The Laguna Ocean Foundation seeks volunteers for the Tidewater Docent program. The next training session will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the lifeguard department headquarters on Main Beach.
“It’s easy to learn and even the training is fun. Anyone with a little passion and a bit of people skills can do it,” says Matt Hohne, 43, an environmental consultant in real estate.
Volunteers must be 18 and available to volunteer once monthly. For further information, contact Letty Skeen, Tidewater Docent Coordinator at [email protected] or call 949-400-6032.
Non-Profit Launches Website
The Peace Action Exchange, a local non-profit marks their new online presence with an offline party from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, at the Art Cube, 266 Forest Ave.
Enjoy food, drink, music, a silent auction and raffle prizes and meet Amani Matabaro founder of ABFEK/Action Kivu, a Peace Action Exchange partner and an advocate for peace in the Congo.
Peace Action Exchange works with women who have been victims of war crimes in Congo. They sew beautiful handmade fabric items such as, napkins, wine bags and yoga bags, which are sold in America. The proceeds are used to empower women and educate children through fair trade.
Free Legal Advice Offered
Local attorney Nicole Anderson offers her legal expertise as part of the free estate planning series “It’s Your Estate!” Friday, Sept. 12.
She teaches beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Community and Senior Center, 380 Third St.
Council Seeks New Design Review Board Members
Interviews and appointments of applicants to the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board by the City Council will be held on Jan. 6, after the election.
The board has openings for three members and one alternate member for terms that will extend through January 31, 2017. Members serve a two-year term, meet bi-monthly and receive $324 per month. A time commitment of 10 hours per week is necessary. Experience in the building trades, architecture, historic preservation, landscaping, planning and or real estate would be an asset.
The expiring terms of the current members will be extended to March 31. Newly selected board members terms will begin on April 1.
Applications, available at the city’s website, are due Dec. 30. Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 497-0705.
Volunteer Teachers Needed for La Playa Center
La Playa Center, the English as a second language program run at the Boys & Girls Club, begins its 19th year shortly, and Director Sally Rapuano is recruiting new teachers. Teachers work two hours a week and no experience is needed. Training and teaching materials will be provided. For further information, call Rapuano at (949) 494-8618.
Club Learns the Lowdown on Traffic Snarls
Jim Beres, the police department’s civilian supervisor, will discuss parking districts, meter changes and weekend traffic control at The Laguna Beach Business Club’s Sept. 18 meeting.
The club meeting follows a 7:30 a.m. buffet breakfast at the Hotel Laguna. Non-members are welcome. RSVP to or Bart Zandbergen at 949-455-0300 x218, or email: [email protected]
Tracing Family Roots
The Laguna Beach Patience Wright Chapter of the DAR hosts a free 3:30 p.m. genealogy workshop Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third St.
Participants will learn basic genealogy research and become familiar with local, regional, and Internet sources of genealogy information.
RSVP to (949) 497-2441
Come for the Dogs, Stay for the Chili
The Laguna Board of Realtors will hold their 18th annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Amateur and aspiring chefs will vie for the best chili award while pet owners of all ages can enter their pets to win a title in six categories.
Activities for children of ages are included in the ticket price of $5-$10. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Nancy Pooley at 949-230-3353
MOPS Meet Weekly
Mothers of Preschoolers offer a weekly program featuring camaraderie and guest speakers, which begins Thursday, Sept. 25. The program from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. is held in the parlor at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.