LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3The next meeting of the Culver City Rotary Club will take place this Wednesday, February 17 at the historic Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Blvd. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m., and the program (presented by Scott Houston, District 4 Director West Basin Municipal Water District) will run from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Also, Janice Beighey of Tower Insurance will be inducted into the club. President Carmela Raack reminds members that on Thursday, February 25 they can all get together to celebrate 86 years of Culver City Rotary and 111 years of Rotary International at a special Anniversary Mixer, set for 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at City Tavern. Friends and spouses are invited.
Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) will hold its next Creek Clean-up this Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon at Centinela Avenue at Milton Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066. Everyone’s invited to join BCR, the Del Rey Neighborhood Council, the Culver City High BCR Club, and volunteers of all ages in this fun and worthwhile Zero-Waste activity where the inland water and incoming tide meet, a special place of fish, birds, plants – just upstream from the newly opened Milton Street Park. This is a great way for students to earn community service credits. All volunteers under 18 shall bring a parent or a waiver signed by a parent. Parents or adult supervisors shall accompany younger children. For more details, map, flier, and waiver for minors visit www.ballonacreek.org/events.
“Tiny Bubbles”… ah, Hawaii is being recreated by the Culver City Strummers, a group of about 60 people ukulele players sponsored by the Culver City Senior Center. (The classes started about four years ago with 10 to 15 people and now each of the two classes/week has 40 – 60 members!) They give concerts several times a year – including every year for the last three years at Fiesta La Ballona. Their teacher is Cali Rose, and their lessons take place in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans’ Memorial Building. You must be a member of the Senior Center to join in the fun, which means you should be 55 years of age or more, so get those “Pearly Shells” on and start strumming!
It’s Third Saturday coming up again on February 20, which means it’s time for Walk With a Doc, beginning at 8:45 a.m. with a Health Presentation by Jeffrey Penso, MD and Sarah Carpenter, MD. Dr. Penso will speak about “Zika and Other Challenges.” This will be followed at 8:50 a.m. with a warmup led by Brandon Webb, YMCA fitness trainer and then a one-hour (give or take) walk at your own pace. Folks should meet near the playground/tennis court area at Vet’s Park. The following Wednesday, February 24, Wednesday they’ll meet at Culver City Park at 5:15 pm. For a BONUS walk! Parking is on Duquesne just south of Jefferson Blvd. adjacent to the Boneyard Dog Park. Walk uphill to Baldwin Hills Overlook- and back. This walk is about 45 minutes and moderately vigorous.
Is everything happening this coming Saturday? Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the County of Los Angeles Public Library plus the Culver City Friends of the Library invites everyone to the Culver City Julian Dixon Library’s (Grand Re-) Opening this Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m. You’ll enjoy refreshments, children’s activities and an official Open House immediately following the formal program. As you may have noticed, the Library has been closed for the past year for extensive remodeling and upgrading, so this should be exciting! Please rsvp to [email protected].
Looking for some fun, eh? Then join the Culver City Sister City’s delegation travelling to Lethbridge, Alberta from Tuesday May 24 to Saturday May 28, 2016. Our sister city of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada has invited a delegation of up to eight CCSCC members to visit, and are offering homestays at the homes of Lethbridge Twinning Society (LTS) members, for the four nights. There will be minimal expenses while in Lethbridge since delegates will be the guests of LTS members. The Lethbridge Twinning Society is working on plans which include visits to Museum, Art galleries, and other points of interest in Lethbridge. (Airfare to Calgary and transportation will be at your expense. The estimated cost is under $400 non-stop. Prices are subject to change. Transportation from Calgary to Lethbridge will depend on number in delegation and will be divided among the group.) There still may be space available, so if you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Maureen Genteman at [email protected] or by phone at (310) 839-9945.

Birthday greetings go out this week to Sue Bowles, Duane Bunker, Sandy Cavanaugh, Ted Blaisdell, Dave Lyon, Beverly O’Brien, Janice Szujewski, Arthur Cruz, John Priebe, Mary Lou Basaraba, Patricia Baker, Larry Green, Lynne Lukert, Ken Rogers, Gus Rendon, and Debbie Montgomery. 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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