Class Notes

Treating Others With a Costume Drive


Civic activism, TOW style.

Top of the World families kick off a year of service projects with a costume drive benefiting preschool families in the Even Start program at the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club.


If you have gently used costumes to donate please drop them by the Boys and Girls Club at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road during business hours, says PTA community service chairs Kimberly Leeds and Sarah Campbell Bessos. They coordinated the drive in collaboration with the TOW Kindness Kids Club, led by third grade teacher Azadeh Baghai.


Leeds explains, “Serving other’s needs is empowering and it feels good to know that you have made a difference in other’s lives.”


Upcoming efforts include a warm coat drive and letters to soldiers.




Halloween Haunts

Parents Club:

The Laguna Beach Parents Club holds its annual Halloween parade at Main Beach on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dress up your kiddos and come on out to parade, or come enjoy it as a spectator.

The Parents Club is also having a Diaper Drive at the parade, assisting homeless families in Orange County with contributions to Irvine’s Illumination Foundation, which assists families back to self-sufficiency.


Boo Blast:

Medieval knights and dragons are set to joust about the annual Boo Blast Halloween carnival Friday, Oct. 28, at El Morro Elementary, from 2 to 7:30 p.m.

Costumed small-fry will enjoy a carnival complete with Ferris wheel, giant slide, a rock climbing wall, Hawaiian shave ice and more.

Parking is free and shuttles are available from Crystal Cove State Park’s Reef Point.



The same night, Soka University’s student clubs combine their ghastly talents to host a Halloween Fair and Haunted House at the Aliso Viejo campus, which continues the following night, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m.

The Soka Halloween fair is recommended for the little ones and will offer games, activities and food booths. Admission is free and activities are individually priced.

The Haunted House, a dark journey with moving monsters recommended for those 10 years old and older, begins in the first floor crypt of Soka’s Recreation Center at 7 p.m. A $5 entrance fee will be asked at the doomsday door.  Proceeds benefit the student clubs at Soka University.



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