Here’s a whole different kind of summer camp for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, and it sounds fascinating: It’s the Ballona Discovery Nature Camp, with three sessions and themes. June 13-24 is “Born to be WILD”; July 11-22, “H2000000OH!”, and August 1-12, “ECO-Defenders”. Activities and outings include Field Trips, Science Experiments, Wildlife Viewing, Scavenger Hunts, Service Learning, Habitat Exploration and much more. There is a $60.00 registration fee, and the cost is $600 per each two-week session. (Scholarships are available for qualifying applicants.) For more information or to register, contact Ms. Day Scott at (323) 206-6443 or email [email protected].
At a time when gardens are on almost every homeowner’s mind, the Culver City Garden Garden Club, a non-profit organization founded in 1953, will be holding its 63rd Annual Show & Plant Sale this Saturday, June 11, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the Culver City Teen Center, 4153 Overland Ave. (near Culver Blvd.). Admission is free and there is lots of free parking. There will be a locally-judged exhibition of homegrown plants, flowers and edibles; a Club plant sale table; two workshops each day on gardening & plant topics; regular raffles of merchandise & gift certificates donated by local merchants and vendors selling gardening supplies & plants. They will also have free starter plants to kids to begin their lives of gardening. Additional information can be found by calling (310) 203-1482 or visiting the club’s website at www.culvercitygardenclub.org.
This is something new for the Hayden Tract area: The parking garage at 8550 Higuera Street in Culver City (located, yes Virginia, in the Hayden Tract neighborhood) is now open to the public, enabling surrounding businesses and residents to actually enjoy a new and convenient parking option. Parkers can choose from self, valet and monthly parking options as well as special event and group parking. To find out more, visit Motor Parks at www.8550HaydenTract.com or call (310)839-3667.
“Oh, Culver High, we love you true…ever faithful silver-blue…” This Friday evening, June 10 marks the last time many Centaurs will sing that song – it’s graduation! Culcihi grads will be attending colleges and universities across the nation in the fall, from Stanford and Harvard to UCLA and community colleges, and they will have been well-prepared for their higher education and life experience thanks to their time in CCUSD. The ceremonies will begin at 5 p.m. at Jerry Chabola Stadium (High School football field). All guests must have a ticket for admission. Free parking will be available in the Harter Street parking lots and on the Culver City High School blacktop (gymnasium side). Security will be available to direct parking.
The Culver City Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating the end of its 2015-2016 season on Saturday, June 18, but this time at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Ticket prices are $25.00; $15.00 for those 17 years or younger. There is even a post-concert reception for ticket holders! The box office opens at 6:30 p.m., one hour before the concert begins, purchase tickets only by cash or check. Members of the SoCal Symphony Society can purchase tickets for themselves and their guests at the reduced price of $15.00, and here’s a tip: visit www.culvercitysymphony.org and if you join the Symphony Society you can enjoy the reduced ticket price for this concert as well as for all programs in the 2016-17 year (you can also purchase your membership at the box office the night of the concert.) Parking is free, underneath City Hall across the street, and as you know, there are several terrific restaurants within a few steps of the KDT. The concert promises to be a unique program of standards, lively dances, and works of three American composers, described as “…a kind of songfest, with lyrical works – canzonetta and arioso – with melodies which will remain with you after this concert of night music.”
This Sunday, June 12 is El Salvador Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church. Parishoners and visitors will enjoy delicious pupusas, Latino music, jewelry and craft sales, etc. between services. It’s a time for celebration of Grace’s Salvadoran partners in ministry – sister congregations, special ministries, and the Salvadoran Synod. It is also the “kick-off day” for beginning the collection of donations for the team to take to El Salvador on July 31. Donations of over-the-counter medications (especially men’s and women’s multivitamins, children’s Tylenol and antihistamines, and antibiotic ointment), computers, dental supplies, new men’s underwear and socks will all be appreciated. Funds collected will be distributed to Salvadoran Lutheran homeless and farm ministries, to purchase supplies for Lutheran Schools there. Grace Church is located at 4427 Overland Avenue, with Sunday services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Despite June Gloom it’s birthday celebration time for Barbara Honig, Sharlo Cruz, Christine Johnson, Jennifer Priebe, Bonnie Seeberger, Grace Bruno, Antonia Garland, DeDe Dolce, and Bonnie Seeberger. 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!