Citizen Academy Graduates Celebrate

The newest graduates of the police department’s Citizen Academy.
The newest graduates of the police department’s Citizen Academy.

Laguna Beach Police Department’s Citizen Academy graduated its 22nd class last month, adding 17 new members.

The 12-week course gives citizen’s insights into the department’s operation. Academy members also shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios.

The next session begins in September. Enroll with Ross Fallah at 949 497-0750 ext. #230 or email: [email protected].


Discussion Resumes on Short-term Lodging

The Laguna Beach City Council will consider a recommendation that prohibits short-term lodging in all residential zones, but would allow the practice in commercial zones and grandfathering of existing legal short-term lodging permits.

The discussion is scheduled for the Tuesday, April 12, City Council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. The meeting broadcast will be available on the city’s website.

Foundation Promotes Smart Saving


Laguna Beach Community Foundation sponsors a free personal finance workshop that begins Friday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Center, 380 Third St.

Over eight sessions, participants will learn about maintaining control of their own money. RSVP to Rachel Lindsay at [email protected] or 949-715-8223.


Dicterow Needs Your Help Conserving Water

Mayor Steve Dicterow is counting on residents’ help to win a month-long competition against other cities to see which can be the most water efficient.

Throughout the month, residents can help Dicterow’s cause by logging onto and completing the pledge, promising to follow a series of efficiency measures for their home, yard and automobile.

Participants in winning cities can qualify for prizes sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, a nonprofit established by the marine mammal artist and local resident.


Bus or Train to Angels Games

Angels fans can avoid traffic jams and save gas and parking costs by jumping aboard the Angels Express special Metrolink service or the new Angels Express Bus for home games this season.

The first 100 people will ride for free on Friday, April 8, from the Goldenwest Transportation Center, 7301 Center Ave., in Huntington Beach. For a $2 fare, three buses depart for the stadium at 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. for weeknight home games and arrive at Anaheim’s ARTIC station.

Angels Express trains will depart for the stadium from Irvine at 5:10 and 5:59 p.m. The regular price for the Angels Express train is $7 round-trip. Angels Express trains arrive at least 30 minutes before game time and the return trains leave 30 minutes after the final out. Metrolink ticketing app allows ticket buying from smart phones.

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Bishop Leads Methodist Service

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will substitute for Pastor Mandy S. Flemming for the 10 a.m. worship service at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, Sunday, April 17.

Carcaňo, who leads the Methodist’s 360-church California-Pacific Conference, is also the denomination’s spokeswoman on immigration reform. She also backs the church’s anti-malaria fundraising effort to provide bed nets in Africa. A collection will be taken for the project during the service.

All are welcome to attend the service and potluck lunch that follows at 21632 Wesley Dr.




Toastmasters Hold Open House

Laguna Beach resident Adelina Eftenoiu invites the public to attend a Comedy Night sponsored by Unlimited Toastmasters Club 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living, 25782 Obrero Dr., Mission Viejo.

Attendees will learn valuable public speaking tips from experienced club members and enjoy food, entertainment, and networking. To register as a guest for this free event email: [email protected]


Matzah Bakery Opens for Passover

Kids roll dough for holiday matzah.
Kids roll dough for holiday matzah.

Children are invited to discover the traditions and customs of Passover at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, with a hands-on matzah-making experience at 30804 S. Coast Highway.

The cost is $8 per person and kids of all ages are welcome. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 949 499 – 0770.








Canyon Foundation Seeks Giving Day Support

Laguna Canyon Foundation will participate in the second annual I Heart OC giving day, a 30-hour long online fundraising drive organized by the Orange County Community Foundation.

Funds donated to the Laguna Canyon Foundation will go toward their education, trail and volunteer programs.

The event runs April 27-28. Visit for more information.



Club Promises Cheeseburger in Paradise

Club guests start their evening out of doors.
Club guests start their evening out of doors.

The Boys & Girls Club holds its 16th annual fundraising gala, with the theme Cheeseburger In Paradise, Saturday, May 7, at Montage Laguna Beach.

The evening begins with an outdoor cocktail hour before moving onto dinner, a live auction and dancing. In keeping with the theme, guests are encouraged to grab their Hawaiian shirt or summer dress.

Proceeds help provide services for more young people.

For ticket info, contact Michelle Ray at 949 494-2535 ext. 103 or [email protected].



Show Your Patriotism

The Dana Point Fifth Marine Regiment Support Group seeks patriotic citizens to “adopt-a-marine” who is deployed from Camp Pendleton.

Supporters may sponsor either a single Marine or a Marine and his family. Locals who take part in the program will receive the name, rank, mailing address and email of the “adoptee” and also contact information for a family, says a statement from the support group, which provides suggested donations.

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