LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13This Thursday marks the next-to-last concert in the Boulevard Music Summer Sunset Concert series in the City Hall Courtyard, and it’s a knockout: “Venice” as a band, (featuring the Lennons) have recorded and performed together since the 1980s, with classic folk/rock/soul that ranks them right up there as the face of the Southern California sound. Their harmonies, personal lyrics and high energy generate standing ovations and (we hope!) encores. The concert runs from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and the gates open to set up your picnic area at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, and there’s parking underneath City Hall, and both the Cardiff and Watseka structures. Don’t want to get there that early? Pick up a $10.00 ticket at Boulevard Music (4316 Sepulveda Blvd.) that will assure that you’ve got a seat, or just relax and eat on the patios of numerous restaurants just across from City Hall and enjoy the sounds of “Venice.”

SO many great music and theater opportunities in Our Town! The Actors’ Gang presents Harry Potter Hamlet as part of its free, annual Shakespeare in the Park series. The performances will take place in Media Park (9070 Venice Blvd., adjacent to the Ivy Substation, the Actors’ Gang’s home) on Saturdays and Sundays in August. The 45-minute program begins at 11:00 a.m. Described as “When the Denmark Court meets the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hamlet transforms into Harry Potter and the audience joins the characters on a magical and suspenseful journey of friendship, family, justice, and coming of age.” There is metered street parking nearby, or two hours free in the Ince Parking Structure above Trader Joe’s. More information is available by visiting www.theactorsgang.com.

The Culver City Rotary Club will once again be hosting two exchange students from Japan this summer, from August 5 -22. Member Janet Chabola has arranged home housing, and other Rotarians and friends will organize day activities. They plan to show the two girls interesting and fun sites in the Los Angeles area, and the girls are scheduled to provide the program at the club’s August 19 meeting. All Rotarians are determined to help make this annual tradition a memorable one, and will also be busy the night before the girls arrive: National Night Out is this Tuesday, August 4, 5:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There will be free prizes, food, and an opportunity to meet members of the Police Department along with your neighbors. The Culver City Rotary Club, one of the sponsors, will help serve the food. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the Department’s community-police awareness event and learn all about police programs in our city. The event will take place at Lindberg Park, 5041 Rhoda Way in Studio Village. For more information, contact Police Lieutenant Sam Agaiby via email at [email protected] or call (310) 253-6251.

Grace Church is offering just two more camp opportunities as summer rolls humidly to a close: This week, (there might be a few spots left) August 3-7 Vacation Bible Camp “Agents for the One True God” for ages 4 and up, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $60.00 per child. From August 10-14 is “Go Figure!,” a math camp using fun hands-on learning games, engineering and building projects (one-on-one tutoring available too!). This camp is for ages 8-14, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and is $100.00. Parents are asked to pack a healthy snack and a healthy lunch for either camp. (Aftercare is available from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at $50.00 per week – if you need fewer hours, the cost is just $3.00 per hour.) Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue. Call (310) 559-1027 or email [email protected].

Did you see those buses and all the red-shirted runners near City Hall a couple of weeks ago? On July 21st, approximately 140 Special Olympics World Games participants travelled to Culver City. Members of law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes ran from the Culver City Police Station to the Culver Studios where they met studio executives and enjoyed a tour and meal. The next day, Chief Scott Bixby and members of the Police Department met with the Special Olympics team of athletes from Malaysia at the King Fahad Mosque. The Chief welcomed the group to Culver City and wished them great success in participating in the games. (We signed up to volunteer to cheer the team handball competitions at the Convention Center and couldn’t believe the spirit, camaraderie and great gamesmanship of these athletes!)

Good question: You know that nice big parking lot next to the Culver City Expo Station at Washington and National that’s always filled by early morning commuters? The one that you drive around and around and then head to the Jefferson station lot? It looks like it’ll be reduced by about half when a big new complex complete with a hotel, shops, offices, restaurants and apartments is built. Accommodating as that may be for patrons and residents, what about those who depend on parking there to commute to work in Los Angeles? Or just to go to USC or the Natural History Museum?

Birthday wishes go out this week to Rowen Bilbrey and Thomas Tidwell and Betty Scheding  – who will be 99 years old this week! . 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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