A sad but warm goodbye to “Uncle Syd” last week, as family, friends, and former Culver city co-workers filled the chapel at Hillside Memorial to say goodbye to Syd Kronenthal. Syd, a 50+ year employee in the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, made it more than its name, adding multiple activities benefiting adults and seniors and more, and in doing so amassed a huge city family that gathered to bid him a fond farewell.
In addition to their regular Sunday morning music and sermon, Westside Unity Church offers “How to Let God Help You” on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This is a compilation of Myrtle Fillmore’s lectures and healing letter. There are just a couple of weeks left in this fascinating Wednesday journey tapping into the brilliance of Myrtle Fillmore, the founder of the Unity Movement, and you’re invited to stop by. The class facilitated by Rev. James Daly. Westside Unity Church is located at 10724 Barman Avenue, just off Overland. For more information call the church office at (310) 838-4761.
Culver City Rotarians were delighted at last week’s meeting, honoring visiting Rotary District Governor DJ Sun. They also honored Culver City Police Chief Scott Bixby and Culver City Education Foundation Director Leslie Adler with Paul Harris Fellow recognitions, (which acknowledges individuals who contribute, or have contributions of $1,000+ made in their name to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International) had a great drawing, and more than that – it’s reported that “the meeting was FUN!!” Members Adriana Beischl. Dieter Holberg, Chuck Perelman and Roger Wilson also received special recognition from the District Governor.
Do you miss using the Culver City Julian Dixon Library during its closure for renovation? You can request books online which will be delivered to the Express Library (or any other County library you specify) and you will be notified via email when they’re ready for you. The Express Library is located at the Mayme Clayton Library & Museum, located at 4130 Overland Ave. Also, e-books are available via the app Overdrive in a variety of languages. The County library website is www.colapublib.org. OR you can actually visit LA County’s Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library at 4533 Admiralty Way in the Marina, or LA city libraries Mar Vista Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Palms/Rancho Park branch, 2920 Overland Avenue and the Playa Vista Library at 6400 Playa Vista Drive. (You’ll have to get an LA City library card for the last three mentioned.)
Speaking of the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, its Fall Session Storytime is still taking place: this Wednesday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building! Storytime is a special time to make new friends and share stories, songs, play and more, for children 0-5 years of age. Babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers are all welcome, and no registration is required. (There will be no Storytime on Wednesday, November 11 due to the Veterans’ Day Holiday, but the Fall session resumes on November 18.)
We haven’t gotten there yet, but with Halloween coming up lots of folks are visiting Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch at 5748 Mesmer Ave. Hay bales, pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, moon bouncers, ball house, face painting, and more. And at 10100 Jefferson Blvd. as you head up to West LA College, there’s a huge Halloween lollapalooza, “Dr. Bone’s Pumpkin Patch.” Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, indian corn, straw bales, cornstalks, organic pumpkins, rare specialty squash, a huge variety of carving and decorating kits, Pumpkin Village, spooky Halloween decorations, pumpkin carving to order. LOTS of kids’ activities, a tad pricey, but the crowds make it look like the Disneyland of Halloween attractions. (Jumpin’ Pumpkin moon bounce $3, Mr. Bones Super Slide $1, Straw Maze $3, Petting Zoo $4, Pony Rides $7, Face Painting $7-$10, Pumpkin Decorating $10, which includes the cost of the pumpkin.)
Scare up some birthday greetings this week for Gary Williams, Steve Dover, Steve Zagha, Carol Auslander, Jessica Carroll, Kent Seeberger, Marjorie Joy, Elaine Goodyear, and my boss, Judith Martin Straw. 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!
In any case, be sure to drive carefully this Saturday eve, Halloween, since some of the younger kids get so excited they may dash out into the street – parents, make sure you or someone is nearby as the trick or treating ramps up.