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

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Orange Coast Gakuen Japanese Language School will host a virtual open house on May 1 to familiarize interested community members with its curriculum, 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 academic year, which begin in the fall, are open to students ages 3-4, ages 5-18, and adults.

Students who register during open hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 1, will receive a 50% discount on their registration fee. 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, email [email protected].

Four scholarships will be awarded by PFLAG Newport Beach

PFLAG Newport Beach awards up to four scholarships to LGBTQIA high school seniors.

Each $500 scholarship will be given to students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or heterosexual allies (LGBTQIA) and who will be pursuing their higher education. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average 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 application deadline is May 15 and decisions will be announced June 1. To apply or for more information, visit pflagnewportbeach.org.

Sherman Library & Gardens seeks 2 high school summer interns

Motivated teens about to enter their junior or senior year of high school who have an interest 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 mix of educational experiences, including hands-on learning sessions and field trips. Interns will work alongside horticulturists, staff, volunteers and garden guides.

This is a paid internship of six to eight weeks in July and August at the 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 typed essay, 500 words or less, explaining why this internship interests you. Why are horticulture, the environment and/or plants important to you?

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

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