Gate & Garden Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the gardens of Three Arch Bay from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour is a fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Garden Club. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased at Laguna Drug, 239 Broadway; Laguna Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Hwy.; Dana Point Nursery, 34100 Coast Hwy.; or at

Boutique Benefit Pre-Sale

Get a jump on the annual Boutique Benefit fundraiser, starting with happy hour from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway, Ste 101. Chat with members of the organizations that will benefit from the fundraiser. Then, from 6 to 8 p.m., get first pick of the sale items at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.

Prayer Fridays

Deborah Sakach will lead the Prayer of Examen, a unique style of prayer, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church Parlor, 415 Forest Ave. For more information, contact Ceil Sharman at (949) 494-7657.


Boutique Benefit

The sixth annual Boutique Benefit will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. Admission is $2. New and gently used clothing will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Laguna Relief & Resource Center, Women for Women International and Friendship Shelter.

Cinco de Mayo

The South County Crosscultural Council will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration, an evening of food, drinks and live music, from 5 to 10 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Lang Park, 21540 Wesley Drive. Admission is $10; children are free. For tickets, call (949) 510-9675.

'Cathexis' Fundraiser

A fundraiser to help restore Steven Harmon's "Cathexis" sculpture in Riddle Park will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at John Alabaster's studio, 20532 Sun Valley Drive. For more information, contact Alice Harmon at (949) 494-8219 or

Art Classes

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts presents "Art and Sea Lions," a tour and art class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. Adults $20; kids ages 6 or older $15. Register at or call (949)363-4700.


Teaching Artists Showcase

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts will present a Teaching Artists Showcase from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, 31106 S. Coast Hwy. The event helps support art education services provided for the community. Tickets are $35 and are available at or by calling (949) 363-4700.

Egly's Campaign Launch

Mayor Jane Egly is launching her reelection campaign at a kick-off party from 4 to 6 p.m. at Madison Square Cafe, 320 N. Coast Hwy. Admission is $35.


Ladies Who Lunch ... And Read

The Friends of the Laguna Beach Library will hold the eighth annual Ladies Who Lunch ... And Read luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Three Seventy Common, 370 Glenneyre. There will be prizes for the best hats and a raffle. Send a check for $55 to The Friends of the Library, 1310 Moorea Way, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, visit or call (949) 376-5135.

Celebrate Education

Learn about the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania at 6 p.m. at the Laguna beach UMC, 21632 Wesley Drive. For more information about the program, visit


Democratic Club

The Laguna Beach Democratic Club hosts Nathan Gonzeles, who will speak on "Iran: How great is the threat?" at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Drive. For more information contact Marion Pack, (949) 922-3273.

Marriage Counseling

"Kabballah of Marriage: Ancient Marriage Secrets Revealed," a six-session course by JLI Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, will take place at 7 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 499-0770.

May 11

Crisis Communication Workshop

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce presents its Business Breakfast Series #2, a "Crisis Communication Workshop," from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 S. Coast Hwy. The workshop will talk about how to deal with intense media scrutiny in a crisis. Tickets are $15 for members, $25 for non-members. RSVP to (949) 494-1018 or

Laguna Beach Garden Club

Nursery owner and horticulturist Robin Parer will speak at the next Laguna Beach Garden Club meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in Tankersley Hall at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. For more information, visit

May 12

Plein Air Painting

SEEDS Arts and Education, Inc. has partnered with Hortense Miller Garden and artist Doug Stotts to provide a plein air painting class for kids ages 8 to 12 at the garden, 22511 Allview Terrace. The class will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $25. For more information, visit

Compost giveaway

The annual Laguna Beach Compost Giveaway will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Act V Lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. This is a self-service event; bring gloves and shovels;sandbags will be provided. For more information, contact Liz Vazquez-Avila at (949) 497-0344 .

May 16

Author Lecture

Best-selling author Richard Louv will speak at 7 p.m. at Anneliese Schools' Willowbrook Campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Road. The cost is $25. Louv wrote "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle." Register to attend at

Art of Giving Gala

The Boys & Girls Club is hosting the 12th annual Art of Giving Gala from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Montage, 30801 S. Coast Hwy. Sponsorships and tickets are available by contacting Michelle Ray at (949) 494-2535 ext. 103 or

May 17

Taste for Charity

The Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates is hosting the 17th annual Taste for Charity from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, 31106 S. Coast Hwy. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door. For more information, call (949) 497-2474.

Laguna Beach Business Club

Member Mark Meisberger will speak at the monthly meeting from 7:30 to 9 Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. Guest fee $25. For more information, visit

May 18

State Of The City

Mayor Jane Egly will give an overview on what's ahead for Laguna Beach at the annual State of the City address from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Montage, 30801 S. Coast Hwy. Tickets are $45. For more information, call (949) 494-1018 or email

Rohrabacher Speaks

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher will speak at 6 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn.'s annual dinner meeting at the home of Judy and Don Josephson, 1685 Del Mar. Cost is $60, or $50 if you join the association. RSVP by May 11 and send a check to PO Box 404, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. For more information, call Martha Lydick at (949) 497-7053.

May 19

Family Surf Fishing Clinic

Professional angler Bill Varney hosts a Family Surf Fishing Clinic at 7 a.m. at Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Hwy. Eighteen and older need fishing license; $15 day-use fee. Reservations required at

Till May 20

House of Design

Tour the Philharmonic's House of Design, beneifiting youth music education programs, with shuttles leaving from 34111 Selva Road, Dana Point. For days, times and ticket information, visit or call (714) 840-7542.

'Tickled Pink'

"Tickled Pink," written by Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman, is debuting at the Laguna Playhouse. Tickets are $30 to $70. For showtimes and more information, visit or call (949) 497-ARTS.

May 22

Safe From the Start

The Safe From the Start Program, a workshop about shielding children from violence, will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, contact

May 23

Monthly Book Club

Laguna Beach Books hosts its monthly book club discussion at 6:30 p.m. The book discussed will be "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. Book club is usually on the third Wednesday of the month (May is the exception). For more information, call (949) 494-4779 or visit

May 24

Proposal Power

A Proposal Power workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Assistance League of Laguna Beach, 547 Catalina St. The cost for the daylong workshop is $95, which includes lunch, class materials and a book. For more information, email

Till May 25

'It's Your Money'

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation is putting on a free, eight-week "It's Your Money" series from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Fridays in the Community Room at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. The series will be moderated by Peter Kote. To register, email

June 3

Taste Of The Nation

Montage Laguna Beach hosts the second annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation. Attendees will enjoy great food, wine, signature cocktails and live music. All the proceeds go to help end childhood hunger. For more information, visit

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