LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300Hopefully it’s caught on! That’s El Rincon Elementary School’s Random Acts of Kindness Week dedicated to performing Random Acts of Kindness at home, in the community and at school. Additionally, the students created Valenkind Cards, which were delivered to senior citizens in the community (including residents at Meridian Assisted Living). Research has demonstrated a great number of benefits that result from teaching kindness in schools, including less bullying, an increase in children’s happiness, caring and peer acceptance, a greater sense of belonging and improved self-esteem. Children who learn and practice kindness also enjoy improved health, less stress, increased feelings of gratitude, better concentration, an improvement in academic performance and reduced depression. Ah, let’s move it up the ladder and all of us participate!

It’s “Walk with a Doc” time again folks, so lace up those sneakers and join in. This coming Saturday, February 21 walkers will meet at Veterans’ Memorial Park near the playground/picnic area at about 8:45 a.m. where Dr. Jeffrey Penso will conduct a briefing about “The Meaning of Measles,” then the Culver-Palms Famly YMCA’s Brandon Webb will provide some (usually much-needed) warmup exercises. After that, it’s off for an hour of walking before returning to Vet’s Park.

Just a stone’s throw away is Hinano, at 15 Washington Blvd. Best known for their legendary burgers, this little spot is just one block from the Venice Pier and features free popcorn, two pool tables, and a full beer & wine selection. Drop by this Friday eve, February 20 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. and enjoy locals “Hound Dog Dave & the Mel-Tones,” an American Roots and Blues Quartet!

Culver City Exchange Club Past President Earl Eskridge had a full list of members’ health updates at the club’s last meeting, to wit: Bob Clarke is having surgery on Friday, Greg Goodyear is feeling better and was at last week’s meeting (welcome back!), Ken Owens will be undergoing surgery in April, Virgie Eskridge still hasn’t heard the results of her tests, and Secretary Linda Owens is recovering from shoulder surgery. Other than that, everybody’s feeling great! (Sounds like leaving the meeting early cost several members the chance to win the club’s weekly drawings…bet they’ll hang around longer next week!)

And you wondered why there were so many people there? Our city’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department was presented with the State Award of Excellence for the marketing campaign for the 2014 Fiesta La Ballona by the California Parks & Recreation Society. This year’s “Party in the Park” is set for August 28-30, and you can start learning more about it now by visiting www.fiestalaballona.org. We must be doing something right!

Once a Centaur, always a Centaur. A Culver City High School Centaur, that is – and if you want the latest news from people you probably forgot you even knew, the join the CCHSAA and get their quarterly newsletter. It’s just $15.00 for a year, sent to CCHS Alumni Association, P. O. Box 4343 Culver City, CA 90231-4343. Learn more by visiting their website or email [email protected]

West L.A. College’s Westside Extension has some exciting offerings for Spring 2015. There are more than 500 great classes, and always new and creative ones, e.g. “Start a Homemade Food Business”, “Gift Baskets Made Easy”, “Create Your Dream Home by Remodeling,” “Groom Your Pet at Home Like a Pro,” and more, along with favorites on grant writing, a drought tolerant landscape, secrets of Social Security, etc. plus standards on computers, communication, languages, plus. For a complete online “catalog” visit www.westside.wlac.edu and be amazed!

Not too wintry for birthday celebrants Sandy Cavanaugh, Debbie Montgomery, Lynne Lukert, Ken Rogers, Sheila Bolton, and Johnny Hjorth . 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!

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