Coming up this Saturday, January 23 from 9:00 a.m. – noon, Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) members, family and friends will spend the morning devoted to native plant restoration at what is a beautiful site: the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park, 6300 Hetzler Road (just off Jefferson Blvd.) Volunteers are needed to help restore a section of one of the most beautiful – and new – parks in urban LA. With your help, wildlife and native plants will once again flourish on a spectacular hillside overlooking Ballona Creek, and more. Participants will be learning, digging, planting, and removing weeds. BCR will provide gloves and tools. Participants are urged to wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, windbreaker, and bring a reusable water bottle. Due to limited parking, carpooling is recommended. The LA Audubon Society will provide free parking passes for participants upon arrival at the very top of Hetzler Road. Minors (under 18) must have two waivers signed by a parent or legal guardian. These are available at the event, or download at www.ballonacreek.org . Pre-teens should be accompanied by adults. RSVP asap to [email protected] to help BCR be prepared for you. (However, you won’t be turned away if you arrive without an rsvp….)
If you tend to worry a little (or a lot) about what your teen is doing after school, consider the program at the Culver City Teen Center. The Center provides a wide variety of drop-in services year round for residents and students attending Culver City Middle School and High School. Membership is $100 per year per teen. Registration may be done online, by mail or in person at the Recreation Registration Office. The Teen Center is located at 4153 Overland Avenue and operates Monday—Friday 2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. during the school year only, but opens at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, which is early dismissal day. The Center is closed on days when school is not open during summer, spring breaks and all federal holidays, Activities include Homework Assistance through UCLA BruinCorps; Crafts and Games; Computer Lab with Internet Access; Game Room; Service Learning Opportunities; Special Events & Field Trips; T.V. & Lounge; and a Snack Bar. Youth Empowerment has been a part of the Teen Center since 1993, designed to increase community involvement projects for participants at the Teen Center. Through the years the group has tackled many projects such as a disability awareness spring carnival, pet adoptions, renovation of the Teen Center patio, murals, volunteering at the annual City Dr. King event, community forums with elected officials and many more. They look for students that want to be empowered by the act of giving. Students may receive service learning hours during regular schedule planning meetings and participation in events. (Student must be in middle or high school to join and be a Teen Center member.)
With a lot of busy members, the Culver City Rotary Club voted in December for a new organization plan: Two luncheon meetings a month plus a mixer, social and/or service project each month. The Club’s focus will be both with club membership and with funding its projects. We wonder how many other local service clubs will also be condensing their meeting schedules over the next year…times are changing! Rotarians meet on Wednesdays at noon in the Crystal Room on the main floor of the historic Culver Hotel. The next meeting is this Wednesday, January 20 at 12 noon with Ann Murakami, Past President, as speaker.
If you enjoy music (and you belong to the Culver City Senior Center) you’re going to love two programs in particular this week: This Tuesday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. members of the Ms. Senior California Royal Court Queens present “Queens’ Court,” described as “…a glitzy, glamorous performance of songs from opera to jazz.” On Thursday, January 21, the Golden Age of American Popular Music Series presents “Broadway’s Second Golden Age,” at 1:00 p.m., with music by Bob Lipson, Saul Jacobs and Steve Fry. The Center is located at 4095 Overland Avenue. For more information, call (310) 253-6700 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Did you know that in addition to the Culver City Fire Department’s Annual Fire Service Day held every May, the department’s three fire stations are available for the public to tour most Fridays at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.? The tours are designed for schools and organizations within Culver City. Groups of children must have one adult for every six children. Just remember that firefighters are on call 24 hours a day, and crews may be called out to an emergency during your scheduled tour or the station may be closed when you arrive. If the crew is not at the station for your scheduled tour, you’re asked to wait 15 minutes. If the crew has not returned by then, CCFD will be happy to help reschedule your tour. To fill out a request, visit www.culvercity.org and go to Live, then scroll down to Fire Station Tour.
Happy Birthday this week to Mary Ruebsamen, Janey Campbell, Michelle Baher, Katie Priebe, Brenda Langdon, Jane Corey, Aleksandre Stenshoel, Charlotte Gilbert, Jodee Hulsebus, Liese Aufill, and Flint Smith/ 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!