LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300Yeah, sure – maybe it’s just a Senior Center but in a nutshell our Culver City Senior Center (4,700 members strong) offers amazing opportunities for fun and learning for “seniors” 50 and over! Just a few of the classes offered are fitness, yoga, Tai Chi, line dancing, ballroom dancing, language classes, plus. There are holiday parties galore, an onsite gym and a weekly dance with a live band, movies twice a week and day and overnight trips to fun local destinations. Social services offered include support groups, legal and tax assistance, individual peer counseling, health insurance counseling and more! The Center is located at 4095 Overland Avenue, corner Culver Blvd. Drop by and find out how much more fun it is at the Center than sitting at home! Call (310) 253-6700 or visit www.culvercity.org.

The holiday season is kicking off big time this first week in December: Councilmember Jim Clarke will be reading at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library’s story time set for this Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the library. You’re invited to bring the kids and join in for stories and crafts to kick off the winter holiday season! The Library will also be having its annual Snowless Snow Party this Saturday, December 6 from 2:30-4:30 pm. There will be all sorts of snowman-themed activities and treats for kids of all ages! In addition to The Friends of the Library’s usual projects, they will also be teaching finger knitting, and will have some lovely knitted holiday items for sale, courtesy of the library knitters.

You say you like Tree Lightings? How about this Thursday, December 4 when the Downtown Business Association hosts the annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony and party, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Again this year they “Go Green!” lighting a 22 foot artificial tree beautifully lit with LED lights, making this holiday celebration “green” and energy efficient. There’ll be carolers, Santa, and refreshments that include hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies and other festive treats, so enjoy, and then stay and stroll the area, visiting many of our wonderful downtown restaurants and retailers. It all takes place at the Town Plaza, near Leo the Lion and the historic Culver Hotel. For more information, contact the Downtown Business Association at (310) 202-6060 or visit www.downtownculvercity.com.

Want a really BIG tree lighting? Then how about Friday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. when the switch is thrown lighting the tree atop the Veterans’ Memorial Building’s tower? You can watch from below as the “tree” surrounding the top of the Vets Tower is illuminated. After illuminating the tree, Santa will arrive on a fire truck. Photo opportunities with Santa will be available along with holiday crafts and refreshments. Meet your family and friends in front of the Veterans Memorial Building, next to the fountain 4117 Overland Avenue.

This is how you put the “fun” in fundraising: The Culver City Democratic Club will be holding a theater party at the Westchester Playhouse to see “Into the Woods” on Sunday, December 14th at 2:00pm. The theatre is located at 8301 Hindry Ave in Westchester. Tickets are $30.00 per person. All members, friends, neighbors and family members are encouraged to attend this fun-filled event that has received rave reviews. As space is limited, please contact Sylvia at [email protected] for details on getting tickets.

The Culver City Exchange Club’s Children’s Holiday Party has been set for December 9th at the Elk’s Lodge. Heather Nuques has made wonderful plans for the kids and grandkids attending, including gifts, a hand-bell choir and Santa Claus!

The lingering question following last week’s joint luncheon between the Culver City Rotary Club and the Culver City Exchange Club (at least according to Reciprocator editor Rod Miyata) was “Where were the USC cheerleaders?” Seems they’d all been booked at other pre-game events, so the audience had to make do with the UCLA cheerleaders plus a talk (well received by both sides) by John “JJ” Jackson, an athletic and academic All American at USC as a wide receiver, also played baseball and was a team MVP in 1989. Jackson played wide receiver for the NFL Phoenix Cardinals between 1990 and 1992 and for the Chicago Bears in 1996. Currently JJ is a sports commentator who works for ESPN Radio 710 and FSN West and co-hosts the Lexus Gauntlet Show, the USC Press Conference Show, and serves as an analyst for Trojans Live. He can be seen on the sidelines as a reporter during USC football games for 710 ESPN.

Doubly thankful this week – the following folks will be celebrating birthdays accompanied by Thanksgiving leftovers: Ida Nicholas, Kyle Johnson, Jana Koppula, Krystyna Riban, Linda Wehbi, Vincent Palazzola, Joyce Cook, Gordon Vosburg, Joan Jakubowski, Crystal Alexander, Sarah Nilsen, Cathi Bratton, Linda Owens, Jo Ann Callis, Carrie Cook, Jessica Lynn Woods, Lisa Fuqua, Sonia Madan, Laura Vandeweghe, Jessica Westcott, Jessica Burton, Carla Degroot, Joanne Tortorici Luna, Sheila Merrill, Mark O’Brien, Vincent Palazzola, Jacqueline Stinson, Heriberta Lazaro, Byron Stock, James Lim, and Matthew Spaulding. . 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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