The fourth annual Kelp Fest, celebrating the revival of kelp forests along the coastline, takes place at Main Beach on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the same time nearby, an Earth Day expo about sustainable living, organic farming, permaculture, water conservation will take place nearby on Laguna Avenue hosted by Transition Laguna.
An Earth Day meditation led by Lori Kahn starts festivities, followed by the high school jazz band at 11 a.m., with the Dupp Brothers, Salty Suites, Nick Hernandez & ADD and World Anthem thereafter.
“This event is free and hopes to inspire more people to help care for our planet!” memer Tammy Keces said in a statement.
Marine biologist Nancy Caruso started replanting kelp seedlings with the help of volunteers. Now organizing the Kelp Fest, she invited environmental organizations to participate and help nurture an appreciation for giant kelp forests. Activities include live painting, a life size interactive kelp forest model, live musical performances, guided tide pool tours, community kelp mural, a swim to the kelp forest, meeting a real live mermaid, beach clean-up, as well as arts and crafts for kids.
Ali Phelan, a Huntington Beach High School junior seeking to achieve a Gold Award as a Girl Scout, added her own project, Ocean Idol. She promotes environmental awareness via music showcased by local Southern California artists, including former “The Voice” contestant Naia Kete.
A drumming circle will begin on the beach at 3:30 p.m.
Parkinsons’s Specialist Featured
Dr. Janet Chance, a Hoag hospital neurologist who specializes in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease, will speak at 10 a.m. on April 21 at Laguna Presbyterian Church.
All are invited to at 415 Forest Ave. to attend and hear about diagnosis and latest treatments.
For more info visit www.lagunapreschrch.org or call (949) 494-7555.
Enrolling in Tomatoes 101
Carly Day Andrews and Ruben Flores will present their popular workshop on growing tomatoes at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the South Laguna Community Garden, Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway.
The public is welcome and the workshop is free.
Flores, owner of Laguna Nursery, will be bringing some tomato varieties, along with grafted tomatoes that combine disease and nematode resistant root stock with heirloom types.
The garden hosts a 2 to 5 p.m. potluck Sunday, April 28, with live music, children’s activities and cooking demonstrations.
Bring a dish to share and your own drinks.
Hotel Renovates, Rechristens Itself
Newly renovated and renamed, Seaside Laguna Inn & Suites, at 1661 S. Coast Highway is open for business.
The long-standing hotel has undergone a complete update and overhaul, with fresh black and white accents visible on the exterior. Inside, the 25 rooms feature wood floors outfitted with new bathrooms and beds, fresh paint and décor and a new staff.
The swimming pool has been filled in to create an outdoor patio space. Beach access is at Agate Street as well as Bluebird Canyon.
Visit seasidelagunainn.com for best rates.
Laguna Legal Celebrates Opening
Laguna Beach Legal celebrated their grand opening at 682 N. Coast Highway in Boat Canyon earlier ths month.
Over 60 guests attended including Assemblyman Allan Mansoor; Sergio Prince, a representative of Supervisor Pat Bates; Pam Smith, of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce; Woman’s Club and Soroptimist members; and family.
For further info: call 949-497-9800 or visit lagunabeachlegal.com.
Toasting Graduates Appropriately
The eighth annual Grapes for Grads Wine Tasting and Scholarship Fundraiser takes place Sunday, April 28 from 12-4 p.m. at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.
The Rotary Club’s fundraiser features over 80 wineries from around the world. Attendees can sample as many wines as they like while enjoying live music by Magnolia Memoir, art demonstrations by the students of Laguna College of Art and Design, and food prepared by K’ya Bistro Bar and Big Fish restaurants.
Grapes for Grads provides scholarships to students of Laguna Beach High School and LCAD. Admission is $35 and for those 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased online at grapesforgrads.com or by contacting Jeffrey Redeker at 949-371-7595.
Unraveling Insights in Talmud Tales
The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Yourself in the Legends of Our Sages, the institute’s new six-session spring course.
Rabbi Eli Goorevitch of Chabad Jewish Center, will conduct the six course sessions beginning Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m., at, 30804 S. Coast Highway.
Participants will encounter legends of gargantuan sea monsters, impossible feats, anthropomorphisms, and riddles that challenge the foundations of the Jewish faith. In deciphering the meaning behind these strange episodes, students will discover secrets containing profound insights into the meaning of life, Goorevitch said.
All JLI courses are open to the public. Interested students may call 949-499-0770 or visit myjli.com for registrationCommissioning New Commissioners
Turning Off the Tap
Mayor Kelly Boyd vows to defend Laguna Beach’s title of “Most Water Wise City,” which residents secured last year in a month-long challenge with other cities promoting water conservation.
Boyd, along with the Laguna Beach County Water District, asks residents to again log onto mywaterpledge.com throughout April and complete the online Clean Water Pledge, promising to follow efficiency measures for their home, yard, and automobile.
Participants in winning cities can qualify for prizes, including a Toyota Prius hybrid. The contest is sponsored by Irvine’s Wyland Foundation, established by the marine artist Wyland who got his start in Laguna’s Sawdust Art Festival.
Iseman, Parisi Join League Talks
City Councilmember Toni Iseman and City Treasurer Laura Parisi represented the city of Laguna Beach at the League of California Cities’ second policy committee meeting earlier in the month.
Iseman serves on the Environmental Quality Committee and Parisi serves on the Revenue and Taxation Committee, which are integral to the League’s policy-making process.
“These meetings give us insight into statewide issues and the ability to network with council members that share similar issues,” said Iseman.