LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Jozelle SmithAlways busy is Grace Lutheran Church, with this Thursday, October 16th’s XYZ (Extra Years of Zest) Field Trip to the Hollywood Museum, where they’ll enjoy fun artifacts from the golden age of movies and television. (Appropriate, what?) Then next Saturday, October 18th is their Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Long Beach for a deserving family; and the ongoing (it’s been five years now!) Grace Diner, every Monday from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. where a free hot meal is served for any neighbors in need. Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue.

Still on a roll: the Culver City Exchange Club is again partnering with the Culver City Disability Advisory Committee, Parks & Recreation & Community Services Department’s Sr. Citizens Association, and the Neighborhood Girl Scouts to present the 12th Annual Culver City Kids Carnival, celebrating “Disability Awareness Month” with a free Festival. This Sunday, October 19th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. there’ll be carnival games and prizes, food and drinks, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and crafts, all at the Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Avenue. Costumes are encouraged, so use your imagination – RSVP by October 16th with your name, the number attending and your telephone number to: (310) 253-6717.

And incidentally, congratulations go out to our Culver City Disability Advisory Committee, selected as an ADA25 Access Honoree by the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities. Our committee was selected for its outstanding work in the community and its commitment to promote equality and improve access for people living with disabilities. The Access Reception will be held on Monday, October 20 at 1:30 p.m. on the 8th Floor North Balcony of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street in Los Angeles. For more information call (213) 974-1053 or email [email protected].

Get ready to be ready! This year the Great California ShakeOut falls on Thursday, October 16, reminding everyone who lives where earthquakes are kind of a way of life, that we need to do all we can to prepare and learn to act quickly to ensure that a disaster doesn’t turn into a catastrophe. There’ll be two chances to practice your preparedness this Thursday: stop what you’re doing at 10:16 a.m. and practice Drop, Cover and Hold On; and/or participate in the City of Culver City’s “ShakeOut” at 7:00 p.m. by doing the same. In the evening though, you need to put the City’s “OK” sign in the window to let first responders know you’re all right. For more information (and to download an “OK” sign if you don’t still have yours from last year!) visit www.culvercity.org/emergencyprep. Additional information is available at www.ShakeOut.org.

Don’t forget this Wednesday is Third Wednesday in Downtown Culver City, so come sample seasonal, artisanal cuisine and cocktails from Downtown Culver City’s award-winning restaurants and bars. Retailers and businesses will also have specials and discounts exclusive for the event. Eat, drink and dine, enjoy live music under the stars, shop and sample from one-of-a-kind boutiques and view art at gallery gatherings during Third Wednesdays. Third Wednesdays feature special offers and free goodies from over 25 participating businesses throughout the downtown area, as well as outdoor entertainment and activities. Valet and free two-hour parking are available. To find out more and see a list of participating businesses and special offers visit www.downtownculvercity.com.

Due to a letter lauding his Culver City High School teacher, Andy Owens, for his efforts in helping his students “feel a renewed interest in both history and education in general” from 2014 CCHS graduate Wesley Dixon, Stanford University recognized Owens for his efforts in helping make a big difference in students’ lives. During his high school career, Dixon was an active participant in the Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Model Legislature & Court program, and served as a student member of the Y’s Board of Managers. He’ll graduate Stanford in 2018 – go, Wesley!

Get your “Wizard of Oz” on this Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Teen Center, 4153 Overland Avenue. Music, a slide show, book signing by Aljean Harmetz, author of the “Making of the Wizard of Oz”, plus more movie history will be yours to enjoy. Sure to be there are new Culver City Historical Society members Richard and Denise Gullixson, Mo deKoff, Oliver de la Torre, Drayton Marsh, Susan Winton, Janet Hoult, Sam Landau and Fran Bustos.

Falling into Fall birthdays are Ken Ruben, Al Schreibman, Larry Burns, Bonnie Heidler, Vince Punturere, Paul Struhl, Marjorie Walsleben, Cindy Lundquist, John Ziegler, Olivia Andrew, Sara Grimm-Weeks, Sarah Paris, Finn Swenson, Carole Sumler, Ivan Rozo, Leobardo Cortes, Marilyn White, Holly Westhoff, Frances Saito, Timothy Lee, Natalie Marsden, Annick Tournissac, Miranda Vatterott, Hanna Davoodzadeh, Jerome Hunter, Chris Kato, Max Liebl, Liz Peterson, Julia Salazar, Stacy Weiss, Enrique Campos, Renee Feiger, Ron Milberger, Natasha Butcher, Amar Kumaraiah, Alison Noel, Dan Regan, Kjerstin Thorson, Cynthia Walser, Pilar Diaz, Jon Ho, Catherine Matsuda, Laura Oliva, Gerard Sohn, and Dawn Webster. 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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