Woman breaks bad in TI Park – threatens to kill cop
At about 9:20 Thursday morning, an officer made contact with Toni Nelson, 54, no fixed address out of Arizona in Treasure Island Park.
She had been causing a disturbance and the officer was trying to calm the situation along with Montage Laguna Beach security. After a few minutes, the officer had the dispatcher contact city public services to have them send a pickup with “several trash bags to dispose of transient property…” according to the police log.
Within a few minutes of that being done, Nelson allegedly became uncontrollable and refused to follow the officer’s commands. She began throwing trash all around the area and refused to stop.
The officer used a contact taser that had no effect, the log stated.
She threatened to kill the officer and said she wanted the police to “blow her brains out…” She was controlled and seated after a few more minutes.
She was taken into custody at 9:55 and arrested on charges of making criminal threats of bodily harm, a felony, threatening an officer, resisting an officer and threatening a fight in a public place.
Her bail was set at $50,000.
Woman, 28, charged with felony DUI after Glenneyre crash
Sarah Rebecca MacDonald, 28 of Laguna Niguel, crashed into a pole in the 500 block of Glenneyre after veering off the roadway at 4:18 Saturday afternoon.
She was able to get out but her injured passenger was trapped inside.
Laguna Beach firefighters were able to extricate the passenger, who was hospitalized after being stabilized by paramedics.
The extent of injuries was unknown as of press time.
MacDonald was arrested for felony DUI causing bodily injury and possession of dangerous drugs.
Bail was set at $100,000 after being booked here.
Woman’s Club will welcome your Tarnished Treasures
The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club is asking folks for donations of items they don’t want any way.
“What you don’t want may be exactly what someone else does,” said Cheryl Kinsman, Tarnished Treasures Luncheon chair and past mayor.
Everyone goes home happy. Donations can be deducted from taxes. Buyers get an early start on Christmas shopping and decorating.
And the proceeds from the sales help make the holiday season merrier for needy families in Laguna, a club tradition since 1994.
“Popular items include holiday decorations, art, jewelry, gently worn clothing, and household goods,” said Kinsman. “Unfortunately, we can’t take large items, such as sofas, mattresses or furniture.”
Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at Kinsman & Kinsman offices, 32355 Coast Highway, near the entrance to lower Three Arch Bay.
The Woman’s Club at 286 St. Ann’s Drive will accept donations from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday.
Dec 8 is the deadline for donations. Reservations for the Dec 9 luncheon ought to be made sooner.
“We expect the luncheon prepared by Chef Alesandro Pirozzi from Alessa to be sold out,” warned Kinsman.
The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $35 for members, $40 for non-members.
Call Rebecca Barber at (949) 499-8000 to make a reservation or for more information.
Laguna Beach – Looking Back
Photo series courtesy The Laguna Beach Historical Society
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Swimwear – Circa 1900
Visit the Murphy-Smith Bungalow (home of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, on Ocean Avenue). It is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Laguna Beach Historical Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, which runs free historical programs at City Hall, and has a newsletter, website, and is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The Ranch to celebrate its grand opening on Dec 18
By BARBARA DIAMOND
The Ranch at Laguna Beach announced that it will celebrate its grand opening from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec 18.
General Manager Kurt Bjorkman sent invitations for an exclusive tour of the hotel, grounds, and guests room, with treats and games along the way.
“I’ve been so humbled by the community support our transformation generated,” Bjorkman stated on the invitations. “This has been a passion project for many of us Laguna locals and we are thrilled to offer our neighbors a new home away from home.”
Laguna Beach entrepreneur Mark Christy and his partners (or investment group) bought the 80-some acre property in Aliso Canyon in 2013. Most folks in town were still calling it Ben Brown’s. Ben and Violet Brown had owned the site since 1956. But the history of the property goes back way farther, to the late 1800s, when George and Sarah Thurston claimed the land and farmed it.
Their legacy lives on: Thurston Middle School was named after a Thurston, as was the Thurston Trailer Park. Councilman Kelly Boyd is a scion of the family.
