Canyon Preservation on Transition Laguna’s Agenda

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Hallie Jones

Hallie Jones

Hallie Jones, executive director of Laguna Canyon Foundation, is the guest speaker at Transition Laguna Beach’s monthly potluck, Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive.

Jones will describe what is necessary to continue to sustainably steward wild natural canyons amid the pressures of a growing county.

Spirited Women Discuss Successful Careers

A panel discussion on the pressures professional women face and the strategies they use to live balanced lives take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr.

A pair of club members and representatives of American Association of University Women-Laguna Beach will talk about the personal and professional challenges they encounter, ranging from gender discrimination to harassment, child care and aging parents.

Prof. Barbara Hamkalo chairs the panel that includes UC Irvine professors Andrea J. Tenner and Diane K. O’Dowd, financial advisor Barbara Crane and mediator Ellie Tipton Ortiz.

A $5 donation is asked. RSVP to Deana Pink 949 497-9900)

Entrepreneurs Push the Spin Cycle

Kristen Grossman, left, with her role model Shelley Arends.

Kristen Grossman, left, with her role model Shelley Arends.

Local fitness guru Shelley Arends is setting a new pace for herself. At her Rhythm Ride spin studio in Laguna Beach, she’s known for creating a cardio workout that gives riders of every fitness level a fun experience with choreographed classes that develop core strength.

Now one of her disciples, Kristen Grossman, is taking a new set of locals for a spin and heating things up with Cycle Town, an indoor cycling studio in Hingham, Mass.

Cycle Town is the first East Coast studio patterned after the Rhythm Ride created by Arends. The Laguna Beach entrepreneur has developed a certification program and plans to expand the Rhythm Ride brand globally.







Workshop Helps to Sharpen Messages

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Marion Jacobs

Local psychologist Dr. Marion Jacobs is again offering a five-session workshop, Communicating in Close Relationships, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Community Clinic.

“I promise to surprise and delight you with insights into the language you’ve been speaking all your life,” Jacobs says in a statement. “No matter how good you are now, you’ll leave a more sophisticated communicator.”

Prior participants agree. Madeleine Petersen said, “I only wish I had been able to take this workshop years ago!”

The cost is $250 per person or $400 per couple and takes place in a private home, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 27 through Feb. 24.

RSVP to 949 497-4708 or [email protected].






And the Nominees Are…

Winners of the annual 2014 Spirit of Laguna Awards by the Chamber of Commerce will be announced at the organization’s annual installation from 6-9:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23.

The installation takes place at the Seven Degrees event center, 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Nominees in 13 categories are under consideration.

For more information contact: Laura Henkels at 949-494-1018.


Church Offers Class on Homosexuality in the Bible

Judy McCall

Judy McCall

Members of the community are welcome to attend a class led by Jay Sowell and Judy McCall at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church about homosexuality in the Bible.

Jay Sowell

Jay Sowell

The class will examine scriptures from the Old and New Testament that have been used to discriminate against homosexuals. The class will begin at 11:45 on Sunday, Jan. 11, and run through Feb. 1, at the church, 21632 Wesley Dr.

Another class on “Making Sense of the Bible” will be led by Meg Estrada during regular Christian education time at 9 a.m from Jan. 4 to Feb. 15.

For information, contact 949-499-3088. Web site: lagunabeachumc.org


Qigong Exercise Class Underway

Retired pastor and new member of Neighborhood Congregational Church, Thomas Kugler, will offer a gentle style of Qigong, suited to beginners, seniors and others looking for a gentle, relaxed way of eastern-style exercise.

Classes meet from 12- 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 11 in the church sanctuary, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. A suggested donation of $10 is asked.

The exercise can be done standing or sitting in a chair and focuses on breath, simple movement, visualization, relaxing, and smiling. Kugler is a long-time student of Qigong, and still studies with his Chinese master qigong teacher, Limin Song.

Lang Park Gets Upgrades

For the next month, portions of Lang Park in South Laguna will be closed intermittently for resurfacing rubberized tot-lot areas, making drainage and walkway repairs and improvements, rejuvenating the turf and plantings, sealing the parking lot and asphalt paths, widening the access trail and other maintenance activities.







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