LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300Last week’s Culver City Exchange Club meeting fell on Veterans’ Day, and in the absence of a speaker, members relayed some experiences they or family members had experienced in the service of their country: Vincent Puncture’s father, who served in World War II, was captured and held in a concentration camp where prisoners were served rotten cabbage with worms, eating the worms for the protein. At one point the guards disappeared and the prisoners escaped into the countryside where they hid for 3 ½ weeks until they saw a newspaper paper saying that the war was over; Earl Eskridge served in a turret as a tailgunner. His brother served in the Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was the only survivor of a bombed building, an experience that affected him for the rest of his life; Oliver de la Torre served six years in the National Construction Batallion; and Mike Snell paid tribute to Lisa de Rose’s son Taylor who is currently deployed overseas on the Carl Vincent Carrier.

Speaking of Exchange, this Tuesday, November 18 marks the historic annual pre-game lunch meeting with the Culver City Rotary Club prior to the USC/UCLA football contest, complete with coaches, cheerleaders, and lots of hollering, yelling and chest bumping – or maybe belly bumping? (on both sides)! The Rotary Club has a USC/UCLA pool, which will likely sell out fast, with participants eagerly watching Saturday’s game for the results, football fans or not! The lunch meeting will take place at 12:15 p.m. at the Culver City Elks Lodge, 11160 Washington Place.

Yes, Virginia, they can play more than just a stethoscope: the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra (directed by Ivan Shulman) will present “Shall We Dance…?” – the music of Respighi, Tchaikovsky, Gliere, Ravel, Brahms, Janacek, Dvorak, and Stravinsky this Sunday afternoon, November 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Avenue. Parking is free and admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10.00.

Like another style of music? From local drummer Sonny B. comes word that his “Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones” American Roots and Blues Quartet will be appearing this Friday night, November 21 at Hinano, 15 Washington Blvd, Venice from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.(Dave plays Friday night!). As Sonny reminds us, there’s “Free popcorn, cheap drinks, famous Hinano cheeseburgers & a great band!”

Don’t forget: Akasha Restaurant now serves brunch from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. every Sunday, and they’re offering more than food. Just mention the Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) when you make your reservation, or, if you’re a walk-in customer, tell the hostess when you arrive that you are there to support CCEF, and Akasha Restaurant will donate 10% of the total check for your Akasha Sunday brunch meal to CCEF! What a delicious way to support Culver City students and schools by dining at Akasha, 9543 Culver Blvd. Call (310) 845-1700 for reservations.

This Tuesday evening, November 18 it’s Bedtime Stories time at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Storytime is a special time to make new friends and share stories, songs, play, art activities and more… Join in for a fun story time followed by art activities every Tuesday evening. For children up to 8 years old; babies, toddlers and families are welcome. No registration required. The Library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue, and pajamas aren’t required, but…it’s up to you and your kids. For additional information contact Joan Mead at (310) 559-1676 or visit www.colapublib.org/libs/culvercity.

Belated congratulations go out to California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell and Culver City Councilmember Jim B. Clarke on their recognition as Democrats of the Year at the annual Franklin & Eleanor Democrat of the Year Awards. The awards, held by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party last month at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, honors two Democrats within each L.A. County Assembly district for their grassroots activism and dedication to the values and success of the Democratic Party. Sen. Mitchell and Councilmember Clarke are this year’s honorees from the 54th Assembly District. The dinner and gala featured speeches by, among others, LACDP Chairman Eric Bauman and newly sworn-in state Senate president Kevin de León.

Chilly? Windy? Maybe some showers? Or sunny and warm? Just another California birthday season for celebrants Jaylon Davis Letendre, Mardi Gillette, Stephen Jahn, John Swenson, Kyle Johnson, Marc Brown, Charlene Aspray, Joan Graham, Jennifer Adelle Haskew, Thomas Murray IV, Freda Dolores Cain, AishaKeekeebhai, Anand Ramachandran, Eugene Hammerstein, Jessica McCullagh, Dorris Woods, Felicia Linares, Blanca Robles, Jesse Graham, Esteban Rey Torres, Vicky Story, Yvette Brewer, Karen Cisneros, Marta Cortina, Amin Mohammed, Noehmi Garcia, Steven Harris, Rick Hedger, Helen Hudson, Meghan McGee, and Assaf Rees. If you’d like to have your (or a friend, neighbor or family member’s) birthday noted here, send the info to [email protected] and we’ll post it!

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