Public Invited to Tour Sewer Tunnel

A tour unlikely to turn up  on Tripadvisor.
A tour unlikely to turn up on Tripadvisor.

The South Coast Water district invites the public to tour the sewer tunnel stabilization project within the cliffs on the ocean side of Coast Highway on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9-noon or 1-4 p.m. to better understand existing conditions and the plan for improvements over the next five years.

The tour of the tunnel built in 1954 between Three Arch Bay and Aliso Beach begins at Aliso Beach. Transportation will be provided by van to 1000 Steps Beach, where attendees will walk down the stairs to view a stabilized portion of the tunnel.

Permits for the project are currently under review. RSVP to Jody Brennan at 949-499-4555 or [email protected].


 Bringing Compassion to Street People

Local artist Jessica deStefano will describe the “Buddy Program,” a grass roots campaign to bring more compassion to homeless people in Laguna Beach at the Exchange Club meeting Thursday, Dec. 5.

The club meets at the Mandarin King Restaurant, 1224 North Coast Highwat at 12:15 p.m. RSVP to Katy Moss at 494-0703 or Jim Rue at 494-6684.


Parade Organizers Name Grand Marshal

The 48th annual Patriots Day Parade will be led by Laguna Beach local and four-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Janet Evans.

Evans also holds five world championship titles and in 2004 was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

The parade, with the 2014 theme “Home of the Free Because of the Brave,” is supported by the Honorees Brunch, parade program ads and donations.

The Honorees Brunch will be held on Feb. 2; the parade will take place on March 1.

The deadline for submitting an ad for the program is Jan. 6 and the parade entry is Jan. 10.


Tony Bielacyzc
Tony Bielacyzc

Garden Club Hears From Ex-Garden Editor

Tony Bielacyzc, a former garden editor of Martha Stewart Living magazine, will present “How to Make the Most of Plant Combinations” and share stories from magazine and broadcast career at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

The free event takes place at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, Tankersley Hall, 415 Forest Ave.



Construction Workshop Goes Green

The city hosts a workshop on new green building code requirements for alterations of existing residential and commercial buildings Friday, Dec. 6 from 3-5 p.m. in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

Contractors, architects, residents and commercial building owners are invited to attend, said Dennis Bogle, the city’s building official.

For more info: contact Maria Ring, at 949-497-0798 [email protected] 


Homegrown Seedlings for Sale

Transition Laguna Beach will be selling edible seedlings at the Laguna Beach Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Find the group on Local’s Lane at the back of the Farmer’s Market.

Woman’s Club Hosts Holiday Luncheon

Doors open at 11 a.m. for shopping at the Woman’s Club Annual Tarnished Treasures Luncheon, Friday, Dec. 13.

Donations may be dropped off at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr., in the days preceding the event. Holiday tunes will be provided by Carol Reynolds.

All un-purchased items will be donated to needy families. Admission is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP by Dec. 10 to [email protected] or 949-933-8257.


Auction to Raise Funds for Police Memorial 

Jon Coutchie
Jon Coutchie

The public is invited to support a fund raiser for the Laguna Beach Police Officer Memorial by attending a dinner on Monday, Jan. 27, postponed from the previous Dec. 2 date.

The dinner is the first step towards raising an estimated $40,000 needed to install a memorial near the police station, said Larry Bammer, president of the Police Employees’ Association.

The event will take place at Mare Culinary Lounge, at Cleo Street and South Coast Highway,

Gordon French
Gordon French

near where Officer Jon Coutchie died in a September collision. Six decades earlier, another Laguna officer, Gordon French, also was killed in the line of duty.

Tickets are $100 and are available at

Donations can also be sent to Laguna Beach Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1628, Laguna Beach, 92652, made out to: LBCF-LB Police Officer Memorial Artwork Fund.


OluKai, Zero Trash Clean Up the Canyon

OluKai shoe company’s employees touring the Marine Mammal Center.
OluKai shoe company’s employees touring the Marine Mammal Center.

The OluKai shoe company’s 35 employees, including founder Matt Till, recently visited Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center to learn about trash’s impact on marine life.

Afterwards, the group, along with Zero Trash Laguna supporters, toured the facility and plucked 240 pounds of recyclables and 60 pounds of cigarette butts from along Laguna Canyon Road.



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