Laguna Beach author Dori Scarano talks about her first novel, “Millie’s Butterflies,” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, April 2.
The author describes the novel as a navigational road map for mending hearts, restoring relationships and finding the courage to let go. It’s based on a true story and in development by the author since the death of her mother in 2004.
A native of New Jersey, the author relocated west in 1994, is a partner in an information technology company in Irvine and has a 13-year-old son.
A ceremony to celebrate the life and death of former Anneliese School student Elli Khamanian is planned for 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 23, underneath a flowering plum tree planted in her honor on the campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Road.
The youngster died April 23, 2007, from osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
Elli’s mother, Ladan Shafi, will join in readings with Dr. Andrea Deerheart, who founded Laguna Beach-based HeartWay, which provides end of life support. Deerheart is the author of the newly published work “Elli’s Ride: Death Beyond Imagination,” based on love letters between daughter and mother. Two hundred numbered, hand stitched copies have been made. Proceeds benefit HeartWay.
The public is welcome to enjoy music and refrestments. RSVP or reserve a book at: theheartway.simplero.