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Diane Armitage

 

PMMC’s Martini Madness Ready to Rollick May 6

The super-popular annual Martini Madness party, a spring fundraiser for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, is looking to exceed last year’s record-breaking attendance with a return to The Cliff Restaurant on Sunday, May 6. 

Initially the brainchild of Jon Madison’s Madison Square & Garden Café, the Martini Madness Party moved a couple years ago to The Cliff Restaurant to expand its capacity, and the crowds happily filled in.  

“It was a no-brainer to do this again for PMMC,” says Andrew Turula, General Manager of The Cliff Restaurant. “Both of our entities have been here in Laguna Beach more than 30 years, and it’s important to us to support the little home-grown cause that’s become a nationally recognized hospital for seals and sea lions.”

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The Martini Madness party plays from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 prior when purchased at www.PacificMMC.org, or $60 at the door and include access to The Cliff’s signature martinis, house wine, and a sizable spread of appetizers and light bites. Cocktails and beer will be available for purchase. 

Live music will be provided by Joseph Soul (the popular Tuesday night opening act at Damon Wayan’s Jr.’s Comedy Night at Skyloft), and the raffle tickets will be flowing for prizes that include round trip tickets on Jet Blue. 

PMMC Martini Glasses in To Go Bags

This year, Laguna’s own Robin Hiers will be participating in her own, signature way with individually painted martini glasses for sale (again, with proceeds going to PMMC). If I could buy these babies in advance, I would! There will be a limited number of glasses available, so find your way to me as I’ll be standing in the Robin Hier’s line!

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PMMC’s Little Hospital Getting Busier by the Day

The party couldn’t happen at a more appropriate time as, in the last two weeks, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center is seeing a vast increase in sick seals and sea lions, most of whom are under a year in age. While numbers always increase in the spring with sick babies and toddlers, it’s never a welcome sight.  

100 percent of Proceeds Go To PMMC

With your help, The Martini Madness party can be a great boost to PMMC. Get your tickets at www.pacificmmc.org/martini to be part of the fun.

 

Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book,

The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of ideas and upcoming events at her blog, LagunaBeachBest.com. Follow TheBestofLagunaBeach on Instagram & Facebook.

LBL Annual Poetry contest, renamed “John Gardiner Community Poetry Contest”, deadline is on April 30

 April is National Poetry Month and Laguna Beach Library will be accepting submissions for its 20th annual Community Poetry Contest all month long. This year’s theme is “Seascape Sonnets.”

To honor the memory of late local poet and former contest Master of Ceremonies, John Gardiner, the contest will heretofore be renamed the, “John Gardiner Community Poetry Contest.” Friends of Laguna Beach Library are donating a paving stone in his honor to be installed in the library’s butterfly garden.

John Gardiner leaves behind a rich legacy. He was a dramatist, teacher, activist, and author of twelve collections of poetry. John was a performer, and a perfectionist and a lover of Shakespeare. He died on the morning of Tuesday, October 24, 2017, of a heart attack while driving on Laguna Canyon Rd.

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John Gardiner reading from his book Coyote Blues

In addition to performing at local poetry readings, slams and workshops in Laguna Beach for the past two decades, John regularly toured in a music-infused Shakespearian show called “Shakespeare’s Fool.” He teamed up with Jason Feddy. Together they mixed rock ’n roll music along with reggae and acoustic based tunes, performing ten songs and ten speeches from the Shakespeare canon.

How to enter John Gardiner Community Poetry Contest

Throughout the month of April, entrants may submit up to three original poems.

Poets of all ages are invited to enter. All poems must be submitted by the end of April 30. All poems must include: Name, Contact information (phone or email), and Grade level (or Adult). Original poems cannot be returned.

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2017 Poetry Contest Winners 

Entrants either physically deliver poems to Laguna Beach Library (363 Glenneyre St) or email entry to ocpl.lagunabeach@occr.ocgov.com (include name, contact information, and grade level/or adult).