Like Boyd, Christy is a lifetime Laguna Beach resident. His fingerprints are all over downtown. He is co-owner of Hobie Sports and with his sister, Laurie Alter, opened Tuvalu. He is a partner in La Sirena Grill and a Realtor.
Christy has banked a lot of good will by donating time and money to organizations such as SchoolPower, the Boys & Girls Club and Laguna Beach Little League.
The good will he has generated over the years saw him through the difficult task of a complete overhaul of the iconic, but aging, piece of Laguna’s history.
A brief history of Aliso Canyon
1871 – George and Sarah Thurston lay claim to a 152-acre homestead and a one-room wooden shack.
1940s – William “Bill” Bryant purchases an 87-acre site within Aliso Canyon and begins the construction of the golf course.
1950 – The 9-hole golf course is established as “Laguna Beach Country Club.”
1956 – Ben and Violet Brown purchase the golf course and make plans for a destination resort.
1963 – The “Laguna Beach Country Club and Village” is introduced.
1967 – Ben Brown’s Restaurant and a new Golf Shop open.
1970 – The property is renamed “Ben Brown’s Motel & Golf Course.”
1978 – The name changes to Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course.
2003 – The inn is purchased by Aliso Creek Properties, retaining its former name.
2013-14 – The Ranch at Laguna Beach arrives.
Laguna College of Art and Design set to launch 2017 Illustration in Entertainment Design BFA program
Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) has announced a new Illustration in Entertainment Design Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree program to launch in fall 2017.
The new program will provide an in-depth curriculum and instruction to prepare students for careers in film, television and/or themed entertainment.
Career opportunities in film and television include production art, scenic painting, art direction and more, for the purpose of themed entertainment, staging and amusement park design, ride design, event design, model making and prop fabrication.
“The LCAD Illustration major with an emphasis in Entertainment Design now comprises over two-thirds of overall student enrollment in our department,” said Michael Savas, chair of LCAD Illustration. “The popularity amongst students, along with shifts in the industry that are opening opportunities for new talent, propelled us to launch a more intensive and focused degree program.”
LCAD’s campus in Laguna is beautifully framed by its canyon setting
The LCAD Illustration in Entertainment Design advisory board played a key role in developing the bachelor of fine arts degree program recently approved and commended by both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Members of the committee include Robert Dennis, chief creative officer of the International Association of Masters Guild of Design for themed entertainment; Nelson Coates, president of the Art Directors Guild and member of LCAD Board of Trustees; David Aion, senior show producer, Rethink Leisure & Entertainment, LLC; and Josh Steadman, themed entertainment production designer for Walt Disney Imagineering.
“Consulting with industry professionals ensures that our new program will better prepare our students to meet realistic needs and demands of the entertainment design industry as well as form partnerships with organizations that include the Art Directors Guild (ADG), the Guild of Design, and the NextGen Initiative of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA),” added Savas.
Dennis, a member of the LCAD Illustration in Entertainment Design advisory board, has art directed world-class theme parks for 25 years. He became involved with LCAD after he was a guest speaker and attendee of the annual Industry Open House.
“Every LCAD student I met shook my hand and looked me in the eye, and through our conversations, they understood the reality of the career path they need to take,” Robert Dennis explained. “Their work showed their strengths in drawing and sketching, which are foundational skills in this industry. LCAD is a school that prepares its students for careers.”
Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Creative Writing, Design + Digital Media, Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting), Game Art and Illustration, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Creative Writing, Drawing and Painting and Game Development. LCAD Fine Arts alumni are accepted to the most prestigious graduate programs and go on to become internationally recognized artists and educators who shape dialogue with renowned collectors, museums and gallerists.
The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at LCAD houses the historic archives of the college and The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers. For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit www.lcad.edu or Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.
Dan Long will be Garden Club speaker on Fri Dec 9
On Friday, Dec 9, Dan Long will speak on “Growing up! Using Vines and Climbers in Your Garden” with an emphasis on clematis in formal and natural garden settings. Attendees will learn about an amazing array of vines, both classic and new, suited to a wide variety of growing conditions in all colors of the rainbow.
Clematis are beautiful and love to climb
Sean’s presentations are full of ideas, techniques and beautiful images designed to inform and inspire his audiences. He has spoken to groups both large and small for more than a decade, bringing a new level of understanding and enjoyment to a typically under-appreciated class of landscape plants.
