While a state solar rebate program has curbed interest by property owners, those wishing to install solar energy systems can still take advantage of a new program launched this year by Irvine’s Sullivan Solar Power.
The Orange County Solar Program offers cash-back incentives to customers who go solar in 2014. There are three milestones, with early adopters receiving the highest incentives.
Sullivan Solar can be reached at 949 387-3399.
Irvine Grading Overlooks Laguna Canyon
Grading of a project in Irvine will be visible from Laguna Canyon Road starting next week and will continue for the next three to four weeks.
City staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation representatives have been working closely with the city of Irvine and the developer to mitigate aesthetic impacts visible from Laguna Canyon Road.
Learn to Shimmy and Shake in Belly Dancing Classes
The Laguna Beach Recreation Department will offer classes in belly dancing at beginning, and intermediate levels taught by instructor Jheri St. James.
In the winter sesssion, Mondays are kids classes, ages 3-6, 1 p.m.; Tuesdays, intermediate 6:30-9 p.m.; Thursdays, beginners, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 7:30-9 p.m
More information is available at www.JheriCo.net or 949 494-5031.
Register at the city’s recreation department, 515 Forest Ave.
Seeds Needs Seeds
Seeds Art and Education Inc. is calling all seed savers and collectors to donate open-pollinated, non-hybridized, non-GMO, organic and Southern California grown seeds to the newly created Seeds Library of Laguna Beach.
In order to prevent the loss of genetic diversity and generate seed that is adapted to thrive in the soils and climate of the local community, make an appointment to donate clean, dry properly labeled seeds by calling 949-322-9597. More info at seedsed.org/seed-library/
Fundraiser Set for Laguna’s Cat Sanctuary
The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats is holding its first fundraiser at Tivoli Too! on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a champagne brunch and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Blue Bell, 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.
Local Activist Strikes New Partnership
Laguna local and Eco-Warrior Foundation founder James Pribram announced a partnership with Intellectual Revolution, whose founders Matt McKinney and Ty Loomis try to inspire youth to “accelerate their higher education, personal growth and inspire the next generation of leaders.”
Pribram envisions a kids essay contest and McKinney and Loomis are seeking financial support to make the contest a digital and interactive experience.
For more information visit: www.igg.me/at/bethechange.
Bike Sharing Pedals Away
Irvine-based Bike Nation began a pilot bike-sharing program this week in Fullerton, which was selected because the two-square mile area includes a Metrolink station, a downtown business area and three college and university campuses.
The 90-day testing period by the Orange County Transportation Authority allows the public to try the system and provide feedback on their experience.
Users sign up for an annual membership – $75 for regular membership and $45 for students. Short-term passes for a day or week will also be available. Bikes can be docked at any of 10 BikeShare stations and users receive an electronic receipt via e-mail when their bike is docked and locked.