Downtown Merchants Lose a Lifeline

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Downtown merchants are invited to join a send-off retirement party Saturday, June 24, for longtime UPS driver Jesse Kolling, who is turning in his brown uniform after 28 years making deliveries in Laguna Beach.

The White House restaurant hosts the reception with cake, appetizers and music from 1 to 4 p.m., said one of the organizers.


Food Pantry Benefits from Another Kind’s Patrons


Restaurant owners Thinh and Vy Nguyen
Restaurant owners Thinh and Vy Nguyen

Owners of Another Kind Café, Thinh and Vy Nguyen, declared Thursday, June 22, “locals day” and plan to donate 50 percent of the day’s sales to the Laguna Food Pantry, says an announcement from the nonprofit that provides groceries to 300 families a week.

“We and the Laguna Food Pantry are both in the business of feeding people, so it was a good fit for us. My wife Vy and I are very interested in helping and being part of the community that has supported us,” said Mr. Nguyen.

Another Kind, located at 793 Laguna Canyon Rd., offers Vietnamese fare and indoor and outdoor dining areas with canyon views, ample parking, and takeout service.




How-to on Saving Historical Homes

Local landscape architect Ann Christoph plans a presentation about the importance of preserving the town’s C-rated historical structures Monday, June 26, at a meeting of Village Laguna.

The organization that supports village preservation meets at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress St.


Visitors Hop a Ride to Laguna

The city of Laguna Beach plans a party with carnival games, refreshments, and prizes outside of its city limits to kickoff Summer Breeze bus service Saturday, July 1.

The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event takes place in a parking lot near the 405 freeway and State Route 133, where riders can leave their cars to board the beach-bound bus. The first 100 riders are eligible for a prize drawings that include Pageant of the Masters tickets.

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Heal The Bay Gives Laguna High Marks

Heal the Bay’s annual beach report card indicates Laguna’s beaches are among the best for water quality in California, the organization announced recently.

Of the 14 Orange County beaches on the organization’s Honor Roll, seven are located in Laguna Beach.

The report also states that South Laguna beaches between Aliso Point at Aliso Beach and Three Arch Bay consistently has the best water quality in California. The stretch beneath Laguna Lido Apartments, known as Totuava Beach, has been on the Honor Roll every year since Heal the Bay started recording beach grades in 1990.

The entire Heal the Bay Report Card can be found on



Rescue Mission Seeks Summer Camp Rescuers

The Orange County Rescue Mission says it critically needs the public’s financial help for a nine-week summer camp for children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families.

Starting at $15 per day per child, community members can choose to sponsor one day, one week, or even the entire summer for a homeless child.

The program begins June 19 and is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Its STEM-based learning activities focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering and math, says a statement from the mission’s president, Jim Palmer.

He pointed to a recent local census that reported an 8 percent rise in homelessness locally compared to 2015.

More info: 714 247-4377 or visit




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