Community Datebook 3/8/13

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Empathy From the Ground Up

Jack Reed and his sock haul.
Jack Reed and his sock haul.

Boy Scout Jack Reed of Laguna Beach Troop 35 recently collected over 250 new socks to donate to the Friendship Shelter.

In a month’s time, the sixth-grader at Thurston Middle School went door-to-door,  sent emails to friends, and put up flyers at local businesses.  The name of his campaign was “Operation Sock Drop”.  His goal was 100 socks. He was able to collect over 250 new socks through the generosity of Laguna residents.

He is appreciative of those who placed socks on their doorsteps; many homeless people will now have warmer feet as a result.

Buzzing About Bees 

The “All About Bees” presentation hosted by Laguna’s Daughters of the American Revolution will be on Tuesday, March 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Laguna Presbyterian Church.

Resident Dave Marder, a former president of the Orange County Beekeepers Association and owner of Bee Busters, will lead the presentation. Marder will share his “virtual hive”, glasses simulating how a bee sees, honey, beeswax and his years of knowledge on beekeeping in Orange County.  This is a 45 minute lunch time presentation.

Book Sale Benefits Nepal’s Kids

Hundreds of donated books – hardcover, coffee table, reference, paperback, collectible – will be for sale at Chhahari’s Lovingly Used Book Sale on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  near the farmer’s market.

Book sale benefits a children’s home in Kathmandu.
Book sale benefits a children’s home in Kathmandu.

The sale will be held at 580 Broadway, near the Laguna Playhouse, in the street-level parking lot. Farmer’s market shoppers and others are invited to stop by, browse, and learn about the work of Chhahari, which means shelter, to school and house 24 former street children at the home established there by Laguna Beach resident Christine Casey.

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What Goes on 26 Miles Across the Sea?

The public is welcome to attend Catalina history buff Chuck Lidell’s talk about the island on Friday, March 15 at 7:15 p.m. in Laguna Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall.

Lidell works closely with the Catalina Conservancy. Admission is free.  For further information, contact the church office at 494-7555.


A bypass valve at a washing machine can divert rinse water to the garden.
A bypass valve at a washing machine can divert rinse water to the garden.

Transition Turns to Rainfall Capture

Transition Laguna Beach will be hosting a greywater re-use and rainwater catchment lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr.

The presentation will be led by Brook Sarson, a rainwater harvesting expert, who will give a comprehensive overview of the different approaches people can consider when installing a rainwater harvesting or greywater re-use system.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for a hands-on greywater re-use workshop to be held the following Saturday. Preceding the meeting will be a potluck at 6:30 p.m. where attendees are invited to bring a dish and beverage to share, as well as their own plate, cup, cutlery and napkin.



Club Still Welcoming Chucklers

Members of the Laguna Laughter Club will extend a vigorous ovation to one lucky person on Sunday, March 17, as this yet-unknown giggler will be the 25,000th person to laugh on the beach since the club began. The free celebration (with honors and gifts to the landmark laugher) will occur during the club’s meeting on the beach at 8:45 a.m.  For info contact (949) 376-1939, or write to [email protected].


Workshop Examines How to Best Use Parking Spaces

Members of the public are invited to a workshop to contribute their ideas to update a downtown parking management plan at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

For more information visit, or contact Monica Tuchscher at 949-497-0745.


Rotary Seeks Grant Applicants

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations through March 31.

Applications and instructions can be found at, or by contacting Jeffrey Redeker at 949-371-7595.


Free HIV Testing Available

Shanti Orange County is offering free and anonymous HIV testing every Friday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. by appointment or walk-in at 23461 South Pointe Drive, Suite 100, Laguna Hills. For appointment or more information call 949-452-0888 or visit


Tide Pool Program Extends its Hours 

Docents keep the curious at bay.
Docents keep the curious at bay.

A $1,000 grant from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation will provide 67 additional hours of staffing by tidepool docents of Laguna Ocean Foundation at Crescent Bay.

The additional program funding will be utilized during the high use times, like holidays and weekends. LOF’s Tidepool Interpretive Programs aim to educate the public about Laguna’s fragile intertidal ecosystems so that impact is minimized.

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