Culver City Edition Lead Story

Parade to launch Culver City centennial celebration

CULVER CITY — The city will kick off a yearlong celebration of the Culver City Centennial with a daylong celebration Sept. 24.

The celebration begins with a community parade at 9 a.m. starting at Veterans Park and proceeding to downtown Culver City where a ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at Culver Boulevard and Main Street, followed by a community block party from noon to 4 p.m.

The opening ceremonies will feature the opening of a time capsule from the 75th birthday celebration in 1992. The mayors of the city’s four sister cities, Kaizuka, Japan; Iksan City, South Korea; Uruapan, Mexico; and Lethbridge, Canada, are all expected to join in the celebration.

Culver Boulevard will be closed at Main Street, marking the location of the original 1.2 square miles that became Culver City. State and local dignitaries and longtime Culver City residents will make presentations during the ceremonies.

The community block party will include performing artists competing for the Culver Cup People’s Choice Award, which includes a grand prize of $1,000. Along the same streets will be the Taste of Culver City, a ticketed event where attendees will sample foods from all corners of the city. The block party also will include musical and artistic activities for the whole family.

The block party will include food and information booths, merchandise vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities provided by the Culver-Palms YMCA.

General admission is free but tickets for a Taste of Culver City are $20 in advance and $25 at the event (if still available).

The organizing committee is urging residents to take advantage of shuttle buses, which will be running from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Street closures will begin at 6 a.m. and the Culver City Police Department will determine when to reopen the streets after the party. All streets should be opened by 6 p.m.

Plans for the centennial are being made by the 10-member Culver City Centennial Celebration Committee, which is being led by President Paul Jacobs, Vice President Terry Robins, Secretary-Treasurer Darrel Menthe and members Scott Wyant, Mike Cohen, Phil Tangalakis, Jozelle Smith, Judy Scott, Andy Weissman and Marcus Tiggs.

“We are using our centennial to showcase the active civic, nonprofit organizations and companies located in the community and serving our residents,” Mayor Jim Clarke. “These … have made Culver City such a unique place to live, work, learn and play every day for the past 100 years.”

A centennial gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1 at Sony Pictures Studio. Tickets for the gala are $125.

Culver City was founded by Nebraska native Henry Culver, who chose the city’s location as the halfway point between downtown Los Angeles and the Abbot Kinney Resort in Venice Beach.

The city began as a 1.2-square mile community and over the years has annexed 40 different parcels of land to grow into a city that is five square miles in size today.