LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3Combining meetings this week are the Culver City Exchange Club and the Culver City Rotary Club, who will enjoy lunch and a City Council Candidates Forum together this Tuesday March 15, at the Elks Lodge. Lunch runs from 11:30—12:15, and the forum will take place 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Elks Lodge is located at 11160 Washington Place. Lunch is $15.00 per person, payable at the door. Attendees should have responded by now to Linda Forman at [email protected], but there may still be a spot…
It’s “Walk With a Doc” time again (already!) and this month’s walk is set for this Saturday, March 19. As per usual on these third-Saturday occasions, the action begins at 8:40 a.m. with a brief talk by a physician, and this Saturday Dr. Sarah Carpenter will speak on ‘ Zika- part 2- the mystery unfolds’. This will be followed by a five-minute warmup by YMCA Fitness Counselor Brandon Webb, then participants hit the road on a one-hour-at-your-own-pace neighborhood walk. All this takes place at Veterans’ Memorial Park near the tennis courts – just look for the WWAD banner. Plans are in the making for a special Helms Bakery complex walk in April, hopefully led by City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra.
Speaking of the Helms complex, Culver City eateries got some terrific press in a February LA Weekly issue featuring chef Sang Yoon, of Father’s Office and Lukshon fame, both located there. Yoon was asked to name his favorite restaurants, and both Sambar and Samosa House are in Our Town and nearby n/naka, Santouka Ramen are in Palms and Mar Vista!
From local drummer Sonny “B” comes the reminder that his “Mystic Knights Trio” (American Roots and Blues Trio) will be appearing from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. this Wednesday night at Gaby’s Mediterranean restaurant, 10445 Venice Blvd. Dave, Roger, and Sonny play here each Wednesday. Sonny’s right on when he says, “Great food, great music, BYOB. All ages welcome. Come relax on the patio and enjoy the evening with us.”
You’ve still got time to tap your foot to the classic American musical “On the Town” this weekend (March 18-19) at the Robert Frost Auditorium at Culver City High School. The talented members of CCHS’ AVPA (Audio Visual & Performing Arts program) include Oliver Berliner, Reno Behnken, Sam Petersen, Emma DeZarn, Claire Skelley, Paxton Amor, Isabel Parra, Nick Freedson, Erin Hamill, Celine Quadra, Raegan Harris and Joey O’Neal, along with understudies Hazel Cupp, Isa Berliner, Sarah Toutounchian, and Ben Hilsberg. In the ensemble are Andrew Alvarenga, Mika Barocio, Katy Engel, Brook Francis, Clover Halperin, Frances Horwitz, Courtney Lundy, Mathew Mercaldo, Jenna Reynoza, Andrew Rodriguez, Carly Shiever, Tysaiah Stutts, and Lauren Wilson. Showtimes are Friday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The March 19 show will feature the understudies. Tickets are available at the box office prior to performances. Prices: $15.00 for adults; $10.00 for seniors, CCUSD staff and high school students; $5.00 for CCHS students with ASB cards and CCMS students; free for children in elementary school and younger with an accompanying adult. The Robert Frost Auditorium is located at 4401 Elenda St. in Culver City. (NOTE: we saw it last Sunday and it’s terrific!)
Kudos to LaBallona elementary school! They have instituted a Toy Loan Program for kids Transitional Kindergarten (TK)-Kindergarten that allows children to borrow toys in the same manner in which books are borrowed from a library. Toys can be borrowed once a week on Thursdays after school and are returned the next Thursday (one week later). There are no fees to participate or for late, lost or broken toys. Organizers just ask that students are honest and return what they can. The goal is for children to play with and learn from a variety of fun and interesting toys and games. After five weeks of successful borrowing and returning toys on time, students will earn a free incentive toy to keep! LaBallona, which features a Spanish Immersion program, is located at 10915 Washington Blvd.
Always attracting new members is the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club, and this month is certainly not different. On board for the second- Monday meeting (March 14) are sure to be new rockhounds Marie-Bernadette Angeles, David Beadle, James Bruckner, Sonam Dolma, Jeanne Prinziralli, Mike Watts, and Kit Wilkinson. Meetings are free and open to the public, and start at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Building.
Bountiful birthday wishes go out this week to Jeff Zimerman, Kyle Ruebsamen, Karen Gajewski Baughan, David Oliver, Dave Ruebsamen, Eva Westholm, Joyce Raichel, Debbie Baker, Jeff Cooper, Elaine Behnken, Luther Henderson, and Ernest Lizarraras. 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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