SANTA FE SPRINGS – Storytellers Clabe Hangan and Ray de la Paz will be featured at 7 p.m. today at the Santa Fe Springs Library, 11700 Telegraph Road. Their appearance is part of the library’s First Friday series. Hangan and De la Paz will combine comedy and music to portray the odyssey of the California farm workers’ struggle and Cesar Chavez, who fought to change their conditions. Admission and refreshments are free. For more information, call (562) 868-7738. City Council meeting canceled WHITTIER – The City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 10 has been canceled, officials announced Thursday. For more information, call City Hall, (562) 945-8200. Cartoon drawing workshop set PICO RIVERA – The Pico Rivera Library, 9001 Mines Ave., will host a special cartooning workshop at 4 p.m. April 13. “Max and Ruben’s Cartoon Drawshop” is open to all ages and is free. For more information, call (562) 942-7394. Registration open for golf fundraiser WHITTIER – There’s still time to sign up for Purple and Gold’s 35th annual golf classic, slated for May 7 at the Friendly Hills Country Club. The entry fee of $250 includes a golf cart, tee favor, continental breakfast, box lunch, dinner and a chance to win prizes – and a new car. Proceeds are used by Purple and Gold to enhance men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs at Whittier Colleges. For more information, or to register, call Mike Rizzo (562) 907-4967. Trip to Poppy Festival slated PICO RIVERA – City officials are hosting a group trip to the 15th annual Poppy Festival at Lancaster City Park on April 21. Wild spring flower enthusiasts of all ages from surrounding communities are invited to attend the event, which features vendors, live entertainment and more. The bus will depart at 9 a.m. from the Pico Rivera Senior Center parking lot, 9200 Mines Ave., at will return at 6 p.m. the same day. Cost of the trip is $3 for children ages 5 and under, $10 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12, and $15 for those ages 13 to 61. For more information, call (562) 948-4844. AQMD holds lawn mower exchange The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will exchange residents’ old, operable gasoline-powered lawn mowers for new cordless, rechargeable electric mowers for $100. Area Lawn Mower Exchange events are slated for April 14 in Anaheim; May 5 in Pasadena and May 12 in Long Beach. Pre-registration is required. For details or to make a reservation, call (888) 425-6247, or visit www.aqmd.gov. Professor receives award for article WHITTIER – Laura McEnaney, associate professor of history at Whittier College, has been awarded the 2007 Binkley-Stephenson Award for best scholarly article published in the Journal of American History in 2006. McEnaney received $500 and a plaque in recognition of her achievement during the 100th annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. She was honored for her work, “Nightmares on Elm Street: Demobilizing in Chicago, 1945-1953.” – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CHATSWORTH – They dressed as Cinderella, Snow White and Superman, but behind the masks on Saturday stood about 300 kids battling cancer. And they came ready to party. Dancing to the snappy “Macarena,” holding hands through a haunted house and creating works of art at a crafts table, they gathered for the eighth annual Halloween Boo-Nanza at the Spooky House 18 Haunted Theme Park in Chatsworth. “This has helped my daughter be a child again,” said Edna Cerritos, 37, of Los Angeles whose 11-year-old child with the same name recently had two surgeries to remove a malignant tumor from her brain stem. But four years in remission, Yelea was completely decked out Saturday as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” complete with long, braided hair, a blue-and-white dress and the legendary, sparkling ruby slippers. The costume, however, was the girl’s second pick. Known as the family poser, Yelea wanted to dress as a supermodel. After losing her hair in treatment, she’s since grown it down to her waist, the fashionable way many models wear it. But supermodel costumes at the stores were simply too large for her naturally tiny frame. Compared to the rough times Yelea and her mother have faced, problems with Halloween costumes are good problems, she said. “I don’t think I could go through half of what she went through with a smile on her face,” said her mother, Yolanda Chenier, 25, of La Puente. Gluing red, pink and blue beads on masks at an arts-and-crafts table, children talked of the Disney Channel, lunch and their costumes. Among them stood, Edna Cerritos, 11, sporting large green wings on her back for her fairy outfit. After surviving two surgeries to remove a malignant tumor on her brain stem two years ago, the articulate Edna has made a name for herself on the children’s cancer circuit. She’s headed to the White House to represent Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Children’s Miracle Network. And recently she met superstars Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Paris Hilton and comedian George Lopez at cancer fundraising events. “I feel like a celebrity,” said the beaming Los Angeles girl. [email protected] (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The day was hosted by PADRES Contra El C ncer. For 22 years, the nonprofit group has provided support to 7,500 families grappling with cancer from diagnosis through remission and connects them with volunteers and survivors so they don’t feel alone during the journey. “I tell them to have a lot of hope,” said Alyssa Mendoza, 10, who watched her 2-year-old niece overcome a rare blood disease. “I tell them to believe in their dreams, and that they will get through this.” Dressed as a pirate, the fourth-grader has cut off her dark locks and donated clothes and stuffed animals to help other kids with cancer. Her niece, 7-year-old Yelea Bueno, was diagnosed in 2002 with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare and often fatal disease that strikes one in a million, usually young kids. Blasted with massive chemotherapy, she was not expected to survive.