Try Your Hand at the Bowling Green

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Novices are welcome at the Bowling Club open house.
Novices are welcome at the Bowling Club open house.

The Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club will once again host an annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1

All ages are welcome to attend, take a lesson and learn about the oldest sport in the U.S. The club is located in Heisler Park on Cliff Drive.

Eco Warriors Plan Beach Clean Up

Join the Eco-Warrior Foundation and Chronic Tacos from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12, at Aliso Beach Park, 31131 S. Coast Highway, to scour the beach for plastic and other trash items.

Supplies are provided and all volunteers get free tacos.


LCC Meets at New Venue

Bob Allen, also known as “BugBob,” is the guest speaker of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy, which meets for a 6 p.m. dinner Monday, May 14 at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Bob Allen
Bob Allen

Allen co-authored “Wildflowers of Orange County & the Santa Ana Mountains” with Fred M. Roberts. At California State University, Fullerton, he taught entomology and biological illustration.

Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members and may be paid at the door with prior reservations. RSVP to Max Brown at [email protected] or call 235-8277.

Experts Share Insights on Mental Illness

The public is invited to a panel discussion about the intersection between mental health and the criminal justice system at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, as part of Friendship Shelter’s 30th anniversary.

NBC’s “Dateline” correspondent and local residentKeith Morrison will lead the discussion at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. The panel includes Pete Earley, author of  “Crazy: A Father’s Journey Through America’s Mental Health Madness,; Linda Healy, a commander of the Sybil Brand Women’s Prison; and another local resident, Dr. Ed Kaufman, author of “Tales of a Prison Psychiatrist: Fifty Years of the Criminalization of the Mentally Ill and Addicted.”

“We’re looking forward to bringing these experts together to share their experiences and insights on a very complex topic that affects the larger community,” said Dawn Price, executive director of Friendship Shelter, which operates a residential shelter and the city’s emergency shelter.

RSVPs are required. Please visit to reserve a seat.

AAUW To Host Speakers on Women’s Health

Dr.Hannah Park
Dr.Hannah Park
Jon Dunn
Jon Dunn

Two speakers will address women’s health issues at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s St.

Dr. Hannah Park, a UC Irvine assistant epidemiology professor and program director of UCI’s Athena Breast Health Network, will speak about personalized medicine and disease prevention in women.

Jon Dunn, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood, also will address women’s health issues locally and reproductive rights.

The Laguna Beach branch of the American Association of University Women hosts the event. Questions: contact Kitty Malcolm at [email protected] Madeleine Peterson at [email protected]

Chabad Sets Shavuot Events

Chabad Jewish Center plans Shavuot holiday events and services, including a 5 p.m. torah workshop for kids Tuesday, May 15.

Children will learn how a Torah scroll is made in the pre Shavuot workshop. $8 per child.

The holiday takes place seven weeks after Passover and marks when ancient Jews received the Torah. Chabad plans special prayers and reading of the Ten Commandments, followed by dairy lunch and ice cream party, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 20. A Yizkor memorial service will take place at noon Monday, May 21. Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Highway. Contact Perel Goorevitch – (949) 499 0770    [email protected] for additional information.

Teens Improve Their Club

Half of the teen team that helped out with improvements at the canyon branch.
Half of the teen team that helped out with improvements at the canyon branch.

Ten teens spent four hours painting, cleaning and weeding recently at the canyon branch of the Boys and Girls Club in a community service project.

Participants were: Laura Martinez, Aden Malikyar, Mariam and Yusuf Taheri, Savannah and Janine Johnson, Bryan and Valery Reynoso, Michelle Vidal-Archeleta, and Enrique Palacios.

“These kids worked hard and selflessly gave their time to make the club a better place for everyone. I am so proud of them,” teen director Danny Panduro said in a statement.

Business Club Guest Describes Reverse Mortgages

Rick Cirelli
Rick Cirelli

Rick Cirelli will discuss reverse mortgage loans at the 7:30 a.m. Laguna Beach Business Club meeting Thursday, May 17, at Kitchen in the Canyon,845 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Cirelli, president of Laguna Beach-based RTC Mortgage Corporation, promises to dispel the myths and misconceptions of the program, why it’s popularity is resurging and how to use it as a financial planning tool after retirement.

Non-members are welcome. Guest attendance fee is $30.  For more info: [email protected]


Police Support Special Olympics

The public is invited to show their support as police, fire fighters and lifeguards participate in a 5.4-mile section of the annual Special Olympics Torch Run on Thursday, May 31.

Darin Lenyi carries the Olympic torch in a relay in a previous relay.
Darin Lenyi carries the Olympic torch in a relay in a previous relay.

The Flame of Hope is expected to set out at 7:35 a.m. from the police station to Coast Highway and Newport Coast Drive, where the torch will be handed off to California Highway Patrol officers.

Donations can be made to the Special Olympics organization and to their athletes at


City Photo Contest Opens

The city’s photo contest is accepting submissions for its current theme, Daily Life in Laguna Beach.

Photographs may be entered in three categories: sunsets, daily life and environmental.

The first prize photo will receive $500, and additional winners will receive $100 each. Entries must be submitted online by June 6. For rules and info: visit:

SoLag Organizes Community Garage Sale

Nearly a dozen South Laguna residents plan garage sales this Saturday, May 12, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Realtor Chris Tebbutt sponsors the annual event and offers a map to the sellers and refreshments at West Street and Coast Highway.

Sales are planned at 31271 Holly Dr., 31551 Catalina Ave., 31541 Santa Rosa Ave., 31636 Second Ave., 31691 Florence Ave., at 31662, 31666 and 31671, all on Scenic Drive, 31900 Ninth Ave., and 31966 10th Ave.

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