Speaker Date Topic
Sue Suhling & Lucia Diaz-Brown Jul 16, 2019 7:30 PM
HOW GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND IMPACTS ITS COMMUNITIES

Since 1942 Guide Dogs for the Blind has been creating partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. With exceptional client services and a robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, it prepares highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision from throughout the United States and Canada. 

All of its services for its clients are provided free of charge, including personalized training and extensive post-graduation support, plus financial assistance for veterinary care, if needed. GDB's work is made possible by the generous support of donors and volunteers; GDB receives NO government funding.

Michael Sanborn Aug 06, 2019 7:30 PM
THE BANNING MUSEUM IN WILMINGTON

Mr. Sanborn is the curator at The Banning Museum, located in the heart of Wilmington.

The Banning Museum was built in 1864 by Phineas Banning—entrepreneur, founder of the city of Wilmington, and “the Father of the Port of Los Angeles". Subsequent generations lived in it until 1925; in 1927 the residence, stagecoach barn, and the surrounding 20 acres of parkland were acquired by the City of Los Angeles.

The residence fell into disrepair over the decades, but an intrepid group, the Friends of Banning Park (now called the Friends of the Banning Museum) spearheaded by Phineas’s great-granddaughter, Nancy Banning Call, restored the mansion to its original Victorian beauty.

The Banning Museum engages visitors in a living history experience, showing how the family lived, worked, and entertained. Through its educational programs, it gives third, fourth and fifth-graders opportunities to experience life in the 19th century, enriching their curriculum.