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Around Town: Ex-H.B. mayor to discuss desalination at Women's Democratic Club meeting

Debbie Cook, a former Huntington Beach mayor who is president of the Post Carbon Institute board, will speak on "Ocean Desalination: Oasis or Mirage?" at Tuesday's meeting of the Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Five Crowns restaurant, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar. The public is invited. The cost is $20.

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Cook, who served for eight years on the Huntington Beach City Council, has held leadership positions on many regional boards and commissions, including the Southern California Assn. of Governments, the League of California Cities and the California Desalination Task Force.

She will discuss alternative water supplies and the possible implications of ocean desalination for ratepayers in the Orange County Water District, which is considering buying water from a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

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For more information about the meeting, contact Evelyn Fierro-Kissen at (310) 619-4256 or evfierro@aol.com.

Huntington Beach Adult School to graduate 65 students Thursday

Sixty-five students who were once considered at risk of dropping out of high school will earn their diplomas from the Huntington Beach Adult School on Thursday.

The school is one of 22 Simon Youth Foundation Academies nationwide that help at-risk students stay in school. This year, the foundation will graduate its 13,000th student and award its 13 millionth scholarship dollar, according to a news release.

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Thursday's graduation ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at Ocean View High School, 17071 Gothard St., Huntington Beach.

Pipeline to a Cure in H.B. will benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The eighth annual Pipeline to a Cure gala, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, is scheduled for July 11 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. Several surf industry giants, professional athletes and musicians are expected to attend.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner and a live auction will follow at 7:30. Tickets are $350.

For more information, call (714) 938-1393 or visit pipelinetoacure.com.

Software executive from Huntington wins award

Huntington Beach resident Karl Chan, president and chief technology officer of Laserfiche, a Long Beach-based content-management software company, received a lifetime achievement award last week from the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Chan, who has been with Laserfiche since 1989, is involved in all aspects of its product development cycle, from analyzing business needs to programming and marketing.

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"Karl is an inspiring leader who encourages employees across the company to think creatively about how to solve business problems," Thomas Phelps IV, chief information officer and chief corporate strategist at Laserfiche, said in a statement. "He has been key in shaping a culture in which creativity is encouraged, teams are empowered to take risks in problem-solving, and innovation is rewarded."

El Viento Foundation raises $64,000 during Iheartoc Giving Day

The El Viento Foundation, a Huntington Beach-based nonprofit that provides long-term educational support for students from the Oak View neighborhood of Huntington Beach, said it raised more than $64,000 during the countywide Iheartoc Giving Day in April.

The organization received the funds last week from the Orange County Community Foundation, which organized the 30-hour online fundraiser.

Of the total, more than $46,000 came from donors, and the community foundation added about $16,500. El Viento also earned a $1,500 prize for collecting the most contributions during lunchtime.

The Giving Day raised about $1.8 million for 347 nonprofits. El Viento ranked third in total contributions.

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