LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300Did you know that September is National Rice Month? It’s not too late to celebrate – this Saturday, September 27 Chef Kaumudi from Un-Curry restaurant will demonstrate how to cook various rice dishes – and the best thing? There will be samples, plus recipes to take home. The event will take place from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Avenue and it’s free and open to the public. It is requested that interested folks sign up in advance at the Library’s Information Desk – there may not be seating available if you’re a walk-in. When she was growing up in India, in Britain, and in North America Chef Kaumudi Marathe ate an eclectic array of international foods. While living in the United States, she began to blend Indian cooking techniques and spices with American ingredients, resulting in what she dubs “California Indian.” Rather than keep these to herself, she established Un-Curry to introduce others to her style of cooking and to shatter the belief that all Indian food is made of curry.

Perhaps you saw all the TV news trucks last week at City of Angels Veterinary Specialty Center at Jefferson and Duquesne in Culver City? They were there to cover the outpouring of love for and possible upcoming surgery on “Gordo,” severely injured by a suspect’s vehicle during a high speed police chase. Two suspects in a stolen van led authorities through city streets before eventually hitting Gordo, a 1-year-old Poodle mix. One of Gordo’s hind legs was injured after being struck by the vehicle, which by this time was running on rims, but the puppy managed to make his way back to his owner’s front door. Gordo’s owner said he was afraid he might not be able to afford the dog’s medical bills as a possible amputation could cost an estimated $8,000. Reports are that the animal hospital’s phone has been ringing off the hook as people call to offer help, and tweet their comments at #SaveTheWhiteDog

Like the Venice High School Saturday Swap Meet? Then drop by this Saturday, September 27 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and in addition to buying a toaster and a few mirrors for the hallway, stop and enjoy the music of local band “U.S. 99” – blues and rock & roll. VHS is located at 13000 Venice Blvd.

Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) welcomes Culver City High School senior Evan Dumas, BCR’s first student board member. After helping with the big February BCR creek cleanup with LA City Councilman Mike Bonin, Evan organized and led the April cleanup as his Eagle Scout project, introducing a few new features along the way. Now a key creek cleanup co-leader, Evan also is starting a BCR Club at the high school. Although the youngest board member by far, he’s bringing great energy, ideas, skills and a “calm maturity to our board.” Go, Evan!

Always growing, the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club welcomes newest members Angel Amulis-Hodel, Leobardo Cortes, Michelle Hutchinson, Nickie Jessup, Amanda Jones, Ivan Rozo and Carole Sumler to its ranks. General meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building (enter from the rear door). Guests are always welcome to enjoy great presentations, projects and refreshments. For more information visit www.culvercityrocks.org.

Now at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA is “Small Steps – Big Rewards,” a diabetes-prevention program. The program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your risk. A trained lifestyle coach heps participants learn strategies for healthy eat, physical activity and other lifestyle changes. The goal is for participants to lose 7% of their body weight and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week. For more information contact Tina Gross, Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator at (310) 390-3604, ext. 7524 or email [email protected].

It’s late Summer birthday cake time for Katie Garner, Agnes Agzarian, Mary Ann O’Neal, Bryan Eleazar, Jie-Young Kim, Patricia Richmond, Jacqueline Smith, Osmani Baeza, Sofia Gutierrez , Rita Malone, Daniel McAuliffe, Cheri Wells-Chez, Angelica Bogarin, Jill Vesci, Shelly Balloon, Timothy Diffley, Safika Erselcuk, Fadwa Galal, Susie Lozano, Henry Gambill, Lara Handler, Patricia Harmon, Richard Martinez, Lesly Aispuro, Susan Amarasekara, Maggie Memmott, Mimi Abramson ,Michael Goldman , David Hatch, and Marianne Johnson. Would you like to have your – or a friend or family member’s – birthday mentioned here? Let us know at [email protected] and

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