The top three winners in each category will be awarded gift certificates for Laguna Books, courtesy of Friends of Laguna Beach Library. Winning poets are also invited to read their winning poems to the public at the annual Recognition of Winning Poets to be held at the Library on Saturday, June 2.

Winning Poems will be published in the 20th Annual Poetry Booklet.

Those interested in submitting cover art for this year’s booklet, contact the library.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online:
www.lagunacanyon.org/activities

949-923-2235. Parking: $3

 

Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park

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Keep It Wild Volunteer Day

Sat, April 21

8 – 11 a.m.

Join OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation at a habitat restoration stewardship event in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, learning and working together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, and/or planting of native plants. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, close toed shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Big Bend Staging Area. Youth ages 16 and 17 are eligible to volunteer with parent permission. A form is required to be signed by their parent or guardian prior to starting the volunteer activities.

Youth under the age of 16 are not eligible to volunteer unless accompanied by an adult or guardian. Forms are available at: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers!

 

Birding Walk

Sun, April 22

8 – 11 a.m.

Learn, practice or just enjoy spotting spring and year-round resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 1.5-mile hike over primarily flat, but uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. No experience necessary! For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars (Limited binoculars available on loan.) Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.

 

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Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park 

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Tot Walk – Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Fri, April 20

9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Ranger Zach along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and to the creek. We will see bugs, plants, birds and explore! Ranger Zach may even host a game, play guitar or introduce a local resident to the children. Come join the fun! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot.) Online reservation required. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.

Parking: $3/vehicle.

Boys & Girls Club will host “racy” 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala on May 12 

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to present its 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala – “And We’re Off!” – on Saturday, May 12 at Montage Laguna Beach. The event will be Kentucky Derby-style themed soiree. 

Invitees are encouraged to dress to impress and pull out all of the stops when selecting a suit or dress for the big night. It is a chance for every female to express her inner Southern Belle, and every guy to get just as decked out as the ladies. 

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The Boys & Girls Club’s 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala on May 12 will be a night of “racy” fun

Guests will start the evening on the Montage lawn with tasty morsels and signature Southern cocktails. The evening will continue with an elegant dinner and rousing live auction followed by dancing to some live music that will make guests feel like they are partying it up at the Downs. 

This promises to be one of the events of the year, and a chance to generously support the Club and its some 2,000 youth members and families. Proceeds raised at the 18th annual Art of Giving Gala go directly towards empowering children of all ages to reach their full potential, no matter their financial situation. 

For more information about the Gala includint tickets or table sponsorships, contact Michelle Ray Fortezzo at (949) 494-2535 ext. 7584 or by email at micheller@bgclaguna.org, or visit the Club website at www.bgclagunabeach.org.


Crystal Cove State Park

crystalcovestatepark.org

If you love hiking, lace up those boots. The backcountry and 

wilderness areas offer you 18 miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness, mostly the endangered coastal sage scrub plant community. For energetic backpackers, there are three environmental campgrounds, one in the canyon and two at the higher elevations. The higher trails offer beautiful vistas of the mountainous backcountry, geological formations and the Pacific Ocean. Exploring the lower trails offers hiking through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Whether you trek the high or low trails or both, you will see native plants and animals that call this park home.

 

Earth Day

Sat, April 21

9 a.m. – Noon

Help celebrate Earth Day at Crystal Cove State Park. Projects include: planting, weeding,
mulching, and watering in the Historic District, painting curbs and gates, waxing lifeguard towers, installing symbolic fencing, removing old signage, and cleaning the 3.5 miles of beach.

Earth Day is always a great opportunity for park lovers to get their hands dirty and see the immediate fruits of their labor. Meet at the Los Trancos parking lot near the trailer, (PCH inland at the stoplight Los Trancos.) To register, go to www.calparks.org/help/earth-day. For more information, contact Winter.Bonnin@parks.ca.gov. 

