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‘Conquering Mountains’ Starts Up Shelter’s Series

A scene from “The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars,” to be shown at the speaker’s series on May 2.

A scene from “The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars,” to be shown at the speaker’s series on May 2.

Prominent residents will share their personal stories of challenge and change during a 7 p.m. speaker series beginning Thursday, May 2, at Corona del Mar’s Port Theatre, part of Friendship Shelter’s 25th anniversary celebration.

The “Speaking of…” series will have a twist: the talks will be directed as advice for homeless people currently rebuilding their lives in a Friendship Shelter program. The May 2 event, “Speaking of Conquering Mountains,” will feature two speakers and a film screening.

Jim Doti

Jim Doti

Chapman University President Jim Doti, who has scaled six of the world’s highest summits, will examine how meeting physical challenges translates to his personal and professional success. Longtime Laguna resident Santina Davies, suffered a near-fatal fall from a summit in South Africa in 2007, will speak publicly for the first time about her journey of physical and spiritual rehabilitation.

Paola Porrini-Bisson will screen the short film “The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars,” which she co-produced. The film follows two heart surgery patients as they fulfill their mutual promise to climb a mountain following their rehabilitation.

More than 7,000 homeless people have found help from Friendship Shelter over its 25 years of service. Today, the organization operates a rehabilitative shelter program in Laguna Beach and the city’s emergency shelter as well as a transitional housing program in San Clemente.

Seating is limited and the $40 ticket includes a reception following the event. Tickets: www.friendshipshelter.org or at 949-494-6928

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