LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

-1Brunches, ice cream socials, all kinds of Father’s Day celebrations at local houses of worship this past Sunday plus long lines at Denny’s – hope Dad was on a diet!

If you need a swift kick in the pantaloons to try something new, this could be it: This Thursday, June 19 is Free Fare Day on all Culver CityBus lines, including RAPID6. The Southern California area has seen a steady increase in gas prices, so have you been thinking about maybe actually getting out of your car and onto a bus in order to lower your commuting stress and save money? Culver CityBus will be celebrating the nationwide “Dump the Pump Day” by offering FREE rides to all passengers on June 19th, so here’s your chance to give commuting by bus a try. Dump the Pump Day was started by the American Public Transportation Association in June 2006 when gas prices reached their highest level at that time (a shocking $3 per gallon…). This is a national day when emphasis is placed on public transportation as a travel option that saves money, is great for the environment, and improves overall traffic circulation for all! For more information call (310) 253-6569 or visit www.culvercitybus.com.

Certainly no stranger to the Culver City Democratic Club but now holding a new position in city government is Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells, who spoke to the club at their June general meeting last week. Mayor Sahli-Wells shared her perspective on serving as Mayor now that she’s had a couple of months in that role, plus filled the membership in on what’s ahead on the agenda for Our Town. (LOVED the quote included by newsletter editor Greg Valtierra in the June Active Democrat: “When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.” – Lyndon B. Johnson) For more information regarding this active group, visit www.culvercitydemocraticclub.com.

Not a secret any more: remember when it used to be called just “East Culver City?” Well, the area’s now known as The Culver City Arts District (CCAD), a terrific collection of art galleries, creative businesses, specialty retail and restaurants – and the CCAD is proudly presenting its first annual Summer Solstice event this Saturday, June 21 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. Stroll Washington Boulevard between Helms and Fairifax Avenues and celebrate the longest day of the year with a free self-guided tour of art galleries, musical performances throughout the day at various venues, children’s arts and crafts and special discounts at several area restaurants and retail. The event is also sponsored by the City of Culver City, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, Visual Art Source, ArtScene, art ltd. and LAArtParty.com. The Culver City Arts District is also partnering with Metro to provide destination discounts for those who take Metro to the event and The Arts District is located just one block east of the Culver City Expo Stop! Parking for the Summer Solstice event is available in Downtown Culver City parking structures with limited parking at the Helms Bakery Complex, the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, the Goodyear Plaza and along Washington Blvd. and La Cienega Blvd. (Attendees are asked to refrain from parking in the residential area surrounding the Culver City Art District or the folks who discovered the area and moved in may get angry!) More information about the Summer Solstice and updates regarding activities, gallery events, music venues, performers, and performance times are available by visiting the www.culvercityartsdistrict.com.

The planning year for the January 20, 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service is already underway, with the Dr. King Celebration Committee Members’ next meeting set for this Wednesday, June 18 at 7:00p.m. in Room A at the Veterans Memorial Complex. This will mark the 10th year of the committee and celebration, culminating in the MLK Day of Service. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 20 participants will gather, T-shirts will be handed out and actor Gerald Rivers will perform a reading of the “I Have a Dream” speech at City Hall. From there, the “March on Culver City” will proceed down Culver Blvd. to the Veterans Memorial Complex, where there will be a Service Fair, Panel Discussion, and Film.

No “gloom” for these June birthday celebrants: Joy Sangalang Smith, Oye De La Torre, Lynn Erickson, Babak Kamjou, Tony Koppula, Martha Keister, Wilbert Williams, Mary Ellen Shaffer,Lisa Burlingham, Shereen Lanzarotta, Don Matos , Joanna Rochelle Rowles, Petra Wolfe, Shireen Baban, Khadija Bhaimeah, Corinne Cooley, Kathy Hodges, Darren McGrath, Ranak Gandhi, Noemi Paz, Faye Toma, Ahmed Abdelaal, Irena Costello, Lynn Gutstadt, Marlene Rodrigues, Margaret Yabs, Ihab Ghanem, and yours truly! Would you like to have your – or a friend or family member’s – birthday mentioned here, let us know at [email protected]

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