Community Datebook


Helping Others Sail Away

Katy Belle Sauers, left, and Elsa Dahle

Laguna Beach students Elsa Dahle and Katy Belle Sauers will host a fundraiser for the Hearts of Sailing non-profit on Thursday, April 7, outside Brussels Bistro restaurant on Forest Avenue.


The girls are raising money to enable children with special needs to experience sailing.

every weekend out of our local harbors and many other locations in America. See for more information.


Free Financial Planning Workshops


Laguna Beach Community Foundation is sponsoring “It’s Your Money,” an eight-week, free spring workshop series to be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, beginning April 8 room at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third Street.


Moderated by Peter Kote, the series will feature professionals sharing information about annuities and mutual funds, financial planning basics and more. “No financial products will be sold or services promoted, nor will there be any follow-up phone calls,” said Kote, offering his assurance that none of the groups involved will solicit donations.


Register at 949-715-8223 or [email protected].


Travel Agency Hosts Open House


Laguna Travel Service, 260 Broadway, will host an open house event with wine and cheese from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, to celebrate their Gadabout Vacations and Disney Cruises.


For information, call 949-494-1061.



Recovery Group Supports Grief-Struck


Incomplete recovery from grief can have lifelong effects on one’s happiness. Laguna Presbyterian Church is offering an eight-week support group open to the community to help find ways to cope with the loss of a loved one.


Led by Jackie Pearson, the grief support team begins Monday, April 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the parlor of the church, the corner of Forest Avenue and Second Streets.


There is a materials fee of $25. Please RSVP to Rev. Kathy Sizer at 494-7555.


Menu Planning Sans Meat


Find out how changing your diet can change the world at “Meatout,” Saturday, April 2, from noon to 4 p.m. at Main Beach, the annual campaign organized by Farm Animal Rights Movement.


Learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet for your health, for the environment, for global hunger, and for the world’s animals, said organizer Alicia Koberstein, a representative of Vegan Outreach.


The diet education campaign will offer food samples, information, recipes and coupons.


Legal Document Service Opens in Laguna


Laguna Beach resident Ellie Tipton Ortiz established Laguna Beach Legal Document Services and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m. on April 7, 1400 S. Coast Highway, Suite 106 (cross street is Mountain Avenue).


Ortiz owned and operated the business for a decade before the family spent two years in Spain developing a motorcycle streetwear clothing line developed by her husband. The family returned to open their first U.S. store, EuroPapi, in Laguna Beach at 688 S. Coast Highway.


Ortiz assists clients with paperwork related to divorce, child custody, living trusts corporations, credit repair and more. For more information, visit


Letting Go of Limits


Susan Marx will lead “Let Go of Limiting Beliefs – Step into Greater Clarity,” on Wednesday April 6, at 7 p.m., at Neighborhood Congregational Church’s study of different spiritual practices.

The church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive.  Call 494-8061 for more information.




Marine Room Hosts Dog Rescue Fundraiser


The Marine Room, 214 Ocean Avenue, will host Pet Place International’s first Rockin’ Dog Rescue and Fundraiser at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. In addition to meeting some of Pet Place International’s adoptable rescues, guests can enjoy the Jamie Browning Band’s classic rock tribute to Tom Petty and take advantage of raffles, prizes, vendor booths and give-aways.


For more info, call 494-3027.

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