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Continuing their efforts to send humanitarian relief to war-torn Afghanistan, two local aid agencies will hold a fund-raiser on March 23 marking the new Islamic year.

The Canoga Park-based Afghanistan Relief Organization and West Hills- based Knightsbridge International have raised almost $10 million for food and medical supplies, officials said.

``It will be a celebration of a joyous day, but with a purpose,'' said Rob Nowaid, a local restaurateur res·tau·ra·teur   also res·tau·ran·teur
The manager or owner of a restaurant.

[French, from restaurer, to restore; see restaurant.
 and one of the organizers of Afghan Relief Registered British Charity Commission Number 289910

The objects of this Trust were to relieve poverty and sickness and promote health and advance education amongst refugees from Afghanistan.


The fund-raiser will be held at the Ararat House in Mission Hills and will feature traditional Afghan music, food and an awards ceremony. Tickets are $25.

The organization works with Sir Edward Artis, an internationally known aid worker who founded Knightsbridge.

People interested in more information may telephone the Afghanistan Relief Organization in Canoga Park at (818) 727-0430.

- Daily News

Rescue workers find 4 lost hikers

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST The Angeles National Forest (ANF) was established by executive order on December 20, 1892 as the San Gabriel Timberland Reserve. It covers over 2,600 km² (650,000 acres) and is located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County, just north of the metropolitan area of Los  - Four hikers who spent a chilly night in the Angeles National Forest were found Sunday in good condition, a sheriff's sergeant said.

The four men, 25 to 30, were found about 8 a.m. by the Montrose Search and Rescue Team on the back side of Mount Waterman Mount Waterman is a ski area on Waterman Mountain in the San Gabriel Mountains (Angeles National Forest) of Los Angeles County, California. It is located on the State Route 2, the Angeles Crest Highway. It reaches a height of 8,030 feet, has an overall vertical drop of 1,030 feet. , said sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Reed of the Crescenta Valley The Crescenta Valley is a small inland valley in Los Angeles County, California. Its name derives from its crescent-like shape, with the convex portion facing roughly northeast and the concave portion southwest.  station.

The wife of one hiker reported the four men missing at 2 a.m., Reed said.

Earlier, four skiers who had been reported missing about 5:20 p.m. Saturday were found in good condition about 2 a.m. Sunday, said sheriff's Deputy Charles Norris of the Crescenta Valley station.

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Preview offered for foster parents

VAN NUYS - Optimist Foster Family & Adoption Services will sponsor an orientation program Wednesday as a preview of the courses needed for certification in foster parenting.

The organization works to provide foster homes for children abused or neglected in their family homes. The orientation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mission Medical Group, 14860 Roscoe Blvd. Call (800) 454-5561.

- Daily News

Taxpayers to hear Edison executive

OXNARD - Tom Higgins Thomas Higgins (born July 13, 1954 in Colonia, New Jersey) is an American-born Canadian and American football player and coach. He played linebacker at North Carolina State University and for one season (1979) with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills. , senior vice president of Edison International Edison International (NYSE: EIX) is a public utility holding company based in Rosemead, California. Its subsidiaries include Southern California Edison, and un-regulated non-utility assets Edison Mission Energy, a power producer, and Edison Capital. , will speak Thursday at the Ventura County Taxpayers Association's 47th annual meeting. His speech will be titled ``The Real Story on the Electric Crisis.''

The dinner meeting will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Residence Inn by Marriott Residence Inn by Marriott is a brand of extended stay hotels. The chain was launched in 1977 in Wichita, Kansas by Jack DeBoer, and acquired by Marriott International in 1987. As of April 2005, there were over 450 Residence Inn hotels in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  at River Ridge, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. The cost is $40.

Reservations are due by today at (805) 644-3291.

- Daily News

Open-space plans to be discussed

OXNARD - A talk on the future of open-space preservation in Ventura County will be presented, 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Oxnard Radisson.

Rorie Skei, deputy director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is an agency of the state of California in the United States founded in 1979 and dedicated to the acquisition of land in the Santa Susana and Santa Monica Mountains and the Simi Hills, north and west of Los Angeles, for preservation as open  will talk about property acquisitions, wetlands restoration projects and watershed-protection planning. The talk will be featured in a breakfast-meeting series sponsored by the Association of Water Agencies of Ventura County.

The cost is $20 for association members who have made reservations and $25 for others. Reservations are due by 10 a.m. today at (805) 639-9275.

- Daily News
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