This Saturday, August 16 marks another “Walk With the Doc” opportunity, starting at 9:00 a.m. near the tennis courts and picnic area at Veterans’ Memorial Park. You can park in the lot off Culver Blvd. behind the Vets Memorial Building and then look for the white “Walk With the Doc” banner. Brandon Webb, Culver-Palms Family YMCA Healthy Lifestyle Counselor, will talk about the importance of “strength training,” – a necessary part of preventing Osteopenia and its progression to Osteoporosis (weakness of the bones). He and Dr. Jeffrey Penso will then lead the group on a neighborhood walk. Warm-up and stretching with Brandon precedes the walk at 8:40 a.m. The “Walk’s” mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. This FREE event occurs monthly on the third Saturday. Call Brandon at the Y for more information – (310) 390-3604.
How is this possible? Ever since the Culver City Skate Park opened, we’ve driven by it hundreds of times, always thinking we’d stop one day to just sit in the bleachers and watch the skaters. Now that it’s come to our attention that the Park, located at 9910 Jefferson Blvd. (Northwest corner of Jefferson and Duquesne) has been open since October, 2007 – we’re determined to grab a cup of coffee and make that visit! If you have skaters, you know that Monday-Friday hours are 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes first. On Saturdays and Sundays, its open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Skate Park users skate at their own risk; helmets, elbow pads and knee pads are required, and other rules are posted onsite. See you there?
If you own property that’s adjacent to a public alley, you’ll be happy to know that the City of Culver City, Public Works Maintenance Operations Division has begun its annual alley cleanup/maintenance on August 4, and it will take approximately two months to complete. To ensure the clean-up effort is successful alley-ites are required to remove any vegetation from their property that may encroach into the public alley and obstruct or interfere with the scheduled cleanup. Vegetation includes vegetation, weeds, trees, branches, limbs, and/or bushes that encroach into the public alley, not to mention those spare tires and rusty wagons. Questions may be directed to Eric Mirzaian, Assistant Maintenance Operations Manager, at 310-253-6440.
New Culver City Rotary Club president Joel Forman has put into place a great idea: For months that have five Wednesdays, the last meeting of the month will be an evening meeting, which used to be called “Spouses Night”. The July 30 meeting took place in the private dining room at the Culver Hotel, with background music provided by Steve Fry. After club members and their guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers, President Joel got the meeting started and quickly went through the Club business. When that portion of the meeting was finished, the program began, with mentalist Steve Christman taking over. Steve has appeared many times at the Magic Castle where he has refined his act over the years. Reports are that members – and spouses – enjoyed every minute and are looking forward to the next “fifth Wednesday” event.
Speaking of city parks, if you have a dog you must know about “The Boneyard” – a fenced, off-leash dog park where canine citizens (well-behaved, please) can exercise and socialize in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property or wildlife. It’s located at Culver City Park (mid-level), corner of Duquesne & Jefferson, and is open from sunrise until 10:00 p.m. daily. The park’s rules and regulations are posted on the Community Bulletin Board at the entrance to the Park, but before you and Fido go, visit their website at www.culvercitydogpark.org. At the Park you’ll find lots of amenities, including two fenced enclosures, one for large dogs and one for small and timid dogs; double-gated entries; canine water fountains; benches; shade structures; night lighting; and minimal landscaping. So, Sit! Stay!
Seniors: intimidated by spandex-laden gyms? Then you’ll love the Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Fitness Center and classes as well as the Fitness Room and classes at the Culver City Senior Center. Explore membership options at both and see what fun you’ll have getting strong and healthy. Call the Senior Center at (310) 253-6700 for details; the Culver-Palms Family YMCA can be reached at (310) 390-3604.
Say it isn’t so! This Thursday marks the sixth – and final – Summer Music Festival concert. Dubbed the “Dustbowl Revival” program, the music will feature an eclectic mix of Swing, Gospel, Jug Band, and Bluegrass, so it sounds like you’d better bring out your dancing shoes. This, of course, is in addition to your picnic blanket, chairs and munchies (or book a premium seat at $10.00 by visiting Boulevard Music or calling (310) 398-2583.
Happiest of birthday wishes go out this week to Kanna Smith, Nancy Joujon-Roche, Dan Cohen, Geoff Maleman, Harold Ekmanian, Megan Hayes, Margaret Gottschalk, Lynda Harrold, Barbara Fier, Paige Sorensen, Julie Chase, Maria Hansen, Minda Moe, Leda Rogers, Joyce Watanabe, Charla Gardner, Mike Huwe, Pat Zayas, Neomia Lowe, Laurence Alkire, John Escamilla, Bret Nelson, Mohi Chand, Belen Velasco Flores, Melissa Douma, Myrna Martinez, Sombra Ruiz, Irina Simova, Laura Sisk, Marcy Drexler, Marissa Goode, Beverly Sackett, Brenna Guthrie, Marta Ruvalcaba-Baker, Zivile Zemaitaitis, and Maria Hernandez. 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!