 

Tidepool Walk to Pelican

Sun, April 22

8:30 a.m.

Get an early start to the day and enjoy a super low – 0.2 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican

Point and help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Be prepared to walk on uneven, rocky, rough terrain. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) $15 day-use fee. 

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Cassins kingbird

 

Love birds? 

Bring a pair of binoculars and look for feathered friends who have adapted to Crystal Cove, as you hike the trails, which go from easy to strenuous. Among the birds you might spot: Anna’s Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Black-Bellied Plover, Black Phoebe, Brown Pelican and the Great Blue Heron. For a directory of birds, visit www.crystalcovestatepark.org/
birds-of-crystal-cove
.  For a trail map, visit https://crystalcove.org/wp-content/
uploads/2017/05/CrystalCove_
Trails_Map.pdf
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About Tidepool Etiquette: Crystal Cove State Park is a Marine Protected Area. Taking or possessing tidepool sea life is illegal. To help preserve the longevity of the tidepools: never remove animals, shells or rocks; never pick up animals, observe them where they are; walk gently, taking care not to step on plants.

 Volume 10, Issue 32  |  April 20, 2018                                       


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Neighborhood Church will bless Eagle Scout member’s benches

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The skimboard bench by Brantlee Griffith at NCC

Brantlee Griffith, a recent graduate of Dana Hills High School and a member of Neighborhood Congregational Church designed, crafted, and built three unique benches for the church courtyard for his Eagle Scout Service Project last January.  This Sunday, Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) will honor Brantlee’s important work as they bless the three benches during their 10 a.m. worship service, where Brantlee will also be performing as a solo violist. All are invited and welcome to attend.

Last winter, Neighborhood Church removed grass to install a low-water, sustainable garden on the corner of Glenneyre and St. Ann’s. Brantlee designed the benches to complement that effort and to mirror the unique, artistic community in Laguna. Each bench is different. 

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Griffith and his team at the Neighborhood Church

“I wanted the benches to reflect the community:  One uses skimboards for the back of the bench to recognize the surf culture, and another has a sunburst to show the beautiful sunsets we have in Laguna,” said Brantlee. He and his team of youth and adults put in over 250 volunteer hours designing and building the benches.

Earning Eagle Scout requires commitment over a period of years to learn outdoor skills, earn at least 21 merit badges in different areas of interest, do community service projects, and learn leadership by holding various troop positions. Brantlee surpassed the requirements, demonstrated he lives by the principals of the Scout Oath and Law, and proved he has the character of an Eagle Scout.  

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Carrie Pohlhammer & Vicky Wilson relax on another of Griffith’s unique designs

Griffith has been a member of Troop 772 in Laguna Niguel since seventh grade. He’s held the positions of Quartermaster, Leave No Trace Trainer, Patrol Leader, and Instructor. He’s also Vice President of Venturing Crew 772, a co-ed high adventure group for youth 14-21 years old. He’s done extensive backpacking in the Sierras, canoed the Colorado River, experienced Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and climbed Mt. Whitney--twice. He’s an AP Scholar with Honors, Varsity Letterman on the Cross Country team, Varsity Hurdler on the Track team, Orchestra Viola Section Leader, and President of the Junior Achievement Club.

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On Earth Day, the LB Unitarian Universalist Fellowship features guest speaker Megan Peterson

On Sunday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m., the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach will celebrate Earth Day by featuring guest speaker Megan Peterson from Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

Megan’s presentation is titled “Oceans and Plastics: You Can Make a Difference.” Founded as the Orange County Marine Institute in 1977, the Ocean Institute offers ocean science and maritime history programs for K–12 students and their teachers. 

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Megan Peterson, Public Programs Coordinator, Ocean Institute, on a misty day

Everywhere we look we see plastic, a product that eases our daily lives, but at a great cost. In fact, plastic threatens the very survival of planet Earth. Plastic harms marine life, disrupts human hormones, and contaminates drinking water for both man and beast. A massive amount of plastic fills the oceans, litters the beaches, and clogs our streams and landfills. 

