LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

618255A802EB4956B550DA5CB576D5C3Looking to do some last-minute shopping and donate to a good cause at the same time this week? “Silverlining,” an upscale resale boutique founded in 2011 and located at 12211 Washington Blvd., will be open 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (and maybe even Wednesday? Call (310) 574-7893 to see) and offers a wide selection of new, vintage, and gently used fashionable and designer clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children. However, Silverlining is much more than your typical designer resale store! Recognizing the pressing need for students with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and other challenges to develop vocational experience and skills, The Help Group created Silverlining to serve as a student vocational training center. Since its opening, Silverlining has enabled these students to learn and develop valuable job-related skills that contribute to their knowledge, self-confidence, employability, and future independence. Help young people develop the skills they will need to succeed in life…a silver lining for all!

Lots of extra church services this week, e.g. Westside Unity (located at 10794 Barman Avenue) will be having Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Services at 3:00 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24. Revs. James Daly and Lee Lakso will be officiating, with music by Todd Hunter, Lynne Fuqua, Leonard Lancaster and Navelle Kelso. Grace Lutheran Church (4427 Overland Avenue) will have its candlelight services at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., with a “fantastic musical concert” a half hour before each service. Agape International Spiritual Center (5700 Buckingham Parkway) will host Christmas Eve Services from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.) and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Both services will also be live-streamed on Agape’s main Live Streaming page for those who can’t get to the services in person. Culver-Palms United Methodist Church (4464 Sepulveda Blvd., next to the Culver-Palms Family YMCA) will host a Christmas Eve Candle Light Service at 7:00 p.m.

They Deserve a Break Dep’t: The Culver City Exchange Club will go dark on Tuesday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 30 to better enjoy the craziness of the holiday season, finishing upon details at work and spending time with their families. There’s a busy year ahead for them, as always!

And going dark on Wednesday the 24th and the following Wednesday, December 31 will be the Culver City Rotary Club. (We think they’re still recovering from their 42nd Rotary Holiday Luncheon held at the American Legion Hall last week.) The signature ribs were prepared by a new team of smokers hosted at his home by Party Chair Phil Tangalakis. In addition to a crowd of Rotarians, Culver City Exchange Club members, family members, City Manager John Nachbar, all City Council members (no, Virginia, they weren’t in violation of the Brown Act), six officers from Culver City Police Department including Chief Scott Bixby, CCEF Executive Director Leslie Adler and Chris Richardson (her assistant), and a very spirited group of Marines from Camp Pendleton. (There were rumors of some former Rotarians being present, but they seemed to have had a lock on the bar and didn’t join the rest of the group.) Other notable happenings included the donation of loads of toys for all of the children in the visiting Marine Battalion! A salute to Lyn Caron, who did ALL of the shopping!

Want to pick up some extra-fresh veggies, flowers, fruits or last-minute gift items? Our year round Farmers’ Market takes place every Tuesday, rain or shine, on downtown Culver City’s Main Street, from 2:00 to 7 p.m. There are over 200 parking spaces adjacent to the market (in the Cardiff parking structure), first 2 hours free.

They May Look Good Now Dep’t: But sooner or later that Christmas tree so beautifully decorated will be past its prime. Per the City of Culver City, residents with curbside recycling service may place their cut-up tree in the yard waste collection container. You should first remove tinsel, ornaments, and stands from the tree. It is unlawful and a serious fire hazard to leave unwanted trees at the curb or in the alleys for an extended period of time, so do chop it up and place it in in the green waste bins. (For Multi-Family residents Culver City will provide drop-off services at these locations Fox Hills Area, call (310) 253-6400 for exact location.

Kudos to City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra, who shepherded a group of interested walkers on last week’s “Walk With a Doc” special route event. She described many points of interest some of us may have just walked past or driven by (like “Dick Van Dyke Blvd.” – who knew??) without even noticing who or what its history has been. And we didn’t even get near Downtown Culver City! The one-hour walk ended up at the Culver City Historical Society’s ARC (Archive Resources Center) almost exactly where it began at Vet’s Park and participants were treated to more history about our founding father, Harry Culver, as well as a great display of photos and artifacts from sports to movies and more. The next “Walk With a Doc” will be January 17, where participants will concentrate more on just walking off those holiday calories!

Lots of holiday lights and sparkles this week for birthday celebrants Michele Cerra-Lachoff, Patricia Millett, Noreen Zucca, Sarah Danner, Jessica Ruacho, Ashley Harding, Linda Schumitzky, Jo Baxter, Laura Stuart, Shelly Blaisdell, Katie Shery, and Marion Feingold. 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!

Hanukkah’s just about over, and it’ll soon be Christmas – busy week, but do find the time to express loving greetings to your friends and neighbors!

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