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Scholar Chris Lowe and one of his subjects.

Rotary Hooked by Ocean Expert


Dr. Chris Lowe of Cal State University Long Beach’s shark lab will speak at Rotary Club’s lunch meeting on Friday, March 2, at Aliso Creek Inn.


Few animals attract our attention as much as sharks, yet myths and misconceptions about them abound. Lowe, studying sharks for two decades, will share his knowledge about the species.


RSVP to Laguna Beach Rotary president Jim Cox, at [email protected].  Admission: $20 including lunch.

Lightopia Hosts Trade Show & Webinar


Lightopia, a Laguna Beach-based residential and commercial lighting company, will hold its fourth annual Green Lighting Trade Show & Webinar on Friday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Keynote speaker, James Benya, will discuss how and why to use LED today.


For those interested, but unable to attend, Lightopia will be streaming the lecture live on their website www.lightopiaonline.com from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


For further info: contact Kerry Harker at 949-715-5575 or at [email protected]



Transition Laguna Hosts Movie Night


Transition Laguna will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday, March 6, and a movie on Thursday, March 8, both at 6:30 p.m. in the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Anne’s Dr.

At the meeting, the food group will announce its current projects.

The film “Power of Community” describes how Cuba coped in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse.

Potluck dinners are part of both events. Bring a dish to share along with your own reusable place setting.



Celebrating Purim in the Wild West


Purim in the Wild West makes its debut on Thursday, March 8, at 5 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 S. Coast Highway.


Purim will begin with a multimedia megillah reading followed by Buffalo Bill’s kosher BBQ, cowboy Jason Feddy on the guitar, and an array of entertainment and activities.


Tickets are $18/adult and $10/child. Subscribe online at www.chabadoflaguna.com or call 949-499–0770.



Great Decisions Weights Online Security and Southeast Asia


The Great Decisions discussion group meets Tuesday, March 6, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Dr.

The group’s 1:30 p.m. talk on Indonesia is led by Revia Morton Dimond; the 7 p.m. discussion on cybersecurity is presented by Bruce Taylor.

For further info: contact Jean Raun, 494 2247



Garden Club Digs Into the Succulent Garden


Succulent landscape gardener Matthew Maggio will be speaking at the Laguna Beach Garden Club on Friday, March 9, offering consulting services related to xeric plants and be selling exotic succulents from his collection.


Beginning with a 9:30 a.m. social hour, the meeting’s lecture will commence at 10:30 a.m. at Tankersley Hall at the Presbyterian Church, Forest Avenue and Second Street. There is no admission charge for guests.


For more info: visit www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org


Patriots Day Honoree Visits Rotary

Jorg Dubin’s memorial in Heisler Park.


Local artist Jorg Dubin, designer of the city’s Sept. 11 memorial and honored as artist of the year in the Patriots Day Parade, is Rotary Club’s lunch guest on Friday, March 9.


The club meets at Aliso Creek Inn. Dubin will discuss his involvement in the public project from conception to completion.


RSVP to Laguna Beach Rotary president Jim Cox, at [email protected]. Admission: $20 including lunch.



Laughter Leadership Training Offered

The Laughter Yoga Institute of Laguna Beach will offer certified leader training on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Students can learn how to guide others in intentional laughter techniques combined with easy breathing practices in classes at Irvine Valley College. Tuition is $295. Info: www.LYInstitute.org, or 949-376-1939.



Assisting Hands Arrives in Town


Assisting Hands Home Care’s owner Gale Friedman has opened a caregiving business to  serve Laguna Beach and surrounding area.


Services include 24/7 staffing by caregivers that are thoroughly screened, certified, insured, bonded and trained in CPR and basic life saving techniques, said Friedman, a nurse who makes her own personnel decisions.


To learn more, visit: www.assistinghands.com/laguna-beach or call 949-715-4590.



OC Goes Red for Heart Research


Kelly Perkins, a heart transplant recipient from Laguna Beach known for her landmark accomplishments in climbing mountains with her donor heart, is the keynote speaker Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m., at the Balboa Bay Club when the American Heart Association shines a spotlight on cardiovascular research milestones.


Perkins will be joined by more than 500 local women, including heart disease and stroke survivors Loretta Beaumont, Judy Brandt, Victoria Collins, Lynn Holly Johnson and Judy Voltmer.

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