Growing up in the West Virginia mountain town of Charleston, Jennifer Garner didn’t dream of being a screen star – she wanted to be a librarian.

“This is about as far from Hollywood as any place on Earth. I wanted to be a children’s book author and a librarian,” Garner, 36, tells PEOPLE while back in Charleston, where her weekend was to include reading Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson at a gathering to help eventually expand the public library.

“My mom took my sisters and me to the library once a week when we were kids,” she recalls, “and it’s such a huge community center, especially in a town that has very few resources – to have a place with 100 computers and Internet access to everyone for free, that’s really important in a town like this.”

Back on Familiar Turf
It’s been a real homecoming for the actress who, with husband Ben Affleck, flew into Charleston Friday afternoon and hosted a black-tie gala, Starry Starry Night, at the University of Charleston.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The University of Charleston is ready to roll out the red carpet.

An 80-by-220 foot tent’s already up and volunteers are scrambling over the last-minute details.

Charleston sweetheart Jennifer Garner and her fellow movie star husband Ben Affleck are on their way to “Starry Starry Night,” a University of Charleston fundraiser set for Friday along the Kanawha River.

If you want to rub elbows with Tinseltown’s elite couple, a limited number of tickets remain at $250 a pop or $5,000 for a reserved table of eight.

Garner and Affleck were invited to host the event to raise money for a new, multimillion-dollar athletic complex at the university. The gala will also honor the lives of distinguished alumni Louise and Mario Palumbo.

Crews have been working feverishly all week preparing for the Garner’s arrival and an estimated crowd of 800 people.

A tent went up Tuesday on campus across from the Capitol. In the next few days, workers will install lights and carpeting inside the tent. Table, chairs and decorations will be set up.

“It’s probably the biggest tent you’ve seen in Charleston,” said Jennie Ferretti, university spokeswoman. “It’s almost as big as our football field.”

Jennifer on Hollywood Green with Maria Menounos discussing going green and growing her own organic food. Photos and a clip below:

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September 15, 2008 Comments Off on 4th Annual Pink Party in California Charity, Images

Jennifer attended the the 4th Annual Pink Party on Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif. The event benefited the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Institute works to fund collaborative research between physicians and scientists to “bring the most innovative laboratory discoveries directly to women with breast and/or gynecologic cancers.”

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September 7, 2008 Comments Off on Cancer Telethon Donations Top $100M Charity

NEW YORK (AP) – With the help of Friday night’s one-hour TV event, more than 100 million dollars has been raised for cancer research.

The amount comes not just from viewers of the “Stand Up to Cancer” special that was aired on three networks and a cable channel. It also includes money raised since last May, when the initiative was launched.

The organization behind it says all of the money will go directly to funding cancer research programs.

Research advocates and about 100 stars from music, sports, TV and film took part in Friday’s live event. They included Jennifer Garner, Jack Black, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Keanu Reeves. Sitcom star Brad Garrett underwent an on-the-air prostate exam.

The telecast was aimed not just at fundraising, but also at educating the public on cancer prevention and treatment.

Source: Associated Press

September 5, 2008 2 Comments DVR Alerts

The Discovery Channel has a new network called Planet Green with airs a show called Hollywood Green with Maria Menounos. On the September 11 episode, Jennifer will be on to discusses going green, growing her own organic food.

To check if your satellite/cable carrier offers Planet Green, visit http://planetgreen.channelfinder.net I have the channel and will make a clip for those that do not.

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August 22, 2008 Comments Off on Baby Einstein 10th Anniversary Celebration News
GLENDALE, Calif., Aug 20, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Baby Einstein has been a mom’s “must have” for the past decade and today, dozens of giggling babies and parents helped celebrate its 10th anniversary at a special event at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Hosted by Baby Einstein founder Julie Clark, and actress and mom, Jennifer Garner, partygoers strolled, crawled and toddled down a colorful caterpillar carpet toward baby-friendly discovery zones where they interacted with music, created art, mingled with nature and explored a pint-sized jungle. Among the guests were 7-year-old Ryan Douglas and 5-year-old Alexa Bradley, two remarkable children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) whose wishes to go behind-the-scenes of their favorite DVDs were granted. The festivities also included a sneak peak at the 10th Anniversary special editions, fall release of Baby Mozart(TM) and Baby Beethoven(TM), a puppet show and a performance by the Glendale Youth Orchestra.
“We love the arts, and Baby Einstein has brought music and nature into our home in such a wonderful, meaningful way,” said Garner. “As a parent, it’s easy to see why Baby Einstein is a mom-favorite around the world.”
August 8, 2008 Comments Off on Support Christina Applegate Site Updates

Christina Applegate, Emmy award winning actress and star of Married with Children and Samantha Who? has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is expected to make a full recovery, but a star has been created in her honor at Stand Up 2 Cancer and if you want to do more to help the cause and help stop cancer, please consider donating in her honor!

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You can donate as much as you want and you can do so by clicking the image above or by clicking here. Please help spread the word about this – since Christina has entertained and inspired us all these years, it’s our turn to give back!

Courtesy of Christina-Applegate.org



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