Community Datebook

DeStefano Shares Her Personal History


Jessica deStefano

Local sculptor and portrait artist Jessica deStefano will talk about Laguna Beach’s St. Francis by the Sea Cathedral Chapel on Feb. 23 with members of the Exchange Club.


The meeting is to begin at 12:15 p.m. at Asada restaurant, 480 S. Coast Highway.


The historic church was founded by deStefano’s grandfather, Percy Wise Clarkson. Clarkson also was the founder of the original St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. DeStefano will reveal the mystery of how her grandfather came to build two churches of two different denominations side by side on Park Avenue in Laguna Beach


The cost for non-members to attend the meeting is $20 and it includes an excellent lunch.


Direct any questions to Katy Moss at 494-0703 or Jim Rue at 494-6684




Discussion Group Takes on Sober Topics



The Great Decisions group meets to discuss foreign policy on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 429 Cypress.


The 1:30 p.m. group is to focus on cybersecurity led by computer counselor Pam Cates.

At 7 p.m., Professor emeritus Jack Siegman is to lead a talk on exiting from Iraq and Afghanistan.



Transition Laguna Plants Seedlings


This month, rather than its usual garden installation, the Transition Laguna Beach team welcomes the public to join in planting seedlings on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 610 Anita St., from 9 a.m. to noon.


Participants will help in seeding beds for seedlings, eventually sold at the TLB Food Group Farmer’s Market Booth.


New members are welcome. More info: www.translationlaguna.org.


Free children’s gardening workshop


Transition Laguna Beach will hold free monthly children’s gardening workshops on the third Saturday of each month starting at 9 am. The first workshop will be held on Feb. 19 in a private residence.


The activities will focus on teaching children ages 5-10 the basics of gardening and how to grow their own organic food.


The workshops will take place at private residences throughout the community, and will be followed by a group potluck. Parents must be present.


For more information and location, email: [email protected].

Learning from the architect John Lautner


The Friends of Laguna Beach Architecture will feature a presentation titled “Learning from John Lautner” on Feb 22 at the Debilzan Fine Art Gallery at 224 Forest Ave.


The presentation will be conducted by local architect David Parker and it will cover John Lautner’s work, which includes two Laguna Beach homes.


Friends of Laguna Beach Architecture will hold monthly presentations on the fourth Wednesday of the month on topics related to architecture and design in Laguna Beach.


For more information, contact Sean McCracken at [email protected].

Gleaning Planned for TOW Fruit Trees

Members of Transition Laguna plan to glean fruit from backyard trees in the Top of the World neighborhood Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 9 a.m.

Citrus tree owners with more fruit than they need should contact Transition Laguna for assistance. The group will donate surplus fruit to community groups to be distributed to those in need.

For more information, location, and to volunteer, please contact: Linda Elbert [email protected]


Awards for City’s Visitors’ Bureau


The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau received an award from the North American Travel Journalists Association for their use of social media to promote their destination.


The bureau also won a grand prize in recognition of “outstanding excellence” in the destination marketing category.


In the same time, the bureau’s Laguna Beach Foodies campaign won in the category for marketing of less than $400,000.





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