Community Datebook 11/30/12


Talking Restaurants With Chris Keller

Chris Keller and Kelly Boyd

Chris Keller will speak to the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday, Dec. 6 during a 12:15 p.m. lunch meeting at the historic, but soon to close Cottage Restaurant, 308 N. Coast Hwy.

Keller will speak about the local watering holes he owns, which include K’ya Bistro and the House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer, and the Marine Room, which he will soon operate as well.

The ownership of the venerated Cottage Restaurant property, built as a residence in 1917 and in continuous operation as a restaurant since 1957, has recently changed hands. It became known as the Cottage in 1964.

To reserve a seat please call Katy Moss at 494-0703 or Jim Rue at 494-6684.





Gardeners to Share Their Harvest

The South Laguna Community Garden will have a traditional December Garden potluck Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2-5 p.m. at the garden at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway, marking the garden’s third anniversary.

The event will feature music by the Garden Band.

Bring a favorite dish, drinks to share. Reusable/washable dinnerware is suggested to minimize trash.


Welcoming Christmas Spirit

Join neighbors from throughout the community at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church for an advent celebration, Sunday, Dec. 2, 4:30-7 p.m., includings crafts, carols and ideas to fill December with wonder.

The event at $5 per family includes all crafts and a light supper. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors takes place at 21632 Wesley Dr.

Info: 499-3088 or


Wildlife Corridor Discussion Upcoming

Planner Lance Vallery and biologist Elisabeth Brown, each from the Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., are the speakers for Laguna Canyon Conservancy’s meeting on Restoring a Wildlife Corridor Monday, Dec. 3 at Tivoli Terrace, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

The historic connection between the coastal wild lands and the Santa Ana Mountains was lost to urban development a few decades ago. Vallery and Brown will describe efforts to restore the connection through a planned wildlife corridor through the Orange Country Great Park.

LCC monthly dinner meetings are held at Tivoli Terrace and are open to the public. Membership is $10 per calendar year.  Dues paid now will be good through the end of December 31, 2013.  Reservations are required by Saturday, Dec. 1. Phone Sharon at 949-499-1224.


Award Opportunity Present For Women

Women living in the Orange County area, who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to go back to school can now obtain applications for The Women’s Opportunity Award, one of the major service projects of Soroptimists International of Laguna Beach (SILB).

Applications are available online at, or by contacting Sandy Vetter at 949-494-9907. Completed applications must be returned to Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach (SILB) by Saturday, Dec. 1.


LBFD Sparks Drive, Love

The Fire Department is supporting the Spark of Love toy drive and collecting new, unwrapped toys, gift cards, or sporting goods for underprivileged children.

Each of the city’s four fire stations are drop off points for toys that can be given to boys and girls ages up to 18 years-old.

Toys will be collected through Monday, Dec. 24. All toys collected are to be distributed in Orange County.


Don’t Forget. Memory Class Starts Soon

Ever feel that you’re losing it?  Get practical tips on how to improve your memory and brain health from Katie Zeoli, lead dementia education specialist from the Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, which is associated with the Hoag Neuroscience Institute.

Class begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in the church parlor, 415 Forest Ave.  Everyone is welcome!


Bar Has Heart

The Saloon, 446 S. Coast Highway, is holding their ninth annual Christmas Party, a charity event for Toys for Tots on Monday, Dec 17from 6 to 10 p.m.  The event is open to the public, 21 and up.

One unwrapped present for donation is required for admission, which includes a raffle ticket. A variety of gift certificates and assorted goods from nearby stores of the historic Peppertree Lane will be raffled off. Additionally, Anheuser-Busch will give away t-shirts and other items.

Hors d’oeuvers will be provided. Uniformed Marines from Camp Pendleton will attend the event and deliver the collected toys to the proper distribution center. Santa Claus will also be in attendance. The goal this year is to collect 1,000 toys.

Contact for questions, Katy Moss 949-280-7406.

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