The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Taste of Laguna from 5:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The chamber brings together Laguna’s culinary prowess and unique businesses to transform the Festival of the Arts grounds into a magical food and business district for one evening.
Bites ranging from sizzling grilled meats to rich, sweet desserts will be served accompanied by Pancho Sanchez and his Latin band. No outside food, drinks, chairs, blankets or picnic supplies are permitted. For guests under 21 and over.
Tickets are $60-$80 plus a service fee are available at: brownpapertickets.com or call the chamber 949 494-1018
Agency Entices Those With Wanderlust
Laguna Travel will hold an open house Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. where residents can meet local agents and connect with representatives from Royal Caribbean Cruises, Club Med & other tour companies.
The agency, a fixture at 260 Broadway St. for over 60 years, opens its doors to current and potential clients for wine, hors d’oeuvres and travel dreams.
Laguna Travel’s agents customize their client’s experience around an individual’s values and budget.
Make a Toast to Mr. Laguna
Lift a glass with Zahide Lawrence during a centennial toast for her husband, the late Harry Lawrence. Next Wednesday, Oct. 1, the Beautification Council will hold an honorary 100th birthday bash in memory of Lawrence, its founder, who died in 2012.
The public is invited to join the 4 p.m. party celebrating the man known as Mr. Laguna for his contributions to the town’s growth and history. A ribbon cutting for a new memorial plaque will take place outside the historic Tudor cottage now occupied by Selanne Steak Tavern. It’s where a majestic tree now stands that Lawrence planted in 1960. A reception will follow.
Trolley Ridership Jumps
The popularity of the city’s summer trolleys continues to grow; ridership for this summer’s festival season was 704,194, a nearly 19% increase over last year, the city manager’s report says.
Year-round weekend trolley service will start in March and report on summer transportation is expected at the Oct. 21 City Council meeting.
La Playa Recruits Volunteer Teachers
La Playa Center, the ESL program that runs mornings at the Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd., is about to begin its 19th year and Director Sally Rapuano is recruiting new teachers.
Teachers work two hours a week; no experience is needed, she said. Training and teaching materials will be provided at La Playa Center. For further information, call Sally at (949) 306-9882.
Recycling Effort Steps Up on Main Beach
A pilot program will place five plastic recycling containers along the Main Beach Boardwalk until 15 permanent containers arrive in mid November.
The cost of the $9,000 recycling receptacles will be defrayed using state CalRecycle grant funds, the city manager’s report says.
If the containers prove effective at capturing intended materials, new containers may be added, the report says.
Glennwood Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
“Gratitude for Glennwood,” planned for Saturday, Oct. 11, at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, celebrates the first anniversary of Glennwood House, a residential facility for adults with disabilities.
The public is invited to enjoy a night under the stars with dinner, live music and entertainment and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $150.
Visit glennwoodhousing.org to purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships.
Age In Place With Grace
The National Aging in Place Council, a network of professionals who assist seniors, hosts an Aging in Place Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13 at the Elks Lodge, 25092 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo.
The Expo will feature products and services for older adults, such as walk-in tubs, in-home mobile dentistry and more.
CVS Pharmacy will offer flu shots, government and reverse loan specialists, and financial and estate planners will be available for consultation, and free yoga sessions will be offered.
Gardeners Dig Free Composing Classes
Waste Management will offer a free composting class at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.
Compost bins and worm bins will be available for purchase at a discount.
For more info: Lisa Ryder at 310-874-2499 or [email protected]