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Just say no to underage drinking

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach, in conjunction with the South Orange County Coalition, will participate in a community alcohol prevention activity called Sticker Shock at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The event — in which youth will visit off-sale alcohol outlets (retailers that sell alcohol for consumption outside of their stores) and place prevention message stickers on alcohol multi-packs — aims to remind buyers that it is illegal to provide alcohol to anyone younger than 21, according to a news release. The stickers are also a reminder that purchasers must be at least 21 to buy alcohol.

The caravan will begin at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.


“On behalf of NCADD-OC, the South Orange County Coalition, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach, I commend the participating establishments who are helping to prevent and reduce underage drinking in the city of Newport Beach,” Gwen Drenick, director of National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence — Orange County, said in a statement. “Many thanks go out to the youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach that are invested in reducing underage drinking in their community.”

The activity originally stemmed from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.


Wine tasting fundraiser for scholarships


The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach is hosting its annual Grapes for Grads wine tasting and scholarship fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. April 29 at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

Admission costs $35 per person, and the event is 21 and older only. Guests will be able to taste more than 80 wines, food by K’ya Bistro Bar and Big Fish restaurants, and will enjoy live music by Magnolia Memoir, live art demonstrations and art exhibits from students at Laguna College of Art & Design as well as a silent auction and raffle.

The Grapes for Grads event helps to provide scholarships for students at Laguna Beach High School and LCAD.

For more information or to buy tickets, call Jeffrey Redeker at (949) 371-7595 or visit


Art of Giving Gala is May 12

The 12th annual Art of Giving Gala, themed Carnaval do Coracao or Carnival of the Heart, will take place from 5:30 to 11 p.m. May 12 at the Montage Laguna Beach.

The event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. It will feature festive cocktails, ocean views, a conga line up to dinner, Rio Samba dancers, a live auction and more. Attire is sparkly cocktail and cool casual.


The Montage is at 30801 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. For more information, contact Michelle Ray at (949) 494-2535 ext. 103 or


Local son receives Fulbright honor

Everett Alexander Heiney, son of Laguna Beach couple Mary and Dr. Terry Heiney, was selected by the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for 2012-13 in the Republic of Georgia.

Heiney, a government major at Claremont McKenna College, has served as editor-in-chief of the college’s magazine, Claremont Port Side. He also has served as a Harrison Fellow at the Salvatori Center, and as the S3 operations and training officer for the Army ROTC Golden Lions Battalion, according to a news release.

In addition to his classroom work in the Republic of Georgia, Heiney plans to initiate a program to teach Georgians land navigation skills. Following his Fulbright year, Heiney will begin training in field artillery as a 2nd Lt. in the Army.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Dept. of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Only 1,600 college seniors are selected as U.S. Student Fulbright recipients each year, according to the release. The program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.



Creating smiles with dictionaries

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach handed out 221 “Webster Dictionary for Students” dictionaries to third-grade students at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Parish School, and El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools as part of Literacy Month in March.

The club was assisted by the Interact Club, Rotary International’s service club for kids ages 12 to 18.

Rotary International works to encourage worldwide literacy. The Laguna Beach Rotary Club spent the month visiting school principals, teachers and students, and giving a dictionary to each student.


Scholarship applications due May 1

High school seniors have until May 1 to submit applications for a South Coast Water District scholarship of $500.

Applicants should include examples of how they’ve helped their community by public service or volunteer work. They must also write a 500-word essay about a water topic.

Six scholarships were awarded last year to college-bound seniors.

The students must live in the district’s service area, which includes South Laguna, south of Nyes Place, according to a news release. To verify, they can call (949) 499-4555 ext. 3153.

To fill out the application, visit

—Compiled by Alisha Gomez and Kelly Parker