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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 55  |  July 10, 2020

Laguna takes part in 12th Annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month

The City of Laguna Beach is proud to announce its participation in the 12th Annual National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month. During the month of November, this event brings awareness to the Laguna Beach community about people who are hungry and homeless in our community, our county, and our nation. 

Proclaimed by the City Council and organized as a public service by the Housing and Human Services Committee, the purpose of Laguna Beach’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month is to enhance community awareness of the issue in our society, our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach, and the community organizations that assist with these concerns in Laguna Beach and Orange County. 

During the entire month of November, there are nine different ways residents can participate: 

--Volunteering Time at the Friendship Shelter

Friendship Shelter’s vision is to end homelessness in southern Orange County, one person at a time. Each night, 166 individuals sleep safe and are cared for in one of our three housing-focused programs. Friendship Shelter is proud to have permanently housed 100 vulnerable individuals last year and is on track to repeat this success in 2019. Friendship Shelter’s primary need is for volunteers to provide, prepare, and help serve hot, healthy meals for its residents. Guest chefs of all ages are encouraged to volunteer their time and recipes, and make a positive difference in the lives of residents. To volunteer, call (949) 494-6928 or email office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

--Waterman’s Wall 5th Anniversary Art Expo

Join the Laguna Beach Networks Fundraiser (hors d’oeuvres, dessert, live music, and “the man behind the wall” artist Randy Morgan’s silent auction) on Friday, Nov 8 at 5:30 p.m. 

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Special guest speaker Tim Storey presents “Time to Turn Your Setbacks into Comebacks.” Proceeds will benefit the Laguna Beach Networks – Helping Hands from the Homeless Work Program. The event will be held at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts at BC Gallery, located at 235 Forest Ave. For more information, contact Faye Chapman at (949) 280-2885 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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Artist Randy Morgan (on left) and guest speaker Tim Storey will appear at the 5th Anniversary Waterman’s Wall Art Expo on Friday, Nov 8 

--Exclusive Laguna Beach Kitchen Tours

Peek into the well-appointed kitchens of some of the most beautiful homes in Laguna Beach on Sunday, Nov 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. This self-guided tour of selected homes will help fill the Laguna Food Pantry’s shelves and refrigerators so that no one goes hungry. The event is sponsored by the Mike Johnson Group. 

For tickets and additional information, click here. 

--Recommended Film Screenings

The following suggested films reveal the struggles of those experiencing poverty and homelessness in America:

The Florida Project (2017) – “Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.”

Dark Days (2000) – “Marc Singer’s documentary about the homeless population who live in the underground tunnels of New York City – haunting and uplifting in equal measures.” 

To view movie trailers, click here. 

--A Day of Kindness

Join the Ability Project’s Public Awareness Event in the cobblestone area of Main Beach in Laguna Beach on Saturday, Nov 9 from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Activities include music, sunset meditation, and featured artist Ava August. Shadi Pourkashef, who is the founder of the Ability Awareness Project and Goodwill Ambassador of World Kindness for Laguna Beach, promotes anti-bullying education and empowerment. The City of Laguna Beach declared support for a kinder world and to place World Kindness Day, occurring each year in November on the City’s calendar. 

--Winter Clothing Drive: 

During the month of November, gather up your gently-used winter clothing and drop it off at the Laguna Exchange, located at 995 S. Coast Hwy (corner of Anita Street and South Coast Hwy on the ocean side of the street), open from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday 

--The Annual Laguna Beach Community Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner: 

Join Friendship Shelter and the Neighborhood Congregational Church for Laguna Beach’s Annual Thanksgiving Community Potluck on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov 28 at 12 p.m. An estimated 600 to 700 meals will be served buffet style, with food and supplies provided by individuals, churches, and community groups. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite dish for the potluck buffet, which is available to all members of the community, including many homeless clients. 

Donations of prepared and cooked turkeys and food are needed and will be accepted beginning at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the church at 340 St Ann’s Dr. To donate turkey, contact Mary LaRusso at (949) 497-5641 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The feast begins at noon. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Friendship Shelter Marketing Director Kristin Points at (949) 494-6928 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

--The Laguna Food Pantry’s Annual Food Drive (Month of November): 

Sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach and Waste Management, the food drive benefits the Laguna Food Pantry, which provides free, fresh groceries to more than 300 local families in need each week. Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Rd north of the dog Park, the Pantry is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. New volunteers are always welcome. Most needed food items include: peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauce, and rice and beans.

For more information, call (949) 497-7121 or visit

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Food Pantry’s Annual Food Drive – Month of November

--Girl Scout Toiletry Drive (November 1 - 18)

Made possible by the Laguna Beach Girl Scouts and the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, the community can participate by donating unused toiletry items and socks which benefit our city’s Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL), which provides the homeless temporary nightly housing and other services year round. 

For a list of drop off locations, contact Missy Palino at (949) 322-0470 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The following items are most in need: new socks (adult sizes preferred), sample sized shampoo and conditioner, individually wrapped bars of soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, and sample sized toothpaste, sunscreen, small bottles of lotion, lip balm, disposable razors, feminine products, small tissue packages, BandAids, washcloths, and brushes/combs 

To learn more about Laguna Beach’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month, visit


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