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“As a major donor to Boys Hope Girls Hope I wanted to keep you in the loop of how the kids in our program are doing. As a reminder, the organization is an academic scholarship and boarding home program for capable and motivated children considered homeless by the California Department of Education. One of the young women in our program, Inique Wilson, recently had the opportunity to talk about her life and time spent in the Boys Hope Girls Hope program, and her plans for the future at our Evening of Hope. When you have a few minutes, you can watch her give her speech, and talk about her time living in poverty, moving around from place to place, having an incarcerated father, and more here.
Know that your gift to Boys Hope Girls Hope enables disadvantaged children like Inique to live in stable homes and gain access to a college education. Thank you so much for your gift, and we’ll look forward to letting you know where Inique lands for college.”
“Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet (OSM WW Quintet) returns to Fireside at The Miles to play favorites from opera, ballet and woodwind quintet repertoire with music by Rimsky Korsakov, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Hindemith. Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin features April Cap, who is principal oboist of the Golden State Pops Orchestra, Pacific Opera Project (POP), Center Stage Opera (CSO) and the CalTech Orchestra in Pasadena. April is the Oboe Teaching Artist with Harmony Project in Hollywood and the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) at EXPO through the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has her own private teaching studio in the South Bay.
All are invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy organic snacks and beverages during the OSM WW Quintet performance in front of an open fire in Santa Monica’s historic Miles Memorial Playhouse.
Please Note: Seating is very limited, reservations are highly recommended!
Tickets: All shows begin promptly at 8:05pm unless noted, doors open at 7:30pm. Reservations are released at 7:55pm
Ticket Prices: $10 for Adults. $5 for Seniors (55 and up), Youth (18 and under) and Students of any age. (Show school ID)
Where: 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Free event parking is available in the pink granite-faced subterranean garage serving 808 Wilshire, entry on Lincoln. Important: mention “Miles” when parking to receive a validated ticket.
All events are suitable for adults and mature teens, and most are also appropriate for children; call for details. (310) 458-8634”
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Thanks to the many, many people who joined us this past Sunday for our 8th Annual Holiday Party & Sing-a-long! It was so great to see so many familiar faces and so many new friends to the Big Sunday community joining together to spread some holiday cheer! And a special thanks as always to our guests of honor, the incredible kids from AbilityFirst!
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“VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH Thank you to our volunteers of the month Joe and Joanne for all that you do for our organization. Joanne’s tireless hours of cutting, sewing and decorating thousands of Happy Hats during the year is a blessing for the hospitalized children and their families. Her husband, Joe, has invented several mechanical devices to help our youth with special needs as they do many challenging tasks for our Happy Hats Programs”
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Click here to learn more about Heart Touch Project.
That’s the way I would describe Dr. Buscaglia’s book “Seven Stories of Christmas Love.” Each story is a Christmas memory from his own life. Memories he shares with us to help us get in touch with our Christmas memories. The stories are each short. I read the entire book in one sitting. Yet the sweetness of the memory reaches deep into our hearts to remind us of the importance of the Christmas spirit.
I encourage you to pull out your copy of the book to re-read it. Share the book with family and friends. We all need more Christmas spirit. These are lessons to carry throughout the year.
By Pamela Bir
“Thanks to our friends at the Hard Rock Universal CityWalk Hollywood who once again hosted 350 happy people for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day! This is the 5th year that the nice Hard Rock folks have reached out to us so that we could find nice, deserving, grateful and hungry folks in the Big Sunday community. So glad for the partnership. (And btw: As if all that weren’t enough, they are donating a bunch of restaurant gift cards for us to give to homeless teens for the holidays!) Thanks!”
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“GRSB is currently hiring instructors who will be responsible for instrument lessons (guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, or vocals) and band coaching, or photography and film instruction for girls ages 6-17.” Click here for more info.
“Meet Chris Telkamp!
Chris was a student in our Transition to Work Program for youth with special needs. He began volunteering for Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals in the fall of 2013.
After graduating from LACOE – Los Angeles County Office of Education for the Torrance Unified School District, Chris has gone on to successful employment with Whole Foods in Torrance, CA.
We are very proud to have been part of his journey in Transitioning from work training to employment here in our community.
Help us to help others!”
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