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

B&G Baseball Photo

Submitted Photo

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.

Organized skateboarding

Skateboarding Photo

Submitted by Tom Williams

Ben Hryn (right above) placed first in the San Diego Racing League at Quail Valley in Riverside County on July 17. It was Event 17 of the SDRL season. Hryn, pictured with the second and third place finishers, is from Laguna Beach. A new website for Laguna skateboarders has just been launched – – and despite still being under construction will be a web place to keep abreast with the positive aspects of Laguna skating said Tom Williams. “I think it is time these guys get some recognition for their accomplishments instead of all the controversy surrounding street skating in town,” he emailed this week.

Art doesn’t take a summer vacation at Boys & Girls Club

BG Photo

The Laguna Beach tradition of exciting art and creativity is alive and well at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Art takes place every day at the Club for the entire summer. Club Members are afforded the opportunity to join in one of the many exciting art clubs and programs as well as go on inspiring art based field trips!

Specialty Art Clubs offered this summer include; Global Art, Fine Art, Photography Club, Jewelry Making, Great Artists, Movie Making, Fine Arts, and Sculpture/ 3D Art. Participation in Art Clubs give members a chance to express themselves, as they learn new techniques and skills, while having fun.

Summer Photography Club includes having the members ride the trolley around to exciting locations all over Laguna as they learn how to capture photos from the world around them.  To top it off members will enter their photos in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Regional and National Competitions where they will compete with members from other Clubs all over the world.

This year, local club members Olivia Ladaire and Solei Prats have won at the Pacific Regional Photography Competition level and are now going on to the National level!

A new Club offered this summer is Movie Making, which provides members with hands on experience in the areas of writing, filming, acting, and editing their own movies. For the members interested in developing Fine Art skills the Fine Art Club provides instruction in new techniques using acrylic and watercolor paint, printmaking, collage, and mixed media as well as joining in Great Artists Club, where they learn about famous artists from history and then create their own art in a similar style.

The Club has some great art based field trips scheduled to inspire these budding young artists.  A couple of the highlighted field trips include a trip to the Festival of Arts for the Photography Club Mentorship Program and a special trip to the Sawdust Festival, sponsored by artist Tom Swimm, in which members get a tour of the festival and will even participate in a few great art projects including a Raku Ceramics project. There will also be a field trip to the local Laguna Art Museum to see the new Art Shack exhibit. In addition to these exciting art field trips members can join in on weekly Beach Days and make their own unique sculptures out of sand or sign up for one of the many camping trips organized by the Club that incorporates nature, art, and learning how to have tons of fun outside while camping!  It is clear that the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is the place for kids to be this summer to have some fun with endless opportunities to be creative!

For a full schedule of programs and services please call the Boys & Girls Club at 494-2535 or visit new website

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