Appropriate or what?? Tonight, Monday May 8, the Culver City Council celebrates National Historic Preservation Month – this year themed “This Place Matters,” and with the city ready to blow out 100 candles on its birthday cake, an official city council proclamation is definitely in order. At 6:30 p.m. in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers members of the Culver City Historical Society are expected to show up by the dozens to demonstrate their passion for preserving out city’s history, have a photo taken accepting the proclamation proudly, and get back to the business of identifying historic site #14 during this centennial year! (Shhh! We’re not telling!)
Continuing a long-time tradition, the Culver City Elks Lodge BPOE#1917 will be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch for members and moms this Sunday, where the conversation is expected to ultimately turn to: who’s bringing what to their Memorial Day BBQ and potluck on May 29. (It’s already May: where is this year going????)
More upcoming Culver City Centennial Events Dep’t.: On Saturday, May 20 at 3:15 p.m. the Westside Youth Orchestra will present “Music at the Movies,” dedicated to the Centennial, with Lowell Crystal, Music Director & Conductor leading the way. Featured will be “Tara’s Theme,” from “Gone With the Wind”, and music from “The Wizard of Oz,” filmed at MGM Studios, as well as “E.T.,” filmed in part at Culver City High School. Also featured will be music from “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Titanic,” “Superman II,” “Jaws,” “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and “Dance Bacchanale” from “Samson and Delilah.” The event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $20.00/adults and $10.00/children. It will take place at the Park Century School, 3939 Landmark St. in Culver City.
(Attention Julie Lugo Cerra: remember years ago when we were urging the city to adopt a Master Calendar so that things like this wouldn’t happen?) So: ALSO on Saturday, May 20 but at 2:00 p.m., the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Mitch Glickman, will present “Bebop & Improvisation” in the Rotunda Room of the Veterans Memorial Building. The event will welcome a sextet of top studio musicians from the 67-member orchestra to play a concert designed especially for students and their families. Space is VERY limited and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve visit https://goo.gl/GOmqiq . The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit that teaches music to students in Culver City elementary schools each and every week. They also bring together a 67-member orchestra to play free concerts.
This is THE weekend in Our Town – Saturday, May 13 is the Exchange Club’s 14th Annual and always-fantastic Car Show, limited to “just” 400 Classic and Movie Cars and Hot Rods, set this year at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. rain or shine. Admission and parking are free, and there will be a host of vendors with all kinds of auto accessories, food, beer & wine, and live entertainment all day. Will this be fun or WHAT?? And to celebrate our Centennial year, there will be a special presentation of cars from 1916 and 1917.
El Marino Language School’s 26th Annual “ALLEM Children’s Day” is this Saturday, May 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There’ll be food and game booths, and performances by each grade. El Marino is located at 11450 Port Road.
Coming up this Saturday evening, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church is “Singsational,” a comedy and music FUNdraiser for the houses being built here in Culver City by Habitat for Humanity Greater LA. Admission is by love offering. Bring your friends!
All this leads up to Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. Sure, brunch, dinner, flowers, etc. are all wonderful – but best of all for your mom would be a card, phone call or a hug. That little neighbor not your mom? Give her a hug anyway – you’ll BOTH feel great!
Spring birthday shout outs go out this week to celebrants Micheal O’Leary, Stu Freeman, JoAnn Linder Dillenbeck, Miriam Stenshoel, D’Lee Mayberry, Derrick Hente, Loren Petersen, Gary Kiyan, Xavier Nuques, Sam Feingold, Sue McCabe, Nicole Maleman, Sonny Clapp, Kathleen Bunker and Rev. Margaret Zamarano. 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]!