The largest banquet room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel was so tightly packed (over 400 people, we understand) that the buffet luncheon lines had to be set up outside. The event? The 35th Annual Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon, presented by the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. Outgoing Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells graciously gave out tributes to city staff that had the audience applauding at every turn, consistently attributing her successful year as Culver City’s Mayor to the support of the city’s creative, award-winning departments and many volunteer service organizations.
National Bike to School Day is right around the corner (May 6) and there is still time for your child’s school to host a successful event. Culver City Walk ‘n Rollers will show you how and it’s free! Culver City Walk ‘n Rollers is offering representatives from your school free training to encourage parents and children to walk-bike more and drive less. They’ll help with planning, recruiting and promoting and even fundraising for future events and will provide five free bike helmets to use as incentives for helping kids have more fun getting to school. For more information, call Culver City Walk ‘n Rollers today at (310) 204-4346.
Culver City’s Grace Lutheran Church is turning 70 years old in May, and you’re invited to party along! On Saturday evening, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a 70th Celebration Concert starring Maestra Marya Basaraba and the “Opera Plus” singers, followed by a gala reception at 8:15 p.m. The next day, parishoners, past members, and the community are invited to share memories and stories of Grace at a 10:00 a.m. Worship Service, followed by a 70th Anniversary Brunch. RSVPs are necessary for both of these events: call (310) 559-1027 or email [email protected]. Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue, and has been since 1945!
Benita Bike’s DanceArt is presenting “Explore Dance: Culver City” this Sunday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Avenue. This is a unique dance performance for art and dance lovers of all ages, featuring Elizabeth Alexander, Clare Kiklowicz, Shannon McGee, Monica Parra and Jeanna Riscigno. The program is free and no reservations are necessary. If you have any questions, call (818) 353-5734.
Do you or someone in your family have Parkinson’s Disease? There’s an opportunity to join other PD sufferers in “Dancing Through Parkinson’s” with moving body pilates created by Invertigo Dance Theatre. Classes are on Thursdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Dance Studio, 4500 Sepulveda Blvd. The classes are ongoing, so drop in any week – they begin in chairs, progressing to moving across the floor, then finishing in a big circle. Fun is the key word for the classes, which encourage stability, increase flexibility and keep your mind limber too. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to join in – there’s a wide range of great music offered. Cost: by donation. The Y is located at 4500 Sepulveda Blvd.
Here’s an opportunity for seniors to volunteer as a Health and Wellness Coach for a terrific new program made available through Jewish Family Services that will help at-risk older adults, ages 65 and older, to continue living independently and aging in place by matching them with a volunteer Health and Wellness Coach. This program is offered through the Culver City Senior Center. The role of the Volunteer Coach is to provide companion services and social activities, dedicating a couple of hours a week meeting with their matched senior(s) at the senior’s home or out in the community. Volunteer Coaches receive training prior to starting, as well as ongoing monthly support once matched, and help connect their matched senior to necessary community resources while promoting socialization and diminishing social isolation. Volunteers in the Senior Health and Wellness Program are similar in age as their matched senior – 55 years and older – and are asked to make an ongoing weekly commitment. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for this program, please contact Jill Thomsen at 310-253-6722 or by emailing Jill at [email protected].
Birthday greetings go out this week to both Barbara and Hans Matzel, Kaiya Weeks, and Albert Prabhu. 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 will post it!