FRIDAY: Amy Stewart, bestselling author and speaker on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, will appear at the 9:30 a.m. Laguna Beach Garden Club meeting at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Drive. Following a 45-minute lecture, Stewart will sign purchased copies of "Wicked Bugs" and her previous book "Wicked Plants." Both books will be available for purchase from a representative of Latitude 33 Bookstore. Club members and guests should arrive by 9:30 a.m. Those who only want to hear Stewart should arrive by 10:20 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org.
SATURDAY: The Laguna Beach Methodist Art Assn. hosts an art show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Laguna Beach Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Drive. The Painting Group has been meeting weekly and painting for 25 years.
SUNDAY: The 39th annual Charm House Tour starts at noon at the Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Buses will transport visitors to the homes and back to the grounds. Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 on Sunday. For more information, call (949) 472-7503 or visit http://www.villagelaguna.org.
Social Networking Class
Learn about social networking from 1 to 3 p.m. with Sharon Fong at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. For more information, call (949) 497-2441.
Friday to May 22
Lagunatics junior set the LagunaTots take the stage at
7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and
6 p.m. Sundays at No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children and seniors at nosquare.org. Topics include skateboarding, state testing, the Boys & Girls Club and the new RV park at El Morro Bay.
Friday to July 1
Poetry Writing Workshop
Learn the qualities and literary techniques used in poems from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays at the Susi Q, 380 Third St. A nurturing environment for sharing new poems will be provided along with constructive discussion to assist each writer in revising their poems. Cost is $120. For more information, call (949) 497-2441.
Spring Floral Design Class
Debby Neville, floral design instructor, will teach attendees from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fridays. The cost is $45 per class, which includes all materials.
Women's Self-Defense Class
A women's self-defense class is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Lang Park gymnasium, 21540 Wesley Drive. The class is appropriate for mature teens and adults, encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety and gives them the tools by teaching effective easily learned self-defense techniques. The instructors are Patricia Cooper and Danielle Ducharme. Cost is $64; register at the Laguna Beach Community Services, 515 Forest Ave. Fore more information, e-mail email@example.com, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net or call (949) 497-0716, ext. 6.
Local author Gini Warner will sign her new book, "The Gluten-Free Edge: Get Skinny the Gluten-Free Way!" at 4 p.m. at Latitude 33, 311 Ocean Ave. She will be joined by Chef Ross Harris. They will be providing gluten-free snacks and wine. Visit http://www.healthbygini.com for more information. Or call the bookstore at (949) 494-5403.
Residents can receive free compost 8 a.m. to noon at the Act V Lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. This is a self-service event. Empty sand bags will be provided, which residents can fill with compost. There will be a limit of six bags (about 80 pounds) per household. Distributions are on a first come first serve basis for Laguna Beach residents only.
Seedlings For Sale
Transition Laguna Beach Food group will sell vegetable seedlings at the Farmers Market. Selection include tomatoes, peppers, arugula, herbs, Swiss chard, lettuce, cilantro and squash plants to get your summer garden growing. Many of the seedlings are from seeds harvested in Laguna, and all have been grown organically here in Laguna.
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts a sunset mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Retreat, 729 Gaviota Drive. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
Flood Control Presentation
Kevin Onuma from the Orange County Public Works Department will give a presentation on flood control issues in Laguna Beach at the Laguna Beach Business Club breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Hotel Laguna, 425 S, Coast Hwy. The cost is $25 for a full buffet breakfast. Reservations are required. Contact President John Campbell at JL.Campbell@verizon.net or Gil Thibault at GGThibault@aol.com.
Time To Organize
Judy Hoyt Pettigrew will demonstrate how to collect, catalogue and communicate not only financial plans, but life plan goals and final arrangement wishes for free from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (949) 497-2441.
The Interfaith Council meets at
3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, rotating between congregations. The council's mission is to further communication and cooperation among the Laguna Beach faith groups and among other institutions and community social service agencies in order to better serve the needs of the community, especially the poor, sick and disenfranchised.
A documentary following Sawdust Art Festival artists, employees and visitors during the 2010 season will screen at 7 p.m. at South Coast Cinema, 162 S. Coast Hwy. A pre-show reception will take place at 6 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank, Community Room, 260 Ocean Ave., and includes wine and hors d'oeuvres. The screening and reception are free to Laguna Beach Film Society members, $20 for guests and public. For more information about the screening, contact JoAnne Story at (949) 494-8971 ext. 201 or jstory@LagunaArtMuseum.org.