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South Laguna garden expanding

The South Laguna Community Garden is expanding into a lower section, according to garden organizer Ann Christoph. The expansion will mean that more plots will be available after stairs and planters are built, in addition to fencing and other work. A garden work day is at 9 a.m. Feb. 26. Prospective gardeners and others are invited to help. Early participants will have first choice of garden plots, according to Christoph.

The garden, at Eagle Rock and Virginia Way, has received three awards since opening in December, 2009. For more information, call Bill Rihn, president of the South Laguna Civic Assn., (949) 415-1312 or visit


Vietnam veterans to march in parade

Local Vietnam veterans have reserved a position in the March 5 Patriot's Day Parade in Laguna Beach, according to Patrick Freeman. Organizers are seeking area veterans to participate in forming a group to walk in the parade. This group has participated in the parade since 1985.

Veterans are encouraged to wear old uniforms. The group will form between 9 and 10 a.m. near Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Ave. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and covers about six blocks of downtown Laguna Beach. To locate the group, visit the check-in booth at the corner of Park Avenue and Short Street. Following the parade, the group will gather at the Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach. For more information, call Freeman, (949) 494-7572 or email


Alliance to hold grant seminar

The Laguna Beach Community Alliance hosts a workshop, "Proposal Power," in conjunction with Ed 21, an educational nonprofit, on how to write a grant proposal. The event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at the Laguna Beach Woman's Club, 286 St. Ann's Drive. To attend, call Elsa Brizzi at (949) 376-1806 or e-mail Seating is limited to 25 and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Info Expo planned in May

The Laguna Beach Community Alliance holds its second annual Info Expo on May 7 in the Laguna Beach Farmer's Market parking lot. Groups will have an opportunity to greet one another, meet the public and make their presence known.

Group representatives may bring a card table and two chairs, plus hand-outs. Spaces may be decorated with banners and signs, but no umbrellas or overhead coverings are allowed. Spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To obtain a space, register at Last year more than 60 groups participated.

For more information, call the Laguna Beach Woman's Club at (949) 497-1200. An Expo planning meeting will take place at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Club, 286 St. Ann's Drive.

— Compiled by Cindy Frazier

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