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Flood Task Force Seeks Members

The City Council is accepting applications for seven at-large members of the community, including two from canyon neighborhoods, to serve six months on a flood mitigation task force. The deadline is Feb. 23.

The task force, which will also include two council members and a planning commissioner, will evaluate ideas from residents and professionals for flood prevention.  Members will review flood history, identify measures that can be undertaken and make recommendations for better preparation.

Residents who are interested are required to submit an application available at the City Clerk’s office or on-line at

Church Holds Blood Drive

The Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Avenue, will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive in Tankersley Hall from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13. Donors can sign-up on the church patio the same day, on line at (click on blue box at top right and use sponsor code: lagunap) or by calling Sandy in the church office at 494-7555 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Donors as young as age 16 (who weigh at least 110 pounds) are accepted when a parent registers them.  All donors will be entered in a drawing for a spa package and will receive a coupon for a free appetizer at Mimi’s, as well as vouchers that can be redeemed for an LA Galaxy game or a tour of the Grammy Museum.

Because of the economic recession, many companies that have hosted blood drives in the past have closed down and the surplus blood supply has dwindled.

Rain Barrel Contest Promotes Water Efficiency

Rain barrels custom-painted with original drawings will be displayed around town during the month of February, part of Laguna Beach County Water District’s promotion of rain water collecting.

Of 28 entries submitted in a rain-barrel painting contest, Katelyn Kolberg, Colette Hammett, Summer Stanaland and Sabrina Johnson were each given the opportunity to execute their idea in six weeks. The district provided each of the four students with a 55-gallon rain barrel, paint, and a $50 gift card for supplies.

In addition to the contest winners, the district supplied the Laguna Beach Environmental Committee, the Laguna Beach Garden Club, Laguna Nursery, and Transition Laguna with rain barrels and paint to create their own masterpieces.

“Our winning students and invited organizations rose to the challenge and created some very unique art on a very large and odd shaped canvas,” said Renae Hinchey, water district general manager.

The artful rain barrels will be displayed in several locations around town.

El Morro contest winner Katelyn Kolberg at work

Youth Host Molokai Fundraiser

The Logos High School Group will hold its last bake sale on Sunday, Feb. 13, after the 8:30 a.m. Laguna Presbyterian Church service.

Proceeds from the sale go towards the group’s upcoming mission trip to Molokai, Hawaii during spring break. Students will help build, paint, and restore Molokai churches, schools, and homes by day and share Bible study and fellowship at night.

For further info on the trip or youth activities visit

Chabad Course Brings New Meaning to Life

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present the course, “Toward a Meaningful Life: A Soul-Searching Journey,” at Chabad Jewish Center in Laguna Beach for six consecutive weeks, which began at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

“This course offers recipes, tips, and techniques for not only discovering where your true meaning lies, but in actually making it a part of your daily existence,” said Laguna Chabad’s Rabbi Eli Goorevitch.

Attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue or temple. For information and to register, call (949) 499-0770 or visit

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