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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020

No Oak Street Trick or Treating Event This Year

Due to COVID-19 state health guidelines that discourage large groups from congregating in close proximity to each other, the annual Oak Street & Brooks Street Halloween event on October 31 is canceled, and therefore the City will not be closing the street.

Oak Street will not be closed this year because there is no trick-or-treating event.

In a typical year, the City closes Oak Street and Brooks Street to allow for a large number of trick-or-treaters.

As the Oak Street/Brooks Street Halloween event is not occurring on October 31, the City asks that the public respect the residents that live on those two streets by staying away this year.

Thank You and Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween!

California Department of Public Health Urges Halloween Safety

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends families stay at home or limit interaction between households this Halloween.

The safest way to celebrate Halloween is to spend time with people in the same household or to celebrate virtually.

CDPH Safer Alternatives for Halloween

Some specific alternatives that are low risk but still capture the holiday fun include:

  • Creating a haunted house or candy scavenger hunt in your home
  • Having a scary movie night and Halloween-themed activities (pumpkin carving, face painting) at home
  • Participating in online parties/contests (e.g. costume or pumpkin carvings)
  • Giving treats at home only to those in your household.
  • Prepare a Halloween basket for your children or Halloween hunt in your backyard

First Laguna Beach Pumpkin Carving Contest Being Judged Right Now!

As you read this, judges are inspecting entries and voting for their favorites in the City's first annual Laguna Beach Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Laguna Beach Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow (left) and Michele Hall, Chair of the Recreation Committee, judge pumpkins this afternoon in the City's first annual Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Over 37 pumpkins were entered in the contest by residents this year as entrants compete for Pumpkin awards such as most original, scariest, and best overall. One pumpkin will also be crowned "Mayor's Choice."

Pumpkins may be carved, painted, airbrushed, or sculpted. Pumpkins will be displayed at the Promenade on Forest beginning tomorrow, October 30–November 1.

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow examines a pumpkin contest entry that features carvings done in Braille.

Come down to the Promenade on Forest tomorrow as the winning pumpkins will be on display with ribbons by noon!

See more photos of the entries below!

Thank you to all who participated in the City's first annual Pumpkin Carving Contest event!

Laguna Beach Voting Information for 2020 Election

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day!

Voters have the option to vote by mail, vote in person at a Vote Center, or use a Ballot Drop Box. Click HERE for information from the Registrar of Voters for Orange County. Click HERE to confirm that you are registered to vote — or to register for the first time.

Vote by Mail

Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.

You may also track your mailed ballot so you know when it has been counted. Remember, if you prefer to cast your ballot in person, you must bring it to any Vote Center by Tuesday, November 3.

Ballot Drop Boxes

In Laguna Beach, our Ballot Drop Box is located at the Laguna Beach Library located at 363 Glenneyre Street.

Laguna Beach Vote Centers

The City's two Vote Centers will be open for in-person voting from October 30 - November 2, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on November 3.

Laguna Beach Vote Centers will be located at: the Lang Park Gym located at 21540 Wesley Drive, and the Susi Q Community and Senior Center located at 380 3rd Street.

Click HERE for a list of all Orange County Vote Centers.

The next meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council is November 17 via Zoom.

Participate in Upcoming Hotel Laguna Project Update Q&A Webinar

What is happening at the Hotel Laguna? Find out and get answers to all of your questions during a special upcoming webinar called “Just the Facts – The Hotel Laguna” on November 19, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. hosted by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Before (left) and after (right) interior renovations made thus far as part of the Hotel Laguna renovation project.

Participating in the upcoming Hotel Laguna Webinar are Marc Wiener, Laguna Beach Director of Community Development and Hasty Honarkar, Vice-President of The Laguna Beach Company.

Marc Wiener, Laguna Beach Director of Community Development

If you have a question, please submit in advance of the webinar via email to Questions@lagunabeachchamber.org.

Welcome New Laguna Beach Businesses: Unleashed Art Gallery!

The City of Laguna Beach would like to welcome new business Unleashed Art Gallery, located at 570 S. Coast Highway to the City of Laguna Beach!

Christie Smith, expressionist and photographer, left a successful 23-year career as an LPGA teaching professional to pursue another career in art. Smith relocated her gallery from Half Moon Bay to Laguna Beach this summer. (Photos courtesy Unleashed Art Gallery.)

Unleasehed Art Gallery Owner Christie Smith has found her niche creating ocean-inspired work, made primarily out of fine wood and resin. Her work also includes original paintings and artfully inspired gifts.

Welcome to Unleashed Art Gallery and to all new Laguna Beach businesses!

New Temporary Laguna Beach Art Sculpture to be Installed Friday at Heisler Park

The Laguna Art Museum and City of Laguna Beach will be presenting the temporary art installation “Sunset Trace” by Poetic Kinetics Patrick Shearn November 5 - November 15, 2020.

Installation will start on Friday, October 30, 2020, with the kinetic installation extending from the Gazebo in Heisler Park along the pathway leading to Main Beach Park.

During installation, pedestrian pathways may need to be redirected for public safety.

This temporary art installation for the community has been funded by the Laguna Art Museum, the lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.

Thank you to all Laguna Beach residents for remaining vigilant during this week's wildfires affecting our neighbors in surrounding communities.

Brooklyn and Madelyn made a sign to thank firefighters fighting the Silverado and Blue Ridge fires in Orange County this week. They were evacuated from their Lake Forest home for two days while firefighters fought the nearby Silverado fire.

As of today, the Blue Ridge fire is 30% contained and the Silverado Fire is 40% contained. All evacuees are now able to return to their homes.

Our positive thoughts remain with the firefighters injured in the incident and their families.

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