LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Jozelle SmithIt’s only three hours long, so make it count: It’s our annual “Arts District Summer Crawl” and it’s an eye-opener, especially if you usually drive up (or down) the eastern part of Washington Blvd. on the way somewhere else and don’t pay attention to what’s sprung up along the way. The Arts District invites everyone to come explore their unique collection of galleries, restaurants, and specialty retail sites this Saturday, June 20, from 3:00 p.m . – 6:00 p.m. The event is a casual, self-guided tour of the Arts District with art galleries featuring works from new and distinguished artists. Several area restaurants and retailers are offering specials and deals, and there’s usually live music along the way. Visit www.culvercityartsdistrict.com for more information.
Culver City residents will have the opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste free of charge at a Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event that will take place in the City of Culver City at the Wende Museum Parking lot located at 10808 Culver Boulevard on Saturday June 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (it used to be the Armory). You can gather up any unwanted household hazardous waste items and leave them in their original container, place them in a cardboard box, and drive to the collection site. The entire process only takes a few minutes and you never have to leave your car. (They ask that you do not include any explosives or radioactive materials, tires or waste from businesses.) Do not mix products together. For more information on household hazardous waste disposal watch the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGw5UhjGy40&feature=youtu.be

Did you know that what we locals refer to as the Baldwin Hills Overlook (off Jefferson at Hetzler Road) is really The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook California State Park? And more commonly known as the “Culver City Stairs” to seasoned walkers? This outdoor staircase is designed into the trails leading up to a view of the greater Los Angeles. But here’s why we’d rather drive up to the top, pause the car to look at the view and then descend carefully to avoid hitting those walking (some backwards) up the hill: the Stairs are irregular steps made from recycled concrete found on the park. The tallest single step measures approximately 20 inches (located adjacent to the only intermediate landing without a curved bench for resting). The average step height is 10.5 inches, and the shortest is 3.5 inches. An information sign posted at the trail entrance near the intersection of Jefferson Blvd. and Hetzler Rd. states that the staircase is 715 feet long. In the center of the 13-foot landing between the 247th and 248th steps is a bronze marker stating the elevation, surrounded by two semi-circular engravings. We need some Advil just writing about this, but there are hundreds of walkers/hikers using this form of exercise every day – and we salute them – from our car…

Birthday greetings go out this week to Joy Sangalang Smith, Oliver (“Oye”) de le Torre, Lynn Erickson, Babak Kamjou, Mary Ellen Shaffer, If you’d like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday mentioned here, let us know at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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