LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3Now every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in July children and families can enjoy “Read to the Rhythm,” when the We Tell Stories group performs music-themed, interactive plays at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. The fun-loving and talented WTS actors pull costumes and props from an old steamer trunk and then, as we can attest, the excitement begins. Audience members participate from their seats, and then join actors on stage to play integral parts in each performance. The July shows offer classic literature and folk tales to life, and take it from us, the response is enthusiastic! This Wednesday, July 8 they’ll present “Listen to the Beat,” tales with a beat from African and African American culture. These performances are offered through the combined support of a Culver City Performing Arts Grant, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Space for the We Tell Stories performances is provided by the City of Culver City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department during the Culver City Julian Dixon Library renovations.
Have you ever kayaked the L.A. River? Well, Culver City’s Ballona Creek Renaissance Board, Advisory Council and Club members look forward to their planned LA River kayak trips in July, August, and September — why not join in? It’s designed to be a fun and educational way to connect with the more natural parts of the river right in the city. Check out the details and dates and make your reservations if this sounds like an adventure you’d like to try, but spots for expert-led trips are going fast.For the Sepulveda Basin section, connect with LA River Expeditions. And for the Glendale Narrows/Elysian Valley, connect with LA River Kayak Safari or visit www.ballonacreek.org to find out more about BCR’s adventures.
Culver City friends of Sydney Kamlager, newly-elected member of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, are invited to join her at her Community Swearing-In Event this Saturday, July 11 at Los Angeles Trade Technical College’s Magnolia Hall Atrium. There’ll be food, drinks and entertainment at the event from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Street parking and campus parking lots are available, 400 W. Washington Blvd., LA 90015. Please RSVP at [email protected].
Since summer has arrived, it’s time to get outdoors and to enjoy playing sports with friends. This is the friendly reminder from the Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Director of Sports & Recreation, Lamondo Greer, who is proud to announce that registration is open for the Y’s Youth Basketball program for boys and girls ages 3–13 years. Here’s an opportunity to give your child the chance to develop basic skills, build confidence and learn sportsmanship, all designed to create a solid foundation for continued growth in the years ahead. All players are required to attend a Skills Assessment on Saturday, July 11, at Culver Middle School. Players (coed) age 3-5 years, 9 – 10:00 a.m.; 6-7 years (coed), 10-11:00 a.m.; 8 – 9 years, coed/girls, 11a.m. – 12 noon; 10-11 years (coed/girls) 12 – 1:00 p.m.; and 12-13 years (coed), 1 – 2:00 p.m. League play starts July 15, and runs for 8 Saturdays, July 25–September 12, at Culver Middle School. In addition to Saturday games, all players will practice once during the week. Registration:
Facility members $100; Program members $135;Cost of uniform $20.00. Volunteers are also needed – contact Lamondo at (310) 754-4972 or email [email protected]. Register online or drop by the branch, 4500 Sepulveda Blvd.

Happy birthday shout-outs this week to Kiri Swenson, David Olson, Colin Tidwell, Josh Raynor, Doris MacGregor, Dariya Stenshoel, Mary Jane Peterson, Vicki Grimsland, Dower Jai Gervais, Heather Barber, and Janet Louie. If you’d like to see your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday here, send the information to [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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