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
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 2016 Holiday Party
Recipients Include (L to R):
Mike Beanan - Laguna Bluebelt and Laguna Ocean Foundation
Hallie Jones - Laguna Canyon Foundation
Kristin Points, Development Director - Friendship Shelter
Dr. Pamela Lawrence - Laguna Beach Community Clinic
Bonnie Teder and Janet Waters, Co-Directors - La Playa and The Day Workers' Center
Back: Dr. Korey Jorgensen - Laguna Food Pantry
Dustin Bainbridge - South Laguna Community Garden
Front: Johanna Felder, President, Village Laguna
Quote from Pamela Lawrence of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic after receiving their 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.
2015 Village Laguna Scholarship Winner
Laguna Beach High School Senior Charlotte Andrews receives the 2015 Village Laguna Scholarship from Village Laguna Director Gary LeFebvre. "I will certainly do my best to uphold the Village Laguna legacy in my environmental work at Oberlin College," Charlotte writes in her thank-you letter.
2016 Scholarship Winner: Kara Dunne-Dombrink
Quote from Kara's already lengthy CV:
I will never lose the respect I gained for the environment with every cold lake we jumped into and every mountain we climbed [after a backpacking trip with Nature Outdoors Leadership School, NOLS]. If every person experienced nature in such a raw, connected way, I don't see how he or she could plan to deforest or pave over the beauty. I saw that protecting the environment is something larger than protecting the benefits of humankind. We have a responsibility to the land and the creatures we share our land with—to protect it to our best ability, or in the words of NOLS, to “leave no trace.”
...I began to see where I want to take my future career—I saw that my interest in science could be intertwined with my interest in solving environmental issues.