Spirit of Laguna Awards

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Spirit of Laguna Awards Dinner and installation of its 2012 board of directors from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

Design Floral Arrangements

Floral designer Debby Neville will teach how to beautify your home and table with flowers at a class from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. Other classes will be Feb. 3 and 10. The cost is $20 per class plus supplies. For more information, call (949) 497-2441.


Opera Tenor Concert

Stephen Fischman, an opera-trained tenor, will perform a concert of songs and tenor arias at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach, 429 Cypress Drive. Music will be sung in English and Italian. Admission is $15.

Concert Season Announced

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and President Dean Corey will announce the 2012-13 concert season lineup at 4 p.m. at Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. Space is limited. RSVP by Jan. 23 to or (949) 553-2422 ext. 230.

'Be Your Own Best Raw Food Chef'

Raw foods expert Yolande Roy will present a cooking class that will teach how to create quick and healthy raw meals. Sponsored by Transition Laguna, the class is at 11 a.m. at 415, Loma Terrace. The cost is $30. Call Roy at (917) 392-4722 to register.


Cabaret Series

Karen Gallinger and her jazz trio will play at Laguna Nursery's Cabaret Series at 6 p.m. at the nursery, 1370 S. Coast Hwy. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. To purchase tickets, call (949) 494-5200.


Parents-Only Presentation

The Laguna Beach Unified School District and California Youth Services present the second of a four-part series, "The Reality of Orange County Teens: What Every Parent Should Know," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Artists' Theatre. The presentation is for parents only. If interested, email Assistant Principal Bob Billinger at


Candlelight Yoga

SEEDS Art and Education, Inc. offers holistic yoga and wellness classes by candlelight from 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Get rested and relaxed through light stretching, gentle yoga poses and conscious breathing under the glow of candles. A monthly pass is $50; drop-ins are $15. Friends of SEEDS are free. The class is at Anneliese Schools' Willowbrook Campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Road. To register, call (949) 533-9925.

Discussing Foreign Policy

The Great Decisions discussion group will meet at 1:30 p.m. to discuss promoting democracy, with Fran Hussenstamm as leader. The 7 p.m. meeting will discuss Middle East realignment with leader Elye Pitts. The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach, 429 Cypress.


Winter Jazz Series

Grammy Award winner Bill Cunliffe will perform at the next Laguna Beach Live! winter jazz concert at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Laguna. Doors open at 5 p.m., with drinks and food available to buy. Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door. Reservations can be made at

Feb. 3

Candlemaking Class

The Susi Q Senior Center and Pure Light Studios are offering a candlemaking class from 9 to 10 a.m. at the center, 380 Third St. Cost is $25.

Feb. 3 to Feb. 5

Folkdance Festival

Dance around the world with live and recorded music at the 42nd annual Laguna Beach Folkdance Festival at Ensign School Gym, 2000 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. Master teachers Michael Ginsburg and Jerry Duke will lead workshops in dances of the Balkans and Americas. The festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 with a dance party. An all-weekend pass is $50 before Jan. 21 or $60 at the door. Checks can be mailed to Laguna Folkdancers, 1524 Vivian, Newport Beach, CA 92660. For more information, visit or call (949) 646-7082.

'The Work That Reconnects'

Scholar and eco-activist Joanna Macy will speak at a public lecture, followed by a weekend workshop. All events will be at Anneliese Schools' Willowbrook Campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Road. The lecture is 7 p.m. Feb. 3 and costs $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The weekend workshop, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 4 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5, costs $295 and includes meals. Register at

Feb. 4

Party For Outgoing Mayor

The Woman's Club of Laguna Beach will thank outgoing Mayor Toni Iseman for her service at an event from 4 to 7 p.m. at 286 St. Ann's Drive. As part of the event, Iseman has chosen to make it in part a fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Community Clinic. Enjoy music from Jason Feddy, wine, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Purchase tickets at For more information, call (949) 494-0761 ext. 134.

'Rocks and Fossils of Orange County'

The Weekend at the Nix Center program is back with "Rocks and Fossils of Orange County." From 1 to 4 p.m., learn to identify rocks and minerals, dig for fossils and more. Local geologist and teacher Maureen Angle will lead the program for ages 7 and older. The Nix Nature Center is in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. For more information, visit

Till Feb. 5

'Lonesome Traveler'

The Laguna Playhouse offers a world premiere event at the Rubicon Theatre of "Lonesome Traveler," a musical that takes the audience on a journey through American folk music. Tickets are $30 to $65. For showtimes and more information, call (949) 497-ARTS or visit

Feb. 8

Tom Hayden Speaks

The Laguna Beach Democratic Club presents activist and author Tom Hayden, who will speak on "The Year of the Protester — Carrying the Movement Forward at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach, 429 Cypress Drive. Parking is limited. For more information, call Marion Pack at (949) 922-3273 or email

Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden will have its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the game room of the Community Center, 380 Third St. The group will show vintage videos of the garden and home. Refreshments will be served.

Feb. 10

Garden Club Meets

The next meeting of the Laguna Beach Garden Club will also include a Valentine's silent auction and an exchange session for gardening secrets, where members and guests can discuss their successes in the garden. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in Tankersley Hall of the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. For more information, visit

St. Francis Business Meeting

The congregation at St. Francis By the Sea Chapel will hold its business meeting at 10 a.m. to elect new congregational officers and an interim bishop. If you can't attend but would like to vote, call (949) 357-0404 or email The meeting will be at 303 Broadway, Suite 107.

Shap Show

The Class of 2012 at Laguna Beach High School will present the 24th annual Shap Show, "No Suits Allowed," at 7:30 p.m. at the Artists' Theatre. A pre-dinner will be at Asada. Proceeds from the concert and dinner will benefit the class's Safe and Sober Grad Night. Tickets on sale the day of the event for $10 for students and $15 for adults. For more information, email Kerry Rubel at

Feb. 12

For the Love of Wine

A wine tasting fundraiser in support of Ebell Club Philanthropies will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lumberyard Restaurant, 384 Forest Ave. Tickets are $30 and include the tasting and a variety of appetizers. If you stay for dinner, the Lumberyard will donate 20% of the check to the club. To buy tickets, call Amy Altieri at (949) 637-1903 or email

Feb. 18

Chieftains 50th Anniversary Tour

Six-time Grammy winners the Chieftains will make their only Southern California stop on their 50th anniversary tour at 8 p.m. at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. The Chieftains are a popular traditional Irish music group. The show is general admission, with all tickets $48. For more information, visit

March 24

Hortense Miller Garden Open House

The Hortense Miller Garden will hold its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free shuttle service to the gardens will take off from the parking lot of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 635 High Drive. The event will feature tours of the house and garden, musical entertainment, art exhibits and more. Donations will be accepted. For more information, visit

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