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“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com JANUARY 20 , 2023 | Volume XX , Issue 3

Laguna Beach Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

More than 450 people attend Saturday ’ s festivities
By Clara Beard It may have been a grey and rainy day last Saturday , but the Laguna Beach Library ’ s 50th-anniversary celebration made the dreary weather an afterthought .
Around 450 people left their umbrellas at the library door to attend the Jan . 14 event , including Mayor Pro Tem Sue Kempf , Councilmembers George Weiss , Alex Rounaghi and Mark Orgill , LBPD Chief Jeff Calvert , several police officers and K-9 Cooper .
The day ’ s events included cookies and cake with cops , a live guitar performance , live tidepool animals , face painting , a fairy scavenger hunt , which more than 100 kids completed , a puzzle with the painting of the library and garden by local artist Liz McGhee and displays of historical photos and articles related to the opening of the library in the Fred Briggs building 50 years ago . The Friends of the Library beautifully decorated the garden in front of the bookshop for a special book sale .
Attendees Sarah Pavlik and 6-year-old daughter Bella Matteson said the library was an essential part of their lives .
“ I had just moved to Laguna and living with another single mom , and on the weekends , you want to get out ,” Pavlik


By LB Indy Staff Mother Theresa once said , “ I alone cannot change the world , but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples .”
Inspired by Theresa ’ s words in September 2020 , Moore Law for Children Attorney Meldie Moore set out
Six-year-old Meissa Herring meets with Laguna Beach Fairy Garden ’ s Ellis Adams during Laguna Beach Library ’ s 50th anniversary celebration . Photo / Clara Beard
said while her daughter visited the live tidepool tank . “ But Bella was still too little to do sports or anything like that . So we would come here to the library , and they always would have like some local activity or different books to check out . It is always so nice to have a little retreat that doesn ’ t require planning . Now we live just across
to make the Laguna community a little stronger by creating different projects her small law firm could do together to help local small business owners and non-profits . Moore called her project a Wave of Change – many ripples creating a wave .
“ In February 2021 , I wanted to touch the street , so it is perfect .”
Visiting with her mother , 6-year-old Meissa Herring said the library was one of her favorite places .
“ In her Mother ’ s Day card , Meissa wrote that the library was one of her
the lives of our most vulnerable population with some heartfelt , handmade love for Valentine ’ s Day , “ Moore said . “ With the help of the community , we collected over 1,000 handmade Valentine ’ s Day cards for seniors . Last
Retired Psychology professor Melissa Harris recently opened a new Wellness Lab centered around how to achieve happiness through positive psychology . Photo / Clara Beard

Wellness Lab Strives to Help Residents Find Happiness Post-Pandemic

By Clara Beard
Melissa Harris is on a mission to help you become a happier person . The retired psychology professor recently opened doors to a new Wellness Lab on 1854 South Coast Highway , Suite 1 , and welcomes anyone looking for ways to achieve , what can be , for some , one of the most elusive emotions .
“ Although many of the discoveries around happiness seem simple , having the science to back it up can show the


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