Community Datebook


New Member Added to Foundation

Jim Jaqua was elected to the Laguna Beach Community Foundation board.


Jim Jaqua was elected to the Laguna Beach Community Foundation board.


He’s familiar with the foundation’s aims since as former Bank of Hemet chief executive he worked with a similar foundation to establish a donor advised fund for college scholarships for the children of the bank’s employees.

Introduction to Taizé Prayer


St. Mary’s Episcopal Church’s taizé service, a form of musical prayer where songs are repeated and silence is a central part of the service, will be introduced on Monday, March 19, at the Cathedral of St. Francis by the Sea, 430 Park Ave., from 7-8 p.m.


Taizé is a monastic community is southeastern France that seeks to create a community where reconciliation could become a concrete reality every day. The worship of Taizé is marked by depth and simplicity, consisting of much singing along with period of silent meditation.


Police Recruits Disaster Volunteers


The Laguna Beach Police Department announces registration for the inaugural Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course.


A team is an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster.


The CERT program consists of 25 hours of classroom and hands on training. Training will begin on Wednesday, March 28.  Classes will meet for six consecutive Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m., followed by one Saturday morning exercise.


To be considered for this training, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or work within the city limits, be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions.


Registration form can be found at Applications must be submitted to Jordan Vilwock at [email protected] no later than March 21.


Talk on Women’s Role Shaping Politics


Suffragist Caroline Severance will be the topic of historian Glenna Matthews, who speaks at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress St., at 10:30 a.m.  Sunday, March 18.

Severance was known as “The Mother of Clubs” as she established the first woman’s club in the U.S. in New England, and the spiritual leader of California’s suffrage movement. Having worked for women’s suffrage for 60 years, she, at the age of 92 in 1912, cast her vote for president.

After the service, a sandwich lunch will be held to allow for further conversation about how women can be of greater influence in the political system.

Transition Laguna Goes to Church

Transition Laguna’s garden install will take place at the Neighborhood Congregational Church this Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s an all-day install on the church grounds, the first phase of a master plan to convert their non-edible landscape area into an edible garden. Its harvest will be used to feed those in need.

Please garden gloves and tools. We’ll take a break at noon and relax over a potluck lunch. Bring a healthy dish and beverage to share.

To help out, to find out more or to put your name on the list for your own home garden install, just show up and start digging!


Real Estate Friends Host Loan Workshop


For people interested in home-buying, but concerned about obtaining a loan, realtor Sean McCracken is organizing a 6:30 p.m. loan workshop Thursday, March 22, at the DeBilzan Gallery, 224 Forest Ave.


Presenters include representatives from RTC Mortgage, Morgan Stanley and Collateral Group, who between them offer a full spectrum of traditional and “creative” loans up to $10 million.


There is no charge for this event. RSVP to Laguna Friends of Real Estate on or Facebook or email [email protected].

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