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Church Hosts Homeless for Christmas Breakfast

Breakfast for Laguna’s homeless population at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Photo by Rick Shoemaker
Breakfast for Laguna’s homeless population at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Photo by Rick Shoemaker

The 13th annual Homeless Christmas Breakfast held early last month at the Laguna Presbyterian Church brought the spirit of Christmas giving to 65 homeless guests, complete with breakfast, musical entertainment and gifts including back packs and sleeping bags.


Ann Richardson from the LDS Mormon Church and Rick Shoemaker from Laguna Presbyterian, organized the event. More than 50 enthusiastic volunteers from the community gathered to participate. Ed Sauls again served as master of ceremonies.

Boy scouts from Troops 35 and 38 set up tables and chairs, served food and cleaned up afterwards. Brian and Sue Back organized the kitchen “staff” with great skill. Carol Kahn with Girl Scout Troop 753 assembled 100 decorated hygiene kits with toothpaste, brushes, razors and socks for the guests.

Carols were sung by Girl Scout Troop 2136 led by Jennifer Baker, and accompanied on the piano by Carol Reynolds.

This is what Christmas is all about.


Canyon Foundation’s Leader Lays Out Her Vision

Hallie Jones
Hallie Jones



The new executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation, Hallie Jones, will describe her past endeavors with Santa Monica’s Heal the Bay as well as her vision for the future stewardship of Laguna Canyon on Monday, Jan. 6, during a meeting of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy.

The public is welcome to join the 6 p.m. dinner at Tivoli Terrace Restaurant on the Festival of Arts’ grounds. Admission is $10 for members; $15 for non-members. RSVP to (949) 545-7669.








Compost Expert Speaks at Garden Club

Hallie Jones
Steven Baldonado

Garden design and maintenance expert Stephen Baldonado will discuss ways to improve ornamental and edible gardens by composting with worms at the Laguna Beach Garden Club’s meeting on Friday, Jan. 10.

The club meets at Laguna Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall at 9:30 a.m.

More info at: Laguna





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