Community Datebook


Become Breast Cancer Aware

Photo by Rick Lang. Local cancer survivors celebrate their return to health.

Celebrate life with breast-cancer survivors from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Laguna Presbyterian Church parlor, 415 Forest Avenue. It could save a life.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 35 and 54 years.  With early detection, the 10-year survival rate for breast cancer is 95 percent.  The Be-Aware Foundation invites local women to “Take Charge of Their Breast Health” and learn about breast cancer risks and guidelines. Attend the free wellness event tonight and receive a confidential monthly email reminder to follow through with self-examination.

For more information and to RSVP, call 949-494-7555 or email [email protected]



Stitch by Stitch, a School Rises

The Fashion for Philanthropy fundraiser for R Star Foundation, which helps to empower women and children in Nepal, will take place today, Friday, May 6, in the home of Rona Gromet.

Foundation founder, local Rosalind Russell said, “The funds are slower and usually arrive for the goat work I am known to do. Our need at present beyond goats is to complete the started second school in a very rural area of Kavre District to serve about 300 children.  Building a school is not as sexy as working with trafficked women, but with education it is eradicated, as we have seen in our 28 villages and expanding.”

Additionally Russell’s recently released book, “Reach to Peace,” which details her work at various schools in Nepal, will be offered at the event.

For additional info contact: [email protected] or 949 497 4911 or visit



Family Potluck Heats Up at Church

Laguna Presbyterian Church invites families to Tankersley Hall, 415 Forest Ave., for Family Fun Night on Saturday, May 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Children and teens accompanied by a parent are welcome.

Included: potluck dinner and cake walk, Bingo and bounce house/slide. $1.50 pizza slices for the kids and $2 Bingo cards will be sold. Please bring a main dish or salad to share. Admission is free.

Contacts Steve Sweet [email protected]  or Gail Onodera [email protected] 949-494-7555.



Learning Where Homes Guzzle Energy

Learn how to save energy and improve indoor air quality at a Transition Laguna Beach Green Building group free blower door demonstration on Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m., 485 Seaview St.

SeaPointe Construction will be demonstrating how to evaluate energy waste and improve air quality and home comfort.

Questions: contact Max Isles, 949.510.1359 or [email protected]


Fighters, Bombers Fly into John Wayne

The Wings of Freedom tour of WW II era vintage bombers land at the Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne Airport from 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6 until noon on Monday, May 9.

Hours of ground tours and display are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 8; and from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 9.

Visitors can take a 30-minute flight aboard one of these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.


Loosening Pursestrings for Women’s Health

Laguna Beach Community Clinic hosts Handbags for Heath, a sale of gently-loved handbags to benefit its 10th annual Women’s Health Day, on Tuesday, May 17.

The clinic is still seeking donations of quality and or designer purses to sell at the event. For every purse donated, donors receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a high-end designer purse. (Purses must be dropped off by May 13.

Admission to the 4-7 p.m. event at 189 Crescent Bay Drive is free and includes one drink ticket for a glass of champagne and hors d’oeuvers. Gain entry to a “First Dibs” preview between 3 and 4 p.m. for $20.

For more info contact Jaime at 949.494.0761 X 135 or visit











Dog Shop Makes Noise

The new Anything Canine Concierge, Boutique and Spa at 357 S. Coast Highway will feature trunk-show fashions for all-things-pooch with designs from Linda Higgins, Susan Lacni and Jake Dynnis.

New store owner and Laguna Beach resident Lee Ann Litterst turned her hobby, answering friends pet questions about dog care and products, into brick-and-mortar when she opened her first store two years ago in Laguna Hills.

Her new store, right off the beach, will attract a few serious sniffers with its wide selection of unique pet fashions and accessories as well as holistic vitamins, supplements and high-quality, nutritious food. Anything Canine also provides “spa” grooming services to pets while their owners enjoy dining, sunning or shopping downtown.

For more information, see or call 949-716-8051.

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