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All-class alumni picnic planned

The annual all-class Laguna Beach High School alumni picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 at Heisler Park, Myrtle Street and Cliff Drive.

Teachers and alumni families are also welcome. Organizers ask that you bring lawn chairs, yearbooks and pictures to share.

For more information, call Wendy Potter at (949) 494-4295.


Grapes for Grads set for May 2

The fifth annual Grapes for Grads Wine Tasting and Scholarship Fundraiser, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. May 2 at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

The event, which aims to raise scholarship funds for continuing education students of Laguna Beach High School and Laguna College of Art & Design, will showcase wines from more than a dozen wineries and distributors.

A trio of promising young composers will provide live musical entertainment.


Students from LCAD will exhibit their work while performing live demonstrations in painting, animation, sculpture and digital media, giving guests the opportunity to preview works in progress and meet the student artists in a comfortable and informal setting.

A silent auction and opportunity drawing will offer each attendee the chance to shop and win.

Every completed event ticket stub provides entry into the opportunity drawing.

Advance tickets are $30 and can be bought at Tickets are $35 at the door. Cost includes unlimited wine tasting. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Golf Classic and dance benefit

SchoolPower’s 17th annual Golf Classic and dance will take place at 11 a.m. April 30 at Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club in San Clemente.

Non-golfers can join in for cocktails, dinner and dancing at 5:30 p.m.

Cost is $250 for a full day’s event, $75 for cocktails, dinner and dancing only.


For more information or to buy tickets, visit

My Hero Project film entries due

The MY HERO Project is looking for student reporters to create video stories about their heroes.

No experience is necessary; a team of award-winning documentary producers will help the young filmmakers tell their stories using state-of-the-art digital video equipment.

Five applicants will be chosen based on a short essay about their hero that they will submit through the MY HERO Create program, which guides them through text, images and links.

Students may also submit a short film, audio story or work of original art in addition to the essay.

Judges are looking for powerful first-person storytelling and detailed explanations of how the student has been inspired by a hero.

Special consideration will be given to stories that demonstrate ways young people can get involved in their own communities.


The goal of the project, sponsored by the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Inc., is to promote media literacy, character development and community involvement.

The deadline is May 1. Winners will be announced in June and the MY HERO team will work with the students during the summer.

The finished anthology will be distributed to schools, civic organizations and the media.

The stories will also be streamed on the MY HERO website for a global audience.

The MY HERO Project is a nonprofit educational web project that celebrates everyday heroes with an ever-growing archive of hero stories, artwork and short films from around the world.

Educators in 180 countries use this free resource to bring unique educational experiences to their classrooms.

For more information, or to submit an essay, visit

Scholarships, grants offered

The AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the Laguna Beach Branch of the American Assn. of University Women, is planning to award more than $20,000 to local programs relating to the education and needs of women and girls.

“The national AAUW mission is advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research," said Gail Sahara, branch co-president. “We encourage any local nonprofit group whose work supports that mission to apply for a grant."

AAUW-LBF invites local nonprofit organizations to submit an application for grants from $200 to $1,000 that address needs related to AAUW’s mission.

Successful applicants must submit a report documenting outcomes achieved through this funding. The deadline is April 30.

For more information, visit or call Marion Jacobs at (949) 494-4272.