The Laguna Beach Garden Club meets on the second Friday of every month, Sept through May at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Avenue. The meeting begins with a 9:30 a.m. social, followed at 10 a.m. by a general meeting. The public is welcome: there is no charge for guests on their first visit.
Before or after the meeting, browse the outdoor “Garden Boutique” where donated garden-related items and plants can be purchased at “dirt-cheap” prices. Fantastic garden gloves only $7/pair. Parking is Free in the Laguna Canyon Rd lot (spaces 300-422) or $3 for all day in spaces 185 - 228.
For more information on the Garden Club, visit www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org
Santa came to town and he’s hanging around awhile
Hospitality Night - 2016
Photos by SCOTT BRASHIER
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Santa arrived downtown riding the LBFD 1931 Seagrave pumper
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Mostly smiles packed Forest Avenue
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Ice skating – Laguna Beach style
Check out a few more of Scott’s photos in the slideshow below
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WealthWise’s Loreen Gilbert is the only OC advisor selected by LPL to offer new investment platform
Loreen Gilbert, founder of WealthWise Financial Services, is the only Orange County advisor selected by LPL to offer the new Robo Hybrid investment platform, which is said to provide the best of both worlds: a low cost solution plus a dedicated advisor to reach out to as life events happen.
By marrying human and digital advice from respected professionals, the hybrid Robo platform becomes a highly effective low-cost investment solution designed to appeal to millennials and individuals with less than $200,000 to invest.
Loreen Gilbert, founder of WealthWise Financial Services
Selection of WealthWise Financial Services, Inc. by leading retail investment advisory firm and independent broker/dealer LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc, confirms the Irvine headquartered firm’s leadership in 21st century wealth management. LPL is piloting the program with only 50 offices out of the 15,000 advisors across the nation.
Investors can start with as little as $5,000 and there is no maximum.
WealthWise will assign a dedicated financial advisor, not use the typical “customer service” approach of most Robo advisors, and offer financial planning advice when life events impact the investor.
Fees are extremely low, typically 0.5 percent annually or less, depending on the amount invested.
All ETFs are offered through the Guided Wealth Portfolios of Future Advisor, which is owned by Blackrock, world’s largest asset manager guiding individuals, and included is a weekly market commentary, monthly report and annual portfolio review.
“We are honored to be selected by LPL. Humanizing this cutting edge new technology with a dedicated financial advisor meets the needs of investors with as little as $5000 to invest, especially millennials”, said WealthWise founder and president, Loreen Gilbert.
WealthWise is located at 9070 Irvine Center Drive in Irvine. Call 949-748-1177 for more information.
Coast Inn neighbors introduced to proposed renovations
By BARBARA DIAMOND
The Coast Inn was opened Saturday to introduce neighbors to the proposed renovation of the hotel, the iconic Boom Boom Room, the old liquor store across Mountain Road and cottage behind it.
More than 45 people attended the meeting: described by architect Marshall Ininns as “pretty cordial.” Ininns is reaching out to a wider audience to gain support for the renovation.
“This is a Laguna Beach project, not just a neighborhood project,” Ininns said. “It is part of our history.”
As proposed, the project includes a 24-room hotel, a restaurant, a spa, a small meeting room and a couple of decks and a lobby area, which will feature live music, a bar and bar menu. Food and alcohol also will be available across the street at the former liquor store, to be re-named Coast Market, similar to the small deli adjacent to Sapphire in the Old Pottery Place, Innins said.
The spa will be located in the 1932 Olympics cottage behind the store.
All of the buildings have historical merit, Ininns said. Each of the components is proposed to be restored to its original façade.
The liquor store is one of the late Chris Abel’s first buildings, built in 1956. It will revert to its Mid-Century modern exterior.
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1930s Spanish Revival
The hotel will shed the current exterior in favor of its 1930’s Spanish Revival heritage.
Ininns referred to early photographs to reconnect the buildings to their historical origins.
“The city’s Heritage Committee approved the project,” said a pleased Ininns. “Members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community were happy about an (proposed) historical wall in the lobby, which is an ode to the past including the Boom Boom Room and the gay community.”
