What’s a little thunder, lightning and some random raindrops? Enough that we figured last Saturday’s “Walk With a Doc” was being called off, so waved goodbye to organizer Dr. Jeffrey Penso and Brandon Webb, Culver-Palms Family YMCA fitness guru, who regularly warms up us walkers. Later a photo comes to us of about 15 walkers, smiling against an angry-looking sky as they crossed over the La Ballona Creek.(Reminder to self: it’s only water…)
Every Thursday eve through August 13 the music just keeps getting better and better at the Culver City Boulevard Summer Music Festival. This Thursday, July 23 beginning at 7:00 p.m. it’ll be a little bit of everything: elements of Celtic music, country (western and swing, too), blues, Cajun, Baroque, rock and roll and more, all from Hot Lips & Fingertips. (For those of us who like to prepare food in keeping with the theme of that night’s music – it’s gonna be tough). Admission is free (or you can stop by Boulevard Music and pay for a $10.00 reserved seat) Parking is underneath City Hall while it lasts – since gates open at 4:30 p.m. for picnicking, folding chair setup, etc. these spots go fast. Check out the Watseka and Cardiff structures, first two hours free.
Called on account of rain?? How often does that happen in July in Our Town? But the Culver City Public Theatre’s 12:00 Noon performance of the Children’s Popcorn Theatre featuring The Brothers Grimm fairytales, The Golden Bird and the Dancing Princesses and the 2:00 p.m. presentation of Moliere’s classic, The Would Be Gentleman didn’t go on as scheduled at Paul Carlson Park last Saturday… but Sunday was a different story! The grass may have been a little wet, but folks brought blankets and chairs, a picnic and enjoyed live theatre in the park. These weekend perfs will continue through August 23. Parking is free, and bicycling is encouraged. For more information, visit www.ccpt.org
Good news for TJ’s fans: Westfield Mall is emptying out the former J.C. Penney Home Furnishings building located on Slauson Avenue for a brand new Trader Joe’s! Wait a minute: who are a lot of those strangers shopping there? Playa Vista residents? You got it!
Who’s more fun than Japanese Exchange Students? Take it from us, we’ve got lots of experience – and it’s great! Culver City Sister City Committee members will be hosting a delegation of youngsters and their chaperones who will be in Culver City as part of our exchange with Kaizuka, Japan this summer and the community is invited to help welcome them this Saturday, July 25th from noon – 3:00 p.m. at Paul Carlson Park. This is a potluck picnic event that is open to the public, but you are asked to contact Robin Raval at [email protected] if you plan to attend and what you might bring for the potluck. The Committee has worked tirelessly to make this a memorable exchange for the youths. You are invited to bring friends and anyone that is interested in meeting our young Sister City guests. (CCSC President Sonia Karroum also asks that you let Robin know if you might be willing to help with set-up, during the event – checking people in – or for clean-up.)
Starting this Saturday and running through August 2 Los Angeles will be alive with athletes and energy as the Special Olympics hosts the World Games. There will be more than 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games! There will be 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. Competition events are free and open to the public, and tickets for the Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and performers Stevie Wonder and Avril Lavigne) are now available for purchase at www.LA2015.org. We’ll be in the stands cheering the handball competition on July 30!
Birthday wishes go out this week to Leilani Smith, Dana Goller, Kathryn Parks, Addison Myers, Norman Auslander, Patricia Sievers Henderson, Bob Steinberg, and Elaine Struhl. 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!