LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

JSmith01-cropStill mourning the passing of long-time sponsor George Barris, the Culver City Exchange Club is moving forward and is excited to announce that their Annual Car Show will have a new major sponsor this year. The Peterson Museum has come on board through the club’s past relationship with Armand Hammer. Car Show committee members are – dare we say ‘revved up’? – and their next planning meeting will be March 16th at Larsen’s Motors at 12:00 noon.
The Culver-Palms Family YMCA is now offering an opportunity for kids ages 10-17 to be “Strong & Connected,” through their Youth Fitness Program. It’s never too early for young folks to discover the principles of safe exercise, good nutrition and overall fitness, and the Y is set to help them learn through hands-on experience. This includes strength training, cardio workouts, flexibility and balance, good nutrition, yoga, and how to prevent injury. Held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., there is no fee for facility members, and program members will pay $150.00 for five weeks, $180.00 for six weeks. For more information, contact Brandon Webb at (310) 390-3604.
As usual, Westside Unity Church has thought-provoking midweek service in addition to its regular Sunday message. This Wednesday, March 9 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. the topic is “Heart-Centered Metaphysics” by Paul Hasselbeck. For more information regarding Rev. James Daly’s Sunday sermons (beginning with 9:30 a.m. meditation plus music by Adam Chester) or the Wednesday programs call (310) 838-4761. Westside Unity Church is located at 10724 Barman Avenue.
Looking for something fun to do – adults either with or without kids? How about catching the Expo Line at either the Washington/National Station or (our favorite) Jefferson/LaCienega and take the short ride to the Natural History Museum? There’s a lot to explore, and you get a great feeling for the past and the present (and just a couple of stops further and across the street is USC, just in case you want to catch a basketball game at Galen Center).
And along those “lines” – hope they’ll do this again: The Culver City Transportation staff hosted a workshop at the Culver City Senior Center last month as part of the series “Public Transit is for Everyone.” The session provided an overview of the new TAP card, and participants were given a step-by-step explanation from sign-up to usage and given tools and resources to find out more information about the program. It takes us a while to figure out the system and always have to ask somebody nearby for advice!
Don’t forget this Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. the Culver City Women’s Club will be having a fundraiser to benefit the Culver-Palms Family YMCA at Casa Sanchez Mexican Restaurant, 4500 So. Centinela Ave. Cocktails will be at happy hour prices, and the hors d’oeuvres are free. There will be a fashion show, door prizes and a silent auction. In addition to benefitting the YMCA’s Summer Camp Program, they’ll also be funding scholarships for Culver City High School graduating seniors. Admission is $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door. For tickets call Carole at (310) 453-2314.
There’s a lot going on in the new Washington West Business District. Maybe – like us – you’ve driven by and not noticed, but there’s a popular spot at 12954 West Washington Blvd. called Wheel House Cheese. Open daily, (hours vary, check their Facebook page or visit www.wheelhouse.com) their cheese selection is terrific, and there’s even a monthly movie night on their patio. They feature 100+ cheeses from around the world, crackers, olives, pickles, cured meats, wine, beer, jams and more. The weather’s getting cool again so they’ve decided to hold one more Raclette Night on March 20th. $8.00 a plate. We’ve gotta try it!!
Congratulations to Culver City Cultural Affairs Commissioner John B. Williams, recognized as a Lifetime Achievement Honoree at the African American Heritage Month Celebration last month. The honor was bestowed by Los Angeles City Council Member Curren Price and the Living Legend Jazzabration Series at the Los Angeles City Council Chambers. Mr. Williams has served as a Cultural Affairs Commissioner since November 2012.
Circle your calendar for next Monday, March 14 for the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club’s monthly meeting, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The program will be in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Complex, and is titled “Cultured Quartz AKA Hydro Quartz – Now a Created Gem Stone.” The speaker will be Gregg Bunch, who will also show an 11-minute film made back in the ‘60’s by Bell Labs, showing how the science of growing quartz crystals was developed. He’ll have a display showing all aspects of the process, and at the end of his talk Greg will give our sample pieces of grown quartz to anyone that wants them. The meeting is free and guests are always welcome. For more information, visit www.culvercityrocks.org.
A tip of the hat to Our Town: They’ve set a good example of reducing energy consumption: The City Hall’s use of electricity was down 16% comparing January 2015 and January 2016. Go, Culver City!
Birthday greetings go out this week to Brooke Mangum, Carolyn (Carol) Burns, Craig Heath, Ian Carter, Alexa Hunter, Chris Golden, Grace Sato, Susan L. Rich, Mike Halahan and Virginia MacInnis. 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!

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