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Encino Chamber Gives its ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award

The 2008 Encino Chamber “Teacher of the Year” was announced March 18 at a special program. “Richard Surendranath is one of the most extraordinary teachers with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work,” said Birmingham High School Principal Martha Coates as she read the merits of this young math teacher to a packed house. In addition to the award, Surendranath received gifts from First Commerce Bank, the Gelb Group, Phillips Graduate Institute and Warner Center Marriott. He also was given a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol building by Congressman Brad Sherman. Canoga Park/West Hills A Special Evening with City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo will be sponsored by the CPWH Chamber on April 29 at the Clyde Porter West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth, Canoga Park. Topics of discussion will include gang injunctions, Operation Bright Future and the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program. A wine and cheese reception before the main event will start at 5:30 p.m. To make reservations (which are required) contact the chamber office at (818) 884-4222. Seating is limited. The 20th Annual Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade May 26 will be sponsored by the Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, Councilman Dennis P. Zine, CRA/LA, the U.S. Army and is being produced by the CPWH chamber, If you know of an organization, band, or marching group that would like to participate in the parade, go to www.canogaparkmemorialdayparade.com, or call the chamber office at (818) 884-4222. Chatsworth/Porter Ranch On May 22, the CPR chamber, along with Gwyn Petrick of State Farm Insurance and the Child Development Institute Parent’s Association, will present the eighth Unforgettable Educator Award to Dr. Joan Maltese, Executive Director of the Child Development Institute. For the past 12 years, Dr. Maltese has served as the co-founder and executive director of the Child Development Institute (CDI), a non-profit organization devoted to providing essential resources for children and their families during a child’s early years. Encino The Fourth Annual Encino Open Miniature Golf Tournament will be played April 17 at Castle Park in Sherman Oaks beginning at 5 p.m. The now traditional Green Sweatshirts will then be awarded for lowest individual score, lowest team score; with Green T-shirts going to those with the highest individual and highest team scores. North Valley Regional The Salute to Recreation returns to Northridge Park, May 31 through June 1. This year, the NVRCC will play an even larger role than it has in the past. On May 30, the chamber’s Senior Services Council will kick-off the weekend with a Senior’s Dance which last year drew 400 participants. On June 1, NVRCC will put on a 5K Walk/Run fundraiser with a percentage of proceeds benefiting local schools. For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the chamber office at (818) 349-5676. The Regional Black Chamber The RBCC and its United Partners are hosting their 4th Annual Professional Business Development Day Conference April 29 from 8:30am to 3:30pm at L.A.Valley College in the Monarch Hall Building. Products, services, seminars and workshops especially geared to small-, minority- and women-owned business owners will be featured. Register by e-mail: rbccinfo@yahoo.com; or by calling (818) 464-3484 or (818) 377-7424. — Ivy Weiss

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