Science Fiction Author Is Coming Here


By Neil Rubenstein

Observer Columnist

Theodorsia and I are looking forward to Saturday, March 14 when from 6 p.m. to 7:30 Dr. Jeffery Clements, author and publisher of APHELION, will review, discuss, and sign his powerful science fiction thriller.

This event will be held at the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, 4130 Overland Avenue, Culver City, endorsed by Congresswoman Karen Bass and hosted by Dr. T. R. Porter, Los Angeles Unified School District Charter School Coordinator.

This event will be complemented by a self-guided tour of the museum’s fascinating Jazz exhibition. A donation is requested of $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit for registration and more details.

Many of us truly enjoy going to a small intimate theatre for a live performance of talented actors. The best we’ve been to is the Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles ( where Mame is playing on weekends, March 13 to April 18. Tickets are $25 with an additional $2 discount for students, seniors and servicemen.

Jay, our super-duper postman, recently dropped off the March 2015 issue of “House Beautiful” – I just love this magazine and the way they put colors, fabrics and designs together. Listed on Page 38 is their annual guide to the 25 most recent rising stars of interior design. I see Adam Hunter from West Hollywood, (323) 272-3232, and Ryan White Designs from Los Angeles, (303) 819-5950, are listed. Those two are dynamic and amazing.

According to U.S. News and World Report the following are pharmacists’ top choices in over-the-counter nausea relief medicines:

Emetrol 58%

Pepto-Bismol 27%

Alka-Seltzer 7%

Kaopectate 5%

Brioschi 1%

Nauzene 1%

The first national memorial honoring disabled veterans was dedicated on October 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial serves as a constant reminder of the cost and impact of human conflict and the need to support America’s Veterans (

If you believe everyone is entitled to high quality, affordable, comprehensive health care and you also support the establishment of a publicly financed single-payer health care system in California, then you should be at the Culver City Democratic Club on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Rotunda Room at Veterans Auditorium to hear Georgia Brewer, State Coordinator, AllCare Alliance.

If you are planning to have a baby then you should read “The First Year” published in the January 2015 issue of National Geographic. It mentions, “In the incredible learning machine that is a baby’s brain, development depends on loving caretakers.”

Well, I see the Chinese are about to buy the Baccarat in Manhattan for $2 million a room. This is the most expensive purchase per room of any hotel thus far. If someone wants to get into that business the Motel 7 in Flagstaff might still be available.

Do you have drugs in the medicine cabinet that you no longer take and probably can’t even remember why the doctor prescribed them in the first place? Being the good person you are, you don’t want to flush them down the toilet and mess up the ocean. Well, cowboy, help is here! For the public’s convenience the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators will have places where one can go to drop off the pills. Go to, plug in a zip code and presto, the address pops up.

And now we know for sure – increasing the body mass index (BMI) is the largest driver of diabetes in the United States, according to the results of a recent study published in the September 2, 2014 issue of the “Annals of Internal Medicine.”

If you are a veteran you should know about AB935 which went into effect on January 1, 2015. The new law signed by Governor Brown requires DMV to print “Veteran” on the face of a driver’s license or identification card. Also, AB287 requires the California Department of Veterans Affairs to annually compile a list of names of Vietnam veterans to be added to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For two books of either Blue Chip or S and H Green Stamps, where was Checkpoint Charlie? If you said Berlin you are the winner. That marvelous author, Joseph Kanon, will be in Los Angeles on April 16 (Vroman’s Bookstore) and April 18 (Los Angeles Times Book Festival). Mr. Kanon’s newest novel went on sale on March 3, 2015 and deals with desperate deceptions in post-World War II in East Berlin.

Have you seen or heard about SB227 proposed by our State Senator Holly Mitchell? Her bill would prohibit the use of criminal grand juries in California in cases of police officer-involved shootings that result in the deaths of suspects. Do I see a possible loophole big enough to drive a Mack truck through? The police, in regards to the person’s death, don’t identify him as a suspect, just a person of interest and presto, another grand jury is convened.

Would you be surprised to learn Montgomery, Alabama is the second best place in our country for African Americans to be in business? Nearly one in three area businesses are owned by African Americans.

In Tennessee the legislature has filed bills in both houses to make the Holy Bible the official state book.

Logging 3,500 steps a day lowers your risk of diabetes by 29%. Just two hours of walking a week can reduce your risk of stroke by 30%. Always check with your medical professional first.

Are you a food nut? Is your favorite room the kitchen? If so, do I have good news for you! The Eighth Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine four-day party is almost here. April 9 - 12 will feature 250 world-class wineries, 100 celebrity chefs, and it’s at beautiful Pebble Beach. See or call (866) 907-3663.

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