Planting the Seed

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The city of Laguna Beach held its second annual Arbor Day celebration at Main Beach Park on March 8. Pictured (L-R) are Councilmember Toni Iseman, Mayor Bob Whalen and Councilmember Sue Kempf with students who helped plant a New Zealand Christmas Tree. Photo courtesy of the City of Laguna Beach

The city of Laguna Beach held its second annual Arbor Day celebration at Main Beach Park on Friday, March 8. The event included a tree planting ceremony, during which city officials, local activists and students planted a New Zealand Christmas Tree in the park.

The city was recently recognized as a first-year “Tree City USA Community” by the Arbor Day Foundation for 2018. According to city officials, that recognition was achieved by meeting the “required core standards of sound urban forestry management,” which include maintaining a tree board or department/division responsible for tree care, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and having an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.





Laguna Nonprofit Leader to Speak in San Juan

Rosalind Russell, founder of R Star Foundation, Women Helping Women & Children in Nepal, will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, San Juan Capistrano, 31897 Del Obispo Street, #120. She will share the successes and challenges, photos and short videos from her recent trip to Nepal. R Star has been a recipient of the church’s tithing for eight years. For more information, call 949-443-2537.


Anita Street Beach Access Workshop

The city invites the public to participate in a workshop to discuss design features for the upcoming Anita Street Beach Access Improvements. The workshop will be held at 10 a.m. on March 20 at the Anita Street beach access. Conceptual plans are available on the city’s website at:

For additional information, contact Associate Civil Engineer Tom Sandefur at 949-497-0792 or [email protected]


 Business Club Continues Speaker Series

Local trial lawyer, Larry Nokes, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, March 21, meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club. Photo courtesy of the Laguna Beach Business Club

Local trial lawyer, Larry Nokes, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, March 21, meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club, which begins with a buffet breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m. at Seven7Seven, 777 Laguna Canyon Road. Nokes will speak about Historic Preservation Ordinance revision issues relating to plan processing and design review.

Nokes was the chair of Laguna Beach’s View Preservation Ordinance Drafting Committee and is past-president of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to RSVP, call 949-285-3730 or visit

The community is invited to the Country Fair at the South Laguna Community Garden Park on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photo courtesy of South Laguna Community Garden Park













 South Laguna Country Fair Returns March 23

Take part in the festive Country Fair at South Laguna Community Garden Park, on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Among the rain-nourished garden beds, local crafts people will offer their unique hand-crafted art. Adding to the fun will be raffled prizes donated by Laguna businesses and live music by the Garden Band.

All funds raised will support the acquisition and operation of the Garden Park. Donations of non-perishable food for the Laguna Beach Food Pantry are welcome. For information, contact [email protected]


Beautification Council Presents Wildflower Talk

: Ron Vanderhoff will present “The Incredible Native Flowers of Laguna” on March 28 at the Montage Resort. Photo courtesy of the Laguna Beach Beautification Council

Ron Vanderhoff will present “The Incredible Native Flowers of Laguna” at the Laguna Beach Beautification Council’s next meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in Room 227 at the Montage Resort, 30801 S. Coast Highway.

Vanderhoff is a local field trip leader and board member of the California Native Plant Society, a garden writer, a teacher and past chairman of California’s Certified Nursery Professionals. He has also contributed to “The Sunset Western Garden Book” and of the soon-to-be-published “Wildflowers of Orange County.”

Reservations are recommended as there is limited seating. RSVP to [email protected] 949-494-5787.




Hip District to Hold ‘Old School Laguna Day’

The shops on South Coast Highway, between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive, banded together several years ago to form the Hip District, also referred to by some shop owners and locals as “The Cool Part of Town.” Tourists and locals have slowly discovered the area, which gets more popular every year.

In order to acknowledge the community’s support, the merchants in the Hip District are presenting “Old School Laguna Day,” which will take place on March 30, from 12-6 p.m. The event will include live music, special sales and giveaways throughout the day. Most importantly, the old school character of Laguna will be celebrated—think classic rock, surf boards, turntables, pictures, posters and vintage vibes from Laguna’s past.

More information will be available in the Hip District shops, where customers can pick up a schedule of events. Contact Susan Elliott for more information at [email protected]


Hortense Miller Garden Open House

The Hortense Miller Garden will be open to the public on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hortense Miller Garden will be open to the public on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This hidden Laguna gem features a 2.5-acre garden with over a dozen trails and a pristine mid-century modern home build by Knowlton Fernald in 1958 on the slope of Boat Canyon. Tucked under towering Torrey Pines planted from one-gallon saplings in 1959, there are over 600 plant species, of which about 150 are California natives.

The walls of glass of the home offer expansive ocean views, and the original furnishings give the home a rare authenticity, fitting of a true Laguna artist. The Aviary Gallery features an exhibit of the original renderings of the home drawn by the architect in 1958.

Continuous Shuttle Bus service and parking is available from First Church of Christ Scientist, 635 High Drive, Laguna Beach starting at 10 a.m. The last bus departs for the garden at 3:20 p.m. There will be a free art workshop for children. Sack lunches permitted. Walking shoes recommended. Garden tours are offered every hour.

Books on Hortense Miller, container gardens and garden art will also be available for sale. No reservation necessary. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, visit www.hortensemillergarden.orgor call 949-244-2010.

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  1. Our kindergartner loved being a part of the Arbor Day celebration and enjoyed helping plant a tree! Such a wonderful activity to show our children how to care for our Earth.


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