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Here are some of TravelingBoy's favorite charities:

Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or Planned Parenthood, is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally. It is a tax-exempt corporation under Internal Revenue Code section 501c and a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. PPFA has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1916. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which changed its name to Planned Parenthood in 1942.

Freedom Service Dogs. When a solder returns home with significant life-altering wounds, it is the duty of all concerned Americans to help them rejoin the lives they left. Freedom Service Dogs acquires and trains dogs to assist people with disabilities, increasing their independence and peace of mind. The group focuses on donating these animals to disabled military veterans to help restore some normalcy to their difficult lives.Virtually all Freedom Service Dogs are rescued themselves from shelters. Those that do not fulfill all the comprehensive training requirements are found adoptive homes.

The Convalescent Aid Society. An 85-year-old non-profit organization in continuous operation since 1923, the Convalescent Aid Society is dedicated to improving the quality of life through the free loan of medical equipment for in-home use.

The VSA Arts. An affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the VSA arts is a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participating, and enjoying the arts.

Homes for Our Troops is committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. Homes for Our Troops assist severely injured Servicemen and Servicewomen and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

Casa de los Angeles is a community of caring people who gather to nurture children, serving the needs of the less fortunate, treating each person with dignity and respect as they work to make a better life for themselves and the community as a whole.

Hillsides Foster Care children have a difficult time during the New Year. They become depressed and anxious, realizing that they will not be celebrating the New Year in the comfort of their family home. For many of these children, they have never experienced a tranquil and comforting home Their childhood has been marred by sexual, physical and emotional abuse until it ceases once they arrive at Hillsides, a foster care children's charity located in Pasadena. Brighten a foster care child's holiday this season by making their wish come true.

The Ojai Raptor Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured birds of prey and to providing education programs to teach about raptors and our shared environment, reduce common hazards to wildlife and decrease the number of raptors that require assistance.

Love INC of Treasure Valley. A National organization, Love INC of Treasure Valley has designed a strategy to help church people help their neighbors in need. A network of church volunteers links them to needy people. This cooperative effort between churches and service agencies provides effective help for the disadvantaged.

Heifer International needs your commitment to help build a bountiful, just and sustainable world. The 9.2 million families around the globe whom Heifer has empowered through gifts of livestock and agricultural training are evidence that a concentrated effort can make a difference. Ask about out set of global initiatives – areas of emphasis that must be addressed if we’re to meet our mission of ending world hunger and poverty and caring for the earth.

Dusty's Riders was designed to help at-risk kids in the Los Angeles area to look beyond their current surroundings and open their minds to dream for a better future. Run solely by volunteers, we bringing together deserving kids and lovable horses.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.

Family Service of Santa Monica/ Vista Del Mar. Beginning in 1925, a group of women saw a need for services for families in Santa Monica. This led to creating a non-profit organization with counseling, therapy, family service social workers, parenting groups, and employee assistance programs for children and adults.

Cars 4 Causes® is the #1 choice for donating your car. Donate car, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, running or non-running, to the charity of your choice.

The Pasadena Humane Society relies on donations to provide food, shelter, medical care, adoption services and more to the animals in our care.

Coalition for the Homeless is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. We are dedicated to the principle that decent shelter, sufficient food, affordable housing, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society.

Union Gospel Mission. Whether you are one person, a business, foundation, school or church, there are many ways you can offer hope through Seattle's Union Gospel Mission: Volunteering, Financial Gifts and Gifts in Kind.

Boise Rescue Mission Ministries reaches out to the community by teaching the word of God and providing food, shelter, clothing, counseling and education for those in need.

Christian Relief Services' mission to work through partnerships and in collaboration with grassroots charitable organizations to connect the vast resources of America to help those in need in their own communities and to enable people to help themselves.

The American Cancer Society Los Angeles Discovery Shop. For almost 40 years, the American Cancer Society has owned and operated a chain of specialty resale stores created to help support the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society Discovery Shops accomplish this through the sale of gently used and new donated merchandise. Proceeds from the sale of this merchandise are used to fund cancer research, education, advocacy and services to cancer patients and their families.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Magnolia Presbyterian Church is a local ministry in Seattle, dedicated to service and compassion.

