Fred Karger and supporters walked the streets of Laguna on May 5 to talk to voters and hand out Fred Frisbees.

Fred Karger and supporters walked the streets of Laguna on May 5 to talk to voters and hand out Fred Frisbees. (Courtesy Fred Karger / May 10, 2012)

The Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates will host its 17th annual Taste for Charity event from 4 to 8 p.m. May 17 at Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, 31106 S. Coast Hwy.

The event benefits the local community, according to a news release. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Participating restaurants include The Cliff, Las Brisas, Sun Dried Tomato, Thai Bros, Mozambique, Laguna Coffee, Rosas Cantina in Olamendi's, O Fine Japanese Cuisine, White House, Ky'a/House of Big Fish, Aliso Creek Lodge and Gelato Paradiso.

Artwork by local artists will also be auctioned off. For information or tickets, contact the Laguna Board of Realtors at (949) 497-2474.


State of the City

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual State of the City luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 18 at the Montage Laguna Beach Resort. Tickets are $45 per person.

The event, sponsored by [seven-degrees] and Sunset Cove Villas, will touch on infrastructure improvements, customer service enhancements, the financial condition of the city and more, according to a press release. Mayor Jane Egly will deliver the address.

City Manager John Pietig will provide an overview of the city's 2011/2012 budget.

For more information, call (949) 494-1018 or email


Impact Giving distributes grants

Impact Giving handed out six checks totaling $130,000 at its annual grant awards event, according to a press release.

Just In Time, which provides life skills education and emergency resources for young adults who have aged out of the San Diego County foster care system, received $30,000.

Families Forward, which works to help families overcome homelessness, received $30,000.

OC Child Abuse Prevention, which works with at-risk O.C. families to focus on positive parenting, received $10,000.

R Star Foundation, which provides goats to women in rural Nepal to help build businesses, received $20,000.

International Princess Project, a foster independence for girls in India who were once enslaved in sex trade, received $20,000.

And Lotus Outreach International, which purchases bicycles for at-risk and exploited girls in Cambodia as a means of reliable transportation, received $20,000.

Impact Giving, founded in 2009, is a Laguna Beach organization that pools individual's monetary contributions to give to nonprofits they support.


New board members for Friendship Shelter

Friendship Shelter, which roughly serves more than 500 homeless adults each year, named its 2012 board members: Doug Anderson, returning for his second year as president; Marshall Innins, vice president;

John Stumpf, treasurer; and Jane Hanauer, secretary.

The Friendship Shelter added four new members: M. Stephen Coontz, who has a law firm in San Juan Capistrano and has been active in Rotary International and the National Audubon Society; Loraine Fiore, a Laguna Beach resident and shelter volunteer; Barbara McMurray, a Laguna Beach resident and shelter volunteer who has been active in local organizations; and Bob Mister, who returns to Friendship Shelter. Mister was on the board when the organization was founded nearly 25 years ago.

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— Alisha Gomez