This coming Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. it’s time for L.A. Goal’s Holiday Boutique. Their artists have created outside art, ceramics, woven items, pillows, apparel, cards, bake sale treats and more. Vendor friends will also be selling special handmade gifts. L.A. Goal, located at 4911 Overland Avenue, provides educational, vocational, employment, life skills, creative expression, and social programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Stop by their Boutique and you’ll be amazed at their creations, and get some holiday shopping done.
Get in the New Year’s Eve spirit early on this Wednesday, November 30, when popular locals’ (Dave, Roger and Sonny) “Mystic Knights Trio” will be playing at Gaby’s Mediterranean, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Gaby’s is nearby in Palms at 10445 Venice Blvd.) They’ll be playing a variety of rock ‘n roll, blues, soul, and R&B. We can vouch that the food is delicious (and reasonably priced), the music is terrific, plus you can bring your own wine. All ages will enjoy the (heated) patio’s atmosphere and music.
It’s the week of the two tree lightings! In case you haven’t yet heard, here’s a reminder that the official Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration takes place this Thursday eve, December 1 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at our own Town Plaza, between the Culver Hotel and the ArcLight Cinemas (two of this writer’s faves). Besides an appearance by Santa Claus, Downtown Culver City businesses will provide the hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies and other festive treats. There will also be folk dancing groups and local choirs, plus appearances by Mayor Jim Clarke and city council members. The next Tree Lighting ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building tower takes place on Friday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.
The Culver City Elks’ Lodge (Benevolent Protective Order of Elks #1917) is taking member signups for a Gift Wrap Dinner Party this Friday evening December 2 at the Lodge from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Members will be prepping for the upcoming Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 10 from noon – 4:00 p.m. and want to make sure they have a gift for every child – more than 150 have signed up to date.
This Saturday, December 3 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., teenagers and adults can enjoy participating in an “Above the fold: Newsworthy Origami” class. Participants will use a mix of traditional origami paper and re-purposed newsprint to make some beautiful creations. Here’s a chance to learn how to make a Kusudama flower for a bouquet or for an elegant, inexpensive gift topper, or make a box with a lotus topper to use as a gift box or desk organizer, all at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave. Materials will be provided. Signups are required – call (310) 559-1676 or visit the Library in advance to sign-up.
From Culver City Sister City President Sonya Karroum comes the invitation to members to enter a Photo Contest put on by their insurance company (NIAC). Those folks whose son or daughter visited another sister city, or if a member family hosted a student from abroad, there just might be a wonderful picture, and that perfect “Kodak Moment” could win a prize. Whether it’s the Grand Prize of $250, or one of nineteen prizes of $100 each, it will help defray some of the costs associated with the Sister City Youth Programs. (The contest is open until 5:00 p.m. January 6, 2017) For details contact Sonya at [email protected].
Coming up next week (Wednesday, December 7) the Culver City Rotary Club will be hosting its annual Holiday Ribs Luncheon at the American Legion Hall, 5309 Sepulveda Blvd. In addition to their famous ribs, there’ll be turkey and ham with all the trimmings, plus fun, prizes, music, and stretch ticket drawings. Guests are urged to donate toys or a gift card for the U. S. Marines. Cost is $25.00 per person, and RSVPS are due by December 5 to [email protected]
Holiday countdown birthday celebrants this week include Jana Koppula, Vincent Palazzola, Peter Stenshoel, Heather Hudson, Joshua F. Corey, Ed Coronel, Julia McCarty, Theo Kyriakos, Robert Willett, and Linda Owens. 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!