LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

10407775_10152822638999285_7386717189250735597_nThis week opens with the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club’s monthly meeting, set for this Monday evening, 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. The program will be “The Rainforest Jasper of Queensland Australia,” presented by Dick and Mary Pat Weber. The Webers are retired geologists, and while touring Australia they formed a friendship with the family who discovered and currently operates the Rainforest Jasper mine. They were granted access to restricted areas of the mine and were able to examine the private collection of the owners. They will bring display specimens from their personal collection for viewing. Guests are always welcome and refreshments will be served.
Culver City really is the Heart of Screenland, and you can prove that to visiting friends or family by stepping back into a legendary time on the Sony Pictures Studio tour. This two-hour guided walking tour will give you and/or your guests a behind-the-scenes look at a working studio, where movie magic has been made for almost a century. Tours will swing by historic stages where Dorothy followed the Yellow Brick Road and where Spider-Man battled bad guys. Tours may also visit the homes of smash-hit games shows, “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” and only on the Sony tour will you walk under a soaring 94-foot tall rainbow! Tours run Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Children age 12 and up are welcome, but guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult on the tour The cost is $40 per person. For more information, call (310) 244-TOUR (8687).
Coming up this Saturday, January 16, the Walk With a Doc regular walk program resumes at Veterans Memorial Park at 8:45 a.m. First comes a warm-up at 8:40 a.m. led by Culver-Palms Family YMCA Fitness Director Brandon Webb, followed by Sarah Carpenter, M.D. at 8:55 a.m., who will speak briefly on “Friendship and Health,” then at 9:00 a.m. it’s WALK for approximately one hour. For more information visit www.docwalk.org, or email [email protected]. (Participants meet on the grassy area between the playground and the picnic area)
From Lamondo Greer, Director of Sports & Recreation at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA comes word that there may still be time to enroll your child in the Y Youth Basketball League for boys and girls, 3–13 years old. They will meet for eight Saturdays from January 30 to March 19 at Culver Middle School. Each child gets the opportunity to develop basic skills, practice teamwork, and build confidence for continued growth in the years ahead. A group Skills Assessment took place last Saturday, but there still may be time to set your child up for an assessment to ensure that he/she gets placed in the right age/skill level. Call the Y at (310) 390-3604 for information. (Registration fees include the cost of uniforms: Facility Members, $120; Program Members, $145)
Culver City Exchange Club members were glad to hear from Exchangeite Dr. Bob Montgomery, who recently visited Alida Brundo, who relayed the good news that Past President (and former Culver City Mayor) Richard “Dick” Brundo is doing better and will soon move back to their home in 29 Palms. Barry Sulkin visited Gary Wolf in Palm Desert and while there he took Gary to visit with Dick, a longtime friend.
Word has it that the Culver City Democratic Club is working on a fundraising activity at Menchies in February. This could be huge in terms of dollars, if even a few of the after-school families who fill the Sawtelle-near-Sepulveda location on weekday afternoons decide to participate!
This coming Sunday, January 17, is Volunteer Recognition Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church, who LOVES its volunteers. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 18) and its theme of “A Day On, Not A Day Off” Grace will pay tribute to all the things the church does and could not accomplish without the help of volunteers.
Happy Birthday this week to Sherri O’Daniel, Matthew Seeberger, Bram Skelley, Paul Skelley, Diana Kirkpatrick, Judah Winston, Sherri O’Daniel, Eilen Stewart, and Jodee Hulsebus. If you’d like your (or a friend or neighbor’s) birthday mentioned here, send the information to [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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