Unusual Pairing of Pets and Chili Set for Sunday

Costumes season the recipes at this Sunday’s chili cook-off.
Costumes season the recipes at this Sunday’s chili cook-off.

The 20th Annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off is set for 11-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund host the event where guests sample the work of chili chefs aspiring to capture this year’s title. A panel of local judges awards the trophy.

Pet owners and their pets compete in five categories, with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $10 and benefit animal charities in Laguna Beach.

Chili booths and vendor booths can be reserved by calling Dede at 949 370-2404.


Laguna Legal Relocates

Friends from Laguna Beach toast new digs occupied by Ellie Tipton Ortiz, center.
Friends from Laguna Beach toast new digs occupied by Ellie Tipton Ortiz, center.

Document service Laguna Legal relocated to Mission Viejo from Laguna Beach last month, but court certified mediator and local resident Ellie Tipton Ortiz is available to assist local residents in Laguna Beach every Wednesday.

Her company specializes in preparation and filing of divorce, living trusts, corporations and credit repair.

Over 150 attended the opening at 24800 Chrisanta Dr. The number remains the same, 949 497-9800.






Neighbors Picnic Together

All are invited to the Top of the World Neighborhood Association annual picnic potluck Sunday, Sept. 25, at Alta Laguna Park from 3-5 p.m.

Park lands get a dousing during a fire hose demo.
Park lands get a dousing during a fire hose demo.

A major focus will be on fun and games for the kids, who can take part in a fire hose demonstration by firefighters, says TOWNA President Piero Wemyss in a statement.

Final Workshop Set for Revising Historic Preservation Ordinance

The City of Laguna Beach plans a 6 p.m. workshop Wednesday, Sept. 28, to allow the Heritage Committee to receive public comment and make final recommendations on a draft historic preservation ordinance.

The revised draft of the proposed ordinance will be posted online at the city website Friday, Sept. 23.

Questions: contact Martina Caron at 949 464-6629.


Hearing Set Over Bus Fares

The Orange County Transportation Authority holds a public hearing at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at its headquarters in Orange, 550 S. Main St., over a recommended drop in the cost of day passes and a change in some routes.

A study recommends the day pass fare be cut to $4 from $5, a first time in OCTA’s history that a fare has been decreased. Other recommendations include eliminating multi-day passes and increasing fares on express and inter-county routes.

More info and to comment online, visit www.ocbus.com/farestudy.


Cubs Prowl to Enlarge their Pack

Cub Scout Pack 35, for boys kindergarten through fifth grade, hosts an open house pack meeting Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.

Hear about scout fun, adventure and learning and Scouts enjoy a special guest, Baba the Storyteller.

Contact Taylor Greene with questions at [email protected] or 949.306.5883.


Bond Deal Saves Dollars for Water Customers

The South Coast Water District board voted to refinance $15 million in bonds earlier this month. The net result is a $1 million in savings, says a district statement.

The district’s bond recently received an AA+ rating from a bond agency based on the district’s six-year financial forecast. The bonds were issued originally for capital improvement projects.


Library Offers Free Financial Planning Help 

The Laguna Beach Library hosts a free financial planning workshop from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 with David Joffe, an independent financial advisor.

The workshop, Where Do We Go from Here?, will cover life stages strategy, retirement income, taxes, investments and aging in America.

Please call the library to preregister.  949 497-1733.


Workshop Spotlights Changes in Building Codes

Contractors, architects, real estate professionals, business owners, and residents are invited to attend the City’s next Open for Construction workshop at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The event will take place at the Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third St.

The workshop will cover updates to the 2016 building, energy, and green code standards and include a summary of requirements for the state’s Zero Net Energy Action Plan.

More info: contact Maria Ring at 949 497-0798.


Tips for Fall Planting With Natives

Mike Evans
Mike Evans

Pioneering native plants specialist Mike Evans of Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano will share his recommendations on native plants for local gardens—which ones will fit our soils and climate, when to plant, how to grow, does and don’ts and enjoyments to anticipate.

The program will be held at 10 a.m. in the South Laguna Community Garden, Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway, Saturday, Oct. 1. RSVP at [email protected].




Grant Allows Police to Step Up Traffic Enforcement

Police received a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to undertake efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.

Pedestrian and bicycle fatalities have been on the rise since 2010, which police say is due to distracting technologies and drug-impaired driving.

Activities the grant will fund include educational presentations, bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations, DUI checkpoints, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, specialized DUI and drugged driving training.


Notification System Delivers Warnings Fast

The city of Laguna Beach urges residents to sign up to AlertOC, the county’s mass notification system.

Through AlertOC, residents learn immediately of emergency actions, such as ordered evacuations.

The system allows multiple contact methods at a specific address and increases the ability of authorities to reach citizens within minutes.

Register at www.alertoc.com.


Non-Profits Collaborate for DJ Experience

Club member Alex Zucca
Club member Alex Zucca

Musical non-profits Give a Beat and Everyone Deserves a Chance have collaborated with The Boys & Girls Club to provide a six-week long DJ workshop, which began earlier this month.

The DJ experience will teach members how to use the equipment and create their own mixes with help from professionals.

The program runs every Thursday and concludes on Thursday, Oct. 13.


Learn more at http://bgclagunabeach.org.







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