LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300The second Monday of the month is here already? Yep, this Monday evening, November 10, the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club will feature “Moroccan Mineral and Fossil Collecting” at its 7:30 p.m. General Meeting and program. Aaron Miller will share his adventures, show videos of his trips to the quarries and other local mines, and talk about the unique minerals and fossils that come from Morocco. Ancient Earth Trading Co., owned and operated by Aaron and his wife Rachel and located in Cambria, has been an importer and supplier of Moroccan minerals and fossils to businesses around the world for ten years. The meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave (enter from the rear door). Guests are always welcome.

If you have out of town visitors this holiday season, keep in mind the Sony Pictures Studio Tour as something they might really enjoy! This two-hour guided walking tour will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look of a working studio, plus will visit historic sound stages where Dorothy followed the Yellow Brick Road and where Spider-Man battled bad guys. A stop at studio headquarters to see the Best Picture Academy Awards® is always a must, and on the Sony tour you will find out what it’s like to walk under a soaring 94-foot tall rainbow. No two tours are the same, and there is always a chance you could see the set of the smash-hit game show, “Jeopardy!” or “Wheel of Fortune.” You might sneak a peek of the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage, where some of the most memorable movie music has been recorded. Or you may glimpse the next blockbuster movie set being built. You just never know what – or who – you will see next on the Sony Pictures Studios tour. Open to visitors 12 years of age and older, and ticket prices are $40.00 per person. For more information, call (310) 244-TOUR (8687) or visit www.sonypicturesstudiostix.com.

Congratulations to Linwood E. Howe Elementary School, the first school in the Culver City School District to begin a pilot program aimed at reducing and reusing food waste. The program, conducted in collaboration with the City of Culver City, is designed to teach students about what items can be composted and to place those items in the green waste bins provided by the city. “In house management of all solid waste and recycling programs allows for a synergistic relationship between the community and the city,” said Charles D. Herbertson, Culver City’s Public Works Director/City Engineer. “Public Works is pleased to have the kickoff of the Food Waste program begin with the children at the Culver City schools. These same children will be the future leaders of our community and their awareness of environmental issues is crucial for the future.” Approximately 40 percent of landfill materials are food waste and 34 percent of greenhouse gas methane in the United States is emitted from landfills, so the program presents a unique opportunity to teach students about environmental sustainability. The District has already shifted to the use of compostable trays and bags in its cafeterias at a cost of more than $35,000, said Mike Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services. For more information on the program, call the Public Works Refuse and Recycling Customer Service at (310) 253- 6400.

The Culver City Rotary Club’s annual Dictionary Project is a wrap! Rotarian Michele Walman visited La Ballona School last week, finishing up the Club project of providing dictionaries to all of the third graders in the five elementary schools in Culver City. The students love getting these resource books that are tailored to their age group and provide much more information than a regular dictionary. Props go to Michele for working with each school to make this project work so seamlessly!

This Saturday, November 15 the monthly “Walk with a Doc” takes place at 9:00 a.m. at Veterans’ Park with a warm-up at 8:40 a.m. led by Culver-Palms Family YMCA Healthy Lifestyles Counselor Brandon Webb. Jeff Penso, M.D., will update the walkers on the epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes, a disease that affects one out of twelve Americans. (As Americans grow in age, and weight, Type 2 Diabetes becomes a potential or real health issue for more of us. Diabetes now consumes 14 per cent of our nation’s hefty health budget. Many of us don’t even suspect we have the disease. How do we know if we or our family members are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes? What are possible complications? Diabetes can be treated. And with prompt detection, it can be prevented, reversed and complications avoided too.) Walkers should meet near the tennis courts/playground area at Vet’s Park – bring friends and/or your dog (on a leash, of course), and enjoy an hour-long walk. Contact [email protected], docwalk.org, or walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/la-county for more details on this terrific program.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Shirley Miyamoto, Pat Clapp, Roy Mathison, Nicolas Bucher, Paula Boelsems, Scott Johnson, Alida Brundo, Debbie Jacobowitz, Virgie Eskridge, Kathy Mainzer, Randal Rhodes, Rose Klapman, Roberto Medina, Gary Mitchell, Tom Hayes, Veronica Jones, Alexandra Dorros, James Schnauer, Jeremy Zuniga, David Fromm, Kathy McConkey-Murphy, Erik Monson, Torrie Ramsbottom, Alexis Rothenberg, Consuelo Socorro Santiago, Stephen Silverman, Violet Woodward Pu, Linda Firth, Soon Park, Takehiko Suzuki, Sonia Tostado, Karen Duenas, Di Krall, Jake Baxter, Caitlin Robertson, Patricia Shimozo-Allen, Pamela Williams, Carol Franklin, Ariel Hurley, Eileen Lewis, Mary Downes, Darlene Kiyan, Dolores Smith, Michael Stiles, Deidre Welborn, and Joan Graham. 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!

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