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.
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 lbhssf.org/application or contact Lynn Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants Awarded at Village Laguna’s 2017 Holiday Party
Recipients Include (L to R):
Front Row: Dr. Pamela Lawrence for Laguna Beach Community Clinic, Judy Teverbaugh for Bluebelt, and President Johanna Felder, presenting the awards
Second Row: Betsy Jenkins for Laguna Beach High School Scholarship, Bill Baaden for Laguna Pantry, and Dawn Price for the Friendship Shelter
Third Row: Janet Walters and Bonnie Teder for La Playa and Day Workers Center, Nancy Caruso for Kelpfest, and Gayle Joliet for South Laguna Community Garden (SLCG)
Fourth Row: Tom Joliet (SLCG) and Mike Beanan for Kelpfest
Quote from Pamela Lawrence of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic 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.
2017 Village Laguna Scholarship Winner: Alexandria Hinmon
Laguna Beach High School Senior Alexandria Hinmon received her 2017 Village Laguna Scholarship from Village Laguna’s Judy Teverbaugh. “My future ambition is to help develop a healthier ocean environment in Laguna Beach and all around the globe. My goal is to help shape a different future for the people by solving water pollution problems,” Alexandria wrote in her application letter. She is already well on her way to her goals by her participation in many activities including serving as a tide-pool docent and a Pacific Marine Mammal Center volunteer. She developed and promoted a household battery education and recycling program in our community, and she intends to do the same in Los Angeles as she attends UCLA.