Community Datebook 1/18/13


Drive Sober or Risk Getting Pulled Over

Laguna Beach police will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers on Sunday, Jan. 20 between 9 p.m. and Monday, Jan 21 at 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and or arrests.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have resulted in 60 injury crashes harming 85 of our friends and neighbors,” said Laguna police Lt. Jeff Calvert.


Cleaning Closets for Charity 

Organizers of the seventh annual Boutique Benefit fundraiser invite residents to bring clothing and accessory donations on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.

The Boutique Benefit one-day sale, which is scheduled for May, attracts shoppers looking for designer and brand name apparel at fabulous prices.

For more info or for a donation pick up, visit or call Evonne Kane at 949-468-6831.


Partying With the President

To celebrate Barack Obama’s second inauguration, BC Space gallery’s “Capital Crimes” exhibition, will host a post-swearing in reception on Monday, Jan. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 235 Forest Ave. The show will include paintings, videos, and political poetry.

Laguna Beach Democratic Club will supply wine and light food.


Parade’s Contest Winners Announced

The Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade committee has announced their essay and cover art contest winners for the 47th annual parade on Saturday, March 2.

The essay contest winner is Hannah Levinstein, a sixth grade student in Sarah Schaeffer’s Language Arts class at Thurston Middle School.  Hannah’s essay was based on the parade theme “All Together Now!”

The program cover art contest winner is Aspen Rocha, a student in Kerry Pellow’s high school graphics arts class.

Winners will receive a $100 reward sponsored by Union Bank, Citizens

Business Bank and the Parade Association. The awards will be presented at the Honoree Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tivoli Terrace, Festival of Arts’ grounds. Cost is $25 per person.

For more information and reservations contact Sandi Werthe at 949-494-6016 or email [email protected].


Fundraiser to Improve Living Conditions in India Village

“Sharing Light,” a fundraiser and concert to bring solar powered electricity to an impoverished Tibetan refugee settlement in India, will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. in Laguna Beach.

The evening will include a performance by Tibetan flute player, Nawang Khechog, followed by an authentic home-cooked Indian feast in Bridge Hall. There will be a silent auction featuring opportunities donated by local merchants and residents, along with a raffle.  Suggested donation for the evening is $20 per person.

The church has pledged to support projects to improve living conditions in the village located in a remote area in central India.


Seeding Community Events

Fruit tree pruning and grafting workshop will be held Sunday, Jan. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Anneliese Schools’ Willowbrook Campus, 8232 Laguna Canyon Rd., hosted by SEEDS, a nonprofit. Fee is $15 for adults only.

“Raising an Adventurous Eater” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m., also at the Willowbrook Campus. Fee is $5 for adults only.

For all events hosted by SEEDS visit


Partnership Provides Warmth to Homeless Residents

FreeBeneath, a Laguna Beach based bathrobe maker, partnered with Friendship Shelter to provide warmth and comfort to those in need.

Among its three programs, Friendship Shelter helps over 100 individuals each night, providing a safe place to stay, meals, and support services.

FreeBeneath, which makes garments in Los Angeles, devised a blanket-poncho with a hood in light fleece for shelter residents. Every robe that is purchased at wholesale or through the website will be matched with a donation of a poncho or blanket to the Friendship Shelter.

For more info: visit or


Radio Show Explores Beach Cities

KNX 1070 News Radio will shine a spotlight on some of the Orange County’s most popular beach cities with “KNX On Your Corner” on Friday, Jan. 25.

KNX will broadcast live from ExplorOcean, home of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, 600 East Bay Ave., Newport Beach, from 5 to 9 a.m., 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend; admission is free with refreshments provided. For more info: visit

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