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 Volume 10, Issue 91  |  November 13, 2018                            


Police Files

Exonerated LBPD officer sues City of Fullerton and PD following parents’ death

On Thursday, Nov 8, LBPD officer Rock Wagner, Wendy Wagner, and James McBride filed a lawsuit against the City of Fullerton, Fullerton Police Department and three Fullerton PD officers alleging false arrest/false imprisonment, battery, negligence, civil rights violations, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and wrongful death damages after being exonerated of any wrongdoing in connection with elder abuse and fraud arrests involving Rock and Wendy’s parents.

“This was an arrest made apparently with no investigation whatsoever,” said attorney Gary Casselman of Casselman Law, who represents the plaintiffs. “Not long after the arrest, because of the actions by the police, the Wagner parents passed away. Rock and Wendy Wagner’s parents are dead now.”

There will be a press conference today, Tuesday, Nov 13, at 11 a.m., regarding the lawsuit filed. The press conference will be held at the Ayres Hotel Orange in Orange.

Officer Wagner was arrested by Fullerton PD near his Lake Forest home on November 28, 2017, on suspicion of elder abuse and fraud. His sister, Wendy Wagner, and her boyfriend, James McBride, also plaintiffs in the lawsuit, were also arrested. 

After the arrests, the Orange County District Attorney’s office declined to file charges in the case, finding a lack of evidence to support such charges, and finding that no crime had been committed. Officer Wagner, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, also was cleared by an internal Laguna Beach Police Department investigation.

“Both of these investigations have concluded and after thorough review of the evidence produced, it has been determined that allegations of misconduct could not be supported. It has also been determined by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office that evidence of a crime did not exist,” said LBPD Cpt Jason Kravetz. 

The lawsuit alleges that the Fullerton PD rushed to produce public statements and circulated Wagner’s arrest mugshot and that of his sister and boyfriend to the media, boasting of its “thorough investigation,” but made no attempt to announce the fact that the case was quickly thrown out when it became evident that no crime had been committed by them.

According to the lawsuit filed, Rock Wagner, Wendy Wagner, and James McBride are seeking compensatory damages and special damages, attorney’s fees, punitive damages, and “further relief as the court may deem proper and just.”

“They can’t get their parents back,” Casselman said. “One passed away within a few weeks of the incident, the other was a few months after.”

The City of Fullerton did not respond to requests from Stu News Laguna for comment by press time.

Grand theft auto suspect fails to yield, nabbed 

in high-risk traffic stop

On Friday, Nov 9, at 12:41 p.m., LBPD was notified by an OC Sheriff’s Department helicopter of a stolen vehicle in Laguna Beach driving northbound on Coast Highway from Camel Point Drive. The white Ford 150 construction vehicle was recently stolen from Lake Forest.

“An officer located the vehicle at Thalia Street and South Coast Highway. Officers attempted to initiate a high-risk traffic stop at Boat Canyon and North Coast Highway but the vehicle failed to yield,” said LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. “At Crystal Heights and Coast Highway, the suspect finally yielded to pursuing units and surrendered to officers.”

OCSD’s “Duke” helicopter assisted in the pursuit. 

Francis T McNair, 53, of Mission Viejo was arrested for grand theft auto. According to Sgt Cota, McNair was positively identified as the suspect who had stolen the victim’s truck. McNair was later transported to Orange County Jail.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Red Flag Warning issued for Laguna Beach through Wednesday, Nov 14 at 5 p.m. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Laguna Beach effective through Wednesday, Nov 14 at 5 p.m. Sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts of 50 MPH are possible along with low humidity levels. An elevated sense of awareness is imperative during extreme weather conditions.

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Residents evacuate from the devastating Woolsey Fire 

Laguna Beach residents should take this time to evaluate their preparedness levels. Please refer to the Ready! Set! Go! Program available on the Fire Department’s website at

Register for AlertOC, the City’s mass notification system, at Make sure to include your cell phone number, text number, and email addresses so that the City can contact you no matter where you are. 

During a Red Flag Warning, parking restrictions are implemented for the Diamond/Crestview Neighborhood. Any vehicles that are parked in marked parking spaces with a “red flag” painted in the center of the asphalt may be cited or towed. In order to ensure you are contacted during a Red Flag Warning, register with the Nixle Red Flag group by texting “LBRedFlag” to 888-777.

