LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3Dannie Cavanaugh, Culver City Rotary news chief, recently opined, “Whenever I drive down Culver Boulevard on my way to the beach, I always wonder what is going on with the vast open space of the La Ballona wetlands. Perhaps you wonder the same thing.” Well, here’s the answer: Culver City Rotarians and friends of CC Rotary are invited to the club’s Wednesday, March 1 meeting when Executive Director Scott Culbertson and Field Coordinator Neysa Frechette of Friends of Ballona Wetlands will give a presentation on the current state of affairs at the property. The luncheon meeting is from 12:15 p.m. -1:30 p.m. at The Historic Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Blvd.

Past Exalted Rulers of the Culver City Elks Lodge #1917 who read their “Elks’ Call” bulletin through and through must always heave a sigh of relief when they see their name doesn’t have a small dove next to it, which means “deceased….” Live wire Lodge members, in addition to their good works in the community, love to have fun, and kicking off March means this Friday is Dinner (with terrific musicians Dean & Richard) at 6:30 p.m., followed by Line Dancing starting at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. is “Ukes of Culver” Ukulele Band on the patio, and Sunday, March 5 the Walk Street Blues Band also performs on the patio from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The BPOE #1917 is located at 11160 Washington Place. For information regarding any of their activities call (310) 839-1917 or email [email protected].

Love classical music especially when it’s close to home? Then be sure to attend the Culver City Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert: it’s this Sunday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Avenue, and as you know, there’s lots of free parking adjoining the Vets’ building. The concert “Finding Space,” focuses on making space for music in our lives. The Orchestra is finding space in a new year and new era with works from composers who filled spaces in society with works that confronted society (Mozart), brilliant works (Mendelssohn), works which created new space (Wagner), or works which returned to old spaces to create some new (Prokofiev). Frank Fetta conducts, and Aubree Oliverson is featured on violin. General admission is $15.00; ages 13-17, $10.00 and Ages 6-12, free. Tickets are available at the Fox Office one hour before the concert, and also accessible online at www.culvercitysymphony.org.

No wonder the Culver City Sister City Committee loves the Del Rey Yacht Club for their special events! Parking is free, and the price includes tax and tip and wine served during dinner. Their March Quarterly Meeting will be there on Wednesday, March 15 starting with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. (but it’s a cash bar before and after dinner) plus baked brie and vegetable crudites and dip, then dinner at 7:00 p.m. with a roasted beet salad and choice of grilled veal chop with button mushrooms, rosemary demi potatoes and vegetables, or broiled herb salmon with rice and vegetables, or pasta primavera, and of course, the aforementioned wine. Dessert is a flourless chocolate cake served warm with fresh whipped cream (sigh). The cost is $45.00 per person, and you must rsvp to Alice Impliazzo by March 12 at (310) 642-7604.

Raindrops keep falling on my etc., but there’s help available out there: In addition to help from our own City of Culver City in cases of storm damage, etc. L.A. County urges those affected to also complete an online damage assessment survey at www.211la.org and click on the banner for Damage Assessment Survey. Residents and business owners can also call 211 LA County by dialing 2-1-1 to complete the survey and get information and referrals for assistance. The 211 LA County website also provides up-to-date weather outlooks, road closure notices, and information on being prepared for emergencies. Also, Los Angeles County residents, renters, and business owners, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, can call 211 LA County at any time for emergency preparedness information plus other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed online by visiting www.211la.org.

You can’t see it from Slauson, but the Agape International Spiritual Center thrives in the Buckingham Business Park at 5700 Buckingham Parkway! In addition to Sunday services( beginning with a 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Way of Meditation); the First Service begins at 8:30 a.m. with Meditation followed by a 9:00 a.m. Service; Sunday Morning Second Service starts at 11:00 a.m. with Meditation followed by a 11:30 a.m. Service; then a Sunday Evening Worship Service, 6:00 p.m. Meditation, then 7:15 p.m. Service; there’s also a Wednesday Evening 6:45 p.m. Meditation and 7:15 p.m. Service. Agape is celebrating its 30th Birthday, and when you experience Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith’s spiritual energy and Ricki Byars-Beckwith’s music, you’ll see why these services are so popular!

Windy Birthday banners and balloons are waving this week for Diane Netzel, Andrea Stein, Kal Yee, Juanita Gonzales-Ducar, Dickson Pajon, Duane Enochs, William More, Pedro Piera, Evan Miller, Joanie Maines, Carol Hayes, and Maggie Johnson. 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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