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The following article was posted on May 8th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 9 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 9

Celebrate Mom

at the Orcutt Public Library

BY ANDREA KANG

It’s hard to imagine what would warm a mother’s heart more than seeing her children busily crafting at the community library. On May 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Altrusa of the Central Coast—a community service organization supporting literacy, youth, and volunteerism—will be host to a Mother’s Day event with its sponsored youth volunteer organization, ASTRA of Righetti High School.

The free event welcomes children of all ages and will take place at the Orcutt Public Library at 175 S. Broadway in Old Orcutt.

Dads are encouraged to bring their children to enjoy a brief story time and to decorate cards for moms. All participating kids can also enter in a drawing to win one of three Mother’s Day gifts, which will include a new book and candle, said Altrusa president Melinda Aguirre.

Aguirre hopes a good number of children and their dads will be able to participate.

“We have 50 cards, so if we have 50 children there that would be wonderful,” she said.

Inspiration for the event sprouted from the recent opening of the Orcutt library, said Laura Selken of Altrusa of the Central Coast.

“We just want to do whatever we can do to increase awareness of where the library is now, because they recently moved there,” Selken said.

In addition to promoting the new library, the event aims to help ASTRA students at Righetti High School fulfill their community service hours before the school year ends. They’ll be helping children make their cards alongside Altrusa members.

As one of the three Altrusa of the Central Coast groups in Santa Maria, the organization made a decision at the beginning of the year to adopt the Orcutt library, Selken said. It now focuses on promoting activities there, as well as donating money. The organization recently contributed $5,000 to buy computers for handicapped people, she said.

The donation was made possible through various fundraisers, mainly the annual Festival of Trees, which generated tens of thousands of dollars in years past. The Festival of Trees is Altrusa’s biggest annual event, giving residents chances to win a Christmas tree decorated and donated by community sponsors.

A portion of these funds will pay for the Mother’s Day event, Selken said. Altrusa is also currently accepting applications from local nonprofits and students seeking scholarships until May 15. Applications are available for download at altrusaclubcentralcoast.org.

For more information, call 733-1122. m

Intern Andrea Kang wrote this week’s Community Corner. Information should be sent to the Sun via mail, e-mail, or fax.