Community Datebook


Treasures Sale Funds the Gift of Clean Water


Soroptimist International’s Sandy Vetter in India with children whose lives have been forever changed by the gift of a freshwater well for their school.

Help Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach save lives with donations of time, money or contributions to its Hidden Treasure fundraiser on Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the American Legion, 384 Legion St.

The club has partnered with Women of the Wells to raise funds to build wells at a cost of $1,800 each needed in remote villages in India.

After visiting India, club member Sandy Vetter described witnessing extreme poverty and the impact on women and children who lack access to clean drinking water. Various disorders and malnutrition are related to water sources used for drinking, cooking and bathing.

”Funding water wells could provide a village with clean water for generations,” said club president Jayne Greenwalt.

Once a village has a clean water supply, the women and female children no longer have to walk the long distances and be at risk of attack by wild animals, snakes, scorpions and criminals, said Georgiana Willis, co-chair of Women of the Wells, which has built 68 bore wells in 11 countries in Africa, Asia and South America.


Salon Aims to Cut Into Homelessness


New to Laguna Beach, Vogue Salon has recently opened in Laguna’s Old Pottery Place.

Antonietta and Donato Bianchini, co-owners of Vogue Salon


Owner Antonietta Bianchini is making friends in her new neighborhood, helping residents of the nearby Friendship Shelter as they rebuild their lives and prepare to re-enter society.


She plans a career makeover day Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vogue Salon, 1200 S. Coast Highway. In the meantime, the salon invites residents and patrons to contribute to a clothing and or food drive for the shelter.


For more information or to donate clothing/food for the event contact Antonietta Bianchini of Vogue Salon 949-376-7600.


Imagining Prayer, Growing Through Grief


The public is invited to attend sessions on prayer practice and grieving offered by Laguna Presbyterian Church, Second and Forest Avenues.


Instruction and practice of the Ignatian Contemplation Prayer takes place Friday, March 30, from 11:30-12:30 p.m. A leader will guide use of your imagination and senses to imagine a biblical event.


On April 2, an eight-week class “Growing through Grief”, led by Jackie Pearson, begins at 4 p.m. in the church parlor.


Register for either at 949-494-7555.



Take a Walk for Wellness


A wellness walk sponsored by Village Laguna as part of the Community Clinic’s Healthy Laguna! initiative is scheduled on Saturday, March 31, at the gazebo in Heisler Park, just north of Las Brisas, 361 Cliff Dr.


Sandy Dildine, a Laguna Beach tidewater educator, will lead a tidepool walk in the Heisler Park marine preserve.


PMMC Invites Comment


The public is invited to attend the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s first community focus group April 4 at 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Laguna Beach Community-Senior Center, 380 Third St.


The session will provide an update about activities at the center and invites participants to provide feedback about ways the organization might enhance its public outreach.


To reserve a spot, call 949-494-3050 or email [email protected].



A Circle of Boomer Wisdom


Born between 1946-1964, or otherwise self-identify as a Boomer?  You are a candidate for a co-ed group that meets beginning April 5 for six weeks at 7 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.


Facilitators will discuss resolving inner conflict, reduce isolation, expand personal understanding,

and facilitate the grief process.


RSVP at 949-497-2441



Chabad Hosts Community Seder


Chabad Jewish Center is offering a community Seder at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, 30804 S. Coast Highway.


Rabbi Eli Goorevitch will lead the Seder, a practice Jewish families the world over observe on the eve of Passover to commemorate the exodus from Egypt. His Seder will feature explanation and commentary based on mystical and Kabbalistic insights, humor and song.


A holiday dinner will be served with hand-baked matzah and choice of wine. Adults $36, children $20. RSVP by April 2 to 949 499-0770, or visit


Money Workshop Makes Sense of Philanthropy


As part of its mission to promote philanthropy, Laguna Beach Community Foundation hosts a 1:30 p.m. Friday workshop, “It’s Your Money,” that begins April 6.


The eight-week series moderated by Peter Kote will feature professionals sharing information about annuities and mutual funds, financial planning basics, fixed income assets, equity investing and long term care.


The 90 minute series will be held in the Community Room at the Susi Q Laguna Beach Senior Center, 380 Third St., and concludes May 25.


Register at 949-715-8223 or email [email protected].

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