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Updated: 07/01/06

My Own Backyard

When last we met, I was off to Australia to do my one-woman show. The show was a hit and I don’t care if I ever see the inside of my suitcase again! (“Living out of my luggage” is not part of my job description.) Despite the un-ironed clothes and continually leaving socks behind, the tour was successful, thank-you-very-much to all who were involved in the create of it.

Since my return, I have continued with my Happy House (building better families) activities, but decided I did not have enough on my already busy schedule. So, local realtor, Chris Williams (a.k.a. “Weed-whacker” Chris) and I have formed a neighborhood watch group called “Our Back-yard…and then some.” Chris has lived here for 18 years and raised her four children here. She has a reputation of being one of the best “weed-whackers” around. For the past 15 years, Chris has gone out and helped to clean up little sections of our community by picking up trash, throwing away bottles and most recently cutting down the weeds on all the major streets in Northridge, including Devonshire, Tampa and Corbin. She does her part to safeguard and improve our environment, and I think we all could do just a little bit more.

As for me, one the main reasons why I originally chose to move to Northridge was because this community reminded me of what it was like growing up in the Midwest--Ohio. It has a sense of “community” that I really miss. With two kids of my own, I love the fact that the mall is so near and that they can ride their bikes there. Unfortunately, I have also seen the areas that need some help. Graffiti, trash, and overgrown weeds.

Well, it is a new day in Northridge, and as Honorary Mayor, I pledge that “Our Backyard” will be devoted to their goal: “To beautify, clean up and maintain the area, and make Northridge an ABOVE average place to live while watching out for each other.” It is a worthwhile goal, and one that aligns well with my other activities.

You know, it all starts at home! Ask yourself, what can you do to help make this neighborhood a better place to live? Want to join “Our Backyard” to make a difference? Good. We could use your help.

We are looking for some volunteers to “adopt” some neglected sidewalk areas. If you are interested, contact us at: acwilliams@aol.com or call: (818) 670-0100 or log on to www.nancycartwright.com where you can always find more information.

This has been a public service message from your Honorary Mayor and her “weed-whacking” sidekick, Chris Williams. Thanks for listening.

Nancy Cartwright


Happy House Attending Kidsfaire 2006

For the second consecutive year, Happy House will host a booth at Kidsfaire in Orange County on October 7 and 8. Kidsfaire is an interactive environment designed to enrich the lives of babies, children and families everywhere. There are hundreds of booths and companies collected in one place with one goal in mind, bettering the lives of children and their families. This is a perfect fit for Happy House.

Last year was a tremendous success, with volunteers happily working “overtime” to talk to all the booth’s visitors. This year, Nancy and her Happy House volunteers will be back with reinforcements, eagerly awaiting curious kids and interested parents with coloring, crafts and other creative activities.

For more information, visit the Kidsfaire website at www.kidsfaire.com.


Different Wrapper, Same Great Taste

Don’t be fooled by the stunning new look of the Happy House logo. The group is still building better families, one family at a time, now they just look better doing it. Here’s a glimpse of the new logo in all its glory.

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Heading Back to Frazier Park

Think Bart Simpson is a good role model? Well he’s not. But Nancy Cartwright, the voice behind Bart on The Simpsons, is.

If your family has problems with communication, cooperation, mutual respect, and trust and if you want your home to be a place of joy, calm and peace, please join Happy House and co-founders Nancy Cartwright and writer-producer Rose Goss for a family seminar on Saturday August19th at 2:00 PM in the Frazier Park Community Center. In this interactive seminar, you and your family will have an opportunity to participate in role playing. You will come away with some very useful tools to help you deal with the challenges you and your families face everyday.

Happy House is a non-profit group that is open to people of all faiths and beliefs, and is helping, through their seminars, to build better families. The seminar is filled with useful tips drawn from a lifetime of experience and uses common sense tools that are so well articulated in The Way to Happiness, a secular booklet written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.Honor and help your parents, love and help children, set a good example, be worthy of trust and be competent are precepts that lay out some of the key points to achieving happiness in the family. Many of these basic truths are shared as core values by major religions and all peoples of goodwill but it is not always clear how to put them into practice. Nancy and Rose share how easily one can put these values into action in a family in order to build a stronger family foundation.

Nancy, a single mother of two active teens is the voice behind Bart Simpson, and others, named one of Time Magazine's top 100 most influential "persons" of the 20th Century. Rose comes from a family of twelve, is the mother of two young adults, and has been married 32 years. Rose is a writer and award-winning documentary producer. Both have a strong podium upon which to speak to others about the ins and outs, and ups and downs, of raising a family in our troubled world. These professional women and experienced parents will share what has worked for them in dealing with tough family situations. You will walk away with some sane solutions on handling your family problems better!

Bring the whole family. Daycare and play in the park will be provided for smaller kids while parents and teens are invited to join Nancy and Rose and get some important tools to make your own family happier.

This 90-minute seminar is only $2.00, which also enters you in a raffle for fun prizes. There will be complementary snacks and beverages. Along with the snacks and beverages, all attendees will receive a signed The Way to Happiness booklet as a gift from Nancy and Rose. Hope to see you there!

Frazier Park Community Center
Saturday August 19th, 2006, 2:00 pm
Go to www.happyhouse.org for more data on Happy House
RSVP via email to: peter@happyhouse.org
Or call: (661) 245-3033


Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is!

With the recent craze in Texas Hold ’Em over the past couple of years, it seems that everyone wants the chance to hang with the pros. Well, a few celebrities and some distinguished guests will have a chance to put their money where their mouth is—all for charity, of course.

The Police Activities League (PAL) in Northridge is planning to build a youth center for children that will host various after-school activities in an effort to help at-risk kids stay off the streets. Nancy, as a Board Member of the Devonshire PAL, has offered to help raise money for the building by hosting a semi-formal, Texas Hold ‘Em tournament and Monte Carlo Party. There will be tons of prizes for those lucky or skilled enough to get passed the pros who will be there lending a hand for a great cause.

Join us in Sept. 30th. If you want to play or just enjoy the extraordinary party, send us an email at lori@cartwrightentertainment.com and we’ll “deal you” some information so you can “ante up” for the kids.

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