LOCALmotion by Jozelle Smith

13The community was saddened to hear of the passing of Andy Alexander, a familiar face in our town for many years. Widow of former mayor Richard “Alex” Alexander and mother of Kim, Debbie and KJ, Andy was a scrappy, warm, family and friend-loving, service-oriented movie – and dog-lover, and charity-inspired educator, who, just days before her passing last Wednesday, had attended the dedication of Temple Akiba’s new entry water sculpture, named in honor of the Alexander family. Just a few days later Andy and her girls had shared her plan for a peaceful conclusion to her fight, and services subsequently took place last Friday at the Temple, attended by scores of friends. The 2015 Culver City Oscar goes to Andy Alexander!

Let’s hear it for Culver City; Scott Houston, our rep on the West Basin Water District Board, proudly announced that Culver City is using 19% less water than at this point last year!

Probably those pesky crows? A number of birds landing on an electrical line in Culver City last Thursday caused a power outage on a portion of the Sony Pictures Studios, leaving a number of areas of the lot without power. Isn’t “Masters of Sex” shooting at Sony? This was more out of Hitchcock’s “Birds”…

Registration for Fall Session classes at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA is open:
Swimming, Dance, “Mommy & Me, Wet Tots, IttyBitty Sports and the Fall Youth Basketball League are all popular and affordable (scholarships available for those who qualify). The Y is located at 4500 Sepulveda Blvd., or call (310) 390-3604 for more information.

If you haven’t lately, drive by Apex Aquarium on Sepulveda near Lindblade, and admire its new mural, painted by Venice artist Patrick Marston. This portion of Sepulveda is getting to be mural-land, and we love it! (Further west, Patrick is also responsible for a stunning mural at the corner of Washington Place and McLaughlin Ave.)

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Fiesta LaBallona, Culver City’s huge “Party in the Park” coming up soon. Opening music and fun on Friday, August 28 starts at 4:30 p.m. with local classic rock band U.S. 99 playing until 5:30 p.m.(and hey, there are special “early bird” food specials for Seniors during this time, too!) then multiple FiestaPalooza teen bands take the stage until 9:00 p.m. Carnival rides open at 5:00 p.m. Things get Festival serious on Saturday and Sunday with carnival rides, food vendors, pony rides, petting zoo, beer & wine garden, farmer’s market, food trucks, etc. kicking in on Saturday, August 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 29 from 11 :00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.. All this takes place at Veterans Memorial Park, corner Overland and Culver. Parking will be available nearby at Sony Studios’ lot, and bicycle riders are encouraged. You can purchase carnival ride wristbands now at the pre-sale price of $20 ($10 off the price at the Fiesta) They’re good for unlimited rides on EITHER Saturday or Sunday, 11:00 a.m – 6:00 P.M, one-person, one day only. Purchase your wristband voucher at the Recreation Office at 4117 Overland Ave. Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The sale ends Friday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. Quantities are limited, so hurry! (Call the Rec Office at (310) 253-6650 for more information.

Late birthday wishes go out this week to Nancy Joujon-Roche, Dan Cohen, Barbara Fier, Jjulie Chase, Richard Prehoda, Maria Hansen, Amanda Mayeda, Brad Smith, Zack Setion,and Geoff Maleman. If you’d like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday mentioned, email details to [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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