On the right track: This Monday the Culver City Public Works Department, Linwood E. Howe Elementary School staff and the Culver City Police Department will be participating in the “International Walk to School Week,” with CCPD officers providing extra information on bicycle safety.
It’s getting perilously close to October (egad, it’s tomorrow) and it’s “Happy Birthday” time for Cathy Lugo, Kathleen Tepley, Elaine Hente, Agnes McClain, Marina Tidwell, Eric Seeburger, Buddy Carranza, Ken Leung, and Natalie Meyers. Lots more will be listed next week!
It’s time for the Annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, and local churches/spiritual organizations are welcoming all four-legged participants (adequately secured via leash or carrier, of course). This Sunday. Grace Church will offer up the blessing at 12:15 p.m. (following the second service). Grace is located at 4427 Overland Avenue. Agape International Spiritual Center celebrates this “Oneness of ALL Life” on Saturday, October 9 from 12:30 to 3: p.m. in the Agape parking lot with the same leash or carrier requirement, but adds “If your beloved animal friend is uncomfortable attending, you can bring a photo.” Agape is located at 5700 Buckingham Parkway, just off Slauson.
Congratulations to Patty Eskridge, Farragut Elementary School teacher, who was named this week as one of 16 Teachers of the Year by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. She will now move on to the California Teacher of the Year competition. Earlier this year, she was named the 2010 Sony Pictures Entertainment Teacher of the Year and was honored at the Annual Culver City Education Foundation “Tribute to the Stars” event in May.
Well, here’s a wine-lover’s dream (and today just happens to be Thursday…): Meet French Bistro, located just across the street from City Hall at 9727 Culver Blvd., has declared a new “No Corkage Thursday” policy. You’re invited to bring something from your cellar or pick up a bottle of wine on the way to the restaurant (love Sebastien and Cecile’s classic French comfort food!) and forget about the corkage fees. Call (310) 815-8222 for reservations.
Sony Pictures Studios will again be the site of the Westside Children’s Center’s 17th Annual Children’s Arts Festival, a festive expedition for the whole family! This Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. – to 3:30 p.m. there’ll be music and entertainment, arts and crafts, games, sports activities and a barbecue, all to benefit the children and families served by the Westside Children’s Center. Sunday offers fun for kids toddlers to teens, with a scavenger hunt, hair braiding, tattoos, face painting, bungee jumping, bouncers and more. There will be a special silent auction and opportunity drawing that includes a Deer Valley Ski Week, hotel and travel excursions, dinners at L.A.’s hottest new restaurants, exclusive golf packages, amusement park packages and more. Visit www.westsidechildrens.org or call Katie Oakes at (310) 846-4100, ext. 6167.
Wow, what’s THAT you ask? Today,, John Derevlany's “Culverland” will be installed on the south side of Culver Blvd, on the sidewalk just east of the Culver Hotel. This public art/game will be installed in conjunction with the 2010 IndieCade Festival: International Festival of Independent Games in Culver City which begins on October 8th. Based on the artwork of Piet Mondrian, it’s a giant board game (90 feet long by 18 feet wide) everyone can play, based on the popular “Candyland” game. Players become the game pieces as they move forward on the board based on the colors of cars passing through downtown Culver City. The rules of the game are included on the board at its location and are also available at www.culverland.com/rules.htm. The game is open to the public and players are invited to play through November 1, 2010 when the game will be removed.
From daughter Karen Kwak comes word that her dad, Jin Sung Kwak, passed away on the evening of Thursday, September 23. In addition to his children, Jin leaves loving wife and favorite golf partner Young. His funeral was held yesterday at the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Glendale. A long-time Culver City businessman and member of the Culver City Sister City Committee, Jin will be missed.