FRIDAY: The Global Beat Foundation September kicks off the City of Laguna Beach's Sunset Serenades from 5:30 p.m. to sunset at the Heisler Park picnic area. Admission is free. For more information, call (949) 497-0722 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY: Get out and pick up trash with Zero Trash Laguna from 10 a.m. to noon at various locations in Laguna Beach. Meet at the following businesses: Victoria Skimboards in Laguna Canyon; UPS Store at Boat Canyon; Whole Foods, La Sirena and Hobie Sports downtown; Thalia Surf Shop; El Ranchito; Yogaworks and United Studios of Self Defense in South Laguna. For more information, email Chip@ZeroTrash.org
MONDAY: Everyone is invited to celebrate the end of summer with the traditional Labor Day Pancake Breakfast, shown, sponsored by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club. City firefighters and police will be flipping flapjacks from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at Cliff Drive and Myrtle Street. $5 buys a great breakfast with all the trimmings. Proceeds benefit child abuse programs.
The Susi Q Senior Center presents "Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer's…Early Detection Matters," a free workshop by Patty Barnett Mouton from the Alzheimer's Assn. from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at 380 Third St., Laguna Beach.
The Laguna Beach Rotary Club meets at noon at Aliso Creek Inn & Lodge, 31106 S. Coast Hwy. Anyone interested in attending should e-mail LagunaBeachRotary@cox.net. Lunch is served and the cost is $20. For more information about Rotary, visit http://www.lagunabeachrotary.com.
Join a lecture and discussion with artist Susan Thacker from 4 to 5 p.m. at Studio Arts Gallery, 1200 S. Coast Hwy. Thacker will shed a new perspective on how her series, "Over and Above," was conceived and executed, and the messages she meant for the pieces to deliver. For more information, call (949) 376-1619.
Latitude 33's book discussion about "Dancer" by Colum McCann is at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 311 Ocean Ave. "Dancer" centers around Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev. For more info, call (949) 494-5403 or e-mail bookseller@latitude
Join members of the Townhall Foundation and meet Bill McDonough, who discuss "Celebrating Abundance: Designing for the Cradle to Cradle Future," at 7 p.m. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr. McDonough, an author and sustainability expert, wrote "Cradle to Cradle," about how sustainability efforts have failed. To register, visit http://www.townhall-foundation.com.
Wednesday to Sunday
'Ethel Merman's Broadway'
In "Ethel Merman's Broadway," Rita McKenzie recreates her uncanny, award-winning portrayal of Ethel Merman, the Queen of the Broadway Musical, at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. The show is packed with more than 20 trademark Merman songs, including "I Got Rhythm," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and more. Tickets are $36 to $70. For more information, call (949) 497-2787 or visit http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com.
Seniors Ping Pong
Seniors are welcome to participate in table top tennis, or ping pong, from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. Bring your own paddle or use one of ours. Participants must wear non-skidding shoes. Free. To register, call (949) 497-2441.
The Laguna Beach certified California farmers market is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Lumberyard parking lot, 384 Forest Ave. For more information, call (714) 573-0374.
HelpBlueWater.com volunteers meet at noon on Sunday at Mozambique's lower parking lot for a weekly beautification effort. Free parking available. To reward volunteers after the cleanup, Mozambique will provide a half-off lunch menu from 1 to 3 p.m. In addition, Mozambique will be showcasing British singer-songwriter, Jason Feddy. For more information, visit http://www.HelpBlueWater.com.
Wine And Dine
Laguna Culinary Arts, 845 Laguna Canyon Road, offers Happy Hour from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, a mid-week repast with $10 cheese plate and wine at $8 per glass, plus the chef's special of the day. Every Friday features a Happy Hour buffet from 5 to 7 p.m. And on the last Saturday of the month, enjoy a wine tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. For more info, call (949) 494-4006.
The Laguna Beach Public Library, 363 Glenneyre St., presents Preschool Story Time at 11 a.m. every Wednesday, followed by cookies and punch. For more information, call (949) 497-1733.
Seein' Sea Lions
Friends of the Sea Lions of Laguna Beach, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Admission is free and donations welcome. To schedule a group presentation, call (949) 494-3050.
Hortense Miller Garden
The Hortense Miller Garden covers 21/2 acres of the upper slopes of Boat Canyon and features a range of plants and small-themed gardens. Tours through the garden and private residence are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and must be scheduled two weeks in advance. For more information, call (949) 497-0716, ext. 6.