LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

unnamedIt’s happening, slowly but surely. More and more people are discovering “Washington West,” actual formal name the Washington West Business District (WWBD), it’s a unique collection of artisan restaurants, creative businesses, and specialty retail and services on the West side of Culver City. The District is generally centered along West Washington Blvd. between Inglewood Avenue and Beethoven Street close to Marina Del Rey. The diverse restaurants and businesses are worth exploring, and offer a relaxed urban environment that has attracted the attention of LA Eater, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and LA Weekly. It’ll take a little while to catch up with central, downtown, and east CC, but it’s fun to spend time exploring all the great options we have in Our Town.
The Culver City Area Interfaith Alliance invites you to its first annual Interfaith Peace Breakfast, focusing on faith, service and fellowship. They’ll be honoring “Faith and Community Leaders Who Make a Difference.” It will be held on Tuesday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and Rev. Carolyn Wilkins tells us it will be “a celebration of service and collaboration within our community, with engaging speakers and music.” Suggested donation is $25.00; $15.00 for Interfaith Alliance members; and $10.00 for students and seniors. The celebration location is St. Augustine Church, 3840 Jasmine Avenue. For more information or reservations contact [email protected], or call Rev. Wilkins at (310) 801-9800.
Hmmm…wonder what our dad would think if he were here to read some of the real estate ads for Culver City. Seems like the median home price is now around $1.3 million. In 1940, he proudly was able to save up enough money to buy a two bedroom, one bath home on Motor Avenue near Carlson Park for a whopping $5,000…

Well, it’s almost in Culver City – The Culver City Chamber of Commerce’ September “Business After 5 Mixer” will be at their new member Jennfier Pennifer Bakes! Jennifer Pennifer is a gourmet “cheesecakery” featuring mini cheesecakes, fair-trade organic coffees and teas, and vegan desserts along with sandwiches and salads. They use only organic, free-range eggs, hormone-free dairy and local organic fruit. Chamber members and guests should certainly enjoy a tasting this Wednesday, September 27 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Jennifer Pennifer is located at 10428 National Blvd. Reservations should be made by calling the Chamber Office at (310) 287-3850.
Culver City’s all-volunteer Ballona Creek Renaissance  has been, according to founder Jim Lamm “…planting seeds of creek ownership, activism, and positive change for some time.” It’s paid off: this past weekend BCR was honored with a 2017 SEED Award for Pollution Prevention, presented by the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition. (SEED stands for SoCal Environmental Excellence Development) Besides taking the lead on getting single-use polystyrene food containers banned in Culver City, they spearheaded an “Up the Creek” watershed-related art show and panel discussion at West LA College, and the Earth Day Culver City Centennial Creek Cleanup at Overland Ave.

Yay, the Culver City Art Walk is almost here! A lot of us whiz east on Washington Blvd. to get on the freeway, or head to DTLA and never really notice the Culver City Arts District, which is a terrific collection of art galleries, creative businesses, specialty retail and restaurants on both sides of the street. Well, here’s your chance: ArtWalk 2017 takes place this Saturday, October 7th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., centered on Washington Blvd. between Helms and Fairfax Avenues and will celebrate the beginning of the fall art season with a free self-guided tour of art galleries exhibiting new, and distinguished artists, a pop-up installation by Culver City’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts , musical and dance performances throughout the day at various venues, interactive art experiences and special offerings at several area restaurants. (Editor’s note: Four hours for all of this is just not enough!) Culver CityBus will provide unlimited service for ARTWALKers along Washington and Culver Boulevards from DTCC to Fairfax for just $1.00.

Culver City Rotary Club members enjoyed a bigger program than usual at last Wednesday’s meeting. President of the Month Don Trepany scheduled the meeting on September 20 to start at the Culver Hotel for lunch as usual, then take the short walk over to City Hall to enjoy the Centennial’s official Articles of Incorporation Day event. Members not only enjoyed the city history in a pop-up museum in the Dan Patacchia Room, but met the Culver family relatives, as well as the delegation from Capo d’Orlando (Sicily, Italy), here to sign the official Culver City Sister City agreement on Monday, September 25 in the Council Chambers

Here we go again: on October 1 the sales tax rate in Culver City goes to 10% on all sales. Proposition H passed by Los Angeles County Voters in March takes effect on October 1, 2017 by raising the sales tax .25% to a double digit 10….

Touchdown cheers to birthday celebrants this week, including Douglas Hunter, Jeff Gillette, Drew Weissman, Tasha Lowitz, Katie Garner, Kathleen Tepley, William Walden, Elaine Hente, Keith Jones, and Kelly Lockett. If you’d like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday mentioned here, email details to [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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