Community Datebook 2/15/13

Bagging Assists the Assistance League 

Michelle Clark, left, provides Janene Freitas reusable bags for Assistance League customers without their own.

Michelle Clark, left, provides Janene Freitas reusable bags for Assistance League customers without their own.

Hundreds of reusable bags were donated recently to the Assistance League’s Thrift Shop thanks to local resident Michelle Clark, a spokeswoman for trash hauler Waste Management.

The shop faced a significant expense purchasing paper or reusable bags to comply with the city’s plastic bag ban, effective Jan. 1.


Interpreting Egypt’s New Hieroglyphs

The Great Decisions discussion groups will meet at 2 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to discuss evolving issues developing in Egypt and their effect on U.S. foreign policy.

The discussion is sponsored by the Laguna Beach branch of the Orange Coast League of Women Voters and the Social Action Committee of the UU Fellowship, located at 429 Cypress Dr.

For more info: contact Jean Raun, 949 494 2247


Positions Open on Heritage Committee

Laguna Beach’s City Council is accepting applications for four two-year terms and one one-year term on the Heritage Committee.

Applications are available online or at the city clerk’s office in City Hall and must be filed by Tuesday, March 12 at 5 p.m. Interviews will be conducted on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. by the City Council.

The committee generally meets once a month. For more information call 949-497-0705. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.


‘Open For Business’ Workshop Rolls Out the Welcome Mat

Laguna Beach will host an Open for Business workshop on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St.

Merchants use the workshops as an informal sounding board for their concepts, said participant Anne Johnson, a planning commissioner.

She will be joined by fellow planning commissioner Linda Dietrich; Kristine Thalman, executive director of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce; Cary Glenn, owner of Main Beach Realty; and city planner Monica Tuchscher.

For more information contact Monica Tuchscher at 949-497-0745 or via email at [email protected].


Workshop Stresses Developing Content

 Participants refining their message in a marketing workshop.

Participants refining their message in a marketing workshop.

Two Laguna Beach professionals have teamed up to help businesses get a fresh perspective on marketing. The first Mind’s Eye Marketing Workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m.-noon, in the community room at Buy Hand Laguna Beach, 670 S. Coast Highway, and costs $50.

“In this collaborative workshop, we’ll unplug and focus on developing a inspirational vision and narrative for your business (or your job search, nonprofit organization or campaign) using words and images,” explained writer-marketer Ellen Kempler. This unique approach starts with a creative brainstorming session and ends with a walk around the neighborhood with Laguna Beach photographer Mary Hurlbut.

Both also possess nonprofit and arts experience. Together, they will help participants learn how to combine words and images for messages that will make people take notice in any medium.

Register at 949-274-1702 or email [email protected].


Clearing a Path to Views

The next meeting of a committee drafting a view ordinance will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Susi Q community center, 380 Third St.

The Susi Q knitters benefit from senior center contributions.

The Susi Q knitters benefit from senior center contributions.

Gift Keeps Them in Stitches 

The Susi Q Knitting Group, volunteers who make shawls and lap blankets for oncology patients at Mission Hospital, is one of the many community-minded activities at the city’s senior center to benefit from a recent gift.

Laguna Beach Seniors received a gift from the Crevier Family fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, which assists individuals accomplish their charitable goals.

Info: 949-715-8223  or visit www.lagunabeachcf.org.

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