Community Datebook


Home Store Hosts Design Star

Julia Knight

Laguna Beach home décor boutique Stephen Frank Garden & Home will host a meet and greet with home décor designer Julia Knight on Saturday Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The in-store event is open to the public and will feature champagne and hors d’oeuvres.


Guests will have a chance to meet Knight, who will introduce her new products, including a preview of her Tahitian Pearl Collection. Knight will personalize any items that are either purchased at the event or pre-ordered at Stephen Frank, 477 Forest Ave.


The boutique will also offer a gift with purchase for those who buy Julia Knight items prior to the event. Guests who spend $150 will receive a five-inch oval bowl, those who spend $300 will receive her classic hors d’oeuvre tray and guests who spend $450 or more will receive a yin-yang bowl.

For more information, visit or call 949-494-2014.

Shelter Benefit Holds Collection Drive

This year’s Boutique Benefit is planned for September and organizers plan a clothing collection on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


“Please sort through your closets for quality clothing and accessories to donate to our one day sale,” said organizer Evonne Kane. Women’s, men’s, teen’s and children’s clothing are needed. “This is a great opportunity to ‘pass it forward’,” she said.


Proceeds from the fifth annual sale, planned for Sept. 17 at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, will benefit the Laguna Relief and Resource Center.


Call for the drop off location at 468-6831.


Exchange Club Hosts Susi Q’s Director

 On Thursday, Aug. 11, Nadia Babayi, the new director of Laguna Beach Seniors, which operates the Susi Q senior center, will describe its activities for the coming season. 


The Laguna Beach Seniors has been in existence and enhancing the quality of life for Laguna Beach seniors since 1974. Ms. Babayi joined the senior center earlier this year.


The Exchange Club meeting will be held at 12:15 p.m. at the Mandarin KIng Restaurant, 1224 N. Coast Highway. The cost for non-members to attend the meeting is $20 and includes lunch.


Celebrating its 40th Year

 Over 150 supporters, volunteers, and friends were on hand at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon to celebrate the facility’s 40th year last Saturday.


There were marine themed crafts for kids, a dolphin bounce house, and live music by Kerry Getz. Food was donated by Rasta Taco, and over 200 mini cupcakes were contributed by Baby Bird Bakeries.  “It’s amazing to witness the transformation of our organization over the last 40 years” said animal care director Michele Hunter. “We’ve been through mudslides, floods, fires, and El Nino’s, and we’re still here to take care of all the seals and sea lions that need us.” 

 Each year PMMC treats an average of 250 marine mammals.


Club Receives a Warm Welcome

From left, Scott Voigts, representative of Assemblymen Don Wagner; Chamber Executive Director Rose Hancock; Club President Bob Whelan; Emanuel Patrascu, aide to state Sen. Tom Harmon; Kaitlyn Shimmin, aide to Rep. John Campbell; Sbe marketing director Tammy Billings; Mayor Iseman; and general manager Jenny Morinaka

The onset of lunch service at Laguna Beach’s Katsuya included a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Toni Iseman and the donation of $2,419, half of the proceeds from lunch service, to the Boys & Girls Club.



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