Local Gardener Turns Off the Tap

Sharleen Sweeney’s garden has a new water-sipping look.
Sharleen Sweeney’s garden has a new water-sipping look.

The South Coast Water District recognized Laguna Beach resident Sharleen Sweeney as water saver of the month in May.

Sweeny ripped out 4,000 sq. ft. of creeping lilyturf (Liriope) and transformed her front yard into a drought-tolerant garden, complete with a dry rock creek bed.


Whalen Campaign Commences

3 datebook BobWhalen.Headshot.2016Council member Robert J. Whalen starts his re-election campaign in earnest with a reception open to the public and supporters from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at The Ranch, 31106 S. Coast Highway.

A minimum donation of $99 per person is required, with larger amounts welcome up to the campaign donation limit of $360, says a statement issued by campaign spokeswoman Anne Johnson.

Fellow council members Kelly Boyd and Rob Zur Schmiede, who endorse Whalen’s bid for re-election in November, cite his community commitment and professional expertise.

Other backers include Leticia and Mark Christy, Jane and Joe Hanauer, Betsy and Gary Jenkins, Mary and Matt Lawson, Chris Quilter, Stephany and Morris Skenderian and Sara and Malcolm Warner.


What’s the Buzz on Bees?

Bob Cosgrove of Aliso Canyon Honey will demonstrate the basics
 of bee keeping, explain the benefits of bees, and give pointers on fostering bees in a free 10 a.m. program Saturday, May 21, at the South Laguna Community Garden.

RSVP at [email protected].


Homestead Descendant Looks Back at Early Laguna

The Rogers family in the 1880s.
The Rogers family in the 1880s.

Carol Lloyd will describe her family’s early homestead in Laguna Beach in the 1870s in a 7:30 p.m. presentation Wednesday, May 25, in City Hall’s Council Chambers.

Lloyd’s grandfather, Henry Rogers, and his son, George Rogers, both received homestead tracts in Temple Hills. George built and lived at the Ranch House, where City Hall now stands, while subdividing downtown Laguna Beach into 320 lots.

Lloyd’s mother, Beryl Viebeck, did the primary research on the 39 homesteaders and went on create the Laguna Beach homestead map.

Classes Explore Lessons in Character

The challenges of modern living — avoiding burnout, clearing the fog of indecision and making progress on goals of importance – are addressed in a course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, which examines the lives of biblical heroes for insights.

The six-session course begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, led by Rabbi Eli Goorevitch at Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 S. Coast Highway.

“Strength and Struggle” is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. Register at 949 499-0770 or www.myJLI.com.


Life Continues at Congregational Church

Lay leaders and a temporary minister continue to lead 10 a.m. services every Sunday at Neighborhood Congregational Church, even as a search committee works to woo transitional leaders since the departure of Rev. B. J. Beu in March.

This Sunday, May 22, the church offers a free 1-4 p.m. communication workshop open to the public on listening effectively to those feeling emotional pain. This workshop will be led by local Laguna therapists Mary McManus and Dr. Geoffry White.


Make Your Move at the Library

The Laguna Beach Library will offer a chess class designed to teach children and parents the basic moves.

The class will meet from 5-7 p.m. on the second Tuesdays of the month and from 1-2:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday. The class next meets May 28.

All levels of experience are welcome. Sign up at the library front desk.

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