LAGUNA BEACH PARENTS CLUB (LBPC)
The Laguna Beach Parents Club (LBPC) is a registered non-profit organization that is run by community volunteers. Our mission is to connect families with small children in Laguna Beach through parenting resources and age appropriate events. The LBPC strives to help families grow, find support, and flourish in the community.
Our membership includes all types of families – parents ranging from their twenties to their fifties, families with one child or five, stay-at-home dads, working moms and parents who share life duties in a multitude of ways, all types of parenting styles, religious beliefs, political leanings and personal aspirations. Most have at least one child under the age of five, but our resources and programs appeal to families with older children. All families are welcome!
What we all have in common, however, is an awareness that parenting is tough (though incredibly rewarding) and that it is more fun (and easier) when done within a supportive community like the LBPC.
HISTORY OF THE LBPC
The LBPC was founded in September 2005 by Christa Henry, Kris Thornton and a steering committee of visionaries.* The founders were former members of the Laguna Beach Moms Club. The Moms Club was a chapter of a national organization designed to provide stay-at-home mothers a sense of community that otherwise would be lacking. But, many of Laguna’s eclectic and unique mix of family units were unable to enjoy the advantages of an organization such as the Moms Club. Club founders wanted to offer a more inclusive group open to all families — anyone who found themselves in a parenting role would be welcome.
The founders created the LBPC from scratch. They worked with an attorney to craft the bylaws, establish our corporation and develop a custom website. A tremendous amount of work went in to getting the LBPC up and running. Since then, a dedicated Board has passed the reigns to another group of volunteer parents. The Club is run by our family members who dedicate their time so that the LBPC can succeed.
The Laguna Beach Parents Club offers a family community network crafted to reflect Laguna’s diverse population. We offer a myriad of parenting support programs including:
Weekly playgroups organized by age
Club wide social events and outings
Speakers and Workshop Series
Laguna Beach community events, calendaring and access
Holiday and seasonal celebrations
Kids crafting events
The Club started in November of 2005 with around 50 families. And with each year the has grown. If you would like more information about LBPC, please contact us.
*A special thank you to all members of the Club’s original Steering Committee: Elizabeth Comisky-Novick, Kim Duensing, Sarah Gardner, Robyn Geary, Christa Henry, Jolee Patterson, Karin Riches and Kris Thornton.