Local resident Ken Jillson, who resigned earlier this year as a leader of the AIDS service organization he founded with partner Al Roberts, last week achieved another goal.
At 70 and after spending the last year taking training flights twice a week and studying several hours a day, he passed an eight-hour long FAA check ride Tuesday, May 22. He is now a licensed private pilot.
To mark the accomplishment, neighbor and baker Emma Van de Graaf surprised him with an unusual cake. Even the runway and grass are edible. The numerals at the end reflect the address of Jillson and Roberts.
Beach Clean-up Volunteers Needed
Laguna Beach United Methodist Church invites the public to help clean up local beaches on Saturday, June 2.
Volunteers can meet at LBUMC at 8:30 a.m. or go directly to the Montage’s Sea View Lawn at 9 a.m.
The public is invited to learn about and complete other local service projects at its 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, June 3. For info: 949 499-3088 or lbumc.org.
How Towns Nurture Longevity
Blue Zone communities, places where people have earned longevity through proactive and healthy aging practices, is the focus of an 11 a.m. talk Saturday, June 9, at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr.
John Fay, who leads the Lifelong Laguna program for Laguna Beach Seniors, leads the talk that is open to the public.
More info: go to www.thesusiq.orgor contact Fay at 949 715-8107.
Foodies Chip in to Feed Hungry Kids
Nearly $250,000 will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program as a result of the 11thannual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation event held at the Montage in May.
Top chefs served an array of bite-sized morsels. Studio host chef Craig Strong served seared scallops with candied kumquats and sunchokes and brought in a record auction bid of $7,500 for a dinner for 12 paired with wine.
The program aimed at ending childhood hunger has provided more than 500 million meals.
Expect Renewal Reminders for Shopper Parking Permits
Residents with shopper parking permits should receive the 2018-2020 permit application in the mail shortly.
Applications for the permits are also available at the city’s website, lagunabeachcity.net, under the shopper permits icon.
Permits can be purchased on-line or by mail. The cost is $80 each for the first two shopper permits and $150 each for the third and fourth permit.
Please make checks payable to the City of Laguna Beach.
Flapjack Flippers Celebrate Kids Program
The public is invited to the annual Harry Bithell pancake breakfast in Bluebird Park from 8- 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, put on by the Boys and Girls Club.
Kids can enjoy arts and crafts and park games. The breakfast marks the club’s anniversary in the park and the program’s effort to build character, creativity and academic success, said branch director Oscar Parra.
Contact him at [email protected] more information.
Salute Summer with Missiles Band and Glennwood Benefit
Glennwood House kicks off the summer season at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Highway.
Get your $75 ticket at glennwoodhousing.org and enjoy live music from The Missiles of October, live and silent auctions and drinks and appetizers.
Glennwood House of Laguna Beach provides independent living for 50 young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Sponsorships are available and there will be $10 valet parking at Hotel Laguna.
Crystal Cove Recruits New Leaders
Crystal Cove Conservancy recently welcomed members Stephanie Quesada, Eric Smyth and Richard Swinney.
The organization that supports Crystal Cove State Park intends to finish building the infrastructure needed to restore 17 historic cottages on the sand, support educational programs, restore full access to the public beach and state park, and protect the natural environment.
New Research Revealed
A UC Irvine Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, “Microbiomes: Invisible Arbiters of Human and Environmental Health” is open to the public on Tuesday, June 5, at 4 p.m. in the Crystal Cove Auditorium at the UCI Student Center, 311 W. Peltason Dr., Irvine.
Jennifer B.H. Martiny, Ph.D., professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the UCI Microbiome Initiative, will reveal the latest discoveries about microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi that inhabit environments ranging from the human body to oceans and soils.
To register visit bio.uci.edu/events/