8 | April 12, 2018 | Malibu surfside news News malibusurfsidenews.com Sunset Restaurant sets tables for Wings Over Malibu Annual nonprofit fundraiser to be held Friday, April 13 Lauren Coughlin, Editor The Emily Shane Foundation was born out of tragedy, but the present-day stories surrounding the organization are nothing but positive. The foundation, created by Michel and Ellen Shane in honor of their late daughter, Emily, aims to make a difference one child at a time. It does so through its Successful Educational Achievement program, which has offered one-on-one tutoring sessions to hundreds of at-risk, struggling middle school students over the past six years. “I love that it’s in Emily’s memory and honor, but it’s really now all about the results and how it impacts the kids,” Ellen said. This week, the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser, Wings Over Malibu, will be held at The Sunset Restaurant (6800 Westward Beach Malibu Newsstand 24 years in Business. Still A thing. We carry - - Magazines: New and Vintage, Foreign and Domestic! - Drinks! Candy & Snacks! - Malibu Souvenirs and Ephemera! - Irreverent Diatribes! Books! - Digital Community Advertising! Items like tweets and blogs, but in print form! - Beach Equipment! Plus more! Road) on the evening of Friday, April 13. Proceeds will go toward resources for the SEA program. The April 13 fundraiser will include a gourmet dinner, entertainment from DJ Sergio Penaloza as well as musician and Malibu native Dominic Scott Kay, a photo booth, private clairvoyant readings, a Champagne bubble bar and handcrafted Champagne cocktails from Strange Family Vineyards, and wine from the Buoncristiani Family Winery of Napa Valley. Further, live and silent auction items include tickets to “America’s Got Talent,” hotel/flight/winery packages, and spa experiences. Beauty Collection is also offering gift bags for attendees, and door prizes will be available as well. Last but not least, students involved in the SEA program will speak at the fundraiser. Children from Oxnard, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Santa Monica, Westchester, Culver City, South Los Angeles and Pico Rivera are served through the SEA program. “If you can take someone who is unhappy or lost direction or is headed in a negative direction ... that’s huge to me that you can actually really make a difference in someone’s life,” Ellen said. Students do not pay for the services, though the actual cost is roughly $1,000 per year per child, Ellen shared. Instead, they are asked to perform random acts of kindness. Last year, the foundation received a grant from the Arbonne Charitable Foundation which enabled it to provide school supplies and snacks to the involved students. Otherwise, the foundation holds two annual events: the Wings Over Malibu fundraiser, and its butterfly release, which allows individuals to sponsor butterflies. The latter is not yet scheduled but typically occurs in late fall. “As a nonprofit, I love everything about what I do and that’s probably the hardest part is never knowing how much you’re going to earn from grants and Malibu Newsstand 23717 ½ Malibu Rd. in the Colony Shopping Center | 310.456.1519 | Malibu.firstname.lastname@example.org donations and fundraisers,” Ellen said. A limited number of fundraiser tickets will be available at the door for $200. Tickets purchased online in advance cost $150. For tickets and details, visit emilyshane.org. Malibu student among dozens aided by SEA program Lauren Coughlin, Editor Currently, 97 students are enrolled in the Successful Educational Achievement program. One of those students is Malibu Middle School seventh-grader Jordi Garcia, who said the program has enabled him to turn F’s and D’s into C’s and B’s. Emily Shane Foundation Executive Director Ellen Shane said that the program has also helped Garcia with his focus and enthusiasm. “It gives you a lot of help,” Garcia said. Garcia’s one-on-one mentoring is led by Pepperdine University freshman Justin Meza, who is studying to become a teacher. Meza, who became involved with the program about eight months ago, meets Garcia at the Malibu Boys and Girls Club facility twice a week, for one hour at a time. “He’s very open and honest,” Meza said. “He wants to improve and he wants to do better.” Meza’s favorite topic, history/social studies, is one of the two areas where Garcia was struggling, as Garcia said humanities and English were his two weakest areas. Together, the two have reviewed class packets, books and materials. “I think he’s seeing what an hour a day can do,” Meza said. Meanwhile, Meza gets the perk of experiencing his desired profession on a smaller scale. The program has continued to blossom as the years go by, and Kimberly Meyer joined the nonprofit’s team as the SEA program manager last October. Shane said Meyer has made a “huge difference” in oversight. “I was really running the entire thing by myself and a foundation realistically cannot be one person,” Shane said. Shane said that a lot of the program’s growth can be attributed to word of mouth. In Garcia’s case, his older brother, Josue, was also aided by the program. Shane said that more than 400 children have been served through the SEA program. Emily Shane Foundation Executive Director Ellen Shane (second from left) poses with SEA student Jordi Garcia (second from right) and his parents, Ignacio and Rosa. Photo Submitted
