The whistle just blew this week, so there’s still time to join “Itty Bitty Sports” at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA. Session 1 is Mondays & Wednesdays February 7 to March 2 (8 classes) 4 p.m. to 4:45. for boys and girls ages 3-5 years. This program is designed to ensure children have lots of fun while learning the basic skills used in a variety of sports such as soccer, football, with the right amount of hand and foot-to-eye coordination, teamwork, and sportsmanship. For more details call Eric Lane, Director of Sports and Recreation at the CPFYMCA. His direct line is (213) 639-7522. Or better yet, drop by the Y and meet Eric – 4500 Sepulveda Blvd.
Chilly winter birthday celebrants include Virginia Tangalakis, Linda Harper, Gus Rendon, Beverly O’Brien, Arthur Cruz, Kelsey Harrold, Janice Szujewski, Beets Danko, John Priebe, Vilma Ker, Earl Schwab, Lia Tian, Ted Blaisdell, Mary Lyon, Dave Lyon, Lynne Lukert, Allen Kirby, Ron Treutlein, Paul Seeheusen, Diane Lapworth, Huw Davies, Philip Watt, Nancy Yamazaki, David Wallace, Leslie Roseol, Sidronio Juarez, Dwight McBride, Ana Alamillo, Donna Miller, Charles Pereira, Kelly Piper, Gabriella Colbasso, Nadine Lewis, Mirena Kim, Juanita Winston, Patricia Eskovitz, Mishon Sherman, Cynthia Fecher, Eileen Snidman, Andrew Davey, Steven Trilling, Jorge Alfaro, Jr., Diana Kahn, Serina Trannon, Anna Ward, Anthony Gipson, Kristy Shigemoto, Sandee Whiteman, Jennifer Pallais, Yeersennia Villalobos, and Ashlee Rankin.
Beautiful ceremony, beautiful words – this Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. will mark the annual Abe Lincoln Remembrance Day at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood, where war veterans from Lincoln's time to the present are buried. It will feature the Gettysburg Address read by a celebrity (unannounced as we go to press, but past presenters have included Hal Holbrook, Charlton Heston, Ray Bradbury, and Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith), a band playing civil war music, banjo and fiddle performances, remarks on Lincoln’s life, and refreshments, too. There is no charge, and the public is invited.
Members should take their sweeties to the Valentine’s Day meeting of the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club if they want to stay in good standing at home! Not only will there be a fascinating program titled “On the Hunt for Meteorites,” presented by Brett Johnson from the Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, but of course there’ll be fellowship and refreshments. (Note: we’ll allow Program Chair Ellen Moe her suggestion that members bring their own meteorites to the meeting for show and tell, and “If you are not sure if it is from outer space, Brett will do his best to see if it is a meteorite or a meteowrong…” The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. For more information go to www.culvercityrocks.org.
Really great listening are Culver City local Sonny “B”s three groups, "Mystic Knights Trio,” "Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones," (the Knights with the addition of a bass player), and "U.S. 99" (early rock and roll). They’re now available for bookings on Wednesday nights, and are hoping the “Hound Dog Dave” quartet will get a shot at playing at Fiesta LaBallona this year! Drummer Sonny “B” can be reached at (310) 387-6947 for booking.
If you’re interested in participating in a rewarding and important city program, this is it:
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will be starting its next series of instructional meetings on Tuesday, March 1. To find out more about CERT or to sign up, go to www.culvercitycert.organd get details. Taught by and in conjunction with the Culver City Fire Department, classes in search and rescue, first aid and more are valuable tools for every citizen to have in case of an emergency.
UCLA Girls Rock! (see photo) Three generations of the Takaki women celebrated Culver City resident Natsuko Rose Takaki’s 94th birthday by doing a chorus of “Hail to the Hills of Westwood” and a cheer! From left are Helen Lee-Takaki, Shirley Chami, honoree Natsuko Rose
Takaki, Carol Freisleben, Julie Spessert, and Jean Takaki. The proud Bruin alums, avid UCLA football and basketball fans, have been getting together for at least 40 years!