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Store Opens to Aid Cancer Warriors

Alyx Holiday.

The Don’t Worry Be Happy Foundation, established to help cancer warriors pay their medical bills, will open its first retail outlet, The Happy Place, in Laguna Beach this week with a grand opening on Sunday, May 6, at 1042 N. Coast Highway.

The DWBH Foundation, relocated to Laguna from Newport, was started to honor co-founder Jim and Mina Buc’s nephew, Kevin Carlberg, of West Hollywood, who fought for six years before brain cancer took his life.  He wore a t-shirt with his favorite quote, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” to every doctor’s appointment at the UCLA Medical Center.

Sales of the $30, U.S.-made shirts help defray medical bills of cancer victims. The foundation is currently assisting 31 people, such as Yorba Linda’s Alyx Holiday. The 38-year-old mother of three has taken a leave of absence as a junior high English teacher to focus on fighting breast cancer.

For more info visit www.DWBHShirts.com.

High-End Tag Sale Set

Organizers of Laguna Beach’s Boutique Benefit plan a pre-sale party on Friday, May 4, which supports local and global causes.

A Benefit volunteer teams up with organizer Evonne Kane, right.

For a $40 tax-deductible contribution, participants before shopping can feast between 5 and 6 p.m. at Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway St. Between 6 and 8 p.m., participants will have first pick of designer and name brand apparel at the Presbyterian Church, at Second and Forest Avenues.

The Boutique Benefit opens to the public Saturday, May 5, at the Laguna Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Cops Out in Force for Cinco de Mayo

This Saturday, May 5, Lagun police will be increasing its patrol staff for Cinco de Mayo celebrations in an effort to reduce alcohol related crashes.

Police recommend planning a safe way home before the festivities begin; designating a sober driver; and if impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.

For further info: contact: Lt. Jeff Calvert at (949) 464-6655 or [email protected]


Conservancy Welcomes Bluebelt Supporters

Members of the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition will address the Laguna Canyon Conservancy’s monthly meeting on Monday, May 7.

RSVP by Saturday, May 5, for the 6:30 p.m. dinner at Tivoli Terrace on the Festival of Arts’ grounds to Sharon Larimer at 499-1224.

The Bluebelt Coalition received the city’s environmental award for its efforts promoting establishment of a state-protected marine reserve across most of Laguna’s coastline.


Transition Laguna Hosts ‘Flow’ Film

The group will screen “Flow,” about global water issues on Thursday, May, 10 at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr., at 7 p.m.

For more info: [email protected]


Learn How to React in a Crisis

Learn how to plan for a potential crisis with crisis communication expert Joan Gladstone at a Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce workshop, Friday, May 11, at 9 a.m. at the Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 S. Coast Highway.

Seating is limited. Admission is $15 for members, $25 for non-members and includes a continental breakfast.

For more information, call 949-494-1018 or email [email protected]


Senior Center Launches Grief Support Group 

A new grief and loss support group will meet Wednesdays, beginning May 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third St., and is facilitated by Anne Schroeder.

Participants will have an opportunity to share their personal challenges and learn coping strategies.

Other program offerings  that focus on mental health and well-being include Circle of Wisdom and Feeling the Blues.

For more information, call 949-497-2441.


Compost Giveway Set

The annual compost giveaway will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the ACT V Lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Rd. Ten tons of compost will be made available for pickup by residents.


Revisit History Aboard Vintage Planes

The Wings of Freedom Tour will be on display at John Wayne Airport.

The Wings of Freedom Tour will be on display at John Wayne Airport on May 11 at 2 p.m. and will be on display until Sunday, May 13.

Planes such as the WWII vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang will arrive at the airport as part of the Wings of Freedom tour, a foundation-sponsored flying tribute to the flight crews, ground crews, manufacturers, soldiers, sailors and airmen.

For further information, contact the Collings Foundation at 978-562-9182 or visit www.collingsfoundation.org.

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