Wendy Marshall, Ph.D., director of education and public programs of ExplorOcean, will be the guest speaker for the Thursday, Jan. 21, Laguna Beach Business Cub breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. in the Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway.
Programs at ExplorOcean include field trips, single and multi-day camps, writing and literacy workshops. Marshall has developed a robotic program where students design, build and pilot their own underwater robot.
Non-members are welcome. To register to attend a meeting please contact Bart Zandbergen at 949-455-0300 or email: [email protected].
It’s Also Awards Season in Laguna
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Spirit of Laguna awards and board installation at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan 29, at the event center Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.
The public is invited to cast votes online at: LagunaBeahChamber.org by clicking the “ballot” button. Vote for your favorite nominee in 12 categories.
RSVP to the $75-$85 per person banquet at 949 494-1018.
Donate Blood This Month
A blood drive is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.
The American Red Cross Blood Donation Center,
22971 Mill Creek Dr., in Laguna Hills, is also accepting donations Monday through Wednesday, 12-7 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on
Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For additional locations call 1-8-733-2767 or redcross.org.
Snow Day: It’s a Dog’s Life
Sun, surf and snow. That’s the forecast at the Laguna Beach Dog Ranch for Wednesday, Jan. 20, during its second annual snow day.
The Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit at 20401 Sun Valley Dr. will be transformed into a winter wonderland for pups and their owners.
Dog parent viewing will be held in the Dog House, which will serve warm refreshments. Register at 949 494-0484 or go to www.thedogranch.com.
Court Extends Deadline for Next Grand Jury
The deadline to apply to be on the next grand jury has been extended to Jan. 29. The Superior Court empanels a new 19-member grand jury each year to serve a one-year term that begins July 1. “We are hopeful that by extending the application deadline, additional qualified individuals will apply…” said Presiding Judge Charles Margines.
The grand jury performs civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county, city, and other local agencies and issues findings and recommendations for improvement. The current stipend for service is $50 per day and includes mileage reimbursement and free parking.
Panelists must be local residents, over 18, and know English.
The applications are available online at ocgrandjury.org, by calling 657 622-6747.
Students Study Wildlife Corridor
Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. is partnering with students from UC Irvine and the UCLA Environmental Science Practicum program to advance the completion and effectiveness of the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor.
When completed, the six-mile corridor located in the city of Irvine, will connect 22,000 acres of wild lands in parks along the Laguna Coast to more than 150,000 acres of similar habitats in the foothills and Santa Ana mountains, says a statement from outreach coordinator Gabriela Worrel.
The link underlies the health of wildlife in the region, which rely on movement between ecosystems to find resources and genetically distinct mates, the statement says.
On Jan. 15, Laguna Greenbelt, which works to protect wildlife habitat, will host a workshop for the college students studying the project and will make recommendations for long-term management strategies for the corridor.