Around Town: Working with impoverished around the world

Concern America is holding its 16th annual Walk Out of Poverty on Saturday in Fountain Valley.

The five-mile walk-a-thon is designed to raise funds for projects in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Mozambique.

Concern America trains people to provide their own health care, start cooperative businesses and build potable water systems along with other technology projects to improve the lives of people in rural, materially impoverished communities, according to a news release.

The walk will begin with registration at 6:45 a.m. and the walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 17270 Ward St., in Fountain Valley and will take place around Mile Square Park.

Based in Santa Ana, Concern America has been focused on international development and refugee aid for 40 years.

For information, call Teri Saydak at (714) 953-8575 or visit


Snail mail is first part of fundraising run

Dwyer Middle School PTSA is raising funds for technology at the campus and is using the power of the pen to do it.

Students are writing letters to area businesses with an interest in technology asking for sponsorship for a May 10 run. Most of the letters are created the old fashioned way, handwritten and sent in envelopes. Teachers got something out of it too, they folded sixth- through eighth-grade curriculum of persuasive writing in the process.

The goal is to raise $20,000 to upgrade the technology at the campus and buy a computer cart with enough laptops for one class.

For information about the effort, visit


Raffle for Sunset Beach

Can't resist a good raffle? Here's your next opportunity.

The Citizens' Assn. of Sunset Beach is holding a raffle with prizes that include $10,000 cash. According to a news release there will be 400 tickets sold at $100 each.

The money will go to the association which was formed to protect Sunset Beach residents' way of life and to work toward whatever the community needs are, according to the release.

Other prizes include a 40-inch flat screen TV, an iPad, a $200 cash prize and eight $100 cash prizes.

Entry entitles purchasers and a guest to the drawing event 6 p.m. April 23 at Don the Beachcombers.

Raffle tickets can be bought from Larry Crandall, Graham and Aurea Hoad, Rooney and Clare Daschbach, Chuck Bakaly, Gretchen Hoad, Scot and Diana Dodson, and Gary Liggett. Tickets are also available at Turc's Cocktail Lounge and Don the Beachcomber's. For information, call (562) 592-9933 or email


One click to help Waggin' Trails

Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation based in Huntington Beach has joined Communities for Cause. Participants can ad the Communities for Cause app on their smart phone and set it up to have Waggin' Trails to be charity of choice.

When you shop or dine at a participating business and show them the app, they will donate to the charity. The group transports animals from local shelters to no-kill shelters out of state.

For information, visit



Four students heading to Japan

The Sister City Assn. of Huntington Beach has announced the four students who will act as Ambassadors of Good Will for the organization.

The students will participate in the exchange program with students in Anjo, Japan. It is the 31st year of the program.

Natalie Anzivino, Huntington Beach High; Blake Bonnet, Edison; Ryan Melvin, Edison; and Marisa Poveda, Edison will host students from Japan for two weeks in early July then they will travel to Japan for two weeks in early August.

Freshmen, sophomores or juniors living in Huntington Beach or attending a H.B. Union High School campus are eligible. Applications for 2014 will be available in the fall at high schools, Central Library and City Hall.

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