Mothers of newborns to 6-year-old children, or who are about to become one, are invited to the MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) Welcome Brunch at 9:16 a.m. Thursday in the parlor at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. Child care is provided at no cost.

MOPS is an inclusive group for mothers and their young children, a place where moms can socialize, eat, listen to a speaker, learn and rejuvenate while their children are being taken care of.

MOPS is for all women, regardless of race, religion or marital status. Memberships are $95 for a mom and $125 for a mom with child per semester.

Confidential scholarships are available.

Laguna Beach MOPS will start in September and the coordinators are encouraging interested women to attend the complimentary welcome brunch.

To reserve a place for the brunch or for more information, call Lessard at (949) 497-2436 or Sekerka at (949) 415-1501 or visit www.lagunabeachmops.com.

Girl Scout enrollment begins

May is spring renewal for the Girl Scouts, and the troops of Laguna Beach are looking for new and renewing girls in K-12 for the fall.

Anyone interested in joining the Girl Scouts, or any parent volunteers who are available to assist the troops and programs, should contact Stephanie at (949) 454-2913 or stephanie.andrews@cox.net.

Patrico is Student of the Month

Laguna Beach High School senior Sophia Patrico was recently honored as Student of the Month at a luncheon held by the Laguna Beach Rotary Club.

She was accompanied by her teacher, Gary Shapiro, who extolled her skills in mathematics.

Her excellent qualifications have granted her acceptance at Claremont McKenna College, where she plans to pursue an interdisciplinary major.

Adolescence expert appears

Clinical psychologist and author Michael Bradley recently spoke to more than 120 parents at the last Coffee Break about his recent book, "Yes, Your Teen is Crazy: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind" and to answers questions and concerns about teens in Laguna.

During a 90-minute workshop, the expert on adolescent behavior explained the teenage brain, modern environment and provided parents with helpful information, tools and his own "10 Commandments."

For parents who missed the event but would like to learn more, visit www.docmikebradley.com.

TOW kids swap books to recycle

Students at Top of the World Elementary School recently participated in a book swap designed to save money and resources by swapping books.

The kids swapped more than 2,600 books and donated an additional 1,200 to the Orange County Literacy Project.

"The 3 Rs are in full force at Top of the World," event Chairwoman Jennifer Baker said.

The book swap is in its third year at Top of the World Elementary after Baker, also a parent, introduced the concept to the school in 2006.

"I saw students participating in a book swap in the Capistrano Unified School District where I teach, and I knew our students would really enjoy and benefit from this opportunity at TOW," she said. "Our book swap has grown from around 1,000 books swapped in the first year to more than 2,600 books swapped this year."