OC Alert Test happens tomorrow: Time to register

 On Oct 18, Laguna Beach residents will receive a call to test AlertOC, Orange County’s Emergency Notification System. The drill will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County. This is the seventh annual regional test and it will include twenty participating cities. 

Residents can do their part to prepare for emergencies by registering for AlertOC.

The time is now to self-register cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses to be part of the regional test. For more information or to register alternate phone numbers or e-mail addresses, visit the Alert OC website at: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085613900#/login

Local conservation organization will screen The Cat That Changed America on Nov 12 at FOA grounds

Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. will host a special showing of The Cat That Changed America on Nov 12, at 3 p.m. at the Forum Theater, Festival of Arts grounds. This is a documentary about an extraordinary and inspirational mountain lion coexisting with people in urban Los Angeles. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at: lagunagreenbelt.org.

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P22 feeds on a mule deer

Known as P22, this unique animal has overcome unbelievable obstacles to reach Griffith Park, one of America’s largest urban parks. P22 resides and hunts near homes and park visitors every day. The film explores how human development impacts wildlife from habitat fragmentation to the effects of household rodenticide use. 

A panel discussion will follow the film, and will include folks from Poison Free Malibu (featured in the film), Beth Pratt Bergstrom (featured in the film), Dr. Elisabeth Brown (Laguna Greenbelt, Inc.), and a few other local wildlife celebrities. Learn about a local resident bobcat, Binx, and think about how we can apply the lessons from the film to Orange County’s wildlife population and development practices.

Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. is a grassroots organization established in 1968 that was instrumental in first creating a ‘greenbelt’ around Laguna Beach, and later preserving a coastal wilderness area that is now 22,000 acres.

Savory bites, sweet treats, and sensational sips spice things up at Annual Taste of Laguna on Oct 19

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce is cooking up something special at the Annual Taste of Laguna 2017, a signature event featuring tasty bites from some of the area’s best restaurants, food artisans and wineries. It will be held on Thurs, Oct 19, at the newly renovated Festival of Arts Grounds from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

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Lumberyard Ahi Poke with avocado and seaweed

This year’s Taste of Laguna, featuring 40 participating restaurants, bakers, and food artisans, serving up delicious culinary creations along with samples of exceptional wines, craft beer and mixology masters is on its way to becoming a premier destination for all foodies and connoisseurs of epicurean experiences 

“We are excited to kick off the fall season with our signature Taste of Laguna event,” says Meredith Dowling, executive director of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Laguna Beach is a very special place to live, work and visit. We want our business community to thrive and taking Taste of Laguna to the next level is just one way the Chamber can help promote our local businesses and make a positive impact in our community.”

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Annual Taste of Laguna Chefs

Presenting sponsor, Nick’s and South of Nick’s, will be hosting a full bar and a variety of tasty bites from both its restaurants, and the ever-popular 1960’s Era Photo Bus, sponsored by Tortilla Republic are just a few of the exciting highlights this year. 

“We are making some classy, comfortable, and cool additions this year,” Dowling says. “Our goal is that Taste of Laguna eventually includes cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and tasting panels, as well as added artistic flair, characteristic of Laguna Beach.”

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Tortilla Republic Duck Confit and Mole Tamales

VIP tickets are $90 and include a VIP reception at 4:30 p.m., parking, and early entry to the event. General admission tickets are $70 and entry to the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Over 600 people are expected to attend.

Attendees may register by visiting http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/ or by calling 949.494.1018.

Third Street Writers host Open Mic reading on Thurs Oct 26 at BC Space Gallery

Third Street Writers is hosting an Open Mic Reading event on Thursday, Oct 26 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at BC Space Gallery, 235 Forest Avenue. 

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Third Street Writers and friends at their Beach Reads: Here Comes the Sun book launch celebration. L-R: Victoria Kertz, James Cooper, Annette Schlicter, Sara Nuss-Galles, John Gardiner, Peggy Larson, and Cecile Sarruf.

Guests are invited to bring a story (fiction or nonfiction) or poem to share that is three to four minutes in length. A donation of $5 is suggested.

