So, who’s HUNGRY? St. Augustine Volunteer Emergency Services (S.A.V.E.S.) was started in 1973 in a classroom and, under the direction of its founder Sadie Cerda and the sponsorship of St. August Catholic Church, they continue to this day to help the needy of any faith (or none at all.) S.A.V.E.S. is open to clients on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., and volunteers are needed any day of the week since S.A.V.E.S. is open every day to receive donations and prepare for its clients. On Saturdays and Sundays S.A.V.E.S. has an ongoing yard sale to raise money for its operations. (S.A.V.E.S. receives donations from many sources, yet still needs to purchase food to provide its clients with a balanced diet.) In addition, S.A.V.E.S. conducts a food drive on the second Sunday of every month. Volunteers also collect food at all masses every day, where food items are placed in collection barrels at the doors of the church. St. Augustine is located at 3850 Jasmine Avenue. If you’d like to make a donation or volunteer your time for this critical ministry, please contact S.A.V.E.S. at [email protected] or call (310)838-2702 (only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon).It must have been the club’s recent Fiesta of Gems that got their attention, but new members are flocking to join the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club. Most recent include Ricco Ashford, Anthony Cantatore, Daren Cokin, Judy Davis, Marissa Grimes, Scott Hale, Delia Lorenzo, Geri Mellgren-Kerwin, Bonnie Mishelevich, Chelsea Novalle, Henry Runge, Oceana Runge, Lisa Steph, and Patrick Warfel. The club’s next meeting is on Monday, August 8 and the program features Dick & Mary Pat Weber, who will talk about septarian concretions from Southwest Utah. Septarian concretions have been collected from Utah as mineral specimens and lapidary material for more than 100 years. They are prized for their bright yellow calcite and aragonite crystals, standing in sharp contrast to the gray limestone matrix. In recent years this material has become popular for carvings and free-form jewelry. Dick Weber holds a master’s degree in Sedimentry Petrology from the University of Minnesota and worked as an exploration geologist throughout the United States. He began collecting septarians in 1978 and will bring specimens from his personal collection of both rough and polished material. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building and guests are always welcome.
No, Virginia, a core isn’t just the center of an apple. Are you ready to develop your core and improve your balance, stability and performance? The Culver-Palms Family YMCA is presenting “The Culver Core Challenge,” free, and running from August 1 to August 31. It consists of four exercises, one a week: week 1, forward planks; week 2, crunches; week 3, side planks; and week 4, leg lifts. (A Healthy Lifestyle Counselor or workout buddy will time how long you can hold a plank during weeks 1 and 3, one try per day. Similarly, a counselor or buddy will count how many reps you can do in 5 minutes, crunches in week 2 and leg lifts in week 4, one try per day.) Your progress will we charted each day on the Big Board in the hallway for all to see, and winners will receive a prize each week. The deadline for registration is today, Monday, August 1. Sign up at the Front Desk and look forward to a month of core work that can help you feel better and move better. For more information, please contact the Front Desk at 310-390-3604 or email [email protected].
If you like your wine-tasting in a special setting (and close to home), how about this Saturday, August 6th’s “Uncorked: Derby Days Champagne and Wine Festival” at our own Culver Studios mansion’s beautiful front lawn? Ladies are invited to wear their most fabulous hats and men wear their best bow ties and get ready to peruse 50 wineries with more than 100 wines to sample, gourmet food trucks, a cigar lounge, champagne bar, custom photo booth and live music by the “California Feetwarmers.” You have two tasting sessions to choose from: The first, with a VIP admission at $70.00 begins at noon, includes shorter lines plus a few special wines only to be poured in that first hour. General admission ($60.00) begins at 1:00 p.m. and that session ends at 4:00 p.m. The second session is all general admission ($60.00) and runs from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Only those over 21 will be admitted, meaning please, no infants or children either, please. For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com and select “Uncorked.”
This summer marks The Actors’ Gang’s 10th edition of their annual Free Shakespeare-in-the-Park series, and in keeping with the times, it’s “Romeo and Juliet: The Pokemon GO! Edition.” It’s based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and inspired by the characters of the app that has everyone playing Pokemon Go. It’s a 45-minute, multi-generational production opening this Saturday August 6, and will run every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. through August 28. It’s free, presented in Media Park adjacent to the Ivy Substation (9091 Culver Blvd.) – just bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy 12 members of the Actors’ Gang ensemble, live music, Poke balls, dance, combat and competition, adapted and directed by the company’s Co-Artistic Director, Cynthia Ettinger. Following each performance you’ll enjoy a popsicle celebration and taking selfies with the performers!
It’s hard to believe it’s August already, but in any case here’s a shoutout to birthday celebrants Kimberley Elder, Johna Miller, Rowen Bilbrey, Tom Tidwell, Barbara Fier, Julia Chase, Richard Prehoda, and Nancy Burch. 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!