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Happy Birthday, Boomers

February 18, 1996

Anational survey of the first batch of baby boomers--turning 50 this year--shows that 57% are unhappy with their career choices. But 65% are happy with their sex lives.

Happy birthday, boom babies. Here's what else New Choices magazine learned:

* 81% view the coming years as holding new opportunities.

* 73% claim turning 50 does not faze them.

* 59% feel personally responsible for making the world a better place.

* 38% say the Vietnam War was the event that had the biggest impact on their lives.

* 38% say religion has become more important over the course of their lives.

* 31% cite "The Graduate" as the movie that influenced them most.

* 3% would chose to trade in their spouse.

Events

Junior high and high school students, parents and teachers are invited to meet young adult fiction author Neal Shusterman at the Newport Beach Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach; (714) 717-3801 . . . On Friday, the Encino Community Center's parent workshop will address "Effective Discipline." 10-11:30 a.m. Free. 4935 Balboa, Encino. For more information, call (818) 885-6200 . . . A class titled "Time Management for Moms" will be held 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Children's Hospital of Orange County, 455 S. Main St., Orange. Registration is required: (714) 532-8887.

Briefly

The California African-American Genealogical Society meets the third Saturday of each month; beginners classes start at 9 a.m. Annual membership fees: $20 individual; $25 family; $30 organizations. Call (310) 568-0437 for meeting locations.

* This family roundup appears on Sundays. Items to be considered should be mailed 3 1/2 weeks before the event to Candace A. Wedlan, The Family File, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053. Fax: (213) 237-4888.

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