As a former “hockey Mom,” we’re excited to report that Culver Ice Foundation (CIF) recently formed through an existing 501 c 3, has announced a new program to raise funds towards a “nonprofit ice rink business model” to help save and operate the historic Culver City Ice rink. CIF’s Chairwoman is none other than Tai Babilonia, who began her championship ice skating career at the historic Culver City Ice Arena. A multimillion dollar goal inspired by community spirit would hopefully result in the future nonprofit lease, operation and or ownership of the historic ice rink by CIF for the community benefit, and retain the historic ice rink as a legacy forever. Culver Ice Foundation’s mission is to provide basic ice skating instruction and ice rink recreation for youth throughout the community. Through a scholarship program, CIF would expand the instructional program to children from low-income families and at-risk and special needs children by providing funds for basic instruction and equipment. The CIF goal is to provide 300 scholarships to youth during the first year of operation. To make a tax-deductible donation online: www.culvericefoundation.org or visit www.Facebook.com /culvericefoundation. You can also mail your check to: Culver Ice Foundation, P.O. Box 2456, Culver City, CA 90232-1456.
Don’t forget that in addition to their regular Sunday worship service (9:30 a.m. meditation, 10:00 a.m. service) Westside Unity Church also has Wednesday eve services. This Wednesday meditation is from 6:30 – 6:45 p.m., then from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Teresa Yuan will facilitate “Knowing, Loving and Serving God – Our Journey from Here to the Infinite And Back.” Westside is located at 10724 Barman Avenue.
This Tuesday’s a special story time with new Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells at the Culver City Julian Dixon library on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. Mayor Sahli-Wells (who knows a thing or two about being a mother herself) will be sharing Mother’s Day stories and a fun Mother’s Day craft will follow the reading. The Library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue.
Culver City Exchange Club icon Ken Owens was doing well following pancreatic surgery, but complications arose and he’ll be out of the Exchange Club social whirl for a while longer (and oh, no! miss the Car Show?? Some people will do anything…) Culver City Rotary Club member Bob Thompson had surgery on his foot last week and is at home recovering, while Rotarian Harold Hanslmair has been under the weather but is on the mend.
Let’s talk about that Car Show! It’s the Exchange Club’s Eleventh Annual “Cruisin’ Back to the ‘50’s” Show from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. this Saturday, May 10, where there’ll be hundreds of classic cars and hot rods from all across California on display, as well as great music, exhibitors and vendors. George Barris, creator of the Batmobile, the Munsters’ Koach, the Beverly Hillbillies’ jalopy and so many more great vehicles for movies and television, is coming back to his roots in Culver City – some of his creations will be on display alongside great classic cars & hot rods from all across California. It all takes place on Culver and Washington Blvds between Duquesne and Ince. (Our fave is to start with breakfast at Culver City Fire Department’s Station #1, then just people-watch, the heck with the cars!) For more information call (310) 489-4840.
But if you need some energy to stroll the Car Show, Fire Service Day kicks off with the popular all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast right in the thick of it from 8:00am to 11:00am, served by firefighters and City employees. Cost for the feast is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids (kids under 12 free). Station 1’s Open House will feature guided station tours, activities for kids including a coloring contest with a chance to win Fire Department t-shirts, equipment displays, and even some fire coats to try on for the public. Culver City’s CERT team will be providing information and assistance, and Culver City Fire Department hats and t-shirts will be available for purchase, then it’s off to enjoy the cars.
Culver City music mogul Sonny B.’s “U.S. 99” — Blues and Rock N Roll (Featuring ‘Big Harmonica Bob’) has a different gig: This Saturday, May 10, they’ll be playing at the Venice High School Swap Meet, 13000 Venice Blvd., from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. As Sonny puts it, “Come for the music, leave with a toaster!” (And when they repeat their performance at the May 24 Swap Meet, he adds, “Buy another toaster…and a picture to hang in the hall…and listen to us again!”)
Are you a history buff? We are, especially when it comes to commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). At least it’s a great excuse to raise your Margarita glass and have an extra nacho this Monday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo, what else?
Happy Warm-Weather Birthday wishes this week to Stu Freeman, Shawn Lasley, Leota Thorne, Loren Petersen, Derrick Hente, Jennifer Roberts, Kelly Makepeace, Peter Vroom, Michael Boucher, Jamellah Mclinn, Jonna Wilkins, Andrea Fonseka, Jamie Long, Sandra Navarro, Jane Korenich, Sarang Chandravila Deshpande, Lana Mays, Sharon Cann, Ken Palmer, and Jolene Swain. 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!
Don’t forget to celebrate the Moms in your life this coming Sunday, May 11. It’s not an easy job, but is ultimately accomplished with lots of patience and love, so give some of it back to a deserving Mom!