Laguna Canyon Conservancy to Host 1993 Fire Program

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Ready for the next disaster? Preparation helped this homeowner survive the 1993 firestorm. Photo courtesy of LBPD
Ready for the next disaster? Preparation helped this homeowner survive the 1993 firestorm. Photo courtesy of LBPD

The next Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 10 at Seven 7 Seven (formerly Tivoli Too! at the Art-A-Fair) at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

The LCC will present a program about the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Laguna Wildfire. This is a repeat presentation of the PowerPoint presented in 2013 by LCC president Gene Felder. The PowerPoint displays numerous photographs from the fire and information including from the 1993 report prepared by Orange County Fire Authority Chief Larry Holms.

crier1_gene felderFelder served on the Laguna Beach Historical Society Board of Directors for 13 years, with five years as president. Gene Felder is co-author, with Foster J. Eubanks, of the 2013 book “Laguna Beach, Then & Now.” Felder’s portion of the royalties are donated to the Laguna Beach Historical Society.

Helicopters land on the beach during the 1993 Laguna Beach wildfire. Photo by Douglas Miller
Helicopters land on the beach during the 1993 Laguna Beach wildfire. Photo by Douglas Miller

Thanks to the efforts of LCC vice president Harry Huggins, the LCC has a website where reservations can be made by clicking “Upcoming Events” and then “Register Now.”

Member dues are $15 per person per calendar year. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members and may be paid at the door with prior reservations.

Those wishing to attend should make reservations by emailing Max Brown at [email protected] or calling 949-235-8277. Space is limited.


City Officials Encourage Participation in National Preparedness Month

September marks National Preparedness Month and the city of Laguna Beach is encouraging residents to stay informed, make a plan, get involved, and build an emergency kit in order to prepare for the many hazards that could threaten our community.

City officials recommend breaking down the month of September into weekly tasks that will help residents become more prepared.

Sept. 3: Be informed by registering cell phone numbers, text numbers, and email addresses with AlertOC at AlertOC is Orange County’s Emergency Notification System which sends geotargeted emergency notifications to impacted areas. Additionally, register for Nixle, the city’s community notification system used to alert residents for localized situations and relevant community advisories. Text 92651 to 888-777 to enroll in Nixle. Sign up for AlertOC and Nixle, they’re free and the best way to stay informed in an emergency.

Sept. 10: Make a written plan with your family so you can contact one another in an emergency. Include evacuation routes, meeting point locations, contact information should your phone not work, and other items. Visit for a template.

Sept. 17: Get involved by registering for a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class where you can learn more information about emergency preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression, and more. The next class starts on Thursday, Sept. 20. Register online through the city’s recreation class sign-up at

Sept. 24: Build an emergency kit, have supplies on hand to keep everyone warm, safe, fed and hydrated until help arrives. Create or purchase a 72-hour survival and first aid kit and locate a place to store your food and water.

To sign the city’s pledge, visit

with Theo Returns to the Library

“The Sting” will be shown at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre Street, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 8, with a discussion led by movie buff “Theo” preceding the show.


Brooks Street to Get Flashing Light Crosswalk

Installation of flashing beacons and in-road lights to improve pedestrian crosswalk safety and visibility on South Coast Highway at the intersection of Brooks Street will begin on Monday, Sept. 10. Minor traffic delays can be expected during lane closure hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Completion is expected by the end of November. For more information, contact Caltrans representative, Oussama Issa, at 949-936-3593.


Health in Balance Community Appreciation Day

Health in Balance Chiropractic, 330 Park Avenue, will offer massage, adjustments, vitamin B-12 shots and new guest consultations at their community appreciation day, Thursday, Sept. 12, from noon to 6 p.m.

Wellness IVs and detox foot baths will be offered at half price. Information regarding allergies, nutrition and immunity and home care will also be offered free of charge.

To schedule a treatment, visit or call 949-497-2553. Proceeds benefit Extraordinary Lives Foundation supporting children’s mental health, and the Dominquez Integrative Medical Foundation for the prevention and treatment of cancer.


Toastmasters to Host Open House BBQ

The Toastmasters of Laguna Beach invite the community to its open house to meet members and participate in giving 2-3 minute impromptu speeches from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

After the BBQ at St. Mary’s Church, 428 Park Avenue, founding member John Barry will lead the speeches prompted by Table Topics, a set of question cards.

Contact David Makela, [email protected], for more information.

Toastmasters of Laguna Beach meets each Thursday at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church (Guild Hall) in Laguna Beach.  For more information about this event and the club, visit




Island Dentistry Brings on New Team Member

Island Dentistry recently announced the addition of a new dentist, Dr. Brandan Althof.

Althof was born and raised in South Orange County and attended USC for dental school. In the years since graduating, Althof has returned to South OC to treat local families from San Clemente all the way up to Huntington Beach.

Althof is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Orange County Dental Society.

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