Around Town: OCC Planetarium’s “Skylark” Astronomy Lecture Series Launches Friday


Orange Coast College Planetarium presented a new series of talks featuring guests discussing popular topics related to astronomy and space science, the first installment of which will take place September 23 at 6 p.m.

UCLA astronomer Dr. Abhimat Gautam will talk about his work on a project that identified a supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way and won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Gautam will show how to spot the center of the galaxy in the night sky and explain how astronomers use powerful telescopes to peer deep into the center of the universe. He will also discuss recent exciting discoveries of other unique objects found in the Milky Way.

The conference will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception. The lecture series is free, but guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, Orange Coast College is located at 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.

Newport Beach Police Department Hosts Mobile Café Saturday

The Newport Beach Police Department is hosting its second NBPD Mobile Cafe from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday to allow community members to gather in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee .

The event, open to all members of the community, will take place at Newport Coffee Co., 104 21st St. #104, Newport Beach.

‘Meet & Greet’ returns to Corona del Mar after pandemic hiatus

Tickets are on sale now for the fourth “Meet & Greet” for residents of Corona del Mar and surrounding neighborhoods on Sunday, October 16 at Sherman Gardens after a two-year hiatus. The event features food, shows, contests, games, and get-togethers with neighbors.

The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Buy your tickets online at Adult tickets are $10 until September 30 and $15 after.

Included in the price of a ticket: food, live entertainment, unhosted bar, new pie contest, lawn games, prizes, “meet the contestants” and fun times with the neighbors.

A new pie contest is a chance for home bakers to impress their neighbors and win prizes with winners selected by celebrity judges.

Sponsoring organizations are the Corona del Mar Residents Association, Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce, and Sherman Gardens.

‘Igniting Potential’ Giving Day Wednesday aims to raise $300,000 for OC Youth Services

The Orange County Community Foundation is asking area residents to participate in an online giving day on Wednesday to help raise $300,000 for 18 local nonprofits serving youth in the county.

Igniting Potential will help support programs that help ensure all young people have equitable access to resources that enhance their academic and emotional success. The event is part of the Foundation’s iheartOC Collaborative Giving Day, which connects potential donors and volunteers with local causes close to their hearts.

To see a list of recipient organizations and donate online during the 24-hour giving day, visit

2 Huntington Beach City Council election forums scheduled for next week

A Huntington Beach City Council Candidates Forum will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Senior Center, 18041 Goldenwest St.

Pre-registration is recommended for in-person attendance, although there is also a Zoom option for viewing only. For more information, visit

A second in-person forum will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m., at the Sunset Beach Community Center, 16861 12th St, Sunset Beach. This forum, which will feature each contestant speaking for five minutes and the opportunity to speak with them afterwards, will be hosted by the Sunset Beach Community Assn.

There are 18 candidates for four vacancies on the Huntington Beach City Council.

Foley ‘Coffee and Conversation’ event on Monday

Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley hosted a “Coffee and Conversation” series this month, with an 8-10 a.m. series Monday at the Hall of Administration (County Administration North), 400 W. Civic Center Drive , Santa Ana.

To make a reservation to attend Monday’s coffee event, email [email protected]

Junior Citizens Academy begins September 29 in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is launching a Junior Citizens Academy program for students in grades six through eight on Thursday, September 29.

Students will learn about local government, including how the city operates and works with other agencies to provide essential services to the community.

The Young Citizens Academy will be held weekly from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, and city staff worked with each college’s administration to select the best candidates to participate.

For more information, call (714) 536-5237.

OC United Way received $750,000 donation from Ingram Micro

United Way of Orange County received a check for $750,000 from Ingram Micro at United Way’s recent “Rally for Change” corporate social responsibility celebration, according to agency officials.

“We are extremely grateful to our valued partner Ingram Micro for their generous donation. With these funds, we can continue to provide long-term solutions to complex issues and go the extra mile to care for our neighbors in Orange County,” said Susan B. Parks, president and CEO of Orange County United Way, in a Prepared Affirmation. “Their generosity is a testament to the true power of our community and our transformational corporate partnerships. We are stronger and have greater impact when we work together.

Last month, Ingram Micro and Orange County United Way also launched the “Closing the Digital Divide” effort. Orange County businesses have the opportunity to help residents in need by donating used technology devices. To kick off the effort, Ingram Micro donated 100 laptops and 400 refurbished smartphones and accessories.

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