St. Clair Family Returns to the Spotlight

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The Marney Building in South Laguna still bears the St. Clair style.
The Marney Building in South Laguna still bears the St. Clair style.

Laguna Beach Historical Society presents a free talk about the St. Clair Family’s influence on Laguna’s art, film, and architecture Wednesday, May 10, as part of the city’s Heritage Month activities. One of St. Clair’s best-known buildings, 222 Ocean Ave., now occupied by Taverna restaurant, was built for defunct Laguna Federal Savings.

The 7:30 p.m. talk with Mary Rabe 
takes place in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.




Soroptimists Award Grants


From left, Macguire and Stacy Brand, and Connie Burlin.
From left, Macguire and Stacy Brand, and Connie Burlin.

The Soroptimists International of Laguna Beach recently awarded $1000 grants to two single mothers who volunteer and shop at the Laguna Food Pantry and another $2,500 grant to Stacy Brand, the group’s president Connie Burlin, said in an announcement.

All three will use the money to pursue higher education.

Brand, a single parent with an autistic son, will use the cash to enroll at Utah State University online, where she is majoring in speech pathology and communication disorders.

“I had run out of money and wasn’t going to be able to take classes this summer to finish my program,” said Brand said, who aims to become a speech therapist. “The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award came through just in time,” she said.

Brand is now eligible to compete for other regional Soroptimist awards.



Storyteller, Peace Activist Share Their Different Stories

Andy Irwin
Andy Irwin

Andy Offutt Irwin, a renowned storyteller, will speak at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, Sunday, May 7, at the 10 a.m. worship service, 21632 Wesley Dr.

And John Pavlovitz, who writes a blog called “Stuff That Needs to be Said,” will lead a conversation at the church, Thursday, May 11, beginning at 7 p.m. He will emphasize ways that people can be agents of peace and compassion. A pastor for 18 years currently on staff at North Raleigh Community Church in North Carolina, he plans to start an online community, “The Table, A Christian Community Where Everyone Gets a Seat.”

John Pavlovitz

The public is welcome to both the service and the talk. For additional information, call 949 499-3088 or check its website,




Mayor to Deliver the State of the City Report

The public is invited to hear Mayor Toni Iseman and City Manager John Petig deliver the State of the City address from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8, at the Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Highway.

Admission is $65- $75. Register at: or call 949-494-1018.


Discussion Opens on Improving Temple Hills Drive for Walkers

The public’s input is wanted on pedestrian improvement options for Temple Hills Drive at a 5:30 p.m. workshop Thursday, May 11, at the Community & Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.

Exhibits showing the impact of a raised sidewalk and an at-grade walkway can be reviewed at on the Public Works page.

For more information or to provide comments, contact Tom Sandefur at 949 497-0792 or [email protected].


Take the Time to Donate Blood

Blood donors are welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.

Sign-up online at: sponsor code: lagunap. Contact [email protected] or 735-7930 for more information.


LGBT Heritage to Receive Recognition

June will be known as LGBT Heritage & Culture Month in Laguna Beach and Mayor Toni Iseman will preside over the proclamation at City Hall, Tuesday, May 9.

The resolution was proposed by the newly established Laguna Beach LGBT Heritage & Culture Committee and is intended to celebrate the contributions of the LGBT community, according to committee founder Chris Tebbutt.


Caliber Collision Joins Food Drive

Caliber Collision auto repairer is collecting food and cash donations to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County through May 19.

Collection centers include 2105 Laguna Canyon Rd. Donations can also be made online at





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