Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden will host a garden décor and plant sale at the farmer’s market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 19. Proceeds are used to improve and maintain the 2.5-acre garden and the mid-century modern home of its former owner, in Boat Canyon.
The garden features over 1,200 species of native and exotic vegetation from all over the world. Free docent led tours are pre-arranged through the city’s Community Services Department on the first and third Saturdays and second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. Reserve at www.LagunaBeachCity.net
Artist Holds Craft Sale and Food Drive
Local Jeannie Richardson plans a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in South Laguna, 31582 S. Coast Highway.
The artist will also be collecting food donations for the Laguna Food Pantry.
Learn the Lowdown on Building Code Changes
Laguna Beach building official Dennis Bogle will be discussing building code changes and pending legislation at a 4:30 p.m. seminar Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna Beach.
Skip Walker, co-author of CodeCheck, will also review significant code changes and other new requirements pertinent to design and construction professionals.
RSVP to Bill Parker, Building Inspection Services, 301 Forest Ave., 949 233-1960.
Look Out Pedestrians, Police Are Watching You, Too
Police will step up enforcement Thursday, Nov. 15, at locations where pedestrian involved accidents have occurred in the last year, says a statement from the police chief.
Officers will look for traffic offenses made by motorists, such as speeding, illegal turns and failing to yield to pedestrians; and by pedestrians, who jaywalk or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.
Meet to Discuss TOW Park Renovations
The city of Laguna Beach will hold a 4 p.m workshop Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Top of the World Park (at Shady and Treetop Lanes) to seek public input on the proposed plans to revamp the park’s hardscape with new sidewalks and decomposed granite pathways and a water-conserving irrigation system.
The recommendations from a city recreation committee will be considered at a future Design Review Board hearing. Plans can be reviewed at lagunabeachcity.net on the public works page under construction projects.
Contact Tri Nguyen at 949 497-0741 for information.
Banishing Grief at the Holidays
Those who are grieving are invited Monday, Nov. 14, to a 4 to 5:30 p.m. support group, led by Deborah Sakach and Rev. Jon Moore.
The group meets at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. For more info, contact the church office at 949 494 7555.
New Course Offers Secrets to Success
A six-session course called How Success Thinks: Jewish Secrets for Leading a Productive Life, begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 S. Coast Highway. Rabbi Eli Goorevitch leads the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute course.
JLI courses are open to the public. Register at 949 499-0770.
Tourism Campaign Targets Bay Area
Visit Laguna Beach, the city’s promotion arm, has joined with five other Orange County cities in a new ad campaign to promote tourism from the San Francisco market.
The campaign, OMG OC, uses digital ad banners and video segments to tout the county’s beauty, neighborhoods and hidden enclaves through Dec. 10.
How to Best React When Disaster Strikes
Plan for a disaster at a preparedness workshop Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6-8 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.
Presenters will explain how the public can prepare for hazards. Speakers include Alex Tardy, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, who will speak on the forecasted winter weather. Other presenters drawn from city staff include Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse, Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow, Public Works Project Director Wade Brown and Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock.
Clothing Drive Benefits Job Seekers
A clothing drive to assist clients of Women Helping Women will be held Friday, Nov. 18, at the Anderson Law Group, Inc., 1000 N. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. The organization has assisted 80,000 job seekers since its founding.
“As part of the Laguna Beach business community, we are pleased to give women a boost into business with both the skills and the clothes needed to re-enter the workforce,” said local Loreen Gilbert, founder of WealthWise Financial Services.
Info: Robyn Williams, WHW program officer, 949 631-2333 ext. 322.
Donations Needed for Holiday Fundraiser
The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club is asking folks to jump-start their holiday giving by donating to the Tarnished Treasures Luncheon and Fundraiser, Dec. 9.
“What you don’t want may be exactly what someone else does,” said luncheon chair and past mayor, Cheryl Kinsman. “Popular items include holiday decorations, art, jewelry, toys, gently worn clothing, and household goods.” Furniture will not be accepted.
Proceeds will benefit needy families in Laguna.
Donations may be dropped through Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays at the Kinsman & Kinsman office, 32355 Coast Highway, except Nov. 24-25; and from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s.
The lunch is $35 for club members and $40 for non-members. Visit www.wclb.org/event to make reservations. Or call Rebecca Barber at 949 499-8000.
Brazil Export Arrives at Main Beach
A store for Havaianas, the Brazil-made flip-flop, at 160 S. Coast Highway, is bringing back retail energy to the still-closed South Coast Cinema.
Features of the store include an make your own station, with authentic Swarovski crystals and metal charms available for decoration.
In addition to the customization options, the store offers a large variety of Havaianas sandals. The store is open daily.