Community Datebook


Kenya Orphans Receive Church’s Gifts


Kenyan girls receive dresses made by Laguna seamstresses, who are at work again on another shipment in February for a school in Africa.

The public is invited to hear Hoag Hospital physician Dr. Colette Cozean, who leads Laguna Presbyterian Church’s East African Partnership, describe their efforts to improve the health and nutrition of orphans in Kenya during a presentation Friday, Jan. 20.


A $15 per person African style dinner prepared by Mozambique will be served at 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by a presentation on the recent mission trip by Cozean and her team. They visited well sites, hospitals, farms, a university, and an orphanage.


“One of the highlights of that trip was when the group presented dresses and shorts made in Laguna Beach, for disadvantaged Kenyan children,” said congregant Stan Carmichael, who went on the trip last October.


The presentation takes place at Tankersley Hall on Second Street between Forest and Mermaid at 7:30 pm. RSVP to Dave Sizer at 714-838-0318 by Sunday, Jan. 15.



Support Group for Addicts Starts


A diverse team of recovery caregivers are establishing a monthly support group for families of youth struggling with addictions, which will meet Monday, Jan. 16, from 7–9 p.m., 303 Broadway, Suite 107.


Presenters will help with recovery issues that affect children or family members by offering education, encouragement, support and tools, said organizer Don Sciortino, who invites those who are interested to call with questions at 949-328-7230.


Two E-waste Drop-offs Set  


St. Catherine of Siena Parish School will sponsor a day-long electronic waste collection at the school, 30516 S. Coast Highway, on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students already collected 125 cell phones for recycling during December.


The same day, Surterre Properties agents are holding a similar collection in the school district’s parking lot, 550 Blumont St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Unwanted electronic devices such as computers, printers, television sets and small appliances can be dropped at either location.


Outgoing Mayor’s Affair Set


Instead of its usual lunch for the outgoing mayor, the Woman’s Club instead will host a cocktail party for former Mayor Toni Iseman on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.


Guitarist-singer Jason Feddy will entertain as guests mingle and bid on silent auction items and sample appetizers and desserts from local restaurants. Guests can buy wine.


The event, 286 St. Ann’s Drive, will benefit the Laguna Beach Community Clinic. Tickets are $25 in advance and $45 at the door. Make reservations at Call 949 494-0761, ext. 134, with questions.



For the Love of Charity


From left, Sylvia Newton-Robbins, Debbie Neev, and Penny Stastny spearheaded the adopt-a-family campaign. Photo by Don Romero.

Cash and gift donations by members of the Ebell Club fulfilled the wishes of three adopted families this past holiday season.

In the year ahead, members will focus on their upcoming wine tasting fundraiser at The Lumberyard restaurant on Sunday, Feb. 12,from 3 to 5 p.m.


Tickets are $30 each, which include wine tasting and a variety of appetizers. If attendees stay for dinner, and the Lumberyard will donate 20% of the dinner check to Ebell Club Philanthropies.


For more information on Ebell Club Philanthropies, or to purchase tickets to For the Love of Wine, contact Amy Altieri at [email protected], or  949-637-1903.



Skills-Building Toys at Main Beach Toys


Bkids developmental toys for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers are now available Main Beach Toy, a Blue Box line devised with parents and child development experts.


Each product is designed to harness and build on creative skills as children grow, said a statement from Cliff Seto, Bkids’ president.


Bkids products range in price from $7.99 to $59.99.



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