Community Datebook 9/20/13


Anti-Litter Forces Invade Coastal Cities

Californians will take to the beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, to clear away debris and honor the anniversary of the state’s Coastal Act.

Locally, clean-ups led by the Eco Warrior Foundation are planned at Treasure Island Beach below the Montage resort, Surf and Sand Resort, SUP Company at Oak Street and Main Beach. Also Dana Point Harbor, Salt Creek Beach and Crystal Cove State Park.

 Visit for details.


Get Smart About Landscaping

A free, two-day expo about using California friendly plants and efficient landscape  irrigation techniques will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, at the Laguna Beach County Water District, 306 Third St.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.


Picnic Atop the World

The public is welcome to join the Top of the World Neighborhood Association’s annual neighborhood potluck picnic, which unfolds at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Alta Laguna Park.

Neighbors bring food to share, non- alcoholic beverages will be provided and the emphasis will be on fun and games for kids.

President Piero Wemyss promises a visit from fire fighters and a chance for children to take part in a fire hose demonstration.


Turning Waste Into Garden Treasure

The city’s trash hauler, Waste Management, hosts free composting classes for residents at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and Oct. 26, at the Community and Susi Q. Center, 380 Third St.

Compost bins and worm bins will be available for purchase during the classes at a discounted price. For more infor: contact instructor, Lisa Ryder at (310) 874-2499 or email at [email protected].
Think Globally, Act Locally at AAUW Mixer

Judy Pfeil


Judy Pfeil, a leader of AAUW-California, will address local members about what the organization is achieving nationwide at a membership mixer on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m.

Prospective members interested in learning about the organization are welcome at the free event and may join at a discount of $70.50.

For even location contact Deana Pink: 949-497-9900.











Workshop Focuses on Emergency Preparedness

Residents who live between Nyes Place and Aliso Circle, from pet-sitters to caregivers and neighborhood block captains and apartment managers, are welcome at a workshop on how to prepare for disasters at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Methodist Church on Wesley Drive.

Please RSVP to Sandi Cain at (949) 292-3279 (mobile) or [email protected] or Susan Weidhaas at (949) 683-0120 or [email protected]


Jewish Center Rejoices in Traditions

In a twist on the seven-day sukkot celebration, Laguna Beach’s Chabad invites worshipers to visit seven neighborhood Sukkahs and enjoy a progressive dinner on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 30804 S. Coast Highway beginning at 5 p.m. Email [email protected] for Sukkah Hop route.

The Jewish High Holidays come to an end with Simchat Torah, celebrated at the Jewish Center Thursday, Sept. 26, with a Simchat Torah dance and buffet at 7:30 p.m.

Chabad’s Hebrew School invites all kids to participate on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at a jump-house sukkah and sub making party.  The cost is $8 per person. Please R.S.V.P. to 949 499-0770.


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.


Changes Ahead for Construction Permits

Construction parking issues are the subject of a 6 p.m. hearing by the city’s Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.

The proposal, available at, may be modified during the review process. Questions: contact Liz Vazquez-Avila, at (949) 497-0344 or [email protected].


Aliso Creek Dinner Benefits Marine Mammal Center

The curtain goes up on the Marine Mammal Cabaret on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, 31106 S. Coast Highway.

Dinner guests will be treated to a musical performance by Roxanna Ward, fine wine, opportunity drawings and an auction that includes a chef’s dinner for 10 at Montage’s Studio restaurant.

The fundraiser supports services at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center, which rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals.

Tickets are $175 per person, reserved tables of eight are $1500. Event tickets can be purchased online at or call Lindsey at 949-494-3050.


Realtors Fill Food Pantry Larder

The Laguna Food Pantry was a beneficiary of the Laguna Board of Realtors’ Taste for Charity fundraiser, which raised more than $100,000.

Last month, chair Andy Siegenfeld was presented a $7,300 check to help with operating costs at the pantry, 20652 Laguna Canyon Rd. It is open weekday mornings and run entirely by volunteers.


Caltrans Installs College Signal

Caltrans installed a flashing beacon above the crosswalk at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Canyon last Friday.

The beacon will only flash when activated by a pedestrian.


Annual Tree Trimming To Begin

The city’s new tree trimming contractor, West Coast Arborists, will be starting annual tree trimming shortly and take three months to complete.

The work will involve trimming all city maintained trees throughout the city on Forest and Ocean Avenues, Poplar Street, Bluebird Canyon Drive, and Eagle Rock Drive.


DUI Court Celebrates a Milestone

The county’s Superior Court celebrated a milestone last week, graduating 1,000 individuals from its Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Court since its inception in 2004.

Nine new graduates finished the program at Harbor Justice Center on Tuesday, Sept. 10.


Recruiting Grand Jurors

The Grand Jury is recruiting residents to apply to become member of the next year-long panel, which begins July 1, 2014.

Applications will be accepted beginning Oct. 1 through Jan. 24.

As a panel, jurors investigate and write reports that improve the quality of life in the county as well as supporting the district attorney with criminal indictment hearings.

Info? Visit or contact 714-834-6747.


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