Combating Homelessness With a Different Approach

Colin Henderson with Dawn Price at a recent fundraising gala.
Colin Henderson with Dawn Price at a recent fundraising gala.

Dawn Price, executive director of the Friendship Shelter and Father Colin Henderson, the organization’s founder, will speak about permanent supportive housing at the Laguna Beach Exchange Club meeting on Thursday, March 6.

The Friendship Shelter is working to develop permanent supportive housing as a way to fight homelessness.

The club convenes 12:15 p.m. at Mandarin King Restaurant, 1224 N. Coast Highway. RSVP to Katy Moss at 494-0703 or Jim Rue at 494-6684


What’s Growing in the Great Park?

The latest news in the size and activities at Irvine’s Great Park including the animal corridor that connects to Laguna Beach’s greenbelt will be discussed Monday, March 3, at the monthly meeting of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy.

Mike Ellzey, chief executive officer of the Orange County Great Park Corporation, will describe what’s underway on 230 acres of the nearly 1,300-acre park.

RSVP to (949) 545-7669 for the dinner at Tivoli Terrace on the Festival of Arts grounds.

Friends Organize to Aid Chapman Family 

A fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, to assist a local family, whose oldest boy, Stephan Chapman, was recently diagnosed with cancer, said organizer Michele Hall.

The 3-7 p.m. event will take place at the Gromet home, 2250 Park Ave., and will include a silent auction with offers from local hotels and restaurants, Hall said.

Hall, best friends with Stephan’s mother, Michelle, made a special appeal for people to volunteer with meals for the family by logging on to, ID 173262, Code 3739.

For further details, email Hall at [email protected].

Builders Invited to Quake Safety Workshop

Engineer Henry Huang will present new findings on the quality of current construction, improvements in the industry, and will share his views on the progress made in building earthquake safe structures at a workshop on Friday, Feb. 28, 2-4 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

Fashionistas Come to the OC

Laguna Beach will host two events bookending OC Fashion Week, which begins March 3. The opening day event, Sugar Rush, will take place at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road, from 6-9 p.m., showcasing jewelry, hats and casual to evening wear. Tickets are $20.

On Saturday, March 8, Couture, takes place in the courtyard at Dawson Cole Fine Art, 326 Glenneyre St., from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets $25.

In-between, menswear collections, a student show and dinner take place in Santa Ana, Orange and Costa Mesa, respectively.

Information about all events is available at 855-365-0247 or


Gardening Guru Offers Growing Tips

Pat Welsh
Pat Welsh

Slow Food Orange County presents Southern California year-round gardening expert Pat Welsh, who will be speaking about growing vegetables organically at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Laguna Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall, 415 Forest Ave.

A question and answer session follows. Tickets, $18 to 25, may be purchased at

All proceeds will benefit community gardens and artisan food projects in Orange County. Contact: 
[email protected]








Protect Your Pet for Free

Protecting Unwanted Pets will pay to spay or neuter pets of Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods residents from April 1-30.

Up to two pets per person are evaluated by a veterinarian. Medical attention beyond spaying and neutering is not covered by this annual event.

Call Laguna Beach animal shelter to register through March 23.  949-497-3552.

Utility Company Warns of Payment Scam

SDG&E warns customers to be aware of an ongoing fraud targeting residential and business customers.

Reports indicate that individuals are misrepresenting themselves as utility employees by calling customers and threatening to turn off electric and gas service if an immediate payment is not made. SDG&E customers should not provide any financial information by phone unless they have initiated the conversation.

For more information call SDG&E directly at 1-800-411-7343.


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