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By Ashley Breeding | April 30, 2009
In Kendu Bay, a small, impoverished town in western Kenya, 70% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day. This number also applies to the percentage of students — mostly girls — who will not surpass an eighth-grade education. “This is because families have no money for panties or sanitary pads, so girls stay home during their menstrual periods or quit school altogether,” said Kat Gianesin, a Laguna resident who implemented the grass roots charity, Kenya Self-Help Project.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 20, 2013
Jewelry from a Kenyan village has arrived and Laguna Beach High teacher Jun Shen plans to sell the bracelets, belts, necklaces, headdresses and key chains during intermission performances of a musical later this week to benefit a school in Kenya. Shen and the school's Model United Nations group plan to sell the jewelry during breaks of "Hello, Dolly!" on March 22 and 23, pending the Associated Student Body's approval, inside the Artists Theatre. Prices for the jewelry, most of which are bracelets, will range from $10 to $40, depending on the item's intricacy, Shen said in an email.
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By Joanna Clay | November 2, 2012
Laguna Beach High School teacher Jun Shen didn't anticipate the friendship he formed when he visited a Kenyan tribal village in August. After a safari with his fiance, they visited Oloolaimutia, a village outside their camp inhabited by the Maasai tribe, and were able to tour a school there. The staff told him that children walk barefoot to school - some living as far as nine miles away. There are 685 students with nine teachers, he said. The roads are rural and unpaved, and some teachers have to travel up to 65 miles to get to a computer.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | September 9, 2010
DimeStories has a new leader and a new location in Laguna Beach. Michele McCormick, a psychologist-turned-author and a Laguna Beach resident, will be minding the three-minute time limit during the once-a-month open readings, to be held on second Sundays at Salt Fine Art starting this Sunday. McCormick says she's been hooked on the format since DimeStories began in Laguna about two years ago. McCormick's reading of an encounter with a Kenyan wise woman and her initiation into "womanhood" in a Kenyan village is posted on the DimeStories website, along with other compelling three-minute prose works.
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March 28, 2003
Judith Hamburger Former Laguna Beach resident Judith Hamburger died March 9 after an 18-month battle with lung cancer. She was 52. Mrs. Hamburger was a member of the Laguna Beach Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board in the 1970s and later a developer of affordable housing projects on the East Coast. She and her husband, Henry, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, lived on Bluebird Canyon Drive from l970 to l979. In addition to her five years on the Board of Adjustment, Judith had been active in the Orange County League of Women Voters and served a term as its planning chair.
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December 8, 2011
Pageant tickets for 2012 on sale now In need of a great holiday gift idea? Tickets to the 2012 Pageant of the Masters are now on sale. Called "The Genius," next year's show will "showcase the fascinating and unpredictable relationship between art and technology," according to a news release. Ticket prices start at $15 and include admission to the Festival of Arts grounds. The Pageant of the Masters will run from July 7 through Aug. 31. "Great seats are still available, but do sell out fast," Ticket Services Director Lucia McLeod said in a statement.
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December 8, 2011
Friday Garden Club Meeting The next Laguna Beach Garden Club meeting will feature author, landscape designer and Horticulture magazine contributing editor Rebecca Sweet. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m., and Sweet will speak at 10:30 a.m. The club meets at Tankersley Hall at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org. Church Sanctuary Laguna Presbyterian Church welcomes visitors to its sanctuary for personal prayer, silent meditation or quiet time from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The church is at 415 Forest Ave. Call the church office at (949)
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By Bryce Alderton | January 23, 2014
Little did Gary Cowman know that a place he had no intention of visiting would become his home. The Laguna Beach native moved to Kenya 24 years ago with his wife, Lori, to work for an organization dedicated to translating the Bible into different languages. First, he had to rid his mind of stereotypes. "I had no interest in Africa when I was in college [at Cal State Fullerton]," Cowman, 50, said Thursday afternoon, just four days before he and Lori would fly back to Kenya after spending seven months in Orange County.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 20, 2013
Jewelry from a Kenyan village has arrived and Laguna Beach High teacher Jun Shen plans to sell the bracelets, belts, necklaces, headdresses and key chains during intermission performances of a musical later this week to benefit a school in Kenya. Shen and the school's Model United Nations group plan to sell the jewelry during breaks of "Hello, Dolly!" on March 22 and 23, pending the Associated Student Body's approval, inside the Artists Theatre. Prices for the jewelry, most of which are bracelets, will range from $10 to $40, depending on the item's intricacy, Shen said in an email.
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By Joanna Clay | November 2, 2012
Laguna Beach High School teacher Jun Shen didn't anticipate the friendship he formed when he visited a Kenyan tribal village in August. After a safari with his fiance, they visited Oloolaimutia, a village outside their camp inhabited by the Maasai tribe, and were able to tour a school there. The staff told him that children walk barefoot to school - some living as far as nine miles away. There are 685 students with nine teachers, he said. The roads are rural and unpaved, and some teachers have to travel up to 65 miles to get to a computer.
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By Ashley Breeding | April 30, 2009
In Kendu Bay, a small, impoverished town in western Kenya, 70% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day. This number also applies to the percentage of students — mostly girls — who will not surpass an eighth-grade education. “This is because families have no money for panties or sanitary pads, so girls stay home during their menstrual periods or quit school altogether,” said Kat Gianesin, a Laguna resident who implemented the grass roots charity, Kenya Self-Help Project.
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