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Presentation on Halliburton House

The distinctive modernist look of Halliburton’s 1930s built home in South Laguna.

Laguna Friends of Architecture invite the public to a presentation on Halliburton’s Hangover House, Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Debilzan Fine Art Gallery, 224 Forest Ave.

Architectural historian, lecturer and educator Ted Wells will outline the adventurous life of Richard Halliburton, and will also describe the evolution of the home which was designed and built by architect William Alexander Levy.  The presentation will include historic slides.

Protests erupted over recent restoration work by the current owner of the historic structure.

Admission is free and a suggested donation for refreshments is $5.

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


Prize Drawing Set for Water Contest

The Wyland Foundation will host a live prize drawing at noon Saturday, May 19, at Wyland Galleries, 509 S. Coast Highway, for Laguna Beach residents who participated in the last month’s National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

Laguna and Manhattan Beach were both honored as two of 12 national winners in the campaign, which encouraged residents to make online pledges promising to conserve water.

Participating guests for the event include Mayor Jane Egly, artist Wyland, and Michael Rouse, Toyota’s vice president for philanthropy.


Attorneys to Speak on Tax and Estate Planning

Local tax and estate planning attorneys Randy Gardner and Leslie Daff will provide a free update tax issues on Thursday, May 24, at Hotel Laguna from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Issues they will cover include how to plan for anticipated gift and estate tax changes, use of revocable and irrevocable trusts in estate plans, how FDIC insurance applies to trust accounts, asset protection and ways to reduce taxes. RSVP to [email protected] or (949) 497-5056.


Handbag Buyers Support Health Day

The Laguna Beach Community Clinic will hold its Women’s Health Day outreach at Main Beach on Saturday, May 19.

Carolyn Bent and Mary Kate Saunders

Earlier in the week, the clinic held its second annual Handbags for Health event to fundraise for outreach underwriting.


Speech Clinic Offers Free Consultation

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. To celebrate, Laguna Beach Language & Speech Clinic is offering free consultations regarding speech, language and related services.

The South Laguna clinic of Lynn Epstein provides private speech-language therapy and evaluations for preschoolers and school age children with speech delays or deficits.

Call Epstein at 949-715-5845 for a free consultation.


Boutique Benefit Raises Big Money for Nonprofits

A volunteer staffer straightens donations at the temporary store, whose receipts help four charities.

More than $22,000 was raised as dozens of volunteers and local boutiques joined forces for the sixth year to ensure the success of the annual Boutique Benefit, held earlier this month to benefit three local charities and one international one.

Hundreds of shoppers descended on Laguna Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 5, to purchase designer and brand-name clothing and accessories at bargain prices. A defunct boutique offered its entire stock of new unsold merchandise.

Remainders were collected by volunteers for sale at the Assistance League’s Turnabout Thrift Shop, 526 Glenneyre St.

Boutique Benefit accepts donations of quality clothing throughout the year; to make arrangements, call Evonne Kane at 949-468-6831.


Teens Raise Money in AIDS Walk

Teens from the Boys & Girls Club took to the street for AIDS Walk of Orange County on Sunday, May 6, setting out from Disneyland.

Laguna Club members invade the Magic Kingdom for AIDS Walk.

Ten teens walked in the event, who had to raise a minimum of $50 each. The teens raised $603.48 in a week by selling cupcakes they made themselves so that all 10 could participate. This project was planned and implemented by the Keystone Teen Leadership program at the club.

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