Helping Girls Attain Their Potential


2 datebook girls inc Lucy Santana-Ornelas, hi-resEven as teenager Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, the youngest ever Nobel Prize recipient, advocates for female education, many Orange County girls also struggle to become educated and lead productive lives.

Helping equip girls mostly from low-income families navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults is the job of Lucy Santana-Ornelas.

The public is welcome to hear a presentation Thursday, Nov. 13, by the chief executive of Girl’s Inc. OC, who will discuss the research-based approach the organization has used for 60 years to change the lives of 5,000 girls each year.

The 7-9 p.m. event takes place at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr. A $5 donation is requested.

Info: call Deana Pink 949 497-9900, [email protected].





Green Business Program Sows a New Crop


The city’s trash hauler, Waste Management, will help merchants learn how to become certified as a green business through a new program that acknowledges and rewards green business practices.

Representatives will explain the process to Chamber of Commerce members at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the La Casa del Camino’s Rooftop Lounge.

The process involves an application and onsite assessment of resource use.



Artists Collaborate for a Cause

Soul Project’s t-shirt designs includes Ziggy Molteni’s “Ziggybird.”
Soul Project’s t-shirt designs includes Ziggy Molteni’s “Ziggybird.”

The Soul Project, which describes itself as an apparel company with a purpose, this month introduces its California series at their store, 1516 S. Coast Highway.

The team includes Top of the World student Ziggy Molteni, Salt Fine Art gallery director and artist Suzanne Walsh, and Palos Verdes surfer and artist Zen Del Rio.

A dollar from the purchase of each t-shirt will be donated to charity. Ziggy will send his donations to Stand Up to Cancer, for children’s cancer research.



Chabad Offers Lessons in Happiness

Chabad Laguna Beach offers the six-session course “How Happiness Thinks: Jewish Perspectives on Positive Psychology,” beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

“This course is based on the premise that to be happy, you can either change the world or you can change your way of thinking,” said the instructor, Rabbi Eli Goorevitch.

The course taught at 30804 S. Coast Highway is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge.

Register by calling 949 499-0770.


Church’s Fun Night Offers Games, Homemade Edibles


Bring a friend and enjoy Family Fun Night from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.

Enter the annual chili cook-off, win cash prizes in $3 a card bingo, or romp in the bounce house. And, consider donating a cake, cupcakes, and cookies for the cakewalk. Chili, $3 pizza, $2 slice. More info: [email protected]


Laguna Opens Its Door for New Business Owners

The next Open for Business workshop, a primer for prospective merchants, takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St.

Planning Commissioners Anne Johnson and Ken Sadler, representatives from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Principal Planner Monica Tuchscher will discuss the business application process.

Info: contact Monica Tuchscher, at 949-497-0745, [email protected] for more information.


New Dentist Keeps Pace With Technology

Dr. Alex Kalmanovich, whose Laguna Family Dentistry took over the dental practice of Dr. Barbara Hawthorne in February, has brought in new technology that in one appointment addresses dental procedures that formerly took multiple appointments.

With computer-aided design and manufacturing, Kalmanovich, 30, can restore decayed teeth, place dental crowns, remove defective fillings or place porcelain veneers.

The technology was developed in 1980 at the University of Zurich and successfully used in 1985. Over 38,000 dentists worldwide use the method.

Court Adds Online Resources

The Orange County Superior Court has launched a new webpage that provides information about the appeals process at different courts.

The appeals webpage provides a centralized location with information about which court will hear an appeal and what steps are needed to file an appeal. It can be used as an online resource for cases involving traffic and parking violations, small claims, vicious dog determinations, probate and mental health, juvenile and family cases and more.

To review the new webpage visit:




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