PTA Coffee Break topic ‘mindfulness’

The next PTA Coffee Break, from 8:15 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 17 at the Surf and Sand Hotel, will introduce parents to the Mindfulness Tool Kit, which teaches parents to help children minimize distraction and maximize focus.

The speaker, Susan Kaiser Greenland, is the founder of InnerKids. She will also discuss mindfulness training, including recent research at UCLA that shows how the training rewires new connections in the brain that lead to calmness and stress reduction.

A $5 donation is suggested to help defray costs for coffee and muffins. For more information, call Judith Anderson at (949) 494-0447 or e-mail


Baha’i award deadline nears

The deadline for nominations in the second annual Baha’i community of Laguna Beach service award scholarship competition for fifth- through 12th-grade students of the Laguna Beach Unified School District is Jan. 18.

The awards will be presented at the Artists’ Theatre on Feb. 28.

There will be two Top of the World fifth-graders, two El Morro fifth-graders, four Thurston students and four Laguna Beach High students selected, along with four faculty members (one from each school).


Nominations may be submitted for candidates who provide a sustained effort of service to the community. For more information on how to apply, call (949) 494-3083, ext. 4, or e-mail

SchoolPower seeks assistance

SchoolPower is seeking underwriters and auction items for its 2007 Annual Dinner Dance and Auction, scheduled for April 28 at the Montage Resort & Spa.

Last year, SchoolPower auctioned off vacation homes, artwork, sports tickets, electronics, clothes, fine wines, party venues, spa and beauty treatments, photography, entertainment and more. Underwriting helps cover the costs of the event, such as invitations and flowers.

All donations to SchoolPower are tax deductible; to make a donation, call (949) 494-6811 or e-mail