You gotta know by now: that this Saturday, May 7, is the 13th Annual “Cruisin’ Back to Culver City” Car Show! More than 400 classic cars and hot rods from all across California will be on display, as well as great exhibitors and vendors. The passing this last year of the great George Barris was a loss to the entire classic car and customizing community because George was a true American original and inspired generations of hot rod enthusiasts and car customizers. Although George is gone, the Culver City Exchange Club will honor his memory by carrying on this great annual car show tradition. “LONG LIVE GEORGE BARRIS … THE KING OF THE KUSTOMIZERS!” is the cry, and the Show is a tribute to his love of cars. In addition to more cars, there’ll be more car-oriented vendors, Tiki-tribute booths, an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast by the chefs at Fire Station #1, Downtown Culver City restaurants offering specials, and live music from The Red Surf Band, Lynda Kaye, and Luis & the Wildfires. This all takes place on both Culver and Washington Blvds. Between Duquesne and Ince, so wear your walking shoes and some sunscreen. For more information call (310) 499-4840.
The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is kicking off the month of May with the Friends Knitting group’s meeting on Monday, May 2. They will meet from 2:30p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday afternoons as a regularly scheduled activity. All ages and ability levels are welcome. This was conceived as a program for teens and tweens, but it has been expanded to include everyone. Turns out it’s a great opportunity to learn to knit or crochet, to hone your skills, or just to enjoy crafting with others. Materials and instruction are provided by the Friends of the Library and you’re invited to join in. The newly-renovated library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue. The Friends are also bringing back their popular First Tuesday Storytime on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. with guest reader Paula Wilson presenting “ Cinnamon Baby,” describing how new mom Miriam gets her baby to stop crying. A fun arts and crafts project will follow, and a Mother’s Day craft and an edible book project will be available as well. Admission is free.
When’s the last time you were at a Migration Celebration? One with live birds as the guests? This Saturday, May 7th, join the Friends of Ballona Wetlands in celebrating the second annual Bird LA Day! In honor of this day, BCR will be hosting a Migration Celebration at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh from 9:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. In addition to two bird walks guided by local bird experts, one at 9:30am and one at 12 noon, they’ll be joined by some amazing guests who will inspire everyone to appreciate and care for our natural environment. South Bay Wildlife Rehab (and their gorgeous educational birds) will be there, as well as BCR partners from Heal the Bay, LMU’s Center for Urban Resilience (CURes), Los Angeles Audubon, The G2 Gallery, Ballona Photography, Ballona Creek Renaissance, and Wild Birds Unlimited Torrance. Events celebrating the area’s incredible diversity of birds will take place city-wide. Learn more at the Bird LA Day website. For additional information, contact [email protected].
“May the 4th be with you “ – no groaning, please – this was advised by Culver City Rotary Club president Carmela Raack in a meeting notice to members that this Wednesday, May 4, Rotarians will meet for lunch at 12:15 p.m. at the historic Culver Hotel, with the meeting starting promptly at 12:30 p.m. This week’s confab will deal with the club’s Bylaws.
Birthday greetings go out this week to Downtown Culver City pioneer Stu Freeman, Skylar Lima, Christine Lyall, Kyle Peters, Wayne Maass, John Meyers, Shawn Lasley, Derrick Hente, and Loren Petersen. 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!
This Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day – don’t forget to send a card (or flowers!), make a phone call or treat a deserving Mom to brunch, lunch, dinner or just a champagne toast – they deserve it! Marilyn Marble, Exalted Ruler of the Culver City BPOE #1917 Elks, has invited members to bring their friends and family to the Lodge’s Mother’s Day Brunch this Sunday, May 8. Call (310) 839-1917 for details; and Culver-Palms United Methodist Church (4464 Sepulveda Blvd.) invites everyone to join them for a Mother’s Day Service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception after the worship (noon). For additional information call the church office at (310) 390-7717 or email [email protected]