Peacemaker Shares Her Story

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Peacemaker Sushma Ramswami
Peacemaker Sushma Ramswami

Laguna Presbyterian Church hosts international peacemaker Sushma Ramswami from India at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

She is among a 10-member group touring the country in a program that over 30 years has brought 200 peacemakers from 57 nations. For 2015, their focus is on the root causes of poverty, particularly its impact on women and children; healing and reconciliation in cultures of violence; sharing God’s love in Jesus Christ; responding to natural and human-caused disasters; and advocating for a just and peaceful world.

For more info: contact Leah Emerson, 949 494-7555 or visit the Presbyterian Peacemaking page .




Rare Cars Rev Up for Car Show

The Laguna Beach Rotary Classic Car Show rolls into town

Sunday, Oct. 4, returning to the Festival of Arts site as well as the adjacent city grounds from from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 125 cars are expected to be on display and vying for awards in 28 categories and classes, including a rare 1961 BMW 700 RS, of which there are only two in the world. Other gems include a 1948 Bentley Mark VI Sporting Saloon and an original 1954 Chevrolet Corvette.

Car lovers can also enjoy a bar, breakfast burritos, food and dessert trucks and music.

Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to charitable and local organizations.


Open House Offers Natural Medicine Tips

Gary Arthur

The public is invited to take part in fun games, live music, therapy treatments and complimentary health consultations courtesy of Health in Balance.

The health practice’s open house takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Church, 330 Park Ave.

The team led by chiropractor Dr. Gary Arthur will provide natural medicine tips for keeping kids healthy.




Despite the Pope’s Departure, Animals to Receive a Blessing

Westies, among the four-legged set seeking a spiritual blessing.Photo by Ashley Gregg
Westies, among the four-legged set seeking a spiritual blessing.Photo by Ashley Gregg

Reverend Ken Schmit invites all dogs, cats and pets to the annual feast of St. Francis of Assisi at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 for a blessing of the animals.

Schmit will administer the blessing at St. Catherine of Siena Parish School’s lower field, 30516 S. Coast Highway.




Council Member to Address Canyon Conservancy  

Council member Toni Iseman will discuss open space, Laguna Canyon Road and congestion as the guest speaker for the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner Monday, Oct. 5.

A no-host bar opens at 6 p.m. at Tivoli Terrace on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. The cost is $10- $15. Call 949-235-8277 for reservations.


Rejoice in a Fall Jewish Tradition

Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach hosts a Simchat Torah celebration Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. with dancing, flags, treats and a buffet in the sukkah, 30804 S. Coast Highway.

For more info: 949 499–0770.


Growing Food With Little Water

2 datebook garden IMG_6743 Can you really grow edibles such as tomatoes, squash and more without watering?

Community farmer Gloria Broming says, “You bet!”  Find out how to prep your garden for dry farming at a 10 a.m. workshop Saturday, Oct. 3, in the South Laguna Community Garden, Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway. Part of the workshop will be held next door to the Garden Park at the Coldwell Banker conference room. RSVP to [email protected]


Free Financial Planning Workshop

A free month long series of educational presentations on the use of trusts and estate planning starts at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at the Susi Q Community and Senior Center, 380 Third St.

Nothing is sold at the workshops, which will continue with different moderators on Fridays through Nov. 6.

Laguna Beach residents Peter Kote and attorney Leslie Daff lead the workshops sponsored by charities.

To ensure a spot, RSVP 949 497-2441.


Eagle Rock Gets Crosswalk Upgrade

Improvements to a flashing crosswalk system on South Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way will include overhead beacons and signs.

Work is underway and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30. Questions may be directed to Caltrans at 949 724-2000.


Summer’s Over, But Trolley Ridership Remains Strong

Total weekend ridership in September surpassed 30,000 passengers, nearly quadruple the number of riders necessary to sustain grant funding for the program.

The hours of operation are Fridays from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. The coastal trolley route includes a loop along Coast Highway extending from the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point to Cajon Street in North Laguna.


Ad Campaign Encourages Walking, Bicycling

Transportation commissions from six counties in the region this week announced a “Go Human” outreach campaign to reduce traffic collisions and encourage people to walk and bike more.

California has the nation’s highest number of fatalities involving people walking and bicycling, and traffic collisions are one of the top causes of injury and death in the Southern California region.

Go Human replaces figures in everyday road signs with images of real people walking and bicycling.


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