On April 22, come and explore the problems that are inherent with plastic and learn how small choices can make an enormous difference in our war on waste. 

Megan Peterson has a BA degree in Environmental Studies & Biology, with an emphasis on Marine Ecology, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

She has researched the ecology and conservation of the Great White Shark, the behavior of cetaceans, and the intertidal zone, the area that is above water at low tide and under water at high tide. As Public Programs Coordinator at the Ocean Institute, Peterson’s current focus is to convey her passion for preserving marine life and the environment by developing public outreach programming.

The UUF is located at 429 Cypress Drive. 

For additional information contact Rachel Daniels at bpdaniels215@gmail.com or call her at (310) 714-2699.

Celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 27 by joining LBBC for a Historical Tree Walkabout

Bob Borthwick, landscape architect, will lead a small group on a Historical Tree Walkabout in the downtown area in celebration of National Arbor Day, Friday, April 27.

The strolling group will learn about the history of the town through the many tree species planted before and since Laguna’s founding. 

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Bob Borthwick takes a group on a historical tree tour

The walk will identify the evolution of downtown Laguna from the early Homesteaders, through the decades of the 20th Century, to our present day.                                                                                 

Attendees are asked to wear walking shoes and a hat. Group size will be limited, so to ensure your spot, RSVP to gweisslaguna@gmail.com or call George at (949) 295-0832.

The group will meet outside City Hall, 505 Forest Ave, at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27. The walkabout will last approximately two hours.


Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org

 

Hearing Screenings

2nd Thurs | 1:30-3:30pm | Free

Hearing screening and consultation with audiologist Dr. Rose-Marie Davis includes complimentary hearing aid cleaning and minor repairs. Call 949-464-6645 to schedule an appointment.

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Fri | 3-5pm

Join Laguna’s LGBT seniors for seasonal potlucks, free movies and snacks, speakers, and outside group events. In good company, the club also enjoys working on community service projects.

Ted Talks

1st & 3rd Tue | 10am-12pm

Limited Space

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, in the form of short, powerful talks. Contact Al Gumb if you’d like to join: algumb@earthlink.net

Computer Assistance

Thursdays Noon-3pm. Please call ahead. One-on-one help with your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, PC & Mac/Apple, Windows 7&8.

Benefits Enrollment Center

1st Mon | 12:30-3:30pm | Free

Council on Aging and Laguna Beach Seniors introduce the Benefits Enrollment Center at The Susi Q to assist seniors and persons with disabilities find and apply for benefit programs.

Call to register: 949-464-6645

Social Services Support

Feeling the Blues Counseling

One-on-one sessions for men and women.Schedule an appointment with a mental health professional. 10 free sessions. Call for more information (949) 715-8104

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org

 

Living Well with Chronic Illness Support Group

2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Tue | 10-11:30am | Free

A caring support group open to individuals over 50 touched by any chronic/serious health related issues. For more information, reach out to facilitator Sandra Weiss at 949-715-8104.

 

Laguna Beach Seniors Men’s Group

Fridays | 11am-12:30pm | Free

For men 50+, get support from the general stress of everyday living and any other issues affecting your well-being. Open group, drop-ins welcome. Contact facilitator Clint Christie, M.A. at 949-715-8104 for details.

Care Management

Mon – Fri | 9am-5pm

Saturday (apt. only) | 9am-1pm

Free

Providing linkage to resources that promote safety and quality of life. Call for appt.

Exercise a la Susi Q: Mind | Body | Balance

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

9-10am | $4 per class

The overall benefits will affect every aspect of your health and the quality of your daily life. Exercises can be performed while standing or while sitting in a chair. No floor or mat exercises are performed. Instructor: Wayne Lawrence

Adult Hula Lessons

Fridays | 1:30-2:30pm | $3 suggested donation per class

Come and dance the hula with us! The gentle and graceful movements will make you forget your troubles and mentally transport you to the islands.

