Anaheim Hills briefs: Flag sale is helping Anaheim support its adopted Marine unit

Anaheim’s 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Adoption Committee has become creative in its fundraising efforts.

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the group’s Semper 5K, which is typically its largest fundraiser, and has created the dilemma of eliminating other programs supporting the 13th MEU families.

So the adoption committee is offering the community a chance to purchase a beautiful American flag and help support the Marines and sailors and their families from the 13th Unit.

The flags are made here in the United States by Annin Flagmakers, a company that has been in the flag making business since 1867, once making the flag that draped Abraham Lincoln’s casket and the flag raised at Iwo Jima. Flags are 5-by-8-feet and are available for a suggested donation of $40 each. All proceeds benefit the 13th MEU families.

Another way to assist the Adoption Committee is to make a donation toward items needed for deployed Marines and sailors. Some of these include toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, shampoo, body wash and razors. Monetary donations are also welcome and can help defray shipping costs.

For additional information, to purchase a flag or make a donation, call Carolyn Walters at 714-637-5575.

Mission to make sure families have what they need

The Mission Committee of Canyon Hills Presbyterian Church continues to support its local partners to help meet various on-going needs throughout the pandemic. One way the committee is helping Skyview School in Orange is through monthly donations for the school’s resource pantry.

According to Mission and Community Service Elder Mary Byrne, the committee has continued to supplement necessities such as toiletries and cleaning supplies for families of the kindergarten through eighth-grade students attending the school. Skyview School offers alternative education for homeless and at-risk kids throughout Orange County. Although the school is currently on distant learning, families can still get the necessities from the pantry.

The committee maintains contact with school personnel to provide the materials or supplies most needed for the families and students and recent generous contributions from the congregation have enabled them to expand these donations.

If you would like to make a  contribution to this outreach community project, or would like additional information, contact the church office at 714-637-7660 or visit

Student perfects reading in challenge

Congratulations to local high school student Nundini Varshney who participated in the WordWright Challenge at the end of the last school year and has won highest honors for achieving a perfect score in the national reading competition.

Varshney, who was one of two juniors across the country to earn a perfect score in this year’s competition, was among the 70,000 students representing 48 states enrolled to compete during the 2020 school year. The competition is open to high school students and is four times throughout the school year, requiring them to engage in close readings and analysis of various types of prose and poetry ranging from short fiction by John Updike to poetry by Shakespeare or classic essays. The challenge requires students to identify both emotional and rational logic of the writing and recognize how the writer’s style impacts its meaning.

In addition to her WordWright Challenge Scholar award, Varshney has received numerous honors and awards both for her scholastic ability as well as community service and leadership activities, including awards in the OC Academic Decathlon in areas of math, social science, art and music and verbal commendation at a  UCLA Model United Nations Conference.

Sharing a musical tribute

On Sept. 13, American classical pianist Eric Le Van posted a YouTube Video recording of him playing Arnold Schoenberg’s final piece from his “Six Little Piano Pieces op. 19” to commemorate what would have been Schoenberg’s 146th birthday.

Le Van is known for his compelling interpretations of the music of Brahms and Scriabin, and has performed at various prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and the International Beethoven Fest in Bonn.

You can find his performance on YouTube.

Sharon Hlapcich writes about events and happenings in the Anaheim Hills area. Reach her by phone (714-998-4604), fax (714-685-7933) or e-mail (


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