Community Datebook

Resource Center’s Food Pantry Open Saturday

The Laguna Relief and Resource Center’s food pantry, located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road (between the dog park and the  Pacific Marine Mammal Center), will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21, giving working families a chance to take advantage of the food pantry. Regular business hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

The center currently serves over 400 families, using over 4,000 pounds of food, each week. Donations of canned goods, meats, fresh fruit and veggies are always welcome during normal business hours.


Catching Seasonal Rainfall

Brad Lancaster

Brad Lancaster, author of “Rainwater Harvesting,” will give a free presentation from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21 at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. He will discuss how to turn water scarcity into abundance using rainwater.

Additionally, Lancaster will offer a hands-on workshop after the talk, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Anneliese School’s Willowbrook Campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Road. The workshop, which costs $35 for advance tickets or $45 at the door, will include simple principles and tips to leverage greater success with implementing simple and effective passive rainwater harvesting systems.

The rainwater lecture and workshop are sponsored by Transition Laguna and SEEDS Art & Education, to promote stewardship of the land.


Public Comment Invited on Water District’s Plan

The Laguna Beach County Water District will hold a public hearing to consider the adoption of its 2010 urban water management plan update at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at its offices, 306 Third Street.

A copy of the draft plan is available for review at the district’s office, online at www.lagunabeachwater.com, and at the Laguna Beach Public Library, 363 Glenneyre Street. For more information, contact the district at 494-1041.


Boys & Girls Club Solicits Sponsors/Donations for Fundraiser

Boys and Girls Club supporters, from left, James Berminghem, Kelly Mazzo, Dorene Butler and Don Crevier.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach will hold their 11th annual Art of Giving Gala, “Great Futures Start Here,” on June 11 at the Montage Resort, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Donations for the silent auction will also be greatly appreciated.

The event, tailored to the them “endless summer,” will start with hors d’oeuvres, a hosted bar and a silent auction, to be followed with dinner, a live auction and dancing to the surf music of “The Jeeps.”

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Michelle at 949-494-253, ext. 103 or [email protected]

All proceeds raised at the Gala go directly to supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s mission. They served over 1,500 young people and their families who live in Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, and the surrounding communities.


Cyclist Supports 24-Hour Ride

George Vitolo, a field supervisor at Medix Ambulance Service, will race solo in this summer’s 24 Hours of Adrenalin, to be held in July at the Canmore Nordic Centre in Canada, and Laguna Cyclery and Medix Ambulance Service have agreed to sponsor Vitolo, whose goal is to raise awareness for the nonprofit Wheels4Life.
“Wheels4Life is a charity I have been supporting for some time now,” said Vitolo, adding that he is excited to embark on the 24-hour bike ride to draw attention to the important work the organization does by providing free bicycles for people in need of transportation in Third World countries.

Wheels4Life partners with local individuals, organizations and other groups to help identify persons who sincerely need a bike to be able to go to school or to work. Often these people live in very primitive and remote areas, with no access to public transportation. Having a bike can make give them a chance to break out of the vicious poverty cycle.




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