Wow, it’s official – summer’s here! The Culver City free Summer Sunset Concerts start this Thursday eve, July 10, 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Courtyard. There will be six Thursday night concerts (“doors” open at 4:30 p.m., and there’s free parking underneath City Hall). Come early to spread out your picnic blanket and lawn chairs on the grass, or there is seating available (reserved seats $10.00). Boulevard Music’s Gary Mandell is once again producing the series, opening with Cajun/Zydeco music this week – if you don’t bring a picnic supper, there are lots of restaurants within walking (and hearing, if you’re out on the patio) distance. The Music Munchers will be there in their usual spot – bring on the bands!
And how does your garden grow? The Thirty Third District of the California State PTA has recognized the Farragut Elementary PTA with an Environmental Stewardship Certificate of Merit for its School Garden Environment Project. The Fox Garden was started by James Yankoplous tending it for five years, often with little help and no budget. This year, Annette Morasch has led the garden efforts, organizing events, improvements and crops. The new additions include a Sunflower House planted by the kindergarten classes. Over the years, parent volunteers have constructed planters, moved soil, weeded and guided the students in planting and harvesting. All of this has made the (Farragut) Fox Garden a rich and bountiful teaching resource for the Farragut community!
More free entertainment in Our Town: beginning this Saturday and Sunday and running through August 17, the Culver City Public Theatre is presenting its 16th season of free Theatre in Carlson Park. This Sunday’s 12 noon performance of “The Quibbling Siblings” is geared toward the younger audience – an adaptation of a Grimm fairytale that features four brothers, a dragon, and a princess. The 2:00 p.m. performance will be the Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” wherein a shipwrecked twin sister disguises herself as a man and hilarity results from mistaken identities. Paul Carlson Park is located at Motor Avenue and Braddock Drive. Again – bring your picnic basket, blanket, and lawn chairs – the weather should be perfect!
Our Life is Flashing Before Our Eyes Dep’t: On Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. the Culver City Historical Society’s General Membership Meeting will present “Creation of Culver City High, and its First Graduating Class – 1953.” We actually graduated in 1957, but this is hitting pretty close to home, with a panel consisting of former teachers Hank Blunt (1951-1986), Bettelyle Westbrook (1954-1979), Robert Johnson (1953-1987), Dorothy Boyd, office administrator during the 1960’s, along with current CCHS principal Dylan Farris. It will be moderated by Drayton Marsh, Jr., Class of ’53. Lots of alums and former teachers are expected to attend the presentation, which will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. The Historical Society’s Archives & Resource Center (ARC) will be open briefly following the meeting. For more information call (310) 253-6941 or visit www.CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org.
According to city council member Jim Clarke when asked about attending the Culver City ‘s Citizen Police Academy, “No, you don’t receive a “Get Out of Jail Free” card and you still have to pay those parking tickets but it was most worthwhile – plus they provide donuts and coffee – who would have guessed?” The CCPD is now accepting applications for the next Citizen’s Police Academy course beginning on July 29th. The academy is eight weeks long, and each class session takes place on Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The course is designed to educate residents and local citizens on the various aspects of law enforcement, and allows community members a closer look at their Police Department, including participating in a ride-along. For an application , visit www.culvercitypd.org or contact Lieutenant Emery Eccles at (310) 253-6258.
The Culver City Rock & Mineral Club is offering a class entitled “Viking Knit Bracelet” that actually involves making various kinds of jewelry – necklaces, earrings, and bracelets – on Saturday, July 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Scout House at 10866 Culver Blvd. (near the paddle tennis courts). CCRMC members’ cost is $56.00 per person; non-members, $66.00. You need to bring a wire cutter and flat nose pliers and purchase the materials kit ($40.00) that includes practice wire, Lazee Daizee tool, draw plate, conditioning cloth, wire cutter, instructions, and carrying case. To register, contact instructor Rose Klapman at [email protected].
Grace Lutheran Church’s Musical Camp students (ages 9-up) will be presenting “The Wind in the Willows” July 12 and 13, and July 19 and 20. Saturday performances will be at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the church. According to director Marina Tidwell, “Some of the most talented kids in Culver City sing, dance, and act their hearts out in this wonderful musical.” Admission is by love donation. Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue.
Warm and breezy birthday wishes go out to Ryder Ewert, Kiri Swenson, Colin Tidwell, Joshua Rayner, Doris MacGregor, Mary Jane Petersen, Dariya Stenshoel, Joy Tanigarva, Dower Jai Gervais, Shaneece Canty, Peter Carpenter, Rebecca Clough, Nadene Katz, Hazel Kight, Alison Krumbein, Avram Lyon, Jose Serrano, Nicole Stafford, Michael Berry, Christy Manos, Ana Rosa Carbajal, Cottalango Leon, Kate Peterson, Alfred Reyes, Brian Held, Shizuki Takagi, Melissa Haylock, Cynthia Leavitt, and Melina Castilhos. Would you like to have your – or a friend or family member’s – birthday mentioned here? Let us know at [email protected]