LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Jozelle SmithWe know it’s barely Spring, but time will be flying at its usual pace and it’s not too early to think about West LA College’s “westsidextension” classes for Summer 2015. They’ve got more than 500 great offerings, including more than 50 for kids. Among some of the adult class offerings are Start a Nonprofit, Floral Design, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Stand-Up Comedy, Mediation Certificate, Acupressure, Hand-Painted Silk, Conquer Closet Clutter!, Secrets of Social Security, Makeup Artistry, Aqua Zumba, MuayThai/Thai Boxing, QuickBooks and lots more! And to keep your kids from summer boredom (and texting addiction), check out Parent & Me, Lego Robotics, Crack the Cursive Code!, 21st Century Learning Skills, Water Fun & Swimming, Art-tastic! Half-Day Camp, Fun With Math, Video Game Design, Stress-Free College Applications, Dance, Dance, Dance! Tools4School, Dentistry for Kids, and even more! Classes start the second week of June, so visit Westside Extension at WLAC, 9000 Overland Avenue, or enroll by telephone (310) 287-4475 or online at www.westside.wlac.edu.

And if you still think you and/or your kids might be bored this summer, check out the Summer 2015 edition of the Culver City Living recreation brochure, now available online at www.culvercity.org/CulverCityLiving. Check out this latest brochure to learn more about the wide variety of exciting summer programs and activities being offered for all ages. Resident registration begins May 30th or, after you go through the array of offerings and have some questions, you can call (310) 253-6650 for more information.

AND we haven’t even mentioned the great summer opportunities for kids at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA : Day Camps, Resident Camps, Caravans, and more, for kids and teens. Camping is for everyone, and the Y offers specialty camps that focus on particular programming like teen adventure, music, sports specialties and farm/ranch experiences and for campers with special needs. As we write this, many CPFYMCA families are enjoying Camp Whittle over the Memorial Day Weekend. While there, they’re experiencing the beauty of Big Bear Mountains and the thrill of four days of traditional camp activities, including high and low ropes, climbing wall, arts and crafts, archery, horseback riding, swimming , great campfires and more. Drop in at the Y at 4500 Sepulveda Blvd. to get more information on the summer happenings, or visit www.ymcala.org/culver-palms.

How do you spell “way to go”? Cooper Komatsu, that’s how! Cooper, a student at Culver City Middle School and a two-time winner of the Culver City Unified School District’s Spelling Bee, will be in Washington D.C. this week, representing CCUSD and Los Angeles County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Bee will be televised on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28. Cooper will begin his pursuit of the title of the nation’s top speller in the preliminaries, which will be televised on ESPN3 at 8 a.m. EDT. If he does well, he would continue to the afternoon preliminaries, also on ESPN3 at 1:15 EDT. (Be sure to check local listings for correct local broadcast times). Then the semifinals will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, May 28; and the finals will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. PACIFIC time the same day. (Cooper’s spelling bee number is #13 – out of 285 contestants – so his turn will come up early. Students are listed alphabetically by state/country.) Good luck Cooper!

Culver City Exchange Club members, taking a breather between their fabulously successful Car Show and the upcoming 4th of July Fireworks Show, were glad to see member Greg Goodyear feeling better and back at a lunch meeting, and are also happy to hear that Virgie Eskridge is doing well! Good wishes and positive energy go out to member Bob Clarke, home from the hospital but battling anemia.

This Friday evening, May 29 the Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) will present a Large Ensemble Concert, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and some of AVPA’s chamber music ensembles. The Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble recently performed at the Music in the Parks Festival. Both ensembles won 1st Place in their categories, as well as receiving ratings of “Excellent.” The Concert Band also performed at the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Festival in March, receiving a rating of “Excellent” for their performance, and “Superior” for their sight-reading. The Chamber Singers performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 1 as part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s High School Choir Festival. Over 900 choral students from throughout the region performed several works in the hallowed hall. Three members of the Chamber Singers, Isabel Parra, Alberto Cruz, and Niko Vlahakis were also selected to perform as part of the festival’s Honor Choir. The program is free (but a goodwill donation would not be turned down) and starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Robert Frost Auditorium, 4401 Elenda St.

Birthday wishes go out this week to our son Paul Smith, Jake Jakubowski, Heather Nuques, Grace West, John Maines, Ron Engen, and Linda Lovgren. 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! Don’t forget: City Hall, banks and post offices will be closed this Monday in honor of Memorial Day. Don’t forget to fly your flags to salute the current and past members of the military who have served our country!

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