A just reward for all of her hard work: Culver City Rock & Mineral club member Sue Acosta won the raffle grand prize of $100 at the club’s recent “Fiesta of Gems,” and the consensus is that if anyone deserves it, Sue does! The upcoming Fiesta LaBallona weekend marks a busy time for these rockhounds – they’ll be sharing a booth with the Culver City Scout House (where they’re Workshop is based) and the club BBQ will take place on Saturday, August 28 at Carlson Park. The BBQ runs from 10 a,.m. to 4 p.m., so members, friends and families can eat, play games, enjoy a silent auction, and shuttle back and forth from the potluck to the Fiesta at Vet’s Park. As President Rick Shaffer says of the potluck, “It may not be gourmet, but it’s fun!” For more information on the club’s activities, visit www.culvercityrocks.org.
The birthday candles will burn this week and next for Nancy Joujon Roche, Dan Cohen, Geoff Maleman, Harold Ekmanian, Lindsay Joy, Lance Johnson, Megan Hayes, Mark Johnson, Barbara Fier, Betty Knoblock, Alexa Powers, Richard Prehoda, Leda Rogers, Joyce Golden, Minda Moe, Barbara Daniels, Marion Tree, Bill Knott, Ron Lambert, Albert Ochs, Hugh Tidwel, “JR” Ayala, Ron Wielock, Marilyn Marble, John Drewery, John Piechowski, Mike Eskridge, Jerry Smith, Lavonne McCoy, Dave Myers, James Rocco, Hugh Biggs, Dorothy Weinberger, Margaret Littman, Helene Condie, Beverly Sackett, Judith Wilson, Marcy Drexler, Jeff Carrara, Carlos Romero, Gabrielle Veit, Laura Sisk, Anne-Marie Schaaf, Padma Indraganti, Maria Balzer, Mohi Chand, Chris Schiffman, Amy Gantvoort, Maria Del Toro, Kyung Song, Mildred Clark, Guillermo Torres, Amanda Wasman, Daniel Palo, Neesin Williams, Atticus Helpern, and Mark Alcantar.
It’s next week! Every third Wednesday marks this season’s newest fun event – the Downtown Culver City Summer Block Party! Wednesday, August 18 from 5 p.m. to– 8.. it’s time for strolling, snacking, viewing, meeting, eating and greeting, with scores of Downtown businesses presenting special offers. Get more info by getting on the Block Party mailing list – just go to www.downtownculvercity.com. Good thing the Block Parties are scheduled through October – summer’s bound to be here by then…
Culver City Emblem Club President Luisa Saenz invites everyone to the club’s Hawaiian Luau, scheduled for Saturday, August 21. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. and dancing and entertainment from 8 on. Look in your closets for those muu muus and Hawaiian shirts and have a delicious dinner and a fun evening. For more information, call the Elks Lodge office at (310) 839-1917. Emblem Clubbers are wives, sisters, moms and significant others of Culver City Elks Lodge #1917 members, and the Luau takes place at the Lodge, 11160 Washington Place.
From C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) radio operator chief Bob Pine comes the reminder to members that the next CCARES ham radio test is on Saturday, August 21 at 8:50 a.m. at the Culver City Fire Department Drill Yard on Jefferson Boulevard. The more radio operators there are in CERT, the more effective they will be during a disaster. The cost for the exam will be $4.00, cash only, plus bring along a government issued photo ID. If you have any questions, ask Bob at K6RMP@ca.rr.com. Bob advises that, following the exam, there will always be members who will be glad to help with buying a radio and learning how to operate it.
Starting just this week, “Itty Bitty Sports” is back at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA -- Session 1 is Mondays & Wednesdays, August 9- September 1 (8 classes) from 4–4:45 pm; Session 2 runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 10- September 2 (8 classes) 4–4:45pm. This is for both boys and girls, ages 3-5 years. In this program, fun is the focus while learning the basic skills used in a variety of sports such as soccer, football, baseball and basketball. “Itty Bitty Sports” is designed to help kids develop their motor skills, hand & foot to eye coordination, listening and social skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Call Eric Lane, Director of Sports and Recreation, at his direct line, (310) 639-7522, or visit the Y at 4500 So. Sepulveda Blvd.