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About Town in Manhattan Beach: Week of June 13

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Local woman searches for bone marrow donor

Nina Polvanich Louie, a Manhattan Beach wife and mother of a two-year-old son, has two months to find a bone marrow match. She was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma last September, subsequently enduring seven rounds of aggressive chemotherapy at UCLA. After two months of remission, the lymphoma recurred in her brain. Louie is currently undergoing continued chemotherapy to control the disease but requires an urgent stem cell transplant. Finding a match has been particularly challenging, due to her Asian heritage. For more information, visit

City hires new cultural arts manager

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Anisa Hamden. Courtesy of City of MB

Manhattan Beach’s cultural arts program will operate under new leadership beginning next week. Anisa Hamdan, a UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television grad, brings 13 years of experience in operations, program development, production and cultural arts management positions across Los Angeles.

The cultural arts program provides programs for all ages, including art classes, lectures, concerts and dance performances, camps, theater productions, exhibitions and more.

Father’s Day beach volleyball tournament

This Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, the city is hosting a volleyball tournament at south-side Manhattan Beach pier for father-daughter, father-son teams. Registration, available at, is $50 per team. Proceeds will go to Project Fatherhood of Children’s Institute, Inc., which provides therapy, support, education and other services to low-income fathers. Participants will receive a T-shirts and other giveaways.


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