LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

set_martin_luther_king_quote4Starting off this week on a positive note: pay tribute to the Martin Luther King Day holiday by volunteering in some way, small or large. You’ll be doing a good thing for your neighborhood, your place of worship, your community – but most of all for yourself! Set a great example for those around you by being of help to those around you!

As expected, the Culver City Historical Society is totally stepping up to the plate in this Centennial year with the expertise of City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra giving extra punch to their programs. This Wednesday’s meeting, January 18 to celebrate city founder Harry H. Culver’s birthday, her presentation will focus on his early plans for Our Town and how they developed. To complement the program the ARC (the Historical Society’s Archives & Resources Center) will feature original ads that Culver designed to attract residents and business to Culver City, along with other special Harry Culver-related items. The program, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multipurpose Room, is free as is the ARC, and both can be accessed from the rear parking lot.

Here’s a great way to start a healthier year! Participate in the next Walk with a Doc, “kicking” off this Saturday, January 21 at 8:45 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park (near the tennis courts). First off, Dr. Jeff Penso will speak on the health challenges of 2017, then Culver-Palms Family YMCA Fitness Instructor Brandon Webb will lead a brief warm-up. The walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and finishes up around 10:00 a.m.

Have you and/or your family ever visited the STAR Eco Station? It’s a wonderful environmental science museum, an exotic wildlife rescue center, and a haven for endangered and illegally-trafficked exotic animals that have been confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – and it’s hard to believe it’s been nearby at 10101 Jefferson Blvd. since 1997! Your one-hour guided tour lets you enter a tropical jungle setting, where you can up-close-and-personal encounters with exotic birds, reptile, mammals and ocean life. It’s open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with guided public tours starting every hour on the hour (the last guided tour begins at 3:00 p.m.). Admission for adults is $8.00; Seniors, $7.00; Children, $6.00, and infants under 2 years are free. There are no reservations for the tours – so it’s best to give them a call at (310) 842-8060 the day you’d like to visit to see how crowded it may or not be. Private parties can also be booked by calling the same number. (NOTE: Eco Station is closed this Saturday, January 21)

Heads-up from the Culver City Exchange Club: their wildly popular Annual Car Show will be held in Veterans Memorial Park this year, due to the anticipated Parcel B construction going on in DTCC. The date is set for Saturday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free, and in addition to the 400+ cars expected, there’ll be the usual food, music, vendors, and more.

This Sunday, January 22, the Emblem Club (a division of the BPOE #1917 Elks Lodge) will be hosting a Champagne Brunch from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., presenting delicious food to attendees for just $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for children. Call your favorite Elk or Emblem Club member to get you in!

Love everything Japanese? Then this Saturday, January 21 is your day. The Japanese Cultural Heritage Club is hosting a Japanese Traditions Workshop from 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the El Marino Language School Auditorium, 11450 Port Rd. Among the demonstrations and exhibits you’ll enjoy are an Anime artist, Kabuki performance, Kabuki Face Painting, Kendama, Kendo, Koto, Mochi-making, Senbazuru Origami, Shakuhachi, Shodo, and Sushi making, plus food vendors. This event blends modern takes plus old Japanese traditions, and you’ll get to see an “exceptional and rare Kabuki actor who is the only North American Kabuki actor certified by the Kabuki Theater of Tokyo and its Kabuki Masters.”

On a serious note, Culver City’s Committee on Homelessness is meeting at 7:00 p.m. this Tuesday, January 17 in the Patio Room at City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd. Volunteers and interested parties are invited to see just what homeless issues face our city and what we can do about them.

And – here’s a wonderful opportunity to Help the Homeless, just one “step” at a time – volunteers are needed to help process shoes for just one hour on Saturday, January 21 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The location is 4123 Jackson Avenue. Shoe processing is where shoes are sorted, a rubber band put around each pair, then they’re put in groups and placed in plastic bags. Family and friends are welcome and students will be eligible for one hour of community service (a release of liability will have to be completed – email [email protected] to get the form in advance). For more information, call (213) 309-4084.

Putting away the umbrella for a moment are more New Year birthday celebrants Dennis Roberts, Jason Kohn, Janey Campbell, Bram Skelley, Paul Skelley, Katie Priebe, Brenda Langdon Aleksandre Stenshoel, Jonathan Shaham, Michelle Baher, Sonja Hook Fowler, Brenda Bradshaw, Allison Burns, and Johnjay Edell. If you, a friend or family member have a birthday coming up and would like to see it posted here, let us know at [email protected]!

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