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Andrew W.K. appears at Amoeba Music Tues., March 6

Singer/songwriter Andrew W.K. marks the release of his new album, You’re Not Alone, at Amoeba Hollywood on Tuesday, March 6 at 5pm. There will be a Q&A followed by an album signing in the Jazz Room. To attend the signing, fans must purchase the CD or LP at Amoeba beginning Friday, March 2.

Visit Amoeba.com for more. Space for the signing is limited.


African Violet Society meets Wed., Feb. 28

The Montrose African Violet Society Club will meet on Wednesday, February 28 at 10am. The guest speaker will be Mike Wronkowski, a certified nursery pro, who will speak on “Creating a Backyard Orchard.” Refreshments will be served.

The location is Descanso Gardens (Birch Room), 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada. Visit MontroseAfricanViolets.Weebly.com or call (323) 236-0104 for information.


Students win National Science Bowl Regional competition

A team of high school students from North Hollywood won their regional competition for the 2018 National Science Bowl (NSB) and will advance to compete in the NSB National Finals this spring in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy, who sponsors the NSB, recently announced.

“The National Science Bowl continues to be one of the premier academic competitions across the country and prepares America’s students for future successes in some of the world’s fastest growing fields in science, technology, and engineering,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

A series of 113 regional middle school and high school tournaments are being held across the country from January through March. Winners will advance to represent their areas at the National Science Bowl held from April 26 to April 30 in Washington, D.C., for the final middle school and high school competitions.

The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments.

DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition. More information is available on the NSB website: science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.


Former NFL linebacker to coach at Maranatha High

Maranatha’s new head football coach is NFL star LaVar Arrington.

Former Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington joins Maranatha High School in Pasadena to head-up its football program. Arrington most recently spent time serving as a linebacker and assistant defensive coordinator for Long Beach Poly High School. The Redskins’ No. 2 overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, Arrington played six seasons there, earning three Pro Bowls, and has done a variety of football-related activities since his retirement around a decade ago.


Free tax assistance for seniors

Through Tuesday, April 17, the Tax-Aide program at the AARP Foundation will celebrate its 50th year. The Tax-Aide program is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. There is no cost to use this service, and AARP membership is not necessary.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. There are locations in Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys. For addresses and hours call 1-888-227-7669. For more information visit AARPFoundation.org/taxhelp.


Citlali Estrada honored as Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Role model Citlali Estrada.

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley has named Cleveland Charter High School senior Citlali Estrada as the recipient of its Annual Youth of the Year Award for 2018. She will be honored at the annual Youth of the Year Luncheon on Saturday, March 3 at the Hilton Woodland Hills, along with eight other finalists from each of the Club’s six sites. Estrada will next compete at the regional level as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs National Youth of the Year Program.

She was selected as the West Valley’s because of her initiative and involvement in Club programs and activities, as well as her commitment to helping others. “Citlali leads by example and truly exemplifies the culture we strive to maintain at the Club, one of positivity and support while striving to bring out the best in others,” says Tim Blaylock, Club CEO.

“The Youth of the Year Program spotlights youngsters who embody excellence, often in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Their academic performance, leadership skills, and myriad of other achievements are inspirational,” says Bill Nethercott, Club Chairman. “This year, Citlali represents the best of the best. She’s a true role model.”

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