Since the Culver City Julian Dixon Library is closed for extensive renovations, the Winter Session Storytime (a special time to make new friends and share stories, songs, play and more) will be taking place at the Veterans Memorial Building (4117 Overland Avenue) on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. This program is for children 0-5 years of age – babies, toddlers and preschoolers are all welcome. No registration is required. Winter session began on Wednesday, February 4 and will end on April 1, 2015. Spring session will then begin on April 22, following a two week hiatus. For further information, please contact Children’s Librarian Joan Mead: (310) 679-8193 or email [email protected]
Free music, eh? Yep, you are cordiality invited to a FREE Concert on Tuesday, Feb.17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Robert Frost Auditorium (4401 Elenda Street) to welcome the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Band, directly from our sister city of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The band, composed of 60 talented high school musicians, will perform alongside our very own Culver City High School Academy of Performing Arts (AVPA) Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. The Culver City Sister City Committee will be sponsoring a raffle with prizes consisting of four gift baskets, each representing the countries of our sister cities. The suggested donation for the raffle tickets is $1. It is hoped that many locals will be part of this exciting musical collaboration that will support 25 years of sisterhood between Lethbridge and Culver City.
Coming up on Saturday, February 21 the Friends of the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center’s annual fundraising event will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Culver City. This extra-special evening will also be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Friends’ support group. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, music provided by Ronnie Jayne, well-known entertainer and Culver City resident, a no-host bar, and continues with dinner, a performance by the High School Jazz Combo, and a live auction. In addition, three outstanding community members will be recognized: Michael and Judy Bauer, community activists and dedicated supporters of the Health Center, and Dave LaRose, Superintendent of the Culver City Unified School District, and one of the Center’s strongest advocates. The cost of the event is $100 per person or $110 at the door. To RSVP for the event email Sarah Carpenter at [email protected] or call her at 310-837-3734. For more information about the Health Center’s great services to our students visit www.culvercityyouthhealthcenter.org.
Looking further ahead, (February 28th to be exact) the Culver City Rotary Club will be celebrating its 85th anniversary with a Casino Night fundraiser and party. This event will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel located at 5990 Green Valley Circle, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and lasting until midnight. There will be gaming, hors d’oeuvres, poker tournament, auction, and a no-host bar. The cost is $85 for two or $45 per person. You can RSVP to Kate Rosloff (310) 403-9292 or [email protected].
Rotarians were saddened to learn of long time member Jack Sugihara’s passing on January 27. Jack joined the Club in 1969 and was one of the Club’s leading contributors to the Culver City Rotary Club Community Foundation making a sizable contribution every year. Jack was also deeply involved with their sister club in Kaizuka, Japan, helping set up their very successful student exchange program. Jack and his son Mark were members for many years and sadly the Club lost both of them in less than two years. A memorial service was held for Jack last Saturday in the Faith Chapel of Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.
Enjoying crisp, sunny (winter California-style) birthdays this week are Virginia Tangalakis, Sue Bowles, Duane Bunker, Sean Baker, Joshua Winston, Beverly O’Brien, Goran Eriksson, Ted Blaisdell, Deborah Kelfer, Peter Baram, and Dave 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’ll post it!
Don’t forget what could be a critical holiday, coming up this Saturday, February 14. Give? It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re hoping everyone finds a fun and maybe even a romantic way to celebrate it – at one of our great Culver City restaurants perhaps?