Garden Potluck Stirs Up Community

The community garden yields a cornucopia of abundance.
The community garden yields a cornucopia of abundance.

Members of the South Laguna Community Garden invite the public to join their fall festival and potluck on

Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way.

Bring a dish or snacks for 10 people and your own drinks; enjoy live music and celebrate the gardening experience among friends and neighbors.

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New Consignment Store Set to Open

Dotori Collections, a consignment store for women’s designer clothes and accessories, opens with 3-7 special event Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1042 N. Coast Highway.

Owner Jung French will be selling handmade jewelry, skincare products from Australia and playing piano while patrons visit with special guests.

Dotori Collections opens in North Laguna.
Dotori Collections opens in North Laguna. 






Clippers Armchair Travel to Prague

Lorna Cohen and Beth Pinney will share stories and images of sacred medieval art from their recent journeys to Prague Friday, Nov. 21, with the Clippers group of Laguna Presbyterian Church.

The program entitled Sacred Surprises in Bohemia: Medieval Art of the Convent of St. Agnes begins at 7:15 p.m. in Tankersly Hall, 415 Forest Ave.

Madonna and Child from the St. Agnes convent, among the works captured by recent visitors to Prague.  Photo by Beth piney.
Madonna and Child from the St. Agnes convent, among the works captured by recent visitors to Prague.
Photo by Beth piney.


Red Cross Conducts Holiday Blood Drive      

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make time to give blood on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. until 4:14 p.m. at the Montage resort, 30801 S. Coast Highway.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors 18 years of age and younger must meet height and weight requirements.

To make an appointment or for more information, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

Hotel Employees Help Police Fetch a Dog

The Hearts of Montage, employees of the resort, will make a $5,000 donation toward the city’s police canine program, assisting the Woman’s Club past the half way mark in paying off a $14,000 pledge to purchase the dog and its training.

The club previously raised $5,000, which was used as a down-payment on Ranger, who joined the force on Oct. 31.

The donation will be presented Monday, Dec. 1, during the fifth annual Montage holiday tree lighting and community open house, 30801 S. Coast Highway.


Help for Coping With Grief

The public is invited to listen in on licensed therapist Jackie Pearson’s advice on practical ways to cope with Thanksgiving and Christmas after the loss of a loved one.

No registration is required for Grief at the Holidays from 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.


Business Club Welcomes Creativity Speakers

Rebecca Faubion
Rebecca Faubion

Ben and Rebecca Faubion will discuss making creativity welcome in personal and professional life as featured speakers at the Laguna Beach Business Club breakfast meeting on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Ben Faubion owns Reactive Canvas, a visual design company for websites and apps. Rebecca Faubion owns Artful Everyday, a Laguna Beach art school for children.

The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast at the Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway. Non-members are welcome. Contact Bart Zandbergen at 949-455-0300 or email: [email protected] for more information.

Ben Faubion
Ben Faubion








Gather to Swap Seeds

SEEDS Arts and Education will host a Community Seed Swap from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Anneliese Willowbrook garden, 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Bring seeds to share or trade and learn about the SEEDS Library of Laguna Beach. Light refreshments will be served. Free to all ages. Register at:

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Park Makeover Deserves a Moulton Meadows Party

Renovations to Moulton Meadows Park, including installation of fitness equipment, new turf and irrigation, have been completed.

The public is invited to view the improvements and celebrate with refreshments at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, adjacent to the park’s soccer field.


My Hero, Rotary Bring Digital Literacy to Shelter Residents

A resident tries out new electronic gear.
A resident tries out new electronic gear.

Residents of the Friendship Shelter of Laguna Beach now have the opportunity to participate in the My Hero online community, which keeps an archive of stories, art, and films about heroic role models.

Shelter residents can contribute their own stories thanks to a donation of three iPads by the Rotary Club and My Hero workshops providing instruction.

Teachers and students use the content created by amateurs and professionals on the My Hero site in 194 countries.



A resident tries out new electronic gear.





New Members Affirm Their Faith 

Laguna Presbyterian Church welcomed 35 new members on Sunday, Oct. 26, all students of Laguna Beach, Dana Hills and San Clemente high schools.

Pastor Jerry Tankersley welcomes new members to Laguna Presbyterian Church.
Pastor Jerry Tankersley welcomes new members to Laguna Presbyterian Church.

The new members are graduates of a six-week confirmation course taught by Pastor Steve Sweet.

The new church members affirmed their faith and 11 were baptized before the congregation.


Surfer Shares Stories with Scouts

Surfer and Eco Warrior Foundation founder James Pribram recently visited scout Pack 35 and shared his journey.

He described how poor grades made him ineligible for a surf team in his first try. “I didn’t quit. I worked hard in school,” said Pribram, who went on to surf professionally.

While surfing, he realized the impact of trash left on the beach and established a foundation to give back.

His message left the boys with new ideas about how to take care of the environment.

Local James Pribram
Local James Pribram









OCTA Seeks Feedback on Conservation Plan

The public is invited to two open houses on Nov. 20 and Dec. 3 to provide input on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s land conservation plans.

An environmental mitigation program allocates Measure M sales tax for land acquisition and habitat restoration in exchange for streamlined approvals for 13 freeway improvement projects.

So far, OCTA has acquired more than 1,100 acres mostly in Trabuco Canyon and Brea for preservation.

The 5-7 p.m. meetings takes place Nov. 20 at OCTA Headquarters, 600 S. Main St., in Orange; and Dec. 3 at Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall, 22112 El Paseo.



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