LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

jsmith01-cropBallona Creek Renaissance recently honored two founding board members who will now be enjoying a new, more relaxing role in the activities of this great organization. Bobbi Gold and Gerry Sallus have donated their time, knowledge, and talents to BCR since 1994 and 1998, respectively. President Emeritus Jim Lamm (no newcomer himself) did the honor of presenting personalized frame certificates of appreciation to Bobbi and Gerry at the organizations Holiday Celebration Dinner earlier this month.

Lots of ways to give during this last week before the holidays: The Culver City Fire Department is collecting toys at all three fire stations through Christmas Eve, December 24th, in support of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. As part of the Southern California campaign, the Culver City Fire Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in and around Culver City. Feel free to donate toys and sports items at any of our three fire stations: Station 1 – 9660 Culver Boulevard; Station 2 – 11252 Washington Boulevard; and Station 3 – 6030 Bristol Parkway. For additional donation options, events, and donation item suggestions, please visit the Spark of Love Toy Drive 2016 website.

Looking for a last-minute gift or stocking-stuffer for a Culver City friend or relative? Culver City Centennial pins are available for $5.00 each at the front desk of the Culver-Palms Family YMCA, 4500 Sepulveda Blvd. Even though the lobby is going through some long-needed remodeling, you’ll be able to scoot in and out in a hurry – the entire $5.00 purchase price goes to the YMCA, and why not be ready to wish Culver City a Happy 100th Birthday by wearing your own pin, too – your pin purchases are tax-deductible. Lots of other Culver City-themed gift ideas are available from the Culver City Historical Society online – visit www.culvercityhistoricalsociety.org. and view some memorable gift possibilities.

Friends or family visiting over the holidays? Here’s a fun game to play (sort of a “Where’s Waldo”): see how many of Culver City’s Art in Public Places installations (there are over 100) you can find? This program was established in 1988, designed to enhance with the quality of life for folks living and working within a city; and to preserve and improve the quality of the urban environment, increase real property values, and have a positive economic impact. The goal of the program is to balance Our Town’s booming physical growth and revitalization with its cultural and artistic resources. Approximately half of the 100 installations are on private property and the other half on public (City) owned property. Get some exercise – start counting!
Culver City Friends of the Library co-presidents Elaine Hirohama and Nancy Kuechle are announcing a one-week extension of The Holiday Bag Sale! From December 19 through December 24, bring your own bag in to the Friends of the Library Book Sale Room and fill it with all the books you can for only $15. (Bags must be no larger than the standard size super market shopping bag.) This is a wonderful opportunity to find great holiday gifts and stock up your own bookshelves as well! The sale room will be restocked throughout the week so check back often – The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue. Hours are Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday (Christmas Eve), 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Library will be closed Sunday-Monday, December 25-26.

NOTE: If you need to visit City Hall, doors will be locked and employees will be enjoying a relaxing day-after the holidays rest on both Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2.

How many celebrations can these people handle?? Adding birthdays to the mix this week are Michele Cerra Lachoff, Ali Safai, Howie Jacobowitz, Maria Lopez, Shelly Blaisdell, Silvia Garacochea, Katie Shery, Linda Forman, Laura Stuart, Avi Wolfe and Noel Parenti. 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!
Winter holidays never seemed quite so realistic – remember when the weather was usually in the (low) ‘70’s? But the rain, the chill in the air and the holiday decorations seem much more appropriate this year. Here’s wishing all of you a beautiful Holiday weekend – eat, celebrate, laugh, and be grateful for all you have – and be willing and able to share at least a little something with those less fortunate!

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