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Local Photographer, Officiant Win Awards

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A sample for Leslie Cunningham’s wedding portfolio.

A sample for Leslie Cunningham’s wedding portfolio.

Click Chicks Photography and officiant Michael Ahern say they have won bride’s choice awards from Wedding Wire, an online site connecting couples with event professionals.

“When a couple hires me, I’m being asked to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives,” said photographer and longtime Laguna Beach resident Leslie Cunningham, who described her gratitude for the vote of confidence.

Ahern, who quit counting how many couples he’s united, personalizes each ceremony held at local wedding venues.

Cunningham can be reached at 949 464-9529.

Learn the Magic of Mini Gardens

A sample of Sydney Rowland’s handiwork.

A sample of Sydney Rowland’s handiwork.

Learn how to create garden magic at a 10 a.m. workshop Saturday, Feb. 28, in the South Laguna Community Garden at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway.

Sydney Rowland, of Cottage Home and Garden, will demonstrate how to make imaginative miniature container gardens. Bring your own eight to 10 inch shallow pot and decorative objects. Soil will be provided by the garden.

RSVP at [email protected]. Or contact Carly at 949.228.8690.

 

 

Committee Explores Lowering Speed Limits Near Schools

A hearing over lowering speed limits near public schools will be held by the city’s Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, on in the Community Center, 380 Third St.

Notices were mailed to about 150 residents near the schools earlier this month.

The proposal would affect roads near Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.

 

A New Audience Learns of League’s Mission

The Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly 5 p.m. mixer Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, 547 Catalina St.

Members will learn about the Assistance League and its mission to assist special-needs infants
as well as shop for bargains and enjoy bites, beer and wine.

The cost is $15 for Chamber and League members, $25 for non-members. 
RSVP to 949 494-1018.

 

He Stems the Tide on Poaching

Marine protection officer Jeremy Frimond will discuss his work educating and correcting beach-goers about respect for sea life at Village Laguna’s general meeting Monday, Feb. 23.

The public is welcome at the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Dr.

 

This Week at the Library

Read to Venus the dog at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, and meet her owner, Theresa, from Beach Animals Read to Kids. Sign up for B.A.R.K. at the Children’s Desk. Drop-in visitors are welcome too. 

Join Thilde Peterson for a free workshop about time and productivity management from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. Learn. Pre-register by phone or at the adult information desk.

 

Yoga Sessions Resume at Church

Yoga instructor Cher Mang.

Yoga instructor Cher Mang.

Cher Mang will lead a Kundalini yoga class at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Mang is a certified instructor of Kundalini yoga, one of the more spiritual types of yoga with its emphasis on breathing and meditation as well as the performance of poses.

Participation is free though donations are encouraged to support the church’s outreach work. Participants are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes before class, to not wear perfume and to bring a yoga mat, cushion and blanket.

For more details contact Meng at 949 244-0718 or call the church office at 949-494-8061.

 

Gold Invitational Comes to Ben Brown’s

Homestead Escrow and Frank Joseph sponsored the first Laguna Derby golf tournament earlier this month at The Ranch and plan another on March 9.

Entry greens fees are $20. Two person teams will be determined by drawing business cards from a hat. The rules committee will announce win, place and show positions.

RSVP to:  [email protected].

 

Refurbished Hotel Checks In 

Guest rooms at a newly renamed local hotel.

Guest rooms at a newly renamed local hotel.

Nearly a year after acquiring Laguna Cliffs Inn, Classic Hotels & Resorts will soon take the wraps off a $1.5 million renovation that includes improvements to guest rooms, an expanded pool deck and new meeting spaces.

Renamed Laguna Beach House, the property at 475 N. Coast Highway rebrands itself in April with room rates from $197 to $326, General Manager Rachel Tejeda said in a statement.

Rooms will feature coastal décor, including vintage furniture and surf and skate accents. T-shirts and posters of limited edition artwork, commissioned by the hotel, will be available for sale as well as custom-made surfboards. Guests can enjoy wine hours in the lobby where the daily surf report will be posted.

 

CERT Graduates New Class

The 36 members of the inaugural Laguna Beach Unified School District Community Emergency Response Team completed their 25 hours of instruction and graduated from the course.

Topics included disaster preparedness, search and rescue, disaster psychology, team organization, terrorism, traffic control and scene management, fire suppression and medical triage.

Police will hold another class, open to those who live or work in Laguna Beach, starting on March 26. Apply at www.lagunabeachcity.net.

Laguna Toastmaster Earns Highest Award

Dana Point resident Gwen Earle was awarded Distinguished Toastmaster recently for her accomplishments and as a founding member of Laguna Beach Toastmasters, which started last May.

To win the award, a candidate must give over 40 speeches, serve as a club officer, sponsor and mentor new clubs and organize a project in the local community.

Earle administers the dispute resolution program for the Better Business Bureau in Orange County.

Laguna Beach Toastmasters meet Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St. For more info: visit http://lagunabeach.toastmastersclubs.org.

 

Slow Down on Del Mar Avenue

Traffic officers are stepping up enforcement on Del Mar Avenue, a main egress point for the Arch Beach Heights neighborhood to connect to South Coast Highway and downtown Laguna Beach.

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