LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Jozelle SmithThis Monday night’s meeting of the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club will be devoted to prepping for their upcoming “Fiesta of Gems,” and you can bet newest members Elizabeth Markovitch and Victor Rachootin will be there to join in the fun. Club members enjoy this time of the year – the meeting just before the big June 27th and 28th event – and the meeting on June 8th (7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building) has been described as “a pleasant work party.” Everyone who has attended this final meeting prior to the show in years past knows it as a productive couple of hours and a great opportunity to get to know other members as they break into small work groups and get the post card mailings prepared and the Grab Bags sorted and filled with treasures. The Fiesta of Gems is considered the “best of the best” of gem and mineral shows in Southern California, with more than 30 vendors, classes, free demonstrations, drawings, free admission and free parking. Saturday, June 27 hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Also this Monday night, June 8, a delegation from our Sister City Iksan, South Korea, is off to visit our Council Chambers, headed by their Honorable Mayor Park Kyung-Chul. The Culver City Sister City Committee invites everyone to attend the Mayor’s presentation to our City Council at the start of the meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers, or you can watch it on Channel 35, where it will be aired.

Yay! It’ll be a fountain again! The beloved Lion Fountain in Town Plaza had its damaged tiles and plumbing repaired this past weekend and should be functioning again, much to the delight of the kids who liked to dodge the mini- water spouts.

Lots going on at the popular Kirk Douglas Theater this week, to wit: This Saturday, June 13th’s Culver City Symphony Orchestra “Sounds of Downtown” concert features Julia Choi, Clarinetist, Intermediate Division Winner of the Parness Concerto Competition. Julia will be performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto. The concerto is described as riveting, and her performance is highly anticipated. Also on the program, in addition to the Copland Concerto, is music by Grieg, Mahler and Tchaikovsky, all under the direction of Conductor/Music Director Frank Fetta. This, the final concert of the season, will be performed starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, corner Washington & Duquesne. (Free parking under City Hall, Culver & Duquesne.) For ticket information, visit www.culvercitysymphony.org.

If you’re a Senior or Student and you haven’t bought tickets yet for this Tuesday, June 9th’s screening of “Into the West” followed by a Q & A by noted folks, you’re in luck! Special $25.00 discounts have just been announced. This special event will benefit the Culver City Education Foundation, dedicated to supporting and enhancing quality educational programs for every student in the Culver City Unified School District. To order tickets ($42.00 donation, $25.00 for students, seniors, and educators with code ‘COLORADO’), go to www.losingthewestmovie.com or call (213) 628-2772. The event is – guess where? The Kirk Douglas Theater, and free parking is available underneath the City Hall, Culver & Duquesne. Event partners are the Jr. Posse Youth Equestrian Program, TreePeople, the City of Santa Monica and the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. with appetizers catered by Tub’s Chili and Dinah’s, along with an open bar. The 7:00 p.m. screening will be followed by a Q & A with Director Alex Warren, Former Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells, Former Legislator Richard Katz, CJP Director Mayisha Akbar and Watershed Supervisor Neal Shapiro.

Until it gets its permanent home built on Culver Blvd., The Jazz Bakery’s Musical Feast continues to entertain: this Thursday, June 11, the Feast Series presents Cuban solo pianist Alfredo Rodriquez, appearing at 8:00 p.m. at – where else? the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. (Parking available under City Hall; lots of neighboring restaurants for pre-theater dining.) For tickets and information, go to www.jazzbakery.org. The performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts grant with assistance from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Birthday greetings go out this week to DeDe Dolce, Barbara Honig, Christine Johnson, Jennifer Priebe, Bonnie Seeberger, and Daphne Yemofio. Catching up, we’re sending late greetings to Stanley Genser, Woody Shaffer, Janelle Williams, Ana Maria Guimaraes, Jan Ferguson, Adrienne Louie, Grace Bruno, Shana McGrath, Felice Ganz, and Christina Grande. If you’d like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday mentioned here, let us know at [email protected] and we’ll post it!

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