malibusurfsidenews.com News Malibu surfside news | April 12, 2018 | 9 Malibu poets share expressive works at library’s open mic Barbara Burke Freelance Reporter Malibu Poet Laureate Ricardo Means Ybarra (right) introduces Pepperdine student Jacob Wolfe, the first reader of the day at the library’s Saturday, April 7 event. Caffeinated Verse: Poetry Open Mic, a free public series at the Malibu Library, launched Saturday, April 7, and provided attendees with an opportunity for poets to gather and share. Malibu Poet Laureate Ricardo Means Ybarra emceed the well-attended event, which was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Malibu Library. Florence Weinberger, a longtime, prolific poet, opened the series by sharing some of her best poems, many of which she has written as she experienced the ocean, beaches and mountains near her Point Dume home. Her voluminous works have appeared in many poetry journals and newspapers, and she is the author of poetry collections, including “Carnal Fragrance,” “The Invisible Telling Its Shape,” and “Sacred Graffiti.” “What inspires you to write your poetry?” Malibu Surfside News asked Weinberger. “Quite literally, everything I see, feel and touch,” she said. Weinberger’s poems often reflect on life viewed at the water’s edge. Some poems touch on something as ordinary as the glistening of one’s skin as they emerge from the ocean. Others evoke the solace one seeks as they sit alone, gazing upon the ocean’s expanse. Another describes the inquisitive nature and questions asked by Weinberger’s 6-year-old granddaughter about the ocean’s creatures and the coastal flora and fauna the child saw during a walk along the beach. Weinberger’s work celebrates the simplicity of nature seen through the prism of the everyday, and one person’s perspective when glimpsing a fleeting thing. Her verses give life to her mind’s screenshots of interesting, unusual and ethereal moments. Some of Weinberger’s poems celebrated simple joys of life, while others brought to the fore the reflective nature of the haunting introspective isolation that one experiences after losing a loved one. One of her poems in that vein is featured in “The Widow’s Handbook.” Event attendees were impressed by her incisive yet illustrative style of writing. Other poets came to the mic, some for the first time, to give voice to works held close to the vest for many years. Jacob Wolfe, a student at Pepperdine, shared his poem “Morning Tea.” This work also manifested how a simple act or small thing sometimes makes the best subject matter for a beautiful poem. Complicated things beyond the control of the everyday person also find voice through poetry. That principle was best illustrated by Homeira Qaderi, an Afghani fiction writer and poet who has published many works to critical acclaim. “Today I read just a very short part of my memoir ‘Khashahi,’ which will soon be published,” Qaderi said. “This open mic event is wonderful because it allows me — a person from Kabul, Afghanistan — to have a voice here in California. The United States has sent soldiers into our country to protect us. Most importantly in that process is that they protect the power of women to have a voice — that they provide protection over one’s right to use the pen — and that they not just provide protection from war.” Qaderi’s poem spoke about how women in her country are taught to refrain from showing emotions. Indeed, women are taught to cry their tears of sadness, frustration or anger near rivers where their emotions are washed away and not heard by anyone. Qaderi’s poetic voice is the essence of all poetic efforts and demonstrates why the event at the library was so important. Poetry empowers one Poet Florence Weinberger poses with her books Saturday, April 7, before sharing poetry with the crowd at the Malibu Library’s Caffeinated Verse: Poetry Open Mic event. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media to write and share one’s thoughts, memories, dreams, frustrations, opinions and objections. As attendees left, they left free to celebrate creativity and collaboration. That freedom of, and celebration of, expression was, in the end, what the event was all about. Caffeinated Verse: Poetry Open Mic will be offered on the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Malibu Library through June. For more information, call (310) 456- 6438.