VCC Virtual Coffee Connection with Alfred Coffee Abbot Kinney | Pick up breakfast items at Alfred @ Virtual Zoom
Dec 14 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Connect from the comfort of your home with Venice Chamber members and friends during our monthly Virtual Coffee Connection. Pick up your favorite morning beverages and bites from Alfred Coffee Abbot Kinney – offering a discount to participants! Ordering instructions, including special discount code, and Zoom link provided upon registration. This event is offered at no charge. Donations (suggested – $10) are welcome to support Chamber programs. Donate online: or through Zelle: Learn more + register:

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Ben Allen Book Club #2: Philanthropy Revolution
Dec 14 @ 12:00 PM
We’ll be discussing an insightful new book by our 2020 Senate District 26 Woman of the Year, Lisa Zola GreerPhilanthropy Revolution. Weathering the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly two years, non-profits were vital lifelines providing resources to our communities. However, non-profits were hit hard too and need help rebuilding.
Join us as we discuss what resources are available to our community’s organizations that our residents depend on, the ever evolving role of philanthropy, its opportunities and pitfalls, and what role the state might play in providing support to these non-profits and the constituents they serve.

You can register to attend the discussion here. And, if you missed our last book club meeting, you can watch it here.

JVS SoCal Webinar
Feb 15 @ 10:00 PM

Come learn about resources to help your business grow!

This FREE small business webinar will focus on two federally funded programs that assist small businesses with hiring and training costs.

  • The “On the Job” (OTJ) Training Program is a federally funded hiring program that reimburses 50% of the employee’s salary for their training/on-boarding period for up to 300 hours.
  • The “Earn to Learn” program supports and trains formerly incarcerated individuals to gain valuable work experience with sponsorship and full cost subsidy from JVS for up to six weeks.

How to Participate

Individuals interested in participating must register in advance for the free Culver City Employer Roundtable Webinar and can also learn more about the City’s Economic Recovery Task Force. For questions regarding this webinar, you may contact Economic Development Project Manager Elizabeth Garcia at (310) 253-5708 or

(The City of Culver City’s facilitation of this event should not be construed as a recommendation, certification or endorsement of a particular applicant or employer. The event is voluntary and is at the discretion of the participants.)

JVS SoCal Home – Jobs. Vision. Success.

Cayton Classes Return!
Feb 16 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 3 @ 11:00 AM

Art Crawl:

Ages 9-24 months | $35/class
Wed & Thu,  10-11am | Feb 16-Mar 3

The Art Studio is transformed into a big blank canvas for babies and toddlers to express their inner artist. Babies and toddlers strip-down to their diapers and crawl around in a free exploration of non-toxic paint, while creating a beautiful mess. Register today!


Budding Artists I

Ages 2-4 years | $35/class
Thu 3:30-4:30pm | Feb 17-Mar17

This class allows children to develop their artistic talents through an exploration of different creative mediums and processes. Each week participants will be proud to take home a new masterpiece, including 3D sculptures, texture collages, paintings, clay sculptures, and more. Register today!


We will be Open on President’s Day!
School’s out so join us for a day of play on Mon, Feb 21.
Members Hours: 9-10am

General Public: 10am-5pm


Camp Cayton Registration is Open!
Jun 13-Aug 12 |  Ages 4-8 

Camp Cayton is returning summer 2022! These one-week camps are the perfect balance between artmaking and discovery-based learning through play. Our innovative curriculum encourages campers to take risks, express themselves creatively, and work as a team to accomplish goals.  Register today for a summer of creativity and exploration.

FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED FOR LOCAL CHILDREN Children’s Bureau Offering Virtual Orientations
Feb 17 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED FOR LOCAL CHILDREN Children’s Bureau Offering Virtual Orientations

(Los Angeles, CA)     Children’s Bureau is now offering two virtual ways for individuals and/or couples to learn how to help children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or how to provide legal permanency by adoption. A live Zoom Orientation is scheduled on February 17th  from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM hosted by a Children’s Bureau team member and a foster parent.  For those who want to learn at their own pace about becoming a foster and/or fost-adopt parent, a PowerPoint orientation is available.  To R.S.V.P. for the live orientation or to request the PowerPoint orientation, please email or call 800-730-3933.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Children’s Bureau has canceled all in-person foster care-adoption resource parent orientations.

