LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

-1Culver City Exchange Club members are doubling up on their vitamin intake this week in anticipation of this Friday’s 4th of July Fireworks Show, taking place this year at West Los Angeles College. Sometime this week you should be answering your phone to a Culver City Police Department Reverse 911 call advising about the show, and most likely also including a warning that fireworks are prohibited for private use in Culver City. Gates open at WLAC at 4:00 p.m. and fireworks begin at dusk. As you may already know, you can bring a picnic basket and a blanket. (Because the main seating area will be artificial turf, chairs with sharp edges are prohibited as are pets, alcoholic beverages and smoking.) There will also be plenty of food vendors including local favorites like Santa Maria Barbecue, Jackson Market and Tub’s Chili. Starting at 6:00 pm, Rob Canove and Playback will entertain the crowd with their classic rock stylings. Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes such as a big screen TV, an aerial tour of Los Angeles, and a luxury hotel stay. Games and attractions for the kids will also be on site. Grandstands seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Handicapped accessible seating and parking are available. Suggested donation: Walk-ins – $5 per person and $1 for children under age 6. Drive-Ins — $5 per person in the vehicle to a maximum $20. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. Show admission is included in the parking fee.

Kids will certainly be inspired to “Paws to Read” during the month of July when We Tell Stories’ Theatrical Summer Residency brings free storytelling performances every Wednesday, July 2 – July 30th at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library. Each week will feature different performances reflecting animal tales and the shows are interactive, multicultural, and educational, mixing laughter and literacy together that both kids and their parents will enjoy. Coming up this Wednesday, July 2 at 2:00 pm you’ll see “Animals of Asia,” wherein a cockroach from Iran goes looking for a husband, an Indian Elephant flies to heaven, and an adventurous Chinese rabbit is the reason why rabbits have long ears. The WTS actors take imaginative costumes and props out of an old steamer trunk and then the fun begins. Audience members can participate from their seats, and even join actors on stage to play parts in each performance. The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue, telephone (310) 559-1676. Performances are every Wednesday at 2:00 pm from July 2nd through July 30th and are 45-minutes long. Admission is free. (We’ll be there with our granddaughter for sure!!)

Westside Unity Church, located at 10724 Barman Avenue, will be presenting a Meditation Class during the month of July on Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 facilitated by Rev. Lelia Harris. In the classes you’ll learn how to meditate, and the purpose and practice of meditation. The class is designed both for those new to meditation as well as those wanting to enhance their experience. The registration fee is $35.00, and individual class fees available on a love offering basis. Class times are 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. For more information call Westside Unity at (310) 838-4761. (This series will certainly enhance your experience at Westside’s Wednesday evening meditation service, 6:30 – 6:45 p.m., following by a Healing Service, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.!)

You’ve probably seen those colorful banners at various Culver City Unified School District sites announcing a free lunch program along with a variety of daily activities for students under 18? This program includes not only free lunch, but a great line-up of activities, games and more (books, board games, special guests, arts and crafts, physical activities, etc.). It all takes place La Ballona Elementary School Monday – Friday, June 16 – August 1, with11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. lunch and 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. activities, etc. The site is open to all teens and children, 18 and under, and is free of charge. All food must be eaten on-site. Parents are more than welcome to stay and partake in interactive activities while their children eat and play. The site will be open to the public daily at 11:30 am and closed at 1 pm.

The Culver City Rotary Club bid adieu to President Chris King and welcomed new President Joel Forman in a fiesta-type Demotion Party at Casa Sanchez last Sunday evening. At their prior week’s meeting at LYFE Kitchen (who knows where they’ll be meeting next? Stay tuned) they welcomed two young men who were ready to leave for Kaizuka, Japan for the club’s annual student exchange trip. Trevor Forman (grandson of Joel and Linda Forman) and Shawn Duggins (grandson of Linda Black) said a few words about their upcoming adventure. According to Reciprocator editor Dannie Cavanaugh, “They are in for a life altering experience.” (and he’s right!!)

Warm summer birthday wishes go out to former Mayor Richard Ross Brundo, Linda Thieben, Karen Follette, Kelly Miller, Michael Roberts, Ted Tidwell, Lucas Case, Nancy Hayes, Susan Acosta, Darrell Robb, Vern Lowe, Kyle Jones,William Sick, Hayden O’Brien, Kiri Swenson, Kim-An Nguyen, Adam Brand, Deborah Craig, Brandon Webb, David Hendren, Cheri Katz, Sofia Portantino, Fernando Segura, Holly Watson, Estela Estrada, Annette Miller-Follette, Araceli Rodriguez, Karyna Salgado, John Amador, Monica Bell, Maria del Mar Hollingsworth, Charles Loch, Danielle Behar, Levana Tomi Leyva, Joyce Sandler, John Wells, Kazum Wong, Gino De La Torre, Leslie Hayman, Naomi Altbach, Mary Barton, Katayoun Hajiannia, Sunmi Shi, Nausheen Siddioui, Jeff Stafsky, Connie Wood, Michael Zeno, Martha De Baris-Santiago, Franna Diamond, Karine Newman, Mayra Ramirez, Carolyn Rodriguez, Prisca Gloor-Maung, Georgeann Martin, Katy McLaughlin, Maria De La Luz, Kristin Killey, Rosalie Maggio, and Alice Tileston-Brown. 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!

Here’s wishing everyone a safe and sane 4th of July – let’s celebrate, America !

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