LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13We’re back to LOCALmotion this week following a great trip last week to the Napa Valley’s 5th Annual Film Festival. The scenery was terrific, the vineyards and trees in beautiful color, and the movies? It was a perfect trip, and we’d recommend it to everyone!

The excitement is building – This Tuesday, November 24, the much-awaited service clubs’ UCLA/USC Luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. the Elks Lodge, 11160 Washington Place, where coaches, cheerleaders and great competitive banter will take place at this annual Rotary/Exchange Club event. If you’re not a member of either club surely you must know someone who is, so write your check for $25.00 to get your name on the list, pull out your team t-shirts, beanies, etc. and get ready to cheer!

Is a Good Holiday Deed on your list of things to do? Then drop off a new, unwrapped toy into the wheelbarrel in the narthex at Grace Lutheran Church, 4427 Overland Ave. They will donate the toys collected to Angelica Lutheran Church in downtown Los Angeles, a local preschool, and to needy local families via the organization “Culver Closet.”

Congratulations to John Hasegawa, who is the Culver City Senior Center’s “Senior of the Month – November.” John has been teaching Japanese and volunteering in many capacities since he first decided to ‘drop in’ and see what was happening at the Senior Center and visited all the language classes. The Japanese class instructor was on hiatus due to illness and the students appointed him as the instructor on the spot! In the Lunch Room, he sat next to a Japanese lady who invited him to come to the Merry Makers Club as a guest and he is now the Secretary of that group. He was inspired to check out other volunteer opportunities and now is a regular at the Wednesday Work Project and is a member of the CCSCA Board of Directors, serving on the Nominating Committee and the Finance Committee. John relates that being a Board Member has allowed him to see things at the Senior Center from a different perspective. He has a broader picture of the breadth and complexity of what makes the Senior Center function. He is also involved in the Culver City community in the capacity of a member of the Disability Advisory Committee and the CCUSD Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. John believes that there are times to work for yourself and times to work for others, and that it is important to contribute to your community. He has experienced personal growth and fulfillment through volunteering. John is a native of Hirosaki, Japan, coming to America as a grad student, and is very proud of his U. S. Citizenship and never missing a voting opportunity. Congratulations, John, and Duomo arigatou!

Christmas Party invites are starting to pop up, e.g. the Culver City Sister City Committee’s Holiday Dinner, which will take place December 9 at the Del Rey Yacht Club starting with cocktails and appetizers at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. (with a choice of entrees and served with your favorite wine), concluding with dessert and coffee or tea. Cost is $40.00 per person. There will also be a gift exchange for those who would like to participate by bringing a wrapped gift, value $20.00) RSVP to Carolyn Burns at [email protected].

Just in time for holiday overeating, the Culver-Palms Family YMCA is committed more than ever to helping us achieve our fitness and wellness goals, which is why they retired the Fitlinxx® fitness tracking system in favor of a more personal approach to ensuring that we get the most out of every workout. You can schedule an appointment to meet with a Healthy Lifestyle Coach at the Y to get greater personalized guidance, care and support. (They’ll help you train smarter, not longer and recommend workouts). If you prefer to work out on your own, that’s no problem either. The Y’s Healthy Lifestyle Coaches are happy to provide information about fitness tracking options – including mobile phone apps and wearables, so you can privately monitor your progress. Call Senior Program Director Mario Jovel to get more information and set up an appointment – (310) 390-3604.

Hey, we’re in the city, right? Then what are these Culver City Police reports about coyote sightings in the areas around the Syd Kronenthal Park, Culver Crest and Lindberg Park neighborhoods? It’s true, and you are encouraged to report any sightings around YOUR neighborhood by calling (310) 253-6143 – and get your small kids, pets (and pet food) in the house right away!

It feels like summer as we brave the crowds in the markets to shop for Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t stop the birthdays being enjoyed by Cathi Bratton, Linda Owens, Ida Nicholas, Pat Clapp, Hellena Jones-Elbling, Ruth Shapiro, Charline Aspray, Luke Fletcher, and Sarah Nielsen. If you would like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday mentioned here, let us know at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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