Stem Cell Scientist Lectures at Susi Q

Laguna Beach artist Leslie Davis’ “Gastrulation” helped illustrate a recent exhibit about stem cell research.
Laguna Beach artist Leslie Davis’ “Gastrulation” helped illustrate a recent exhibit about stem cell research.

Lead scientist Dr. Peter Donovan will describe the role of stem cells in the human body and research underway at UC Irvine during a 2 p.m. talk Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.

Donovan, a professor of developmental and cell biology and biological chemistry, is the former director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at UCI.

The center is unusual in that research and patient treatment is under the same roof. He is now back in the lab studying how to correct mutated genes.

For more info: or call 949.497.2441.



Stephen Frank Welcomes Italian Designer

Stephen Frank Garden & Home, 477 Forest Ave. will host a meet and greet with Vietri Inc. founder Susan Gravely from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The in-store event is open to the public and will feature champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

Any Vietri items that are purchased at the event or pre-ordered can be signed by Gravely and inscribed with special Italian phrases. The boutique will also offer gifts to customers who make Vietri purchases.



Musician Takes the Exchange Club Stage

Guitarist Bob Hawkins reflects on his hometown at the lunch meeting of the Laguna Beach Exchange Club Thursday, Oct. 16.

The club assembles at the Mandarin King Restaurant, 1224 N. Coast Highway at 12:15 p.m.

RSVP to Jim Rue at 494-6684.

Jews Rejoice in Fall Traditions

Chabad of Laguna hosts the annual Sukkah “Hop,” stepping out at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, and visiting neighborhood Sukkahs for a progressive dinner. Each year, Jews dwell for seven days in a hut of temporary construction with a roof of branches, a reminder of being shielded from danger during their exodus from ancient Egypt.

Mad Science and Mac N Cheese is open to all the kids in the community at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, taking place in the Chabad Sukkah, 30804 S. Coast Highway. $8 per person.

Dance and rejoice during Simchat Torah, when the annual Torah reading cycle is concluded and begun anew, with flags and treats for the kids and a buffet in the sukkah, taking place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 RSVP to 949 499 – 0770.


Artists Re-Unite

The Laguna Beach High School class of 1974 will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 24, with an informal 5 p.m. gathering at the White House Tavern, 340 S. Coast Highway.

The reunion takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr. Tickets are $74. Contact Ashley Weber, 714-334-0687, [email protected] for more information.


City Urges Emergency Preparedness

The city of Laguna Beach is offering residents assistance in preparation for fire or flood. During fire prevention week, Oct. 5-11, the fire department offers free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, batteries and installation to residents. They will also give station tours at any one of the city’s four fire stations from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11.

            And all people employed to work in a business located within flood hazard areas, such as the downtown, should review how to install flood prevention devices. Monday, Oct. 27, is designated as for practicing installation of the water-blocking doors.


Community Court Selected for Mentor Program

The Orange County Community Court is one of four sites in the nation selected by the Center for Court Innovation to serve as a mentor for other courts.

The goal is it engage with local residents and create meaningful alternatives to incarceration for criminal offenders. The other mentor sites are Dallas, Hartford, Conn., and San Francisco.

The Center for Court Innovation collaborated with the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the selection of the courts and will administer the mentor court program.



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