LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3Ashley Guerrero, the Kaizuka, Japan Co-Chair of the Culver City Sister City Committee Board of Directors along with Co-Chair Lyndon Stambler are organizing a group of eight Japanese middle schoolers to come to Culver City and get a taste of “…our way of life. In order to make this the best experience it can be I’ve decided to cut off my hair as a fundraiser.” Ashley will be cutting off all “(or most)” of her hair to see if she can raise at least $500.00 for the cause. Then she will be donating the hair to a woman with cancer through the American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank. Check out her GoFundMe Page to find out more at www.gofundme.com/byehair. What a gal!!

There is still a little time to reserve a seat at the annual Friends of the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center’s fundraising gala, set for Saturday, February 25, 2017. The theme is “Sailing into the Future” and will be held at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. This year the group will proudly honor the Exchange Club of Culver City for its decades of support for the Health Center. The Club has been one of the Health Center’s greatest contributors and continues to make it possible to meet the goals of maintaining and improving the health of Culver City students. The event begins 5:30 p.m. with appetizers, silent auction, no host bar, and music by Ronnie Jayne. Dinner follows with music, a program, and a live auction. The cost is $100 per person prior to February 20, or $110 at the door. All proceeds go to the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center located on the campus of Culver City Middle and High School. (The Health Center is operated by the Venice Family Clinic and provides free quality health care for Culver City students. A variety of services are offered including physicals, immunizations, vision and hearing tests, care for ongoing illnesses and conditions, prescription medications, and mental health counseling provided by the Los Angeles Child Development Center.) For more information about the Center visit the group’s website www.sandysegalyouthhealthcenter.org or email Sarah Carpenter at [email protected]

On the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands help to restore the last coastal wetland habitat in Los Angeles County with a Beginner Birding & Creek Cleanup. That mean this Saturday, February 18 you and your family can get hands-on experience while learning about wetlands and wildlife. Gloves and tools are provided. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (and closed-toed shoes are required for all). Meet in the parking lot behind Alkali Water/Gordon’s Market at 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. Recommended ages are 7+ years, and there’s a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. For more information visit www.ballonafriends.org

If you’re a member of CERT (Culver City’s Community Emergency Response Team) and it’s been a while since you took your training and got certified, then you’ll be happy to know that a “Skills Refresher” course will be coming up next month. This course will focus on hands-on skills only, such as bandaging and splinting, back-boarding, fire suppression, building size-up and search, rescue carries, etc. Trainings will allow teams from each NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) to train together so you can get to know other CERT members in your neighborhood. Training will be offered as follows: District 1, Saturday, March 11th; District 2, Saturday, March 18th; and District 3, Saturday, March 25th. If you don’t know or remember in which district you live, visit: www.culvercity.org/cert and select the “organization” tab to view the district maps. Signing up is easy – just visit culvercitycert.org/train/refresher-skills-training/.

Even from “Down Under” in Sydney, Australia, Grace Elliott remains committed to the “Walk With a Doc” program she helped establish – has it really been four years ago? Held on the third Saturday of each month at 8:45 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Park (near the tennis courts), means that the next one coming up is this Saturday, February 18, where co-founder Dr. Jeffrey Penso, M.D. will speak briefly on Health Care – Costs and Benefits , followed by a quick warm-up by Culver Palms Family YMCA Fitness Counselor Brandon Webb, then it’s off for an hour’s walk through the neighborhood, across the creek, and back again – you’re finished in an hour, feeling great!

Celebrating birthdays this week are Virginia Tangalakis (on Valentine’s Day, yet!), Duane Bunker, Sue Bowles, Ted Blaisdell, Gus Rendon, Bruce Logan, Dave Lyon, Lynne Lukert, Sean Baker, Beverly O’Brien, Arthur Druz, Janice Szujewski, John Priebe, Mary Lou Basaraba, and Ken Rogers. 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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