Around Town: Back-to-school resource events planned in Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach

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PRJKT Restaurant Group is holding its first backpack and school supply drive this weekend in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach.
(Raul Roa)

PRJKT Restaurant Group is holding its first backpack and school supply drive this weekend, benefiting its charitable partner Families Forward.

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

The goal is to provide school supplies for 1,300 kids who are at risk of 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 and blue pens and rulers. For every donation made, participants will receive a complimentary Alicia Brewery X Seltzer (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, Newport-Mesa Unified School District is hosting a resource fair on Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the IKEA store in Costa Mesa to connect families with community partners offering resources for school-aged children just before the start of the new school year Aug. 22.

Participants can receive free dental and vision screenings, diapers, bike helmets, booster seats, hygiene kits and more. While supplies last, organizers will offer free shoes, backpacks, school supplies, food and other no-cost resources, in addition to 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 for students

Thanks to a partnership between Costa Mesa’s Orange Coast College and the Orange County Transportation Authority, all OCC students may take advantage of 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, enrolled at OCC to access the free routes through an “OC Bus” app for smartphones. Students who do not own smartphones may receive a physical bus pass through the OCC Cares program.

The new College Center building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Deadline extended to join Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach city council races

The filing deadline for both the Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach city council races have been extended until Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. The election is Nov. 8.

A five-day extension of the deadline is called for in state election codes when an incumbent does not file for reelection. In Laguna Beach, Councilwoman Toni Iseman chose not to seek reelection. 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 have announced their candidacies, along with Ruben Flores, Mark Orgill, Jerome Pudwill and Louis Weil.

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

Sherman Library & Gardens to host Summer Garden Party Aug. 27

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

Participants can view “Inspired by Nature,” a summer art exhibit of mosaic pieces created by internationally acclaimed artist Irina Chamy to capture the whimsical spirit of flora and fauna, and pose for pics behind an elaborate frame made entirely of flowers picked and arranged by horticulturalists.

An expert panel of judges will select the winner of a Garden Party Hat Contest, while 608 Dahlia Executive Chef Jessica Roy serves up quiche and green salad for attendees to enjoy. A Bouquet Bar lets visitors select from a variety of blooms curated by floral designer Dawn Mones.

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

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

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