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OCC Lecture to Explore Cuba on Feb. 20
Monday, January 27, 2014

Friends of the Library to Host Program at Lido Clubhouse

Claudia Ackley, president of the Orange Coast College Friends of the Library (FOTL) and an emeritus OCC counselor, will present “Cuba: Our Nearest, Most Distant Neighbor” on Thursday, February 20. The lecture, sponsored by OCC’s Friends of the Library and the Lido Isle Women’s Club, will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Lido Isle Clubhouse, 701 Via Lido Soud, Newport Beach. The public is invited to attend. Donation is $5 or a gently used book. Proceeds will benefit the OCC Library. Refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, please call (714) 432-5087.

Ackley will share her experiences during a recent visit to Cuba, with its historically rich culture and friendly people. “It is a land of contradictions,” Ackley observed. The average income is $25 a month, “but their free educational system boasts a 99% literacy rate.”

What: “Cuba: Our Nearest, Most Distant Neighbor”
Featuring Claudia Ackley, OCC Friends of the Library president
Sponsored by OCC College Friends of the Library
& the Lido Isle Women’s Club

When: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 20

Where: Lido Isle Clubhouse
701 Via Lido Soud, Newport Beach

Admission: Donation: $5 or a gently used book; public welcome

Contact: Juan Gutierrez, OCC Communications & Marketing
(714) 432-5725

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