The American Association of University Women of Laguna Beach

(AAUW-LB), a 501(c)4 organization founded in 1967, is a dynamic growing organization with many exciting programs, interest groups and opportunities to get involved in the community. Our diverse membership includes residents of Laguna Beach and surrounding communities, spanning a wide range of ages and professions.



Celebrating Three Artists February 5, 2017

Date: Sunday, February 5, 3:00 – 5:00pm
Place: Johanna and Gene Felder’s home, 2680 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach
RSVP: Lynn Weiser (,  230-9976)
 We are delighted to have a philosopher-poet, an award-winning musician, and a gallery-owner artist at this year’s Annual Artists Salon.

  Shams Anoughi is a remarkable poet, novelist and human rights activist. She will discuss her book, The Silent Clamor, written under her pen name Shams Brodie, which is a collection of her poetry, short stories and a play. When living in Tehran, she was a professor in philosophy, psychology and art. Through her strength and courage she served as a voice for the oppressed women and children of Iran. She bravely endured suffering in her struggle for human rights.

   Carol Reynolds, an accomplished  musician and educator, was a founding member of the Laguna Concert Band eighteen years ago, while she served on the Laguna Beach Arts Commission. Carol plays the piano and French horn, sings and is also an active supporter of Laguna Beach Live! and the upcoming Laguna Beach Music Festival.

 Robin Lee Riddell is a ceramic artist who founded “coastal eddy, a gallery” in Laguna Beach in 2013. At her gallery she showcases work by ceramicists from around the country, in addition to her own art. Coastal eddy, where the exhibits are always intriguing, is the only gallery in Orange County dedicated exclusively to ceramic art.

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Kinda Hibrawi

 An Eyewitness to Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

Many young Syrians have lost everything: their home, their normal life, their friends and often even family members. Their memories of screams, gunshots and bombs exploding are stored deep down. A lot of these children and young people are seriously traumatized. Experts already speak of a “lost generation.” But Kinda Hibrawi doesn’t want to give up on this generation. The U.S. artist has Syrian roots herself — of Syrian descent from Aleppo, she grew up between Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Lebanon, and the United States.  As the education Director of Karam Foundation, she organizes camps for Syrian refugee children. Kinda wants to inspire them with art and photography, creative writing, painting and sports.

   On Saturday, February 11, 2-4pm, at the home of Bana Hilal, 27591 Fargo Rd., Laguna Hills,* you will have the unique opportunity to hear firsthand from Kinda about the plight of displaced Syrian families living along the Syrian-Turkish border, as well as recently arrived refuges in Orange County, CA. Both of whom she has worked closely with.  

   Kinda Hibrawi is an acclaimed artist, strategist and creative director with marketing skills in the non-profit sector. With over 5 years experience in branding, development, advocacy and outreach, she has worked on various projects with the U.S. State Department, UNRWA, and UNICEF as well as local and national organizations. She co-founded and jointly ran 7 Innovative Education programs for displaced Syrian refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border starting in Atmeh, Syria from June 2013 to Reyhanli, Turkey in December 2015. The programs, under the Karam Foundation and featured on NBC Nightly News, served over 4,000 Syrian refugee children and youth in workshops led by over 130 international mentors. 

   Kinda says, “Artists have always been catalysts for social change and activism, they are tuned in to social issues, as their job is to interpret the human experience. The arts can bring hope, healing, and foster cultural awareness for the greater good. People connect through vulnerability—what better way to do this than through the arts.”

   The United Nations named Kinda a 2012 Global Thinker and Influencer at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.  In May 2014, she was awarded the Ward Humanitarian Medal by the Williston Northampton School, in MA for her work with refugees. Prior to that, she was recognized as an internationally known painter in Arabic calligraphy using her artwork to bring awareness to non-profits on Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and local charity work in the US for children with cancer.  AAUW-LB members and friends are welcome to attend this informational meeting – be sure to RSVP Bana Hilal (215-2674,


When:  Saturday, February 11, 2-4pm

Where:  Home of Bana Hilal, 27591 Fargo Road, Laguna Hills

*Directions:  From Laguna Beach, CA-73 toll road S., exit onto Greenfield, left onto Greenfield, left onto Hidden Trail, left onto Rockridge, left on Fargo Road.  You can also take PCH south to Crown Valley Pkwy., exit left onto Greenfield, etc.

RSVP:  Bana (215-2674,






Coming March 18, 2017 

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  AAUW-LB’s after school tutoring program at El Morro Elementary School – The Learning Club (TLC) – resumed on January 12 with an orientation meeting for tutors and participating teachers.  Thirty-six members and volunteers from the community provide one-on-one tutoring twice each week to seventeen (17) students who have been recommended for the program by their teachers.  We are currently serving 6-2nd graders, 4-3rd graders, 4-4th graders and 3-5th graders.  We are extremely grateful to all the tutors and substitute tutors for volunteering their time to help these students.  But we always have requests from teachers to enroll students in the program that we are unable to fulfill.  So if you have the hours from 2:15 – 3:30pm on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons, or know of someone who does and would like to help a child learn, please contact Peggie Thomas (499-1817, or Barbara Antonacci (215-5553,  The students need your help! 

TLC Orientation Meeting

News from National

This year was action-packed for AAUW’s advocacy efforts. Our reach spanned from the White House to Congress to statehouses across the country. As the year comes to a close, AAUW would like to thank our members and supporters for carrying out our mission to empower all women and girls. Your advocacy and generous support have ensured that we continued many successful and exciting policy activities throughout the year. But the hard work isn’t over yet!
Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Help grow AAUW Action Network by sharing these successes with friends and family members and urging them to advocate for issues affecting women and girls as a Two-Minute Activist. In the list below, you’ll see how much we have done together throughout the past year — and the more our advocacy community grows, the more we’ll be able to do in 2017! If this election taught us anything, it’s that AAUW’s nonpartisan voice and research-based advocacy are needed now more than ever. You provide the voice, we’ll provide the megaphone in 2017 and beyond!

Read more amazing statistics…..


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Women’s voices are needed more than ever. Here are five things you can do to get involved in the fight ahead.


Cancellation Notice

Cooking Demonstration Sunday, February 12th has been cancelled and now will become an Auction item at our Literary Luncheon!

See you all on March 18th at the Surf and Sand.