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LAGUNA BEACH : Fire Anniversary ‘Family Night’ Set

A “family night” for residents affected by last year’s firestorms will be held Aug. 24.

The event is aimed at parents who want to learn how to help their children heal and regain confidence after the traumatizing events of last fall.

It is sponsored by Laguna Cares, a program of Laguna Beach Community Clinic, and will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m at the First Methodist Church of Laguna Beach, 21632 Wesley Drive.

“We will focus on what’s going to happen around the anniversary of the fires,” said Laguna Cares outreach supervisor David Bishop. “It’s going to be an emotional time.”

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Speakers will tell parents how to balance their time between dealing with their own problems--such as insurance matters and the rebuilding process--and meeting their children’s emotional needs.

There will be a slide presentation on how young survivors of other fires have dealt with their stress through artwork.

A clown and storytellers will be on hand to entertain children, and children can participate in making arts and crafts.

Admission is free, but advance reservations are requested.

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For reservations, call Laguna Cares at (714) 376-2141.


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