LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3The Jazz Bakery is presenting some terrific music, and we can’t wait until its permanent home starts construction in DTCC! This Friday night, March 31 for example: performing will be singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vinicius Cantuaria’s Quartet, with Paul Socolow, bass; Adriano Santos, drums; and Helio Alves, guitar. They will be playing at the Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. This is at the Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School (the Moss Theater’s acoustic design is by Yasuhisa Toyota, who did the Disney Concert Hall). Tickets are $35.00 per person, students $25.00. Contact the Jazz Bakery at (800) 838-3006, ext. 1 or email [email protected].

The FHNA (Fox Hills Neighborhood Association) is certainly playing an active part in meeting and working with the new property owners of Fox Hills Plaza. The Community Forum meetings have brought forward HSH Management Company’s plans for a “few hundred housing units,” with a community room, one parking space per unit to discourage car use (but hey, it increases street parking, FHNA members responded), some retail, plus possible zip cars and shuttles. This is the kind of healthy dialogue that’s necessary in these busy times in well-populated and well-traveled areas. Fox Hills reportedly has the most density of housing in Culver City, with 26 complexes (over 2,800 housing units).

Here’s a tasty way to help support the Culver City Chamber Orchestra: on Tuesday, March 28 from 4 – 8 p.m. Panera Bread, located at 10990 Jefferson Blvd., will donate a percentage of its sales to the Orchestra when you show them the “Eat Bread to Raise Dough” flyer. To have a flyer emailed to you, call (310) 397-2490. (Cash, credit and debit cards accepted, but no Panera gift cards, please).

Spring Session I swim classes start this week at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA, offering your child a terrific opportunity to develop into a capable swimmer and learn to be safe around water. If you have questions about selecting the right class for your child, call the Front Desk staff at (310) 390-3604 or call Senior Program Director Mario Jovel directly at (310) 754-4977. Or just visit the Y in person at 4500 Sepulveda Blvd. The building is currently undergoing renovation, but the pool is as busy as ever!

Will it be “chamber music” if it’s performed in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers? You can find out at the “Music in the Chambers” concert set for Saturday, April 15, and the reason we’re announcing this a little early is that this will fill up quickly since the venue is small and admission is free, thus reservations are required pronto! Call (323) 536-2123 or email [email protected]. Appearing will be the Lyris Quartet and Frank Campo, Daniel Kessner, Stephen M. Fry, Deon Nielsen Price, Berkeley Price, Nancy Roth and Warren Sherk.

And here’s another different venue for your listening pleasure: this Thursday evening, March 30, “U.S.99” Blues and Rock ‘n Roll will be appearing at Surfas Restaurant Supply, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This longtime culinary supply warehouse will stay open late to showcase their facility as part of Food Truck Stops LA. Sonny “B” and the boys will entertain and there will be food in the café, wine tastings, food trucks, special sale items and more. Surfas won’t be at this location too much longer – to find out more visit www.surfasonline.com.

Do you remember actually reading a book you held in your hands? Here’s your chance to do it again (or introduce the concept to a teen who may have pooh-poohed the idea): The Annual County of Los Angeles Used Book Sale (suitably titled “Books! Books! Books! will be this Saturday, April 1. Our own Julian Dixon Culver City Library’s book sale room will be bursting at the seams with bargains. The Library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue and will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Bring your own bag – with great prices on books, you’re sure to fill it up!)

Lace up your running shoes and get “Healthy & Connected” at the third annual Culver City Healthy Family 5K Run/Walk this Sunday, April 2, at West LA College. The 5K Run/Walk is a great opportunity to bring families together for a morning of exercise, fun and entertainment to encourage people of all ages to get moving! Teams of five or more get a discount, an opportunity for organizations in the community to encourage their employees to form a team and get started on a fitness program. There will also be a Kiddie Run (once around the football field adjacent to the post-race activities) that starts around 10:15 a.m. There will be snacks and refreshments after the 5K Race and plenty of fun and educational activities for kids. Proceeds will support adult, family and youth programs at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA, ensuring that everyone has access to its programs, regardless of their ability to pay. To register, visit www.RunCulverCity.com, or contact Jerry Morrow at the Y, (310) 390-3604.

March is “winding” (get it?) down, but birthdays keep coming! Good wishes go out this week to Peter Benjamin, Clare Snodgrass, Angie Kirk, Alice “Momo” Fisher, David Crawford, and Jackie Liu. 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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