LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

-1On the heels of their wildly successful Culver City High School Trip Down Memory Lane last week (maybe “wildly” is overstating it a bit) the Culver City Historical Society is now inviting members as well as community folks to its annual picnic, set for this Sunday, July 27 at Veterans Park from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Jim Rodrigues from Santa Maria BBQ will be presiding over the grill, and in addition to the food, there’ll be lots of fun, music, trivia, and a raffle. The cost per person is $25.00 if you get your reservation and check in by this Tuesday, July 22 – or $30.00 “at the door.” (Children ages 6-12 are $12.50 each.) Checks should be sent to the Culver City Historical Society, P.O. Box 3428, Culver City, CA 90231-3428 (include the names of all guests, please.)   Tickets will be held at the check-in area at the picnic site. The Archives and Resource Center (ARC) will be open after the picnic for viewing and purchasing merchandise. For more information, call (310) 253-6941 or send a message to [email protected] or visit the CCHS web page at http://www.culvercityhistoricalsociety.org.

Ole! Just a month away is Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City’s “Party in the Park,” set for August 22-24, at Veterans Park. The popular Fiesta (last year over 25,000 visitors were there) will feature live music, food trucks and a variety of food concessions, a beer and wine garden, carnival rides, craft sales and lots of attractions for the whole family. As always, admission is free. Fiesta La Ballona began as a weeklong celebration of the region’s early settlers and has evolved into a three-day festival that kicks off the afternoon of Friday, August 22nd and closes down at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night on August 24th. The Fiesta is named after the La Ballona Creek, an 8.8-mile waterway that flows through Culver City. Fiesta hours are 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22; 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23; and 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 24. To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at www.fiestalaballona.org.

In addition to the regular Sunday service at 11:00 a.m., this Tuesday July 22 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Westside Unity Church will present “Meditation: The Practice,” taught by Rev. Lelia Harris. Then on Wednesday, July 23 there will be meditation from 6:30 – 6:45 p.m., followed by a Healing Service from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. facilitated by Rev. James Daly. This is described as “an opportunity to share life’s challenges, learn from each other and pray for each other.” Westside Unity Church is located at 10724 Barman Avenue.

Sadly, we report that a young friend of Grace Lutheran Church has passed away. 18-year-old Elijah Dymant was part of the afterschool program for the past two years and often attended Wednesday night dinners and services. A talented musician and singer, Elijah was also a member of the Chancel Choir and sang with the Shape Note singers with David Olsen. Elijah was severely injured in a skateboarding accident a couple of months ago and did not recover. There is no information currently on services for Elijah – it’s asked that everyone please keep his mother Jaclyn and all his loved ones in their prayers.

According to Culver City Rotary Club Reciprocator editor Dannie Cavanaugh, last week “…was President Joel Forman’s first meeting and he was prepared with handouts, audio visual presentations, and a calendar of upcoming events. We met in our usual digs, the Parisian Room of the Culver Hotel, at our usual time. Speaking of time, President Joel has decided that the meetings will start on time at 12:15 each week and anyone who is late will be hit with a $4.99 late charge. First it was the banks and now it is the CC Rotary Club with late fees…”

Hot birthday fun these days for Leilani Smith, Dana Goller, Kathryn Parks, Addison Myers, Norman Auslander, Ron Henshaw, Megan McCain, Stephanie Romo-Buckley, Laura Street, Robyn Altman, Jordan Goldman, Tamara Mugalian, Brenda Simmons, Alice McHugh, Ann Easley, Marieta Gold, Liberty Bakunin, Salina Eldin, Shalimar Gonzales, Benjamin Hamilton, Yoko Hayakawa, Elizabeth Destot, Brian Lloyd, and Kirsten Wagner. 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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