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Like its Crops, TOW’s Garden Keeps Growing  

The well-organized TOW garden will add a greenhouse thanks to a grant.

A school garden project at Top of the World Elementary School has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Seeds of Change for its work in the community, the organization announced last week.

Nearly 600 applications were considered by the public and a panel of judges, says an announcement.

TOW’s Living Lab & Giving Garden was selected as a Top 20 Garden by Seeds of Change™ for its dedication to providing students with in-depth knowledge of seed gathering, garden care and harvesting.

With the funds, the school will be able to start construction of a new, permanent greenhouse, the statement says.


Rotary Spotlights an Artist

Katya Cox-Kruger
Katya Cox-Kruger

Laguna Rotary Club named Katya Cox-Kruger its student of the month for her achievements in visual arts, creating ceramics inspired by her Russian heritage.

Katya was adopted at age 7 from a Russian orphanage. She has received excellence awards from Laguna Beach High School in global studies and English. Katya is also treasurer for both Model UN and Sky Clubs and has coached basketball at the Boys and Girls Club for three years. She plans on attending either the University of Glasgow or Hague in the Netherlands. Katya would like to become an international business lawyer.





Youth Theatre Opens ‘Hana’s Suitcase’

“Hana’s Suitcase,” a play based on a true story about a suitcase at the children’s Holocaust education center in Tokyo, will be presented live onstage for six performances only Friday through Sunday, May 19-21, at Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

The play offers a view of the Holocaust as the center’s curator searches for clues to learn more about the artifact. The show is appropriate for ages 10 and older with guidance.

Performances are Friday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets range from $15 – $25 and can be purchased online at or by calling 949 497-2787 x 1. Group tickets are available by 949 497-2787 x 229.


Service Academy Orientation Announced

High school juniors and seniors seeking to enroll in U.S. military academies are invited to a 6:30 p.m. orientation Friday, June 2, at the Orange County Water District’s boardroom, 18700 Ward St., in Fountain Valley, a statement from Rep Dana Rohrabacher says.

All academies, with the exception of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, require a congressional nomination to be considered for appointment. They include the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.; and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn.

Accepted applicants receive a tuition-free education and may commission as an officer upon graduation.

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