The Pasadena Senior Center serves the needs of Pasadena's seniors. It was the first private, non-profit senior center in Southern California. Today, we continue our high standards as our seniors choose from a wide variety of experiences designated just for them: educational classes, senior forum, exercise, dance and the Encore Café, a monthly television show written, designed and produced for and by seniors.

The Monrovia Providers Group consists of community agencies working as a team to deal with senior citizen issues within the city of Monrovia, California.

Village Handcrafters is non-profit Christian corporation with a mission to support sustainable economic development programs for impoverished people.

Community Productions, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation that produces events and activities on behalf of local charities that provide urgent services to individuals and families in immediate distress.

Stanton Healthcare. As a life-affirming medcal clinic in Idaho specializing in unexpected pregnancy care, we treat our clients with respect, dignity, and compassion in a confidential setting.

Ed Boitano's travel blog/review
Three Musical Pilgrimages: Mozart, Grieg and Hendrix

Troldhaugen Villa in Bergen, Norway
Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) could read and compose music, plus play the violin and piano, when he was five years old. Born into a musical family in Salzburg, Austria (then the Holy Roman Empire), he had a unique ability for imitating music, which first became evident when he recited a musical piece by simply observing his father conducting a lesson to his older sister. This led to a childhood on the road, where the young prodigy performed before many of the royal courts of Europe.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Treasures of Ireland: The Irish Goodbye (Dispatch #20)

Irish sunset

The Palladian Traveler brings to a close his 20-part series on the Emerald Isle from an upscale restaurant in downtown Dublin where he files his final dispatch and then quietly slips away.

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John Clayton's travel blog/review
Two "MUST SEE" Truly Spectacular Places in Europe. Here's Why.

Culzean Castle, Scotland
The Han Grotto and Culzean Castle. As the name of my Traveling Boy feature is "Travel With a Difference," it's important to me to always bring you offbeat and unusual tourist places around the world you may not know about. These two fit that category to a T, and they're absolutely worth a visit. One's in Scotland and one's in Belgium. Culzean (pronounced CULLANE) Castle is located near Maybole, Carrick, on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland.

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Ringo Boitano's travel blog/review
Highway 49 Revisited: Exploring California's Gold Country

aurora borealis lights up the night sky near Fairbanks
In the 1840s, the population of California was only 14,000, but by 1850 more than 100,000 settlers and adventurers had arrived from all over the world – and they came for one reason: gold. James Marshall had discovered the first gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in El Dorado County, creating the largest gold rush in history.

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Eric Anderson's travel blog/review
Lake Charles’ Family-Size Low-Key Mardi Gras

dressed-up for the Mardi Gras
The Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, the second largest in Louisiana, does not need parents there to avert their children’s eyes. This is family entertainment and children are very much part of it. The main office of the Lake Charles CVB has costumes from last year’s Mardi Gras but it also has figures to fascinate little ones from country boys fishing for their dinner to alligators who have already fed and are rubbing their stomachs.

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Fyllis Hockman's travel blog/review
Puerto Vallarta: Magic and Mayhem on the Malecon

Cedar Hill, Washington DC
So I heard that you could spend from dawn to dusk on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and never get bored and I thought, "Okay, I'm up for that challenge." Well, maybe not the dawn part – I'm not a morning person – so I had no problem leaving those early hours to the joggers and those seeking an early start to catch their red snapper for dinner.

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Greg Aragon's travel blog/review
Relaxing at The Inn at Laguna Beach

Greg at Huntington Beach

There is nothing like sleeping in an ocean-front room and awakening to the sounds of waves crashing against the sand. It is one of the finer things in life. And it is exactly what I experienced recently on a memorable getaway to The Inn at Laguna Beach. The adventure began when a friend I pulled off the 5 Freeway in Orange County and took SR 133 south nine miles through winding lush hills and wilderness areas to the ocean.

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Tim Robbins On His Road To Stardom

Tim Robbins

Award-winning Tim Robbins began his career on episodic television. Robbins' film work, however, is what catapulted him into becoming a major movie star including "Bull Durham" and "Mystic River" for which he won multiple awards. Equally at home behind the camera, he directed the riveting "Dead Man Walking." He is Founder and Artistic Director of The Actors' Gang, which he formed thirty-five years ago and has directed multiple provocative productions.

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