Trafficking Expert Describe Modern Day Slavery

Sandie Morgan
Sandie Morgan

“What Human Trafficking Looks Like in Orange County and What We Can Do” is Sandra Morgan’s talking point at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Ave.

The public is invited to hear Morgan, the director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice who has served served as the administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.

Info: Barbara Morgan at 949-305-3340.




Chamber’s New Leader Sounds Familiar

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce announced the departure of its executive director, Tamara Campbell, and the re-hiring of Kristine Thalman in the post.

Thalman’s appointment was effective July 23, coming just five months after Campbell was appointed to succeed her. Thalman left the post in February after three years on the job, representing 340 members.

Campbell, a local resident, was a former member of the city’s Heritage Committee.


Water Experts Turn on the Taps

Renae Hinchey and Christopher Regan of the Laguna Beach County Water District join radio host Ari Grayson at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, on the webcast

The district provides water to 18,000 residents in Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, and Emerald Bay. They will discuss the drought, district incentives and plans for increased efficiencies.


Locals Aim for a Fun Fundraiser


Steve Blue and Leif Hanson, both 1983 Laguna Beach High School graduates, are hosting the first Night at the Ranch, a charity event benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, an organization that meant much to them as kids.

Night at the Ranch will take place from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5 and will feature a farm-to-table menu, live entertainment and silent and live auction items.

“With funding cuts on youth programs, the Boys and Girls Club relies more than ever on sponsorships and donations from our local community,” Hanson said. “This event is for a worthy cause and we are excited to put the fun back in Fundraiser.”

The event committee is looking for volunteers to assist. For more info:

Beach Clean Up Promises Prizes and Fun

Snacks and games kick off a Laguna Creek clean-up from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 sponsored by the SoCal Land and Water Conservancy.

Meet at Main Beach where trash collection bags will be provided with a prize for heaviest trash bag awarded at the afterparty. For more information contact Stephen Blackwell at 916-752-0293 or

Zero Trash Laguna also hits the streets to pluck trash from sand and street the same day. Their groups set out at 10 a.m. from El Ranchito, United Studios of Self Defense, Hobie’s and LBHS.


Young Readers Receive Library Rewards

The adult book discussion group meets 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 to discuss “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion.

Children who read 10 hours can come into the library to claim fun prizes and receive an invitation to the awards barbecue on Aug. 23. Teens 12-17 years who read 15 hours will get their pick of gift cards and an invitation to our teen party Friday, Aug. 8.

Children 12–years and under can earn a free meal at Rubio’s for reading five books. Sign up at the library and receive a reading log bookmark.  Program ends Aug. 31. Children can earn up to two free meals.

Vertigo’s Inventory Adds Congo Fair Trade Works

The Peace Exchange has aligned with the Vertigo home décor shop to offer fair trade items made by women artisans from Congo, who are supported by the Laguna Beach-based non-profit. Proceeds from the sale on a new line of products available Thursday, Aug. 7 from 5-9 p.m. will support the cause. Vertigo is located opposite the Surf and Sand Resort.

Blow Dry Salon Opens

Belo Blow Dry Bar is a dream come true for hair stylist and Laguna Beach resident Patricia Musselman, who opens her own upstairs salon Friday, Aug. 8, at 302 Forest Ave.

Originally from Brazil, Musselman has a passion for fabulous hair and traveling. She strives to combine the two as today’s most popular styles are named for hot spots. For example, “The Rio de Janeiro” is a blowout and a fishtail braid, popular on Brazil’s beaches. “The London” is a sophisticated topknot, and the super-straight chic blowout is called “The New York.”

“When the opportunity arose to take over a friend’s salon, I jumped at the chance and am having a blast with it,” she said.

Appointments: 949.494.9714.

CANDO Elects Officers

The newly established Canyon Alliance of Neighborhoods Defense Organization announced the election of its board on Thursday, July 24.

They are led by board president Penelope Milne and include Steve Tollefsrud, Sheila Maquilan and Marcia Klass.

Board members are representatives of five canyon neighborhood associations and and held their first meeting this past Thursday.



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