Events of the Season

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Last year’s caroler included Lalia Garcia Amini, Sydney Mangus and Katie Palino of Troop 8095.

Scouts Sing in the Streets

Watch for the Laguna Beach Girl Scouts this Saturday, Dec. 14, 4:30 to 9 p.m. as they board the city’s trollies to sing holiday carols while they traverse the streets of downtown.

Scouts will also make hundreds of cards and candy for troops stationed abroad. Please stop, listen and join in.






Lightopia Party Benefits Rescue Mission

The Laguna Beach lighting company Lightopia hosts a holiday party and food drive this Friday, Dec. 14, from 7-10 p.m., 1043 N. Coast Highway.

Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food, clothing, or cash donations made to the OC Rescue Mission at the event sponsored by local restaurants offering holidays treats.

Lightopia will be collecting food donations through December.


Holiday Chorale Summons Spirits Past

The Saddleback Master Chorale and its musical director, Charles Stephenson, will present their annual holiday concert program on Friday, Dec. 14 at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, 990 Temple Terrace Drive at 7 p.m.

“The Spirit of Christmas Past” features songs culled from 50 years of holiday music. Admission is $15, and $12 for students and seniors. Traditional wassail and cookies will be available.

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The Saloon Hosts Toys for Tots Fundraiser

An unwrapped new toy gains one admission to the eighth annual Christmas party hosted by the Saloon in The Peppertree Lane, 446 S. Coast Highway, to benefit Toys for Tots on Monday, Dec. 17 from 6-10 p.m.

Admission will be exchanged for a ticket to an opportunity drawing for an array of prizes from Peppertree Lane neighbors La Rue du Chocolat, Sutton Place, Watermarc restaurant and other local restaurants. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase. The evening will also feature hors d’oeuvres, drink specials and an appearance by Santa Claus himself.

The most needed gifts this year are for young people, especially boys between the ages of 9 and 14. Several Marines will be in attendance to pick up and transport the toys to their distribution center.


Holidays Matter Musically Too

“Music Matters” radio show host Rick Conkey will present holiday-themed tunes, both originals and covers by several of Laguna’s favorite singer-songwriters on Thursday, Dec. 20, during the final half of his segment on 93.5 FM beginning at 7 p.m.

The first half will feature Laguna’s Rebel Rockers, the band widely credited for popularizing reggae in Southern California.

Conkey’s second-half lineup includes Brett Dennen’s “The Holiday’s Are Here” (But We’re Still At War), Just Jinjer’s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” Chris Whynaught’s “Santa’s Got The Blues,” The Wheeland Brother’s “Christmas For Surfers,” Jason Feddy’s “Fairy Tale of New York,” and O’Malley Jones “This Christmas.”

Make requests to [email protected].


Hobie’s Boys and Girls Club Benefit Draws a Crowd

Customers took a spin at the Wheel O Prizes during a Hospitality Night benefit for the Boys and Girls Club at the Hobie Surf Shop.

For the past five years, customers of Hobie Surf Shops served as Santa’s helpers to fill the wish lists of Boys and Girls Club members. This year patrons shopped for 30 children.

On Hospitality Night last Friday, the store went further and hosted a benefit for the club, offering face painting, a bake sale, raffle and entertainment, which ultimately raised $2,000.

The store was standing room only during the entertainment that featured local brothers Sharp Turn Ahead, Ken Garcia and his band, and reggae star Pato Banton. Even owner Mark Christy took the mic to sing along with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.






All Aboard the Holiday Express

The Orange County Transportation Authority and Metrolink invites the public to join holiday merriment on Saturday, Dec. 15, as the Holiday Toy Express stops at stations and collects toys for children in need.

The public is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or sporting equipment to the  Irvine station at 5 p.m., the Laguna Niguel stop at 5:45 p.m. where Orange County firefighters will be there to collect toys for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

The Metrolink Holiday Toy Express will appear at 10 stations and includes a free show starring Santa and Mrs. Claus and featuring a live singing and dancing cast and a train decorated with more than 50,000 colorful lights. For additional stops and date, directions and more information, visit

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