July 15, 2010 |

If you see them touring around town, be sure to say “Hi!”

A new non-profit “Friends of the Culver City Scout House” organization has been launched designed to preserve, maintain and operate the Culver City Scout House for the benefit of youth groups and other community organizations. The well-used building has served as a meeting place for numerous scouting organizations since the early 1940s and was moved to its current location, 10866 Culver Blvd., around 1950. The Culver City Scout House, currently home to Boy Scout Troop 113, along with an annex used as the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club’s workshop, is in need of some long-term repairs. The property is currently operated under an existing lease with the City of Culver City, and the FOCCSH has been formed to provide funding for these much-needed repairs and secure a new lease. Visit the website http://culvercityscouthouse.org (and enjoy listening to “Cub Scout Rock” while you’re learning more!).

It’s supposed to be summer, right? No? Anyway, happy gray birthdays to Ken Campbell, Dariy Stenshoel, Joyce Perlick, Judy Ornstein, MJ Petersen, Steve Blumin, Anita Agzarian Rendon, Scott Malsin, Bruce Popkin, Patricia Sievers, Jennifer Gripp, Ari Noonan, Jeanette Vosburg, Pat Stephan, Dolores Dace, Bruce Tepley, Bob Durbin, Gordon Chavis, Vicki Grimsland, Joyce Elder, Joseph Prewitt, Dower Jai Gervais, Leo Sanchez, Diane DeTomasso, Richard Walker, Sr., Joan Morisaki, Sam Mascarenas, Lili Gelberg, Howard Benton, Gloria Johnson, Robert Thirlaway, Beverly Bernstein, Ken Headon, Edward Dardis, Floyd Harvey, Judy Lafferty, Audrey Brantner, Stephen Hook, Dave Lawson, Robert Wilson, Dolores Miguel, Bob Lucas, Margaret Goodenough, Vince Calvelli, Leon Belous, Mary Collim, Maria Ramirez, Denys Leigh-Taylor, Stephanie Romo-Buckley, Guy Spalding, Gary Guthman, Suzanne Lozano, Margaret Guinee, Ukamaka Anagu, Robert Zullo, Miki Kubota, Christine Ferreira, Waka Banchi, Laurie Kilmartin, Jami Hewitt, Tamara Mugalian, Gillian Scott, Troy Murphy, Delmar Devers, Perry Guerrero, Eric Stanley, and James Corbett.

If you see them touring around town, be sure to say “Hi!” – A delegation of students from Culver City’s Sister City of Iksan City, Korea will be visiting Culver City for seven days beginning July 17. The four participants are all high schoolers and are being hosted by Culver City families with children about the same age. Everyone in town is invited to attend a welcome party at Culver City's Blair Hills Park (5950 Wrightwood Drive) on Saturday, July 17 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm as well as a farewell party at Lindberg Park (5041 Rhoda Way) on Thursday, July 22 from noon to 4:00 pm. In the intervening days they’ll be given a whirlwind tour of not just Culver City, but we’re betting Disneyland and other sites are sure to be on the agenda as well. For more information contact Veronica Reyes at (310) 984-9828. The Culver City Sister City Committee also has sister cities in Mexico, Japan and Canada, dedicated to fostering international and intercultural friendships and understanding.

From the Culver City Garden Club comes reminders of two nearby events Culcitizens might be interested in: The 51st Annual Westchester Begonia Society Show & Sale,” set for Saturday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th St. (at Sepulveda Blvd.); and the Heal the Bay “Monthly Beach Clean-Up,” Saturday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Venice Beach & Rose Ave., Venice.

There are still a few spots available for surfer dudes and dudettes at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA’s Summer Surf Camps, for both weekday and Saturday sessions. For information and registration contact Eric Lane, Director of Sports and Recreation, at his direct line, (213) 639-7522, or drop by the branch at 4500 So. Sepulveda Blvd. for information on this and other camps, swim lessons and more!

How about taking the family to a rollicking musical, “The Wind in the Willows,” based on the 1903 children’s classic by Kenneth Grahame? And the best part: performances are free, but any donations that might be offered will go to help support Grace Lutheran Church’s Grace Performing Arts Ministry. “Willows” opening night is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 16 with performances at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 at the church, located at 4427 Overland Avenue, Culver City. For additional information call (310) 559-1027.

Local seniors or those folks who may have physical challenges are reminded that the Culver City Paratransit Program provides friendly door-to-door Dial-A-Ride services and Discounted Taxi Scrip to qualified applicants. For more information about the application process and/or program information contact Darren Uhl, Disability Services Specialist, at (310) 253-6729 or email darren.uhl@culvercity.org.

The Culver City Emblem Club will be hosting another great Parking Lot Sale this Sunday, July 18 from 9:00 1.m. – 3:00 p.m. If it’s anything like their other sales, there will be lots of books, dishes, clothes, CDs, “odds and ends” and – who knows? -- maybe even a priceless treasure or two! The site will be the Culver City Elks Lodge parking lot, 11160 Washington Place in Culver City.

Dixieland jazz? Santa Maria Barbecue? You’ll get plenty of both on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 starting at 5:30 p.m. when the Culver City Historical Society hosts its Annual Picnic. The cost is $25 per person, and reservations are required, but if paid for by July 16 (that’s tomorrow) the price is just $20.00 per person. Advance reservations (tickets can be picked up at the picnic) should be sent ASAP with a $20 check or money order for each person to CCHS; P.O. Box 3428, Culver City CA, 90231-3428. Or better yet call the CCHS at (310) 253-6941.

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