Community Datebook


Firefighters Flipping for Labor Day

A previous Labor Day crowd enjoys entertainment and a pancake breakfast.

The public is invited to the annual Labor Day pancake breakfast on Monday, Sept. 3, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Heisler Park, the corner of Myrtle and Cliff Drives.

Firefighters flip flapjacks and the police association will serve coffee at the $5 breakfast, whose proceeds benefit the local Exchange Club’s national project to prevent child abuse and other local youth projects.

The breakfast is sponsored by the White House, celebrating its 95th year, as well as Las Brisas and Orange Inn.

A gift box will be available for the family of William McMurray. A note of encouragement or contributions to the family will be accepted.

Entertainers Doug Miller, April Walsh, Jessica de Stefano, Matt the Magician and a guest artist will be on hand.

For more information, contact Sande St John  (949) 633-9429


Winged Insects Meet, Greet

“Meet the Monarch Butterflies” takes place at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. on Saturday, Sept. 1, with a live presentation from noon to 12:30 p.m., followed by games and activities until 4 p.m.

Participants will learn about the butterflies, its life cycles, create butterfly arts and crafts, and make their own butterfly garden.. For more info, visit


Expect Extra Police on the Road

This upcoming Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Laguna’s police force will increase its patrol staff in order to identify and remove DUI offenders from the roadways and reduce alcohol related crashes.

DUI saturation patrols as well as publicizing their presence have proven to be an effective method for deterring motorists from drinking and driving.

The department recommends that you plan a safe way home before partying, designating a sober driver, using public transportation or calling a friend if impaired and calling 911 if you see a drunk on the road.


A Slam Dunk for Girls Hoop Team

Those with a sweet tooth and an eye for a bargain should drop by the school district’s parking lot on Sunday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take advantage of the high school’s girls’ basketball team rummage sale and bake sale.

All proceeds help support the girls basketball team.


Fall Veggies Discussed

Joanna Byrd, of Master Gardeners of Orange County, will be speaking on preparing a fall vegetable garden on Sept. 4 at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive.

The Transition Laguna potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7.


Drug Awareness Forums Begin

Focusing on parents and relatives of young addicts, theeffect, a recovery community based in San Juan Capistrano, is launching a monthly series of forums to provide resources needed to help families, beginning Sept. 7, at 27122A Paseo Espada, Suite 904, San Juan Capistrano.

The drug awareness forums will be held on the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m. and feature speakers and panels consisting of various professionals, parents of addicts, and addicts themselves. Vernon Porter of Laguna Niguel, who lost his daughter to an overdose of the prescription drug Opana, is the first speaker.

Subsequent dates are Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7. For additional info: contact Philip Pierson at 949.683.4445 or Dave Brisbin at 949.293.4259.


Volunteers Needed for Housing, Human Services Committee

 The city is seeking applicants to fill five of eight seats on the Housing and Human Services Committee.

The Council will be holding interviews and making appointments to the committee on Oct. 2.

The committee provides advisory input to the council on housing opportunities and human services, including but not limited to, those for seniors and the disabled. Meetings are at 4 p.m. at the Community Center on the first Wednesday of the month.

The application must be filed with the City Clerk by Tuesday, Sept. 25.


No Strings Attached, Estate Planning Workshop

Laguna Beach Community Foundation offers an opportunity to become better informed about financial matters and estate plans at a free, eight-week seminar “It’s Your Estate” starting on Friday, Sept. 7.

The Friday series is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, Community Conference Room, 380 Third St.

Learn from the experts about estate planning, advanced health care directives, conservatorship and power of attorney over assets, IRA, 401K and other plans, charitable income tax planning, and the role of a trustee and executor.

Register for the free at 949-715-8223 or [email protected]

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