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Tax issues for nonprofits discussed

Laguna Beach nonprofits are invited to a free seminar on pitfalls regarding sales tax, raffles, lotteries and unrelated business income sponsored by the Laguna Beach Seniors and Laguna Beach Community Foundation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. July 18 at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St.

Accountant Robert Gamez will moderate, and two representatives of the California State Board of Equalization will discuss the issues and the need for sales tax reporting by nonprofits. The panel will also review 990 rules and bookkeeping.

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Vets, 'Mr. Laguna,' tribute dinner set

A tribute dinner for veterans and a special tribute to Harry Lawrence, known as "Mr. Laguna" for his many contributions to Laguna Beach, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 21 at the Laguna Beach Woman's Club, 286 St. Ann's Drive.

Service people who have returned from deployment or who are heading to service will be admitted free. The event is being organized by Lawrence's wife, Zahide Lawrence.

Community members are invited to donate a minimum of $20 toward a memorialization on the Remembrance Wall at the VFW Post 5868. To donate and make a reservation, call Arnie Silverman, senior vice commander, at (949) 643-5534, or Bill Kremer at (949) 494-8616.


Katsuya opens at former Hush site

Katsuya, a new restaurant in Laguna Beach, will hold its grand opening Friday at 858 S. Coast Hwy. The restaurant is in the former location of Hush, and will offer sushi and other Japanese fare.

The restaurant is the sixth collaboration between Sam Nazarian, French designer Philippe Starck and master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi, according to a press release. Local architect Morris Skenderian & Associates helped develop the site.

The restaurant will open for lunch July 25. For more information, visit


Faith communities invited to view film

St. Mary's Episcopal Church is screening the documentary film "Out of Cordoba" from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church, 428 Park Ave. The film is about the Spanish city of Cordoba and details the life stories of a Muslim and a Jew, Averroes and Moses Maimodindes, respectively, who were religious leaders in their time. Director Jacob Bender will lead a discussion after the movie. Admission is free. For information, call Rev. Elizabeth Rechter at (949) 494-3542.


'The Deck' opens at Pacific Edge

Pacific Edge Hotel has opened a new, 160-seat beachside restaurant, The Deck, at 647 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. The location provides patrons views of beach activities and steaks, seafood, burgers, drinks and other menu items. Cabanas are available, as are massages, spray tanning sessions and personal photographers.

The Deck is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily, with a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. For information, call (949) 494-6700 or visit


Rach chairs cancer ball

Micki Rach of Laguna Beach is organizing the American Cancer Society's OC Baron's Ball, "USO Tour of Hope," 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Santa Ana Country Club in Newport Beach.

Tickets are $200 and the event features live entertainment in the style of the Andrews Sisters, silent and live auctions, and food reminiscent of what was served in the 1940s. Guests are invited to dress in 1940s style.

Proceeds will fund patient services and education programs for Orange County residents, according to the American Cancer Society.

For tickets or more information, call (949) 261-9446, option 3, or visit

—Cindy Frazier

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