May 22, 2010

Girls raise funds for humane society

Girls On The Run at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School held a school bake sale Tuesday raising $475 to donate to the Glendale Humane Society.

They presented the donation to the Glendale Humane Society on Thursday as part of their season-end celebration. This spring season, one of the topics the girls built on was community (Community Begins with Me...Learning About Community and Designing Our Own Community Project).


The group discussed and decided who in their community they wanted to benefit, and how they were going to do it.

The result was to plan a bake sale with the proceeds to benefit the Glendale Humane Society.

Girls On The Run is an after-school program that builds on fitness and health for mind, body and life. Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County is a program for girls age 8 to 14 years old. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.

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Graduation from caregiver course

Carmen Fonseca and Jonée Shady graduated 25 students from their Family to Family 12-week educational course on Mental Illness for Caregivers on April 5.

This free course offered to the community focuses on understanding mental illness and the toll it takes on the entire family. Each week, a topic is introduced such as brain biology, diagnostic symptoms, coping skills, communication skills and more.

The classes build on one another as the students learn how to balance their own lives while trying to navigate the system and other difficulties one encounters when a loved one is stricken with serious mental illness.

The next 12-week free series of classes will be offered starting June 28 at Verdugo Mental Health Center in Glendale. For more information or to register, contact Jonée Shady (323) 610-1009 or visit


Junior classic qualifier at Oakmont

The Insurance Brokers and Agents of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena will present the local qualifying tournament for the Trusted Choice Big I Junior Classic on June 1 at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale.

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