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Call for Gardeners in South Laguna

Tom Joliet and Steve O'Connor, along with Victor Reyes, Morrie Granger, and others, have completed a stair and pathway, providing access to the community garden’s expanding lower level.

The South Laguna Community Garden’s expansion to the lot’s lower level nears completion with the finishing of the stairway that connects the two levels, and community members are invited to help prepare the lot for the installation of planter boxes at 9 a.m. this Saturday, May 14. Note that about one third of the planned planting boxes in the lower garden have already been spoken for, so now is the time to join in.

South Laguna Community Garden is located on the corner of Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way. Sponsored by the South Laguna Civic Association, the garden was begun in August 2009, and the weedy vacant lot has since been transformed into a thriving and beautiful community corner that received the city’s environmental award and the Chamber of Commerce’s beautification award in 2010.

For information and sign-up opportunities, call Bill Rihn, South Laguna Civic Association president, at 949-415-1312, or visit



Tom Joliet and Steve O’Connor, along with Victor Reyes, Morrie Granger, and others, have completed a stair and pathway, providing access to the community garden’s expanding lower level.


Gently Used Handbags Needed for Clinic Fundraiser

Volunteers gathering handbags.

In support of Women’s Health Day, the board of directors of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic is soliciting donations of gently-used, well-loved handbags for their “Handbags for Health: or a purse with a purpose” fundraiser, to be held on May 17. Women’s Health Day provides free screening services for a variety of illnesses to women in our community.

Have your donations picked up by calling 497-5334, or drop them off at 526 Oak Street (in back, over the blue footbridge – the number is on the mailbox at the curb). Donors should put their name on their donations since they receive one raffle ticket for each bag donated. Then attend the event to find a handbag to replace the one you donated!

Handbags for Health will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at 189 Crescent Bay Drive, and light refreshments will be served. For VIP admission and for information, call 494-0761, ext. 135.


Pick Up Free Compost Saturday

The annual Laguna Beach Compost Giveaway will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14, at the Act V lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. While sand bags will be provided, this is a self-serve event, and residents are encouraged to bring gloves and shovels. Compost is available on a first-come, first-served basis for Laguna Beach residents only, and there is a limit of six sand bags (about 80 pounds) per household.

The city’s collaboration with Waste Management and Tierra Verde Industries provides free compost to residents as a “thank you” for participating in the residential green waste recycling program. Last year, residents diverted 4,500 tons from the landfill, which amounted to 24 percent of the entire residential waste stream.

For more info, contact Liz Vazquez-Avila of the public works department at (949) 497-0344 or [email protected].


Join Relay For Life Kick Off

The American Cancer Society invites those touched by cancer to join its Relay For Life kickoff rally, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Seven Degrees.

This free event is open to the entire community and will include food, a cash bar, photo booth, a silent auction, personal stories from cancer survivors and more.

Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance, and take turns walking around a track, relay style, to raise funds to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminaria around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

To participate on a team or form a team for Relay For Life in Laguna Beach, which will be begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 6 at El Morro Elementary School, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit


TOW Hosts Reception for Top Officials

The Top of the World Neighborhood Association (TOWNA) will hold its annual “Meet the Mayor” reception on Sunday, May 22, 4-5 p.m. at the home of Jess & Levon Dines at 2945 Zell Drive.

Neighbors will be able to meet and talk to Mayor Toni Iseman and City Manager John Pietig. Light refreshments will be served.

Top of the World neighbors and the public are invited; there is no charge.


Resident Rallies Team for AIDS Lifecycle

Bill Shopoff pauses during a previous ride.

Laguna Beach resident Bill Shopoff, president of Irvine’s Shopoff Group, plans to participate in the AIDS/Lifecycle ride next month, his eighth consecutive year.

The seven-day ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, taking place June 5-11, is co-produced by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to raise awareness about the suffering caused by AIDS.

Team Shopoff and sponsors the event, which has more than 3,000 registered riders. To contribute, go to




‘Pinky Pledge’ Encourages Breast Screening

Mission Hospital recently launched “Pinky Pledge,” a campaign to challenge 1,000 women in Orange County to make a pledge to schedule a mammogram. The four-week campaign emphasizes convenience to make scheduling and fulfilling a mammogram appointment easier than ever.

Street teams armed with pink iPads will be in high-traffic locations throughout south Orange County to schedule women on-the-spot for mammogram appointments. Once scheduled, the hospital will take care of the necessary paperwork between each woman’s primary care physician and insurance company.

Women can also visit to make an appointment.

All women who pledge to get their screening mammogram during this campaign will receive a pinky ring as a reminder of their commitment and will also be entered in a drawing for Tiffany & Co. ring.


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