Visitor Describes Her Alaska Teaching Adventure


Alaska teacher Jody Drew will share stories about her life in the tiny village of Akiachak where she teaches 90 students, ages 12-18, on Sunday, Dec. 29, in Laguna Presbyterian Church’s parlor at 415 Forest Ave.

The 10 a.m. presentation is part of an ongoing adult education series and is free of charge.  Anyone wanting to assist Drew’s ministry may donate socks for children and adults, as well as books such as  “Charlottes’s Web,” “Chronicles of Narnia,” or similar quality fiction.

For more info, call the church office at 949-494-7555.


Boys and Girls Club Plans School Break Fun

For some extra fun during winter break, Laguna Beach’s Boys and Girls Club’s main branch will offer trips and games through Jan. 2.

Camp will be closed New Year’s Day and TLC in Bluebird Park is closed for the holidays.

The cost is $10 per day, $25/day for “Kinder Buddy” members. Drop off after 7 a.m., stay until 6 p.m. For details, 949-494-2535.


Vegetable Seedlings Available

Winter vegetable starts will be for sale at the Laguna Beach farmer’s market on Local’s Lane, Saturday, Dec. 28. All are grown in Laguna!

Planning Commission Set Hearing on Housing Element

To consider amending the housing element in the city’s general plan, a public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, in City Council Chambers, 550 Forest Ave.

The housing element sets forth the city’s strategy to preserve and expand housing opportunities in town.

For additional info: call planner Carolyn Martin at 949 497-0398. The draft housing element can be review at The Laguna Beach Public Library and at


Bring Mom Along

Children, ages 8 months to 2 years, and their parents or caregivers are invited to join the new session of Bring Mom Along!, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at the Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 Coast Highway.

Creative play, songs, puppets, baking and shared parenting experiences fill these Friday mornings. RSVP to [email protected]. for more information-(949) 499-0770


Grant Funds iPads for Fire Department

As part of a $500,000 county-wide grant, Laguna Beach firefighters and paramedics  were provided tablet type computers. They will use the new iPads to document medical information at the scene and transmit it to the receiving hospital so emergency room staff can prepare for the patient’s condition and treatment before rescuers arrive at the hospital.


Three Police Officers Receive Promotions

For demonstration of broad expertise and leadership skills Becky White, Darrel Short and Matt Meadows have been assigned the position of corporal.


Cub Scouts Check Out the Fire Station

First graders in Laguna’s Pack 35 Tiger Den were given a tour of the Agate Street fire station earlier this month by Captain Ganger, Firefighter Rolfe, Engineer Priest and Firefighter Cary.

The scouts learned how fire engines work, what it’s like to live at the station and how the firefighters serve the community.

Afterward they put in their own service, picking up trash on the beach.

 Scouts learn the ropes from a firefighter.
Scouts learn the ropes from firefighters.



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