LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Jozelle SmithIt’s Official! The City of Culver City will celebrate its 100th Birthday on September 20, 2017 and the CCCCC (Culver City Centennial Celebration Committee) has been established to see that it all happens in style, due in large part to the efforts of city councilmember Jim Clarke. The board of directors was seated on July 20 consisting of Clarke, who will serve as president; Laura Stuart, secretary; and members Mike Cohen, Goran Eriksson, Paul Jacobs, Darrel Menthe, Terry Robins, Judy Scott, Phil Tangalakis, Scott Wyant, and yours truly. Julie Lugo Cerra, Steve Rose and Kathleen Tepley constitute the Advisory Board, and Andy Weissman is the agent of service. There will be numerous opportunities for locals to get involved both individually or including their club or organization by serving on various subcommittees, and if folks have an idea for a project, event or activity tied to the Centennial and occurring between September 2016 and September 2017, they’re welcome to join the fun. [email protected]

Happening a lot sooner is the annual Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City’s “Party In The Park,” set for August 22-24, 2014 at Veterans Park. Looking for live music, food trucks and a variety of food concessions, a beer and wine garden, carnival rides, artisan wares, and family-oriented attractions for all ages? Then you’ll love our Fiesta! Attendance last year was over 25,000 for the three-day festival, which kicks off this year the afternoon of Friday, August 22nd and closes down late Sunday night on August 24th. (Fiesta hours are 4:30pm to 10:00pm on Friday, August 22; 11:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday, August 23; and 11:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday, August 24.) The City of Culver City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Fiesta La Ballona Committee help organize and run the Fiesta along with more than a hundred volunteers and a variety of local sponsors also help fund and support Fiesta. To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at www.fiestalaballona.org and find out even more by liking the event on Facebook, following it on Twitter, or viewing it on YouTube and Instagram.

And even sooner than THAT is this Thursday night’s Summer Music Festival in the courtyard at City Hall! It will feature Katia Moraes & Brazilian Heart with Brazilian sambas and other dance music, as well as Orquestra Charangoa, playing Cuban Charanga. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. to spread out your picnic blanket, chairs, etc. and the music officially begins at 7:00 p.m., but you’ll enjoy background music starting at about 5:30 which features the following week’s artists – in this case it’ll be the Dustbowl Revival on August 14 (an eclectic mix of swing, gospel, jug band and bluegrass) Picnic on site or eat at one of the patio restaurants nearby and enjoy the music – thanks, Gary Mandell and Boulevard Music!

Blustery midsummer weather saluted birthday celebrants Grace Elliott, Marsha Heath, Ellen Plach, Darlene Wassertheur, Kathy Paspalis, Kimberley Elder, Johna Miller, Rowen Bilbrey, Thomas Tidwell, Mike Snell, Ray Blom, Rosalind Myers, Victor Delgado, Jessica Edwards, Paula Peng, Liberty Bradford, Victor Marin, Pamela Frazier, Sean Markham, Kevin O’Sullivan, Asaka Ogihara, Evalon Witt, Dani Taylor, Frank Vassallo, Evalon Witt, Dani Taylor, Frank Vassallo, Krishna Vangala, Dorothy Douglas, Olga Estrada, Lisa Sher, Molly Shiple, Barbara Yniguez, Robert Ashley, Nancy Burch, Charles Dolan, Christian Sherriff, Miho Suzuki, Julie Anderson, Renee Boman, Roya Mohamadi-Shirvani, Raye Robertson, Susan Warfel, Alysha Webb, Jonathan May, David McAtee, Miguel Cruz, Wesley Farrow, Karla Martinez, Jessica Morales, Christie Gaynor, Victor Kennedy, and Magdy Guirguis. 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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