field parking lot on the left just before the Bone Yard Dog Park, (Take Duquesne up the hill toward the Little League fields) where the Culver City Public Works Department and American Organics will offer compost free of charge, until it’s all gone. This is a self-haul event so participants should bring a shovel and containers to hold compost for transport. Residents are responsible for shoveling and bagging their own compost, with a maximum of seven garbage bags-full per household. Yay! Culver City is closing the loop and replenishing the earth with nutrient-rich compost!

Here’s a fun, active and informative way to spend the afternoon at the Mall (without spending a lot of money – but don’t tell them we said that): This Saturday and Sunday, April 26 & 27, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Culver-Palms Family YMCA and Westchester Family YMCA are holding a free community event at Westfield Culver City to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features dance, exercise, games, sports, trail mix preparation, healthy food tips, photo shoots and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. You and your kids will enjoy participating in all the activities and learn a lot about good health!

Wow, kudos to the Lindberg Park neighborhood. But is it safer to live near Lindberg Park than anywhere else in Culver City? Maybe right now it sounds like it, but here’s an opportunity to get every neighborhood up to snuff in case of a disaster. What makes them so special? About four years ago residents of Lindberg Park Neighborhood Watch decided that they needed to develop a community-based disaster program. They began by developing a disaster committee and then identifying what they thought would be most needed in their community. The first item on their list was disaster and medical supplies, and after holding seven garage sales had amassed a whopping $2,500 for supplies. Then they identified block captains and alternate block captains armed with walkie-talkies to determine where help or first aid would be needed; developed a one-page “activation plan” in case of earthquake for each household; identified medical professionals who live in the area and conducted CPR and first aid training for all. For information or questions about how you can help your community/neighborhood be prepared, contact Christine Parra, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at [email protected]

Talk about young talent! The Culver City Symphony Orchestra continues its 2013-14 Season with the concert: “For Young Musicians,” set for this Saturday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave. at Culver Blvd. Featured will be two young violinists, Aileen Chung, age 14, and Yu Chao Weng, Age 16. The orchestra works are Mendelossohn’s brooding masterwork inspired by Scottish islands, and Beethoven’s Ode to Nature. Frank Fetta will conduct Mendelssohn’s: Overture, “The Hebrides” or “Fingal’s Cave” and Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto, No. 3, 1st Movement (featuring Aileen Chung); and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto, No. 2, 1st Movement, with Yu Chao Weng, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Opus 68, “Pastorale.” The box office opens at 7:00 p.m., and general admission tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for 17 and under. Tickets available at www.culvercitysymphony.org For additional information please call 310-717-5500, or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Here’s what a lot of hard work will get you: The Friends of the Culver City Youth Health Center are conducting a dedication ceremony this Tuesday, April 22 to celebrate the naming of the Culver City Unified School District’s Sandy Segal Youth Health Center. Congratulations go out to Sandy, who was the school nurse at the secondary sites in the District from 1974 until her retirement in 2005 and spearheaded the creation of the Youth Health Center.

Birthday wishes are in bloom this week for Maureen Genteman, Margaret Lowe, Jim Harrold, Raymier Simon, Kaiya Weeks, James McRoberts, Erin Sullivan, Beth Kennedy Will, Kathleen Lambird, Violet Munger, Maura Sandoval, Anna Svetlogorova, Brigitte Warmington, Sirpa Welch, Keith Wieser, Diane Zwang, James Dodenhoff, Naomi Aytur, Judith Groves, Melissa Kurtz, Lisa Mayer, Melanie Nicholson, and Robert Villa. 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 add our congratulations!

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