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Local authors gather for garden party

OCEANSIDE — Tea sandwiches, scones and pots of English tea were set out on china for guests at the Authors Garden Party fundraiser in Henie Hills hosted by The North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA) on May 21.
“It’s a special event for ladies,” Raye Clendening, president of the NCAAWA, said. “It’s quite wonderful.”
Eight California authors shared their experiences and read passages from their books.
Following the talk there was a book fair and a chance for guests to speak one-on-one with the authors.
The event also celebrated this year’s NCAAWA scholarship recipients.
Ten women received scholarships of $500 to $1,000. The NCAAWA grants annual scholarships to women who are working to improve their lives. Applicants must write an essay and submit academic records and letters of recommendation to be considered for the scholarships.
The tea party helped raise funds for next year’s scholarships.
The main NCAAWA fundraiser is the Gentleman’s Gourmet, which will be held Oct. 15.
For more information on the NCAAWA, visit