Take the bus to the Susi Q

The city’s blue buses now stop right in front of the Susi Q Monday – Saturday all day.

Schedules will be posted at all bus stops, so getting here is easier than ever. You won’t have to deal with traffic or parking!

Interpreting Current Events 

Tuesday and Friday | 9:30-11:30am

Join this discussion of newsworthy events, and topics of special interest.

Bingo 

Mon & Thu | 10:30-11:30am | Free

Join us for Bingo every Monday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30am. Try your luck to win prizes and gift cards. National Charity League sponsors “Birthday Celebration Bingo” on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, from 10:30-11:30am.

Monday Movie and Popcorn

Free every Monday from 12:30-3pm. See movie schedule at www.susiq.org.

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing

Mon | 1:30- 2:30pm | Intermediate | $7 per class – Drop-ins welcome!

Waltz, Rumba, Swing, Watusi, ChaCha, Country two-step, Fox Trot. No partner required.  Instructor: Candis Davis

Health Insurance Counseling (HICAP)

1st & 3rd Mon | 9am- Noon | Free

Providing assistance and objective information to help seniors and disabled persons make informed decisions about health care coverage, Medicare benefits and supplemental insurance plan options. Sponsored by the Council on Aging. Call 949-464-6645 for an appointment.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org

 

Free Legal Clinic

Seaside Legal Services

Providing professional legal assistance to seniors age 55+ who cannot afford counsel. Attorney’s Jane Fulton and Leslie Lindgren provide help and/or referrals for family law; health-related issues; consumer problems; conservatorships; housing; elder abuse; bankruptcy; wills and power of attorney. Must be an OC resident with proof of residency. Call first to make an appointment, 949-715-8104. No walk-ins.

Contemporary Short Story Seminar

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 2 – 4 pm

Members will take turns leading discussions of selected stories. Contact Alison King, Ph. D. for more information: (714) 608-1322 or email her at: aking@csusm.edu

Free Estate Planning Legal Advice

3rd Thu | 12-2pm | Free

Local Attorney Leslie Daff is available to answer questions pertaining to estate planning, probate, and trust administration and to prepare and notarize financial powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, and HIPAA authorizations at no charge.

We have Bridge for all levels!

Call to find out about classes! 

Bridge Group needs fourths

The Round Robin Bridge group is looking for new players and substitute players. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:30am-2:30pm at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Penny Joseph at pennyjoseph62@gmail.com.

Tabletop Treasures

Every other Monday | 9am-Noon (check the front desk for schedule)

Fabulous recycled and second time around treasures for sale at bargain prices. Small donated items are always appreciated for drop off from 9am-3pm. No clothing please. Proceeds benefit weekly Bingo and fund the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship from LBS.

Heart to Heart

Mondays | 10-11:30am | Free

Join Laguna residents and facilitator Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared.

Open Game Room

Wednesdays | 12:30-4:30pm

Game day fun including Scrabble, Mahjongg and other board games.

Needle Arts Guild 

The Susi Q Community Needle Arts Guild meets on the last Friday of every month at 1pm creating handmade items for local organizations.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group

1st Wed | 1-3pm

Join us the first Wednesday of every month from 1-3 p.m. for an informational meeting and informal discussion. Strategies will be shared for dealing with loved ones who are affected by the disease.

Table Tennis every week

Mon & Wed | 12:30-2:30pm

Fridays | 12:30-2:30pm
Saturday times vary

There is a $25 annual fee.

Bring your own paddle or borrow one of ours.  All we ask is that you wear non-skidding shoes.

All levels of play are welcome!


City Hall

Council, Boards, Commissions, Committees – Etc. 

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Mon, April 23

Arts Commission

5:30 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 

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Thurs, April 26

Design Review Board

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 

 

Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee Meeting

6 – 8 p.m. 

