LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3Is it possible that it’s time to think about the 4th of July already? Well, the Culver City Exchange Club is already planning the 2017 4th of July Fireworks Show: Chairmen Xavier Nuques and John Cohn have started working with WLA College to improve the site for the 2016 Show, especially the sites for the food trucks and fireworks. Zambelli Fireworks, the oldest in the country, will be the provider. Full-on planning meetings will start the end of February. It’ll be here before we know it!
It’s not too late to “Reach for Rainbows” – on Saturday, February 20 the Friends of the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center is doing just that with their annual fundraiser, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Culver City. This year’s honorees are the Culver City Woman’s Club and John Riordan, owner of John Riordan Plumbing, Inc., who have generously contributed to the Center over the years. First up will be a silent auction, and music provided by Ronnie Jayne, as well as a no-host bar followed by dinner, a program, and a live auction. A special tribute will go to the late Andy Alexander, who helped establish the Health Center and served as a dedicated and energetic fundraiser for years. The cost is $100 per person prior to February 13, or $110 at the door. All proceeds go to the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center (located on the campus of Culver City Middle and High School), which provides free healthcare to Culver City students. For more information about the Center or to reserve your tickets to the fundraiser, visit www.sandysegalyouthhealthcenter.org or email Sarah Carpenter at [email protected].
Friends and neighbors are invited to join Grace Lutheran Church members in remembering and celebrating the life of beloved, long-time member Margie Joy on Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00 pm. There will be light refreshments following her service. (The Church will also have Ash Wednesday services at noon and at 7:00 p.m.) Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue.
From the Culver City Unified School District comes a note that in a recent post on www.aceable.com the company named the Culver City High School Centaur the No. 18 high school mascot in the state of California. The site researched mascots at 4,495 schools and ranked them based on originality, creativity and historical significance.” When choosing a mascot, you have to decide between an animal or human representation. Exception: When you choose a Centaur. The mythological creature was picked by the school’s first graduating class, according to the book, Culver City Chronicles, but the reason why is unknown. Make up your own myth.” the site read.
Registration for Winter Session II Swim Classes at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA has begun. As we’re reminded by Mario Jovel, Senior Program Director of Aquatics, Facilities and Sports, “Learning to swim exercises the body, builds confidence, and eases the barriers to meeting others and having fun in water activities.” Registration is now open for other popular classes as well: Wet Tots, Youth Dance, Mommy & Me (Parent & Child), Itty Bitty Sports, and Parents Night Out. The Winter Session II runs from Monday, February 15 to Sunday, March 27. For more information, call Mario directly at (310) 754-4977 or contact the Y’s Front Desk at (310) 390-3604.
Wednesday eves a little boring? Then hop on over to Gaby’s Mediterranean, 10445 Venice Blvd. and enjoy the local “Mystic Knights Trio,” an American Roots and Blues trio, playing from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Dave, Roger, and Sonny play here every Wednesday, and it’s fun to enjoy great food, great music, and you can even bring your own wine, no corkage fee. All ages are welcome to relax on the patio and enjoy the evening!
Opening up this week’s calendar, we see that Monday, February 8 marks the Culver City Rock and Mineral Club’s “Silent Auction Spectacular.” Over the past few years, the February “meeting” has instead become a fun and exciting Silent Auction – slabs, rough, specimens, tools, jewelry supplies, jewelry, books, etc. – lots of bargains and treasures awaiting eager bidders. The excitement begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rotunda Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. The fun really begins when the bidding becomes competitive and bidders try to keep track of the items they bid on and outbid others who try to outbid them! (As the bidding period comes to a close there is a flurry of activity around closely-watched items until the final “All pencils down” is announced!)
St. Valentine’s Week birthday greetings go out to Mary Lyon, Goran Eriksson, Tony Williams, Virginia Tangalakis and Peter Baram (whose birthdays are actually ON Valentine’s Day!), Sean Baker, and Joshua Winston. 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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