Community Datebook


Bodyboarder in a Battle for His Life

A fundraiser is set for Thursday, July 14, at Ocean Avenue Brewery in Laguna Beach for Bodyboarder magazine principal Eddie Solomon of Dana Point, who was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma, a form of cancer with a 14 percent survival rate.

Solomon has been fighting stage four cancer for 10 months and is now in need of a bone marrow transplant. Rather than relying on donor morrow, Solomon is pursuing a $75,000 stem cell transplant procedure in Germany, which is not be covered by insurance. Stand Up to Cancer has created an online donations page on his behalf where hundreds of donations have been made, according to his business partner, Steve Sawitz.

Solomon, a professional bodyboarder, parlayed his sponsorship earnings into Laguna Beach-based Bodyboarder Magazine, 662 Bodyboard Shop, Empire Bodyboards and other gear and accessories. Solomon also sponsors youths pursuing their dreams bodyboarding and surfing.

For more information about Solomon and his struggle, go to For more information on the event or to donate, call Sheri Cabiles at 949-481-3386 or e mail her [email protected].

Half Price Sale at Assistance League

The Assistance League’s Turnabout thrift shop holds its annual store wide half-price sale on all merchandise from July 7-16.

The service organization’s volunteers develop and fund philanthropic programs for specific community needs. Donated items such as clothing, books, household items as well as collectibles that are resold at the store support the same cause.

The shop at 526 Glenneyre St is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.



 Local Chairs Event to Combat Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s 2011 OC Baron’s Ball, themed “USO Tour of Hope,” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Santa Ana Country Club in Newport Beach. Laguna Beach resident Micki Rach will serve as the logistics chair for this year’s event.

As part of its USO Tour of Hope, this year’s event will feature new live entertainment in the style of the Andrews Sisters, silent and live auctions and the cuisine will evoke memories of the 1940’s. This year’s guests will be invited to wear attire that reflects the 1940’s patriotic wartime theme.

Last year, the American Cancer Society helped more than 3,281 local cancer patients with free transportation for treatments, wigs and makeover classes, peer support, resource referrals and other needed resources.

Tickets are $200 per person. For tickets or sponsorships, contact the American Cancer Society at (949) 261-9446 ext. 3, or 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Home Tour Showcases Affordable Homes

Wells Fargo’s second Affordable Home Tour on July 16 and 17 pairs local real estate agents with home mortgage consultants while visiting homes, including some in foreclosure, priced at or below $450,000 in the south county market.

 “Obviously, we want to show prospective buyers, especially renters, that there are homes on the market priced within their reach,” said Mitch Redden, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage regional sales manager. “Beyond that, it’s designed to highlight the numerous mortgage options that remain available for first-time homebuyers. Financing options with low down payment requirements that also have the stability of fixed payments for 15 to 30 years are still very much available,” he said.

Prior to the tour event, prospective buyers have been invited to attend homebuyer workshops to learn more about the home-buying and mortgage approval processes. Those wishing to register should go to

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