In this case, the apple and the tree took a fall together
The old idiom, ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ was fulfilled – at least as far as the LBPD could tell Friday afternoon.
A patrol unit made a traffic stop in the 100 block of Ruby Street at 2:02 p.m. after following from downtown as a backup unit joined in. The registered owner, Robert Scott Lajoie of Hawthorne, was wanted on a West Court warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested at the stop.
That led to a search of the vehicle, the driver and a passenger, Robert Keith Lajoie, 52, of Westminster, the father of Robert Scott. A meth pipe and methamphetamine were found on his person.
Both were arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance with bail set at $20,000 each.
Ex-girlfriend arrested for felony domestic violence, drug possession, vandalism and battery on an officer
A man called 9-1-1 Saturday at 2:34 p.m. to report that his roommate’s former girlfriend was physically attacking him. She had been watching the roommate’s dogs and, according to the caller, had barged into the house on Terry Road uninvited and was told to leave. She stayed.
As the roommate was trying to push her out of the door, Captain Jason Kravetz said, she bit his forearm and punctured the skin.
“She then picked up a lamp and hit him with it (and broke the lamp). Then she grabbed a blowtorch and began hitting him with that. The victim had visible marks from being hit with those items. In the process, she picked up an iPad and smashed it.”
Bliss Morgan Costello, 26, Laguna Beach, was arrested when officers arrived for felony domestic violence with $50,000 bail and vandalism.
At the police station as she was being booked, an officer found numerous pills requiring a prescription, which she didn’t have, in her purse. That prompted her to kick an officer in the leg and led to the possession of a controlled substance charge and another charge for battery on a police officer.
Read to a Dog at the Laguna Beach Library today!
Laguna Beach Library is starting their “Read to a Dog” program this morning, Aug 26 at 11, presented by B.A.R.K (Beach Animals Read to Kids).
B.A.R.K. is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Students may find it intimidating to read in front of classmates, but love to read to the non-judgmental, calming dogs.
B.A.R.K. now has 170 teams listening to kids in more than 100 schools and libraries in California.
So, if your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills, come meet Venus and her owner, Theresa, from B.A.R.K. Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. Aaarf!
Call the library 497-1733 or sign up at the Children’s Desk. Drop-ins welcome too! This program will continue through December on every last Tuesday of the month.
Starting in September, in order to accommodate school age readers, they will meet from 3 - 4 p.m.
A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream begins one week run at Laguna Playhouse tonight at 7:30
For the first time, The Laguna Playhouse is delighted to present the always hilarious Troubadour Theater Company and their smash-hit, critically-acclaimed A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream, directed by Matt Walker! A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream will perform one week only – Tuesday, August 26 through Sunday, August 31 at the Laguna Playhouse.
Even by the Troubies’ typically reliable comic standards, this commedia dell’arte-infused mash-up of classical lit and pop culture is an exceptionally hilarious and energetic romp. - LA Times
How Deep Is Your Love for the Troubies?! Join them as they dig down to their roots and dust off their fairy wings, tights and white disco suits to re-imagine Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The star-crossed lovers steam and scheme, and the Bard‘s most famous fairy, Puck, will be Jive Talkin’ as this assorted band of merrymakers heats up into a Disco Inferno. The Night Fevers will break 104 and make you sweat, so don your halter-tops and Boogie Shoes and let the Troubies melt your hearts. Feeling the fever already? Take A Fifth of Beethoven and call us in the morning!
Troubadour Theater Company is a free-wheeling, no holds barred, Commedia dell’Arte flavored, slapstick driven Los Angeles based ensemble of actors, musicians, and comedians that has been performing for audiences throughout Southern California and beyond since 1995. Their fast-paced, laugh-filled, loose adaptations (some of the lines are still there) of classic plays, literature and film, as well as their original productions and hilarious sketch material, make this company a unique and exciting experience for theater-goers of any age. The Troubies, as they are affectionately called, have played to audiences throughout California, performing in parks, schools, parades, Legion Halls, food festivals, and fringe festivals. The company is a Not for Profit organization and has performed charitably for many causes including animal conservation, adult rehabilitation, AIDS awareness, California Literacy Night for LAUSD, children with autism and other youth programs.
