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Community Briefs – May Highlights:

Calvary Christian School of Pacific Palisades raised over $80,000 for charity at their recent Gospel Brunch fundraiser held at the House of Blues. The money raised will be split between many of Calvary’s programs, and all students at Calvary participate in giving to those less fortunate than themselves. Some of the funds will go to paying for tuition for 120 orphans at Casa Hogar Sion in Tijuana, care packages to troops stationed abroad and 350 backpacks filled with school supplies for students at Los Angeles’s Union Rescue Mission.

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Now through June 30 is a good time to donate to the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, as the Colonel F.E. Pacheco and Lt. Mary T. Pacheco Matching Fund will match any amount donated up to $25,000. Some Red Cross programs are in desperate need of money, and are facing reductions or elimination.

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Natasha Behnam, Kelsey Claire, Johann Lim and Mitsuo Yoshizawa are the four SMC students that have been chosen to be Dale Ride interns. The four will spend their summer vacations in Washington D.C., helping out in either the offices of members of Congress or lobbyists.

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Samohi student Alexandre Boulgakov has been named one of 21 national finalists for the USA Biology Olympiad, sponsored by The Center for Excellence in Education. Boulgakov was chosen from a field of nearly 9,000 students, and will travel to Beijing for the International Biology Olympiad.

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Samohi alum Linsay Goodrich has graduated from UCLA Center for Prehospital Care-Daniel Freeman Paramedic Training Program. Venice resident Donald Shaw also graduated from the same program. Both are members of the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

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The inaugural ARTribe event was held recently at Arena 1 Gallery and $55,000 was raised to benefit the SPIRAL Foundation’s Mother and Child project. Art created by students from all over Los Angeles – including sculpture, film, paintings and photography – was featured.

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Students at St. Martin of Tours School in Brentwood have won awards at the Los Angeles County Science Fair. Winning students include Mia Alexander, Victoria Chayes, Wylie Drummond, Catherine Haber, Ethan McGarrigle and Charlie Trepany.

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On May 1, over 150 people participated in Cancer Awareness Day 2007, held at the Veterans Administration Health Care Center in West L.A. Purple was the dominant color of the day, both in clothing and decorations, to commemorate the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The day was held to help bring awareness to cancer survivors both in and out of the military, as well as to inform people of the necessity of early and regular cancer screenings. The Santa Monica Oceanaires performed.

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Debbie Lee has been named the new Director of Marketing and Communications at the Bayside District Corporation. Previously, Lee was a vice president with the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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The SMC Library Expansion and Renovation has been awarded the AIA/ALA prize by the American Institute of Architects. SMC is one of nine libraries nationwide to win the award. “The architects have transformed an outdated library into a modern community landmark on a college campus,” the jury members said of the SMC project. “The receptive spaces, subtle introduction of daylight, artful use of materials and beautifully crafted details do not diminish the building, but rather improve it.”

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Samohi students have raised over $20,907.18, surpassing their goal by $907.18, to help rebuild Sacred Heart Secondary School, an all-girls school located in Northern Uganda.

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Earlier this month, the Santa Monica Chapter of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA gave away $4,500 in college scholarships to high school seniors who are excellent students and volunteer in their communities.

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The Wilshire Bus Lane, a three-year trial, has ended with a unanimous vote of the Los Angeles City Council.

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Online Fitness has donated $3,00 worth of pedometers, scales, heart rate monitors and more to the Special Olympics Southern California.

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J. Jeffrey Assaf has been named a new board member at The Wellness Community of West Los Angeles. He will be a member of the finance committee and help oversee the organization’s investments.

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The Joyce Eisenberg Keefer Breast Center at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s has received a check for $432,000, a result of the 13th Annual QVC Presents FFANY Shoes on Sale, held in October of last year.

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The Santa Monica/Westside YWCA’s Housing and Education Program has received money from Women Helping Youth to purchase computers and household appliances. The program caters to women ages 18-22 who are former foster children and are currently working or in school.

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