Articles from the April 11, 2012 edition


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  • Camila Matus Named to Dean's List at Biola

    Apr 11, 2012

    Camila Matus from Culver City was one of 1,371 students who were named to Biola University's Fall 2011 Dean's List for academic excellence . Biola students are placed on the Dean's List to honor those with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in twelve of more credit units and whose cumulative grade point average is at least a 3.2. This past fall, 33 percent of Biola students achieved this academic goal. "Inclusion on the Biola Dean's List is an indication that this student is performing exceptionally well in a rigorous...

  • Broadway Melody Movies Come to Life in Culver

    Apr 11, 2012

    The Culver City Historical Society will feature the history, music, songs and stories from the MGM Broadway Melody musical movies produced between 1929 and 1944 at its general meeting on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multipurpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue. The program, presented by tenor Winston Gieseke (CCHS Webmaster), and pianist Stephen Fry (CCHS Vice President, Programs) will offer a musical and narrative review of original songs from the immensely popular series of Broadway Melody film productions m...

  • Farragut, El Marino Named Distinguished Schools

    Apr 11, 2012

    Farragut, El Marino Named Distinguished Schools State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced that Farragut Elementary School and El Marino Language School are among the 387 exemplary California public elementary schools named as 2012 California Distinguished Schools for their innovative education programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap. "The schools we are recognizing demonstrate the incredible commitment of California's teachers, administrators, and school employees to provide a...

  • Auditions Set For Kentwood Play

    Apr 11, 2012

    Kentwood Players announces auditions for “DOUBT, A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley on Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 3 pm and on Sunday, May 13 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester. Callbacks will be held on Monday, May 14 from 7:30 pm to 10. The production is directed by Gail Bernardi and produced by Calia Mintzer-Wolf and Linda Reinhardt by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.. Performances will be from July 13 to August 18 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sun...

  • Veterans Memorial Building to Have Grand Re-Opening

    Apr 11, 2012

    Veterans Memorial Building to Have Grand Re-Opening The City of Culver City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department invites the public to attend the grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Building. The event will be held on Friday at 11 am in front of Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Avenue. The $461,300 renovation project began on January 3. The renovation includes the reconstruction of the facility’s restrooms and cosmetic improvements to the six meeting rooms and fiv...

  • Farragut Presents Artworks Gala Fundraiser

    Apr 11, 2012

    Farragut Fan Club, the booster club for Farragut Elementary School, is hosting an adult only, Gala Fundraiser at Royal/T Artspace in Culver City. Event participants will partake in cocktails, Royal/T signature appetizers, dinner and a pandemonium of desserts. The event will include a silent and live auction. Art happenings will occur throughout the evening. Over 200 parents and community leaders are expected to attend. “We are pleased to once again have the sponsorship support of Royal/T and Joxer Daly’s to help us raise needed funds for vis...

  • Construction to Cause Closures

    Apr 11, 2012

    Here is the Exposition Light Rail Project’s latest construction notice regarding a temporary closure and traffic detour on Washington and National Boulevards for street improvements near the Culver City Station. There will be closures on Saturday, April 14 from 9 am to 7 pm (Grind Existing Pavement), Sunday, April 15 from 10 am to 7 pm (Paving) And Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 7 pm (Traffic Striping) • Washington Boulevard will be closed between Landmark Street and National Boulevard, with traffic impacted in both directions. • Natio...

  • Culver Student wins Music Award

    Apr 11, 2012

    Sara Murphy of Culver City High has won an Award of Merit (second place) in the State PTA Reflections competition for her music composition. She was competing against all California high school students who entered this National Arts Competition. The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while...

  • Westside Neighborhood School Announces Summer Programs

    Apr 11, 2012

    Westside Neighborhood School announces they are partnering with two dynamic summer programs from June 25-August 3. All students in the community entering second through eighth grades (WNS and non-WNS students) can elect to participate in a new creative arts morning camp led by Kinetic Heads, which encourages campers to create visual pieces that are integrated into a theatrical performance presented at the culmination of each summer session on WNS’s brand new stage. Iverbe Camp will offer an afternoon camp including sports, dance, cooking, a...

  • Culver Elks Install New Officers

    Apr 11, 2012

    By David W. Myers Special to the Observer Culver City Elks Lodge 1917, one of the oldest fraternal and community-service groups on the Westside, installed its newly elected officers for its 2012-2013 Lodge Year in a ceremony last week at its headquarters on Washington Place. Roy Johnson, a member of the club for more than 25 years, took the reins as Exalted Ruler. Johnson is a retired federal agent who worked for the Department of Defense for 35 years. The Exalted Ruler is the highest elected position in each of the 2,021 Benevolent and...

  • Offensive Problems Plague Centaurs

    Mitch Chortkoff, Sports Editor|Apr 11, 2012

    After struggling in non-league play during the holiday period the Culver City High baseball team drew this evaluation from Coach Rick Prieto. “We had good pitching and defense but could not execute offensively,” he said. The Centaurs lost a home doubleheader to Capistrano Valley Christian, then lost to St. John Bosco, 4-1. Daruan Sylvester had two hits in one of the games against Capistrano Valley Christian and Jay Steiner pitched 4 2/3 innings without a decision. In the loss to St. John Bos...

  • Reunion of 1972 Lakers Stirs Memories

    Mitch Chortkoff|Apr 11, 2012

    Last Thursday and Friday evenings were special for me. The 1971-‘72 NBA champion Lakers were honored, first at the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel and then at halftime of the Lakers’ game at Staples Center against the Houston Rockets. I was the only writer who covered every game that season, home and away when I worked for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. No, the LA Times didn’t send a writer full-time. A documentary about the team, its record 33-game winning streak and Coach Bill Sharman is in...

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