Not everyone is happy with the project as presented on Saturday.
One of the neighbors at the meeting complained his view was being compromised. Ininns offered to visit the neighbor’s home and try to relieve his concern.
A Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for Dec 14 to consider granting conditional use and coastal development permits, a variance and to review the design. Written comments may be submitted through Dec 13 and at the hearing. Oral comments may be made at the commission meeting.
For more information, visit the city’s website www.lagunabeachcity.net or the Community Development Department at City Hall.
Firefighters’ Spark of Love toy drive off and running
The Laguna Beach Fire Department in conjunction with other local fire agencies will be taking part in the annual Spark of Love toy drive. The Spark of Love campaign began in 1993 as a partnership between ABC7 and Firefighters throughout the five-county areas of Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura.
Although there are many worthwhile toy drives taking place this holiday season, the Spark of Love is the only one created and operated by Firefighters. Working together as the Orange County Toy Collaborative, these agencies collect and distribute approximately 300,000 toys annually to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not be receiving gifts this holiday season.
This year marks the 23rdanniversary for the Firefighters’ Spark of Love campaign, which will run from now through Dec 24. The Laguna Beach Fire Department has been involved since the program’s inception and each station will serve as drop-off sites for new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment:
Station One – downtown, Station 2 – Agate & Glenneyre
Station Three – Top of the World, Station 4 – South Laguna
Join StuNewsLaguna and drop off new toys at a Laguna Beach fire station!
Toy Request/Family Referral sheets are available at all Orange County fire stations and at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul office at 730 N. Garfield Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
Holiday sing-along at Community Garden this Sunday
Join in the holiday sing-along at the South Laguna Community Garden Park, Sunday, Dec 11 from 2-4 p.m. Bring your enthusiastic voices and treats to share.
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The Garden Band
The Garden Band, with Tom Joliet and Tony Bisson, along with a troupe of ukulele musicians will lead the singing. Songbooks will be provided so that you don’t forget the words.
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The Garden Elf
The garden elf will be dressed for the occasion. If you want to help decorate the garden, stop by on Saturday the 10th at 9 a.m.
Blessing of animals great and small takes place at the Neighborhood Church on Dec 18 at 11:15 a.m.
Reverend Jeff Utter will be blessing animals, furry, scaled, or otherwise, in the casual, sunny courtyard of the Neighborhood Community Church on Dec 18 at 11:15 am. If bringing kitties, attendees are asked to provide carriers so that the canines will not spook the felines.
This dog is blessed
The Church is also requesting that participants (the human ones) bring along a canned food or cash/check donation, which will go to Animal Crackers Pet Rescue. The organization does amazing work to find fur-ever homes for hundreds of animals.
This is a feel-good, ministry-sponsored event, and there will be no solicitors to bother guests.
Stu News Holiday Party will be fun on Fri Dec 16: there’ll be fab silent auction items, food and drink
Stu News Laguna staff will be celebrating the holidays along with our community of readers and supporters on Friday Dec 16 from 5 – 9 p.m. We hope you will join us for a chance to bid on amazing Silent Auction items including a one-night stay at The Ranch with a meal for two at The Harvest restaurant; a one-night stay at La Casa with a meal for two at Kya; drinks and appetizers for four people at The Rooftop; one Beach Brella; a gift certificate to Watermarc; and a gift certificate for Bala Shala Yoga, among other amazing items.
Delicious food will be served through the generosity of Maro Wood Grill, GG’s Bistro, and Avilas El Ranchito.
Good vibes, good times, and a good cause
Guests will have a good time and be doing good at the same time, because money raised at the event will benefit Glennwood House. This nonprofit provides a loving and unique housing community for young adults with developmental disabilities.
The money raised will help start a new dramatic arts program for residents.
“Glennwood is very excited about the upcoming event sponsored by StuNews to raise funds to bring a dramatic arts program to our residents,” said Janet Parsons of Glennwood Advancement. “Over the years LOCA volunteers have donated their time and talent in creative art workshops and we have seen the incredible talent and expression of our residents through their art projects. Now we are pleased to have the opportunity to increase our workshops to include a dramatic arts program.