Troubadour members have professional experience as writers, directors, and performers for film, television, theater, orchestra, and circus. In its adaptations of the Bard’s classics, Troubadour has combined the beauty of Shakespeare’s language with feats of acrobatic physicality, comic routines, and musical numbers. What makes for even more fun is the clownish, interactive style in which the performances are presented. Improvisation plays a large part as audience members are called upon to help erect the set, sing along, and even enlisted to play parts! Never the same show twice! In recent years the Troubies have put their spin on all genres of classic tales, such as A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream, Fleetwood MacBeth, Hamlet the Artist Formerly Known as Prince of Denmark and Frosty the Snow Manilow.
The Troubies have received numerous accolades including the Ovation Award for Best Season in 2009 for their productions of As U2 Like It, Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2 – Through the Looking Glass and It’s a Stevie Wonderful Life. In 2010 they won the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Musical Direction (Eric Heinly) for A Wither’s Tale as well as Ovation Awards for Production of a Musical (Large Theatre) for Oedipus the King, Mama! and Director of a Musical (Matt Walker) for Oedipus the King, Mama! Matt Walker was also presented with the Joel Hirschhorn Award for Achievement in Musical Theatre. For their 2010 season, the Troubies were nominated for 16 Ovation Awards including Best Season for The First Joel, A Wither’s Tale and Fleetwood Macbeth and Best Musical (Large Theatre) for A Wither’s Tale, taking away the wins for Best Season, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Matt Walker), Best Featured Actress (Beth Kennedy), Best Acting Ensemble for a Musical and Best Director of a Musical (Matt Walker). The Troubies were nominated for another six Ovation Awards for the 2011/2012 season, including Best Production of a Musical, Music Direction (Eric Heinly), Featured Actor in a Musical (Matt Walker and Rob Nagle) and Featured Actress in a Musical (Beth Kennedy and Christine Lakin) for Two Gentlemen of Chicago and Choreography (Molly Alvarez), Music Direction (Eric Heinly) and Featured Actor in a Musical (Matt Walker) for A Christmas Westside Story.
Matt Walker (Director) has trained with Second City Improvisation, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Master Clown Bill Irwin, and is a graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College. After a short stint as a circus clown with The Greatest Show on Earth, Matt returned to Los Angeles and resumed his post as Artistic Director for Troubadour Theater Company. With the Troubies, Matt has collected four Ovation awards, three LADCC awards, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. Matt serves as an Adjutant Professor of Commedia dell’arte and Clowning for the University Southern California, and has written and directed shows for Universal Studios Theme Parks, Disney Imagineering, The Getty Villa, and most recently collaborated as an on-set-writer for Garry Marshall’s New Years Eve.
A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream will perform tonight, Tuesday,
Aug 26 at 7:30; Wednesday, Aug 27 at 7:30, Thursday, Aug 28, at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug 29 at 7:30, Saturday, Aug 30 at 2 and 7:30 and Sunday, Aug 31 at 1 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Tickets are $45 for all performances and can be purchased online at http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. The box office is open Mondays – Sundays: 12p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7:30 on performance days).
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The 51st Annual Brooks Street Surf Classic is in the books. Saturday and Sunday saw waves thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Lowell that made conditions solid enough for the event. A good contingent in every category and a big crowd made it fun for everyone. Check out Dennis McTighe on our second front page for more on the conditions and what we can expect from Hurricane Marie on our doorstep.
We expect to have the results for Friday’s edition along with a bunch of photos!
