Community Datebook


Church Hosts Alternative Holiday Market

Neighborhood Congregational Church invites the public to share the holiday spirit by shopping to make a difference at its Seventh Annual Alternative Christmas Market on two consecutive Sundays, Dec. 4 and 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The market, 340 St. Ann’s Dr., is an opportunity for children to purchase gifts for teachers and family at affordable prices and also learn about the needs around the world.
Gifs offered provide support and sustenance for people in need:  animals for developing country farmers, weekly one-on-one reading sessions for at-risk children, immunizations to protect children, bednets to prevent malaria, soccer balls, school supplies and uniforms for African girls, and donations for youth in developing countries, bead jewelry from Uganda, olive oil from the Holy Land, fair trade coffees, teas and chocolates, cookbooks, reusable shopping bags, hand-crocheted jingle bell hats and Dee Dee’s bags.
Habitat for Humanity will sell pins and cards to support their building projects in Orange County. Homemade treats will be served.
Shoppers can also turn gold into cash with Alternative Market’s gold buyer.

Gearing Up for Giving

The Laguna Resource Center is gearing up for its fourth annual Adopt-A-Family, to share the holiday spirit with the hungry in Laguna Beach. The community is asked to set aside any donation items in preparation for this event.
Gardening in Confined Spaces

Find out about gardening vertically in a narrow space at the Laguna Beach Garden Club, meeting Friday, Dec. 9, in Tankersley Hall at the Presbyterian Church in downtown.
Landscape designer and Horticulture Magazine contributing editor Rebecca Sweet talks about skinny space solutions and the gardening techniques that can reduce the visual impact of unattractive landscape features.
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.  Sweet will speak at 10:30 a.m.  There is no admission charge for first-time guests.

Transition Laguna Hosts Film ‘Forks Over Knives’
Transition Laguna will screen the film “Forks Over Knives” on Thursday, Dec. 8, examining the claim of nutritional researchers T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn that degenerative diseases can be controlled or even reversed by avoiding animal-based and processed foods.

This movie at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive, is the first in a series that will be presented by Transition Laguna on the second Thursday of each month, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. potluck. Please bring a dish or beverage to share as well as your own re-usable plate, cup, napkin, and cutlery. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested.

Contact Mahlia Hines at [email protected] for further information.

Patriot Shares Her Account
A special guest speaker will share her inspiring story about being a Jewish military officer at the Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 S. Coast Highway, on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

As a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Laurie Lans served on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan during three periods between 2003 and June of this year. She will share her account of events such as a giant menorah lighting ceremony in Saddam’s Palace and a Passover Seder in Saddam’s hunting lodge in addition to the steps she took to honor the Sabbath and keep kosher.

Please RSVP to (949) 499 -0770 or at The cost is $18 per person and sponsorships are available.


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