LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300It’s gratifying to know how eager Culver City residents are to become trained in case of any emergency: For the past three years the Culver City Fire Department has participated in “Ready Culver City,” a community disaster resilience pilot project sponsored and funded through Los Angeles County. In an effort to create a disaster-resilient Culver City, “Ready Culver City” used its grant funding to offer five free CPR and First Aid training opportunities. Trainings are to take place February through May 2015. The trainings were advertised the week of February 2nd, and three days later, all five classes were full! (I feel safer already…)

Family members (Margie, T.C., Lindsay, and Justin) of the late Carl Joy, long-time Grace Lutheran Church member, were touched by the dedication of the Church’s upstairs kitchen as “A Kitchen of Joy” in his honor. Over the past several months, Margie has taken steps to make sure that the kitchen was outfitted with a new refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, stainless steel tables, and painted. Since member Ken Smith started Grace Diner in 2010, they have served an average of 80 meals, every Monday night, or over 24,000 dinners. As Margie said, “I feel very strongly about Grace Diner, and it warms my heart that we are devoted to delivering ongoing compassionate care to the people in our community that need us so much. I was touched by all who attended the dedication, as Pastor Ellen led a heartfelt prayer for the kitchen and all the good work that we have accomplished. My family is appreciative and proud of this gracious recognition.” Grace Diner is open to the community every Monday, serving a hot cooked meal for folks in need from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the upstairs Parish Hall adjacent to Grace Church, 4427 Overland Ave.

You may have always been a Rock & Roller, but have you ever thought of being an active Walk & Roller? The Culver City Walk & Rollers are looking for community members wanting to play an active role in the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. There’s a workshop coming up this Saturday, March 7 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. if you’d like to work with your school’s SRTS Committee, take an active role in SRTS event coordination or just want to better understand more about SRTS. The workshop will include sessions on: SRTS Background; Information and resources for future opportunities; Basics for teaching safety skills; Promoting the program and future activities; Guidance in building a sustainable program at your school; and How to host a successful pedestrian or bicycle safety event. No prior experience is required for participation, just a general knowledge of and enthusiasm for walking and biking programs! The meeting takes place at the CCUSD District Office’s Board Room, 4034 Irving Place, and you’ll score extra points if you walk or bike there! For more information, visit www.ccwalkandroll.com.

Would you like a life-changing experience for you and your family? The Culver City Sister City Committee is offering an opportunity for eight current 8th – 11th graders to become citizen diplomats via the Culver City Sister City Committee High School Exchange Program with our sister city of Iksan, South Korea. Through this program, which will take place from July 23 – August 4, 2015, students (accompanied by two Culver City chaperones) will be staying with a Korean high school student and experiencing the life, culture, sounds, foods, history and more of this amazing sister city. Then in the summer of 2016 you will in turn host a student from our sister city and participate in planning and carrying out a program for the Korean guests when they come and visit Culver City. Download the application from the CCSC website, www.culvercitysistercitycommittee.org and/or contact Barbara Honig at 310-567-2167.

Singing in the shower or humming to yourself can get a little boring sometimes, so why not head over to the Rotunda Room at Veterans Memorial Building this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. where Overtone Industries will present a Spontaneous Combustion Choir? The choir will perform and also invite the audience to join in! Singers of all levels are welcome, and this is a pay-what-you-can event. More information is available at www.overtoneindustries.org.

Hard to believe that this Tuesday is Election Day already, but our conscience is clear (voting absentee will do that for you) and we’ll see how it all turns out. Sydney Kamlager, LA Community College candidate, is having her Election Night Party in Culver City at the Koplin DelRio Gallery, 6031 W. Washington Blvd. in our famed Arts District. The event begins at 8:10 p.m. and will run to 11:00 p.m. RSVP to [email protected].

Rain? Sun? Wind? You name it, but it makes for interesting birthdays for Andy Alexander, Diane Netzel, Evan Miller, Joanie Maines, Carol Hayes, and Maggie Johnson. 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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