LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

MS_TdB_2011_157Something New Every Day Dep’t. : Three Culver City Parks actually have Designated Dog Paths, (“Pooch Paths”) that provide a way for people to walk their dogs through certain Parks, provided that the dogs are at all times restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length. These Pooch Paths and the Dog Park that’s located up in Culver City Park are the only areas where dogs are allowed in Culver City Parks. Parks with Pooch Paths include Culver West Alexander Park, the aforementioned Culver City Park, and Veterans’ Memorial Park Pooch Paths #1 and #2. To see the designated paths at each park, visit www.culver.org and then go to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services site.
Here’s a great way to exercise (or not) while supporting the fight against Multiple Sclerosis: The “Bike MS Coastal Challenge from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara” takes place October 10 & 11 and you’re invited to ride or simply donate to help stamp out this debilitating immune system disease. Culver City’s prominent three-wheel biker Grace Elliott (Grace Church council, Disability Advisory Council, and Culver-Palms Family YMCA board member) suffers from MS and it’s our take that many people would jump at the chance to either ride or sponsor a bicyclist in honor of Grace. (She’s currently with her family in Sydney, Australia for a year while her husband, Brad Sick, completes a year’s work contract there). Grace, pedaling along with her dog Asta, has been a familiar sight in Our Town for the past several years, and bicyclist Randy Cowan (whose daughter also suffers from MS) will gladly add your donation in honor of Grace Elliott to his list of sponsors. According to Randy, “These are fun rides, not races. Many of the riders have MS proudly wear their “I Ride with MS” jerseys. Recumbent, hand-cranked, and tandem bikes are all allowed. Recreational riders can enjoy the scenery and companionship with other riders.” To participate physically or financially on “Grace’s Team,” visit www.ibikems.org and enter “Grace’s Team” in the personal note box or email Randy at [email protected].

In addition to its regular Sunday meditation 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. followed by the service at 10:00 a.m., Westside Unity Church is offering a class on Wednesdays, September 2 – September 26 from 7:00p.m. – 8:30 p.m. entitled “Spiritual Resilience.” The class will be facilitated by Jon Pearson, and the community is invited. Westside Unity is located at 10724 Barman Avenue. For more information please contact the church office at 310-838-4761. (That big sigh of relief you heard is that Fiesta LaBallona only happens once a year, making parking darn near impossible for Westside Unity churchgoers.)
The mark of a great visit is when the guests don’t want to go home! That was the case for the two exchange students hosted by the Culver City Rotary Club, partnering with the Kaizuka club. Helping out with hosting, touring the girls around Southern California and other fun social – and educational – experiences were Michele and Mitch Walman, Janet and Jerry Chabola, Pat and Betty Cashin, Wendy Taylor, Adriana Beischl, Don Trepany and his family, Chuck Perelman and Linda, Joel and Linda Forman, Roger and Judith Wilson, Dannie and Marie Cavanaugh, and Lyn Caron, along with a special thanks to Rod and Chris Miyata and Rod’s sister for the extra time and care.

Sad news for Rotarians: Past President Linda Black, a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage manager in Marina del Rey, passed away suddenly in Idyllwild, California while on a weekend trip with her husband John. Memorial services have been set for this Friday, September 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina Del Rey.
They’re HOW OLD? We’re talking about the Culver City Kiwanis Club, celebrating its 100th birthday this year! Members went all out last Fiesta LaBallona weekend, throwing a Pancake Breakfast both Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds from the breakfast going to benefit Spark Los Angeles, Culver City Teen Center, the St. Augustines’ S.A.V.E.S. food bank for needy families, The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Hope to hear some more news from Kiwanis members – great group!
The Culver City Democratic Club hosts its General Meeting at 7:00 p.m., every second Wednesday — which means September 9th this month – at Veterans Memorial Center, 4117 Overland Ave. Community members are invited to meet other like-minded Democrats, hear a program presentation, and enjoy free refreshments

Did you know that Culver City has an official “Cooling Center,” so designated by L.A. County’s Emergency Survival Program? If this heat is really getting to you, our own Culver City Senior Center (310) 253‐6700, located at 4095 Overland Ave. (corner Culver Blvd.) is available for you to drop in and cool off Monday ‐Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Time to start corralling all those old computers, monitors, printers, scanners, modems, TVs, VCRs and DVD players, fax machines (remember those?), and – well, you get the picture: it’s Electronic Waste Round-Up time again! The City of Culver City’s sponsoring another round-up event on Saturday, September 12 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Exceptional Children’s Foundation site, 8740 Washington Blvd. Just “drive up, drop off and drive away…” and your life has become a lot simpler. For more information, call the Public Works Environmental Programs & Operations Refuse & Recycling Customer Service Office at (310) 253-6400 or go to www.culvercity.org.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Kevan Newton, Bob Clarke , Elijah Asheghian, Patricia LaBarbera, Michelle Moreno,Jin Jin Mayberry, Pastor James Maines, Scott Garland, and If you’d like to see your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday here, send the information to j[email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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