Community Datebook 2/22/13

Boutique Benefits Gathering Inventory

Boutique Benefit is holding its next drop-off on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.

Organizers are accepting donations of quality clothing and accessories to be sold in May. Proceeds from the sale help the homeless, abused and hungry in the local community.

For more information visit www.boutiquebenefit.com.


Preparing for a Quake

Laguna Beach Methodist Church hosts the Wesley District Disaster Preparedness meeting on “Earthquakes!” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 21632 Wesley Dr.

This meeting will teach attendees how to prepare and stay safe during, before and after a big earthquake.

To RSVP and for more information contact Sandi Cain at [email protected] or 949-292-3279 or Susan Weidhaas at [email protected] or 949-683-0120.


Applications Due for Environmental Committee

Applications to serve on the city’s environmental sustainability committee are due by Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. in the City Clerk’s office.

The Committee consists of seven members who serve two-year terms.  All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at the regular meeting on March 5, at 6 p.m.

Four residents are to be selected.

The committee provides policy advice to the council by researching and reviewing items related to protecting the environment and improving the community’s future sustainability. Regular meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

The application is available online at www.lagunabeachcity.net or in the City Clerk’s office.


Lessons in Enriching Gardens

A composting expert provides a lesson in converting food waste into organic matter at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in in South Laguna’s Community Garden.

The class is free. RSVP to Tom Joliet at [email protected].


Seedlings for Sale at Farmers’ Market

A selection of potato, beet, spinach, herbs, kale and lettuce seedlings ready for transplanting will be sold by Transition Laguna Beach Food Group at the Farmers Market this Saturday, Feb. 23.

All have been grown organically here in Laguna. Their  booth is located at the back of the market on Local’s Lane.


Date Nights Become Marriage Course

Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church offers a seven-week, date-night Marriage Course for married and pre-marital couples of all ages starting Monday, March 4 through April 22. The class features DVD clips and practical advice from Nicky and Sila Lee, London therapists and authors of  “The Marriage Book”.

Registration deadline is Sunday, March 3. Cost is $75 per couple. Inquire about childcare for children of all ages. For more info: email [email protected].


TEDx Viewing In Laguna

TED, Technology, Entertainment, Design, will simulcast its annual TED conference from Long Beach on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, 31106 South Coast Hwy from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Attendance is complimentary but very limited. For more information email and RSVP to [email protected].
Catholics Prepare for Easter

St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church will hold Stations of the Cross on the following Friday evenings at 7 p.m. during Lent: March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1042 Temple Terrace. Also, every Friday morning, following 8 a.m. Mass, Stations of the Cross will take place in the Liturgical Garden.

For more information email Susan Daley at [email protected].


Local Promotes Reading by Running

Laguna resident Dennis Yang continues his Great Readings Run on Thursday, Feb. 21 starting at the Santa Monica Pier and running to San Diego, making stops at schools and Boys and Girls Clubs along the way.  He will make a pitstop home at the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. on Monday, Feb. 25

For more information visit www.papadidos.org, Dennis Yang at 949-500-3030.


Planners to Update Housing Policy

The public is invited to voice their opinion about the city’s housing needs and policies at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 during a public workshop in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission and the Housing and Human Services Committee will be conducting the workshop to review the city’s Housing Element, planning guidelines.

For more information contact Carolyn Martin at 949-497-0398 or [email protected].



Clothing Gathered By League

The Assistance League of Laguna Beach announced new clothing donation program for the Friendship Shelter and the Alternative Sleeping Location.

Thrift Shop members will set aside clothing for both organizations based on their needs. Also, the Friendship Shelter will help arrange times for those in need of clothing for job interview or job to come select appropriate clothing.


Chronicling Newport Teens

The Newport Beach Public Library is gathering stories and images showcasing the teen experience in Newport Beach for their Local History project called, “Kids These Days, Growing up in Newport Beach”. The project is collaboration among library staff and community members of all ages. Staff is looking for photos, from every era, depicting teens around town in different settings.

Those interested in contributing should send in their five best photographs from their middle and high school years and deliver them to the Reference Desk at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more info: contact Mara Cota at 949-717-3803 or [email protected].

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