Community Datebook 1/25/13


Winter Crop Seedlings on Sale

Transition Laguna Beach’s food group will be at the Farmers Market, this Saturday, Jan. 26 selling vegetable seedlings.

Many of the seedlings of potatoes, strawberries, herbs, kale and cabbage are from seeds harvested and grown organically locally.

The booth is located at the back of the market on Local’s Lane.


Group Debates Foreign Policy

The Great Decisions Discussions invited the public to attend their meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 2 and 7 p.m. at 429 Cypress Dr.

Included for discussion this year are:  “Future of the Euro,” “NATO, Myanmar and Southeast Asia,” “Intervention,” “Iran” “China in Africa,” and “Threat Assessment.”

For more information contact Jean Raun at 949-494-2247.


Walking Tour Results Reviewed

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission will hold a public workshop at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at to discuss the results of a recent downtown walking tour. Residents, business and property owners are invited to participate in the discussion.

The Planning Commission has been conducting community workshops to consider a potential amendment to the Downtown Specific Plan and wants community feedback regarding how the downtown can be improved. For more information contact Carolyn Martin at 949-497-0398.


Slots Unfilled for Blood Drive 

There are still plenty of slots open Thursday, Jan. 31 during a 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. blood drive taking place in a Gallery Ballroom II at the Montage resort, 30801 S. Coast Highway.

Sign up online here.  In addition to saving three lives, everyone who signs up for the Blood Drive will receive a coupon for a free appetizer at Mimi’s Café.


SEEDS Hosts Herb Symposium

SEEDS Arts and Education, Inc. will hold a workshop focused on broadening awareness about the benefits and uses of medicinal herbs to support health and well being, on Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anneliese Schools’ Willowbrook Campus.

The weekend event will include hands on learning, plant walks, children’s program, raffle and marketplace. One day only is $95; both days is $175. Sunday Children’s program is $55, and event sponsor or donation is $250; organic lunch is included with all fees. A portion of all proceeds goes to United Plant Savers.

For more information and event schedule visit:


Dr. Frank LaFerla, director of UCI MIND Institute
Dr. Frank LaFerla, director of UCI MIND Institute

Gains In The War Against Dementia

Dr. Frank LaFerla, Director of the UC Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, offered new hope in medicine’s  battle to tame Alzheimer’s disease.

At a recent AAUW-LB and Woman’s Club lecture, Dr. LaFerla described that by injecting human neural stem cells into laboratory animals, the institute has developed the first animal model to successfully reverse memory losses and demented behavior of mice with Alzheimer’s. He says human studies are possible in five years. “Researching ways to make memories last a lifetime” is within reach, he said.

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia among the elderly; there are 60,000 cases in Orange County alone. Several clinical trials are currently underway at the institute, the state’s only federal designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Diagnostic Center.

For info visit


Glennwood Is A-walkin’ and A-rollin’

Laguna Beach’s Glennwood House will hold a Walk and Roll-A-Thon Fundraiser at 10 a.m Saturday, Feb. 2., starting at Main Beach. All are welcome at the community event to raise funds towards the opening of the residential home for young adults with disabilities. Participants are asked to wear Glennwood’s colors of dark blue or green.

In addition, Glennwood’s “Harley Hearts for Glenwood” Ride will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17.

For more information on both events and to download donation forms, contact Volunteer Coordinator [email protected].

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