Town Crier: Week of April 19 

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Garden Park Spring Fling and Potluck Next Saturday

South Laguna Community Garden Park come together during last year’s annual spring fling event. Photo courtesy of the South Laguna Community Garden Park. 

South Laguna Community Garden Park will host its 15th Annual Spring Fling Concert and Potluck on Saturday, April 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Garden Park, located at Eagle Rock and Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, located at 31610 Coast Highway. The Laguna Garden Band will be playing everyone’s favorites. Come and enjoy the beautiful spring blooms and tunes, sample healthy dishes inspired by the season, and meet your neighbors!

Please bring your own drinks and a potluck dish to share (serving 10 people). This is a reusable utensil “zero waste” event. For more information, visit SouthLagunaGarden.org or write to [email protected].

Robin Culp Celebration of Life this Saturday

The public celebration of life for Robin Culp is Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at Capo Beach Church, located at 25975 Domingo Avenue, Capo Beach. It will be followed by an Aloha reception at Bubba’s Deck on the beach between Sleepy Hollow and Main Beach, 535 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. The sunset paddle out will start at 6 p.m. at Brooks Street in Laguna Beach.

Culp won the Boys division in the 32nd Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic in 1986 and made many finals throughout his years. His obituary can be found on page 14 of this week’s Indy. For more information, contact Brandy Faber at [email protected].

Earth Day Laguna Networking Event

Find out more about Earth Day and how some local groups address environmental issues on Monday, April 22, evening at the Rivian South Coast Theater. Sponsored by the education-focused Laguna Canyon Conservancy (LagunaCanyonConservancy.org), the public is invited to hear from presenters from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Orange County Coastkeeper, Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, Laguna Ocean Foundation, Laguna Beach City officials, Laguna Beach High School FLOW (Fire, Land, Ocean, Water) teachers and students and LCAD art + sustainability program students. Short talks will be presented with accompanying videos or films on climate action, clean water, recycling, ocean and marine life protection. Groups will have information handouts and giveaways; light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the two-hour program will start at 6:30 p.m. Attendance is free, but advance reservations are needed at events.rivian.com/earthdaylaguna.

LBHS Students “Walking for Water” 

If you thought today’s teenagers were only interested in local activities, meet the students helping fight the global water crisis. This year’s annual “Walking for Water” event, which will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on April 21 on the high school football field, raises funds to build freshwater wells in West Africa and India so villagers can access clean water. 

Since the fundraising began 21 years ago, more than 500,000 men, women, and children now drink clean water daily.  

This year’s event will bring together students, faculty, and community members. To help support the cause, there will be games for youngsters to play, clothing and other items for sale.   

“Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, yet millions of people, especially in developing countries, struggle to obtain this basic necessity,” said student advisor Susan Hough. “Through this event, we aim to raise funds and educate the community about the global water crisis and inspire action towards sustainable solutions.”

Walking for Water is a designated project of the nonprofit Wisdom Spring organization. To learn more about Wisdom Spring or to participate in the April 21 event, visit wisdomspring.org.  

Greater Laguna Beach GOP Meeting to Feature Police Chief Calvert

The GLBGOP’s Members’ Meeting is happening on Wednesday, April 24 at Mozambique in Laguna Beach. Our guest speaker this month is the Laguna Beach Police Chief Jeff Calvert. We look forward to hearing from Chief Calvert, a 25-year veteran of the Laguna Beach Police Force and our community. He will discuss his vision for the police force and how its members protect and defend our city. The Chief knows that interacting with the community is critical to our safety and his department’s success.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the Chief questions. We have had great attendance at our last several meetings and we are getting ready to support our local candidates in the upcoming election.  The event will start at 5 p.m. with a social hour, and the meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the newly remodeled Parrot’s Room. Attendees can mingle with fellow conservatives and enjoy Mozambique’s wonderful food and beverages.  Seating is limited. RSVPs are required. Please RSVP at glbgop.com/upcomingevents.

Craft Guild Art Show Sunday

The next Laguna Craft Guild Art Show is Sunday, April 21. Shop local at Laguna’s longest-running downtown art fair and find treasures, including jewelry, ceramics, glass-blown art, paintings, and more. The Laguna Craft Guild art show is located on the cobblestones of Main Beach. Over 30 different artists exhibit unique and handmade arts and crafts. The craft show starts at 9 a.m. and closes one hour before sunset. More information is available at lagunacraftguild.com.

Tomato-Fest Seeding Sale This Weekend

The South Laguna Community Garden Park will hold the “Laguna Beach Tomato-Fest Seedling Sale” on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Garden Park at 31610 Coast Highway.

Why does tomato growing in our coastal zone often produce disappointing harvests? One reason is that we are often selecting tomato varieties that are adapted to other climates. Assistant Director Carly Sciacca decided to conduct research and acquired a selection of unique, disease-resistant seeds from different sources that promise to thrive in our coastal zone. The collection features tomatoes of all colors and sizes including heirlooms and hard-to-find hybrids, some of which fetch over a dollar a seed! Included are Lemon Boy Plus, Gin Fiz, Cherokee Purple, Clementine, Big Beef Plus, Japanese Black Trifel, Crimson Carmello, Celebrity, Marnour and Juliet. All three-hundred plus plants have been seeded and cared for by Community Garden members, and all proceeds benefit the Garden Park. Suggested Donation is $4 each or $10 for three plants. Any remaining plants will be available for sale at the Garden Park’s annual Spring Fling Festival and Potluck (Saturday, April 27, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.) featuring live music by the Garden Band.

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