From left, Lauren Ward and Kaylie Monahan making tutus for Kostumes 4 Kids.
From left, Lauren Ward and Kaylie Monahan making tutus for Kostumes 4 Kids.

Charity League Brings Imagination to Ill Children

Discovery Arts brings the healing power of the arts to children fighting cancer and the Laguna chapter of National Charity League developed a program called Kostumes 4 Kids to aid this worthwhile organization.

Mothers and daughters design and sew costumes, toys and super-hero capes that serve as blankets for these children, which are donated to Discovery Arts and distributed among seven local hospitals.

The girls range in age from 12 to 18.




Local Raises Funds for Scholarships

Local resident Margarita Martin’s efforts over 10 years on behalf of the Long Beach-based Colombo-American Education Foundation will result in 45 students graduating from high school.

Martin raises funds for children to attend Reinaldo Matiz Trujillo Education Institute in Neiva, Colombia. Before her trip this month,  she hopes to raise $10,000 for scholarships, a shortfall due in part to the cancelation of a golf tournament fundraiser.

Checks to CAEF can be mailed to 31887 Ninth Ave., Laguna Beach, Ca., 92651, or contact her at 949-697-2573.


King Reigns Over Council’s Halloween Gala 

Montage’s grand ballroom transformed into a Halloween masquerade for Laguna Beach Beautification Council’s second gala fundraiser, “Little Shop of Horticulture.”

Guests were first treated to drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a menu of entertainment: tunes from “Little Shop of Horror” and “Phantom of the Opera” sung by Broadway performers Kathi Gillmore and Scott Dreier were accompanied by Cody Gillette, Charlene Mignault lilted French and Portuguese songs and Nelson Coates, in a clown costume, wowed everyone with a hit from the Broadway show “Barnum.”

Council president Ruben Flores, outfitted in a Bob Mackie king costume, regally thanked participants for their generous support and spoke of the council’s 61-year history and tradition enhancing the town’s natural beauty.

Proceeds will go towards beautification awards, education and projects.


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The enthusiastic audience in beach chairs enjoyed acoustic music from a lineup that included Matt Costa, Colin Hay, Carly Ritter, and Trapdoor Social.

More than 1,200 people attended radio station KX 93.5’s Festival of Music on Saturday, Nov. 2, on the Festival of Arts’ grounds.

All proceeds raised benefit Laguna Beach’s public radio station, the Mauli Ola Foundation, the Tony Hawk Foundation and the local Boys and Girls Club.

“We’re so pleased that so many supporters turned out to celebrate what will hopefully be a landmark, annual event for Laguna Beach,” said station Program Director Tyler Russell. “We only heard positive feedback from guests, city officials, and neighbors of the grounds, which is a huge win for live music at this historic venue.”



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