On Veterans Day, residents, veterans, and community leaders gather at Legion Hall to honor those who served 

Photos by Scott Brashier

On Veterans saluting flag

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Attendees salute flag in honor of veterans

On Veterans helmet and boots

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Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, Battlefield Cross or Battle Cross is a symbolic replacement of a cross or marker appropriate to an individual service member’s religion 

On Veterans Dicterow

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City Council Member Steve Dicterow 

On Veterans silence

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A moment of silence 

On Veterans Silverman

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Honored Patriot Arnold Silverman, US Army veteran of the Korean War and past Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 commander, and Sande St. John, 2019 Citizen of the Year

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OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

Laguna Surf & Sport holding clothing drive for the victims of the Hill-Woolsey fires, ends tomorrow

Through tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov 14, Laguna Surf & Sport, in collaboration with The Shop, is holding a clothing drive for those involved in the Hill-Woolsey fires. 

Laguna Surf and Sport says, “Many families have lost everything in the tragic LA area fires this week. They are in dire need of our help and support. We are asking for donations of new or lightly used clothing, especially jackets, shoes, and backpacks for youth to adult sizes.”

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Woolsey fire

At the end of the day on Wednesday, a truck will pick up all the donations and take them directly to the families in need. 

Donations may be dropped off at Laguna Surf & Sport, located at 1088 S Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 497-7000. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Long-time Tony’s Treehouse supporters lose home, car and camping trailer in Paradise Wildfire

Laguna Beach-based nonprofit Tony’s Treehouse is seeking contributions for a family in dire need. 

The Northern California fire in Paradise has destroyed the home of a longtime Tony’s Treehouse supporter family. After evacuation, the Lindsay family discovered at the KOA base camp, that their home, camper trailer and car were all lost.

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The Lindsay family needs immediate assistance from recent fire devastation

Steve and Teri Lindsay, along with their three children, had just moved into the home and were in the process of securing insurance. The policy was not yet in effect, leaving them without coverage to pay for temporary living quarters, personal items or rebuilding costs. 

Needed medical supplies were lost in the fire, which help with the care of their disabled daughter, Megan. Her life depends on many medical supplies, a CPAP machine and she only has mobility with an electric wheel chair. 

For over 13 years, the Lindsays have come to the aid of Tony’s Treehouse, helping with fundraisers and giving time and money to their cause.

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Megan is in need of medical supplies after the fire burned all they had

Tony’s Treehouse is asking for the community to stand with the Lindsay family and show them they are not alone. 

Tax-deductible contributions can be made at Any donation will help; please reference the Lindsay Family Fund when donating. 

Tony’s Treehouse is located at 668 North Coast Hwy #112.

Woolsey Fire Benefit Yoga Class & Group Meditation hosted by Yoga Sapien on Wednesday, Nov 14

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Join Dawn Marie for the Yoga Class & Group Meditation benefiting the Woolsey Fire victims, on Wednesday, Nov 14, from 1 - 2:15 p.m. All levels are welcome. There is a $25 suggested donation. Yoga Sapien is located at 610 N Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 416-3996 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laguna Playhouse honors veterans with new ticket program for military and veteran families

On Veterans Day, Laguna Playhouse announced a new ticket program that will provide complimentary tickets for veterans and their families as a way to honor the courageous men and women who have valiantly served the country to protect and defend freedom. 

Through their new outreach program, TheatreHope, the Playhouse offers free tickets to military and veteran families for performances at Laguna Playhouse. 

As a testament to the Playhouse’s deep gratitude, they welcome veterans and active service members to the Playhouse for entertaining, uplifting and educational live theatre experiences. 

“We are thankful to the many veterans in our community that have served their country with valor, and we would like to show our appreciation to these brave men and women and their families through this new program,” said Doug Vogel, director of development for Laguna Playhouse.

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Veteran salutes flag at Veterans Day commemoration at Legion Hall

This opportunity is available year-round, and often includes a backstage tour along with an opportunity to meet Playhouse actors and staff during interactive “stage talks” following select performances. 

Laguna Playhouse thanks O.L. Halsell Foundation, S.L. Gimbel Foundation, and the Peter and Ginny Ueberroth Family Foundation for their support of this program. 

For those interested in this opportunity, contact Michael Garman (the Playhouse’s Grants & Community Outreach Manager) for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 715-5355.

