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Toastmasters of Laguna Beach Host Open House

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Toastmasters of Laguna Beach


Toastmasters of Laguna Beach Host Open House

Event is FREE to the public

Laguna Beach toastmaster Sunset BBQ

LAGUNA BEACH, CA, - Toastmasters of Laguna Beach invites residents to its open house to meet members and participate in giving a 2-3 minute impromptu speech.

Toastmasters of Laguna Beach provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” says Dane Wright, Club President for Toastmasters of Laguna Beach.

After enjoying great food and engaging conversation, members and guests will enjoy a Toastmasters meeting that will include Table Topics™ (impromptu speeches.)

Toastmasters of Laguna Beach Club Founding Member, John Barry who has served in various club positions, will be the Table Topics master. “Table Topics are one of my favorite parts of the meeting,” says (Lena Frenzel). “This is where guests and members are randomly selected to speak for one to two minutes. It helps you think and speak clearly on your feet.”

Toastmasters of Laguna Beach Open House BBQ

Date: Thursday September 13, 2018
Location: St. Mary’s Church Guild Hall 428 Park Ave. Laguna Beach, CA
Time: 6:00pm –8:00pm


For more information, email David Makela at

Toastmasters of Laguna Beach meets each Thursday at 6:00pm at St. Mary’s Church (Guild Hall) in Laguna Beach.  For more information about this event and the club, please visit:

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

Support Kollock Family

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Support the Kollock Family by Donating!

Kollock Family Catalina Raine Kollock Laguna Beach Ca

Photo taken from GoFundMe page.

The Kollock family needs the support of the Laguna Beach Community now more than ever.

On December 16, 2017 the unimaginable happened their five-week old baby Catalina Raine Kollock was unresponsive so they called 911. When the Laguna Beach Police and Laguna Beach firefighters arrived, they rushed her to the hospital, but she could not be revived.

This is a tragedy no parent or family should ever have to suffer. Please help us support the Kollock family.

This is where the Laguna Beach Community is needed.  We need your help. Ryan is the sole supporter of the family as a personal trainer in Laguna Beach. Teresa stays home taking care of their four older children.

Lindsey Meehleis has set up a GoFundMe page for the Kollock family.  Please be kind and donate to the Kollock family in these tragic times. They’ll need to cover funeral expenses and allow Ryan Kollock to take a few days off to grieve and be with his family.

Our prayers and condolences are with you Ryan, Teresa, and family.

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Red Flag Warning Laguna Beach

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Red Flag Warning Laguna Beach

Red Flag Warning Laguna Beach

Red Flag Warning Laguna Beach

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Coastal Orange County Area of California.  This area includes our Laguna Beach Community.

The extreme Santa Ana Winds create extreme fire danger. The winds are expected to peak in intensity on Thursday and continue on through Saturday.

  • High Wind Warning until December 8 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Red Flag Warning until December 10 at 8:00 p.m.

The Red Flag Warning / Fire Watch is due to the combination of low humidity and strong winds.

PR Laguna Buy Hand and The Peace Exchange

Join Laguna Buy Hand and The Peace Exchange

Buy Hand Laguna Viddya Reddy, Katie Bond And Kavita Reddy
Buy Hand Laguna Viddya Reddy, Katie Bond And Kavita Reddy The Peace exchange

Buy Hand Laguna and The Peace Exchange are holding a global holiday party to celebrate the end of 2017. The two organizations, fueled by their passion to help disadvantaged people around the world, invite you to celebrate with them while shopping for a cause.

The Peace Exchange is a registered local 501c3 non-profit organization founded in Laguna Beach, CA.  The organization works to promote fair trade by supporting ‘at-risk’ groups around the world.  Through establishing fair trade cooperatives, The Peace Exchange has provided artisans in the Democratic Republic of Congo a sense of livelihood.  The Peace Exchange is expanding their efforts in 2018 and will use proceeds from the event to help expand into Bolivia and/or Nepal.

Buy Hand specializes in American handmade gifts and jewelry. Earlier this year, the local retailer expanded its line to include a global fair trade collection that showcases vibrant colors and treasured craftsmanship from around the world.

The global-themed event will feature gifts (while supplies last), music, food, and authentic Indian henna on the retailer’s site.

The celebration takes place during December’s Art Walk on December 7th, 2017 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at

1175 S. Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Click here for directions

All are welcome. Free of charge.

Traffic Alert Laguna Canyon Road Closed

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Vehicle Strikes Telephone Pole

Traffic Alert Laguna Canyon Road Closed due to a downed telephone pole

Traffic Alert Laguna Canyon Road Closed due to a downed telephone pole.  An automobile hit the telephone pole at approximately 10:36 p.m. last night, according to a Laguna resident whose home is near the incident.  This happened just hours after a motorcycle/car collision earlier Sunday morning. The extent of the motorcyclist's injuries are still unknown.

Traffic Alert Laguna Canyon Road Closed due to a downed telephone pole

As I look at this photo of the downed telephone pole, it seems to me, unreasonable that the pole would not have been moved by now.

The latest information I have as of now, is that the crew has reached the scene, approximately 12 hours later.  Maybe be a bit late for all the morning commuters but hopefully the pole will be out of the way soon.

Stay safe Laguna!

Traffic Alerts

Peace Vigil Main Beach Laguna Beach

Peace Vigil Main Beach Laguna Beach

Peace Vigil Main Beach Laguna Beach

Quite simply- we are stronger together!

Peace Vigil Main Beach Laguna Beach:  Saturday 10/7/17 at 6pm we will fill the Laguna Beach Boardwalk with candles of remembrance of those lost to gun violence. We will come together regardless of skin color, background, religious beliefs and the like to bind together for a greater cause.

It's an hour or so of our time on a Saturday evening and I'm sure many of us had other plans but let's gather for those that also had plans this weekend and are no longer with us. Let's show gratitude for the fact we are still here to create an impact, to share our light and help move our communities to greater cohesiveness, understanding and unification. We can absolutely crowd out the dark with our combined strength and endurance of heart.

Laguna Beach has always been a beacon of love and progressiveness in Orange County so it seems fitting to fill our boardwalk with candles, hugs and tears. Thoughts and prayers are always great, but we need to do more/better. This is a start. Please join us.

This is a peaceful Lagun Beach Community Vigil!

Please bring your family, smiles, blankets and a candle to remember those who we've lost. Please share far and wide. See you Saturday!


Content and vigil planning by 
Erin O'Malley

Ban on smoking in public

Laguna Beach Bans Public Smoking

Laguna Beach Bans Public Smoking

Citywide Smoking Ban
No Smoking!
Laguna Beach Bans Public Smoking Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach puts a citywide ban on smoking

Citywide Smoking Ban Passes in Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach Bans Public Smoking

On May, 23 2017, the Laguna Beach City Council voted 4-1 in favor of the citywide smoking ban.  This vote made it official.  This will be Orange County’s first citywide smoking ban.  It goes into effect on June 23, 2017.

The smoking ban also includes vapes, e-cigarettes, and marijuana.

Smoking was already prohibited at the beaches and parks.  The new smoking ban will prohibit smoking not only in the beaches and parks but throughout the city as well.  This includes sidewalks, alleys, pathways, and parking lots.

There will be a $100 fine for the first offense and up to a $500 fine for the third offense.

City staff  is going to decide whether it would make sense to permit late-night smoking in certain specific areas.  The council could consider an amendment in the future, depending on their findings.

The Laguna Beach City Council first gave thought to the idea of a citywide smoking ban after resident complaints.


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