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Hee-eere’sJewelz (with COO Faith Manners): Glennwood residents enjoy dressing up and acting different parts
“Laura Buckle, food and wine writer for StuNews, is not only a very talented writer and DJ, but also has extensive experience in providing dramatic arts programs for persons with special needs. As Laura stated, ‘Dramatic arts is non-prejudicial and non-discriminatory; it is so welcoming and allows anyone to develop and show their inner creativity and spirit,” Parsons added.
Provenance Realty has generously offered its premises at 540 S. Coast Hwy for the event.
Parsons noted also, “We are very excited for Laura to participate with Glennwood in developing this new and exciting dramatic arts program. Glennwood residents love to sing, dance, and act and this opportunity for them to expand their involvement in the arts will be truly amazing. Thank you to everyone at StuNews, Provenance Realty, and KX 93.5 Radio/Laguna Beach for supporting [us]. Come out and join us on December 16 from 5 -9 p.m. for a wonderful holiday event.”
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Tina and Jewelz love face-painting and no doubt can’t wait for stage makeup
Many of the residents know exactly which superheroes they would play in a movie.
Danielle, a very active young woman, would like to be Batman, and William, who loves video games, agrees with that choice. Rachel, a sporty type, would prefer to be Wonder Woman and Amy thinks playing the role of Wonder Woman would be, well, wonderful. Scott chose Spiderman and Trevor chose Thor (because he is a tough guy, says Trevor).
Of course, these kids are already superheroes, dealing with unique challenges each day with good cheer.
There will be food, drinks, holiday music and dancing and plenty of cheer at the Stu News Laguna Holiday Party. DJ Laura Buckle will be spinning the tunes. The event is family friendly, so please feel free to bring the kiddos and grand-kiddos too.
Come any time between 5 and 9 p.m. for a toast and holiday hug - and to connect with others in our community. Remember, it’s at Provenance Realty’s premises, 540 S Coast Hwy. Stu and Shaena and the whole Stu News gang hopes to see you there!
If you can’t attend the event, but would like to donate to the cause – either cash donations or silent auction items – please call Shaena Stabler at 949-315-0259.
Give a gift: support our seals and sea lions at PMMC
By DIANE ARMITAGE
Before you rush out and finish all that holiday shopping, please remember that our own seal and sea lion hospital – Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) – offers quite a fun holiday catalog of all sorts of inventive gifts.
Check it out at http://PacificMMC.org/2016catalog
Anything you purchase, of course, goes directly to the care and feeding of the center’s rescued seals and sea lions, and is also parlayed to the education department, which provides all sorts of classes, workshops, online classes for students all over the world, and the immensely popular Pinniped Summer Camps for kids.
When perusing the holiday catalog this morning, I came across everything from seal tree ornaments to jewelry, license plate holders, travel mugs, purses and all sorts of clothing options (i.e., hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.)
Looking for something even more creative?
Adopt a seal or sea lion for yourself or someone on your list
My personal favorite are the Adoption Kits, which allow you to adopt Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions or Fur Seals and receive a PMMC lunch tote stuffed to the brim with your chosen stuffed animal, information cards, tips on how you can save the ocean and its inhabitants and more. What a great gift to give those people on your list who have everything!
Feed seals, educate kids … it’s all in the holiday catalog
The catalog doesn’t stop there.
You can sign up to feed a Fur Seal, Harbor Seal, Sea Lion or Elephant Seal on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
You can even support people through the PMMC’s educational platforms. As an example, you can support today’s military and military veterans through the PMMC Sea Lions for Service Members.
Support at-risk children who come to PMMC in busses from all over Southern California.
Check out PMMC’s Healing Seals, which is a partnered program with Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Or, sponsor a Pinniped classroom of 35 students at PMMC.
Each year, PMMC’s Holiday Catalog just gets more entertaining and innovative. Anything you can do to support this hearty band of rescuers, researchers, doctors and educators in our Canyon’s little red barn is always appreciated! What a gift they’re giving our community (and the planet in general!).