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Saturday sky awash in smoke

Saturday sky sun

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Eerie glow creates a streak of flame on the open sea

Ocean Institute presents the only woman to row solo across the “big three” oceans, Roz Savage, tonight

Tonight, Tuesday, Nov 13, Ocean Institute presents rower, speaker, and author Roz Savage in a talk about bettering one’s self and the planet. Named “Adventurer of the Year,” by National Geographic in 2010, Savage has rowed over 15,000 miles and spent over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat.

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Savage rowed across 8,000 miles of the Pacific over 250 days, becoming the first solo woman to complete the voyage

Savage’s impressive reputation as a world-class adventurer came after a radical shift away from an 11-year career as a management consultant. She now combines her diverse experiences in law, corporate business, and ocean rowing when she lectures on a variety of topics that encourage success – whether in the ocean or in the office. 

In a speaker series designed to highlight the Ocean Institute’s commitment to education, conservation, and research, Savage will speak about the vision, mindset, courage, and resilience that have inspired her achievements. 

Savage will share how pushing past your comfort zone can lead to a more purpose-driven life, and how everyone can play a part in chartering a better course for themselves, others, and the planet. Her experience and influence compliment Ocean Institute’s extended efforts to partner with leaders in ocean science and environmental studies as they continue to discuss the importance of conserving life in California’s unique ecosystem. 

The evening’s events include a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by an introduction and welcome by Ocean Institute President and CEO Dan Pingaro at 6:30 p.m. Following the lecture, guests are invited to ask questions of Savage.

Tickets for the Distinguished Speaker Series presentation at Ocean Institute are $10 and are available online at, in person at Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, or by calling (949) 496-2274. Space is limited and advance registration is encouraged.

Public invited to create mosaic wall at Neighborhood Congregational Church

 Neighborhood Church in Laguna Beach invites the public to create a hands-on, mosaic wall mural. Activity dates are November 16, 17, 18, and 24 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Beginners, aged 17 to adult are invited to participate. 

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“I’m very pleased to see all the community involved,” said Reverend Rodrick Echols, Pastor of Neighborhood Church

 “It’s very therapeutic and relaxing,” said PJ Mann, who installed four square feet in the white zone. Participants are given gloves, adhesive mud called thin set, and a bucket of tile chips for designated wall areas. 

Mosaic project leaders include art conservator Susan Brown, construction manager Greg Rayes, and artist Mike Tauber. Others engaged include Christopher Brazelton, Sallie Barron, Julie Phillips, and Carrie Pohlhammer.

“It’s fun – like gluing together a puzzle,” said Susan Hough, who brought her team of Walking for Water teens to the project. “We got more done than we thought!” she exclaimed. 

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The mosaic wall is like gluing a puzzle together

The project is supported by donations from Mark Porterfield and Steve Chadima, and other community members. Additional participants have included Festival of Arts, LOCA Arts Education, Laguna Clay Company, Home Depot and others.

The activity is free and drop-ins are invited. Signed waivers are required, and hats, gloves, and sunscreen are recommended. Schedules are available at, or call (949) 494-8061 for more information.

Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 Saint Ann’s Drive. Free on-site parking is available.

Where’s Maggi – the answers!

Maggi found this fairy butterfly garden – and so have quite a few others.

Congratulations to our readers who knew where to find it. Kudos go out to Kathryn Delp Dew, Kathy Bienvenu, Gretchen Thompson, Kris Howson, Beth Johnsen, John Walker, Jean Vivrette, Cathy Bosko, Ina Inouye, Jessica Destefano, Bernadette Murphy (who shared that it was created by her dear friend, Jessica Destefano!), Rosalind Russell, Katy Moss, Raquelle Basto, and Pamela Knudsen.

Thanks for knowing Maggi’s whereabouts. There will be another photo mystery coming up on Friday. Stay tuned!

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The little fairy butterfly garden, located at the library 

Grant Hier launches new poetry collection Similitude at LCAD Gallery to standing room only audience


On Friday evening, LCAD Gallery was the site of an extraordinary evening of literature. Grant Hier read from his new poetry collection Similitude to a packed room of fans, friends, students, family and colleagues from LCAD. For more than a decade, he served as Chair of Liberal Arts and Art History and Faculty Senate President at Laguna College of Art + Design where he remains as Full Professor, teaching courses in literature and creative writing. Hier is also the Poet Laureate of Anaheim. 

A perfect venue for the reading

It seemed fitting that the site of the event was LCAD Gallery, which is currently exhibiting photos and works of art from the Shoreline Project last weekend. The theme of the project, according to the artist Elizabeth Turk, was “Searching for commonalities, we start at an essential level.” 