The current health crisis has accelerated the need for foster and foster-adoptive parents to help local at-risk youth stay in their communities. In Los Angeles County alone, the foster care population exceeds 33,000 children with 200 of those foster children waiting for an adoptive family. Many of these children are siblings in need of families who are willing and able to keep them together. In fact, Children’s Bureau turns away at least 10 sibling sets weekly due to lack of families.  Older children are also in need of families.

“Being a foster parent lets you help someone in their time of need. You’re the support system for a child and for their parents,” says Brittany, who with her husband Jeremy, foster-adopted two sibling children.  The couple has three biological children and knew that fostering was something they wanted to do.  “Children’s Bureau has been there to help get us through the challenging times and to celebrate the special moments, especially when the adoption of our two children was finalized,” Jeremy added. Watch Brittany and Jeremy’s story here.

Children’s Bureau welcomes every individual regardless of race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to become a resource for children. Qualifying families receive training and support throughout their journey.  For questions and/or to get started, call 800-730-3933 or click here to complete a quick inquiry form.

Since 1904, Children’s Bureau has been a nonprofit leader in protecting vulnerable children through prevention, treatment and advocacy. The agency helps 50,000 at-risk children and parents each year throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties with services that include school readiness, parenting classes, family resource centers, support groups, mental health counseling, foster care and foster-adoption and more.  Foster Care and Adoption Programs are available in Kern, Orange, San Bernardino, and  Los Angeles counties.  To learn more about the agency and/or its foster care and adoption program, visit


Licenses:  197805422,  197800281,  197805428

Los Angeles County Sheriff Candidate Debate
Feb 23 @ 8:00 PM

The Santa Monica Democratic Club and the Culver City Democratic Club will host (via zoom) a Sheriff Candidate Debate. Alex Villanueva, Eric Strong, Cecil Rhambo, Eli Vera, and Robert Luna have confirmed attendance.

Link to RSVP:

Santa Monica Democratic Club February 23 Meeting (


Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Program
Feb 26 – Mar 19 all-day

Sponsored jointly by the Sanitation Districts and Los Angeles County Public Works

The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash.

Click this link for more information including what items are permissible for disposal.

PROMISING SKIES A solo exhibition by Walter Erra Hubert @ Building Bridges Art Exchange
Feb 26 – Apr 9 all-day
Curated by Marisa Caichiolo
On display at Building Bridges Art Exchange February 26 – April 9, 2022
Opening Reception February 26, 3:30 – 8pm
Walter Erra Hubert is a Pasadena-born, internationally-recognized artist working in the mediums of acrylic paintings, mono prints, resin and mixed media. Walter chose to self-isolate in 2018, two years before the international lockdown, resulting in his latest striking body of work Promising Skies, which reflects a world moving towards a new reality. The large-scale art works are realized in acrylic while the show will also feature his works that incorporate resin and mixed media. All of the art will be showcased at Building Bridges Art Exchange’s Santa Monica Gallery.
Born to Italian immigrant parents, Walter is heavily influenced by his U.S. and Italian roots and straddles both worlds. His Pasadena studio provides space for exploration inspired by the expanse of the metropolis while his home and studio in the Italian countryside allow for a sense of separation associated with nature and introspection. Walter’s Italian heritage and 30 years of experience using varied artistic mediums appealed to Argentinean Curator Marisa Caichiolo who actively seeks to showcase a diverse range of artists from around the world. “Walter’s eerily-timed decision to self-isolate inadvertently became emblematic of a universal experience and, during that time, his quest to connect with the core of his being ended up producing his strongest and most significant body of work, which we’re thrilled to showcase in Los Angeles”.
Walter’s self-imposed lockdown began at his Pasadena studio and continued at his studio in his home in rural Italy. His isolation resulted in these multi-dimensional, multi-layered works . The magnificent large canvases invite the viewer to embark on a journey of discovery through Walter’s impressive brush work, dripping paint and penetrating energy.
Walter’s expression is deeply influenced by the subconscious, a comparison that can be drawn to current events of the pandemic and post-pandemic era. The magic of nature and journeys of the spirit are at the core of Walter’s work. Promising Skies encapsulates Walter’s vision with imaginary and mystical elements. He creates paintings by merging a multitude of tools, including everyday items such as spatulas, wood carving tools and hair dryers and the fluidity of the materials captures the artist’s strokes and movements. Walter muses, “I am in constant exploration of the tension we perceive between the realms of matter and spirit. I hope that the viewer senses that language and is drawn into the relevance of the journey.”
Although the current global outlook may be seen as bleak and unpredictable, Promising Skies reflects a world moving towards a new reality with a sense of hope. In each translucent piece, an ocean of opportunities, portals and evocative lights can be seen beckoning toward the future, representing the promise of new beginnings. Connecting to the past and creating a bridge to the future is the ideal path for Walter to engage with today’s collective consciousness. Explosions of light, volcanic eruptions, deep water currents and sensual feeling inspired by connections between the elements are among the bounty of natural phenomena that nourish his perspective and vision of the universal forces of Mother Earth.
Walter’s relationship with art began at an early age and painting became an important form of self-expression. At age fifteen, he enrolled in an art class that changed his life as he was introduced to complicated design and compositional analysis that turned his practice to the most current and global visions of artistic expression. On gaining acceptance to Otis Art Institute, he embraced an education in contrasts, learning classical approaches alongside the relatively untapped world of the merging conceptual art of the late sixties and early seventies. As the founder and CEO of Silver Birches in Pasadena, Walter has worked alongside visionaries like Bruce Weber and Ralph Lauren as well as taught painting and design at the College of Art in High Wycombe, England and Pasadena City College.
Walter was recently selected as an American artist to show at the 2022 9th Beijing International Art Biennale in China. The exhibition is currently being held at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing through March 2022. The curatorial theme is The Light of Life and the piece selected by the curatorial committee is “The Light Portal”. This piece was completed in 2021 by the artist as part of the series, “The Era of Solitude”. He has had several solo shows in Europe and his paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the M.A.C.I.S.T contemporary art museum in Italy, and venerable institutions including the L.A. Times Mirror Building. Walter was also recently chosen as a featured artist for a special Miami ART BASEL publication. For more information on this and our other programs, please visit our website.
2nd Annual Culver City Book Festival @ The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Feb 26 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Culver City Book Festival is returning to Culver City and the Wende Museum of the Cold War (10808 Culver Blvd, Culver City) after a two-year break, due to the pandemic. The Book Festival received a Special Event Grant from the City of Culver City and is co-sponsored by the Culver City Arts Foundation, Vagabond Books, Beyond Baroque, Village Well Books & Coffee, in addition to the Wende Museum and will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 11 AM to 4:30 PM.  The Book Festival, which highlights work from small press publishers, creates a platform for lesser-known talents to showcase their literary works, from poetry to novels. Authors are able to engage directly with the community of both avid readers and budding authors alike!