Walk for Freedom rally draws attention to shocking human trafficking statistics right here in California

On Sat Oct 14, a fundraising and awareness event called Walk for Freedom took place all over the world, including here in Laguna Beach.

The purpose of the walk, operated by a global anti-human trafficking organization called A21, is to raise awareness about the millions of men, women and children who are still trapped in slavery today. 

“Walk for Freedom was heartbreaking as I learned the facts of sex trafficking just in California alone,” photographer Mary Hurlbut said. “It’s shocking.”

According to organizers, four of the FBI’s 13 highest sex trafficking areas are in California, including Los Angeles County.

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Hundreds gathered to raise awareness of human trafficking

“The goal of the organization is to educate people about the plight of the people caught up in trafficking,” Laura Staph, Global Fundraising Coordinator, told Stu News on Saturday morning. “Today we walked in single file from Main Beach to the Pageant of the Masters as a way to give a voice to the voiceless.”

By fundraising and rallying thousands of people around the cause, the belief is that this event will be the catalyst for the rescue and restoration of human beings who are being exploited as commodities. 

“We have 12 offices in 11 countries,” Staph added. “This event takes place simultaneously in 400 different locations around the world. Change starts with awareness and education.”

Several hundred people attended the Walk, it was estimated.

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Participants wear distinctive black clothing and yellow bandannas

“It was peaceful and uplifting demonstration,” Stu News reporter Cameron Gillespie noted. “When I asked why captured people don’t seek out help, Laura recommended a documentary called Nefarious. She mentioned two possible reasons: that captured people go through brainwashing, and sometimes their captors get them addicted to drugs.”

Walk for Freedom events are distinctly recognizable because participants walk in single file and wear black shirts, with yellow bandannas across their mouths.

“We are utterly convinced that slavery can be eradicated in our lifetime. All of us can put our feet on the pavement and use our steps to make a difference,” Christine Caine, A21’s founder, notes on the organization’s website.

More information about Walk for Freedom can be found at: www.A21.org/laguna-beach.

“Mini-Wellness Hamlet” arrives for Seventh Annual Health Expo Event at Susi Q Senior Center on Oct 27

In partnership with Mission Hospital and the City of Laguna Beach, a free “mini-wellness hamlet” comes to the Susi Q Senior Center on Fri, Oct 27 from 8:30 – 11 a.m.

In addition to free flu shots for the public aged 18 and over, there will be various services, City resources and experts, including local physicians, onsite to provide valuable information to help seniors thrive.

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At last year’s expo, Hoag Hospital’s Family Medicine Doctor Stanley Wasbin 

checks LB Seniors Executive Director Nadia Babayi’s blood pressure 

The 7th annual event will be immersive and interactive, addressing a multitude of timely topics, demos and complimentary screenings including blood pressure readings, glucose screenings, hearing screenings, nutritionist counseling, a balanced exercise demo, and the topic of aging in place with Lifelong Laguna. 

An “Ask-the-Doctor” station features Hoag Hospital’s family medicine doctor, Stanley Wasbin, MD, and board-certified gynecologist Jane K. Bening, MD. Participants will learn new skills from Susi Q’s care management team and educate themselves on medical cannabis. 

The City’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program will offer emergency preparedness tips from our local police department.

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Susi Q’s mental health team of care managers (l to r) Clint Christie, LMFT and Kathleen “Kay” Wenger, LMFT, LPCC, provide information about Susi Q’s free, one-on-one “Feeling the Blues” counseling sessions and other LB Seniors assistance programs

For seniors, it’s not too late to get a flu shot. Influenza is a serious viral respiratory infection of the nose, throat and lungs that ranks as one of the most severe illnesses of the (Dec – Mar) winter season. Not considered life threatening for healthy adults, it can lead to serious complications in seniors older than age 65. 

Seniors who get a flu shot are less likely to be hospitalized with pneumonia or the flu. However, seniors who are covered by Medicare or private insurance are encouraged to visit their physician or pharmacy to receive the vaccine. This will allow the availability of more flu shots for seniors with no alternative resources.

For further information, visit thesusiq.org.

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