LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300Kudos to the Culver City Exchange Club (in addition to their Car Show, 4th of July event, etc. of course) – Earlier this month they presented the Culver City Police Department with a donation of “We Care Bears” which can be given to any child who maybe a victim of a crime, traffic collision, or any event that may be traumatic for that child. Gotta love those Exchangeites!

Is our CulverCityBus team good or what? The Government Fleet staff honored Culver City as one of the 2015 Elite Fleets at this month’s Government Fleet Expo & Conference, held in Denver, Colorado. Culver City shares this honor with only three other North American Elite Fleets, which are based in Mesa, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; and Troy, Michigan. Elite Fleets are former #1 fleets that continue to perform at a high level and have the same leadership. Culver City was previously named the #1 Best Municipal Fleet in North America by the 100 Best Fleets National Fleet Certification/Recognition program in 2013. Award-winning fleets must maintain high operational standards while demonstrating consistent sustainability practices. Only previously #1 ranked fleets can participate in the Elite Fleet program which identifies only the best of the best. Culver City’s Fleet Management team, led by Paul Condran, includes Supervisor Scott Newton; Supervisor Dean Familton; Management Analyst Allison Cohen; Fleet Services Manager Paul Condran; Supervisor Brian Haskins; and Supervisor Andy Eckert.
Great to see local musicians playing closer to home! Sonny B’s “Mystic Knights Trio”, an American Roots and Blues Trio, has a new gig starting this Wednesday, June 24 from 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Gaby’s Mediteranean , 10445 Venice Bl., LA. Dave, Roger & Sonny play this evening, and will be there each Wednesday evening. You’re invited to enjoy their music while feasting on Gaby’s great tasting dishes and appetizers. For more information on Gaby’s, visit www.gabysmediterranean.com.

Members of the Culver City Senior Center are jumping the gun on the fourth of July just a little: The Tuesday afternoon movie on June 30 (at 1:00 p.m.) they’ll enjoy watching “1776, “a musical comedy, large portions of which are spoken and sung dialogue taken directly from the letters and memoirs of Continental Congressmen, John Adams, and Ben Franklin.” Then they’re having their Fourth of July luncheon, complete with entertainment, on Thursday, July 2. Tickets are $3.50, available at the Business Desk (if there are any left – these go fast!). The Center is located at 4095 Overland Avenue, corner Culver Blvd. You must be a member to attend these events, so for information, call (310) 253-6700.

“Kill two birds” might not be the right phrase, but if you do venture over to the Culver Blvd./Overland Ave. area this Saturday or Sunday, you’ll find lots going on: In the Veterans’ Memorial Building the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club is presenting its annual Fiesta of Gems, 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.

Right next door on Overland at the Culver City Teen Center, the Culver City Garden Club is holding its 62nd Annual Garden Show & Plant Sale. Saturday hours are 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., where you can buy plants for pennies on the dollar, get great ideas tips and recommendations on gardening —both indoors and outdoors, and attend any number of workshops and presentations. You’re invited to come check out the exhibits, plant sale, and special presentations each day—Experts will be on hand on both Saturday and Sunday (June 27 – 28) to help you with your specific plant questions. There are also opportunities to win lots of goodies: plants, garden tools, gift certificates from local businesses and other great prizes in our daily raffles. Great for all the family, with free starter plants for beginners and kids to introduce them to gardening, free parking and free admission!
This Wednesday, June 24, community members are invited to join the hundreds of local businesses that are expected at Veterans Memorial Building (4117 Overland Avenue, as you know) at the Culver City Chamber of Commerce’ annual Culver EXPO. Culver City Chamber members will be showing their products, services and offering food samplings from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the public is cordially invited. Admission is free, as is parking along Culver Blvd. According to Chamber Exec Steve Rose, Culver EXPO has become known as the biggest annual networking event in the Heart of Screenland!
Birthday greetings go out this week to Shotaro Smith, Richard Ross “Dick” Brundo, Jenny Babcock, Susan Acosta, Darrell Robb, Vern Lowe, Martha Keister, Michael Roberts, and Edward Tidwell. 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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