Home-Grown Events Celebrate Memorial Day


The Laguna Beach Exchange Club plans its annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, in Heisler Park, staffed by local police and firefighters.

Due to construction underway near the park’s Monument Point, Memorial Day observances by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion that typically follow the pancake breakfast have been relocated to Legion Hall on Legion Street at 11 a.m.

At 12:30 p.m., Laguna’s Community Concert Band will perform many of their signature Sousa marches and other patriotic music at the cobblestones on Main Beach. Bring beach chairs, sunscreen and a picnic lunch while enjoying the 60-member band joined by vocalists Linda Hughes, Ginger Hatfield and Lisa Morrice. A sing-along ends the concert.

In addition, police plan to step up its patrol staff for Memorial Day weekend as part of an effort to reduce the number of people killed or injured in alcohol related crashes. During holidays, the department typically saturates the city with additional officers who can identify and remove DUI offenders from the roadways.

By publicizing such enforcement efforts, the police believe motorists will be deterred from drinking and driving.

Police along with fire personnel also serve as fry cooks for Monday’s park breakfast at the picnic area below the corner of Myrtle and Cliff Drives. Las Brisas and White House restaurants provide the entrees while the Orange Inn supplies coffee. The cost is $5.

The breakfast is the Exchange Club’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds are donated to child abuse prevention as well as community and youth projects. The club was instrumental in starting the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center.




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