News In Brief

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

• A free screening of the documentary “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism” is open to the public on June 8 at 5:45 p.m. in the Millikan High School Auditorium. Narrated by Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, the film chronicles a mother’s search for proper treatment and education for her son. Areva Martin, a nationally recognized expert on parental advocacy, is scheduled to share her work on raising awareness about autism as the event’s keynote speaker. For more information, e-mail Sam Platis at

• Local skateboarders and BMX riders team up with nonprofit group Autism in Long Beach on June 12 to raise awareness of the illness that affects eight percent of the U.S. population of eight-year-olds. “The Long Beach skate scene had its early beginnings at Bixby Park. We felt it would be cool to invite our local skaters and BMXer’s to be involved in our event,” Jane Tipton, founder of Autism in Long Beach, said in a statement. “It will be exciting to see our local skate boarders having fun with our kids in the skate park the day of our event.” For more information, e-mail Tipton at

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