Around Town: Back-to-School Resource Events Planned in Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach

PRJKT Restaurant Group is organizing its first collection of backpacks and school supplies this weekend, to benefit its charity partner Families Forward.

PRJKT will take away backpacks and school supply donations Saturday and Sunday to the following locations: SeaLegs at the Beach, Sahara’s Sandbar & Pizza, and Huntington Beach House.

The objective is to provide school supplies to 1,300 children at risk or experiencing homelessness.

Recommended school supplies include 17-inch backpacks (for middle and high school students), binders, dividers, lined paper, pocket folders, glue sticks, liquid glue, Sharpies, highlighters , index cards, pencil sharpeners, erasers, mechanical pencils, red pencils and blue pens and rulers. For every donation made, participants will receive an Alicia Brewery X Seltzer gift (must be over 21) or a fountain drink.

Newport-Mesa Unified Hosts Back-to-School Resource Fair at IKEA in Costa Mesa

In partnership with the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living and IKEA, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is hosting a Resource Fair Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the IKEA store in Costa Mesa to connect families with community partners. providing resources for school-aged children just before the start of the new school year on August 22.

Attendees can receive free dental and vision screenings, diapers, bike helmets, booster seats, hygiene kits and more. While supplies last, organizers will be giving away free shoes, backpacks, school supplies, food and other free resources, plus fun activities for the whole family.

IKEA is located at 1475 S. Coast Drive., Costa Mesa.

Orange Coast College partners with OCTA to provide free bus service to students

Through a partnership between Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa and the Orange County Transportation Authority, all OCC students can enjoy free, unlimited bus transportation on OCTA’s 53 fixed bus routes .

The program allows all full-time and part-time students, as well as non-credit students, registered with the OCC to access free routes through an “OC Bus” application for smartphones. Students who do not own a smartphone can receive a physical pass through the OCC Cares program.

The new College Center building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

(Kevin Chang / personal photographer)

Extended deadline to join Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach City Council races

The filing deadline for the Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach City Council races has been extended to Wednesday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m. The election is November 8.

A five-day extension of the deadline is provided for in state election codes when an incumbent does not stand for re-election. In Laguna Beach, Councilwoman Toni Iseman chose not to seek re-election. Huntington Beach Councilwoman Kim Carr has instead set her sights on running for the state Senate.

Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf and Councilman Peter Blake announced their candidacies, along with Ruben Flores, Mark Orgill, Jerome Pudwill and Louis Weil.

As of Friday night, 15 candidates had filed their paperwork to run for Huntington Beach City Council, and 13 of those had been vetted for the ballot.

Sherman Library & Gardens will host the Summer Garden Party on August 27

Members of Sherman Library & Gardens’ Volunteer Assn. presents a special Summer Garden Party fundraiser on August 27, 4-7 p.m., which will feature artists painting and selling original artwork on the grounds of the 2.2-acre botanical garden, music live and more.

Attendees can view “Inspired by Nature,” a summer art exhibition of mosaic pieces created by internationally renowned artist Irina Chamy to capture the whimsical spirit of flora and fauna, and pose for photos behind an elaborate frame composed entirely of flowers picked and arranged by horticulturists.

A panel of experts will select the winner of a Garden Party hat contest, while 608 Dahlia’s executive chef, Jessica Roy, will serve a quiche and green salad to attendees. A Bouquet Bar allows visitors to choose from a variety of flowers selected by floral designer Dawn Mones.

The evening will include a silent auction and raffle, where patrons can win unique gifts and experiences donated by members, local merchants and restaurants. Tickets are $60 for members and $80 for non-members. All proceeds support children’s programs run by the nonprofit organization.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. To learn more, visit or call (949) 673-2261, ext. 300.

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