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Weekly update from city manager

•The Friends of Laguna Beach Dog Park have donated five refurbished benches and five mature sycamore trees to the park. City staff has recently installed the benches and planted the trees, which will help shade areas of the park.

• The city's Energy Efficient Units Project began in early October and includes new lighting at City Hall, the Glenneyre and Mermaid parking structures, fire stations and the Corporation Yard. The work was scheduled to be finished by Jan. 1, but the project is a month ahead of schedule.

•The Orange County Transportation Authority's Measure M grant program awarded Laguna Beach an Environmental Cleanup Program grant for $100,000. The money will go to help protect the ocean from transportation-related pollution.

•OCTA and the city have been working together to promote the use of Laguna Beach Transit. OCTA's website now has a link to the city's website and lets users know that OCTA passengers can transfer to Laguna Beach Transit for free. For more information, visit


Art Walk proceeds go to Boys & Girls Club

A local store is celebrating its one-year anniversary by donating part of its proceeds Nov. 3 to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

EuroPapi, owned by clothing designer Rolando Ortiz, features a clothing line that incorporates motorcycle, scooter, skate and surf culture, according to a news release. Ortiz puts his art designs on streetwear like hoodies, tees, riding jackets, wristbands, helmets and more.

The showroom, at 688 S. Coast Hwy., will host an Art Walk event at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 3. Locals will receive a 20% discount on all purchases that night. EuroPapi products will be raffled off.

Ortiz chose the Boys & Girls Club as the evening's beneficiary to help show that his designs and apparel can be enjoyed by men, woman and children of all ages.

"Like surfer/skater apparel, the European motorcycle/scooter streetwear can also be worn by everyone who enjoys the artistic look of those lifestyles, not just those who participate in the sport," Ortiz said in a statement.

For more information, call (949) 715-2022 or visit


Food drive, World Hunger Bowl set for November

Laguna Beach will celebrate National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week from Tuesday to Nov. 7.

The Housing & Human Services Committee and the Laguna Relief & Resource Coalition have teamed up to plan a food drive and the World Hunger Bowl on Nov. 12. They are aiming to collect 50,000 pounds of non-perishable food.

The community may donate food at collection sites at area businesses, churches and schools, according to a news release. A central food collection bin is in the parking lot of Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Anne's Drive. For more information on the food drive, email

The third annual World Hunger Bowl will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, 31106 Coast Hwy. Local artists have handcrafted ceramic bowls, which will be put up for auction at the event. Tickets are $45.

To bid on bowls in advance, visit For more information, call Faye Chapman at (949) 280-2885.


ZeroTrash celebrates milestone cleanup

ZeroTrash Laguna is celebrating its fourth birthday Nov. 5 with its 48th consecutive trash pickup in Laguna Beach.

The organization got its start on Nov. 3, 2007, at Brooks Street. Only a handful of people showed up then, but the 1st Saturday cleanup events have grown, and there are now five ZeroTrash Laguna locations: Hobie Sports, Laguna Beach High School, Thalia Surf Shop, Avila's El Ranchito and the United Studios of Self Defense. Groups meet and pick up trash from 10 a.m. to noon.

The movement has also spread to other cities: Dana Point, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Chico.

During the Nov. 5 cleanup, La Sirena Grill will give ZeroTrash participants wearing their "Red Army" T-shirts 50% off food at both its Laguna Beach locations. Hobie will offer 20% off merchandise, Thalia will give 10% and Avila's will take 50% off food purchases as well.

For more information about the birthday cleanup, contact Chip McDermott at (949) 275-2616 or


Register to win trip to Menton, France

One lucky resident will win a trip to Laguna Beach's sister city: Menton, France.

The Visitors & Conference Bureau and the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. are giving away a five-day, four-night trip to the city, which includes a lodging at the Hotel Riva, according to a news release.

Residents can register to win the trip at the Visitors Center, 381 Forest Ave. The winner will be chosen at 7 p.m. during First Thursday's Art Walk on Nov. 3.

"This is a wonderful chance to showcase our sister city to the residents of Laguna Beach and the region," Karyn Philippsen, association president, said in a statement. "There are many similarities between the two cities in terms of climate, the arts and cultural scene, and our seaside lifestyle."


—Kelly Parker


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