Community & Susi Q Center 

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Fri, April 27

City Hall Closed

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CLICK HERE for agendas, meeting minutes and more info

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New display of HIP District artefacts is now on show at the Murphy Smith Bungalow on Ocean

The HIP District, otherwise known as Historic and Interesting Places, stretches down South Coast Highway from Thalia Street to Bluebird Canyon, with beautiful beaches at the end of every street. The Murphy Smith Bungalow is currently offering a display of related items.

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Scattered throughout the District are some of Laguna’s earliest buildings including the Hotel La Casa del Camino, The Old Pottery Place (Pottery Shack), and The English Garden.

The Murphy Smith Bungalow at 278 Ocean Ave is the home of the Laguna Beach Historical Society. The store is open are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m.  All visits are free to the public. 

For more information or to donate, visit www.lagunabeachhistory.org.


LBHS Boosters will rock the night away

The Black Tongued Bells and James Clay Garrison & the Giant Peach will perform a benefit concert on Friday, April 27 from 7 p.m. to midnight as part of the Blue Water Music Festival. The concert will benefit the LBHS Tennis and Booster programs.

The Black Tongued Bells

The event will be held at The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach.

Only 200 tickets are available and they’re expected to sell out fast. Call Rick Conkey at (949) 573-8624 with questions or to purchase tickets.

The Woman’s Club is located at 286 St. Ann’s Drive.


LB “Gate & Garden Tour” Fundraiser showcases

South Laguna’s diverse gardens on Friday, May 4

The charming, tree-lined streets of South Laguna are the venue of this year’s Laguna Beach Garden Club “Gate & Garden Tour” on Friday, May 4, a fundraiser for educational school gardens, scholarships, and community projects. 

The 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. event features 10 fancy and fanciful private gardens along a three-quarter-mile walking route and includes a quarter-acre formal garden with ocean views.

Fun is in the air as this year’s tour takes place on the “Eve of Cinco de Mayo” and offers margaritas and Mexican fare, free refreshments, plein air painters in several gardens, and a raffle of prizes from local artists and businesses.

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Charles Reimer’s quarter-acre classic French garden with ocean views on Mar Vista Avenue in South Laguna 

“This year’s Gate & Garden Tour is a celebration of the diverse gardens of South Laguna, which reflects the community’s past and present,” said Nancy Englund, tour chair. “We’ll showcase classic, contemporary, whimsical, and unusual gardens at 10 homes. The final stop is a gem: The South Laguna Community Garden Park with dozens of thriving garden beds,” she added.

Tour tickets are $45 in advance and available at www.LagunaBeachGardenClub.org and at Laguna Beach Books, Laguna Drug, Laguna Nursery, Tides Inn, and Dana Point Nursery. On May 4, $50 tickets will be available at the tour’s starting point: Arabella Laguna Historic Cottages, 506 N Coast Hwy, which is the location of the registration and reception areas. 

On May 4, from 11 a.m., buses will continuously shuttle attendees from Arabella Laguna to the first garden in South Laguna and back at the end of the walking route. The last tour bus leaves Arabella at 2 p.m. 

Volunteers will be on hand to assist tour goers. A rest stop, water, and restroom will be available along the route. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, brimmed hats, sunglasses, and cameras are recommended.

For more tour and ticket information, visit www.LagunaBeachGardenClub.org or email Nancy Englund at NEnglund@
LagunaBeachGardenClub.org
.


Save the date for the upcoming Spring Fling Potluck Festival on Sunday, April 29

You’re invited to the ninth annual Spring Fling Potluck Festival on Sunday, April 29 from 3 - 6 p.m. in the South Laguna Community Park, located at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Hwy. 

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Join the Spring Fling Potluck Festival for a day of fun and exciting activities 

There will be live music, kid games, and lots of neighborly fun. Beverages and potluck dishes are encouraged to be brought to share with everyone. This will be a fun and exciting event for all. 

For more information on this upcoming event, visit www.southlaguna.org.

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