Garden Opens for Spring Fling

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The Elf, created by Tom and Gayle Joliet
The Elf, created by Tom and Gayle Joliet

Enjoy music, potluck eats and an opportunity to see the latest garden attraction, “The Elf” by joining the Spring Fling Sunday, April 24, from 3-6 p.m. at the South Laguna Community Garden Park

Bring drinks and a dish to share to Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way.

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Ebell Holds the Reins for a Derby Party

Ebell members Cat Aires, left, and Fabiola Kinder ready for derby fun!
Ebell members Cat Aires, left, and Fabiola Kinder ready for derby fun!

Ebell Philanthropies hosts a Derby party Saturday, May 7, at Aliso Viejo Country Club that will include live streaming of the Kentucky Derby.

There will be an abundance of auction items, country club food, free parking, and a hat contest at the $70 per person event, which begins at 12:30 p.m.

Proceeds go to local community assistance grants.

RSVP to [email protected] for an official invitation.

Photo: Ebell members Cat Aires, left, and Fabiola Kinder ready for derby fun!

Neighbors Invited to Weigh in on Bluebird Park Facelift


City officials plan to replace the existing fencing and install new shade structures at Bluebird Park and will hold a neighborhood meeting Friday, April 22, 2016, at 5 p.m. in the park.

The project will replace the existing chain link fence along Cress Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive with a wood and metal fence.

Three shade structures, similar to large umbrellas, are proposed for the playground area.







Village Laguna Convenes Outdoors

The public is invited to join the Village Laguna membership meeting at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Jim Dilley Preserve in Laguna Canyon.

Members will hike and learn about improvements planned for the preserve.


Grant Funds Art Supplies for Children

Recently, art supplies have been delivered to local children in distress by Art4Kids Inc. thanks to a $1,500 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation.

Organization founder Pam Schader, an artist and art educator, is committed to helping children who may be experiencing trauma, whether illness, family turmoil, poverty or at-risk circumstances.

Children served by the Laguna Food Pantry, Laguna Beach Community Clinic, CSP Child Crisis Residential Program, Even Start Preschool, and La Playa Center have received the nonprofit’s visual art materials.

Art expression gives a child a voice and provides insight to therapists and caregivers, says a statement from the organization.


Clinic Welcomes Locals to an Early Cinco De Mayo

The Laguna Beach Community Clinic hosts a Cinco De Mayo fundraiser Sunday, May 1, at The Ranch, 31106 S. Coast Highway.

Local philanthropists Deborah Engle and Gary Beverage are co-chairing the event and Laguna Beach City Council member Bob Whalen will emcee.

Funds raised will support the clinic’s urgent care, pediatric and teen services.

The event raffle’s grand prize is a week-long holiday in Ajijic, Mexico, including a guided tour of nearby colonial city Guadalajara.

The event will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and tickets are $150, available to purchase from either or 949.494.0761 x134.


City Steps in as Child Sitter

The city’s Community Services Department will give parents the opportunity to enjoy the evening out with childcare provided at the Community & Susi Q Center between 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 29.

The cost is $20 for Laguna Beach residents and $25 for non-residents. Sibling discounts are available.

Registration is required. Contact program coordinator, Patty Quilter, at (949) 464-9535.



Event Shines Light on Mental Health

To raise awareness over the lack of mental health facilities available for youth in Orange County, Extraordinary Lives Foundation plans a “High Five-a-thon” at the Laguna Beach High School track from 9 to noon Saturday, May 7.

The intention is to raise awareness and funds for the development of CHOC Children’s and Mission Hospital Laguna Beach’s adolescent mental healthcare facilities, says a statement from the foundation, which focuses on youth mental healthcare.

DJ Julian Miranda will emcee the celebration with help from musicians Noah Urrea and Britt Flatmo. A kidzone for younger event attendees will include temporary tattoos and outdoor games.

The event will include information booths on youth services.

Register at EL.Foundation. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Children under three are free.



Register to Join the Ranks of Civilian Emergency Responders

Training for the city’s Community Emergency Response Team will begin on Wednesday, May 11, and those interested may register now.

Classes will meet weekly from 6 9 p.m., including two Saturday morning meetings. Mandatory attendance is required at the seven classes.

To be considered for this training, you must be a resident or work within the city limits, be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions.

Applications are online at

For more info contact emergency operations coordinator, Jordan Villwock at (949) 497-0389.


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