OK, are we the Heart of Screenland, or WHAT: following this past week’s wildly successful Asian Film Festival, we open up November with the LA SKINS FEST, offering a voice for emerging Native American actors, filmmakers, writers, directors and a growing community of artists. After eight years, the SKINS FEST is now garnering support from several art foundations, entertainment corporations, and Native American tribes. This year their events are centered at The Culver Studios, premiering Native-made movies that feature Q & A’s with Native American filmmakers, panel discussions with industry professionals and after-parties that feature new Native American musicians. The closing night show is the SKINS AWARD SHOW, honoring great achievements in Native American filmmaking. Presenting sponsor is The Barcid Foundation, whose goal is to provide the entire Southern California population access to a community and culturally that is otherwise ignored. For more information and film titles visit www.laskinsfest.com.
The Exchange Club calendar posted that the annual USC/UCLA Luncheon, held jointly with the Rotary Club, was on October 24 but we’re guessing they meant NOVEMBER 24 since the big game is set for Saturday, November 28? (NOTE: looks like the Rotarians had it right, noting in their advisory that the joint meeting is set for Tuesday, November 24 at the Exchange Club’s regular lunch meeting site, the Elks’ Lodge. This annual cheer fest usually features one or more of the coaches, cheerleaders, etc.) Rotarians are currently looking at changing their luncheon meeting schedule to just twice monthly with an evening social thrown in just for fun, since many of their newer members are having trouble making the once a week meeting schedule.
Bicyclists say Yay! Culver City now has Bike Repair Stations – As part of Citywide Bicycle Parking Project the City has had two Dero brand bike repair stations, known as the “Fixit” installed. The “Fixit” includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. The pump hoses on the Air Kits are made of rubber and wire mesh for added durability. The bike repair stations are located at the bike path at Sepulveda and Culver Boulevards (east side) and at the bike path adjacent to Syd Kronenthal Park near the intersection of Jefferson and National Boulevards. This project also included the installation of approximately 120 bike racks throughout the city.
This Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7 mark the giant Yard Sale at Grace Lutheran Church, 4427 Overland Avenue. This sale features an almost overwhelming assortment of furniture, electronics, books, jewelry, clothes, toys – you name it, you’re bound to find something you want. (or maybe didn’t even realize you wanted…) Church members and helpers have been working for weeks making sure everything is in shape, clean, and priced to sell, so check out the array of merchandise on Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until noon.
The Culver City Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Center, 4117 Overland Avenue (their General Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, open to the public and featuring free refreshments.) Local Republicans have to have a sense of humor: scrolling around to see if there are any upcoming Republican Club meetings nearby, we came upon one that meets in Santa Fe Springs at Geezer’s Restaurant. How funny is that?? Geezer’s!!!!
Was Halloween quiet or busy on your street? We’re betting the busiest trick or treat destination was once again Jack & Winnelle Newton’s home on Elenda Avenue. Reports are that they handed out 2,000 treats to visitors, who are always dazzled by the display. (Credit goes to nephew Doug Newton and others, who helped put this Halloween masterpiece together!)
Les and Susan Evans (Susan used to work for the City of Culver City some 8-9 years ago) did a total life turnaround and founded Shadow Run Vineyards in the Paso Robles region. They’re now turning out wonderful wines – visit them at www.shadowrunvineyards.com and find out more about life after leaving City Hall!
Autumn leaves are falling on birthday celebrants this week Tom Hayes, and Kathy Mainzner. 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!