Community Datebook


Indy Columnist Shares the Power Within


 The Woman’s Club’s free Brown Bag Chic event Wednesday, Sept. 7, at noon features Susan McNeal Velasquez presenting “The Power is Within You- Unleash It!”


Velasquez is the author of the Indy column “Wisdom Workout” and  “Beyond Intellect: Journey Into the Wisdom of Your Intuitive Mind.”


Coffee and dessert will be served at Brown Bag Chic, 286 St. Ann’s Dr.


Free Estate Planning Free Workshop


Laguna Beach Community Foundation hosts “It’s Your Estate,” starting on Sept. 9 at  1:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Laguna Beach Senior Center, 380 Third St.


The eight-week series will feature professionals in the estate planning field speaking on a variety of topics.


“This is not your typical ‘free lunch’ talk,” moderator Peter Kotes pledged. No financial products will be sold or services promoted, nor will there be any follow-up phone calls. Charities will not solicit donations.


The Workshop series will give participants an opportunity to develop more awareness of financial and estate planning, to learn practical suggestions on how to find competent and ethical advisors and encourage tax-wise charitable giving. To register contact Laguna Beach Community Foundation at 949-715-8223 or email [email protected].


Garden Club Plants School Seeds


Master gardener Sharael Kolberg, who has helped establish school gardens in the Bay Area and Laguna Beach, will discuss the importance of school gardens at the Laguna Beach Garden Club’s Friday, Sept. 9 meeting in Tankersley Halll at the Presbyterian Church.


Kolberg will address the positive impact gardening has on children, why it is important to expose them to growing their own food, and how hands-on curriculum helps children become better students.


For club members and guests the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. with a social half-hour, followed by a half hour business meeting.


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Campus Cooks Up a Hand-Thrown Fundraiser


Saddleback College’s ceramics department will present their first-ever chili bowl cook-off on Thursday, Sept. 8from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts complex. Proceeds go towards completing funding of the campus veteran’s memorial.


Activities include chili sampling of recipes from the community and local restaurants, dinner and silent auction. A candlelight march to the memorial is planned for 7:30 p.m.


Tickets are $30 and includes a hand-crafted ceramic bowl for chili and to take home.

Tickets can be purchased at (949) 582-4656 and online at

Costumes Needed for a Moonlight Masquerade


The Laguna Playhouse’s third annual Moonlight Masquerade, a Halloween party to benefit the Playhouse in its annual fundraising efforts, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Tivoli Too. Co-chairs Deborah Mayhew and Heidi Miller invite guests to arrive in costume for this evening of revelry featuring music by the All Stars Live band, spooky spirits, buffet dinner, tricks ‘n treats, fortune telling, costume contests, an opportunity drawing, silent auction and complimentary valet parking.


According to Director of Development, Amy Larson, “This year’s goal is significant as we attempt to raise more than last year’s revenue of $60,000. Proceeds from the party benefit the many programs of The Laguna Playhouse, including the theatre’s award-winning education programs that bring the magic of live theater to more than 10,000 school children every year. As a not-for-profit arts organization, The Playhouse relies on contributions to cover 40% of our annual budget.”


Sponsorship opportunities (which include tickets to the event) are available at the $1000, $3000, $5000, $7500 and $12,000 levels. A limited number of individual event tickets are available for $125 each. For information and an invitation, please contact Leslie Anne Mogul, [email protected], 949-497-2787 ext. 217.








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