Soul Project Celebrates Its First Year

A peek at the creative merchandise inside the Coast Highway retailer.
A peek at the creative merchandise inside the Coast Highway retailer.

The Soul Project, local apparel company, will celebrate its one-year anniversary of its flagship store with an all-day line up of activities and events on Saturday, June 20.

The event will run from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and includes coffee, yoga, beer, tacos and dancing. All guests are encouraged to RSVP to [email protected] to be entered into the hourly raffle. For more information, visit or call 949-494-0489.




Welcoming a New Retailer to Forest Avenue

The public is invited to join a ribbon-cutting with the Chamber of Commerce and their newest member, clothing retailer Casual, opening its doors at 225 Forest Ave. Enjoy music, wine and cheese and perhaps win a raffle prize from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12.

Casual will be a sister store to the family owned Simple, located on Coast Highway. The new store will offer more affordable clothing and leather lines, made in Italy and Los Angeles, respectively.


Dealing With Drought

Renae Hinchey and Christopher Regan, managers of the Laguna Beach County Water District, will discuss Gov. Brown’s mandatory water cutbacks at a 7 p.m. meeting of Village Laguna on Monday, June 22.

The group convenes at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Drive.

The public is invited to learn water saving tips and join the discussion about tiered water rates and restrictions.


Tournament Supports Young Golfers

Participants in a golf tournament step on the greens of Aliso Viejo Country Club on Monday, June 22, beginning at 9 a.m., with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Laguna Beach High School golf teams.

The Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo Chambers of Commerce will co-host this event and they encourage businesses to support the competition.

The public is welcome to show their support by playing 18 holes of golf or attending the silent auction and dinner that evening.

To sign up, visit the events tab at or call 949-494-1018.


First Workshop for Village Entrance Scheduled

The public is invited to help shape the conceptual design of the village entrance at a community workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, in City Council chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

The area, at Broadway Street and Forest Avenue, is currently used for surface parking, storage, city facilities and a sewer lift station. The project’s intent is to beautify the site with landscaping and a pedestrian/bicycle pathway while maintaining parking and renovating the historic sewer digester tower.

Following the workshop, which will include a walking tour, the city will post an online tool about the project for those who can’t attend the workshop.

For more info: visit


Maro Wood Grill Turns Green

Maro Wood Grill is one of the first Green Certified businesses in Laguna Beach, Patricia Molteni said in an announcement.

Obtaining certification required shifting to craft and recycled papers, water filters, light bulbs and different cleaning products, Molteni said.

The City Council will recognize Maro Wood Grill’s efforts later this month and the 1915 S. Coast Highway restaurant will proudly display its certification decal.


Capistrano Now Offers a Free Trolley

San Juan Capistrano is offering free trolley service downtown throughout the summer that begins Friday, June 12.

The trial trolley will run every 45 minutes Fridays from 4-10 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The vintage style trolley will only be retained with a minimum of 10 riders per hour. The route funnels passengers downtown from free parking at Rancho Viejo Drive and Stonehill Road.

For more info: visit


Speakers Gives Tips on How to Grow A Business 

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation hosts Brian Ross Adams speaking on “Social Good Through Social Media” at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at 303 Broadway St., No. #212.

Davis Law will provide lunch.

Adams is founder of Trusted Messenger Marketing, an online media consultant.


Dig Up Tips on Composting

Waste Management will offer a free composting class for Laguna Beach residents from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at Bluebird Park, 798 Bluebird Canyon Rd.

Compost bins and worm bins will be available for purchase. For more information contact Lisa Ryder, at 310 874-2499, or [email protected].


Madison Affair Raises Record for Center

Pinniped visitors Sammy and Sealena delighted over 200 guests at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s fundraiser at Madison Square Garden and Café last month.

Over $17,000 was raised, the largest amount in the event’s six-year history.  All proceeds will go toward the cost of food and medication for recovering marine mammals.

Owner Jon Madison’s “generosity and kindness has directly helped us care for the over 120 seal and sea lion patients currently at our hospital in need of medical attention, and we are so grateful for his support.” said Keith Matassa, the center’s executive director.






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