An apt setting, Similitude means likeness or resemblance, how we match as a counterpart of another, how much we are alike and what is common to us all. 

Amazon says of the book, “This collection is thoughtful, well-wrought poetry that simultaneously connects the unexpected and reveals to us places of resonance.”

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Grant Hier reads to capacity crowd at LCAD Gallery

And that’s exactly what his poetry does, especially when it is read by the author. 

Marrie Stone says, ”What I love about Grant Hier, both as a poet and person, is his accessibility. There’s no pretension in either his work or his conversation.”

It’s all about inclusiveness and his intention for the audience to be a part of process that he experiences while he reads his work, and he graciously invites us in.

Heir says of the evening, “I love it when literature is released through the human voice and sent out into the sky, and I specifically love the live readings that Bryan Heggie has brought to the LCAD Gallery in downtown Laguna. To read poetry to one’s self stimulates the mind and imagination, of course, but to hear it read aloud entertains the ear, and makes the body resonate, too. And speaking it out loud involves all of that, plus the breath, and the mouth, and more. That’s when you really experience poetry as the music that it is. I love it.” 

How music plays into the mix

In addition to writing, he is a musical artist, visual artist, graphic designer, and former art director. He recorded his original musical compositions for A&M Records in Los Angeles, and his installation art has been featured in several gallery showings. 

What type of music does he listen to? He replies, “I listen to a lot. On Saturday I’m heading to Royce Hall to hear a choral piece by my favorite living composer, Arvo Pärt. When I paint, he’s usually the soundtrack. When I grade, if I want music on, it’ll be Glenn Gould playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations. I love Jeff Tweedy, Margaret Glaspy and Elliott Smith for their unique songwriting, their chord progressions, their guitar playing. Grizzly Bear. Kendrick Lamar. The Beatles. Motown. I used to work in music, and being exposed to a wide variety of styles and genres really broadened my horizons and tastes. Travel does that too. As the one aphorism from Similitude that I read on Friday points out: ‘When you are a lover of diversity and newness, the world is ever beautiful.’”

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(L-R) Joan Gladstone (LCAD Trustee), Jonathan Burke (LCAD President), Dania Alkouli (aka author Lady Narrator), and Kelsey Bailey (LCAD student)

Of his poetry, Jeff Rovner comments, “A Grant Hier poem is like a joke well told: surprising, yet inevitable.”

And it appears that Hier agrees, “Plus, it’s always fun – and often surprising – to see which poems and lines most resonate with people. If anyone is willing to let me know (via my website or social media links), I’d be delighted to hear their reactions to my work. I actually use that feedback in selecting poems for readings. At the book launch on November 9, for instance, I included every poem that Lynette Brasfield and others had mentioned were their favorites.”

Awards and what poets inspire him

During his career, Heir has garnered many awards. He was the 2014 recipient of Prize Americana for his book Untended Garden, which was published by The Poetry Press in 2015, and nominated for both an American Book Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He was awarded the Nancy Dew Taylor Prize for Literary Excellence in Poetry in 2014 for his poem “The Difference Between Rattle and Settling,” and the Kick Prize for poetry in 2013 for his poem “Between Ellipses.” 

When asked who his favorite poets are, he gives a short, medium or long answer. Of course, I take the long one.

“That’s like asking my favorite food! I love so many, really, and for different reasons. But the ones I keep going back to again and again are Kay Ryan, Wendell Berry, Robert Wrigley, Galway Kinnell. They nourish and sustain me.”

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Heir with some of his creative writing poetry students and Louie Perez (on the far right) of the band Los Lobos. Heir is collaborating with Perez on a couple of projects soon to be announced.

He continues, “Kay mainly for her craft and playfulness. Kinnell and Berry mainly for their quietly powerful voice and tremendous compassion. Wrigley for his seemingly effortless mastery of craft and big heart. But I love many poets for different reasons, just as I love Thai food and Mexican food and Indian food for different reasons.

“Louis MacNeice and Brigit Pegeen Kelly I love for their masterful phrasing. Sharon Olds and Mary Oliver for being unapologetically direct. Pattiann Rogers always delights with her imagination and surprising turns. Walt Whitman and Robinson Jeffers have always connected for me with their compelling ideas. I love them all.”

