Club Commissions Economic Impact Study

The club serves as an art outlet for members, from left, Nicole Elia, Alyssa Decker, Jaxon Donahue and Sofia Marriner.
The club serves as an art outlet for members, from left, Nicole Elia, Alyssa Decker, Jaxon Donahue and Sofia Marriner.

For every dollar invested in a Boys & Girls Club, there is a return on investment of $10 in community benefit, according to a study commissioned by the Boys and Girls Club of America and conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and School of Public Health.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach invests $36 in every child every day that they attend the Club, thus the community’s return on investment is $360 per child per day, says a club statement.

The club, which is open 242 days each year, cumulatively makes an annual economic impact to Laguna Beach over $24 million, the club says.

To invest in the Boys & Girls Club visit




Gelson’s Hires for New Store

Gelson’s market is accepting job applications for its new Laguna Beach store and is holding a job fair Saturday, March 19, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the former Haggen market, 30922 Coast Highway.

Applicants are asked to apply online at and to print and bring the application with them along with a resume.

Gelson’s will be hiring between 80-100 associates for the store, with some employees transferring from the Gelson’s Dana Point store.

Prospective workers seeking work at other Gelson’s locations can take advantage of the fair.


Workshop Focuses on Modifying Historic Structures

A 6:30 p.m. workshop on modifying a historic structure takes place Monday, March 21, in City Council Chambers.

The workshops focus on different topic areas related to historic preservation as the Heritage Committee works toward revising city ordinances and updating its list of historic properties.



Boys Who Care Surpass Fundraising Goal

The 10 Boys Who Care yard sale raised $2,000 last weekend, including a $1,000 check from local residents Sue and Bill Gross, says a statement.

The high school-aged boys, who started fundraising for scholarships while in middle school, altogether have raised nearly $4,000 this year and intend to grant $2500 scholarships to a graduating senior boy and girl.

Earlier, the boys drummed up $950 from playing music, running lemonade stands and helping neighbors with chores.

“We can’t believe the support we got from everyone for the sale,” said fundraising co-chair Gustav Morck. Mrs. Gross read about the efforts made by the boys and wanted to add to their scholarship fund.


For more information on the group, contact [email protected].


Grief Group to Convene        

For those who have suffered loss, a six-week grief support group led by Rev. Jon Moore and Deborah Sakach begins on Monday, April 4 and runs through May 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.

A $40 materials fee will apply. Sign-up online at:


Celebrate Purim at Chabad

Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach invites the community to join for Purim party, which celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people living in the fourth century B.C.E.

Come in costume at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, and enjoy Israeli music and dancing, Megillah reading, sand crafts, wine tasting, face painting and mask making along with an Israeli buffet. “A great combination of ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist. Our goal is to provide innovative holiday programs, yet still keep with the holiday theme,” says Rabbi Eli Goorevitch of Chabad at 30804 South Coast Highway.

Admission $12-$18. RSVP to [email protected]

For more information, visit or 949 499-0770.



City Hall Extends its Hours

As of Monday, March 28, City Hall will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be closed on alternate Fridays beginning April 1.

Hours may be found at

Public Safety services are unaffected by this change and will continue to be available 24 hours per day.


Spay, Neuter Clinic Benefits Laguna Pet Owners

Protecting Unwanted Pets will cover the majority of the costs to spay or neuter up to two pets of Laguna Beach or Laguna Woods residents during the month of April.

Each pet is evaluated by a veterinarian. Owners will be responsible for any necessary additional costs. Voucher prices range from $20-$50 for spays and $15-$30 for neuters, depending on weight of the animal.

Purchase vouchers at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. Vouchers must be purchased by March 31.







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