Make a Difference By Cleaning Up the Coast

Erin Miyawaki, a past participant, on the hunt for trash.
Erin Miyawaki, a past participant, on the hunt for trash.

The public is invited to join California’s largest beach cleanup of the year —from Aliso Creek Beach to Main Beach in Laguna Beach – as part of the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 20.

Gloves and cleanup bags will be provided from 9-11 a.m. at four cleanup stations in town, issued by the Eco-Warrior Foundation, the California Coastal Commission’s local organizing arm.

Locations are: SUP Co., 1103 S. Coast Highway; Soul Project, 1516 S. Coast Highway; Quiksilver Boardriders Club, 255 Forest Ave.; and CA Surf and Paddle, 689 S. Coast Highway.

Learn How to Drought Proof Your Yard

Eligible customers of Laguna Beach County Water District and South Coast Water District can take advantage of free sprinkler controllers and nozzles and free rain barrels at the annual SmartScape Info/Expo, which takes place at 306 Third St., in downtown Laguna Beach this weekend, Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The event will spotlight the benefits of using California-friendly plants and efficient irrigation. There will also be a drought-tolerant plant sale, compost giveaway, free classes and demonstrations, and raffles with prizes on both days.

Learn about rebates and free programs to reduce water use and runoff, speak with knowledgeable landscaping and irrigation professionals, and check out the water-efficient products from local nurseries and irrigation manufacturers.

Public Invited to Police Memorial Dedication

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony of the police memorial sculpture, “Eternal Legacy” by artists Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, taking place at Forest Avenue and Loma Terrace, which will be closed from 3-6 p.m.

The sculpture dedication coincides with the first anniversary of police Officer Jon Coutchie’s death in a traffic accident. The installation has been funded through donations raised by the Police Employees’ Association and Laguna Beach Community Foundation.

Historical Society Spotlights Emma Jane Pence, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian

A lively tale about trailblazing entrepreneur and humanitarian Emma Jane Pence will be recounted by her granddaughter, Carolyn Hobert Fisch, at a. Historical Society meeting Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The 7:30 p.m. event will be held at the Laguna Beach City Hall Council Chambers.

The all-volunteer Historical Society is located in the historical Murphy-Smith Bungalow on Ocean Avenue, one of the few original Laguna Beach houses remaining downtown. The bungalow is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm; other days by appointment. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

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Meeting Reopens Aliso Creek Habitat Restoration

At a little publicized informational meeting this week, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers described the status of a feasibility study involving habitat restoration in Aliso Creek.

The corps intended to review existing conditions and provide a forecast about future conditions.

More info is available from Charles Busslinger at: 714 955-0614.

Two Chances to Commune with Nature

Ages 12 and up can join a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer for an easy two-mile hike over moderate terrain to Barbara’s Lake from 8-10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. A dietitian will discuss fitness and nutrition along the way. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. James Dilley Preserve.

A free meditation session is open to ages 16 and up at the Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. Bring a blanket and a pillow. No experience necessary.

Registration is required for both events: visit the events section of the Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park website. Parking is $3.

Locals to Receive AlertOC Test Call

Over 2 million Orange County residents will receive a call, email or text message at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in order to test the county’s regional mass notification system.

The AlertOC drill will replicate a large-scale emergency, requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across the region. The phone message will urge all residents to prepare for real-life emergencies by registering their information at to receive timely information when away from home.

Cub Scouts Recruit New Members

Cub Scout Pack 35 invites boys in first through fifth grade to an open house pack meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, taking place at Laguna Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall, 415 Forest Ave.

Potential scout members will hear about the fun, adventure and learning offered.

Contact Taylor Greene with questions at [email protected] or 949 306-5883.

Entrepreneurs Set Up Shade of Their Own

:A sample from the Beach Brella line.
A sample from the Beach Brella line.

Local entrepreneurs Shelley Arends-Cornwell and Amy Nielsen have come up with a new style they describe as “modern-vintage chic” for beach gear, branded a Beach Brella.

The pair showed off their 15 designs – some with beaded fringe — at a recent launch party at the home of Claire and Nic Hooper in Woods Cove.

The duo partnered with design guru Johnny Monson, of Blackhart Creative, and are looking for retail partners and distributors.

Info: [email protected].





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