LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

url3Want to see what the future could look like around our Culver City Expo Line Station? How you could walk, bike, or take transit more easily than today? Next weekend there will be two workshops, one for cyclists and one for walkers, and you’re invited to both – At 10:00 a.m. bikers and transit riders will meet at El Barone, 8641 Washington Blvd. for a ride through Culver City’s Transit Oriented Development district and its surroundings. You’ll experience the pleasure of biking in Culver City as well as the “bumps” in the road for bikers. You’ll all ride a circuit together and be back by noon, at which time (if you’re still up for it) you can meet at the nearby Expo Station (8817 Washington Blvd.) to enjoy a walk through the area and share favorite routes, secret short-cuts, and places where things might be better for pedestrians. For more information about the Transit Department’s Visioning Study and a schedule of upcoming events, visit www.culvertodvision.org/.

Culver City’s in the “eater” news again – according to a recent edition of L.A. Weekly, the Top 10 Restaurants in Culver City are BacoShop, Destroyer, The Wallace, Maple Block Meat Company, Copenhagen Pastry, Tender Greens, Lukshon, Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken, Lodge Bread Co. and n/naka (technically, in Palms). We’ve only been to four…how’d we get so far behind??

Don’t let the location deter you – a Community Shred (and that is shred, not shared) Event this Wednesday, April 19, will take place in the parking lot of Gates Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury Funeral Home, 4220 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Individuals can bring up to four banker-sized boxes of paper documents to be shredded at no charge (GKG Mortuary will be handling the expense – and you can even leave staples and paper clips on those papers) The hours are from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (No binders, CDs, DVDs or other media will be accepted, however.)

Kudos to “Grace Diner,” now celebrating its eighth year of service to the underserved in our community! The Diner provides a free, three-course meal that is served with respect in a warm, restaurant-style setting in the upstairs Parish Hall at Grace Lutheran Church (4427 Overland Avenue) every Monday, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.. Diners enjoy relaxing while being served by volunteers, with linen tablecloths, candles, centerpieces, and occasional music creating a respectful and pleasant atmosphere for dining and visiting with other diners and volunteers. Patrons include the homeless, people living in their cars, senior citizens, veterans on limited budgets, the developmentally disabled, and some families with children. Would your church, temple or spiritual organization like to step up and offer a similar experience another night of the week? Call Ken Smith and (310) 995-4337 and find out more!

Debuting on Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (half hour performances) will be the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s first of four site-specific perfs centering on six featured artworks from Culver City’s public art collection. The “1998” series celebrates the 1988 adoption of the Art in Public Places Program Ordinance (this took place during our term on the City Council, we must modestly point out). Fun news: Rehearsal for the April 23 “Cloud” performance is FREE and open to the public at Access Culver City, 8770 Washington Blvd. and the Courtyard. on Friday, April 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the actual April 23 performance are available at http://www.heididuckler.org/upcoming-events/

You’ve been hearing about it, and now’s the time to get tickets: It’s the Culver City Education Foundation’s “Tribute to the Stars,” saluting the top Culver City Unified School Districts Teachers of the Year, Classified Employees of the Year and Volunteers of the Year. A gala awards ceremony, music, dancing, tastings from Culver City’s finest restaurants, a balloon pop, silent auction, and more – it all takes place starting at 6:00 p.m. on May 6 at The Culver Studios. For ticket information go to www.ccef4schools.org.

Don’t forget: the Culver City Exchange Club’s Annual Car Show will NOT be in Downtown Culver City this year! On Saturday, May 13 (the day before Mother’s Day, as usual) Vet’s Park will be the setting for nearly 400 classic cars and hot rods, all shapes, colors, years, and sizes. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., rain or shine (and we’d love to see what some of those doting owners would do if it starts to drizzle on their car…). Come and enjoy the cars, accessories, food and entertainment!

Mid-April birthday celebrants include Maureen Genteman, Michele Hindler, Barbara Jefferson, Jette Sorenson, and Tom Gabor. 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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