The link again is: http://PacificMMC.org/2016catalog
Diane Armitage is the author of a recently published 175-page book – “Laguna Beach’s Best” – a travel guide for locals and visitors. She writes a subjective blog found at www.LagunaBeachBest.com
She is a regular contributor to StuNews
LB Boys & Girls Club recognizes the contributions of Tuttle-Click Automotive and Keith Swayne
Nov 17 marked the anniversary of the 31st annual National Philanthropy Day. This day recognizes the great contribution philanthropy makes to our society and honors individuals, businesses, and organizations that are active in the philanthropic community. This highly respected recognition day is coordinated and supported on an international scale by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
This year, the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club was thrilled to recognize Tuttle-Click Automotive and Keith Swayne for their tremendous support over the years. General manager Al Dimont and marketing manager Shirley Dordell from Tuttle-Click Automotive Group were in attendance at this year’s luncheon.
The Tuttle-Click Automotive Group has done an incredible amount of charitable work in the communities where it does business. Nonprofits, schools, and other charities benefit a great deal from the six Orange County-based dealerships operated by Tuttle-Click. Jim Click, the owner, and George Saad, the vice-president, have created a strong culture of volunteerism and philanthropy in the company.
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Pamela Estes, Al Dimont and Shirley Dordell celebrate the contributions of Tuttle-Click Automotive and Keith Swayne to the Boys & Girls Club
Tuttle-Click Automotive has been a huge help to the LB Boys & Girls Club, which is one of the primary recipients of the company’s philanthropy. The company has supported the Club for many years at the annual Art of Giving Gala, and has helped to double the funds raised each time. Around $500,000 is raised by the Gala each year.
Also, Carrie Click has chaired the Gala in the past and currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Club. The Tuttle-Click Mazda dealership also sends employees out to volunteer every year for the pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Club’s Bluebird Park branch.
In 2015 the Club celebrated the enormous contributions of the Clicks by dedicating the snack bar of the new Lang Branch as the Click Café. The leadership at Tuttle-Click Automotive are primary drivers of the philanthropy and volunteer movement at the company, which touches many facets of the nonprofit world. With more than 500 employees in Orange County, their philanthropic work is reaching many people who need their help.
Longtime supporter Keith Swayne, who was also an honoree at this year’s luncheon, has had several monumental accomplishments with the Boys & Girls Club since becoming a member of the Board of Directors in the year 2000. In 2004, he co-chaired a massive 3.3 million dollar capital campaign that funded the construction of a 25,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility.
As a past member of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, Keith understands the importance of quality after-school programing. He saw the need to make the Club sustainable in perpetuity, leading him to co-chair the creation of an endowment fund. He has also served as board president, where he achieved a new level of philanthropic sophistication for the organization.
Keith continues to inspire and motivate the Board of Directors and acts as a mentor for the Club’s current executive director. Furthermore, he has had a significant impact on the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach by improving the facility and creating financial stability. Through his family foundation, this unique culture of philanthropy will be carried forward and continue to reach those in need.
Keith Swayne is setting an ideal example for upcoming philanthropists to advocate for and support efforts to improve the lives of individuals within Orange County’s most vulnerable communities.
The Boys & Girls Club occupies three sites in Laguna Beach; Canyon Branch, Bluebird Branch and its newest addition Lang Branch, located in South Laguna. Together, they offer a nationally recognized and award winning year round enrichment program that focuses on the whole family.
For more information about The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, visit www.bgclagunabeach.org or call 494-2535.
Chanukah at Chabad promises to be a festive time
The Festival of Lights, consisting of Chanukah events in Laguna Beach, will be open to the community.
On Fri Dec 16 from 6 – 7 p.m., residents can enjoy Friday Night Live, the countdown to Chanukah. There will be a short and spirited service along with a fantastic kids’ program – plus a blessing under the Tallit, Chanukah latkes and a delicious buffet.
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There’ll be dancing and cheerful on Dec 25 at Main Beach celebrating Chanukah
On Wed, Dec 21 at 4:30 pm, the JYZ Youth Club will present pre-Chanukah festivities at Chabad including Menorah making, Dreidle spinning, gift unwrapping, latke eating, storytelling, and fun galore for kids between the ages of 3 and 13. The fee is just $7 per child.
