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Fight against human trafficking training set

Hennessey’s Tavern will host a training session for those interested in fighting human trafficking from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the bar, 213 Ocean Ave.

During First Thursday’s Art Walk Aug. 6, Redemption Church, along with Skylab Modern Art Gallery, Live2Free, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and Hennessey’s put on a benefit event to help stop human trafficking.

The Sunday event topics will include “Human Trafficking — What It Is, What It Involves and How To Identify It and Its Victims.” Speakers will include: a human trafficking survivor, a specialist from the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, an ICE Agent and representative from Lydia Today and Live2Free. For more information, e-mail Lynda Bryant at or visit,,


Woodstock alums invited to 40th reunion Saturday

Anyone who was part of the Woodstock Musical Festival in 1969 is invited to join a Woodstock 40th Anniversary Reunion from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave.

The event will be hosted by Coastline Pilot City Editor Cindy Frazier, who is a Woodstock alumna. Frazier will be collecting stories and memories from the event, and a videographer will be on hand to record memories to be posted on the newspaper’s website. Any memorabilia to share would also be welcome, as well as clothing from the period. (Frazier promises to wear tie-dye, but a headband is optional.)

There will also be giveaways and a free “peace” hand stamp for everyone. For more information, call Frazier at (949) 380-4321 or e-mail


Fire Chief Macey announces retirement

Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Macey has announced his plan to retire after 30 years of service effective Dec. 31.

Macey started his career in 1977 and served with both the San Clemente and Newport Beach Fire Departments before coming to the Laguna Beach Fire Department in 2002. Mike has served as the city’s fire chief since May 2005.

“Chief Macey has done an outstanding job,” said City Manager Ken Frank. “While he will be missed, the community is fortunate that the Fire Department has an experienced, capable management team to ensure that excellent service will be continued.”

Recruitment for the next fire chief will start immediately with an initial focus on in-house candidates who may be interested in that promotional opportunity.

Health care to be topic for former Sen. Joe Dunn

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach will host former state Sen. Joe Dunn at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, speaking on “Will Health Care Improve After Reform?” Dunn, who served the 34th District for eight years, is currently chief executive of the California Medical Assn.

The public is invited to the Fellowship, 329 Cypress Drive.


Laguna post office on list of those that may close

South Laguna may lose its post office. About 700 post offices around the country are being considered for closing and the South Laguna station is on the list, according to City Manager Ken Frank.

“The station loses money each month because of the salaries and rent of the space,” Frank stated in the Aug. 7 city manager’s update.

About one-third of the stations on the list are expected to be closed, he added.

Seeman stainless steel art to be dedicated

Jon Seeman’s stainless steel gate at Bluebird Park will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Aug. 23 by the Laguna Beach Arts Commission, Frank announced.

The gate includes kinetic elements of bluebirds in flight and was funded by the lodging establishments and city of Laguna Beach.