LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

url3How is this for creative and selfless giving? Culver City Sister City Committee board member and Kaizuka Co-Chair Ashley Guerrero was nominated for the Sister Cities International’s “Volunteer of the Year” Award for her very generous hair donation to a cancer patient while raising money through a Go Fund Me campaign to make the Japanese students delegation’s visit in July all the more memorable. Ashley joined Culver City Sister City Committee when she was 12 in order to participate in our Kaizuka, Japan Youth Exchange with a family membership. That was her first time in Asia and only second time traveling alone and now, 15 years later, she is a world traveler, having lived in countries like South Korea and Ghana. Let’s hope Ashley wins this award!!

Speaking of our Sister City Committee, they are the recipient of one of California’s most prestigious PTA awards, given to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school community – The Golden Oak Service Award, presented by Justine Fischer, President, California State PTA. Stay tuned for details on an upcoming Sister City Centennial event (June 11) that represents food and entertainment representing our four sister cities and our new friendship city in Sicily, Italy!

Taking a deep breath just before their 14th Annual Culver City Car Show were new Culver City Exchange Club board members: President, Mike Snell; President-Elect Francia Fate; and Vice President Dr. Bob Montgomery. Newly-elected Board Members include John Lopez, Matt Seeberger, and Albert Vera. New Sergeant at Arms will be Larry Weiner. The Car Show was warmly received at its Vet’s Park location last week, but we’re hearing a lot of folks who really hope it can return to Downtown Culver City next year, allowing for more space around the cars, access to local restaurants, and overall parking and accessibility.

This month’s “Walk With a Doc,” set for this Saturday, May 20 will be at a new location: The Ballona Wetlands! Walkers will convene at 8:45 a.m. for a warmup led by Culver-Palms Family YMCA fitness guru Brandon Webb, then a pre-walk update on ”Nature and Health,” offered by Drs. Jeffrey Penso and/or Sarah Carpenter. The walk begins at 9:00 a.m. with a docent-led tour of the wild westside, including rare and endangered local plants and animals. No RSVP is really required, but please contact Walk With a Doc on facebook if you plan to attend so that there will be enough docents available. Parking is in the lot behind Gordon’s Market/Alkali Water at 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. Carpooling is recommended, since this lot fills up fast. Please bring binoculars, sunglasses, sunscreen, sun hat, etc. (Dr. Carpenter will lead two groups of carpoolers from Veterans’ Park over to Playa del Rey at 8:20 a.m. If you’re interested, please contact her at [email protected] or [email protected])

What fun for all you bakers, foodies, cake lovers, and artists: The Culver City Friends of the Library is inviting you to an Edible Books Festival this Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, and you’ll be dazzled by the creations. Entrants are encouraged to create an edible book using your imagination and any (edible, please!) objects you choose or just admire the entries and vote for your favorite! Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Most Humorous, Most Creative, Best Kids’ Book Portrayal, Most Delicious Looking, Most Inspired, People’s Choice, Best Depiction of Wimpy Kid Book, and Best Depiction of the Culver City Centennial. All this takes place at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave. For more info: email [email protected]. For ADA accommodation, call (310) 830-0231 (voice) or (310) 830-4532 (TTY)

Gotta love Culver City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Service ‘s “Dee-Lightful Productions” – and their latest offering is “Dear Edwina, Jr.”, playing this Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., all at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, corner Overland and Culver (parking adjacent and behind the building). All tickets – $10.00 each – are available at the door. The whole family will enjoy watching these talented kids. For more information, visit www.dee-lightful.org.

Mid-May (where does the time go??) birthday celebrants include Garrett Smith, Randy Cowan, Marilyn Schneider, Mayra Fornos, Ann Johnson Hartung, Patricia Lowe, Sam Feingold, Xavier Nuques, Lisa Skelley, Barbara Bilbao, Patrick Hayes, Betty Karlberg, Todd Miller, Crystie Rooney, Patricia Lowe, Jessica Parr, and Hans Baumann. 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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