The first concert of the Culver City Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 Season is this Saturday, November 1 at 8:00p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Avenue. (Parking is free, enter off Culver Blvd.) Here’s a wonderful analogy: Franz Liszt was a revolutionary in music as a pianist, composer, and conductor. He was a man of the world with a long list of relationships and scandals. Yet, he always held benefit concerts for those less-well-off. In the spirit of Liszt, Symphony organizers is asking attendees to participate in Culver City Schools’ Back Packs for Kids program. More than 39% of CCUSD students receive free or reduced price lunches at their school every day. But in some circumstances, healthy, reliable meals on weekends are not a guarantee. The CCUSD Backpacks for Kids Program is designed to provide food to CCUSD students who may not have access to healthy food during the weekend. A link to items needed for these backpacks is Back Packs for Kids, 2014. If you attend the November 1 concert, you are encouraged bring in a couple of these items for CCUSD students and leave them in a container in the lobby. Orchestra members will also be donating, and it’s hoped that audience members join in the spirit of giving – locally! The program this Saturday evening (featuring Frank Fetta, conductor and music director) will feature the music of Gabriel Faure, Josef Haydn, and the 7th Symphony of Beethoven. General Admission is just $10.00, and the box office opens at 7:00 p.m. (Tickets for children 17 and under are $5.00) Keeping up to date with the CCSO just got easier – scroll to the bottom of the page and click through the new banner ad to get to their site for ALL the details on ALL the great symphonic stuff.
Arriving soon, eh? Yes, the delegation from the Lethbridge (Canada) Twinning Society will be arriving next week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of being Culver City’s Sister City! There’ll be enjoying Culver City restaurants with Culver City hosts, touring the area, and on Monday, November 10 the public is invited to a reception in the Dan Patacchia Room at City Hall before they’re royally and officially welcomed by our City Council at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected].
Gone Girl – The Roll n’ Rye enjoyed serving Culver City residents and visitors for over 50 years, but owner Rita Zide has decided it’s finally time to pack up her pastrami and retire (and who of us can ever remember eating a whole corned beef or pastrami sandwich at one sitting??). It was at the R ‘n R that Steve Rose introduced me to “rye heels, toasted.” Fantastic! A change in menu will be obvious when the doors of Panera Bread open at the same Jefferson Blvd. location. More changes: Akasha is going to open an Indian restaurant a whopping 25 steps from her current restaurant, in the former Ford’s Filling Station location. The best way to keep an eye on a second location, we think – just down the street a few feet!
In addition to its regular Sunday schedule (9:30 a.m. meditation and 10:00 a.m. service), Westside Unity Church is offering “P-R-A-Y and PROSPER,” facilitated by Rev. Leila Harris starting this Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and running November 4, 11, 18, and December 2. The class is designed to uncover the true meaning and principles of prayer, raise and expand your consciousness—a main benefit of prayer; and learn to enter your entire prayer process with gratitude and self-trust. There is also the regular Wednesday evening meditation, 6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. and healing service 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Westside Unity is located at 10724 Barman Avenue. Call (310) 838-4761 or visit www.westsideunity.org for more information regarding services and special classes.
Closing out the month of October and ushering in November (not already!!) are birthday celebrants Jeannie Stevens, Carol Auslander, Kent Seeberger, Marjorie Joy, Elaine Goodyear, Steven Dover, Eiren Chong, Helena Curtis, Victoria Hernandez, Laurel Rexon, Franklin Schuster, Liang Zhan ,Scott Gardner, April Lenkey, Maegan Mattock, Dung Nguyen, Mario Palacios, Jane Morton, Stuart Waldman, Amit Karkoon, Mikette Miller, Karie Bible, Julia Campbell, Guadalupe Cueva, Taylor Dohm, Joo Eun Lim, William Logan, Debra Tatum-Harang, and Craig Tomita., AND Judith Martin-Straw. 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!
Don’t forget: This Friday night, October 31st, is Halloween – drive carefully in and around our many neighborhoods and watch for children (whose vision might be obscured by their costumes or masks) who may be darting out into the streets in search of that perfect treat!