Inhaling a Scent-sational Garden

Gardener Silia Hatzi amid fragrant garden plantings.
Gardener Silia Hatzi amid fragrant garden plantings.

The public is invited to a free program on exploring the beauty and benefits of blooming and fragrant plants in a 10 a.m. workshop Saturday, March 22, in the South Laguna Community Garden, Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way.

Gardener Silia Hatzi uses her own garden plot as an example and shares her knowledge of natural fragrances. A native of Athens, she fosters fragrant plants and plans gardens to feature fragrances in all seasons.







Electronic Waste Collection Set

A collection for recycling electronic waste, paint, and document shredding will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, in the city’s ACT V parking lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Rd.

The service is free to residents and local businesses.

Expert Training Offered Babysitters

The city’s fire department will offer Babysitters Plus, a class for teens to learn how to supervise children in a responsible manner. Emergency preparedness and introduction to medical first aid will be included.

The class costs $25 and will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 2 on Agate Street.

Pre-registration is required at (click the “Recreation Activities” icon) or at the Community Services Department, 515 Forest Ave.

Free Meditation Classes Offered

Beginning and experienced adults can take a Mindfulness Meditation class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the UU Fellowship Hall, 429 Cypress St. with instructor Carol Aguilar. Twenty-minute sessions will be divided up by a talk and time for questions.

Aguliar has been teaching at the Zen Center of Orange County for more than 20 years.

 VFW Receives Assistance with Garage Sale

Laguna Beach’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 and the Assistance League, will be conducting a “garage sale” on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Assistance League on Goff Street.

Post members will be collecting furniture, patio furniture, beach chairs and  umbrellas, golf clubs, artwork, lamps and tools. Please no clothes or shoes, beds, sofas or electronics unless in working condition.

If you have a donation, a date will be set for drop off at the Assistance League garage. Pick ups can also be arranged; contact Arnie Silverman (949) 643-5534 or [email protected]

Club Shows Off Its Programs for Kids

            The Boys and Girls Club will host an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd.

This year’s theme, Open the Door-Take the Tour, invites the public to experience first-hand how the club makes a difference in the lives of young people.

 “We are more than a drop-off option and gym,” said Pamela Estes, the club’s executive director. “We want the people of Laguna Beach to experience the many life-changing programs we offer to hundreds of kids in the community … every day,” she added.

Hearing Examines Raising Speed Limits

A Caltrans proposal to increase speed limits on Coast Highway at several locations will be discussed at a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.

Written comments must be received no later than noon, March 26. Please send comments via email to [email protected] or by mail to: City of Laguna Beach, Public Works Department, 505 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

Caltrans’ report is available in the March 4 agenda documents.

Scouts Help Fight Hunger

Local Girl Scouts are accepting donations of canned meats or vegetables, boxed food, bags of rice or noodles, and plastic jars of peanut butter for their food drive ending on April 4.

Collection boxes are at two locations: the Girl Scout House at 190 High Dr. and the Susi Q, 380 Third St. No glass containers or expired food, please.

Church Welcomes Participation in its Mission Trip

Laguna Presbyterian Church plans a 10 a.m. presentation on Sunday, April 6, about a planned mission trip and the Amextra organization, which helps eliminate poverty in Mexico.

The trip is open to all members of the community. For more information contact Ken Cornelison at 949-494-4605 or e-mail [email protected].

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