Torah Factory visits Chabad center

The Torah Factory is coming to the Chabad Jewish Center in Laguna Beach at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

The Torah Factory is a hands-on workshop for children ages 8-13 in preparation for the holiday of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mt. Sinai 3,319 years ago.

This workshop is about the ancient art of biblical calligraphy and scroll making, and gives participants the opportunity to view samples illustrating the process of making a Torah scroll, from the raw hide, through tanning and sanding, until the parchment is completed.


Participants will write the ancient Hebrew letters with their own goose quills, creating their own take-home souvenirs.

A Jewish Memory Game Show completes the learning experience as contestants uncover a secret Jewish message through matching Judaic pictures.

The workshop costs $10 and reservations should be made to Chabad at (949) 499-0770.

Church seeks cell phones, toner cartridges


Old cell phones or ink and toner cartridges may be turned into scholarships to Laguna Presbyterian Preschool and Youth Department through a recycling program.

Items can be dropped off in the white “recycle” boxes on Sunday mornings between 9 a.m. and noon, or in the church or preschool offices.

Laguna Presbyterian Church is located on Second Street, between Forest Avenue and Mermaid Street. For more information, call the church office at (949) 494-7555 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Hurricane Katrina relief concert to be Sunday

The Amici d’Amelia ensemble will present a concert at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. Sunday to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina relief.

All proceeds will be donated to Camp Coast Care, Mississippi. Suggested minimum donation is $10 at the door.

St. Mary’s is located at 428 Park Ave., Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949)494-3542.