Neighbors to Hold Disaster Preparedness Meeting

Laguna Beach residents who live between Aliso Circle and lower Nyes Place are invited to meet with members of the Community Emergency Response Team on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 2-4 p.m.

Community organizers from the city’s Disaster Preparedness Committee hope to meet with members of the Wesley zone distaster preparedness group at La Sirena Grill, 30862 S. Coast Highway. RSVP, not required.

More information from: Sandi Cain 949-292-3279, or [email protected]

Two Sides of Work-Live Project Debated

John Albritton at the site of the disputed project. Photo by Jody Tiongco

John Albritton at the site of the disputed project.
Photo by Jody Tiongco

The Laguna Canyon Conservancy hosts a discussion on the proposed artists’ work-live complex on Monday, Feb. 3, during its 7 p.m. monthly dinner meeting at Tivoli Terrace Restaurant on the Festival of Arts’ grounds.

Laguna Canyon Property Assn. President John Albritton and project architect Horst Noppenberger have been invited to share their viewpoints.

RSVP for dinner, $10 for members, to (949) 545-7669.


Blood, Bone Marrow Drive Set for Montage

The American Red Cross holds a blood and bone marrow drive at Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Highway, Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Valet parking is complimentary.

Chabad Center Offers Winter Classes

Rabbi Eli Goorevitch will lead the six session series, To Be a Jew in the Free World: Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 12. from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 S. Coast Highway.

The program is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. The courses are open to the public.

Interested students may call 949 499-0770 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration.

A Sister Ascends to Sainthood

The public is invited to a dessert reception honoring a community leader in HIV/AIDS, Sarah Kasman, of Shanti Orange County, Saturday, Feb. 1, from 2-4 p.m.

The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are hosting the reception at Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. Donations are appreciated.

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Local non-profits or public organizations that provide services to residents of Laguna Beach may now apply to the city for community assistance grants for new projects or services within the community. Applications to the community services department, 515 Forest Ave., are due Friday, Feb. 28, by 5 p.m.

More grant information is available at the city’s website: http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/grants.asp.

Laughing Moms Get a Chance at Stardom

Selected moms from the Laguna Beach Laughter Club will be given a chance to interview for the Nickelodeon television show “Take Me to Your Mother,” where comedienne Andrea Rosen visits mothers seeking child-rearing advice.

An episode with moms who do laughter yoga on the beach is envisioned for the second season, says Associate Producer Amanda Donenfeld.

Everyone is invited to the 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 session at the north end of Main Beach. Potential star-moms can contact Laguna Laughter Club director Jeffrey Briar to sign up for an interview. Phone (949) 376-1939 or (949) 315-5801.



Volunteers Ensure A Solid Foundation

Laura Tarbox

Laura Tarbox

Jim Fletcher

Jim Fletcher














The Laguna Beach Community Foundation’s investments gained 15.3% last year, a portfolio managed by Laguna Beach residents and professional wealth managers Jim Fletcher and Laura Tarbox.

“I am extremely proud that we’ve created a solid fund and process that is transparent to both our donors and the nonprofits that we support,” said Fletcher, a managing director and portfolio manager at First Republic Investment Management.

For Tarbox, president of The Tarbox Group, Inc., a wealth advisory firm, the volunteer work blends her devotion to the community’s nonprofits with her professional expertise.






Kia’s Soul Makes a Splash

Kia Motors America has pledged to support the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s efforts and environmental message by donating a Kia Soul for community outreach, participating in staff beach clean-ups, sponsoring recovering sea lion patients and more.

“We are pleased that Kia has taken an interest in our cause, and sets a great example to other corporations about community philanthropy,” said Keith Matassa, PMMC’s executive director,

“Kia understands that a conscious dedication to environmental education and sustainability is crucial to the communities we call home and the world at large,” said Michael Sprague, the automaker’s marketing and communications executive vice president.

Diamonds at Your Door

Newport Beach jeweler Lugano Diamonds announced Lugano Privé, a personalized, shopping experience available to guests of Montage Laguna Beach.

The jeweler will create a custom collection of jewelry tailored to the customer’s exact specifications for delivery and private viewing. Hotel guests can view the collection without obligation in their room, table-side or in the spa.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer an exceptional guest experience unlike any other,” says general manager Todd Orlich.


It’s the Cat’s Meow

From left, volunteer Pam Knudsen, volunteer; assistant director Annie Pastorkovich, and care-taker Stephanie Farrell with some of their charges, Precious, Smokey and Sammy.

From left, volunteer Pam Knudsen, volunteer; assistant director Annie Pastorkovich, and care-taker Stephanie Farrell with some of their charges, Precious, Smokey and Sammy.

Tivoli Too! hosts a champagne brunch fundraiser for The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, Sunday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the organization, which provides permanent housing for cats whose owners can no longer care for them.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for children under 12.  Purchase tickets online at:  www.bluebellcats.org or send a check made payable to Blue Bell Foundation for Cats to 20982 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.











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