Festival Highlights

  • More than 20 individual small book presses attending and exhibiting
  • A number of literary workshops and readings (both in-person and virtually) throughout the day, including:
    • An interactive Zoom international poetry reading
    • A poetry writing workshop
    • A Zine/Chapbook making workshop with Beyond Baroque
    • A world premiere live reading of the new anthology Reimagine America (Vagabond)
    • Virtual festival tours will also happen throughout the day

The day will finish up with a special group reading by FlowerSong Press at 7 PM at Village Well Books & Coffee (9900 Culver Boulevard, Culver City).  Additional programming to be announced.

Participating Small Press Publishers

Book Presses include:

  • Beyond Baroque
  • World Stage Press
  • Red Hen Press
  • Tia Chucha Press
  • FlowerSong Press
  • Paper Press Books
  • Golden Foothills Press
  • Finishing Line Press
  • What Books Press
  • Dryland
  • Not a Cult Press
  • Rose of Sharon Press
  • Hinchas de Poesia Press
  • Anti-Racist Action Press
  • Green Tara Press
  • Spectrum Publishing
  • Los Angeles Poet Society
  • Community Literature Initiative
  • Culver City Historical Society
  • Vagabond

Helpful Information

Follow @CulverArts, @villagewellcc, and @wendemuseum on social media to keep up to date on news from the Book Festival including performances, presentations, and more.

The Second Annual Culver City Book Festival is a family-friendly event that will be held both indoors and outdoors following all COVID-19 safety protocols.  For more information, please contact Culver City Arts Foundation representative Jim Clarke at or (310) 775-1664. Parks Recreation and Community Services Supervisor Darren Uhl can be reached at or (310) 253-6655.

Plan your visit to The Wende

Culver City High School Academy of Visual & Performing Arts presents Little Shop of Horrors @ Robert Frost Auditorium
Mar 3 @ 7:00 PM – Mar 13 @ 2:00 PM

Culver City High School Academy of Visual & Performing Arts presents Little Shop of Horrors!
Showtimes: March 3-5, 7pm; March 6, 2pm; March 10-12, 7pm, March 13, 2pm. Robert Frost Auditorium. For info and tickets, visit