Don’t have any kids who attend Farragut Elementary School? It’s OK! Families from throughout Culver City are invited to bring their children to Farragut for a fun-filled day celebrating the visual and performing arts through workshops, performances, art happenings and more this Saturday, April 11 from 11am to 4 pm. Last year over 700 people enjoyed the day – which is free – and which also means there will probably be even more participants this year! There will also be silent and live auctions going on throughout the day, and from April 13-24 Artworks! is offering items and services through an online auction (vacations, gift cards, art, etc.). Following up on the ten-day fundraising opportunities, an Artworks! Gala will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 7 to 11 pm at Fresh Paint Gallery, 5835 Washington Blvd. in Culver City’s Arts District. This will be an adult evening with more auctions, food, fun and entertainment. For more information on both events, visit www.farragutfanclub.org.
For those folks interested in maintaining a garden even (especially) during drought conditions, the Culver City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commission will be discussing “Urban Gardening, Apartment Gardening, and Neighborhood Coop Gardening” and the role that the Commission might take in mentoring community members interested in community gardening at their meeting this Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Patacchia Room at Culver City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd. (parking underneath the building). To view the PRCS Commission’s 04/07/15 Meeting Agenda on the City’s website, go to www.culvercity.org/agendas.aspx?type=new. If you have questions or would like to comment on this Agenda Item but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact PRCS Director Dan Hernandez at [email protected] or (310) 253-6655.
Coming up this week is the Culver City Democratic Club’s monthly meeting in the Rotunda Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building: it’s set for Wednesday, April 8 beginning with refreshments at 6:45 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells, who will be joined by Kelly Osajima of Evolve, who will discuss Closing Prop 13 Loopholes. Club members were saddened to hear of the recent passing of another of their long-time members, Cecilia Guttenberg. Cecilia moved out of Culver City just a short time ago to be with her family in Northern California, and passed away on March 20. She leaves behind sons Alan and Paul Guttenberg and their spouses along with daughter Michele and her husband David, plus grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many friends.
The Culver City Rock & Mineral Club’s next meeting is set for Monday, April 13, when the program title will be “Colored Diamonds.” This will include diamonds’ geology, chemistry and physics as well as the market forces driving the diamond business. Walt Lombardo of the Nevada Book and Mineral Company will be the speaker. The program and general meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. (enter at the rear door.) The public is always welcome (we’re sure newest members Shana McGrath and Eileen Stewart will be there) and refreshments will be served. For additional information visit www.culvercityrocks.org.
He’s Culver City History personified: Albert Vera, Jr. will tell the story of his father, Albert Vera, the founder of the Sorrento Market, at next week’s general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society, Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue. Albert Vera, an immigrant who came to America to pursue the AmericanDream created the famous market on Sepulveda Boulevard and the Vera Family holdings. He served time in the military, raised his family in Culver City and eventually became a member of the Culver City Council and Mayor of the city. Albert Jr. will narrate a power point presentation and discuss the family’s history with other members of the Vera family. Door prizes will be offered and there will be a drawing for Julie Lugo Cerra’s cookbook Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. The public is invited to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. Entry is through the Archives and Resource Center in the back parking lot. For information call (310) 253-6941 or send an email message to [email protected] Also, visit the CCHS website at: www.CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org for updates.
From the Culver City Fire Department comes the reminder that April is “Earthquake Preparedness Month,” and they have a comprehensive list of the things you should do in case of any emergency. Having a plan and knowing what to do can save a life, your life! From Christine Parra, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, comes the invitation to visit the City’s website at www.culvercity.org/emergencyprep, to take advantage of the many disaster oriented resources available to you. Remember, Emergency Preparedness Begins with You! For more information please call 310-253-5900.
Happy April birthday wishes go out this week to Doneil Weissman, Janice Metz, Susan Beveridge, Richard Shaffer, Frederick Reinhorn, Carol Hoebink, and Jack Skelley. 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 them for you!