Across the Area

Argo students’ winning app

HENRY VU, Jessica Nguyen and Jasmine Chau of GGHS.

Three students from Garden Grove High School are the winners of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge of the California 46th District.

Henry Vu, Jessica Nguyen and Jasmine Chau created an app called “MnewNote” to enable students to study more efficiently. It includes proven study techniques, a timer and other productivity tools.

“They each embody the next generation of STEM [science, technology and math] leadership, and I’m so proud of each of them. There is no limit to what they will accomplish,” said Rep. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana).

That old college try honored

Local students from colleges and universities have been recognized by their schools recently. They include:

  • Katy Pham of Westminster has participated in the National Residency Matching Program as one of 152 senior medical students from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Sarah Jang of Garden Grove has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2022 semester at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennysylvania.

Cherry Blossom Festival in HB

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at Central Park in Huntington Beach (Talbert Avenue and Goldenwest Street) from Friday, April 14 to Sunday,  April 16. The free event will feature a celebration of Japanese culture, food, music and more.

Hours will be 5-10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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Have a healthy kid in HB

The Huntington Beach Family YMCA is holding a free “Healthy Kids Day” on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at 8875 Adams Ave. in Huntington Beach.

Activities include a bounce house and obstacle course, LEGO Stem activity, fitness demos, face-painting and more.

For more information, call (714) 378-4784.

Good dogs expect good turnout

The Garden Grove Neighborhood Association is hosting a “Walk A Mile in My Paws” on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave. 

It’s a program about the Garden Grove Police Department’s social and emotional support dogs, Heart, Nellie and Mischa. They will be present for pets and there will be opportunity drawing. The proceeds will go toward supporting the GGPD’s John Reynolds Youth Support Canine Foundation.

RSVP to or call (714) 235-5460.

“State of City” set for April 25

The annual Garden Grove State of the City is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County at Chapman Avenue and Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove.

Registration and the VIP reception will be held at 11 a.m. and the lunch and program at noon. The cost is $85 per person.

RSVP is requested by Friday, April 14.

For more information call the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce at (714) 638-7950.

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