LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

happy-new-year-2015-6Exciting news for local teen Claire Skelley: Claire made it to the Semi-Final Master Class in the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards – which is big! She competed in the non-classical vocal category, which typically has over 600 teens auditioning. Claire was notified that she has made to the Master Class Semi-Finals of 15 kids! From that class, two grand finalists will emerge and one honorary mention. Then the two grand finalists battle it out on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler. We’ll keep you posted on performance dates.

Driving by the big construction project at our Expo Line station at Washington & National has been interesting to watch (at best) and often troublesome, traffic-wise. But look at what’s going to end up being there: 200,000 square feet of office area, a 148-room hotel, a 200-unit residential complex, and a retail and restaurant/commercial area of around 50,000 square feet! There’ll be subterranean parking, plus open space that includes a transit plaza, outdoor dining areas and a 1/3 acre public open space area. New street trees, landscaping and street furniture will be installed on Washington, National and Venice Blvds. Can this really be East Culver City?

Staying close to home on New Year’s Eve is always a good idea, and even better when you can attend a New Year’s Eve Ball at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. The event is the USA Dance of Los Angeles County, and will feature ballroom dancing, dinner and live music. For more information visit www.usadancela.org/

For those who like to celebrate a little earlier in the day, the Culver City Senior Center’s New Year’s Eve Party will be held this Wednesday, December 31 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are on sale to member s for just $1.00 at the Senior Center Business desk. (So hurry up and join – the Center is located at the intersection of Culver Blvd. and Overland Ave., just across the street from the Veterans’ Memorial complex.) Call (310) 253-6700 for membership information.

Wanna have some rowdy fun and great music? Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Hinano’s, 15 Washington Blvd. at the beach! Listen to local band “Sonny & Mis-B-Havers” play hits of the 50’s – ‘70’s, including rock, oldies, blues, country, and rhythm & blues. No cover charge – great burgers and free popcorn from 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Coming up is an Electronic Waste Round-up, which could be just the thing after Christmas and Hanukkah gifts have been installed. On Saturday, January 20, just “drive up, drop off, drive away from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 8740 Washington Blvd. Recycling items accepted include computers, monitors, printers, scanners, laptops, modems, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, radios & stereos, cassette players, CD players, phones & systems, fax machines, cell phones, PDAs, and cables. (No hazardous or bulky waste accepted) For more information, Call Public Works Environmental Programs & Operations Refuse & Recycling Customer Service Office at (310) 253-6400 or visit www.culvercity.org

New Year’s week birthday celebrants include Joy Jacobs, Linda Schumitzky, Diane Miller, Kathy Brundo, Neil Rubinstein, 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!

Here’s wishing everyone a safe and fun New Year’s Eve and Day – and a loving and peaceful 2015!

The Actors' Gang

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