LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Jozelle SmithTalking trash: Ballona Creek Renaissance is cleaning up (and we’re not kidding!): over the past year nine creek cleanups were held, with over 2,700 pounds of ocean-bound debris collected by more than 600 volunteers, including event leaders and helpers. Some cleanups were small, and then there was Evan Dumas’ Zero Waste Eagle Scout project cleanup in April 2014, when about 125 volunteers collected a 2014 BCR record 869 lbs. of debris (706 lbs. of trash, 163 lbs. of recyclables)! Soon after, Evan formed a Culver High BCR Club on campus and subsequently was elected to the main BCR Board. BCR’s post-rain cleanup on December 6, 2014 brought out 70 volunteers, who gathered up 630 lbs. (510 lbs.trash, 100 lbs. recyclables, 20 lbs. hazardous materials). And 2015 started off with another post-rain cleanup on February 21, with 60 volunteers, 440 lbs. trash, 130 lbs. recyclables, 115 lbs. hazmat. Want to find out more about this dynamic group? Visit www.ballonacreek.org and see how you can help!

“Get Well Soon” wishes go out to Ken Campbell, Virgie Eskridge and Bob Clarke – hope you’re all feeling better soon!

Culver City Sister City Committee members will be welcoming Ms. Noriko Komatsu and Mr. Yuki Otsuka, (runners from our sister city Kaizuka, Japan, here to participate in the March 15 Los Angeles marathon) at a potluck dinner this Friday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Mike Cohen’s house. CCSCC will be providing burgers and hot dogs, and members will be bringing side dishes, beverages and desserts. Sure to be there are Culver City residents Man Trang and Mike Mahurin, who traveled to Kaizuka to run in the Senshu International Marathon in Osaka Prefecture, Japan last month. Both ran very well, and (according to CCSCC’s Kaizuka counterparts) were excellent representatives. This typical American potluck buffet is sure to dazzle the Kaizuka runners!

S.A.V.E.S. (St. Augustine Volunteer Emergency Services) was founded in 1973 by Sadie Cerda under the sponsorship of Saint Augustine’s Catholic Church, and continues to help the needy of all faiths (or none!) to this day. S.A.V.E.S. is open to clients on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Volunteers are needed every day of the week since S.A.V.E.S. is open daily to receive donations and prepare for their clients. On Saturdays and Sundays S.A.V.E.S. has an ongoing yard sale to raise money for general operations. S.A.V.E.S. receives donations from many sources, yet still needs to purchase food to provide their clients with a balanced diet. S.A.V.E.S. conducts a food drive on the second Sunday of every month, and volunteers collect food at all the St. Augustine Church masses to assist in their mission to feed the hungry. Food items can be placed in collection barrels at the doors of the church. St. Augustine’s (and S.A.V.E.S. in the parking lot at the rear of the church) is located at 3850 Jasmine Avenue

MARCHing into Spring birthday celebrations are Carolyn Burns, Randy Bratton, Jeff (Culver City Councilmember) Cooper, Kyle Ruebsamen, Karen Gajewski Baughan, Abbas Zawawi, Chris Golden, Grace Sato, Avery Ocko Michalak, Michelle Grassmeier, Mike Halahan, Sonya Algosaibi, and Darren Cokin. 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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