The Fullerton Library Director, Maureen Gebelein, announced that the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – a #1 New York Times Bestseller and named by unbrokenTime Magazine as the best nonfiction book of the year –  is the Fullerton Reads selection for October of 2014.

Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken spent more than 125 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 14 at number one, and its popularity continues to grow. Only five nonfiction books in history have been on the list longer. The New York Times described the book as, “Ambitious and powerful… a startling narrative and an inspirational book.” Unbroken was also the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction.

Unbroken is the story of an Olympic runner, Louis Zamperini, who became an airman during the Second World War. Hillenbrand’s book takes us through his journey as he fights to stay alive after his plane crashes in the Pacific Ocean. Unbroken chronicles Zamperini’s personal experience of the resilience of the human body, spirit, and mind.

An upcoming movie, directed by Angelina Jolie, based on the book will be out on Christmas Day. Movie trailer can be viewed at: http://www.unbrokenfilm.com/

For more information, please contact the Fullerton Public Library at (714) 738-6327.

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X Train News: Sante Fe Southern Railway Gets Back on Track

by Allison Fletcher on July 22, 2014

The Santa Fe Southern Railway is resuming operations from Santa Fe and along the historic Santa Fe railroad route following refurbishments. Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc., in conjunction with the X Train, a Delawarerailroad company,  announced that tickets are now on sale for the Santa Fe Southern Railway via its new website. Running along the historical Santa Fe railway route between the downtown Santa Fe Depot and Lamy station, the railway now offers multiple class services aboard modern and historical railcars, according to a company press release.

Offering “Sunsets & Stargazing” and “Buffet Brunch” trains, the Santa Fe Southern Railway is now taking reservations for “Diamond Class” rides in modern luxury cars with unlimited coffee and tea and “Turquoise Class” rides in vintage cars. The train also features an open air platform for taking in the most scenic views as well as lounge-style seating car.

According to the press release, one of the railway’s most popular attractions is the “Buffet Brunch” train, in which passengers can feast on a chef-prepared “farm-to-train” buffet-style lunch while taking in New Mexico vistas and history. The Santa Fe Southern dinner train, “Sunsets and Stargazing,” features a choice of gourmet entrees, salad and fine desserts and is timed so that passengers will be able to watch the sunset on the returning leg. Rides also offer a fully stocked bar.

“What we are offering here is an experience,” said marketing events manager Bobbi Dragone. “From the moment you step on board,  you get to sit back and take in all the beauty that surrounds you, the history of the train and amazing food. This is an all inclusive train ride and meal deal.”

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New Members: 7/21/14

July 21, 2014

American Lung Association Amanda Knitter 513 E. First St., Suite B Tustin, CA 92780 Nonprofit organization ARCO of Fullerton/ AM PM Ryan Farsat 519 S. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92832 Gas stations, Grocery stores AM PM too much good stuff! Convenient store and gasoline retail. We accept credit cards. Now selling fine spirits. Boffo Video […]

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Southern California Water Conservation Dialogue

July 21, 2014

To discuss water conservation and what works and what doesn’t with an update on Southern California water supplies, the Southern California Water Dialogue will meet at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California headquarters, Room 2-145, 700 N. Alameda, Los Angeles, (213) 217-6710. Despite a cry for voluntary water use cutbacks from the Governor and certain agencies, water demand remains […]

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Items for Your Calendar: 7/21/14

July 21, 2014

Ribbon Cutting: OC Emergency Pet Clinic Thursday, July 24, 12 noon New location ribbon cutting 3920 Harbor Blvd.

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BIS Export Licensing Seminar-Learn the Latest on Export Control Reform

July 18, 2014

The Bureau of Industry and Security, in cooperation with the District Export Council of Southern California, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Southern California, is hosting a workshop on the Export Administration Regulations August 6-7 in Los Angeles, providing information on the Administration’s Export Control Reform efforts. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive […]

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Senior Scam Stopper Seminar

July 18, 2014

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, the Contractors State License Board, State Bar Office of Public Protection, and the Buena Park Police Department will present a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar on Thursday, July 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Walter D. Ehlers Community Recreation Center Heritage Hall located at 8150 Knott Ave. in Buena Park. Experts from federal, state and local agencies will […]

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Free Business Mentoring

July 18, 2014

In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Orange County is offering Chamber members the opportunity to meet , at no charge, with an experienced business mentors during the week of July 21, at the Fullerton Public Library Main Branch, 353 W Commonwealth Ave. On Monday, July 21, free one-on-one daytime one-hour sessions […]

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Cal State Fullerton Architect Honored

July 18, 2014

(Source: Cal State Fullerton) Jay Bond, associate vice president for facilities planning and management at Cal State Fullerton, has joined an elite group of honorees recognized by the Association of University Architects. Presented this month with the association’s Award for Distinguished Service, Bond is among just 39 individuals to receive the award since it was […]

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Pacific Community Credit Union Offers Dinner Workshop for Seniors

July 18, 2014

Pacific Community Credit Union is offering free workshops to seniors seeking information about Reverse Mortgages as a retirement funding option. The workshops are meant to be strictly educational, with nothing being sold or offered and will offer insight into recent changes that may benefit those considering a Reverse Mortgage. “Over the years we’ve gathered that […]

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