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Community

A Century of Service

For more than 100 years, the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach has offered opportunities for coming together and giving back to the community. By Tanya A. Yacina   Since 1922, the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach has successfully pursued its mission to unite women through sisterhood and friendship as well as promote...

Creating Connections

Local Tifany Khakdoust established The Great Love Club to build community and promote kindness through group get-togethers. By Ashley Ryan   Laguna Beach is unlike anywhere else in Orange County. From its long-standing arts community to the small-town vibe, it’s a little slice of heaven more reminiscent of a Midwest village than...

Gifts From the Heart

Check out this guide to perfect presents for everyone on your list, all from local stores. By Laguna Beach Magazine Staff   Every year, it’s a mad dash to get holiday shopping done in time—not to mention finding the perfect gifts for friends and family. But this season, there’s no need to...

Giving Back

Volunteers and donations help local nonprofits continue their important work in the community. By Laguna Beach Magazine Staff   From helping the homeless to assisting animals, preserving our open spaces and advocating for the arts, a wide range of nonprofits are diligently working to benefit the community. And as the year comes...

Aiding the Community

Assistance League of Laguna Beach endeavors to help the masses. By Tanya A. Yacina   As an all-volunteer nonprofit, the Assistance League of Laguna Beach focuses on enhancing the local community and transforming lives through its philanthropic programs. Originally formed in 1952 by 14 women who called themselves Las Amigas, the group...

It’s Cool to Be Kind

Local nonprofit Ability Awareness Project combats bullying and promotes compassion for all. By Tanya A. Yacina   Kindness is a virtue and, unfortunately, one that not everyone easily cultivates. After her son experienced horrible levels of harassment during his time in the local school system, Shadi Pourkashef—who goes simply by Anami—made it...

Preserve and Protect

Rich German, the founder of Project O, turns his passion into his life’s work. By Tanya A. Yacina   For local Rich German, shifting his love of the ocean into a flourishing career was a no-brainer. The Laguna Beach resident and founder of nonprofit Project O, a group dedicated to taking care...

Stoked on Safety

Locals create a life vest with a handle to pull kids and adults from the water to help prevent drowning. By Sharon Stello   When local Andeaux Borunda was working with the Wounded Warrior Project, teaching veterans how to surf after they returned from war in Iraq and Afghanistan, some guys were...

High-Tech Health Care

Laguna’s hospital takes patient care to new levels as services have evolved over more than 60 years. By Tanya A. Yacina   For most, access to quality health care at a local, community-based hospital is paramount, and Providence Mission Hospital Laguna Beach offers just that for this town’s residents and visitors. Since...

Artful Advancements

Despite its lengthy history, Laguna Art Museum, a longtime cultural pillar of the local community, is just getting started. By Ashley Ryan   The story of Laguna Art Museum dates back more than 100 years, to the founding of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918—a move that was pivotal in transforming...