LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3The Culver City Rock & Mineral Club continues to attract new members (dare we say, like a “magnet”…), and this month is pleased to welcome David Crawford, Stephan Kunishima, Amy Hyde, and Merga Robinson. You can bet they’ll be in attendance at the Club’s upcoming meeting on Monday, March 13, where program will be “21st Century Jade.” Famed gemologist and author Renee Newman will be the speaker, talking about just what modern jade is, why it is prized, and how it is tested and valued. In her presentation, Newman will provide practical tips on how to distinguish fake and treated jade from natural jade using examples of modern jade jewelry and carvings. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. Visitors are always welcome. For more information visit www.culvercityrocks.org.

Are we right in the middle of the Ramen Wars? We love it! Ramen Roll is now open at 9900 Culver Blvd. (corner Duquesne), and Tentenyu has just opened at 3849 Main Street. Gotta try them both – delicious!!

A toast to the Culver City Centennial will be offered this weekend when the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) presents “CulverCityLand,” a musical review of Hollywood songs made in Culver City. There’ll be hits from MGM classics including “The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, Annie Get Your Gun, The Band Wagon, Gigi, Fame,” plus tunes by Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, and a “…a few surprises as well!” March 16-19: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m.; also Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., all in the auditorium at the Veterans Memorial Building. $15.00 for general admission; $10.00 for seniors/high school age students/faculty and staff; $5.00 CCHS students with ASB and middle school age students; and elementary age children and younger and AVPA Season Pass holders, are free. Order tickets online at www.CULVERCITYLAND.org.

What a fun treat for you and your family! The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra will be presenting a Family Jazz Hour this Saturday, March 18 at 3:30 p.m., at Park Century School, 3939 Landmark St. Culver City 90232 . This concert is free, presented by the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) with Mitch Glickman, Music Director. The program will feature a sextet of top studio musicians from the orchestra to play a concert designed especially for students and their families. Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit that teaches music to students in Culver City elementary schools each and every week, and they also bring together a 67-member orchestra to play free concerts. This is all a part of their mission to transform communities, schools and lives through music. Read more at www.sjomusic.org. The concerts are free, but reservations are necessary. To reserve for the Saturday March 18th Concert “The Origins of Jazz, visit https://goo.gl/FRZeQe.

Interested in taking a Zumba Class? Every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. they’re available at the Culver City Elks’ Lodge, free to members and just $5.00 for guests. The Lodge is located at 11160 Washington Place.

For those of you who are current members of CERT (Culver City Community Emergency Response Team) you have two chances this month to attend a Refresher Skills Training at the Culver City Fire Department Training Facility. You’re asked to sign up for either Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., or Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by visiting the Culver City CERT website, www.culvercitycert.org. This refresher training will cover the skills taught in the Basic CERT Training, but without lectures. (New to CERT? Two Basic CERT Training courses will be offered in this year: one in June, 2017 and the other in October, 2017.

As you may be aware, Chief Scott Bixby and the Culver City Police Department is hosting a Community Forum to address the community’s questions and or concerns related to the CCPD’s role in immigration enforcement. This takes place this Wednesday evening, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Parking is free and available underneath City Hall.

Speaking of the Culver City Police Department, did you happen to notice one of our officers running in full tactical uniform at the recent “Heart of Screenland 5K” event? That was because Officer Ruben Silvan ran the race in memory of slain Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer, and he was cheered on by Captain Sam Agaiby, Lieutenant Troy Dunlap, and several other members of the department.

It’s “Walk With a Doc” time this Saturday, March 18! From co-founders Drs. Jeffrey Penso and Sarah Carpenter comes word that a brief message on “Emotional First Aid” will be presented by psychiatrist Richard Feldman, MD at 8:45 a.m., then a warm-up will be led by Culver-Palms Family YMCA fitness coach Brandon Webb, then Brandon will get everyone off and walking at 9:00 a.m. Starting near the tennis courts at Veterans Memorial Park, this averages out to be about a one-hour walk.

Springtime Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Kyle Ruebsamen, Karen Baughan, Daavid Oliver, Dave Ruebsamen, Randy Bratton, Jeff Cooper, Alexa Hunter, Grace Sato, Chris Golden, Jeff Zimerman and Susan Rich. 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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