LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

jsmith01-cropLooking ahead, the January 9th meeting of the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club will feature a program by Walt Lombardo on The History of Birthstones”. Meetings are held at 7:30 pm, in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue (enter from the rear door). Guests are always welcome, and we’re betting this program will attract a lot of those in the community curious about their own birthstones. (Members who use the club’s Lapidary Shop should know that it will be open this Tuesday, December 27, Wednesday, December 28 by appointment only, and Thursday, December 29 open. Closed Saturday December 31 and Sunday, January 1. The Shop’s number is (310) 836-4611.)
If you’re looking for a little healthy relief from the past calorie-laden weekend, why not visit the Culver City Farmers’ Market this Tuesday, December 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.? The brisk weather doesn’t deter the farmers from setting up their stalls, and the aromas of the fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables are downright invigorating. The market is located on Main Street between Culver Blvd. and Venice Blvd. and there’s plenty of parking in the Cardiff and Watseka structures.
The Wonderful World of Animation Gallery (next to Tender Greens restaurant) adds new art every day, but Tuesday, December 27 marks the opening of Alex Ross’ exhibit. WWA, owned and operated by avid collector Debbie Weiss since 1993, has been recognized as one of the world’s leading animation art galleries and prides itself on being a “go to” destination for collectors. Talented featured artist Alex Ross was scripting and drawing original comic books by age 13, and ten years later he was hired by Marvel Comics to illustrate Marvel’s central characters in the comic book event, Marvels, 1994. Alex has often been referred to as “the Norman Rockwell of comics.” (Forty years ago, Spider-Man learned that with great power comes great responsibility. Looking at Alex Ross, it’s obvious the lesson took. Visit the WWA Gallery and see why!)
Culver City Kiwanis Club President Ben Blakely invites you to “just come on by!” their meetings, held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month (that would be this Tuesday, December 27) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Grand Casino Bakery & Café on Main Street. Small but mighty, the Kiwanis Club is a significant contributor to our community!
From local drummer Sonny “B” comes the invitation to enjoy New Year’s Day music from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at nearby Hinano Café, 15 Washington Blvd., Venice. Legendary burgers, great casual atmosphere and blues and rock and roll are guaranteed to start the new year right!
The Ballona Creek Renaissance (better known as simply BCR) is gearing up for a list of events in January. In the meantime, they urge everyone to “…enjoy the holidays and perhaps a little time exploring Ballona Creek, the Ballona Wetlands, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Recreation Area, the beach, or other outdoor areas.” Great idea!
With the weather so downright cold (especially at night) you may have seen homeless people in the Culver City area, and wondered if there was anything you could do. The good news is that our city has resources available! In coordination with the Committee on Homelessness, the Housing Division of the Community Development Department has created a Homeless Resource Guide and it is now available to all Culver City residents and businesses. This guide provides referral information for Crisis Lines, Food Programs, Homeless Shelters & Services, Legal Services, Medical & Mental Health Programs, and Substance Abuse Programs. So, if you regularly see a homeless individual in the same location and think he/she may benefit from services, please call the Culver City Homeless Info Line at (310) 253-6767 and leave a detailed message with the address, time and the reason that you believe this person may benefit from intervention. You can also call this number to secure copies of the Homeless Resource Guide or download a pdf copy.
Mid-Holiday birthday celebrants this week include Shelly Blaisdell, JaTina Swanson, Maynie Ruetz, Vicki Gardner Merriman, and Marion Feingold. 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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