Briefly In The News: Top of the World plans potluck picnic

The Top of the World Neighborhood Assn. will hold its annual Neighborhood Picnic from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Alta Laguna Park. All are welcomed; you do not need to be a member to enjoy this meet-your-neighbor event, said Assn. President Piero Wemyss.

Neighbors will be bringing their favorite dish to participate in an old-fashioned potluck dinner, and there will be fun and games for the kids. In addition, the fire department will be on hand for a fire hose demonstration.


Skateboarding proposals presented

The Laguna Beach Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to consider possible restrictions on skateboarding within the city. The meeting will be held at the Top of the World Elementary School multipurpose room, 21601 Tree Top Lane. The Skateboarding Issues Subcommittee has prepared a final report including proposed ordinance provisions. The report and meeting agenda are available on the city's website at

The PTC Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council and final recommendations will be forwarded to the council at a future date. The meeting is open to the public. Comments and questions may be directed to Liz Vazquez-Avila, Public Works Department, at (949) 497-0344 or via e-mail at


Woman's Club invites prospective members

The Woman's Club of Laguna Beach is holding a Networking Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the club, 286 St. Ann's Drive. Members and non-members are invited to a fun and informal gathering, said President Gayle Waite. To attend, contact Denise Ballester at (949) 395-9914 or


Fundraising seminar offered

Laguna Beach Seniors and the Laguna Beach Community Foundation are co-sponsoring a free workshop, "Fundraising in the New Economy — How is it done?" from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4. in the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. This workshop will address the following fundraising techniques: major gifts, planned gifts, the important role of the board and raffles. All 501 (c)(3) exempt organizations and other interested exempt organizations are welcome. Please RSVP to (949) 315-9261 or

The workshop will include Amanda J. Ferrari, co-executive director of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation with more than 25 years of fundraising experience; Bill Steel, JD, an attorney, SchoolPower board member and chairman of the Community Campaign for 10 years, as well as chairman of the Ocean Institute for more than 20 years; and Susan Miller Hoover, vice president of major gifts at the Ocean Institute. The panel will provide information on the importance of developing and nurturing key relationships with donors. They will take the mystery out of planned gifts and show how simple it can really be. There will also be an in-depth discussion of the dos and don'ts of raffles. For more information visit

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