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Articles by Laurie Hanson

Born out of a simple idea and collaboration by Youth Center Board Member Mark Anthony Ruiz, who learned about fitness from having to relearn how to walk as a child, CrossFit Tribe in Los Alamitos will be hosting Keeping Kids On Track Fitness and Fun Day on April 28 to raise funds and awareness about the award-winning nonprofit.

Headlining The Youth Center’s third 2018 Community Support Campaign event at The Studio at Alamitos Eye Care in Los Alamitos on April 27 will be the only “Bono-approved” Hollywood U2 tribute band. A large crowd of at least 150 guests is expected to rock out while rallying to raise funds to benefit youth programs in the coming year.

Parents can keep their teens ages 14 and up busy and active this summer as “Junior Leaders” for The Youth Center’s Camp S.H.A.R.K. at Rossmoor Park. They will gain valuable workplace skills and community service hours. S.H.A.R.K. stands for Science, Hands-on, Art, Recreation and Knowledge. It represents the new concept and brand for the well-respected day camp run by The Youth Center.

After a car accident in her third year of college and residual injuries that forced her to drop out of school temporarily, 25-year-old Los Alamitos resident Sara Ho who grew up attending The Youth Center realized her ultimate dream to have a bakery dessert shop.

As part of a book drive with OptumRx in Cypress, a division of UnitedHealth Care, the Youth Center’s RASCALS Reading Program recently got a visit from Jonathan Gallo, author of “The World of Oneiro,” which touches on his personal experience of being a father of a child with special needs and imparts that everyone can find their place in the world.

Support kids while decluttering your home and be a part of the Youth Center’s annual garage sale to be held on April 21 from 7 a.m. to noon at 2971 Copa de Oro in Los Alamitos. 

You would never imagine it, but 10-year-old Youth Center After School Program student entrepreneur Elijah West of Los Alamitos is already an owner and founder of his own business, having big dreams for his future with it and beyond.

Successful fundraising is about creating memorable moments for WoodSnap CEO Andy Brown, who has just been named the Youth Center’s Community Support Campaign chairman for 2018. Their month-long campaign kicks off April 10 with the hopes of raising more than $150,000 to sustain the award-winning nonprofit in the coming year.

For the past two years The Youth Center has received a request for a member of a group in our community for us to select a family in need for the holidays that they can “adopt” to provide gifts and meals for the holidays. With this giving spirit in mind and the gratitude that comes directly from the families, the Youth Center wishes to thank those who gave of themselves to make the season brighter for others.

Talentedly tinkling the ivories and strumming guitars were kids at the Youth Center’s Elementary School Keyboard and Guitar Concert on May 19 at the Youth Center in Los Alamitos where about 100 parents and family members proudly gathered.

First year beginning keyboard student Annelysse Tran, 7, from Westminster performed well with her father Peter Tran listening.

“It’s fun, and when I was little I always wanted to go to my cousin’s house to play the piano,” she said of how she became interested in music.