“The Campaign for Blue Bell,” a five-year $500,000 fund raising effort to ensure the long-term future of the Blue Bell Foundation cat sanctuary, plans to kick off their campaign Oct. 12 at Madison Square Garden and Café, 320 N. Coast Hwy. Tickets are $25.
“Our challenge today is to make sure we have the modern facilities and financial resources required so this wonderful place can be here for future generations of cats and their owners,” said Susan Hamil, the foundation’s chair since its inception in 1988.
For more information visit bluebellcats.org or call 949-494-1586.
Senior Center Offers Access to Benefit Specialists
A free information session designed to assist seniors with limited income and persons with disabilities to apply for six benefit programs will be held on Monday, July 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St.
The newly established Benefits Enrollment Center will be available at the Susi Q the third Friday of the month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Specially trained volunteers will be available to fill out various benefits applications.
Re-Energize Before the Weekend
Non-denominational Eastern and Western style meditation classes are offered at 6:30-7:45 p.m. every Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 429 Cypress Dr.
For more information, 949-497-4568
Grant Seeds Art Programs at Youth Club
The Boys & Girls Club received an $8,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation for their arts program that involves members in visual, musical, performing, and digital arts.
“We are so grateful for the continued support of the foundation and many others who understand the importance of creative expression in our community,” said Pam Estes, the club’s executive director.
Photo: Club members find a creative outlet for expression.
Crystal Cove Alliance Returns to the Surf
Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for Back to the Beach, the 12th annual gala of the Crystal Cove Alliance taking place atop the bluffs at the state park on Saturday, Sept. 27.
“This annual gala is a critical fundraising event for our organization and is essential to Crystal Cove Alliance’s ability to sustain our restoration and educational efforts,” said alliance founder Laura Davick.
Tickets are $375 per person; organizers are also seeking sponsors willing to donate from $4,000 to $50,000.
For info: visit: crystalcovealliance.org/gala or call (949) 376-6200 ext. 201.
Photo: A gala crowd takes in last year’s sunset on the sand.
Irvine Extension Holds Open House
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Irvine Extension will hold a free open house Thursday, Aug. 7 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Onken Classroom, Woodbridge Village Shopping Center, 4662 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine.
Learn about class offerings and lectures such as Russian studies, Supreme Court cases or get behind the scenes at Pageant of the Masters.
Meet other participants, enjoy an appetizer, coffee, and conversation. Pick up a Fall 2014 catalog and enroll for the Fall semester. For more information contact [email protected] call 949-451-1403