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Radio HAMS to hold field day

Laguna Beach amateur radio operators, known as "hams," will demonstrate how they can communicate to other radio operators for a 24-hour period from 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The radios used in the event will be solar-powered, according to a statement from Chief Radio Officer John Kountz.

The radio station will be set up along the fire road between Moulton Meadows Park and Top of the World, and will mark the American Radio Relay League's Field Day, considered the world's largest on-air activity since 1933. The Laguna Beach hams have participated in the event for the past 12 years.

Everyone is invited to participate and learn to communicate virtually anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

Information about becoming an FCC-licensed amateur radio operator will be available. For more information, contact Kountz at (949) 494-8783.


Laguna Beach Live! benefits from fund

The Crevier Donor Advised fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation has given Laguna Beach Live! a $2,000 donation. The award was presented by Laura Tarbox, chairwoman of the foundation, according to a news release.

Lucinda Prewitt, president of Laguna Beach Live! received the donation at a recent Jazz Wednesdays concert at Hotel Laguna.


Laguna Beach Live! has named Joe Becker, a retired entrepreneur, as the latest addition to its board. The organization is dedicated to b ringing professional live music to Laguna Beach.

Becker's marketing skills and interest in writing, cooking, travel and music will make him an excellent addition to the board, according to a press statement from Laguna Beach Live.

Becker will join board members Tom Ellebie, Cody Engle, Paul Freeman, Sam Goldstein, Joe Hanauer, Judith Jelinek, Betsy Jenkins, Danny Melita, Elizabeth Pearson and Cindy Prewitt.


Groups may apply for tree-planting funds

California ReLeaf is providing funds to community groups for tree-planting projects on public land, through a contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire).

Applicants may receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 to pay for the cost of purchasing and planting trees on public land and maintaining them during the grant period, according to a press release.

Proposals must be postmarked by Aug. 1. Guidelines and an application are available at, by e-mailing and by calling (916) 497-0035.


Hiking book author to appear at Crystal Cove

Karin Klein, author of the newly released hiking guide, "50 Hikes in Orange County," will appear at Crystal Cove State Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 2 to discuss and sell her books. The event is sponsored by the Crystal Cove Alliance and proceeds will go to the Alliance.

The event will take place at The Store at Crystal Cove, in the historic cottage district near the Beachcomber Café.

Klein, a 28-year Laguna Beach resident, serves as a tidepool docent at Crystal Cove and a volunteer naturalist at wilderness parks in Orange County, where she leads hikes and educates people about native plants and their uses.

To visit The Store at Crystal Cove, park in the Los Trancos parking lot and either walk through the tunnel under the highway or take the tram to the historic cottage district. The Store is at No. 45 Crystal Cove.

—Compiled by Cindy Frazier

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