‘Debris Free Seas’ is Theme for Annual Kelpfest


Laguna Ocean Foundation’s Kelpfest 2019 will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the south end of Main Beach. This free annual festival celebrates Laguna’s unique coastal ecosystem and informs visitors and residents that kelp provides essential habitat and an important food source for land and marine animals.

Environmental organizations providing activities, exhibits and information include Orange County Coastkeeper, Laguna Bluebelt, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, One World One Ocean, and Laguna Canyon Foundation. The Ocean Institute, American Cetacean Society OC, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach County Water District, South Coast Water District and California State University Long Beach’s shark lab will also be present, along with entertainment provided by Tom and Gayle Joliet and the So Cal Sea Sisters.

For more information, including Kelpfest participation and sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected].


How to Participate in Garden Club’s Sold Out Tour

Tickets are now sold out to the Laguna Beach Garden Club’s May 3 docent-led walking tour, but those who missed out can still partake in the afternoon raffle and margaritas. Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach Garden Club.

Tickets are now sold out to the Laguna Beach Garden Club’s docent-led walking tour, set to take place Friday, May 3. But event organizers said there are still ways to enjoy the day for those who were unable to snag a ticket.

A raffle of prizes from local artists and businesses will be open to the public, beginning around 3 p.m. at Arabella Laguna, 506 N. Coast Highway. Artisanal margaritas will also be available at the same location until 4 p.m.

This fundraiser supports school gardens, local scholarships and community projects. This year’s major sponsors are Tracy and Jeffrey Katz.





Laguna Beach Republicans to Meet April 25

The Laguna Beach Republicans will hold their monthly meeting from 5-7:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Mozambique restaurant, 1740 S. Coast Highway.

Emil Monda, president of the LBGOP, invites all Republicans, Independents and Libertarians to listen to guest speaker Anne Dunsmore, founder of Capital Campaigns Inc., who will discuss voter fraud in the 2018 election. She has filed a voter fraud lawsuit against Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Also speaking will be Cindy Shopoff, a founding member of Liberate Laguna, who will speak about their agenda and areas of common interest.

RSVP [email protected].


Craft Guild Show This Sunday

The Laguna Craft Guild will have a show on the cobblestones at Main Beach from 9 a.m. to sundown on Sunday, April 21.


‘Urban Forest for All’ Lecture Next Month

The public is invited to “An Urban Forest for All” lecture at Laguna Beach City Hall on Wednesday, May 1, from 2-4 p.m. The greenscaping presentation will be given by Matthew P. Wells, public landscape manager in Santa Monica and former director of tree preservation for New York City parks.

“Let’s find ways to ensure that our green canopy can best continue to do its work of cleaning our air, retaining and filtering our water, cooling our bodies and pleasing our senses,” event organizers said. “Laguna Beach is uniquely surrounded by belts of green and blue, with a vibrant artistic heart. The beauty of our treescape has long been part of that artistry.”

The event is sponsored by the Laguna Beach Urban Tree Fund, which was established in 2018 by Barbara and Greg MacGillivray.


Boys & Girls Club Announces Summer Art Program

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach has received a $6,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation to fund its Arts-For-All program, a statement said.

The art department of the club will have an art walk showcasing works created by club members from all Laguna Beach branches from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Canyon branch.

From July 29 to Aug. 2, the club will sponsor Art in The Park Summer Camp at Bluebird Park.  Activities will include plein air landscape painting, nature art, outdoor tie-dye, photography walking field trip, and a field trip to the Art Museum.

For more information about the activities offered, contact Michelle Ray Fortezzo at 949-494-2535 ext. 7584 or [email protected],or visit the club website at www.bgclagunabeach.org.


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