Garden Welcomes a Potluck Party

Last year's potluck.
Last year’s potluck.

The South Laguna Community Garden Park welcomes garden lovers to its annual summer garden festival and potluck from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, July 27, at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway.

There will be live music by Tony Bisson and friends. Donations welcome toward a permanent garden. Information at


Commissioner Examines Drug Court’s Effectiveness

The public is invited to hear Superior Court Commissioner Edward Hall discuss the drug courts used by the county criminal justice system at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Unitarian Universalists Fellowship, 429 Cypress Drive.

A former criminal defense attorney, Hall was appointed a commissioner in 2007 and since 2002 has also served as a juvenile court referee.


Class of ’84 Plans 30-year Reunion

The Laguna Beach High School Class of 1984 gets together for its 30 year reunion Saturday at the Woman’s Club and organizers are still hoping more people will find out and attend.

Organizers Julie Empringham Gillespie and Mindy Pack Curtis know their classmates can find many reasons to procrastinate, including the lack of a spouse or date and the new spare tire around their waistline. But 84 grads put that aside and are committed to catching up with friends. The weekend festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Hennessey’s Tavern.

E-Waste Donors Meet Angels Pitcher

OC Waste & Recycling will provide free disposal of household hazardous waste on Saturday, July 26, from 8-11 a.m. at Angel Stadium. Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards will be on hand to sign Angels memorabilia.

The first 200 cars will have an opportunity to choose between free tickets to that night’s Angels game or general admission tickets to Discovery Science Center. More info:

Merchants Learn Labor Law from Experts

Laguna Beach attorney Dawn Knepper describes the ABC’s and 123’s of labor law at an 8:30 a.m. Chamber of Commerce breakfast workshop Thursday, July 31. The session takes place at the Boys and Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.

The workshop is designed for front line supervisors and managers, who respond to employee complaints and can create or defeat liability.

The cost is $15 for member. To register, please call Karen at (949) 494-1018.

Methodist Women Sponsor a Museum Trip 

A bus trip to the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles is open to all on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The cost, $45 per person, includes a 90 minute guided tour of the Anne Frank exhibition, a stop at the Farmer’s Market and the Grove Shopping Center.

Payment is due by Aug. 3 and should be made by check, to UMW and be mailed or delivered to the United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr., Laguna Beach, Calif. 92651.

The bus will leave the church at 8 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Donna Magwood, 949-248-0782, [email protected].


City Modernizes Remodeling Process

Architects, designers, engineers, residents, real estate agents and commercial building owners are invited to attend a city workshop about electronic building plan reviews at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue.

In an effort to improve plan check submittal procedures, Deputy Building Official Issam Shahrouri will present the process and requirements for electronic building plan checks. The city’s community development department would like to encourage applicants to submit their plans for major remodels and new construction projects electronically.

For more info: contact Maria Ring, Office Specialist at 949-497-0798 [email protected]

Glennwood House Hosts Martini Mingle

In celebration of its one- year anniversary, Glennwood House invites the public to their $35 per person “Martini Mingle” at 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10 at Madison Square Garden and Café, 320 N. Coast Hwy.

Glennwood, which took three years to develop, is home to 50 young adults with developmental disabilities all living independently for the first time.

The event to raise awareness and fundraise for on-going support services will include auction items and a raffle. RSVP to [email protected].

Blood Donors Wanted

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 12:15 – to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 in Tankersley Hall, Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.

Donors are requested to bring photo identification. Sign up on line at: or email: [email protected] or by phone: Sandy Grim at 494-7555 x 102.

All participants will receive a coupon for two complimentary tickets to the Long Beach Laugh Factory and discounts to San Diego Padres games.


Local Philanthropist Wins Support

The red carpet was rolled out for a screening of the documentary, “The Kids of Kekopey,” at the Port Theater in Corona del Mar earlier this month, which raised $52,125 for With My Own Two Hands, a non-profit founded by Laguna local Lindsay Pluimer. The money will be used to build a school for the Wholistic Centre in Ruiru, Kenya.

In attendance were top athletes Blake Griffin and Mark Sanchez and many volunteers.


Lindsey Pluimer with Joel Misango, managing the Kenya project supported by the non-profit she founded.Photo by Gillian Crane Photography
Lindsey Pluimer with Joel Misango, managing the Kenya project supported by the non-profit she founded.Photo by Gillian Crane Photography


















Veterans Treated to Pageant Show

Legion volunteers pin a poppy on a veteran during a visit to the annual tableau vivant production.
Legion volunteers pin a poppy on a veteran during a visit to the annual tableau vivant production.

Nearly 100 military veterans from the Long Beach, Loma Linda and San Diego veterans hospitals and from the Barstow Veterans’ Home experienced the mysteries of “The Art Detective,” this year’s annual production of the Pageant of the Masters taking place on the Festival of Arts’ grounds.

They joined the audience last week at the invitation of the Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222 and Festival of Arts’ board member Lucia McLeod.




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