LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13There’s lots to do in our town, e.g. did you know that Culver City offers one of the highest concentrations of fine art galleries in Southern California? The Arts District (nominated as one of the Best Arts Districts in the United States) is loosely defined as Washington Blvd. between Helms and Fairfax as well as LaCienega Blvd. between Venice and Fairfax. There’s also an annual Art Walk, but we don’t have word as yet as to this year’s scheduled date – we’ll keep you posted. Couple all the galleries with a flourishing restaurant scene, and you’ve got a fun reason to explore the East side of Culver City!

Our Culver City Firefighters have added a new member to their ranks: Probationary Firefighter Stephen Lovas has officially been promoted to Firefighter. The Department conducted a Badge Ceremony attended by his family, friends and colleagues to present him with his newly earned badge on March 9th. Congratulations to Firefighter Lovas – you’re a member of a great department!

Not to be outdone, two police officer recruits, Jon Ogden and Steven Armenta, (hmmm…Armenta…Armenta…could this be Christopher Armenta’s son?) recently graduated from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy. Both recruits completed the Academy in the top 10 percent of their class and are now members of our outstanding CCPD. Hats off to all of these fine young men who all share the desire to serve Culver City!

Dang – missed out again! The Angel City Derby Girls returned to the Veterans’ Memorial Building last weekend and we found out too late. We’ve been meaning to go see Roller Derby in our own backyard for ages, but so far haven’t made it. We’ll find out when they’re next in town and let EVERYBODY know!

From Culver City Sister City co-presidents Matt Seeberger and Alan Schreibman comes word that they are still looking for high school students interested in being “citizen ambassadors” to Iksan, South Korea, with the trip taking place from July 24 through August 4, 2015. They are also looking for middle school student families interested in hosting students from Kaizuka, Japan. The Culver City students will then have the opportunity to go to Kaizuka in the summer of 2016. More details about both of these exchanges are available on request. Contact CCSCC secretary Sonia Karroum at [email protected] for more information.

Coming up this Saturday night, March 28, is Temple Akiba’s 5th Annual Gala, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 6161 W. Centinela Ave. The event will honor Carol and Ira Diamond, Randee Bishoff and Leanna and Ron Watts. This promises to be a spectacular evening of entertainment, dinner, dancing, a DJ, photo tower, raffle, live auction and more. The night is dedicated to celebrating the honorees, all deemed bright lights in the Temple Akiba community! For ticket information call (310) 398-5783.

The month of April is only a few days away (how did that happen??) and some great classes and activities are starting up here in Culver City. Tennis, softball and basketball for adults, lots of youth sports programs (there still may be some room left in the Spring Day Camps), summer day and teen camps, ongoing afterschool programs, preschool activities, children and adult music lessons, Scottish country dance and Scandinavian dance for adults, ceramics classes for all ages, health and exercise classes, and the list goes on and on. Boredom is definitely not an option in Our Town: for more information call (310) 253-6650 or visit the Recreation Office located in the southwest end of the Veterans Memorial Building Complex facing Vet’s Park. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

March may be winding down, but birthday celebrants are ramping up the celebrations this week, including Peter Benjamin, Roger MacGregor, Katie Peters, Claire Snodgrass, and Angie Kirk. 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!

Ting Internet is in Culver City!

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