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Electronic Discard Collections

Surterre Properties is collecting electronic waste from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Laguna Beach school district parking lot, 550 Blumont Street.

Laguna Presbyterian Church is holding a similar drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, in their parking lot on Third Street, between Mermaid and Forest Avenues.

Eligible items, which will be completely destroyed and recycled, include old televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives, fax machines, microwaves, DVD players, VCRs, cable cords, telephones, radios, shredders, stereos, cassette players, zip drives and other business and consumer electronic devices.

The church is separately collecting printer cartridges and old cell phones in special white “Recycle” boxes located in the church office. Proceeds of which will be used for scholarships.

For further info: call 494-7555, or visit www.lagunapreschurch.org.

Surf’s Up at the Susi Q

The Susi Q Center and the Laguna Beach Historical Society present veteran surf band locals Bob Colwell, Tracy Longstreth and Matt Quilter, who will play and local surf music and discuss its legacy from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. There are original surf hits by local kids that are still being performed around the globe, with modern bands carrying the music forward.

Space is limited, so early reservations are recommended. Advance reservations are $5 per person, and any remaining seats will be $10 at the door. The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third Street. For more info, call 949-497-2441.

Performance Art Viewed in a Biblical Lens

The public is invited to a free, two-part multi-media presentation at Laguna Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Jan. 16, by Wayne Roosa, Ph.D. Speaking at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m., Roosa will examine contemporary performance and video art in parallel with the ancient tradition of Old Testament prophetic acts.

Roosa, is professor of art history and department chair at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., and chair of the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, in New York City. He returns to Laguna Presbyterian Church by popular request.

The presentation will be held in Tankersley Hall, which is located on Second Street between Forest and Mermaid. For further information, contact Dr. Kathy Sizer at 494-7555, or visit www.lagunapreschurch.org.

Seniors Seek Collectibles

Seniors are asking for donations of quality, gently used collectibles, valued at $200 or more, to be placed in the silent auction at their fifth annual Legacy Ball, to be held March 25 at the Resort at Pelican Hill.

Items such as unique and lovely jewelry, art, vintage china, special antiques or collectible books will be reviewed and appraised for inclusion in “The Legacy Collection.”

All donations must be received by Feb. 28, and donors will be given information to use to obtain a tax deduction. To donate an appropriate item, contact Christine Brewer at 497-2441 or [email protected].

Champion Jewish Boxer Keeps the Faith

Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach will host an evening with World Boxing Association welterweight champion Dmitriy Salita at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, and the event is open to the community.

Salita, hailed by fans as “the Star of David,” manages to strike a unique balance between career and religion.

Admission to Salita’s talk is $10 per person. The Chabad Jewish Center is located at 30804 S. Coast Highway. For more information and to RSVP, call 949-499- 0770, or visit www.chabadoflaguna.com.

Attorneys Speak on Tax, Estate Planning

Local tax and estate planning attorneys Leslie Daff and Randy Gardner will provide a free update Thursday, Jan. 20, on recently enacted tax laws, changes to consider in estate plans, and responsibilities of trustees.

Their talk takes place at Hotel Laguna at 8 a.m. and includes breakfast.  Seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected].

Slow for Crystal Cove Cone Zone

Caltrans began construction of two retaining walls on southbound Coast Highway at Crystal Cove State Park this week and urges motorists to slow when workers are present.

No lanes will be closed and vehicle traffic should not be impacted, according to a Caltrans statement. The roadway shoulder and bicycle lane will be closed for approximately two-tenths of a mile from El Morro Beach to Morro Ridge Road during construction, which is expected to be completed in spring of 2012. Motorists will have to share the road with bicyclists in that stretch.

The retaining walls will be rebuilt to protect and stabilize the existing damaged and eroded embankment, deteriorated due to stormwater runoff. This will prevent the loss of the roadway shoulder and bicycle lane.

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