Community Datebook


City Manager to Speak at Biz Club

Laguna Beach’s City Manager John Pietig addresses the Business Club at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Hotel Laguna.

Those interested in attending should RSVP club representative John Campbell at 949 494-1008. Those with questions should forward them to Campbell at jl.campbell@verizon; he intends to forward them to Pietig prior to his presentation.

The cost is $25 and includes a breakfast buffet.

Fire Stations Open for Public Tours   

The public is invited to visit any of the city’s four fire stations on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to tour the station, meet local firefighters, see the fire engines, as well as ask any questions about fire safety. Participating fire stations include locations at Forest Avenue, Agate Street, Alta Laguna Boulevard and Second Avenue.

Throughout the month, local firefighters will be visiting area schools and participating in emergency drills to help educate the community on fire safety and emergency preparedness. Developing a plan for your family in case of fire at home is advised.

For additional information on fire prevention week or fire safety, please contact 949-497-0700.


Nonprofits Get an Assist Finding Common Ground

The Laguna Beach Community Alliance hosts a Cause-Alike networking event at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, to introduce Laguna Beach non-profits and groups to one another who share similar areas of interest.

Co-chairs Lee Winocur Field and Elsa Brizzi invite all interested community members to attend the Cause-Alike series at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive.

Liz Bates, left, and Tiffany Jones are united by a cause.

Agents Partner to Combat Human Trafficking

First Team Estates agents Liz Bates and Tiffany Jones will host ‘party with a purpose’ to support victims of international sex trafficking on Friday, Oct. 14, in Laguna Beach.  The event is in alliance with Costa Mesa-based Finding Freedom International, which provides services for children and young women rescued from sex in safe houses in Bangkok, Costa Rica and Mexico City.
“An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year, and it happens right here in Southern California as well as worldwide,” said Bates.
The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive, and will feature food, live music, dancing, a silent auction and raffles.  Proceeds will support Finding Freedom International’s safe houses
To RSVP contact Bates at 949-689-9258 or [email protected].

Potted Plants on Sale at Farmers Market

Garden volunteers have been sawing, hammering, glueing and painting in order to construct artistic, one of a kind containers filled with succulents, herbs and seasonal color for the annual sale Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Laguna Beach Farmers Market.

Not to be found anywhere else these planted containers will sell out fast. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to get a head start on holiday gifts by purchasing paper white narcissus and winter blooming Amaryllis.

All proceeds benefit the Hortense Miller Garden. Tours of the Garden are offered Tuesday through Saturday by arrangement with the City of Laguna Beach Recreation Department at (949) 497-0716.

Sowing Seeds for Edible Gardens

Local sustainability group Transition Laguna Beach will be sowing community garden seeds in the Top of the World neighborhood Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning with a 9 a.m. garden tour at 3137 Bonn Dr.

An explanation of the garden plan and its installation follow. A group of 20 or so members has planted a dozen gardens for private homeowners, varying from planting in containers on someone’s deck or rooftop, to replacing whole lawns with a vegetable garden.

Contact Linda Lewis Elbert (949-280-6379) if you live in TOW and are interested in having a garden installed, or

Beach Cleanups Planned

This Saturday, Oct. 15, the Boys & Girls Club, One World One Ocean Foundation, the Ocean Conservancy, and Zero Trash are teaming up to clean up Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Call the Main Branch at 949-494-2535×100 for details.

In addition, Lululemon athletica’s Orange County stores along with Surfrider Foundation host a combination 9 a.m. beach cleanup and 10:30 a.m. yoga class Sunday, Oct. 16, at Crystal Cove State Park. A lunch follows.

Deadline Nears for Ocean Expedition Contest

The One World One Ocean campaign is hosting a contest where one lucky winner will be given a free two-day boating trip to Catalina Island in November on an IMAX filmmaking expedition.
The winner will get to see how MacGillivray Freeman Films makes IMAX movies and explore the ocean through diving, snorkeling and swimming. To enter, people need to sign up at:  The contest ends Oct. 17 and the winner will be announced Oct. 19.

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