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GAR­NER­ING SUP­PORT: Golden Globe-win­ning ac­tress (and Ben Af­fleck's ex) Jen­nifer Garner took the stage at The Nan­tucket Project this week­end. She was joined by Mark Shriver to ad­vo­cate for the non­profit Save the Chil­dren, which Garner sup­ports as an artist am­bas­sador, ac­tivist and board mem­ber. The duo im­pressed upon the crowd the im­por­tan­ta­nce of reach­ing fam­i­lies who need “a fair start for chil­dren liv­ing in poverty and increasing ac­cess to high-qual­ity early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion across the coun­try,” as out­lined in The Nan­tucket Project pro­gram. Both Garner and Shriver spoke of the im­por­tance of hav­ing par­ents and their chil­dren con­nect through play­ing, read­ing and in­ter­act­ing with each other, en­sur­ing ed­u­ca­tion

RIO-MAGINE: Brook­line res­i­dent and in­ter­na­tional su­per­model, Gisele Bund­chen, has been liv­ing it up while at Rock in Rio, a mas­sive mu­sic fes­ti­val in her na­tive Brazil's cap­i­tal of Rio de Janeiro. Bund­chen has been pos­ing for self­ies with un­der­stand­ably giddy fans while tak­ing in the tunes. The high­light, though: She gave a teary-eyed pep talk in front of a sta­dium-sized crowd while wel­com­ing singer Ivete San­galo to the stage in what could only be de­scribed as “a mo­ment.” Our Por­tuguese is rusty, but luck­ily proud hus­band, Tom Brady, pro­vided ev­ery­one a trans­la­tion of her emo­tional words on his In­sta­gram: “If we are all ca­pa­ble of imag­in­ing, we are all ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing, so imag­ine the world you want to live in. Imag­ine we are al­ready liv­ing it. Imag­ine.”

QUITE A STIR: New­ton South High School mu­sic teacher Ja­son Wang's been hit­ting all the right notes so far on Fox's “MasterChef” — he's one of the Top 3 fi­nal­ists in the culi­nary duel. Wang cooked his way to the high-pres­sure fi­nale show by wow­ing judges Chef Gor­don Ram­say (whom Wang de­scribed in an in­ter­view as “definitely scary”), Christina Tosi and Aaron Sanchez with a trio of perfect prof­iteroles. While the com­pe­ti­tion is for am­a­teur home cooks, Wang's cre­ations are off the hook. The tal­ented tenor posts recipes and such on In­sta (@ja­son­jangy­wang), and his snap of the frozen vacherin with ginger co­rian­der ice cream, black cur­rant sauce, caramelized al­monds and torched meringue from a re­cent popup din­ner event at South End But­tery would win first place in any con­test, if you ask us. Now Wang's go­ing whisk-a-whisk with two other con­tes­tants for the ti­tle of “MasterChef” and a $250,000 cash prize this Wed­nes­day (8 p.m. on Fox). Or­der in and cheer on our lo­cal fan fave!

HER­ALD PHOTO BY KRIS KINSLEY HAN­COCK

Jen­nifer Garner and Mark Shriver

PHOTO COURTESY OF FOX BROAD­CAST­ING

New­ton school teacher Ja­son Wang on ‘MasterChef’

starts at home, be­fore kids even get to school.

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