We took last week off from our LOCALmotion column last week (or maybe you didn’t notice?) to visit Park City, UT for the annual Sundance Film Festival. This is the third year we’ve met there with Heart of Screenland pal Shirley Miyamoto to view as many films as we could, enjoy Main Street’s ambience, shuttle to theaters and meet some very fun people (like Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, etc.) After a few days we travelled on down to Salt Lake City, thinking the venues wouldn’t be as crowded and indeed they weren’t, but local transportation wasn’t easy; cabs, buses, trains – next year we’ll just spend our week in Park City, and see if we can top the ten films in four days we saw this year!
Coming up next Monday evening, February 9, the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club’s program promises to be a “February Silent Auction Spectacular.” Back by popular request this will be in lieu of the regular monthly (more educational) presentation. There are items stashed away already, plus members are asked to donate three to six items (mineral specimens, slabs, cabochons, tools, jewelry findings, finished jewelry, related books, magazines, etc.) Visitors are always welcome: Monday, February 9, 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Bldg., 4117 Overland Ave. Enter from the rear door.
The eastern part of Venice Blvd. is getting better, but only if you stay out of its way! Starting this week (Monday, February 2 – Friday, February 13) there will be lane reductions and closures intermittently on National Blvd., Robertson Blvd. plus the I-10 East Robertson Blvd. off ramp. Look for flaggers, signage, and anyone who looks official waving you in the right direction if you’re driving between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. those dates. (You can still access local businesses – yay for our favorite store, Goodwill Industries!) Add to this the So Cal Edison and Golden State Water projects currently going on in Our Town – best to keep your eyes open wide while driving!
And speaking of things transpo-related, Culver CityBus has begun its Line 7 extension service to the Hayden Tract, running about every 30 minutes at peak times only (between 5:54 a.m. to 9:18 a.m. and 3:28 p.m. to 7:28 p.m.). There are two stops in the Hayden Tract that folks can use to take Line 7: Hayden Ave/Warner Drive and Higuera St./Eastham Drive. This is great news for those folks who work in the Hayden Tract and take the Expo Line!
It’s been seven or eight years ago since Susan Evans left her job with the City of Culver City and she and husband Les acted on their long-held dream of growing their own grapes and opening a winery in Central California. Shadow Run Vineyards in Creston (Paso Robles area) is a great success, and the Evans’ are living their dream. (We went up last year to help do the bottling – what an experience!) Not only have their 2012 Eclipse (estate petite sirah) taken a gold medal and their 2011 Cellar Door (estate grown syrah) a silver medal at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, but they now have recently completed the installation of a 12.5 kw solar array, hoping to generate all the power needed to keep their winery at the cool temperatures that are required year around. For those who have shivered in August in their tasting room with a temperature of 65 degrees F, or in the barrel room at 58 degrees F when outside temperatures are close to 100 degrees F, you can now be assured that they are making every effort to reduce their carbon footprint by minimizing the energy they require from the local grid. Their goal is to produce the same amount of power that they use for their wine making business. Go, Shadow Run! Contact them at [email protected] for more information.
Coming up soon, El Rincon Elementary School will hold an Eco Wash waterless car wash set for Saturday, February 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since the El Rincon Booster Club cares very much about our environment, the club has decided to help our planet by offering our community a waterless and eco-friendly base car wash. Eco-Car Wash products use less than 5 ounces of water compared to the 70-100 gallons of water a regular car wash uses to wash just one car, and the products are eco-friendly. You’re invited to join in for a day of fun, music, food, and a clean car at the Eco-Car Wash event. Early-bird specials (8-9 a.m.) include compacts, economy and full-size cars, $8.00; small SUVs, mini-vans and small trucks, $10.00; and full-size SUVs and large trucks $13.00. The rest of the day (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) prices for compact, economy and full-size cars, $10.00; small SUVs, mini-vans, small trucks: $12.00; and full-size SUVs, large trucks, $15.00. You can even pre-pay for your car wash on the El Rincon Booster Club’s website, www.erboosterclub.com.
Enjoying winter California-style birthdays this week are Ron Coombs, Stephanie Benjamin, Jim Gilbert, Kim Garner, Ben Lowe, Stanley West, Paul Gomez, and Mary Lyon. 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 will post it for you!