Community Datebook


Youth Makes a Clean Sweep over Beaches

The Clean Water Now! Coalition and Laguna Beach Girl Scout Troop 789 will be conducting its summer beach cleanup on Saturday, July 2, at Main Beach.

The event also serves as Ashley Andrews’ and Crystal La France’s Girl Scout Community Gold Award Project, so assisting in the cleanup will help scouts serve their community. Volunteers are encouraged to “BYOB”, or bring your own bucket or bag from home to cut down unnecessary waste going to landfills. Those empty handed will be provided bag, gloves, and cleanup materials.

For more information about the Clean Water Now! Coalition, visit or contact Roger Butow at 949-280-2225.


Summer Series Explores Jesus the Teacher

A free, four-part series designed to understand the life of Jesus at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave., is on Wednesdays July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 7 p.m. and will close with a prayer service. The series explores the teachings of Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault’s book “The Wisdom of Jesus:  Transforming Heart and Mind: A New Perspective on Christ and His Message.” A reception in the gardens of St. Mary’s will follow.  The public is welcome. For additional info: call (949) 494-3542 or visit

Teeing off Tournament

The 11th annual Bob Margolis and Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Monday, July 11, at San Clemente’s Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club.

Sponsorship opportunities are available as the tournament benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Sponsors are encouraged to provide give-a-ways and be present at their holes.

For more information on the event, contact Harry Bithell with Prudential California Realty at 949-499-5900 ext. 531.

Expedition for an Urban Safari 

OC Parks and REI are presenting an educational animal lecture series in stores this month.

On Thursday, July 7, families and kids of all ages are invited to join OC Parks and Irvine Ranch Conservancy at the REI store at 7777 Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach at 7 p.m. for an Animal CSI program, teaching the various way ecologists track wildlife. Lecture topics include animal tracking, skull and bone identification, scatology, animal evidence, and observation in the natural world. Four animal scenes will be set up and participants will be asked to investigate what happened, what animal came first and predator and prey evidence.

The OC Zoo will be visiting the REI in Tustin on Wednesday, July 13, from 3-4 p.m. for an afternoon of activity and live animals. Come learn all about the reptiles, birds, and mammals that live right in your own backyard. The OC Zoo Animal Presentation is a great educational and fun family activity that all ages can enjoy.

For more information about the series, contact 714-379-1938. The OC Zoo animal presentation will take place at 2962 El Camino Real in Tustin. For more information about the presentation, contact 714-505-0205.

Teaching Youth to Shun Liquor Ad Messages

 An underage drinking prevention project is offering free media literacy presentations on underage drinking for youth ages 12 to 20 in the several cities including Laguna Beach.

Presentations are available to community-based and faith-based organizations, after-school programs, youth and family resource centers, high schools, middle schools, and more.  The presentation reviews the marketing strategies and tactics used by the alcohol industry to promote alcohol to youth.  The goal of this presentation is to increase knowledge of the creative techniques advertisers use to get the attention of youth, the persuasive influence of media messages, how advertisers target different populations, and the marketing tactics used by the alcohol industry to promote alcohol use to youth.

If interested in booking a presentation for a youth group or for more information on the Underage Drinking Prevention Project, please contact Grace Tan at 949-595-2288 x315 or [email protected].

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