It was busier than ever in the Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Fitness Center the day after Thanksgiving (hmm…wonder why?) and busy in the Child Activity Center too, as folks took advantage of the Y’s offer to watch the kids while parents took off for some Black Friday shopping. Actually, some members even started Thanksgiving Day with a vigorous morning workout on the bikes for the Annual Turkey Ride and Y Food Drive. Participants donated $10 plus brought cans of food for the Drive.
Believe it or not, kids ARE still reading! Culver City classrooms that schedule a “read to self” time every day see students get so immersed in the books on their individual iPad and Chromebook sets that it’s even hard to get them to break for lunch! The Culver City Education Foundation’s goal is to make them available to every Culver City Unified School District class. You can invest in our students by donating to the project. Visit CCEF4schools.org and find out how!
This coming Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th, the Friends of L.A. Goal will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar Boutique, benefiting artists with developmental disabilities. You’ll find vintage and new holiday gifts, linens, knits, silver, toys, ornaments, handmade ceramics, plants, outsider fine art and members’ bake sale, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. both days at L.A. Goal, 4911 Overland Avenue. Call (310) 838-5274 for more information. L.A. Goal enriches the lives of adults with disabilities via social, vocational, and creative programs.
Just a reminder, the Culver City Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 Season kicks off this Saturday evening, December 5, at 8:00 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. This Saturday’s program, “Openings and Breakthroughs” (since each work in the concert was a breakthrough for the composer in maturity) features Frank Fetta conducting the largest orchestra of the season, and pianist Alexander Agate, Young Adult Division Winner of the Parness Concerto Competition, 2014. Admission is just $10.00 per person, $5.00 13-17 years of age, and children 6-12 free when accompanied by an adult. The box office opens at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.culvercitysymphony.org. This is a terrific way to start the holiday season! And did you know that the Symphony will be helping support the CCUSD Backpacks for Kids Program, designed to provide food to CCUSD students who may not have access to healthy food during the weekend? In the holiday spirit they’re asking December 5 concertgoers to bring any of the following: (cans and plastic only) Peanut Butter (12 or 16 oz. plastic jars); Wrapped rolls of crackers (e.g., Ritz); Canned beef stew, canned meat pasta or Vienna sausages (in pop-top cans); Fruit Cups (in plastic individual serving cups); Cereal (in individual serving containers); Oatmeal (in individual serving packets); Pudding cups, Granola and Cereal Bars; and Macaroni and Cheese or Cup o’ Noodles. Doing so, you’ll feel even better as you sit back and enjoy the concert!
Local artist Lucy Blake-Elahi invites all for a last look at her new work at the Faculty Art Show’s Closing Party, this Saturday, December 5 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at West Los Angeles College. Curator and gallery owner Molly Barnes will be speaking – so treat yourself to Lucy’s terrific talent at the West Los Angeles College Art Gallery, 9000 Overland Avenue. For more information visit www.lucyblakestudio.com or call (323)829-5093.
Congratulations to Culver City’s own Sadie Cerda, named one of the Marina del Rey Argonaut newspaper’s “Local Heroes – 2015.” Sadie’s the founder of S.A.V.E.S. (St. Augustine Volunteers for Emergency Services) program, providing warm winter clothing, food, and help in locating housing and other services for the needy. Sadie and her troops, all volunteers, have developed partnerships with local businesses, civic, and nonprofit operations as well as other churches. Sadie, you’ve always been our hero!
Enjoying weather that’s almost apple-crisp are birthday celebrants Joan Jakubowski, Gordon Vosburg, Karen McClain, Evelyn Quinn, Joshua Corey, Julia McCarty, Robert Willett, Thalia Johnson, Max Hippensteel, and Virginia Hollis. 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!