Community Datebook 9/13/13


A New Venue for Taste of Laguna Expo

A scene from last year’s event on the Glenneyre parking structure.
A scene from last year’s event on the Glenneyre parking structure.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of Laguna and Business Expo, set for Thursday, Sept. 18, will switch venues, moving to the Festival of Arts’ grounds and featuring Grammy award winning drummer Poncho Sanchez and his Latin jazz band.

Tickets for the 4:30-8:30 p.m. expo with 29 different restaurants are $45 per person with a limited supply of VIP tickets available for $65 per person. Tickets are $65 at the door for general admission.

For more info: contact the Chamber office at (949) 494-1018.


Yom Kippur Services Set

All are welcome for Yom Kippur services at  Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 S. Coast Hwy, on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

In the course of Yom Kippur there are five prayer services, concluding with the “Neilah” prayer “The Closing of the Gates,” at sunset on Saturday. The fast ends at 7:37 p.m.

Call (949) 499 – 0770 or


Saving the Environment as Easy as 1, 2, Drive-Thru

Instead of collecting dust, dispose of discarded electronics and unwanted documents at Surterre Properties’s drive through ewaste pickup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Laguna Beach school district parking lot, 550 Blumont St.

Agents and volunteers will collect the discards and deliver them to a recycling center.


Business Club Hears From Dicterow  

Steve Dicterow
Steve Dicterow

Laguna Beach City Council member Steve Dicterow speaks Sept. 19 at the Laguna Beach Business Club and will update members about city projects, issues and developments including the village entrance and lifeguard headquarters.

Club meetings begin around a 7:30 a.m. breakfast and networking roundtable at Hotel Laguna. Non-members are welcome. For info: contact Bart Zandbergen at 949-455-0300 x218, or [email protected]



Applicants Wanted for Design Review Board

The City Council is accepting applications to fill two terms for the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board that will extend through January 31, 2016.

Interviews will be held on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. by the City Council at their regular meeting in the Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

Applicants must be residents should attend at least two current meetings prior to the interviews. A substantial time commitment is necessary to attend bi-monthly meetings, visit sites and review projects.

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 949-497-0705.


Raffle Keeps VFW Running

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 began its second annual raffle fundraiser this month and will announce winners at its Dec. 5 meeting. “With generous participation we should be able to meet our financial requirements for the entire year if not longer,” said Commander Arnie Silverman.

Prizes include an iPad and meals at Surf and Sand, Harbor Grill, Dizz’s As Is and the St. Regis.

Tickets are $10 each and three for $25 and can be purchased by sending a check along with name address and phone number to VFW Post 5868, P.O. Box 629, Laguna Beach, CA 92652, or by visiting and clicking on PayPal.  For further information call Arnie Silverman at (949) 643-5534 or Bill Kremer at (949) 494-8616.


From Faith to Fur, Pets Blessed by Apparel

Temple of Dog, a Laguna Beach-based maker of dog apparel, toys and cards, last week announced a line of cotton dog shirts with faith-related puns.

With sayings like “Kiss me, I’m Chewish,” “Boneified Christian,” and “Fleas Navidad” for the holidays, co-founder Shade Degges adds, “We’re certainly not missionaries at Temple of Dog. We simply saw an opportunity to make faith fun within an unexpected industry.”

“The idea started as a ‘chocolate-meets-peanut butter’ moment,” explained co- founder and local resident Cynthia P. Jenkins.

Temple of Dog will be adding other faiths to their line, available online at


Volunteer’s Wanted for Tidewater Docent Program

The Laguna Ocean Foundation is seeking volunteers for their Tidewater Docent program and the next training class begins on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. at Newport Beach’s Back Bay Science Center, followed by on-site training at the tidepools.

Volunteers must be at least 18. For further information, contact Letty Skeen, at [email protected] or call 949-400-6032.


City Hosts ‘Open for Business’ Workshops 

The next “Open for Business” workshop, to give prospective merchants the inside track on getting their business up and running, takes place Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center, 380 Third St.

Workshop participants will include Planning Commissioners Norm Grossman and Linda Dietrich; Kristine Thalman, the chamber’s executive director; and Monica Tuchscher, the city’s principal planner.

For more info: contact Tuchscher, at 949-497-0745 or [email protected]


Seniors Make Their Runway Debut

Laguna Beach Seniors hosts its first senior fashion show Friday, Sept. 27, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Susi Q, 380 Third St.

The event organized by members Phyllis Wilson and Dorothy Natal will feature top models wearing fashion trends from local boutiques and is free to the public.


Public Hearing Set on Housing Element

Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing over an update to the housing element, part of the city’s planning policies, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.

For additional information, contact Carolyn Martin at [email protected] or (949) 497-0398.









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