Community Datebook 3/29/13

Revisiting Historic Crystal Cove

Laura Davick

Laura Davick

Laura Davick’s parents met as campers at Crystal Cove in 1940 and moved into cottage No. 2 when she was a toddler.

Davick, who in 1999 founded Crystal Cove Alliance, will describe ongoing preservation efforts at the park during the Laguna Conservancy’s 6 p.m. dinner Monday, April 1, at Tivoli Terrace.

RSVP to 499-1224. $10 for members; $15 for non-members.


On Optimizing Well-Being

Dr. Roger Walsh

Dr. Roger Walsh

Roger Walsh, a UC Irvine professor of psychiatry, philosophy and anthropology will describe, “What Research Tells Us About Optimizing Well Being,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach.

A donation of $5 is requested. Light refreshments will be served and wine can be purchased for $5 a glass. For more information visit www.AAUW-LagunaBeach.org, www.lbwc.org or call Dr. Marion Jacobs at 949-494-4272.


Top Prosecutor Speaks to Rotary

Tony Rackauckas

Tony Rackauckas

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will speak at the weekly noon lunch meeting of Laguna Beach Rotary Club at Aliso Creek Inn on Friday, April 5.

Limited public seating is available.  Persons wishing to attend the presentation must RSVP to club president John Campbell at [email protected].  Admission: $20 including lunch.


Longtime Commissioner Updates Business Club

Planning Commissioner Norm Grossman speaks to the Laguna Beach business Club at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Hotel Laguna.

He will describe the commission’s current initiatives including the village entrance and updating the Downtown Specific Plan.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Non-members are welcome. RSVP to Bart Zandbergen at 949-455-0300 x218, or email: [email protected]


Celebrating Our Newest Sister

The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association is celebrating the addition of a new sister city—San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, on Friday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Art Center Courtyard, 1492 S Coast Hwy. Event will feature work of Mexican artist Victor Hugo Zayas at Salt Fine Art.

Tickets for event are $24 for members and $28 for non-members.

RSVP by March 29 to Betsy Jenkins at [email protected] or call 949-492-0883. Space is limited.


Discussing Water and a Corresponding Skill-Share

San Juan Capistrano’s Ecology Center hosts its first free community skill-share on water on Saturday, March 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., at 32701 Alipaz St.

Speakers include representatives of Surfrider Foundation, the city of San Juan Capistrano, OC Watershed, and more.

Event is free. There is a $15 suggested donation. For more information visit http://theecologycenter.org/events/community-skillshare-water.


Arbonne Supports Girls Fest

The Arbonne Charitable Foundation presented Soroptomist International of Laguna Beach with funds to support the first annual Healthy Girls Festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 27, at the Festival of Arts grounds.

Arbonne’s chief executive Kay Napier of Laguna Beach, presented club president Mary Sausen with the check last month.


Laguna Bluebelt Brochure Maps the Coast

Award winning underwater photographer Phil Colla’s iconic photo of California’s abundant kelp forests  is featured in the latest Laguna Bluebelt community brochure.

The new brochure, funded with a grant from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, maps Laguna’s special coves and beaches to guide locals and visitors to popular shallow and deep water sites. They are available at the Laguna Beach Visitor’s Bureau on Forest Avenue.

Boundaries of the new marine protected areas can be viewed on line at: http://lagunabluebelt.org/laguna-smr/.


Grant Funds More Tidepool Educators

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation has awarded a $1,000 grant to Laguna Ocean Foundation to add hours to its existing tidepool program at Crescent Bay.

Funding will allow staffing during high use times, like holidays and weekends. The program educates visitors  about Laguna’s fragile intertidal ecosystems to minimize impact.


Beach Chuckler 25K Arrives

New Laughter Club members Daina Welsh and Kris Carlisi.

New Laughter Club members Daina Welsh and Kris Carlisi.

Members of the Laguna Laughter Club gave a hilarious ovation to a pair of cousins from out of town on Sunday, March 17, honored as the 25,000th person(s) to laugh on the beach since the club began.

Co-recipients Daina Welsh, of Illinois, and Kris Carlisi, of Arizona, received the club T-shirt and other gifts on the sand below the Heisler Park gazebo.  For info contact (949) 376-1939, or write to [email protected].



Service Group Seeks Public Input 

Laguna Beach’s Community Service Council, comprised of volunteers from non-profit human services agencies, churches and local service clubs, is convening a discussion over community social concerns and services Friday, May 3.

The 9 a.m. discussion is to take place at the Woman’s Club, 286 St.

Need more info? Contact program convenor Elsa Brizzi at 376-1806.

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