The Culver-Palms Family YMCA is co-hosting the second annual Culver City Healthy Family 5K Race/Walk and Expo on Sunday, April 3 with a 9:00 a.m. starting time at West LA College. Does this seem kind of far into the future? Well, to help you get into shape and perform at your best, the Y has created a series of weekly training sessions starting now designed to build endurance and increase speed leading up to the race. There is no fee – just bring proof of having registered for the race and enroll in the training at the Front Desk. The race follows the same route as last year, along the scenic perimeter of West LA College, through stretches of tall Eucalyptus and pines and lanes bounded by open fields of wild grass. Race registration is $35 for runners 14 years and older, $20 for those 13 years and younger. Training sessions start this week, Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. with James Smith, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. with Tina Groff, and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. with Lamondo Greer and Naomi Baron. Select the day and time that best fits your schedule. Or, to get the most out of the six-week training, attend all three workouts every week! Training locations may vary throughout Culver City. Get the latest on locations and updates on training schedules at the Y’s Front Desk, 4500 Sepulveda Blvd. Register at www.runculvercity.com.
From “Your High & Mighty Webmaster, Lance Hudson” comes word that members of the Culver City Elks Lodge #1917 will be hosting a Veterans’ Benefit Breakfast this Sunday, February 28 from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Lodge, 11160 Washington Place. The cost is $10.00 for eggs with bacon or sausage and toast, coffee and/or orange juice An extra $5.00 will get you biscuits and gravy! Proceeds go to the Lodge’s Veterans’ services.
Just Asking Dep’t: What has become of the Downtown Business Association’s wonderful Third Wednesday events? Weather? Finances? Business turnovers? Lots of folks miss them!
Ooooh, la la! The Culver City Sister City Committee is transitioning quickly from last week’s hosting of the Kaizuka City marathon runners to a French-themed Quarterly Dinner, set for March 2 at La Dijonnaise, 8703 Washington Blvd. There will be a no-host bar from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. and the program at 8:00 p.m. Dinner choices include soup or salad to start, choice of burgundy beef stew, grilled chicken breast in Dijon mustard sauce, sole filet in lemon caper sauce or angel hair pasta, all with appropriate vegetables; a choice of dessert from their overflowing display case; and soda, ice tea, lemonade, coffee or hot tea. The cost is $30.00 per person, and reservations must be in by February 28 to Carolyn Burns at [email protected], or by calling (310) 365-0817. (Reservations and payment must be made prior to the event)
Coming up this Saturday evening, February 27 Agape International Spiritual Center will present “An Evening with Iyanla Vanzant – Living in Trust.” There will be a live question and answer session following Iyanla’s talk. A complimentary copy of Iyanla’s latest book, “Trust,” will be included with each ticket, and there will be a book signing following the event. The Agape International Choir, under the direction of Rickie Byars Beckwith, will open the evening in joy and celebration as only they can! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60.00. Agape is located at 5700 Buckingham Parkway, just off Slauson Avenue.
City Exchange Club member and Culver City High School coach Greg Goodyear shared the details of the upcoming Celebration of Life for his late girlfriend Lesa Longstreet with club members last week. It will take place on Saturday, February 27th at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 4427 Overland Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to gofundme.com/lesalongstreet.
Wow – back home in the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, and it’s dazzling! The Library Storytime Winter Session’s last couple of weeks will take place in the newly re-opened Library, following a year of renovation, and it’s beautiful! A special time to make new friends (Moms and Dads too) and share stories, songs, play and more for children 0-5 years of age, all are welcome and no registration is required. For more information, call Joan Mead at (310) 679-8193.
…And the Oscar for the Best Birthday this week goes to Esther Ekmanian, Debbie Rich, Frank Hollis, David Eggers, Dyana St. John, Brad Sick, and Greg Goodyear. If you’d like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday mentioned here, just send the information to [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!