Community Datebook 11/9/12


Congressman Presides Over Veterans Day Honors

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, of the 46th Congressional District, will be the keynote speaker on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, at the American Legion Post, 384 Legion St.

The public is invited to the program honoring veterans and active duty military personnel, which starts with music at 1:30 p.m. and is followed by the program at 2 p.m. Come early as seating is limited


Locals Step in to Fulfill a Boy’s Wish

William McMurray and his parents.

William McMurray, the 11-year-old Laguna Beach boy with an inoperable brain tumor, has a last wish to visit Rome.

While Make-A-Wish foundation was unable to fulfill William’s last wish, two locals have stepped in and are seeking the public’s help in making his dream a reality.

Liz Bates and Chef Lindsay Smith will host “Get William to Rome” on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway St. Tickets are $60 and include 2 drinks and fabulous food created by the chef herself. There will be live music and a silent auction to benefit William, whose parents, owners of the Penguin Café, have been told he has less than a year to live.






American Indian Culture Shared

Join OC Parks and the Laguna Canyon Foundation on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. for a special weekend at the Nix Nature Center for American Indian stories, toys, and games. Join the talented Acjachemen performer, Jacque Nunez, as she transports attendees to the traditions of the Acjachemen people.

Also, guests can make American Indian toys and games to take home or to give as gifts for the holidays. The event is suitable for the entire family. Space is limited.

For more information and to sign up, visit


Grad Night Fundraiser Set

The public is invited to support the partnership between the LBHS Class of 2014 grad committee and Nirvana Grille on Thursday, Nov.  15.

Supporters will enjoy a seasonal and organic three-course dinner for $70 per person. All proceeds benefit a safe and sober grad night party for students who will graduate in 2014.

For info: contact Melissa Cavanaugh at [email protected] or 949.697.1267 – RSVP by Saturday, Nov. 10.


Golf Benefit Swings for Colombo-American Program

Margarita Martin with some of the students her group supports.

The 10th Colombo-American Scholarship Golf Tournament to benefit the Colombo-American Education Foundation tees off on Monday, Nov. 12, starting at 10 a.m. at Aliso Viejo Country Club, 25002 Golf Dr., Aliso Viejo. Cost is $165 per player.

“Your help with this cause is life changing and is dear to my heart. Thank you for making it a success,” said president-founder Margarita Martin. Currently, 85 disadvantaged Colombian students are enrolled in the program.  Proceeds go to support a year’s tuition, uniforms, backpacks, shoes, and educational materials.

If you wish to attend or donate, contact Martin at 949-499-6058. More info:





Shopping for Liz

In celebration and in honor of Liz Malloy, the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr., of Laguna Beach will be holding its Fall Women Artists Event on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 12-5 p.m.

The event, which gives local women he chance to showcase their artistic talents and sell their handcrafted splendors, was championed by Malloy, a long-time Laguna resident and artist who died in August.


Open for Business Workshop Opens Its Door

A series of Open for Business workshops for business owners and others interested in opening or expanding businesses in Laguna Beach will be hosted by the city Thursday, Nov. 15th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St.

Workshop participants will include Planning Commissioners Robert Zur Schmiede and Norm Grossman and Principal Planner Monica Tuchscher.

As a result of last year’s workshops several new businesses came to Laguna Beach, and others are in the planning stages. More info: contact Tuchscher  at 949-497-0745, or [email protected].

For the Dunderheads on Your Gift List

An actual Dunder Mifflin paper product, a la the television show “The Office,” is coming to Laguna Beach by way of local business My Laguna Office.

“It only took the slogan on the front of the package ‘Quabity First’ to convince me it would be great to have,” said owner Tom Williams. “Their guarantee of ‘As good as we have to be’ convinced me.”

Reams of paper featuring the slogan “Quabity First” are available for purchase at 303 Broadway, Suite 104.


Unity Amid a Divided City

The world premiere of “A City Divided,” along with a red carpet gala will be held on Nov. 12 at LA Live’s Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles.  The film documents the longstanding football rivalry betwixt the Trojans of USC and the Bruins of UCLA.

The film is allied with Rivals United For a Kure, a recently founded program that encourages competitive fundraising and set a $2 million goal. Funds are funneled to cancer research.

Fans are encouraged to text either “BRUINS” or “TROJANS” to 56512 in order to donate.  Or visit

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