LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Jozelle SmithDo you have out of town visitors during this holiday season? Culver City features one of the highest concentrations of fine art galleries in Southern California with nearly twenty galleries located within the City’s borders, and there are almost the same number just over the border in the City of Los Angeles. Although there are several art galleries located in other parts of Culver City, the majority are in what is known as the “Culver City Arts District,”— the section of Washington Boulevard between Helms Avenue and Fairfax Avenue. For an interactive map of the galleries within the Arts District, visit www.culvercityartsdistrict.com. Best of all is the annual Culver City Art Walk, usually held in the Spring or early Summer. Watch for it!

This Wednesday, December 17, bring the little ones to hear “Little Ears, Big Imaginations: Rebecca Martin Sings,” at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Avenue. From 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. your toddlers and preschoolers (and even babies!) will be thrilled by music performed especially for them! For additional information call Joan Mead at (310) 559-1676 or visit www.colapublib.org/libs/culvercity.

Just in case you don’t think there are enough dining options in Culver City, there are more in the works: The Hatchet Hall (they’ll move into the space now occupied by Waterloo & City who’ll be vacating sometime in January, so you’d better get in there quick!); Holy Cow, a barbecue restaurant; Rita’s Ice Cream Shop, and Robeks’s Juice!

The Culver City Exchange Club’s (Adult) Christmas Party is set for this Saturday, December 20th at SM Aviation at the SM Airport. The Culver City High School Jazz Ensemble will provide entertainment. We’re guessing that the party won’t actually be outside on the runway, even though it does say “Adult” Christmas Party. (These folks do know how to have fun!)

From Dr. Jeffrey Penso, co-founder of Culver City’s Walk with a Doc, comes a reminder that the December walk is this Saturday morning, December 20, beginning at 8:45 am. This one will be a special Culver History Walk, coordinated by Julie Lugo Cerra, Culver City Historian. Participants will start at the usual place – near the tennis courts at Veteran’s Park – Culver and Overland Blvds., but there will be a new route. After reaching Lindberg Park, walkers will head east toward Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park and visit historic sites along the way. (Walkers will be provided maps and descriptions of the sites.) This event honors co-founder Grace Elliott, who responded to then-Mayor Jeff Cooper’s suggestion to Culver City to get out and exercise about a year ago, and it was on its way! The Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Brandon Webb will warm everyone up, and then participants can either walk fast or stroll with friends for approximately an hour. After the Walk, at 10:15, participants are invited to visit the nearby CC Historical Society’s Archive Resource Center to enjoy a special exhibit – the 75th anniversary of Wizard of Oz, with great film memorabilia.

A salute goes out to Globe Tire & Motorsports, who continues to donate a portion of your purchase to the Culver City Education Foundation. Globe is located at 2450 So. LaCienega Blvd., near the intersection of LaCienega and Venice Blvd. You can call them at (310) 836-0804 or visit www.globemotorsports.com for more information. Don’t forget to mention “Culver City Education Foundation” or “Culver City Unified School District” before you purchase!

Have you checked out the Winter 2015 edition of the Culver City Living recreation brochure online at www.culvercity.org/CulverCityLiving?You’ll find information on all the exciting upcoming winter programs and activities being offered for all ages. Registration for the winter 2015 session started Saturday, December 6th for Culver City resident customers, and non-resident registration began December 13th. The array of classes and activities will dazzle you! Call (310) 253-6650 for more information.

No raining on the birthday parades this week for David Ashcraft, Eric Snell, Norma Newton, Ali Safai , Howie Jacobowitz, Rosemary Ihde, and Sandy Detweiler . 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!

Best wishes go out to our Jewish friends, as Hanukkah begins at sunset on Tuesday, December 16, and ends at sunset on Wednesday, December 24, 2014- or 25 Kislev, 5775, depending on what calender you are using. However you count it up , it’s an occasion to keep a light on in the darkness – What’s not to enjoy?

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