Briefly In News

July 12, 2012

Blood drives need donors

The Red Cross is hosting two blood drives July 18, according to a press release.

The first takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mission Hospital Laguna, 31872 Coast Hwy., in the auditorium on the basement level. Parking is free.

The second is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the cobblestone area at Main Beach, 175 N. Coast Hwy.

For more information or to make an appointment, email Laura Rudd at or call (949) 439-0551.


City debuts its own mobile app


Laguna Beach now has its own mobile app, according to a press release.

The Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau, in partnership with the city and Phondini Partners, has launched the Laguna Beach Travel Info Mobile app so people can navigate their way through Laguna while visiting the town. Features of the app include information on weather, tide tables, maps and local transit information, the release said.

The app is available through iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.


Chamber seeks homes with best curb appeal

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce is seeking photos of residents' homes for the Prettiest Painted Places contest, sponsored by the Dow Chemical Co., according to a news release.

The contest seeks out "American towns and neighborhoods that have exceptional communitywide curb appeal due to their beautiful exterior paint color schemes," the release said.

Deadline for entries is July 28. Fifteen photos will be selected for submission by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. Email photos and a brief description to


Foundation receives grant from recreational company

The Laguna Canyon Foundation was given a $15,000 grant from Recreation Equipment Inc., according to a press release.

The money will go toward maintaining safe and sustainable trails in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park.

"We have seen a dramatic increase in the park's use over the past 10 years. We estimate more than 200,000 hikers, bikers, equestrians and dog walkers use Aliso and Wood Canyons' 30-plus miles of trails alone," foundation Executive Director Max Borella said in a statement. "With this use comes trail erosion, rutting and trail widening which exasperates trail user conflicts, makes the trails less safe and reduces habitat. In addition, there is an increase of user conflicts every month, which we would like to reduce."


Mission Hospital receives top honor

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