Proceeds from Grapes for Grads go to students at LCAD and Laguna Beach High School. This year's fundraiser is set for noon to 4 p.m. April 29 at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Road.
Author makes a stop at Boys & Girls Club
Last year, Laguna resident Dennis Yang completed "The Great Reading Run," where he ran 3,281 miles from Long Beach to Coney Island, N.Y.
Now he's back in town and will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.
Yang is the author of more than 110 children's stories and founder of the Papa Didos Ideals Foundation, which encourages kids to read and be fit.
"We are going to reverse the trend of falling test scores and expanding waistlines," Yang said in a statement.
During his journey, he gave out thousands of copies of books he'd written and read to kids at schools, hospitals and orphanages.
For more information on his foundation, visit http://www.papadidos.org.
Book drive launches next month
Local schools and organizations will be collecting gently used books for the Bee a Luv book drive from Feb. 1 to 14.
Put on by the district's School Readiness Program and the Children & Families Commission of Orange County, the event's aim is to collect books appropriate for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. All books will be cleaned and repaired if needed and then redistributed to Orange County families, according to a news release from the district. Laguna Beach High School students have volunteered to help.
Books may be dropped off at the School Readiness Office in the Boys & Girls Club's Community Room; El Morro Elementary School; and Top of the World Elementary School.
Last year, more than 2,000 books were collected, with El Morro and Top of the World donating more than 1,000 of those.
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