FRIDAY: Enjoy Hershey Felder's portrayal of "Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein," at Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are $35 to $70. Regular Performances 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees; 2 p.m. Thursday matinee. For more information, call (949) 497-2787 or visit http://www.LagunaPlayhouse.com. January 9 – February 6, 2011
SATURDAY: Help restore trails and other park facilities damaged during the recent rainstorms by joining Keep It Wild Volunteer Day from 8 to 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff with restoration projects. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Reservations required by calling (949) 923-2235. Free (parking fee waived).
SUNDAY: Learn about contemporary performance art from noted art historian Wayne Roosa at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. Roosa will examine the concept of "Sacred Discontent," comparing contemporary performance and video art in parallel with the ancient tradition of Old Testament prophetic acts. For more information, call (949) 494-7555 or visit http://www.lagunapreschurch.org
Garden Conservancy Speaker
Hear a presentation titled, "Safeguarding America's Most Exceptional Gardens" at the 9:30 a.m. meeting of the Laguna Beach Garden Club at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Drive. Antonia Adezio, president of the National Garden Conservancy, will speak and share a slide show about gardens saved through her group's efforts. The meeting is free one time for guests.
The Laguna Beach Rotary Club meets at noon at Aliso Creek Inn & Lodge, 31106 S. Coast Hwy. Anyone interested in attending should e-mail LagunaBeachRotary@cox.net. Lunch is served and the cost is $20. For more information about Rotary, visit http://www.lagunabeachrotary.com.
Meet Jane Porter, author of "She's Gone Country," at 7 p.m. at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 494-4779.
Lynda Roth Benefit
Join No Square Theatre and Friends of Lynda Roth in a benefit concert at 3 p.m. at the Forum Theatre, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Roth, a noted local musician and composer, has been battling cancer. Tickets are $50 and include an eclectic afternoon of music. Donations may be made, tickets obtained and seats reserved by credit card through http://lyndaroth.tix.com. For more information call Karen Ellis, (949) 497-8350.
Tuesday through March 8
Join a Great Decisions Discussion Group, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Assn., beginning at 1:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 429 Cypress Drive, Laguna Beach. The discussions provide in-depth knowledge of Foreign Policy issues and are offered by the League of Women Voters and the Social Action Committee of the UU Fellowship. Meetings occur on the first and third Tuesday of each month for eight sessions. Those interested in the afternoon session may call Bill Foster, (949) 494-7358. Jean Raun is contact person for the evening session, (949) 494-2247.
PTA Coffee Break
Join a panel discussion on navigating the college admissions process. "Getting In Without Freaking Out" sponsored by the PTA Coffee Break from 8:15 to 10 a.m. at the Surf and Sand Resort. Panelists include professional college admissions counselors Lisa McLaughlin and Kristen Thomas, several parents who have launched children into colleges, Regional Occupational Program specialist Susie Speirs and staff from Laguna Beach High School. Cost is $5 and includes coffee, pastries, fellowship and enlightenment.
Taxes And Estates
Local tax and estate planning attorneys Leslie Daff and Randy Gardner will provide a free update on the new income and estate tax laws, changes to consider in estate plans, and duties and responsibilities of successor trustees from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Hotel Laguna (includes breakfast). Seating is limited. RSVP to LDaff@estateplaninc.com.
Swedish Film To Be Screened
"Among Us," a film from Sweden with a mystical theme, will e presented by the Laguna Beach Film Society at 7 p.m. at the South Coast Cinema. Starring Michael Nvquist, the film explores what happens when cold reality collides with the magical. Tickets are $15 at the door, and $10 for students with ID. For $20, meet with the Film Society members at 6 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank Community Room before the film for hors d'oeuvres and wine. For membership information contact JoAnne Story at (949) 494-8971 ext. 201 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Seniors Ping Pong
Seniors are welcome to participate in table top tennis, or ping pong, from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the multipurpose room at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. Bring your own paddle or use one of ours. Participants must wear non-skidding shoes. Free. To register, call (949) 497-2441.