Garden Tour Peeks Behind South Laguna Gates

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Willa Gupta’s eclectic garden is part of the South Laguna garden tour.
Willa Gupta’s eclectic garden is part of the South Laguna garden tour.

Laguna Beach Garden Club’s “Gate & Garden Tour” will be held Friday, May 4, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ten private South Laguna gardens along a three-quarter-mile walking route including a quarter-acre formal garden with ocean views highlight this year’s fundraiser for educational school gardens, scholarships, and community projects.

Margaritas and Mexican fare, free refreshments and a raffle of prizes from local artists and businesses will be on tap at the starting point, Arabella Laguna Historic Cottages, 506 North Coast Highway. Buses will shuttle tour-goers from Arabella Laguna to the first garden in South Laguna and back at the end of the walking route.

The last tour bus leaves Arabella at 2 p.m. A rest stop, water, and restroom will be available along the route. Tickets are $45 in advance and available at LagunaBeachGardenClub.organd at Laguna Beach Books, Laguna Drug, Laguna Nursery, Tides Inn, and Dana Point Nursery.

Day of tickets at $50 will be available at the tour’s starting point.


Celebrate the National Day of Prayer in Two Locations


The Rev. Timothy Freyer
The Rev. Timothy Freyer

The Most Reverend Timothy Freyer, auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Orange, will lead a noon service marking the National Day of Prayer at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, 1042 Temple Terrace, on Thursday, May 3.

The Laguna Beach Interfaith Council also invites all to join the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 3, at Mission Hospital, 31872 S. Coast Highway, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. RSVP to Ann Jones 949-360-7588 or [email protected]




Neighbors Share a Garden Party

South Laguna Community Garden invites the community to the ninth annual spring fling potluck Sunday, April 29, from 3-6 p.m.

Gardener Carly Sciacca and her grandmother Kay Dewhirst at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway, site of last year’s Spring Fling.
Gardener Carly Sciacca and her grandmother Kay Dewhirst at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway, site of last year’s Spring Fling.

Bring beverages and a dish to share. Expect live music, children’s activities and sharing memories of founder Morrie Granger.

A donation made in Granger’s memory could assist towards the garden’s acquisition fund. See





Unitarians Recognize May Day

The public is welcome to join members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Dr., Sunday, April 29, to celebrate May Day, commonly held May 1.

Guest speaker Elizabeth Murphy’s sermon will focus on how this ancient feast of abundance and renewal reminds us of the miracle of change and transformation.

Murphy is a seminary student at the Claremont School of Theology and an aspirant in the Unitarian Universalist ordination.


R Star Foundation Enjoys A Shining Moment

 Rosalind Russell, left, with a Soroptomist supporter Michaela Jeppson.

Rosalind Russell, of the Laguna Beach-based R Star Foundation, plans a presentation about conditions in Nepal at  the San Juan Capistrano Christian Science Church, 31897 Del Obispo St., at 11:40 a.m. Sunday April 29.

Russell, whose foundation assists rural women in Nepal, often by providing a goat to families, has been a recipient of the church’s tithing month for several years.

Additionally, R Star for the fourth consecutive year received a $1,000 grant from the Laguna Beach Soroptomists. The foundation is nearing a goal of building a greenhouse in each of 50 villages it supports.




Deeper Living Course Offered at Chabad

Questions about reality, time travel and evil will be explored in a six-session course led by Rabbi Elimelech Goorevitch at Chabad Jewish Center beginning Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

The courses are open to the public and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular house of worship.

Interested students may call 949 499-0770 or visit for registration and for other course-related information.



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