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Setting a Table for the Hungry

The Laguna Presbyterian Church is having its annual October Food Drive to help restock the Laguna Resource Center Pantry with food for the working poor.

Beginning Oct. 9, collection boxes will be located in Fellowship Hall, the patio, and the church office.

The food drive needs your donation of cans of fruit, vegetable, beans, chili, pasta, macaroni, peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, ketchup and cooking oil.  For further information please call the church office at 949-494-7555.

Backyard Roses Judged in Garden Club Show

Find out what it takes to grow prize-winning exhibition roses at the 9:30 a.m. meeting of the Laguna Beach Garden Club, Friday, Oct. 14, at the Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall, Forest and Second Street.Club members will submit roses from their own gardens for the Novice Rose Show.Rosarian, judge, and club member Bonnie Andrews will share tips and explain why each submitted entry is either prized, disqualified, or not up to winning standards. Learn about rose categories, fertilizing, soil conditions, pest control, and rose show tricks of the trade. For more info: visit www.lagunabeachgardenclub.orgRotary Car Show at the Start LineOne of last year’s beauties.

Scores of American muscle cars as well as antique roadsters will roll into the Festival of Arts’ grounds and parking lot on Sunday, Oct. 16, for the Rotary Club’s annual car show, whose proceeds benefit 20 different local charities.
At least 175 collectors are polishing up their gems for competition in 26 classes.
The show, at $10 per person, also features breakfast burritos, lunches and beer and wine for purchase separately. The original painting featured in the show poster by artist Michael Obermeyer will be available for auction along with other works.

Nominations Open for Vet of the Year

State Sen. Tom Harman seeks nominations from the community of a fellow veteran residing in the 35th Senate District for recognition as veteran of the year.

“I feel strongly about honoring our veterans because they have provided, and continue to provide, such remarkable service to our country and our local community, said Harman, of Huntington Beach, whose district includes Laguna Beach.

Download a nomination form at http://cssrc.us/web/35/pubs/110927_Nominate_Vet.doc or contact Emanuel Patrascu at (714) 957-4555 for a form. The nomination period ends Friday, Oct. 31.

Resolving Legal Disputes in Arbitration

Laguna Beach resident Lester Savit will participate among a panel of arbitration experts appearing at an educational conference Thursday, Oct. 13, at the UC Irvine School of Law from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“With our overburdened legal system facing reduced resources, arbitration’s potential to resolve disputes out of the courtroom more quickly and less expensively is increasingly important,” said Savit, a partner at Jones Day in Irvine and an American Arbitration Association arbitrator and mediator.

Register for this conference online at www.aaauonline.org.

Experts Speak About Nuclear Power

Hear experts who are not a part of the nuclear industry explain potential threats from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the San Clemente Community Center, 100 N. Calle Sevilla.

For more information contact Gary at [email protected]

A Whale of a Time

Eight clients of Sally’s Fund went to the Ocean Institute’s Senior’s Day and were greeted by docents who shared their knowledge and culinary delights. The excursion included boarding the Institute’s 60-foot research vessel. Though the great blue whale eluded their hunt, a great time was had by all watching dolphins.

Laguna Beach-based Sally’s Fund transports the elderly of Laguna to medical appointments, grocery and errand shopping, socials, and trips to the Susi Q Center for lunch and other programs.

They hope to make more excursion trips such as this. Call Sally ‘s Fund at 949-499-4100.

Edison Installs Smart Meters

Southern California Edison workers are installing smart electric meters in south county cities, including Laguna Beach.

Edison SmartConnect meters replace traditional mechanical meters, and will aid in transforming the electric system to a smart grid, according to Edison officials. Customers with smart meters can read their daily energy use through SCE.com  and receive e-mail, voice or text message alerts.

The $1.6 billion program was authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission to help achieve the state’s energy goals. Energy conservation, resulting from customers who adjust their use, should reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants.

For more info visit www.sce.com/edisonsmartconnect.

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