LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Jozelle SmithWe’re back! Took a little break when two friends from Japan visited Culver City – one for the first time. The Historic Culver Hotel was their home base, and the day they checked in was a Tuesday, so they immediately headed for the Culver City Farmers’ Market. Other friends who had met Yas Takesue through a homestay program he ran in Culver City thirty years ago joined us for dinner to say hello to Yas and his friend Sakahei Ogawa. They included Dave and Mary Ruebsamen, Mary Ellen Fernandez, Mike Cohen, Julie Lugo Cerra, and of course our son Paul (who had also helped with the program as a teen) and his family. Then it was tour time, from the Venice Boardwalk and up to Malibu one day, Downtown Los Angeles (Little Tokyo, of course), Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc. then off to Las Vegas for four days. Needless to say, it’s nice to be home!

From Culver City Rotary Club newsletter (Reciprocator) editor Dannie Cavanaugh comes word that former Rotarian Mark Sugihara passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014, following a long battle with cancer. He leaves his wife, Kyoung-Won, and two children. Mark’s father, Jack, was a longtime former member of the Club and also a generous benefactor of the Culver City Rotary Foundation. Mark’s services were held Saturday, May 24 at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.

What a great idea! The Culver City Fire Department, in partnership with Southern California Hospital, the American Heart Association (AHA), and Westfield Mall will be holding a Free “Sidewalk CPR” public awareness event on Thursday June 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to commemorate National CPR Week (June 1-7, 2014). The event will be held at two different locations in Culver City: one in front of Culver City Fire Station #1 (downtown Culver City) and the other on the second floor of the Westfield Mall outside of the Target Store. The Culver City Fire Department with Southern California Hospital will have mannequins and educators on site to teach participants how to preform Hands-Only™ CPR from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Hands-Only™ CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths and is recommended for teens and adults who are unresponsive and not breathing. Correct chest compressions are an effective way to continue the flow of oxygen enriched blood to vital organs in the first few minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest. With the first week of June being designated as National CPR week, the Culver City Fire Department along with Southern California Hospital is challenging everyone to come out and learn this important lifesaving skill. To learn more about Hands-Only™ CPR go to www.handsonlycpr.org. For more information on conventional CPR, or to find a CPR class near you, visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or the American Red Cross at www.sdarc.org.

On a (much) lighter note for Culver City Rotarians, club members and their significant others will be enjoying a “Bingo Night” at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood this Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00p.m. Carmela Raack announced that all the winners’ baskets were complete and there were other prize items as well. Having been there once for another fundraiser, we can attest that they’ll have a great time!

The Culver City Sister City Committee will be bidding adios to outgoing board members and irrashai to incoming members at the Wednesday June 4th Installation, set for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Akasha. The first hour is planned to be completely social and the last half hour (the organized portion) will feature the Quarterly Membership Meeting, thank you’s, goodbyes and installation. The beverages and hors d’ oeuvres are just $20.00 per person, limited to the first 50 pre-paid reservations (half-price for those under 18). Installing Officer will be the Honorable Meghan Sahli-Wells, Mayor. Call Carolyn Burns at (310) 365-0817 to see if there’s still room, then hurry and send your check to CCSCC P.O. Box 1072,

see if there’s still room, then hurry and send your check to CCSCC P.O. Box 1072, Culver City, CA 90232. Akasha is located at 9543 Culver Blvd. If you’d like to stay for dinner, you’ll need make your own reservation by calling Akasha directly at 310-845-1700 or use opentable.com.

It’s YARD SALE MANIA time at Grace Lutheran Church as they sort, mark, group, price, catalog, etc. items for the upcoming sale, benefitting the Church’s youth programs. The sale takes place on Friday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Included will be the usual huge variety of gently used items that include good quality summer wear, household items, electronics, books, toys, etc . Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue.

Is it summer yet? Or is it all over? Hot or cold, the weather’s not affecting the party moods of birthday celebrants Sherman Gardner, Gerard Biernat, Heather Nuques, Sue Robins, Jessica Parr, Patrick Case, Marion Firnhaber, Grace West, John Maines, Ron Engen, Linda Lovgren, Carey Zeiser, Claudia Benitez, Alison Hamilton, Linda Marten, Jeffrey Wilkerson, Caryn Bernstein, Raul Pando, Brian Reich, Rachel Rubin, Jill Farfan, Lautaro Galvez-Munoz, Nicole Bleser, Jacqueline Hill, Jessica McNamara, Kathryn Frederich, Natalie Lallouz, William Kang, Yolanda David, Sandy Iglesias, Nikhil Varde, Grace Chow, Todd Hollander, Noemi Lopez, Claire Scivoletto, Craig Isara, Nanou Kpe, Gretchen Kubacky, Joel Swartz, Karla Vega, Debbie Corwin, Justine Darling, Stephon Litwinczuk, Rocio Macias, Christina Tanios , Hilda Lee, and Jason Ochs. 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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