Communities & Clubs: Workshop will help businesses

January 18, 2011|By Jim de Boom

The city of Newport Beach will be the first city in 2011 to host the landmark "helping 100 businesses for 100 days" workshop. There is no cost to attend this event on Saturday at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar.

The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop will go until 1 p.m. At the event you will be able to network with civic and business leaders, learn about social commerce and ways to monetize social networks, get motivated with your business transformation and re-launch yourself in 2011.

The 100-day program, which consists of four live classes and six teleseminars, is a partnership between with the city, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Corona del mar Chamber of Commerce.


The OASIS Senior Center is at 801 Narcissus Ave. Lunch will be provided with advance RSVP at, or by calling (949) 371-5811.

Panian to talk about book

The Costa Mesa Historical Society will present well-known community member and author Henry (Hank) S. Panian discussing his book, "The Cymerian Chapter," on Sunday, Jan. 23. Hank, a member of the society since its first year, served on its board as president and editor. He was a history professor at Orange Coast College for 34 years and on the Mesa Consolidated Water District Board for 21 years, from which his interest in environmental issues stems.

The story concerns Cymeria, a dark and polluted planet inhabited solely by machines that exists millions of miles from Earth. By chance, a vast solar storm throws one of its probes, XL-122, off-course. This lost and tiny explorer crashes into the bedroom of John Couper, an 11-year-old from Costa Mesa.

Doors open at 2 p.m., and the program will follow at 2:30 p.m.. Free admission and refreshments for all. The society is located at 1870 Anaheim Ave. next to Lions Park in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 631-5918 or visit

Melvin Jones Fellow Awarded

Harbor Mesa Lions chose member Cathy Waters as a Melvin Jones Fellow at the recent event that celebrated the birthday of the founder of Lions International. Cathy joined the club in 2004, has held the office of Club Treasurer and been active in many projects and events within the club and district. The fellowship is the highest honor that clubs award to members or community members who contribute to their causes. For more information about the club and Lions, check out the website at:

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