The grand finale takes place on Sun, Dec 25 at 2 p.m. on the cobblestone area at Laguna Main Beach with the annual Surfboard Menorah Celebration.
The surfboard Menorah throws a festive light on the occasion
The event will include an Israeli DJ and dancing, and awesome magician, crafts for the kids, face painting, Dreidle cookie decorating, latkes, Dreidles, and lighting of the way cool surfboard Menorah. There’ll be fun for all ages, and admission is free.
Save the date - Dec 10 at Main Beach for a Christmas four-person volleyball tournament, potluck, toy drive
Check in for the Dec 10 volleyball tournament, rain or shine, at 9 a.m. at Main Beach. There are two divisions – A and Social.
Four person mixed teams will be assigned in a weighted draw format. There is a $5 entry fee. Sign up by yourself. You will be assigned to a team, and no, you cannot make your own team. Family teams rock and are allowed.
Kirk Morgan said, “We provide really cheesy but cool prizes.”
Please bring a dish for the potluck lunch. Electricity is provided for crock-pots
There will also be an optional “Toys For Tots” toy drive drop off.
No beginners or really young kids, please. Sign up for either division, but they reserve the right to move players up or down.
Community Emergency Response Team Training
The Laguna Beach Police Department is excited to announce registration for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class #8. The CERT program has graduated over 250 volunteers since 2011. A Community Emergency Response Team is an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. CERT members during call-outs assist public safety personnel with traffic control, scene management, and city events. The CERT program consists of 25 hours of classroom and hands on training. It concludes with an exercise drill to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the classroom sessions.
Training includes the following topics: disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, CERT and terrorism, traffic control and scene management.
Training will begin on Monday, Jan 9, 2017. Classes will then meet twice a week on Monday & Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mandatory attendance is required at all classes. To be considered for this training, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or work within the city limits, be at least 16 years old and have no felony convictions. Applications must be submitted through the online recreation class sign-up: www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/default.htm
All individuals will receive a confirmation email if accepted into the program.
Nine o’clock is the New Midnight: Rita Rudner’s New Year’s Eve show will celebrate the start of 2017
In a performance that the New York Times describes as “soft-spoken but not without bite,” Rita Rudner will ring in the New Year at the Laguna Playhouse with her show, 9 p.m. Is The New Midnight, which will begin at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec 31 and end with a champagne celebration at 9 p.m.
Rita Rudner promises to help you laugh your way into the New Year
Rita Rudner is not only one of America’s top comedians -- she’s also a New York Times bestselling author, as well as an award-winning television personality, screenwriter, playwright, Broadway dancer and actress. A house-filling favorite in Vegas, Rudner is beloved for her witty one-liners, which have helped make hers the longest-running solo show in Vegas history – she’s sold more than a million tickets during her time there.
Now this comedy legend is hosting her early evening New Year’s Eve party here in Laguna, where the audience will watch the ball drop on the East Coast and celebrate with a complimentary champagne drink and dessert.
Rita Rudner: 9 p.m. Is The New Midnight is a one night special performance featuring special guests Molly Bergman and Sidney Bowen, a musical duo, who will open the show.
Rita Rudner is one of the country’s top comedians
Rudner has performed over 3,000 solo shows in Las Vegas since the MGM Corporation built a theatre for her twelve years ago. She also regularly performs concerts and at corporate and charity events across the country.
One of the country’s top comedians and a New York Times bestselling author, Rita Rudner is also an award-winning television personality, screenwriter, playwright, Broadway dancer, and actress.
Rudner is a frequent collaborator with her writer/producer husband of twenty years, Martin Bergman. She lives in Las Vegas and Monarch Beach with her husband and daughter. For more information on Rita, log on to her website at www.ritafunny.com or become her fan on Facebook.
Molly Bergman and Sidney Bowen are two local teen singer/songwriters who sometimes perform as a duo. They appeared together at the Laguna Playhouse when they performed last year for recent-Emmy-winning comedian Louie Anderson. They’ve also performed at several benefit shows around Orange County.
Tickets for the show are $99 - $125 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787).
The box office is open Mon – Sat: 12 to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.