EVENTS - 2017

November 16

Gloria Broming
Farm to Fork Garden Design

Farm to Fork Garden Design is the realization of a decades-long dream for Gloria Broming. As a passionate home gardener and perpetual student of organic and sustainable farming practices, she turned what was a hobby and volunteering opportunity into a business.

Farm to Fork Garden Design’s clients include private homes, restaurants, and other businesses interested in edible landscaping. As the Community Farmer for Ranch Life, Harvest Chino, and Harvest Upland Gloria and her team are responsible for the de- sign and implementation of the edible garden and orchards, educational programs (e.g., nutrition, seasonal cooking, farming practices), and volunteer program for their communal farm gardens. Gloria also has speaking engagements with neighborhood associations, civic groups, institutions and others to generate interest in edible landscaping and urban farming.

As a volunteer for Transition Laguna Beach, Gloria has helped homeowners and organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Neighborhood Congregational Church, and Glennwood House to establish and maintain edible gardens. She also has volunteered with Laguna Coast Wilderness Park in their Native Plant and Wilderness Access programs.

Gloria received her degree in Geography with an emphasis in Ur- ban Planning from California State University, Fullerton, and has over 25 years' experience in project management and as a liaison to government agencies for architectural firms, most recently LPA Inc. She has completed courses at San Diego City College Urban Farming Program; her studies have included Soil Fertility, Organic Orchard Care, Crop Production, and Drip Irrigation.

Gloria has been featured in Laguna Beach magazine, LA Times, OC Register, and the spring, 2014 issue of Edible Orange County, featured speaker at Saddleback Valley College Horticulture and Culinary programs, Orange County District Garden Club, Ladera Community Gardens, South Orange County Community Gardens, Laguna Beach Community Gardens, and Eco Garden Expo San Juan Capistrano, the American Society of Irrigation Consultants, California Regional Conference in San Luis Obispo, Doheny Cares/Surfrider Ocean Days…Saddleback Valley New- comers Club, and San Clemente Garden Club.

A native of Orange County, California, Gloria lives in Laguna Beach with her husband.


October 19

Jon Seeman and Lorraine Passero

Jon Seeman and Lorraine Passero will be the guest speakers at their September meeting. Their topic will be “Inheriting Art: Laguna's First Tradition”. Art has been an essential component in the lives of husband and wife artists, Jon Seeman and Lorraine Passero. As a successful sculptor and business owner, Jon has been commissioned by the City of Laguna Beach to create a number of public sculptures. Discovering Jon's artistic heritage, Lorraine was determined to uncover the life and art of his great-great aunt, a 1890s Laguna first woman artist. In her book Distant Indigo, she brings to light for the first time the accomplishments of artist, author, and poet Clara Mason Fox.

September 21

John Pietig: City Manager

Mr. Pietig has been in local government management for 28 years.  He has been the City Manager of Laguna Beach for more than six years and served as the Assistant City Manager for the prior 10 years.  He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.  John and his family, wife Peggy and sons Danny and Jacob live in the Top of the World neighborhood.

August 17

MarkChristyMark Christy: Notable local retailer, entrepreneur, hotelier, restauranteur, music and sports fan, occasional radio DJ, and perhaps Laguna Beach's biggest supporter.

Mark Christy is a graduate of Laguna Beach High and has been in Laguna his entire life (other than while attending UC Santa Barbara).  While most well known as the President and Owner of Hobie Sports, with retail shops in Laguna, Dana Point and Corona del Mar, he is also a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway, a partner in Tuvalu Home Interiors, La Sirena restaurants, he is now becoming widely known as the Managing Partner (and the moving force behind the renaissance) of The Ranch at Laguna Beach.  The Ranch was recently featured in an article in the December 2016 edition of Forbes Magazine, and is now a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, an invitation-only recognition.  

Through Mark, Hobie Sports donates to myriad Laguna Beach sports teams, schools and charities,  as well as being a downtown Laguna Beach anchor retailer, continuing to feature the legendary Hobie Alter's vision of the active sports life.   Mark is a fervent advocate for maintaining the unique Laguna Beach vibe and lifestyle and is Laguna's number one cheerleader.   Though maintaining more than two full-time 'jobs', Mark still squeaks in a Friday round of golf at the Ben Brown's course at the Ranch, some stand up paddling and volleyball.  Mark will share his love of and visions for Laguna and The Ranch, and some of his lifetime's experiences in Laguna with the LBBC on August 17.  

June 15

Chef Patrick DiGiacomo, Kitchen in the Canyon

Chef Patrick Di Giacomo is continually learning and growing. This has allowed him to create original and unique dishes.  Patrick's vision is to create Italian home-style cooking, using only the finest and freshest ingredients. He graduated with merit from The Laguna Beach Culinary Art School, located in southern California. Chef Di Giacomo's extensive knowledge and passion for perfection is visible in every dish he creates. With such a sincere passion for truly delectable food, Patrick's dishes are sure to amaze you.


April 20th

joyDittbernerJoy Dittberner, Executive Director of the Laguna Dance Festival

Joy Dittberner, Executive Director of the Laguna Dance Festival, will be overviewing the history of the foundation, the dance festivals past and present and the organization's vision for the future.

Joy, who has done prior volunteer work with the Friendship Shelter, the Marine Mammal Center and for 4 years prior to accepting the position of executive director of the Laguna Dance Festival is excited and honored to share the efforts of bringing world-class dance to Laguna Beach.

March 16th

Rosemary Swimm and Melanie Froysan

Rosemary and Melanie will be discussing, “Laguna Plein Air Painter's Association: Past, Present, and Future.” They will be presenting on the plein air movement and how LPAPA plays a part in preserving Laguna's heritage. hello...









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