Village Laguna sponsors many constructive community events and projects, some for free, some to raise money for issues, causes, and candidates.
Villager of the Year
Approximately every other year, since 2009, Village Laguna chooses dedicated local activists devoted to Laguna Beach causes and honors them with a dinner party. Past honorees were Bonnie and Arnold Hano in 2009, Elizabeth Brown and Carolyn Wood in 2011, and Verna Rollinger and Colin Henderson in 2013.
Every year, we hold a picnic on Aliso Creek Beach, open to anyone who wants to come. We build a fire and provide hot dogs and beverages. Participants bring potluck dishes and their own plates and utensils. A great time is had by all!
Fundraisers for City Council Election
Every other year, Laguna Beach holds City Council elections. Because of Village Laguna’s commitment to preserving and enhancing both the character and heritage of Laguna and the habitat that surrounds it, we financially support City Council candidates that most closely agree with these values.
Every year, Village Laguna awards grants to worthy organizations.
Pamela Lawrence of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic said after receiving the Dec. 2016 donation from Village Laguna: It is truly remarkable that a fellow nonprofit marks the Holiday season by donations to other local nonprofits! . . . Village Laguna is indeed an amazing “Force” in this town.
Also, every year since 1978, Village Laguna has awarded a scholarship to a LB High School graduating senior who shows leadership and involvement in activities that protect the environment and promote humanitarian goals. LBHS Seniors scholarship information can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants Awarded at Village Laguna’s 2018 Holiday Party
Recipients Include (L to R):
Front Row: Hallie Jones, Laguna Canyon Foundation; Betsy Jenkins, LBHS Scholarship; Lisa Talmage, Friendship Shelter; Johanna Felder, President, Village Laguna; Ann Frank, Historical Society; Bonnie Teder and Janet Waters, La Playa Center/Day Workers Center
Second Row: Greg O’Loughlin, South Laguna Community Garden; Jinger Wallace, Kelpfest; Mike Beanan, Bluebelt; Mark Orgill, Laguna Beach Community Clinic. Suriya Khan, Laguna Pantry, is not pictured.
2019 Village Laguna Scholarship Winner: Charles Dickerson
Laguna Beach High School Senior Charles Dickerson received his 2019 Village Laguna Scholarship from Village Laguna’s Judy Teverbaugh. During a course in Environmental Studies at Saddleback College, Charles became acutely aware of climate change, water and air pollution. That course inspired him to start an Environmental Awareness Club at LBHS. Propelled by his enthusiasm, he inspired his club to work on ecological restoration in the saltwater marsh of Upper Newport Bay. Charles’s studies at LBHS in Advanced Chemical Research shaped his desire to promote a positive effect on our environment. He plans to major in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Studies at Irvine Valley College. Congratulations to Charles!