Summertime means lots of kids’ theater in Culver City – with shows that are enjoyed just as much by the adults. For example, there’s the 18th Summer Season of Culver City Public Theatre in Carlson Park (Braddock Drive at Motor Ave.), featuring “Frog Tails” at noon on Saturdays and Sundays, then Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”(pictured on the left) at 2:00 p.m. – both through August 21. Bring a blanket, low chair and picnic lunch, and enjoy! Grace Lutheran Church’s Summer Musical Camp will present Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” this Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., and at the same times the following weekend, July 30 and 31st at the church, 4427 Overland Avenue, love donation at the door. Dee-Lightful Productions just concluded “Shrek; the Musical Jr.,” and “Seussical Jr.” will be opening in August!
The first two concerts in Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival were super, and this week promises no less: this Thursday, July 21 Orquesta Tabaco y Ron will be performing “high-energy, hard-edged” salsa music, and with its 12-piece Big Band – it should be ear-shatteringly terrific! The OTR concert starts at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Courtyard (“doors” open at 4:30 for those who like to set up their custom picnic areas on the lawn in advance). The concert is free, but you can reserve a premium seat at $10.00 each in advance by calling (310) 398-2583 or visiting Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Blvd. If you don’t choose to bring your own supper, there’s will be some food available on site, or a multitude of great patio restaurants just across the street, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Thinking back on the Exchange Club’s exceptional 4th of July Fireworks Show this year – wonder why it were so good? Maybe it’s because the club secured the renowned Garden State Fireworks, a company with more than 125 years of experience entertaining crowds from the White House and Washington D.C.’s Capitol Mall to the Super Bowl and New York Harbor. The best news? They’ll be back next year too!
This Sunday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. The Culver City Sister City Korean Exchange Committee will welcome our Korean exchange students at the Bill Botts Park (next to the playground), Duquesne and Jefferson. Participants are invited to bring a dish to share along with a comfy chair. Host families, CCSCC members and interested community members are all invited to provide a warm welcome to these young visitors. The week will go by fast, so we’ll tell you now that the official Farewell Party will be held on Sunday, July 31 at Carlson Park, Braddock Drive & Motor Avenue, 6:00 p.m. This will most likely also be a potluck, and although there’s bench seating in the picnic area, it won’t hurt to toss a folding chair in your car too. For more information, contact CCSCC president Sonya Karroum at [email protected]
And what are Exchange Club members doing now that the Car Show and the 4th of July extravaganza are history? Resting? Nope – Their applications for permits have all been filed for their Beer and Wine Garden at the Fiesta La Ballona. The Fiesta will be held on Aug. 26-28 at Veterans Memorial Park. Exchanger newsletter editor Dr. Bob Montgomery cautions, “I recommend that everyone practice pouring beer and wine to get ready for this event.”
Also getting ready for the upcoming Fiesta LaBallona are members of the Culver City Kiwanis Club, who put on a spectacular Pancake Breakfast both days – and you can bet John Riordan will be manning the grill!
You have two opportunities to catch the popular “Mystic Knights Trio” (American Roots & Blues) this week, both at nearby Gaby’s Mediterranean, 10445 Venice Blvd. This Wednesday, July 20 from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 24 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Dave, Roger, and Sonny encourage you to enjoy “Great food, great music, BYOB. All ages welcome. Come relax on the patio and enjoy the evening with us”.
Need to take a hour out of your day to do something relaxing? How about Colormania? The name doesn’t sound like it, but coloring can be an effective way to relieve stress. Millions of adults all around the world are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of coloring. Make your coloring sheet a masterpiece. You’re invited to come sip some tea and color your stress away at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library next Saturday, July 23 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. This is open to all adult ages 18+. The Library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Sal Valle, Jeanette Vosburg, our granddaughter Leilani Smith, Dana Goller, Kathryn Parks, Barbara Popkin, and Patricia Sievers (Henderson). 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!