LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

url3Culver City Exchange Club member Howie Jacobowitz was reported recovering well from a bad case of bronchitis, but Exchanger editor Dr. Bob Montgomery, who had played tennis with Howie the day before, added “…we had to stop after two sets because he became tired. Usually Howie would keep playing even if he had to crawl around the court.” Get well soon, Howie – the Fiesta is this weekend!
This Thursday, August 25 will see the second public outreach meeting designed to “Reimagine Fox Hills.” The meeting, set to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans Memorial Building, will focus on the Fox Hills Neighborhood Association’s work with the Culver City Police Department to create a Fox Hills Neighborhood Watch. The board of the FHNA has been meeting with other local Neighborhood Watch groups and is looking forward to forming a close bond and partnership with the CCPD, thereby feeling more comfortable about reporting suspicious behavior; encouraging neighbors getting to know each other, creating a feeling of community; and fostering neighbors really caring for and looking out for each other. Fox Hills residents who are interested in being Neighborhood Watch volunteers are encouraged to email [email protected].
Still interested in actually holding a real book, turning the pages and reading? Like to discuss what you’ve read? Or hear authors discussing their works? The Culver City Friends of the Library invite you to join its “One Book, One City” reading project designed to celebrate the Culver City Centennial (which kicks off September 24, but more on that later). The Friends chose West of Sunset by best-selling author Stewart O’Nan for its Citywide Centennial Read. This is the fictionalized story of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life when he was a screenwriter at MGM Studios, and references the Golden Age of Hollywood, local color and the actors, movies and players of the time. Among the activities built around this project will be a readers’ discussion at the Library and one at the Senior Center; a historical tour of the Sony (formerly MGM) lot, and a talk by author Stewart O’Nan himself at the Library on Saturday morning, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. (The author will also be speaking to Culver City High School students on October 14 during lunch, and also to classes during the day.) The book is available on loan at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, and for purchase at Main St.’s Ripped Bodice bookstore, or Lundeen’s, 9726 Washington Blvd. What a great opportunity to share a love of reading and love of Culver City – invite a friend to join you in reading the book and becoming part of the Centennial Celebration! (Thanks go to Culver Hotel and Sorrento Italian Market for helping sponsor this event.)
Catchy title for Bar & Garden’s latest event: it’s this Tuesday, August 23rd’s “Oddball Wines Tasting,” taking place 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There will be three wines (from Morocco, Croatia and Savoie, France), bread, cheese, and corn nuts, $12.00 per person. Bar & Garden (a really charming spot) is located at 6142 Washington Blvd. For more information, visit www.barandgarden.com.

As if you hadn’t heard, Fiesta La Ballona returns to Veterans Park from August 26th through August 28th with live music, a beer and wine garden, food trucks and food court, carnival rides, a petting zoo and pony rides. Be sure to visit the Entertainment Tent for a three-day music and dance party featuring Latin Jazz and Fiesta-Palooza on Friday night. On Saturday, the sounds of Mariachis, the British Invasion, 80’s funk and 90’s rock culminates in SoCal Saturday Night featuring tributes to The Beach Boys and The Eagles. Sunday features World Music with Caribbean, Klezmer/Mediterranean, and Brazilian music as well as Siberian Surf Rock. Culver City businesses, non-profits and government reps will have booths featuring information, games, and more fun! Visit http://fiestalaballona.org/ or call 310-253-6650, or click through on the ad on the right column of this page for more information.
Our Culver City Julian Dixon Library is also hosting Storytime, coming up this Tuesday, August 23 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Described as a special time to make new friends and share stories, songs, play, art activities and more, you’re invited to bring your youngster to a fun Storytime every Tuesday evening for children up to 8 years old. Babies, toddlers and families are welcome, free and no registration required. The newly-refurbished Library is located at 5975 Overland Avenue.
Random search through the Culver City “Yard Sales Regulations” brought a surprise: The permit is no-fee, but has the stipulation that “Front and side yards and driveways shall not be used for a yard sale or for storage of display of property or any related activity other than display of one sign…”. Violation of this means you’d be guilty of a misdemeanor, and..” shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.” The City should have no problems balancing its budget (but may have to build a larger jail facility) if this is enforced!
Culver City Unified School District bells are ringing starting today, Monday, August 22, so please take extra care in driving, biking, even walking anywhere near our schools!
Just about winding up the month of August with birthdays this week are Scott Houston, Lori Matsunaga, Earl Eskridge, Steve Rose, our spouse Ken Smith, Oceana Runge, Lorraine Murphy, Jeannette Hjorth, Artem Kovalev and Pat Trelinski. 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!

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