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Peace in OC!

Leymah Gbowee

This Thursday, the Center for Living Peace will present Women, War and Peace and play host to the woman responsible for bringing the world's attention to one of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis will join executive producer and filmmaker Abigail Disney for a discussion about the PBS SoCal series, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” The Disney documentary, which begins Tuesday and runs through Nov. 8, features Leymah Gbowee, winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (now Liberia’s president) and Tawakkul Karman (a pro-democracy campaigner in Yemen). Gbowee is a founding member of Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET), the interfaith movement of Christians and Muslims that played an integral role in ending the 14-year Liberian civil war.

Thursday's discussion will also include UCI Professor Roxanne Varzi and the Center’s founder Kelly Thornton Smith at UC Irvine.

Tickets sell out quickly, but you can find them at UCI students, faculty and staff are admitted free with reservations; general seating costs $8. At the Student Center at UC Irvine.

Fans of the incredible speaker series that debuted last fall remember that it featured Charlize Theron, Sir Richard Branson, and even the Dalai Lama speaking at UC Irvine.

Photo: Michael Angelo for Wonderland

Spa Week in OC!

Spa Week in OC Spa Week is finally here and you don't want to miss out on all the great offerings right here in OC!

It's hard to find the time to relax and Spa Week is the perfect excuse to take an hour or two out of your day with a great treatment at a reasonable cost.

All spa week treatments are only $50, but you need to hurry because appointments are filling up fast. Spa Week ends Oct. 16.

Here's what Spa Week can do for you!

At American Laser Skincare in Irvine (877.252.8313) or Brea enjoy skin tightening, foto facial or VelaShape treatment.

At Clarins Skin Spa at Bloomingdales at Fashion Island (949.729.6600) or at Clarins Skin Spa at Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza. (714.549.8300) receive a 60-minute Clarins tri-active facial treatment or a 60-minute Clarins men facial .

At CloudMover Day Spa in Huntington Beach. (714.890.0900) you can choose a 60-minute HB Facial with Reflections citrus cleanser, exfoliator and collagen mask, 60-minute HB Hotstone, Swedish or deep tissue massage including a citrus back polish or two tantastic organic custom airbrush tans.

At Fresh at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa (714.549.7086), enjoy a 45-minute Umbrian clay purify and balance facial experience; a 45-minute black tea age-delay facial, or a 45-minute Acienne ultimate age-delay facial.    

At Haven of Wellness in Huntington Beach (714.374.9597), enjoy a 60-minute Haven signature facial including deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, hand and neck massage with choice of clay, chai soy or hydrating mask, 60-minute Swedish massage with your choice of kukui coconut or Tahitian vanilla lotion and use of warm towels or a two million dollar spray tan sessions.

At Newport Beach MedSpa in Newport Beach (949.631.2800), enjoy a choice of signature facial, microdermabrasion or chemical peel,  Velashape cellulite treatment for one area or laser hair removal with a choice of underarms, lip and chin or bikini lines.

At Pure Blu Spa at the Newport Beach Marriott (949.720.7900), enjoy a 45-minute bamboo lime massage, 45-minute exfoliating facial or 45-minut delux paraffin pedicure.

At The Spa at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast (800.820.6800), enjoy a 50-minute amber gold massage or 50-minute classic cleansing facial.

At White Lotus Day Spa in Dana Point (949.496.2977), take advantage of a 50-minute Swedish massage; a 50-minute intro to acupuncture treatment; a 50-minute eminence organic facial or 50-minute facial infusion vitamin A peel; or 50-minute microdermabrasion treatment.


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