LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3It was a great “Walk With a Doc” this past weekend. Would you like to get involved? The next one will be on Saturday, April 15 at 8:45 a.m. near the tennis courts at Veterans Memorial Park. The walk will be led by Sarah Carpenter, MD and Jeff Penson, MD with a warmup by Culver-Palms Family YMCA Fitness Counselor Brandon Webb. There you’ll get more information on the May 20 (they’re all on the third Saturday of each month) Special Walk at the La Ballona Wetlands, with a docent-led tour of the wild westside, including rare and endangered local plants and animals!

The Culver City Sister City Committee welcomed Kaizuka, Japan marathoners Mr. Shogo Uraguchi, 26, and Ms. Chiaki Kishimoto, 33 last Thursday when they arrived to participate in this past weekend’s LA Marathon. Friday, March 17, they were treated to a St. Paddy’s Day Potluck Dinner at Mike Cohen’s home, and we’re sure they enjoyed all the costumes Sister City members wore in honor of their Irish (?) heritage! Saturday, CCSCC President Sonia Karroum hosted a brunch at her home and on Sunday, lots of Culver City locals turned out to cheer them at the finish line on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. They have no time to be tired: following an earlier tour of the Marathon route there was carbo-loading at Ugo on Saturday eve and activities that include the Getty Museum, Dodger game, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Peterson Museum, Baldwin Hills Overlook, The Science Center and Museum Row. Whew!!

Get that bike out of the garage and polish it up: CicLAvia returns on Sunday, March 26 when “Culver City Meets Venice presented by Metro” will open up six miles of streets in Culver City, Mar Vista and Venice for people to walk, skate, bike, play and explore from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. What a great way to explore streets that you generally drive on and don’t have time to see what’s new! For more information about the route map, parking and street closures, visit www.cicLAvia.org or contact CicLAvia at (213) 355-8500. We last enjoyed this event in August, 2015 and this should be even better! (On Sunday, March 26th, Culver CityBus Line 1, 3 and 7 will run special detours to provide service for CicLAvia. For more information about Culver CityBus detours, please call 310-253-6500 or visit www.culvercitybus.com)

The Culver City Exchange Club’s 32nd Annual Charity Raffle drawing will be held at a special dinner meeting this Tuesday, March 21 at the Culver City Elks Lodge, 11160 Washington Place. Each ticket buyer is entitled to one dinner, guests are $10.00 additional. 6:00 p.m. no-host cocktails will begin, with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, you must RSVP to the person who sold it to you!

Good to hear from local Sonny ”B” about where his music will be this week: His “U.S. 99” Blues and Rock ‘n Roll (featuring “Big Harmonica Bob” or “Crazy Tomes”) will be at the Seveny7 Lounge this Tuesday, March 21 from 9:00 p.m. – midnight. This is a return engagement at the popular spot, tucked away at 3843 Main St. in Culver City. Sonny “B” promises that this return engagement will have the place “…jumping and swinging, but we need you to dance and cheer us on! If you haven’t been here before, be prepared to step back into a 1920’s-themed speakeasy.”

The Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s got you (with a Parents’ Night Out) and your kids covered for Spring: Registration for Spring Session I Swim Classes is now open, and they guarantee that your child will love making a splash and making new friends. Registration is open for other popular classes as well: Parent Child Swim Lessons (Wet Tots), Youth Dance, Mommy & Me (Parent & Youth), Itty Bitty Sports, and a nice Parents Night Out. Spring Session I will run from Monday March 27 to Sunday, May 7. For more information, you can call Mario Jovel, Senior Program Director Aquatics, Facilities & Sports at (310)754-4977 or contact the Y’s Front Desk at (310) 390-3604.The Y is located at 4500 Sepulveda Blvd.

More on Sister Cities: Southern California Sister Cities is opening up applications for a Youth Leadership Summit set for July 12-16 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. If you have a student who’s been active in the Culver City Sister Cities Committee, urge them to apply (applications are due by April 15). They’ll need a copy of his/her latest official transcript; letter of recommendation by the CCSCC President; a letter of recommendation from the student’s principal, counselor, advisor or teacher; a one page personal statement expressing what the student hopes to gain from this experience and how he/she would stay involved with the CCSC or other international exchange organization; statement from parent/guarding re the student’s participation/attendance in the Summit; and a signed parent/guardian waiver. Visit www.socalsistercities.org for additional information!

March birthdays keep “Springing” up, including Ernest Lizarraras, Bruce Mensinger, David Crawford, Joyce Raichel, Mark Kleinman, and Roger MacGregor. 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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