It’s been announced by the Culver City Exchange Club that this year’s 4th of July Fireworks Show will be dedicated to the late Dick Brundo, Past President of the club, former city council member and mayor, and the show’s emphasis will be on all Veterans and Service personnel. Flags will be waving high at West LA College, for sure!
Those crowds you see in and around Media Park this Sunday, June 5 are there for a very special reason: because they’re foodies? Yes, but more importantly they’re participating in the Annual Taste of the Nation’s Premier Los Angeles Culinary Benefit, with proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. Host Chef is Bruce Kalman (Union Pasadena restaurant), and there’ll be dishes from over 40 restaurants, including Faith and Flower, Madcapra, Kalman’s Union Pasadena, and Hanjip (who certainly doesn’t have far to travel to participate!). There will be award-winning California wineries participating, plus hand-crafted cocktails from the best bars in Los Angeles. All proceeds from ticket purchases go toward helping fight childhood hunger in California via the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Westside Food Bank, California Food Policy Advocates and No Kid Hungry Los Angeles. VIP Admission is $160.00 (hours 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.); General Admission $110.00 and children ages 6-13 $25.00 (hours 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.). to buy tickets visit www.LosAngelesTasteoftheNation.org.
Coming up next week (and on a tad more affordable scale), is the Culver City Woman’s Club’s Annual Ice Cream Social: June 11 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Culver-Palms United Methodist Church Social Hall, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd, just next to the Culver-Palms Family YMCA. There will be ice cream sundaes, banana splits and homemade cookies, plus entertainment by magician Fantastic Fig with Newton the Cat, “America’s Got Talent” winner. All proceeds will benefit the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center. Tickets are $10.00 for ages 13 and older, and $5.00 for children ages 3 – 12. Call Carole at (310) 453-2314 for tickets.
In case you haven’t visited it in a while, the Culver City Historical Society’s fascinating Archives & Resource Center (ARC) is open this Sunday, June 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., located behind the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. This mini-museum is only open on the first and third Sundays of each month, and is well-worth a visit!
The Culver City Kiwanis Club recently inducted newest member Dana Silva into their group. Former Lt. Gov. Chien Wang helped do the honors. (Note to Kiwanis: Hope you’re doing the Pancake Breakfast again this year at Fiesta La Ballona?)
A new venue – just added – for the popular local group “Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones (an American Roots and Blues Quartet): it happens this Tuesday, May 31 at the Seventy 7 Lounge, 3843 Main Street in DTCC! Dave, Roger, Sonny, and Rick all invite you to relax, drink, and dance in this fantastic retro speakeasy located just behind Rocco’s Pizza. (It’s off the alley between Main St. & the Cardiff St. parking structure – you literally walk a few steps from your car directly into the 20’s!) According to Sonny, “This room is amazing. The band sounds great here! Come see for yourself.” www.seventy7lounge.com
Hard to think about, but important: That’s the Family Personal Safety Workshop, set for this Tuesday, May 31 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave. This special family program is presented by the Children’s Rescue Alliance, where you’ll learn techniques for dealing with unwelcome approaches and other unsafe situations. This workshop is designed to help participants identify risks and assess options for handling threats of violence.
Tired of supermarket boredom? Then visit the Culver City Farmers’ Market, and see what the word “fresh” really means! The year- round market offers fresh fruits, vegetables and a selection of other fine foods (plus some unexpected and unusual gift items) and takes place every Tuesday, rain or shine, on downtown Culver City’s Main Street, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There’s lots of parking — over 200 parking spaces adjacent in the Cardiff parking structure adjacent to the market, first two hours free.
Birthday greetings go out this week to Heather Nuques, Harvey Schneider, Kristina Tepley, John Snodgrass, Stanley Genser, Woody Shaffer, Janelle Williams and Sean Andrew. 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!