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Bicyclists to roll through town

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is advising residents of Laguna Beach to be aware that 2,500 people will be riding their bicycles along Pacific Coast Highway, with a rest stop at Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach, on Saturday morning, as part of the 28th annual Land Rover Miramar Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour. The cycling charity fundraiser is expected to raise $2.3 million for research and programs and services for people with MS.

Cyclists will begin their ride at 7 a.m. in Irvine and will continue through the UC Irvine campus toward Newport Beach. The route will continue through Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach on some city streets, including Pacific Coast Highway. Riders will continue their trek through Dana Point, Doheny State Park, San Clemente, past San Onofre and through Camp Pendleton to Carlsbad.

Registration is still open, and information is available at


Recycling center tour set

Transition Laguna Beach's Waste & Recycle Group is planning a tour of Waste Management's Material Recovery Facility at 16122 Construction Circle East, Irvine from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct 22. Anybody who is interested in what happens to your recyclables is welcome to join. For more information, contact


Beach wheelchair donated to city

Laguna Beach now has two beach wheelchairs to offer visitors, according to City Manager Ken Frank. Pat Demar, founder of the California Beach Wheelchair Program, has donated an additional beach wheelchair to the Department of Marine Safety, in memory of Joseph Demartines, Frank announced in his Friday Update of Oct. 8.

Demar began the program in 1993 and has donated more than 35 beach wheelchairs to California coastal communities. This wheelchair along with one other is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week at Marine Safety Headquarters on a first-come, first-served basis.


Donations sought for Hunger Week

Planning for the second annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week food drive and Hunger Bowl event is under way by members of the City's Housing & Human Services Committee and the Laguna Relief & Resource Coalition. The event takes place from Nov. 1 to 7.

With the goal of collecting 50,000 pounds of non-perishable food for the homeless and families in need, organizers are requesting community members to donate food and other items during the month of October at collection sites at local businesses, churches and schools.

This year Waste Management of Orange County is supporting our effort by providing collection bins and transporting the food to the Resource Center's food bank in Laguna Canyon. Waste Management is also coordinating a residential food donation pick-up program in designated neighborhoods throughout the city on Wednesday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. For more information about the food drive, e-mail

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