A candidate for the 74th state Assembly district, Newport Beach councilman Keith Curry, is the guest speaker at the Laguna Beach Taxpayers Association’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 26. The 10 a.m. brunch at Mare’s Culinary Lounge, 696 S Coast Highway, costs $50 per person. R.S.V.P to 949-910-9265 by April 23.
Discussion of concerns by local residents is encouraged.
Curry also holds a fundraiser at Newport Beach’s Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., on April 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 to $4100. For more information go to: www.curryforassembly.com
Exchange Club Hosts Star Speaker
Richard Burgi, a television and film star and representative for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, will be speaking to the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday, April 24, at 12 p.m.
The club meets at Watermarc restaurant, 448 S. Coast Highway. The event is free, though guests pay for their lunch.
The club’s national project is prevention of child abuse. For more information call 494-0703 or visit Lagunabeachexchangeclub.org.
Montage Hosts Blood Drive
A Red Cross blood and bone marrow drive will take place at the Montage resort, 30801 S. Coast Highway, Tuesday, April 29, from 7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Free valet parking. Please email [email protected] to sign up.
Applications Open for AAUW Grants
Local non-profit organizations are encourage to submit an application for grants ranging from $200 to $1,000 for work that addresses the mission of The American Association of University Women.
Laguna’s branch will award approximately $6500 to local programs this fall. “Our mission is advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research,” said Nancy Miller, branch president.
Grant info is available at aauw-lagunabeach.org.
The Suggestion Box is Open 24/7 at City Hall Connect
The public can communicate directly with City Hall officials by submitting questions, comments and requests using “City Hall Connect,” an online customer relations management system.
City Hall Connect is accessible by clicking on the contact us icon located on the city’s homepage: www.lagunabeachcity.net. Once a question, comment or request is entered, the message, or “case,” will be routed to the appropriate city department and staff member.
Residents will also have the ability to track and review their current and previous cases. Additionally, the City Hall Connect system includes a list of frequently asked questions.
Gardeners Hope to Transplant
The South Laguna Community Garden Park is seeking your vote for its Seeds of Change grant application. Awards help support sustainable, community-based gardening and farming programs.
Vote at Facebook.com/seedsofchange and at www.seedsofchangegrant.com through April 21. The top 50 vote getters move on to a final judging phase and grant recipients will be announced May 5.
If awarded, Laguna’s garden supporters intend to use funds to purchase an alternate property, as the current lot was recently sold.
Mayor Vows to Defend City’s Title
The citizens of Laguna Beach are invited to join with Mayor Elizabeth Pearson in defending the town’s title as a “Most Water Wise City.”
The Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Use Efficiency is a month-long competition challenging residents to pledge to use resources more responsibly.
The initiative is supported by local artist Wyland.
Residents are asked to log onto mywaterpledge.com in April to complete the pledge.
Cities with the highest percentage of residents taking the pledge win.
Chamber Tees Up With Clinic
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual golf tournament on Monday, April 21 at Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club, 25291 Vista Del Verde, Coto De Caza. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Laguna Beach Community Clinic.
Tickets are $175 for chamber members and $200 for non-members. Reserve a spot on the green or become a sponsor, call the Laguna Beach Chamber at (949) 494-1018.
Realtors Install Officers
Suzanne Taylor, president of the Laguna Board of Realtors, installed directors of its Charitable Assistance Fund on March 5.
Its members include Nancy Pooley, Bob Hartman, Debbie Muccillio, Patrick Zellar, Charles Brickell, Jerry Bieser, Kathy Blond, Gary Boisen and Liz Comerford.
The board’s Taste for Charity fundraiser is set for May 29 and this year’s beneficiaries include CSP Youth Shelter, First Thursday’s Art Walk, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Beach Community Clinic, Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Associaion, Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Fund, Laguna Beach Seniors, No Square Theatre, The Artist Fund at the Festival of the Arts, the Laguna Food Pantry and the LBOR Charitable Assistance Fund.