Community Datebook


Save the Environment With a Drive-Thru

Surterre Properties invites anyone with unwanted electronics and paper to drive through the Laguna Beach School District parking lot, 550 Blumont St., Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and drop off these landfill “no-no’s”.

This is a free service with no forms to complete and guests won’t even need to get out of their car.

Surterre Properties agents and volunteers will collect the eWaste and deliver them to a recycling center.

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Learn How to File Taxes

Local tax and estate planning attorneys Randy Gardner and Leslie Daff will provide a free update about how to plan for anticipated gift and estate tax changes, use of revocable and irrevocable trusts, and ways to reduce taxes on Thursday, May 24.

The seminar at Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway, from 7:30-9 a.m., includes breakfast, and 3:30-5 p.m., appetizers in lounge following presentation.

Seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 949-497-5056.


Lessons in Raw Food Party Planning

Transition Laguna members join Chef Moji for an evening of “Make-Ahead Party Food”  at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16.

Recipes were chosen with consideration to those who are gluten-free, vegetarian, or raw food lovers. Dishes include: Tomato salad with tarragon-honey vinaigrette, Asian chicken salad in endive spears, feta cheese halva wheels, artichoke cheese toast. Bring your own beverage/wine. This event takes place at a private home in Laguna Beach. Please contact instructor for location.

Cost is $25. Preregister at: [email protected] or 949-293-0326.


Life Coach Offers a Self Exploration Workshop

Molly Creig.

Molly Creig, a life coach certified by Life Purpose Institute in San Diego, has scheduled a workshop, Expanded Self Exploration and Goal Setting, on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 350 Loma Terrace. Price is $100 with lunch included.

Attendance is limited. RSVP at 919-977-0247 or [email protected].


Assistance League Hosts Grant Writing Workshop

The Assistance League is hosting Proposal Power, a grant writing workshop that will be held on Thursday, May 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their chapter house, 547 Catalina St.

Learn the steps of identifying funders that match your organization, write a grant with your designated team, and get in submitting a finished grant proposal.

The fee is $95 per person and will include lunch, refreshments, materials and the book, Proposal Power.

Registration due by May 14 to Elsa Brizzi at 949-376-1806 or [email protected].


Learning the Nuances in Real Estate Appraisal

The Laguna Friends of Real Estate invite the public to join a discussion on the appraisal process by George Ballin on Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Debilzan Fine Art Gallery, 224 Forest Ave.

Topics to be discussed include changes in the appraisal industry, options for a rebuttal and appraising in an environment of eclectic homes.

For more information, contact Sean McCracken at [email protected]


Show Your Vision of Paradise

Artists of all ages are invited to submit an original piece of art that reflects their vision of  “Another Day in Paradise,” Laguna Beach 24/7, on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Susi Q center, 380 Third St.

A reception and Susi Q Community Center open house will be held on Saturday June 2 from 1-3 p.m. at Gallery Q and is open to the public. The exhibit runs from May 18 through July 10.

Applications are available at the center or on line at

949-497-2441 x6.


Crosswalks Safety to Be Improved

To improve pedestrian safety along the 37 Laguna Beach crosswalks along Coast Highway, the Laguna Beach Police Department will be conducting several crosswalk enforcement campaigns on May 16.

For further information, contact Lt. Darin Lenyi at 949-497-0386 or [email protected]

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