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Around Town: Share Our Selves opens new health center

Students hold the ribbon while, from left, Share Our Selves Chief Medical Officer Eric Huang, Samueli Academy Head of School Anthony Saba and Orangewood Foundation Chief Finance Officer John Luker officially open Share Our Selves’ SOS Health Center at Samueli Academy in Santa Ana.
(Courtesy Share Our Selves)

Costa Mesa-based community health and social services organization Share Our Selves opened the SOS Health Center at Samueli Academy in Santa Ana on Monday.

The new center is open to students and families of the Samueli Academy, an educational program of the Orangewood Foundation that offers learning opportunities for communities in need. Services at the facility include sports physicals and primary medical care for adults and children.


Newport firefighters donate SUV to widow of San Bernardino terror attack


Newport Beach firefighters donated a 2016 Toyota 4Runner to Renee Wetzel, widow of a victim of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terrorist attack. They also raised more than $70,000 to help the family.

Michael Wetzel, Renee’s 37-year-old husband and a supervising environmental health specialist for San Bernardino County, was killed along with 13 other people during the attack.

The seven-seat SUV was given to Renee Wetzel on Sunday during a meeting with the family at a Newport Beach fire station. She lives in the Lake Arrowhead area.

Firefighter/paramedic Joe Harrison organized the fundraising and said the firefighters want to begin a national campaign to gather proceeds for the family, which has six children ranging in age from 1 to 14.



YES plans networking event

Youth Employment Service in Costa Mesa will have its first YES Networking Night, dubbed “I Have a Dream Career,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The event is geared for youths and young adults ages 16 to 24. It will include a workshop facilitated by a Microsoft representative and time to practice networking skills with local professionals.

Refreshments will be served and prizes awarded.

RSVP to Vivian Sun via email at or call (949) 642-0474.

YES’ office is at 114 E. 19th St.



HireLive to host free career fair in Irvine

Nationwide recruiting company HireLive will present a free career fair from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Irvine.

The fair will include job opportunities in sales, account managing, customer service, financial planning, human resources and more. Many of the jobs will offer flexible work schedules, full benefits, car or gas allowances and other benefits.

Guests are asked to bring 10 to 15 resumés and dress professionally.

The Hilton Irvine is at 18800 MacArthur Blvd. Self-parking is $10.


Concordia gets over $540,000 for theology studies

Concordia University in Irvine has been awarded a grant of more than $540,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc.


Concordia is one of 82 private universities nationwide, and one of only five universities in California, to receive a grant from the Indianapolis-based endowment.

Concordia’s School of Theology Christ College will use the grant over a four-year period to establish a high school youth theology institute.

“This grant affords Concordia University Irvine the opportunity to continue its mission for generations to come,” university President Kurt Krueger said in a statement.


Arlington Drive project meeting set for Jan. 21

A neighborhood meeting about a renovated pathway along Arlington Drive next to the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa will be held Jan. 21.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Davis Magnet School’s multipurpose room, 1050 Arlington Drive.

The city-led project includes removing asphalt along the south side of Arlington and replacing it with a material called bioswale, which will filter the fairgrounds property’s runoff. The pathway will be used by pedestrians and cyclists.

An Orange County Transportation Authority grant, the fairgrounds and the city are contributing funds toward the estimated $3.5-million project. Construction could begin in September.


Proceeds of Vanguard 5K to benefit alumnus

Vanguard University in Costa Mesa will hold its 5K Run for Mercy on Jan. 30 to help support Vanguard alumnus and Army veteran Nathan Harrington.

Harrington, who studied at Vanguard from 1998 to 2001, served as a chaplain assistant in the Army after 9/11.

After two years in the service, he was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, an incurable illness that causes breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. He received an honorable discharge.

Harrington returned to Vanguard in 2013 to finish his degree in religion with an emphasis in pastoral leadership.

All proceeds from the 3.1-mile Run for Mercy will go to support the Harrington family.

Check-in for the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the school’s Needham Chapel. The run will begin at 10 a.m.

To register, visit