Bookstore hosts Harry Potter release
MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Barnes & Noble Booksellers will celebrate the
release of the fifth Harry Potter book with themed crafts, trivia
contest and costume party on Friday night.
Activities begin at 6 p.m. and last until “Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix” becomes available to the public at midnight.
Various areas of the bookstore, at 731 N. San Fernando Blvd., will
be renamed after settings in the series, such as “Kings Cross
Platform 3/4,” “Diagon Alley” and “Leaky Cauldron Cafe.” Activities
include a trivia challenge featuring more than 1,000 questions, a
craft class to make Golden Snitches for the game Quidditch and
pictures with a life-size cut-out of Harry.
Pat Nathan, the general manager of the bookstore, said she
anticipated about 1,000 attendees at the event.
“We’re excited about this because it is the largest
book-publishing event in history,” she said. “This is a book that
will draw the family in.”
Books will be sold for $17.99. Customers who preordered copies
will be given priority.
For more information, call 558-1383.
Bell-Jeff student on leadership staff
HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Ani Khachoyan, a sophomore at
Bellarmine-Jefferson High School has been selected as a member of the
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program’s junior leadership committee
Ani, who recently completed a year as a representative in the
program, made a commitment to perform 100 hours of community service.
She tutored other students, was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army
at Christmas, ushered at the Colony Theatre, and participated in the
Tootsie Roll Drive to raise money for mentally challenged children.
The school’s new sophomore representative for 2003 is Jeanette
Molina and the alternate is Anna Garcia.
O’Brian’s program began in 1958 when the actor returned from
Africa inspired by a nine-day visit that included working and talking
with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. After returning to the United States,
O’Brian decided to establish the program.