School district awarded honor from club

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach awarded the Laguna Beach Unified School District the 2012 Outstanding Agency Partner Award, according to a news release.

"The club is honored to have such a strong relationship with the school district," club President Bill Wood said in a statement. "The kids get so much more from both."

According to the club's Executive Director Pam Estes, "Our Boys & Girls Club feels so fortunate to have a such a united partnership with LBUSD, based on the shared goal of enabling young people to reach their potential. It seems like whenever there is a great idea that could enhance students' lives, whether in or out of the classroom, the first question that mutually comes up is, 'How can we make this happen?' The openness, innovation, and mission-driven dedication of the people who make up the Laguna Beach Unified School District is what makes our partnership so special."

Supt. Sherine Smith expressed her appreciation of the club.

"The Boys & Girls Club is an integral partner that helps us fulfill our mission," she said in statement. "We are proud to offer the gold standard of education in our district, and the Boys & Girls Club supports and expands our efforts."

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LCAD graduates honored with awards

Laguna College of Art + Design graduates Tiffany England and Karsen Slater were honored earlier this month at the 29th annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards in Los Angeles.

LCAD now has three students who've received the Illustrator of the Future award. James Galindo was the first graduate to receive it in 2008.

England and Slater were two of 12 winners of the Illustrator awards.

"Most of the time you never hear back from the contests you enter," England said in a news release. "I am honored to have received this prize, which affirms that all the hard work is paying off, but it also shows me how much further I can still go."

England graduated from LCAD in 2008. Slater recently graduated from the college.

"The most impressive thing I learned at LCAD was the advice I gleaned from my mentor and teacher, Lou Police. He told me not to get caught up in becoming extremely specialized but to be the best painter and illustrator I can be. I got my bigger picture in terms of my art," England said.

Each illustrating and writing contest winner was given a trophy, combined cash prizes and royalties of more than $30,000 with their and story and artwork published in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Volume XXIX book, the release said.

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Annual Art of Giving event May 11

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach will celebrate 61 years of serving youth in the community during the 13th annual Art of Giving Gala-Cirque du X¿nzàng on May 11 at the Montage Laguna Beach.

Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails, a silent auction and entertainment by the "world renowned Cirque performers," according to a news release. There will also be a red dragon and drum procession before an Asian-inspired dinner is served.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Boys & Girls Club, which serves 2,000 youth and their families. The Art of Giving event provides huge support for the club.