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A display of Heir’s books

Hier received the high honor of Prize Americana for his book-length poem Untended Garden (The Poetry Press, 2015), as well as The Nancy Dew Taylor Prize for Literary Excellence in Poetry (2014), and the Kick Prize for poetry (2013). His poems have been widely published internationally, and anthologized in such places as Human and Inhuman Poems (Knopf/Everyman), Poets Against the War, and WTC Remembrances. 

What’s next? Among many things, in 2019, Hier’s book California Continuum, written with John Brantingham, will be published. And as any person who searches out both the universe’s diversities and similarities, it appears that Hier fully embraces both and brings us into that world. 

As Hier says in his poem “From a series of Marking Stones: To,”

To lose the map is to gain adventure, and from “You Are,” 

You are like everyone

one and the same,

nevertheless, Yes,

never the less

you are

With Hier as the poetic maestro, it was an evening full of adventure and the collective resonance of emotions. 

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Seagull flees flight

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He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all…Richard Bach


Laguna Playhouse kicks off the holidays with Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose

Laguna Playhouse is excited to announce a special introduction to the holidays with Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose, opening on December 5. Written by Kris Lythgoe and directed by Sheldon Epps, with choreography by Mandy Moore, musical direction by Keith Harrison and musical supervision by Michael Orland, Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose will run through December 30. 

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Ashley Argota plays Belle in Beauty and the Beast

“Families, our audiences and our subscribers are in for a romantically glorious (and hilarious) holiday experience as we present our fourth Panto spectacle, the truly magical Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose,” says Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard. 

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to cheer for Belle, boo for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” 

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Andrew Barnicle plays Belle’s father

As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to develop theatre for young audiences, Lythgoe Family Panto together with Laguna Playhouse will bring the magic of Panto to hundreds of underserved children who attend school in Orange County. Lythgoe Family Panto is grateful to their partners and friends at Golden State Foods for generously providing school buses for the student matinees.

Tickets range from $41 - $76. To purchase tickets, visit or call (949) 497-2787. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Friendship Shelter to host Community Thanksgiving at Neighborhood Congregational Church

Friendship Shelter will host the annual Community Thanksgiving at Neighborhood Congregational Church on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov 22, from noon to 2 p.m. All are welcome and invited to bring a favorite dish to share.

Volunteers are needed for cleanup following at 2 p.m. To donate a turkey, please contact Mary at (949) 497-5641 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St Ann’s Dr.

Community invited to Chanukah celebrations and events with Chabad starting Nov 29

Chabad is gearing up for the holiday season with celebrations starting Thursday, Nov 29 with Menorahs and Martinis. At 7 p.m., Chabad will host a Ladies Home Club private event at a Laguna Beach home. Guests are invited to create a beautiful granite menorah and hear inspirational lessons from the Chanukah story. Enjoy drinks and latkes at this night out with the girls. 

The cost is $20 per person. RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Sunday, Dec 2 at 2 p.m., the Annual Surfboard Menorah Celebration will take place at Main Beach. Join Chabad at the cobblestones for Israeli music and dancing with DJ Eldad, a fabulous ventriloquist act, crafts for the kids, face painting, dreidel cookie decorating, hot latkes, and the lighting of the awesome Surfboard Menorah. Admission is free to the public. 

The community surfboards

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Last year at the Main Beach Surfboard Menorah Celebration

The celebrations continue on Tuesday, Dec 4 at 4:30 p.m. with a Wild & Wacky Menorah Workshop, a JYZ Youth Zone event at Chabad for children of all ages. Guests will enjoy menorah making, candle lighting, Chanukah crafting, dreidel spinning gift getting, storytelling and latke munching fun. The cost is $7. RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Friday, Dec 7 at 6 p.m., Chabad presents “Lotsa Latkes” Service & Oneg. The evening includes a Chanukah celebration, kids program and blessing under the Tallit, short service and fabulous singing. There will be a latke bar, matzo ball soup, chocolate chip challah and other traditional Shabbat delicacies.

For more information, call the Chabad office at (949) 499-0770 or visit

Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy.


Open for Business workshop with the City on Thursday

The next “Open for Business” workshop will be hosted by the City of Laguna Beach this Thursday, Nov 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community Center & Susi Q.

Workshop participants will include Planning Commissioners, representatives from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony Viera, Associate City Planner for the City of Laguna Beach.

“These meetings are an excellent way for prospective businesses to get an overview of our City’s processes,” said Planning Commission Chair Susan Whitin.

