Around town: Japanese language school in Huntington Beach plans virtual open house

Orange Coast Gakuen Japanese Language School will host a virtual open house on May 1 to familiarize interested community members with its program, which includes reading, writing, vocabulary, academic events, classroom experience and Japanese cultural activities.

The weekend language school is located at Grace Lutheran Christian School, 5172 W. McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach. Classes for the school’s 2021-22 school year, which begin in the fall, are open to students aged 3-4, 5-18, and adults.

Students registering during open house hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 1, will benefit from a 50% reduction on their registration fees. Staff will be on hand to answer questions in Japanese and English during the virtual open house.

To make an appointment for the virtual open house, send an email [email protected].

Four scholarships awarded by PFLAG Newport Beach

PFLAG Newport Beach is awarding up to four scholarships to LGBTQIA high school graduates.

Each $ 500 scholarship will be awarded to students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or heterosexual allies (LGBTQIA) and who will continue their graduate studies. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and reside in Orange County.

The scholarships were made available through donations from Newport Beach residents Carrie Freitas and Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

The deadline for applications is May 15 and decisions will be announced on June 1. To apply or for more information, visit

Sherman Library & Gardens is looking for 2 summer interns in high school

Motivated teens about to enter their first or final year of high school interested in horticulture and botany are invited to apply for one of two summer internships at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona. del Mar.

The internship program is a blend of educational experiences including hands-on learning sessions and field trips. Interns will work alongside horticulturalists, staff, volunteers and garden guides.

This is a paid internship of six to eight weeks in July and August at a rate of 20 to 30 hours per week.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Applications should include a cover letter and a typed essay, 500 words or less, explaining why you are interested in this internship. Why are horticulture, the environment and / or plants important to you?

Applications should be sent by April 23 and can be emailed to Catherine Dickinson, Director of Education, [email protected].

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb