Community Datebook 8/23/13

Nonprofit Veteran Joins Susi Q Team

Jeanine Edmond joins Laguna Beach Seniors as director of programs.

Jeanine Edmond joins Laguna Beach Seniors as director of programs.

Laguna Beach Seniors announced hiring Jeanine Edmond as its new director of programs at the Susi Q Center this week.

Edmond comes to Laguna from Sacramento’s Make-a-Wish Foundation where she was president and chief executive. She has a 20 year history with several non-profit organizations and brings expertise in financial management, volunteer recruitment and training, building community partnerships, developing programs and experience with senior issues.

“We’re very excited to welcome Jeanine to our team,” says Nadia Babayi, executive director for Laguna Beach Seniors. “Her energy to help others and her commitment to community improvement mirrors our values.”

Membership is free and there are many programs and activities to suit each individual’s interests and needs. For more information, go to www.thesusiq.org or call 949.497.2441.

Calling Bingo Lovers

Enjoy dinner and play bingo along with other games with the chance to win prizes Saturday, Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Bridge Hall,  340 St. Ann’s Dr.

Admission of $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 17 includes dinner, a beverage, and three free warm-up games of bingo.

At 6:45 p.m. the regular games begin, along with the chance to win cash prizes. There will be a raffle. There are special non-cash prizes for players under 18.

Village Laguna Hosts Forum on Village Entrance

Several speakers will discuss Laguna Beach’s village entrance proposal during Village Laguna’s membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Dr.

Speakers include Planning Commissioner Norm Grossman and former Planning Commissioner Barbara Metzger as well as a representative from Transition Laguna.


Donations and Doing Good in Laguna

Marianna Hof and Katelyn Kolberg prepare for the Kids' Day of Service at the Laguna Food Pantry.

Marianna Hof and Katelyn Kolberg prepare for the Kids’ Day of Service at the Laguna Food Pantry.
Photo by JoAnn Ekblad.


As part of a day where kids are dedicated to service, Laguna Beach’s Whole Foods Market and SEEDS Arts and Education Inc. invites the community to participate in a food drive Friday, Aug. 30 through Friday, Sept. 6, to benefit the Laguna Food Pantry, which provides free groceries to those in need.


Unmasking Scams Against Seniors

Police officials invite the public to a presentation entitled “Scams Against Seniors” on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Community Services Officer Nikie Hernandez will discuss scams and schemes targeting seniors at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.

Club Members Take a Field Trip

The Boys and Girls Club spent an afternoon at the South Laguna Community Garden with garden teacher, Michelle Haynes on Aug. 7. Haynes demonstrated how to set up a vermiculture system so that red wiggler worms can turn waste into compost and fertilizer.

Club members get their hands dirty learning gardening skills.

Club members get their hands dirty learning gardening skills.

Nurseryman Ruben Flores helped the group explore the garden, learn about planting and managing garden plants. The group discovered Monarch butterfly chrysalises as well.

JoAnn Ekblad of Whole Foods Market Laguna Beach, also presented a check of nearly $2,000 for the garden acquisition fund, as a result of a community day when a percentage of proceeds go towards local nonprofits.


Wells Fargo, Festival Team Up for a Day of Fun

Recently, Wells Fargo and the Festival of Arts partnered to offer financial learning and art activities to over 60 disadvantaged children from around the county.

The field trip included a stop for art making.

The field trip included a stop for art making.

For the children involved with Santa Ana-based Kid Works and Stanton-based Illumination Foundation, the experience was one of their first to fine art. The event featured a banking lesson also, which introduced financial literacy with age appropriate activities. They also had the opportunity to make their own art at the Festival’s mixed media, ceramics and printmaking workshops.


An Evening Dedicated to Supporting Autism

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the seventh annual Ante Up For Autism, to be held at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort on Saturday, Oct. 12. This gala and casino night will benefit Talk About Curing Autism.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and the poker tournament starts at 8 p.m. Special celebrities and sport stars will be attending. For more information, visit www.anteupforautism.org.

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