Community Datebook


A Survivor Shares Her Story 


Laguna Beach Business Club welcomes author and Teen Project founder Lauri Burns for its Tuesday, Sept. 13, breakfast meeting at Hotel Laguna.


“Lauri spoke at our Rotary Club back in April and when she finished it was dead silent without a dry eye in the crowd,” said Business Club supporter John Campbell.


Burns described her troubled teen years starting with an abusive father, progressing to drug use, prostitution, pregnancy, rape and a near-death beating. She went on to kick her addiction, raise a daughter, become a computer consultant and establish Teen Project to take “at risk girls” off the streets.


“You will be amazed at the strength of Lauri Burns. I read her book (“Punished for Purpose”) and could not put it down,” said Campbell, who urged members to RSVP for the $25 breakfast.




A New But Familiar Face Joins Park Advisory Panel


Elisabeth Brown, founding president of Laguna Greenbelt Inc. and a longtime advocate for open space, will step down as a voting member of the the Orange County Greenbelt Authority at its Thursday, Sept. 15, meeting in Laguna Beach’s City Hall.


Mary Fegraus, former executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation, was nominated to succeed Brown on the panel.


Its voting members include elected officials from Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel and  Laguna Beach along with the Fifth District county supervisor and the county’s director of watersheds.



Sample the Susi Q Line-up for Free


The public is invited to try out the variety of classes offered at the downtown Community Center during a free demo day on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Adult classes include fitness, dance and martial arts classes as well as arts and crafts and bridge. Youth classes include dance, music and drawing.


For a full schedule, go to the City’s website at and click on recreation activities or pick up a flyer at the Susi Q or Community Services Department.



Conservancy Revisits Anti High Rise Campaign

Ann Christoph and John Monahan are featured speakers of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner meeting of Monday, Sept. 12, at Tivoli Terrace.

The speakers will share personal recollections of the grass-roots campaign to halt high-rise coastal development with the passage on Aug. 3, 1971, of city-wide height limits.

RSVP to Ed Drollinger at 494-6465. $10 for members and $15 for non-members; please call to cancel if necessary.



Lifting a Glass for a Cause


Madison Square & Garden Café hosts Marine Martini Madness on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m., promote awareness of the Pacific Marine Mammel Center and its rehabilitation and education programs.


For $30 per person, owner Jon Madison offers a martini and appetizer event in his historic cottage and garden café, 320 N. Coast Highway. Dogs are always welcome.


Tickets can be purchased at the door, but please RSVP by Sept. 9 to 949.494.3050 or via email at [email protected].


Separately, the center will honor the resort employee group Hearts of Montage the following day, Sunday, Sept. 11, with the release of two elephant seals at Treasure Island beach, acknowledgement for their partnership and dedication to the center’s mission.



Travel Pays Off for Glennwood Supporters


Supporters of Glennwood Housing Foundation, who hope to open a Laguna Beach home for young adults with developmental disabilities, have established an alliance with Expedia’s Affiliate Network of hotels.


Supporters who contribute $80 to Glennwood receive a $100 value gift card from TheHotelCard to use at any Expedia Affiliate Network hotel worldwide. Donors may purchase cards with a two-night minimum stay for other’s use as well. Learn more about the program at a presentation Saturday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m., at Glennwood, 2130 S. Coast Highway.


For more information visit www.



Green Chamber Holds Get-together


The Orange County Green Chamber meets Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Aliso Creen Inn and Golf Course for a networking and membership event.
Entry is $12 for Green Chamber members, $17 for non-members. Price includes one drink ticket for beer or wine and passed hors d’oeuvres.


The night’s events will also feature a special guest speaker still to be announced and raffle prizes.
Visit: for more details!


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