It’s hard to believe September is almost over, but you know it must be when you receive an invitation for an Oktoberfest party! The Culver City Sister City Committee is celebrating Oktoberfest “Culver City Style” next Sunday, October 4 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at The Culver Hotel. Attendees are invited to put on their lederhosen and dirndls (if you happen to have any in your closet) and come polka to the beat of oompah-pah music, enjoy German food and beer, and bid on exciting auction items. The music will be provided by the famed Culver City High School AVPA Jazz Combo. There’ll be live and silent auctions and the opportunity to enjoy the company of Sister City Committee members and friends at the historic hotel. Cost per person is $65.00 up until Wednesday, September 23 – after that it’s $70.00. For reservation information call Maureen at (310) 839-9945 or email [email protected].
Avishai Melamed of Boy Scouts of America Troop 113 is working on a great project, and you can be part of it. He’s organized a Literacy Promotion Event this Saturday, September 26 at Blanco Park, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., where he and his troop members want to promote interest in literature by providing children who come to the event with guest readers who will introduce them to interesting books at their level, as well as to literary-themed arts and crafts. Attendees are requested to donate a minimum of one gently-used K-12 level book, all of which will be donated to the Children’s Book World Recycling Center. If you are unable to attend but still wish to donate call (310)815-8690 before September 30, or email him at [email protected] and Avishai will personally come by to pick the books up. Blanco Park is located at 5801 Sawtelle Blvd., near Overland Ave.
A restaurant without a patio is like…well, in Southern California a patio is an inviting place to enjoy a meal, people-watch, and chat with folks at the next table because our weather – especially in the evenings – is terrific. Driving back into Downtown Culver City from the other Downtown last Friday night we saw most of the patios filled to capacity (with people waiting), and the sidewalks lined with folks strolling along, enjoying the ambience that is Our Town. Gotta love it!
You know you should replant what used to be your lawn, but with what? Your new, native plant garden could be a seasonal showcase of flowers, seed, fruit and foliage that smells great too! There will be a free class this Saturday, September 26 in the Dan Patacchia Room, ground floor, City Hall, that will be led by Lili Singer, who will share with you which trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and grasses will ensure color all year long. Ms. Singer, a horticulturist, educator and garden writer, is also the Director of Special Projects and Adult Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, where she has greatly expanded the adult curriculum and coordinated such events as the annual garden tour. Hosted by the City of Culver City, this event is from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon, with parking available under City Hall.
What a spectacular site for a concert: The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) is presenting sound. at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook this Sunday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m. This free concert will feature Yoshi Wada and Tashi Wada with John Allan, Megan Kenney and Corey Fogel. The Overlook is located at 6300 Hetzler Road. There’s free street parking on Jefferson Blvd. (wear your walking shoes), or limited parking at the top of the hill at $6.00 per car. For more information visit www.sassas.org. This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant plus support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Here’s something that other local service clubs may want to look into: The Culver City Rotary Club’s leadership and members have the opportunity to attend a program titled “The New Focus Seminar: A New Voice,” a presentation based on four key concepts that have fundamentally changed traditional thinking about Rotary members, and what attracts and retains members. The New Focus Seminar: A New Voice introduces basic, simple tools that District and Club leaders can adopt with immediate actions to attract and retain members. Rotarians will be attending the seminar this coming Saturday, September 26 at the DelRey Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey.Lions? Kiwanis? Exchange? Interested? Talk to a Rotary friend and see if you can sit in!
Birthday wishes go out this week to Mary Ann O’Neal, Chris Shi, Liz Leshin, Franne Einberg, Alexis Andrew, and Katie Garner. 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!