Stars Turn Out to Support Ocean Conservation

Special guest Leonardo DiCaprio
Special guest Leonardo DiCaprio


Actor and film producer Leonardo DiCaprio is this year’s special guest at the SeaChange summer party Saturday, Aug. 16, taking place at a private home in Laguna Beach. DiCaprio will walk the red carpet when doors open at 6 p.m.

The annual Orange County event benefits Oceana, founded in 2001 to focus on ocean conservation. Last year, about 400 people attended the event, which raised more than $1 million. This event is sold out.

Salons Combine Forces

OC Minx Prestige Nails of Laguna Beach this week joins forces with The British Hair Company, relocating to the latter’s 361 Forest Ave. salon.

OC Minx will bring a new level of customer service to the salon’s nail spa along with new techniques and products, including vegan nail polishes.

For info: 949 497-8345.



Chamber Invites All to Summer Party

The Chamber of Commerce invites members to its mixer Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 5:30- 7:30 p.m., at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Afterwards, enjoy art, music, prizes and free admission to the Sawdust Festival.


Expect Congestion on Temple Hills Drive

Storm drain construction has begun on Temple Hills Drive from Dunning Drive to above Rim Rock, and the road will be reduced to one lane controlled by flaggers during working hours.

The new storm drain will divert storm flows from Temple Hills Drive and will take six months to complete.


Toastmaster Meetings Resume

The Toastmasters will resume regularly scheduled meetings on Monday, Aug. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St.

Parking is available just west of the library.

Contact John Barry to learn more about Toastmasters, [email protected] or (714) 457-2279.


Candidate Receives Local Endorsements

Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett, a two-term city councilwoman and candidate for Orange County Supervisor of the Fifth District, received endorsements from three Laguna Beach elected officials.

Councilmembers Kelly Boyd, Toni Iseman and Mayor Elizabeth Pearson gave Bartlett their approval

Golf and Bowl to Save a Pet

Two events benefiting the Pet Rescue Center in Mission Viejo are scheduled for the fall.

Gather a team to compete in the second annual Ford Peterson Charity Golf Tournament, Friday, Sept. 19 at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club, 29082 Tijeras Creek, in Rancho Santa Margarita. Entry fee is $185, including dinner.

Or try a different green and still benefit the center in a lawn bowling tournament Saturday, Oct. 18, from 12-5 p.m. in Heisler Park. Tickets of $300 per couple include equipment, food and beverages.

The Pet Rescue Center was founded by local residents Blythe and Matthew Wheaton.


Get a Deal on Park Parking

OC Parks is selling annual parking passes for $27.50, or half price in August.

The passes offer parking at local, regional and wilderness parks, as well as all county beach parks.

Passes for the disabled or seniors 60 and above are $17.50.


Hard to Find Post Office Gets Signage


The Post Office in South Laguna, one of many considered for closure due to declining mail volume, will be easier to find in the near future.

Signs are to be installed on Coast Highway by the end of August to the south and north of Second Avenue, directing patrons to the post office’s Virginia Way location, which parallels the main drag.


Komen’s Local Breast Cancer Organization Wins Top Recognition


Among 120 affiliates of the Susan G. Komen foundation in the U.S. and Europe, the Orange County organization earned recognition as affiliate of the year for its efforts advancing breast cancer research.

Receiving the highest recognition means we are being innovative as we work to save lives,” said Lynn Jolliffe, Komen Orange County board president.

Komen Orange County gained unique recognition for spearheading a healthy breast tissue collection project, the first of its kind west of the Mississippi. More than 200 women volunteered to provide a small sample of their healthy breast tissue and blood for research.

Komen Orange County worked to involve women across the county’s diverse population, from Vietnamese to Tongan, important to researchers investigating differences between healthy and cancerous tissue.


Film on Eco-Heroes Earn Awards in Film Contest

Two films produced by Jeanne Meyers, Wendy Milette and Anabelle Vo of The My Hero Project based in Laguna Beach, took home awards in a best short film competition in San Diego.

“The Kelp Lady,” featuring Garden Grove marine biologist Nancy Caruso and her efforts to restore kelp forests along the Orange County beaches, won an award of merit. So did “Saving the Canyon” with subject Mary Fegraus, who is credited with leading the effort to preserve 20,000 acres open space.


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