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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 and one of the organizers of Afghan Relief.

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.

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Rescue workers find 4 lost hikers

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - 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, said sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Reed of the Crescenta Valley 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.

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Taxpayers to hear Edison executive

OXNARD - Tom Higgins, senior vice president of Edison International, 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 at River Ridge, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. The cost is $40.

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

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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 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.

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