Esther Kang

About Town in Manhattan Beach: Week of Feb. 20

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NRG pours support into local schools

MBEF’s Marija Kosanovich and Margo Thole accepts a $25,000 check from NRG Energy’s Ahmed Haque at the Feb. 11 board meeting. Photo courtesy of Margo Thole

MBEF’s Marija Kosanovich and Margo Thole accepts a $25,000 check from NRG Energy’s Ahmed Haque at the Feb. 11 board meeting. Photo courtesy of Margo Thole

Last week, NRG Energy donated $25,000 to the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, in total doubling its previous annual commitment to the city’s public schools through MBEF’s Business Sponsor Program. “This type of donation is an investment in the future of our region, our state and our nation,” said Ahmed Haque, NRG director of asset management. MBEF recently raised a record-breaking $5.1 million in its 2013-2014 Annual Appeal. Raised funds will be granted to MBUSD to keep elementary class sizes small and support key curriculum areas including science, music and English.

Life-coaching seminar

Rosanna Savone, 37, was diagnosed with Alopecia nine years ago, losing all her hair just months before her wedding day. Photo by John D. Russell Photography

Rosanna Savone. Photo by John D. Russell Photography

Rosanna Savone, a self-image coach and author of the upcoming “Memoirs of a Bald Bride”, is hosting a live seminar titled “Love Your Mirror Again” next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Manhattan Beach Studios.

Her upcoming book shares her personal struggle with a rare autoimmune disease called Alopecia Universalis, which caused her to lose all her hair at 29 years old. Registration is $25 and available at rosannasavone.com. Dinner and drinks will be provided.