LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13You can expect the Culver City Exchange Club to be out in force at 7:00 p.m. at this coming Monday, October 12th’s City Council meeting, where the club will be rightfully honored for its service to the disabled community (plus they do so much more!).

Culver City lost a long-time businessman and friend when Agustin “Gus” Prado passed away on September 21. Gus and wife Mayra were preparing to disembark in Florida from a 27-day cruise when Gus suffered a massive heart attack. Services were held last week at St. Anastasia Church in Westchester. Gus was a regular at our annual Car Show, and would always stop us with a hug and kiss and proudly show his latest pictures of his children and their families. Following the passing of his son Michael, he and Mayra co-founded Michael’s Friends Foundation, which provides scholarships for the very disadvantaged children at Vaughan’s Learning Center in Pacoima. Friends are invited to honor Gus by donating to the Foundation, c/o Aixa Carbinall, Treasurer, 9560 Gierson Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311-4737.

The Los Angeles Conservancy, who usually conducts super-interesting walking tours in various areas of Downtown Los Angeles, is coming to Culver City (well, almost…). On Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m. they’ll be presenting “From Hughes to Hercules” in Playa Vista, narrating the history of the area beginning with Hughes Aircraft Company through the years to the current Hercules Campus, a huge presence on the site today. Tickets ($25.00 for Conservancy members; $35.00 for non-members) may be reserved by calling (213) 623-2489 or emailing [email protected]. Hercules encompasses 28 acres, including Howard Hughes’ legendary hangar for the Spruce Goose (its formal name was actually “H-4 Hercules”), plus office and studio space in a sprawling Google-style neighborhood for its creative tenants.

This Sunday, October 11 will mark Grace Lutheran Church’s annual “Blessing of the Animals” service at 12:30 p.m. As Church Secretary Marina Tidwell puts it, “All God’s critters got a place on the lawn – but please have dogs on leashes and smaller animals in carriers.” Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue.

Just a reminder: the Culver City Historical Society’s Archives & Resource Center (ARC) is only open from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month, but those who attend the next CCHS meeting, set for Wednesday, October 21, can enjoy it following the 7:00 p.m. meeting, a salute to the history of the Culver City Police Department, with several retired upper-echelon staff members who will share their experiences in the department over the years. For more information call (310) 253-6941 or email [email protected]. The meeting and the ARC are both at the Veterans’ Memorial Building site, 4117 Overland Ave., accessible via the rear parking lot.

Wondering who all those unfamiliar faces belong to, dining at our many popular restaurants? If you take a moment to chat with them like we usually do, you find out lots are from out of the area, lured by all the positive press our eateries are getting. Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly regularly tout Akasha, Bucato, Lukshon, N/Naka, A-Frame, the new Hatchet Hall, the Wallace, and nearby Playa Provisions. Local dish on local dishes can also be found a CC Foodie – just click the link at the top of the site.

This IS earthquakeland, and you’ve probably read or heard bits about it by now, but a week from Thursday (October 15) there’s gonna be a whole lot of shaking (practice) going on – at 10:15 a.m. everyone should “stop, drop and hold on” for five minutes. That evening, 7:00 p.m. you should “stop and hold on” for five minutes, then place an “OK” sign in a street-facing window (if you don’t already have a sign, they’re available for download at www.culvercity.org/emergencyprep). Additional information is available on www.ShakeOut.org.

Oh, great! Now that TAP card whose balance I can never figure out when I (try to) use it at the Expo Station can now be used on our own CityBus. Is it just me, or do other folks long for a full-time MetroLink employee to be on hand at the station when we try to utilize our expanding mass transit options?

Early Fall birthday celebrants this week include Natalie Meyers, Cathy Seeman, Shirley Cox, and Carole Sumler. If you’d like your (or a friend or relative’s birthday) mentioned here, just let us know at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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