It’s the Summer of “Love Local” in Culver City

The Summer of “Love Local”

Saturday, August 20, 2022
12:00 – 6:00 PM
Campus-Wide Event

In partnership with the City of Culver City, we invite you to join us on Saturday, August 20th for a campus-wide celebration of Summer. Stop by and explore the center featuring music, poetry, art, dining, demos, shopping, book signing, sipping and so much more!

We have a jam-packed day in support of all things local. Come out and show your love for Culver City.

Scroll down to find out about all the events.

Take the Expo to see us!

     8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City

Welcome Blanket Exhibition in the Design Center

12:00 – 4:00 pm

Welcome Blanket is a platform for engagement that transforms the abstract concept of immigration into a tangible crowd-sourced artistic action. Handcraft makers are invited to make Welcome Blankets that include notecards with stories important to their families about immigration/migration/relocation to create symbolic and practical gifts of welcome for new refugees coming to the United States. These gifts are collected, catalogued, and displayed at art institutions and exhibitions. After each show’s close, Welcome Blanket’s 30+ partner refugee resettlement groups present these tangible gifts of welcome to our newest neighbors.

Welcome Blanket makes its inaugural Los Angeles exhibit at Helms Bakery District and will continue at Skirball Cultural Center and LAX airport. A national initiative in partnership with other museums and cultural institutions will continue in the years to follow.

Exhibition Dates
August 4th through September 24th
Viewing Hours on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00 PM

Welcome Back! Interactive Balloons Project

12:00 – 4:00 pm

We’ve been through unprecedented times, marked by a retreat from public spaces and by a reevaluation of intimate spaces. The LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design welcomes you back and we are blowing up big balloons! Thought balloons with your messages and observations about how you occupied space over the last 2 ½ years.

You will have a chance to 1) mark this moment of change and share your perception of space; 2) re-engage with the community; and 3) join the conversation. We’ll have markers, big balloons, and LA Forum’s limited edition Welcome Back! newsletter. Your collective ideas will be blown up! to fill the Helms Design Center in an upcoming exhibition in September.

Welcome Blanket Knit-Along Workshop

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Stop in at the Helms Design Center to join in the knitting and crocheting workshop with the Welcome Blanket team. Yarn, needles and pattern supplied for novice knitters, but feel free to bring your own!

Suggested yarn: worsted weight and size US8-US11 knitting needles.

All levels of knitting/crochet are welcome to join the Welcome Blanket community knitting gatherings.

Film Screening: The Goonies

4:00 pm

Join us for a screening of The Goonies, the ultimate summer adventure film by Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner.

A band of teen heroes is dropped into a swashbuckling, surprise-around-every-corner quest beyond their wildest dreams as they follow a mysterious treasure map that leads to classic adventure, booby traps, and shiver-me-timbers thrills!

    Pedestrian Plaza on Helms Avenue

Meet the Culver City Team!

12:00 am – 6:00 pm

Stop by the City of Culver City Welcome Booth and chat with the Team to learn about the Love Local Music Program, upcoming events, and grab a free button, sticker, or beach ball, while supplies last.

Plus Enter-To-Win a Pasta Sisters Gift Card for a fun and delicious family night out!


Love Local Music

3:00 – 6:00 pm

Enjoy country music and light ’70s sounds from local bands Doug Gochman and the Desperate Measures and groove to indie rock with The Black Heartthrobs. Both bands will be performing along Helms Walk – the Pedestrian Plaza on Helms Avenue.

3:00 – 4:15 pm
Doug Gochman is a Culver City based musician, performing Classic Country with his band, The Desperate Measures. From Johnny Cash, to Merle Haggard, Allman Brothers and Glen Campbell, the band brings back days gone by, but fondly remembered.

4:45 – 6:00 pm
The Black Heartthrobs are a four-piece melodic garage rock band from Culver City. Punk bassist for Osker (Epitaph records), David Benitez switched to vocals/guitar and is joined by Jane Greely on drums, Mark Yates on bass, and Aidan Salier on guitar. David has co-written and studied songwriting from ’70s power-pop icons Peter Case (The Plimsouls) and Berton Averre (The Knack). The band is touring the west coast this September in support of their new album Back to Zero.


Cycle Your Way to a Free Smoothie!

12:00 – 2:00 pm

Hop on the Co-opportunity Bike Blender and create a FREE smoothie! The Co-op’s stationary bike uses pedal power to blend up delicious smoothies made with 100% organic ingredients from the Co-op.

Vintage Poetry

12:30 – 2:30 pm

The Poetry Society L.A. booth is where you’ll find vintage typewriters on hand for you to type a personalized note for a guest of honor, as well as two poets facilitating on-the-spot poems for all to enjoy.

Step up to the microphone where you will also be able to read a poem aloud during an impromptu Poetry Slam!


Fun Crafts for Kids of all Ages

12:00 – 4:00 pm

Sit down at the craft table to custom decorate your own spinning top or start a Field Guide sketchbook using the historic Helms Bakery as your inspiration. Or simply rest on the grass and soak up the Culver City love.


Fruit, T-Shirts, and Art Collide

12:00 – 6:00 pm

POP by this deliciously creative collab – featuring local Apparel, Art, Fruit, and Impact made by the Los Angeles Cooking School, CadFab Creative, Art Luxe LA, and ROSIES.


Checkers in the Park

12:00 – 4:00 pm

Stop by and enjoy a fun game of Checkers on Helms Avenue. It’s the perfect strategy game to challenge your brain as you capture your opponent’s pieces. If you have forgotten how to play, study up on the rules here. Good luck!



Art in Support of LA Family Housing

All Day

Stop by Room & Board to view the work of artist Richard Bruland. Although structurally abstract, artist Bruland thinks of his acrylic paintings in landscape terms. The transition of light to dark, earth to sky, solid to liquid, is central to what he does – a very personal exploration of his own particular signatures.

When you purchase an artwork by the featured artist, a 50% donation will be made on your behalf to continue the critical and life-saving services LA Family Housing provides.

Arcana Books x Eric Kroll

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Please join us for a book signing with Eric Kroll at Arcana: Books on the Arts. If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy of The New York Years, 1971 to 1994 please call Arcana at 310.458.1499!

Eric Kroll is a name familiar to anyone with even the vaguest interest in contemporary photography, he has several high-profile best-selling books with houses like Taschen to his name and his work has been featured in countless magazines over the years.


Visit HD Buttercup for a Day of Love Local-Buy Local

All Day

H.D. Buttercup’s Summer Sale will be in full swing with up to 80% off select items. Did we mention they’re also offering a FREE gift with purchase (while supplies last), complimentary lemonade, and a gorgeous pop-up flower cart courtesy of PollenLA? Enjoy!

Enter-To-Win a Harbour Gift Card!

All Day

Visit the Harbour Outdoor showroom to soak up the summer vibes and receive a special “Love Local” offer of 20% off your entire purchase, plus a 50% discount on the shipping cost.

While you’re there enjoying a complimentary beverage and relaxing on their luxurious sofas, be sure to Enter-to-Win a $1000 Harbour Gift Card!

We would like to thank all of our partners.