Community Datebook


Christmas Bulbs Go to Market


The Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden will be at the Farmers Market in Laguna Beach this Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon to sell bulbs, plants and planted arrangements.


The Friends offer large bulbs in an array of colors.  Other spring blooming bulbs such as narcissus and alliums will also be offered and may be viewed on the website at


All proceeds will benefit the Hortense Miller Garden. Tours are offered free of charge Tuesday through Saturday. Children accompanied by adults are welcome to join the tours which must be arranged through the City of Laguna Beach Recreation Dept. at 949 497-0716.


A Barking Good Thanksgiving


Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends, is holding their annual Thanksgiving feast fundraiser for pets and their owners at Tivoli Terrace on Thursday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Guests are invited to dress up their socialized dogs and cats and mingle with other animal lovers while raising money for nonprofit RUFF.


Adults are $35 and children under the age of 12 are $15;reservations are recommended and can be made at 949-494-9650. 


Randy Larson and his son Trevor, along with friend Samantha Ferri, at the future special needs group home, a former senior retirement facility on Coast Highway where the young people hope to live.

Lifting a Glass for a Special Home


Supporters of Laguna Beach’s Glennwood House, a residential home for young adults with developmental disabilities, host a Dec. 3 wine tasting fundraiser on the premises, 2130 S. Coast Highway.

“This is an opportunity for the community to understand and embrace the Glennwood House,” said supporter Wendy Potter, whose daughter Samantha Ferri hopes to become a Glennwood resident. “People need to understand how important it is for these young adults to feel they belong to a community. This house will provide a loving environment for them.”

The 4-7 p.m. event, $25 per person, will feature Organic Wine Cellar sampling,  a silent auction, entertainment and holiday gifts. The wine merchant will donate 15% of proceeds to The Glennwood House.

Guests will enjoy live music will be performed by Kim Saunders and Bob Hawkins and appetizers from Royal Hawaiian and French 75 restaurants and Stalker’s fine food.

More info at

Seeking a New Team for Emergencies


The city’s Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee and the Laguna Beach Police Department are exploring starting a Community Emergency Response Team and are seeking previously trained CERT members to participate.


Such a team is designed to teach community members skills to be better prepared during and after a disaster and to aid public safety efforts.


If interested, please contact Lt. Darin Lenyi at [email protected] or (949) 497-0750, ext. 230.

South Laguna gardeners and their supporters. Photo by Ann Christoph





Garden Harvest’s Collaboration


A crowd of enthusiastic gardeners, friends and donors partied to the tunes of the Garden Band in the South Laguna Community Garden on Sunday.


Mayor Toni Iseman and Councilmember Verna Rollinger joined in celebrating the completion of the garden’s lower portion. Now there are 53 raised planting beds, with the end of the fall harvest squashes and the promise of winter vegetables coming on.


Donors were recognized including Steve and Liza Stewart, of Stewarts Landscape; Ruben Flores, owner of Laguna Nursery; Ann Christoph, landscape architect; and representatives of Butler Box and Stake and South Coast Water District, who attended.


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