Set Out on a Blue Moon Hike

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Hike with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers as the sun sets Friday, July 31, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and the moon rises over Laurel and Willow Canyons.

Observe the changes as day turns to night on a leisurely hike and learn about night wildlife. Hear the last birds’ songs and use the bat detector to listen for their ultrasonic communication.

The terrain on this 3.5-mile hike can be steep, rocky and uneven. Participants ages 12 and up should bring water, a snack, a flashlight, a sweater or jacket, and wear long pants and closed toed hiking shoes.

Meet at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Willow Canyon Staging Area, south of El Toro road intersection. Parking is $3. RSVP required: or 949 497-8324.


Yoga Classes That Stretch a Paycheck

Cher Mang summons yoga fans.
Cher Mang summons yoga fans.

Laguna residents are invited to try out complimentary yoga classes at 8 a.m. Wednesdays or 10 a.m. Fridays in the Neighborhood Congregational, 340 St. Ann’s Dr.

Join Cher Mang on Wednesday for Kundalini yoga, a blend of postures, breathing, mantra, music and meditation. She teaches the art of relaxation and self-healing and no previous experience is necessary.

Join Lynn Barclay on Fridays for LB Yoga Therapy, where she teaches techniques that strengthen, stretch and relax.

There is no cost for either class, but donations are accepted.

Info: 949 494-8061 or




Italian Visitors Share Childhood Experiences

Italian students visit the Boys and Girls Club.
Italian students visit the Boys and Girls Club.

Gina Benson, director of the Italy-based Language for Life program, brought her English learners to the Boys and Girls Club as part of a 13-day trip to California.

Benson’s students introduced themselves in Italian and played childhood games with club members. Then her students took part in daily club activities, giving them a firsthand view of club membership.

Benson’s four-year-old program is designed to educate using a cultural perspective by visiting California landmarks.




Police Brass Offer Coffee at the Farmer’s Market

Laguna Beach residents can connect with the local police department over a free cup of organic coffee at the farmer’s market, 521 Forest Ave. from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 1.

Coffee with a Cop brews an opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn more about the department. “I am eager for the police department leadership team to connect with the community … to keep Laguna Beach safe for our residents, business owners and visitors,” Chief Laura Farinella said in a statement.


Volunteers Dig Restoration Work

Volunteers with the non-profit Transition Laguna Beach recently helped the Laguna Canyon Foundation plant edible landscaping for native animals at a restoration site in Laguna Canyon.

On Saturday, July 11, eight members from Transition and two LCF volunteers helped plant over 60 native container plants and cuttings along the streamside of Laguna Canyon Creek at the DeWitt Property.

With the assistance of volunteers, the foundation is making progress restoring over 65 acres in the South Coast Wilderness Area, says a statement.


Surprises Await at Artsy Mixer

Seven Degrees after dark.
Seven Degrees after dark.

An art-inspired Chamber of Commerce mixer will take place at Seven-Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road, on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

The event will include food, beer and wine, raffle prizes and a few art-related surprises. All who attend receive a free ticket to the Sawdust Festival.

Admission is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Visit the “events” tab at






Methodists Share a Tale of Community Building

Carter Calhoun
Carter Calhoun

The leader of a community organization that helped provide services to 7,500 low-income residents in San Pedro will speak Saturday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m., at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr.

The program sponsored by United Methodist Women is open to the public all in the community and focuses on one of the Methodist Church’s oldest mission projects.

Carter Calhoun will share his experiences as development director of Toberman Neighborhood Center, which helps residents through services that include after school programs, youth leadership training, parenting classes, family activities, counseling, legal services, a food bank and more. Last year it served more than 7,500 low-income individuals.


Workshop Explores the Impact of Non-native Species

A Newport Bay Conservancy symposium on “Invasive Species and Their Impacts In and Around Newport Bay” will take place at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr., Newport Beach, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.



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