LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

Jozelle SmithJust in case you haven’t heard, this weekend is FIESTA time! Music and carnival rides kick off this Friday eve around 5:00 p.m., and the festivities will be in full swing on Saturday and Sunday, including a farmer’s market, beer & wine garden as well as an ice cream garden, stage performances plus roving entertainers, aquacade at the plunge, food trucks, arts and crafts and food booths, local non-profits’ information booths, petting zoo, pony rides, you name it – Fiesta’s got it! Mike Cohen is undoubtedly resting his voice for the three-day announcing marathon – Culver City’s Fiesta LaBallona – Party in the Park – at Veterans Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Avenue at Culver Blvd.

The community is invited to join the Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) Commission coming up on Tuesday, September 1 in a Community Conversation focusing on ensuring that our youth teams, sports and competition are successfully building community, camaraderie and resilience. This panel discussion, followed by a Question and Answer session, will explore ways to foster and support the goal of youth athletics to teach participants that a sport or activity should be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one’s competitors. The panel of experts on instilling sportsmanship in Youth Athletics includes: George Aceves, President of Culver City Little League; Casey Chabola, Head Lacrosse Coach at Culver City High School; Lena Dobreer, Referee and Basketball Coach at Cheviot Hills; Tom Salter, Athletic Director at Culver City High School; and Winston Harrison, Physical Education Instructor, Multiple LA Districts.This Community Conversation will be held at the PRCS Commission’s Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers, City Hall, 9770 Culver Boulevard. The staff contact is Dan Hernandez, PRCS Director; 310-253-6655 or email [email protected].

Lots of folks are focused on their lawns and gardens (or lack thereof) during this critical drought period, and the City of Culver City is determined to help out with a free, self-haul Mulch GiveAway on Tuesday, September 1. They’re partnering with West Coast Arborist, Inc. (WCA) to give away free mulch from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. (or until it’s gone) in the parking lot directly behind the Veterans Memorial Bldg. (corner Overland and Culver, as you may know). Adding mulch reduces water usage and adds nutrients to the soil. Bring a shovel, bags (garbage or yard-waste bags) and gloves and start filling up – your garden will thank you and Culver City!

Members of Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) are looking forward to the one-day conference that’s presented only once every five years on the progress of restoring and protecting Santa Monica Bay and its resources, and on the challenges faced in moving towards a more ecologically healthy and sustainable environment. Presenters and panelists will discuss findings and ideas from the latest research, assessments, and case studies during multiple concurrent sessions. This takes place on Wednesday, September 9 at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and is organized jointly by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, The Bay Foundation, and the Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies at Loyola Marymount University. (The conference will be held in the brand new, state-of-the-art Life Sciences Building featuring renewable energy technology, solar screen, green roof, research garden, and other LEED designs. For more information, call (213) 576-6645 or visit www.smbrc.ca.gov or www.santamonicabay.org.

Birthday wishes go out this week to (our hubby) Ken Smith, Julie Lugo Cerra, Scott Houston, Earl Eskridge, Steve Rose, Bob Montgomery, and Marcie Clarke. 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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