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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Cancels Summer School Classes E-mail
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Friday, 05 June 2009 16:10


Norwalk~For the first time since anyone can recall, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has cancelled summer school sessions for Elementary and Middle Schools for 2009.

Summer classes will be offered at La Mirada High School to students currently in high school (grades 9-12) . This EXCLUDES students currently in eighth grade.

In a automated telephone message to residents, about-to-retire Superintendent Ginger Shattuck regretfully made the announcement and said this is the result of recent severe budget cuts.

The school district recently announced many teacher and classified worker layoffs across the district for the upcoming 2009-10 school year, resulting in the elimination of many positions.

This follows the Los Angeles Unified School District's recent announcement that school sessions will be eliminated this upcoming summer.

Parents who have already signed up for summer school will receive notification in the mail.

Whittier Cultural Arts Showcase Features Art, Entertainment E-mail
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Thursday, 04 June 2009 16:52


Whittier~Fine art, lively entertainment and gourmet food will be featured at the 5th annual Cultural Arts Showcase, Sunday, June 7.

Sponsored by the Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation, the Showcase will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Whittier College.

Featured artists husband and wife Glen Eisner, a sculptor and painter, and Holly Overin, a painter, will display their works at the event.

Ongoing demonstrations will be conducted by Michael Dobrzycki, painter, carpenter, puppet maker and sketch artist; Jeannette Kelly, a fiber artist doing improvisational and non-patterned weaving; Wendy Macdonald, a fiber artist demonstrating the spinning of fiber into thread and yarn; and Ray Mendez, who will paint an environment in acrylics on canvas.

The grand finale of Whittier Idol 2009 competition and performances by the Whittier Idol 2008 winners will be the featured entertainment at this year's Showcase.  Twelve successful finalists in this year's Whittier Idol competition will vie for the 2009 Whittier Idol title.

Other events in the Cultural Arts Showcase will include a Silent Auction and gourmet cuisine.

Tickets for the Showcase are $25, and proceeds go to support the work of the Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation.  The Foundation, which operates under the aegis of the Whittier Cultural Arts Commission, raises funds and makes recommendations for annual grants to encourage and support the arts in Whittier, including community arts programs as well as art programs and outreach in local schools.

Tickets for the event may be purchased from the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Avenue; the Whittier Art Gallery, 8035 Painter Avenue; the Whittier Chamber of Commerce, 8158 Painter Avenue; or by mail from the Foundation, P.O. Box 5007, Whittier, CA  90607.

For more information, contact the Whittier Community Services Department at (562) 464-3360.

Eastwood Elementary Fund-Raiser E-mail
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Sunday, 31 May 2009 21:38


La Mirada~Eastwood Elementary will be having a fund-raiser this Wednesday, June 3rd at Berry Cool Yogurt on Beach Blvd. from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

They will donate 25% of your purchase, all day, but you MUST bring the flyer. Flyers will also be available the night of the event.

Hand out the flyer to neighbors, friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles, the mailman, whoever else you can think of who would love to support a GREAT cause, Eastwood School!!

Thank you for your continued support of EASTWOOD PTA!! For more information email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hutchinson Students Head to the East Coast E-mail
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Sunday, 31 May 2009 20:41


Teacher Peggy Dougan has been heading the American
Heritage Group for thirteen years.

La Mirada~Although the group is lighter compared to recent years-they say, due to the economy-approximately 40+ studeents and 9 adults from Hutchinson Middle School departed for the east coast this past Friday evening.

There was a big gathering in the school parking lot as anxious parents said their goodbyes and watched the kids board the school district bus for the trip to LAX. Principal Bob Easton was there to help see the group off.

Teacher Peggy Dougan has been organizing the American Heritage program for the past 13 years, and although the participants are slightly down this year, she says, "the kids are very excited."

During the eight-day excursion, which runs from May 29 to June 6, the group will  be staying at five different hotels. Site destinations include Boston, Lexington & Concord, New York, Pennsylvania, & Washington D.C..

The group will be returning to LAX Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.

Dance Scheduled for This Friday E-mail
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Sunday, 31 May 2009 20:39

La Mirada~
Purchase a ticket for La Mirada's Boot Scootin' Boogie All That Dance.  This exciting event will be held on June 5, 2009 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center located at 13810 La Mirada Blvd.

Jim Gilman & Associates is set to play a variety of musical favorites that will make you want to get up and dance!  Door prizes and refreshments will be provided. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door for $5 per person.  Ages 18 and over are welcome. Sponsored by America's Choice in Homecare Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services.

For additional information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit


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