Briefly In The News: More goats needed for women in Nepal

Rosalind Russell, affectionately known as the "Goat Lady" around town, is asking the community's help to meet an increased demand for goats.

Russell's R Star Foundation has purchased 200 pregnant goats for women in Nepal, where women earn an income by selling their goat's offspring. However, an extra 50 women have signed up to receive goats that the foundation is not able to purchase.

Each goat costs $200, which includes vaccinations and training on how to care for them.

Russell has already left for Nepal to help the woman, but the foundation is also asking for $250 in donations to install a hanging garden to grow vegetables and flowers at the school R Star built.

Donations can be sent to: R Star Foundation, P.O. Box 4183, Laguna Beach, CA. 92652. Donations can also be made at


High school students seek donations

Two Laguna Beach High School juniors are collecting soccer uniforms and gear for children in Central America.

Rory Saunders and Chris Tellez are asking families to clean out their closets and donate old soccer jerseys and other uniform gear at any Laguna Beach school until Dec. 21.

The two founded Score4thePoor two years ago and have since collected more than 1,000 jerseys for children in El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras.

Rory and Chris plan to travel with Growers First Foundation founder Dave Day to Honduras in February to deliver the gear and hold soccer clinics.

For more information, or to arrange a drop-off at another location, contact Rory at or Chris at


Sing-along to take place at community garden

Join Laguna residents as they sing among the plants in a fruit and vegetable garden.

The South Laguna Civic Assn. is hosting a holiday sing-along at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the South Laguna Community Garden. Participants are asked to bring food and drinks to share.

The association is trying to raise awareness of their efforts to buy the land, two plots in the 31600 block of Coast Highway that the garden occupies, and eventually raise funds for the cause. The land is priced at $1 million.

The association's first potluck on Dec. 2 brought out council members Toni Iseman, Verna Rollinger and Steve Dicterow despite the rain.

Participants were treated to music from Tom Joliet, Tony Bisson and John Doyle of the Garden Band and enjoyed food without the guilt of creating waste.

Michelle Haynes made it a zero-trash event with four separate bins to recycle any waste, including one for food that would go into her vermiculture composting bin.

— Compiled by Britney Barnes

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