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Four women educators with a passion for empowering girls to grow strong, independent and confident are counting down to July 1 -- which marks the grand opening of It's All About The Girl, a new party venue designed exclusively for girls age 4-16.

"We started this business because there just aren't enough recreational outlets for girls," said owner Mary Wilson, who founded the business with Rebecca Mashburn, Kelly Brehm and Suzie Wydra. "We really believe there's a need for a safe place where girls can have fun, be themselves and strengthen the bonds of friendship."

It's All About The Girl's first location will be in Point Loma's historic Liberty Station Market Place. The venue will offer all-inclusive party packages for groups of up to 24 girls, who want to celebrate birthdays, Sweet 16 parties, team victories, graduations and other special events.

The center includes a beauty center where girls receive makeovers, as well as a retail store for fun shopping "sprees." "Girls on the Go" walk-in packages are also available.

MCASD acquires new sculpture

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, announced the acquisition of a major new sculptural work by Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Mabry. By combining resources, the two museums have been able to purchase Mabry's 2008 bronze sculpture Process Art (Dead Men Don't Make Sculpture), which will be first exhibited in front of MCASD's La Jolla location until May 2009 and then shown at the Hammer Museum in summer 2009.

This new sculpture joins 10 other works by the artist already in the Hammer Contemporary Collection, including six photographs, three drawings and another major sculpture given by Dean Valentine and Amy Adelson. The joint purchase of Process Art was made possible, in part, by Hammer Board of Overseers Member and MCASD Trustee Murray A. Gribin.

Annual Arc golf tourney

For the sixth year in a row, The Arc of San Diego's Hal Clement Charity Golf Tournament will take place June 13 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. San Diego news personality Hal Clement has served as event host since the first year. The event benefits The Arc of San Diego's programs for people with disabilities. The tournament, sponsored by Konica Minolta Business Solutions, is expected to raise more than $25,000 for the organization.

The Arc of San Diego is one of San Diego's largest human-service agencies. Founded in 1951 by a determined group of people who felt they had to "do something" for children with special needs, Arc now serves more than 2,500 children and adults with disabilities throughout San Diego County.

For information and/or to reserve a space, call (858) 715-3780 or visit arc-sd.com.

Red Marlin lands new GM

As a recent addition to the Red Marlin restaurant team, Mark Vassar has been hired as the general manager. He began his cooking career at the St. Regis Hotel in Laguna Niguel before joining the Patina Restaurant Group in Los Angeles in several different capacities, including assistant general manager of Kendall's Brasserie & Bar, where he spent the past five years.

Vassar also worked and cooked for many high-profile special events, including The Hollywood Bowl, the Night Time Emmy's Governor's Ball and the Los Angeles Wine Associations Charity Dinner.

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