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The City will host its next Open for Business workshop at the beautiful Laguna Beach Community Center & Susi Q on Thursday

“These Open for Business workshops are a great way for existing business owners as well as those that are interested in opening a new business, to get answers to questions and information about doing business in Laguna Beach”, said a Chamber representative.

As a result of the workshops last year, several new businesses came to Laguna Beach, and others are planned for the future. 

The Laguna Beach Community Center & Susi Q is located at 380 Third St. For more information, contact Anthony Viera, Associate Planner at (949) 497-0398 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laguna Beach Business Club presents local artist Maria Bertrán at monthly meeting on Thursday

This Thursday, Nov 15, Maria Bertrán will be speaking at the breakfast meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Kitchen in the Canyon. She will be speaking on her experiences as a plein air painter.

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Maria in her studio full of her wonderful artwork

For over thirty-five years, Maria Bertrán has dedicated herself to her painting. Throughout the years her artwork has acquired a unique depth and richness reflecting her Latin origins and compositional preferences. 

Bertrán’s landscapes, still lives and figurative work recall the exploratory period of the Expressionists, experimenting with bold color combinations and surface texture while retaining classical themes, a certain depth of field, and structured compositions.

Maria was born in Venezuela and immigrated to the US where she received her BA in Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She moved with her husband and daughter to Laguna Beach in 1980 where she established her studio and practice. Since 1985 she has been represented by Pacific Edge Gallery in Laguna Beach.

For more information about the club or to register to attend a meeting, contact a club member or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kitchen In The Canyon is located at 845 Laguna Canyon Rd. Non-members are welcome; the guest breakfast fee is $20.

LAM to feature “Laguna Art Museum 100 years of Artistic Legacy” documentary on Thursday

Filmmaker Dale Schierholt introduces his documentary about the museum – its past and present – “Laguna Art Museum 100 Years of Artistic Legacy,” this Thursday, Nov 15 at 7 p.m.

The documentary chronicles the museum’s history from the founding of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918 to the present-day Laguna Art Museum. 

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LAM to feature documentary “Laguna Art Museum 100 Years of Artistic Legacy” 

Advice tickets are recommended and are included with museum admission, $5 for students, $7 for general public, and free for ages 17 and under. The documentary will be screened on Thursday, Nov 15, at 7 p.m. Film Night is generously sponsored by Compass.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit

Laguna Beach Christian Science Church presents meaningful change talk on Nov 18 

Mark McCurties, a practitioner of Christian Science healing from Michigan, will present a talk titled, “How God’s love can change your life and the world” this Sunday, Nov 18, at 2 p.m. at the Christian Science Church.

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Mark McCurties is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship

“The desire to change ourselves, to improve our character, our relationships, our life prospects can also go beyond just the boundary of our own lives and the four walls of our home. Many men and women around the world have a sincere yearning to improve the collective experience of mankind,” says McCurties. 

Mark will explain how God’s loving and saving power is the greatest agent for change, and that through a right understanding of God, His power can be seen and felt right here and now, bringing health and peace to the world.

McCurties has had a lifelong love of the Bible and its inspiring message of individual triumph over adversity. After graduating from college, he worked as a camp director, experiential educator, resident counselor, and athletics coach. He had many opportunities to witness the healing power of God, and these inspiring experiences eventually led him into the full-time public practice of Christian Science.

For more information, call (949) 494 3040 or visit

Christian Science Church is located at 635 High Drive.

Laguna Beach Garden Club presents “Growing Tilandsias” on Dec 14

On Friday, Dec 14, Laguna Beach Garden Club will host its monthly meeting at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church. Light breakfast and coffee will be served as special guest speaker Larry Bourget discusses “Growing Tillandsias.”

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Larry will share his knowledge on tillandsias and highlighting their beauty 

Larry and his wife Belen are passionate about tillandsias and how to display them in the best possible way. There are many varieties of tillandsias and secrets to keeping them healthy. Using driftwood and cedar roots as backdrops for these independent plants, Larry shows how to highlight their beauty. Specimens will be for sale at the meeting.   

The Laguna Beach Garden Club is committed to the advancement of gardening, horticulture, ecology and conservation through education and participation in related community projects. The club serves the Laguna Beach area and wants to keep it beautiful and fun.

The public is welcome and there is no charge for guests on their first visit. 

For more information on the garden club, visit

Laguna Presbyterian is located at 415 Forest Ave.