FALLBROOK – Twenty-one Fallbrook High School girls and their mentors with the AAUW Mentorship Program had a private viewing of the Watercolor Show at the Fallbrook Center of the Arts on Feb. 11.
Mary Perhaps, executive director of the center, gave a presentation about the show and its significance in the world of art, as well as some history on the center, the Fallbrook School of the Arts, and the more than 31 pieces of public art.
The girls were encouraged to vote for their favorite painting, which stimulated some rousing opinions and debates. As an observer, it was interesting to see who liked what, and for what reason. This field trip for the Mentorship Program will be held yearly, as new mentees join and as new paintings are displayed.
On March 12, AAUW Fallbrook held their annual joint lunch meeting with AAUW Temecula at Pala Mesa Resort. Author Michelle Robin La captivated the room with a presentation on her
first book, “Catching Shrimp with Bare Hands: A Boy from the Mekong Delta.” The book is the true story of her husband, Luong La, growing up in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War and the early days of communism.
AAUW member Young Milton, sister of Luong La, added to the discussion by detailing the family’s journey from the time they escaped by boat, through refugee camps, and arrived and settled in the U.S. The event was made special by the attendance of four other family members as having the book’s main characters join the author was a first and really made the book come alive for the audience.