Club Honors Standout Members

Sydney Mangus at a clinic in Haiti.
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The Boys and Girls Club acknowledges its standout members at a ceremony last month.
The Boys and Girls Club acknowledges its standout members at a ceremony last month.

The Boys and Girls Club bestowed youth of the year awards to individuals at each of their branches last month.

Taylor Towe, Ava Knepper and Morgan Zevnick received honors from the canyon, Bluebird, Lang branches, respectively. Aaron White received the honor for the club’s teen center.

“The night was a great success bringing together our outstanding young people to celebrate their accomplishments with their families,” said Impact Director of the club, Faye Branscombe.


City Council Seeks Committee Members

The Laguna Beach City Council is accepting applications from residents for four positions on the city’s Environmental Sustainability Committee and five slots on the Heritage Committee.

All are two-year terms on advisory bodies that will run through March 31, 2017.

All applicants will be interviewed at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 by the City Council at their regular meeting in City Hall.

Applications are available online at or in the City Clerk’s office and must be filed by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Women’s Group Hosts Guest Speakers    

Caron Barnard
Caron Barnard

Winter residents of Laguna Beach, Caron and Richard Barnard, will give a talk to the Laguna Beach United Methodist Church’s women’s group about their mission work with the Moravian congregation in Sandino, Nicaragua.

All women in the community are welcome to attend “Sharing God’s Wonder: Current True Stories of People Who Listened to God, Acted on What They Heard, and Shared It With Others” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the LBUMC, 21632 Wesley Dr.


Real Estate Workshop for Those Over 55

A free workshop involving a panel of local professionals will outline the consequences of home appreciation and strategies to avoid, reduce or minimize capital gains tax.

The workshop organized by Harcourts Prime Property is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28, m 10 a.m. to noon, at the Laguna Board of Realtors, 939 Glenneyre St.

RSVP to Julie at 949 531-8558.


Church Whips Up Fat Sunday Feast

Grab your Mardi Gras beads and join Mary LaRusso and members of Neighborhood Congregational Church after 10 a.m. worship this Sunday, Feb. 15, for a celebration of “Fat Sunday,” with homemade crepes and fair trade coffee.

Fat Sunday precedes Mardis Gras (“Fat Tuesday”), the carnival preceding Lent.

Last year, Neighborhood Church children and adults cooked up over 100 crepes, and they’re ready for another Crepe Extravaganza at 340 St. Ann’s Dr.

Citizen Academy Is Accepting Applications

The police department is accepting applications for the Citizen Academy, which begins Thursday, Feb. 26, and meets from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for 13 consecutive weeks.

Applications are due Feb. 20. For questions regarding this program, contact Ross Fallah or Corporal Matt Meadows at 949 497-0758.

Scout Peers into the Developing World

Sydney Mangus at a clinic in Haiti.
Sydney Mangus at a clinic in Haiti.

Thurston Middle School eighth-grader Sydney Mangus will share her experiences and photos from a trip to Haiti on March 1 at the Laguna Beach Girl Scout House, 190 High Dr.

Sydney will receive the Girl Scout Silver Award for the work she did with the 28-member team from the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Irvine. The group spent eight days in Haiti assisting families unable to afford medical treatment.




Sign Up to Give the Gift of Life

The Hearts of Montage employee group is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. until 4:14 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in a Montage ballroom, 30801 S. Coast Highway. Valet parking will be complimentary for all donors as will as fresh fruit and cookies.

Donors, please bring your photo ID and sign up online at, sponsor code MontageLB; email Laura Rudd at [email protected] or call Hearts of Montage at 949-715-6208.

Wesley District Sets Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Residents of the Wesley District, from Nyes Place to Aliso Circle, are invited to attend a free Neighborhood Watch program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Laguna Beach Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr.,

Laguna Beach Police Department dispatcher and emergency preparedness coordinator Jordan Villwock and Community Services officer Nikki Hernandez will describe what residents can do to keep themselves, their homes and cars safe.

Please RSVP to Sandi Cain at [email protected] or 949-497-2680.


Spiritualist Offers Talk on Grief

Sobonfu Some, the foremost voice in African spirituality, presents a two-hour lecture and workshop at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 at The Temple of Light in Irvine.

The event is sponsored by Living Your Gifts of Laguna Beach. Tickets, $35, can be purchased by contacting Susan Hough at 703-505-5152 or [email protected].

“The Power of Ritual to Express and Heal Grief” is appropriate for children, families, for men and women.





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