Community Datebook 2/8/13


Honoring a Legacy of Good Works

Sande St. John
Sande St. John

Local resident and event organizer extraordinaire Sande St. John will receive the 2013 Laguna Beach Senior Legacy Award at Legacy Ball, on Friday, March 22 at the Resort at Pelican Hill. The Legacy Award honors individuals having made a lasting contribution to the quality of life in Laguna Beach.

For more information about the Legacy Ball and the award ceremonies, contact Nadia Babayi at the Susi Q Center at 949-497-2441.


Civil War Expert Speaks on Emancipation

Dr. Glenna Matthews, author of “The Golden State In The Civil War,” will be the featured speaker at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach, 429 Cypress Dr.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as of Black History Month, she will address the meaning of emancipation in American history as well as its importance today.

After the service there will be a lunch, a salad buffet, with the opportunity for further discussion of the topic.


Catholics Mark Pre-Easter Events

St. Catherine of Siena will celebrate Ash Wednesday on Feb. 13 with Mass and distribution of ashes at 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.  at 1042 Temple Terrace.


Valentine Event Blossom at Beauty Underground

Roots the Beauty Underground will hold a Valentine’s Day event on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The salon, 384 Forest Ave., will host a live broadcast by local station FM 93.5, palm readings by Grace from the Chakra Shack, drinks and snacks, and door prizes.

For more information on event contact Laure Linsenmayer at [email protected].


New Board, New Spirit Installed3 community datebook chamber Winners 2013

The Chamber of Commerce installed its 2013 board on Friday, Jan. 25 at Tivoli Too along with presenting Spirit of Laguna award winners for 2012.

President Michael Kinsman recognized outgoing member Michael Beck of Mission Hospital for his service. Mayor Kelly Boyd presided over the installation.

Spirit winners by category: Business Of The Year, Marine Room; Volunteer Of The Year, Luciano Stefanini; Citizen Of The Year, Jane and Paul Egly; Green Enterprise Of The Year,  Laguna County Water District; Building Industry Of The Year, Gregg Abel Construction & Design; Non-Profit Of The Year, Laguna Beach Community Foundation; Restaurant Of The Year, Nick’s; Government Official Of The Year, Mayor Pro-Tem Elizabeth Pearson; City Professional Of The Year , Prinicpal Planner Monica Tuchscher; Retail Store Of The Year, Laguna Beach Books; Gallery Of The Year, Peter Blake Gallery; Professional Service Of The Year, Mission Hospital’s Emergency Room; Board Member Of The Year, Debbie Macdonald.


Bus Fare Hike Goes Into Effect

Fares on county buses increase to $2 per ride, effective Sunday, Feb. 10.

The fare increase approved last year by the Orange County Transportation Authority board will address rising operating costs and is intended to collect from passengers a minimum of 20 cents per $1 spent on service. Without the increase, OCTA would fall below the required minimum and place funding for the entire transit system in jeopardy.

The last fare increase took place in January 2009. Since then, the cost to provide bus service has increased from $98 per service hour to $108. The fare increase will result in $6.4 million in additional revenue.

For more information about fare pricing and discounts go to


Shaking Off the Past’s Shackles

Practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, Rob Gilbert, is set to speak on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at 635 High Dr. He will discuss finding his freedom from the past and spirituality.

For more information call Mary Ann Powers at 949-720-1930.


Seniors Receive Grant

Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. received a $5,000 grant from Laguna Beach Community Foundation to help fund work services to help seniors. This marks the third year the foundation has funded programming at the Susi Q Senior Center. For more information on grant or center visit or call 949-497-2441.

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