TLC kids now have a hands-on garden project

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Transition Laguna’s Food Group and Laguna Gardens Nursery helped the TLC branch of the Boys & Girls Club install a new vegetable garden. Above, Kevin Naughton shows TLC kids how it’s done

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach helps instill the values of integrity, compassion, and respect to members through programs and character building activities. Everyday more that 250 children take advantage of the quality youth development programs that the Club has to offer. With everything from art to archery the Club has something for everyone.  Providing new programs is a part of the Club strategy for staying current and relevant with what our community’s kids are interested in.

TLC Photo 2A new program has “sprung” up at our TLC Branch in Bluebird Park. The Club installed a vegetable garden to provide a tremendous “hands-on” learning experience for members who will learn how to grow their own fruits and vegetables. The Club’s gardening program will help to foster an appreciation for fruits and vegetables as well as learn how things grow. It is surprising to some members that the grocery store is not where fruits and vegetables actually come from!

To complete the garden TLC staff enlisted the help of Transition Laguna’s Food Group.  Together they were able to materialize the vision, plan the layout of the garden, and utilized their cooperatives to get the project started.  TLC parent and local contractor, Robert Carey, took over from there. He called friend, Kevin Naughton of Laguna Gardens Nursery (in the canyon) to help install the garden.

Kevin thought that the idea of young children having a place to watch vegetation grow and therefore learn the valuable skills of growing fruit and vegetables was consequential enough to help.  He not only built the garden planter boxes, but later came by to help teach the children how to properly plant a seedling and care for it.

Over $2,000 worth of labor and materials was donated for the project by Laguna Gardens Nursery.  Contributions made by parents of the Club garden helped to complete the project.  Thanks to everyone’s support the garden is complete.

Transition Laguna Beach Food Group is coordinating a “Planting Party” on Saturday, August 21st from 9 a.m. to noon to help fill in the newly sifted space.  A celebratory potluck will take place after the planting and hard work is done.  All are welcome to take part in planting a vegetable that the children will grow in time to harvest in fall. If you have yet to see the quaint vegetable patch, pass by Temple Terrace to see the fruits of this collaborative effort.  With this project, the Club hopes to bring the children closer to nature and healthier eating.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach please call 494-2535 and for more information about the TLC Branch or Garden please call 494-7630.

It’s status quo with the school board – no challengers

The Orange County Registrar of voters lists the three incumbent members of the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Governors as the only candidates to file for the Nov 2, 2010 election.

Ketta Brown, Betsy Jenkins and Theresa O’Hare will run unopposed for another four-year term.

Rotary Club LB launches “Stuffed Backpacks” – a new service project for all age groups

Rotary Club Backpack Photo

Photo by Rick Lang

In the photo above, rear L-R: Pam Estes, Rotarian and Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, Rotarians Lane Langley, Jerry Immel and Brendon Cheves. Front: two recent backpack recipients.

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach has launched a new community service project called “Stuffed Backpacks.”  Intended to help kids in Laguna Beach, volunteer Rotarians stuff kindergarten, elementary school and high school backpacks with an assortment of age appropriate school supplies including pencils, pens, binders, paper, rulers, calculators and the like.

In an effort to cover the costs and increase the quantity of backpacks donated to local students, Laguna Beach Rotary is offering this service project to other Orange County Rotary clubs for kids in their areas.  With the elimination of lockers at nearly all schools, backpacks have become an essential part of students’ education.

All-Star experience included 7 Boys & Girls Club kids

The 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star experience at the Big A in Anaheim included a special T-Ball Home Run Derby for OC Boys & Girls Clubs including members of the Laguna Beach Club on July 12.

The kids also learned the fundamentals of the game from Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr and softball pitching great Jennie Finch

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Blake Pivaroff takes a might cut outside Angels Stadium

The event – sponsored by State Farm Insurance – served as a fundraiser for OC Area Boys & Girls Clubs. Nine year old, Brooks Hogenauer of the TLC Branch said, “It was a lot of fun - I got to be Cal’s partner!”  Brooks’ dad Ken came into the Boys & Girls Club office the next day completely shocked at the members’ opportunity to meet such a player.  “I just don’t think these kids understand who these players are-how great they are. Cal was a great even from my day! I wish I could have gone!”

The boys and girls from Laguna Beach had a day they will never forget. For more information about the Club visit their website at or call 494-2535.

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