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September 22, 2011

Nonprofit moves to U.S.

Nonprofit MountainChild is hosting its launch party at 6 p.m. Saturday at Aliso Creek Inn in Laguna Beach.

The festivities include dinner, live entertainment and awareness programming about MountainChild and its vision for the future.

MountainChild's move to the United States will raise more awareness and financial aid for the humanitarian work in the most remote areas of the Himalayas, according to a news release.

The organization focuses on five core issues: health, sex trade, education, child labor and the environment. The group's activities include clean water projects, health and hygiene classes and creating education infrastructures and trafficking victim recovery programs.

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For more information or to reserve a ticket, which are $35, visit http://www.mountainchild.org.

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Hotel partners with Clean the World

Hotel Laguna is collecting gently used hotel soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion to send to needy families worldwide as part of a new collaboration, according to a news release.

The hotel has partnered with Clean the World Global LLC, a charitable organization that focuses on reducing landfill waste and preventing hygiene-related illness and death in impoverished communities in more than 45 countries.

"Upon learning of the amazing work this organization is doing, I knew this was something the Hotel Laguna had to join immediately," hotel Chief Operating Officer Heinz U. Hofmann said in a statement. "It brings me extreme joy to be aiding in the cause of not only saving the lives of children throughout the globe, but also increasing our efforts of reducing our landfill waste and continuing our ongoing legacy to philanthropic causes."

As the largest global recycler of hotel amenities, Clean the World has more than 1,100 hotel property partners, which represent 260,000 hotel rooms, according to the release. In the last two years, the foundation has distributed more than 8.5 million bars of soap and has diverted 600 tons of discarded hotel waste from local landfills.

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City manager's weekly message

The Arts Commission selected "Streamline Bench" on Sept. 12 for an artist-designed bench to be installed at the bus stop at Mountain Road and South Coast Highway, according to the Sept. 16 city manager's update.

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