The Laguna Beach Democratic Club has issued an invitation to all supporters of presidential candidate Barack Obama, regardless of party affiliation, to a fundraiser set for 6:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday at the Boom Boom Room, 1401 S. Coast Hwy.

The adults-only "Boogie for Obama" dance party will feature live music by the Blues Offenders, whose repertoire ranges from ZZ Top to the Grateful Dead. Drinks, munchies, a photo op with a life-size portrait of Obama, and opportunity prizes will be available. Cash only will be accepted for prize tickets, merchandise purchases and tips.

Admission is $10. Proceeds will benefit the Barack Obama-Joe Biden campaign.

Local Dems have taken over the legendary Boom Boom Room as their 2008 Election Headquarters.

For more information, visit web site www.LagunaBeach DemocraticClub.com.


Local attorney Gene Gratz will host a party for Cheryl Kinsman from 3 to 5 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 18 at 550 Thalia St., to raise funds and provide an informal opportunity to meet the City Council candidate.

"We are suggesting a donation of $99 "” but all are welcome with or without a contribution or even if you insist on paying more," Gratz said. "Twist my arm."

The maximum personal contribution to a candidate for this election cycle is $360.

For more information, contact Gratz at GratzLaw@cox.net or (949) 497-3234.

Candidates forum set for Oct. 20

Top of the World Neighborhood Assn., Temple Hills Community Assn. and the South Laguna Civic Assn. will join together to sponsor a City Council Candidates' Forum at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, at Council chambers, City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. All Lagunans are invited to hear Laguna Beach City Council candidates answer questions. The Forum will be televised on Cox Cable.

Top of the World Neighborhood Assn. President Piero Wemyss will chair the forum. At 7:30 p.m. the three candidates will be allowed two minutes each for opening statements. After the opening statements, each sponsoring association will ask a question, and then the public will be invited to ask questions of any candidate. Questions will be limited to one minute.

Each response will be limited to one and a half minutes.

"” Barbara Diamond

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