Congo to California: A Fair Trade Open House, Trunk Show

Women of Congo display their hand-made wares.

Women of Congo display their hand-made wares.

Laguna Beach local Katie Bond, founder of The Peace Exchange, hosts a trunk show Friday, May 16, offering beautifully crafted items by women from Congo from 3-8 p.m. at 30692 Marilyn Dr., in Laguna Beach.

The line of fair trade items provides income for the women to feed, clothe, and send their kids to school, helping break the cycle of poverty in their communities, according to Bond. The line includes the Congo Carryall, which acts as a grocery bag, beach bag or handbag.

Stop and shop and enjoy light appetizers and cocktails. Bond will be sharing her experiences in Congo at 5:30 p.m.





Legal Star Discusses Fundamentalism

In a free talk open to the public, the founding dean of UC Irvine’s Law School, Erwin Chemerinsky, will discuss the rise of fundamentalism and the threat to church-state separation on Monday, May 12.

The talk begins at 6 p.m. at Laguna Hills’ St. George’s Episcopal Church, 23803 Avenida de la Carlota. Donations will benefit Shanti Orange County, which supports individuals living with HIV and AIDS.


Remembering an Influential Rabbi

Chabad Jewish Center marks the 20th anniversary of the death of its movement’s founding rabbi with a six week course, Transformational Life Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, beginning Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

The course is a product of a collaboration by 40 scholars and presents Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson’s outlook and central contributions to Judaism and society.

Courses at 30804 S. Coast Highway are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with synagogue. Call (949) 499 – 0770 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration.


Outlining Therapies for Victims of Domestic Violence

Darla Olson

Darla Olson

Darla Olson, chief development officer of Human Options, will describe the therapeutic approaches Human Options uses to help women and children heal from domestic violence on Thursday, May 15, from 7-9 p.m.

The public is welcome to join the discussion at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr. Refreshments will be served. Admission: $5.

RSVP: Deana Pink, 949-497-9900,[email protected]












Update for Builders on Access Requirements

The city will host a workshop for builders in the Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave., on Wednesday, May 21, from 1-4 p.m.

Tim McCormick, an access specialist, will present changes in the state’s building Code for accessibility. The new code requirements too effect Jan. 1.

For more information contact Maria Allen Ring at [email protected]

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