LOCALmotion -Jozelle Smith

jsmith01-cropWe’re thinking that some folks who had never had the opportunity to ride our Expo/Metro Lines did so last Friday and/or Saturday relating to events taking place in Washington, DC and Downtown LA and discovered a whole new way to travel. As you’re probably aware, the volume was a lot higher than usual on those two days, but for some it was an introduction to the mass transit concept – it’s here to stay, folks, so try it again sometime!

Did You Know Dep’t.: That Culver City features one of the highest concentrations of fine art galleries in Southern California with nearly twenty galleries located within the City’s borders? There are approximately the same number of galleries just over the border in the City of Los Angeles, but we don’t think art lovers will feel disloyal crossing over LaCienega. Although there are several art galleries located in other parts of Culver City, the majority are in the Culver City Art District, generally defined as the section of Washington Boulevard between Helms Avenue and Fairfax Avenue. For an interactive map of the galleries within the Arts District, visit www.culvercityartsdistrict.com. We can’t wait for the next Art Walk, generally held in the Fall.

Looks like the busiest service club in Our Town is the Culver City Exchange Club! At last week’s meeting they approved Jim Limbaugh, President of WLA College, for membership. Past President Michael Fate conducted Jim’s induction, and all in attendance gave him a warm welcome. Something new: The Club will be dark once a quarter and be replaced by an evening meeting so that members can bring prospective members to become acquainted with the Club. It will also give members who cannot attend weekly lunch meetings an opportunity to attend and enjoy the fellowship. This will go into effect on March 7.

A crowd is expected at Grace Lutheran Church this Wednesday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. when a memorial service takes place for late parishoner Paula Boelsems. Paula, who passed away at age 90, was a former Queen of Muscle Beach (1935) and a long-time Hollywood stuntwoman. Casual dress and beachwear will be appropriate, and in her honor.

There’s a lot taking place this Wednesday, January 25! The Culver City Homelessness Committee is seeking volunteers for the 2017 Homeless Count, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Committee Chair Ira Diamond, says “The Count is performed through the efforts of volunteer teams. The Committee will coordinate volunteers on the night of the Count, so if you come as a team of four, you can go out with your own group. Businesses, volunteer clubs, faith-based groups, and families/friends are encouraged to form groups of four and join us. Individuals are also welcome, as we’ll pair them up with others to form a group of four.” The Count represents a tally of the number of people experiencing homelessness in Culver City. All cities on the Westside of Los Angeles County will conduct the Count the same night to avoid duplication of individuals counted in neighboring cities. Since it is not possible to locate every homeless person, each individual that is found “counts” as more than one person for purposes of statistical analysis. Based on the data collected, the County of Los Angeles, State of California, and the federal government review the results to determine resource allocations to Culver City for housing and homelessness assistance programs.

The Culver City Woman’s Club is having a huge Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday, January 27th and 28th, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 3547 Federal Avenue, Los Angeles 90066, just barely out side of Culver City! Lots of great household items, clothing, shoes, books and jewelry will be available. All proceeds will go to the Culver-Palms Meals on Wheels, who provide nutritious meals at an affordable price to persons who are confined to their homes because of illness, accident, convalescence or age.

And – note the date change – 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 28 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.

Is it possible that January is almost over? Nope, say birthday celebrants Mary Ruebsamen, Marcus Tiggs, Hope Parrish, Judie McAskill, Jeanne Prinziralli, Bruce Jagger, Lidia Carlton, Cathy Biggs, Jesse MacGregor, Michael Koppula, and
Nina Goller. 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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