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Sawdust Art Festival celebrates its success heading into final weekend of 48th Season with lots to do
As the Sawdust Art Festival’s 48th annual season comes to a close, artists, exhibitors and staff prepare for the final week’s festivities. Over 200 Laguna Beach artists will celebrate the end of another great summer season on closing day Sunday, Aug 31 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Highlights of the 2014 season’s final week include:
Kia Raffle Drawing with our Beloved Skipper!
Sunday, Aug 31 at 4 p.m. – Visitors still have a chance to win a brand new 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid. The final raffle drawing will take place at 4 p.m. on the Main Entertainment Deck. Special guest Skipper Carrillo will be back on the grounds for a “Have a Home Run Day” book signing and then will pull the lucky raffle winner on the Main Deck at 4 p.m.
Help support the Sawdust Art Education Programs and purchase raffle tickets and enter the chance to win. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. For more information on Kia’s full line up, visit www.kiaofirvine.com. Kia of Irvine is a proud sponsor of the Sawdust Art Festival.
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Painter John Eagle and a young visitor exploring Plein Air painting techniques
Final Week Art Classes
Children’s Art Spot
Tuesday, Aug 26 – “Sea Horse Wrist Band” from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug 27 – “Preschool Art Morning” from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug 28 – “Nature Mosaics” with Jude Taylor-Darlin from 1 – 3 p.m.
Friday, Aug 29 – “Finger Print Dragonflies” from 1 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug 30 – “3D Painting” with Joni Cresci from 1 – 3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug 31 – “Spy Kids Painting” from 1- 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 26 – “Paint Gone Wild” with Hugo Rivera from 1 - 1:45p.m. and 2 - 2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug 27 – “Toon Time Character Drawing” with Roark Gourley from 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug 28 – “Wet Chalk Creations” from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug 29 – “Leather Bracelets” with Lee Confer at 3:30, 4:15 and 5 p.m. $5 materials fee
Saturday, Aug 30 – “Life Drawing” with Deborah Paswaters from 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug 31 – “Blended Modern Media” with Rosanne Nitti from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Final Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Aug 29
Ken Garcia – Acoustic Rock Duo, 11 a.m. at Tavern
Gone Wayside – Bluegrass and Folk, 11 a.m. at Grill
Coming of Sage – Raggae, 11:30 a.m. on Main Deck
Balloon Diva – Balloon Artistry, 1 p.m. Roaming
Chris and Sue – Jazz / Blues, 4:30 p.m. at Tavern
Michael LeClerc – Soul, 4:30 p.m. at Grill
Missiles of October – Rock, 5 p.m. on Main Deck
Saturday, Aug 30
Tricia Freeman – Blues / Country Rock Duo, 11 a.m. at Tavern
Marimba – Zimbabwe African Beat, 11:30 a.m. on Main Deck
Balloon Diva – Balloon Artistry, 12 p.m. Roaming
Magic Matt – Magic, 12 p.m. Roaming
Brother Yusef – Blues, 4:30 p.m. at Tavern
Mixed Revue Acapella – A Cappella, Barbershop, Retro, Jazz; 4:30 p.m. at Grill
World Anthem – Reggae, 5 p.m. on Main Deck
Sunday, Aug 31
Peter Dobson - Acoustic Blues, 11 a.m. at Grill
James Clay Garrison – Alternative, 11 a.m. at Tavern
Dupp Brothers – Hippie Hillbilly, 11:30 a.m. on Main Deck
Balloon Diva – Balloon Artistry, 12 p.m. Roaming
Magic Matt – Magic, 12 p.m. Roaming
George Lawton – Folk / Jazz, 4:30 p.m. at Grill
Justine Dorsey – Contemporary Soft Rock, 4:30 p.m. at Tavern
Upstream – Reggae, 5 p.m. at Main Deck
To check out more details about the Sawdust Art Festival’s 48th annual summer season and calendar of events, please visit www.sawdustartfestival.org or call 494-3030. The Sawdust Art Festival is open 10 - 10 daily through Aug 31, and is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road with free City trolley service to and from the Act V parking lot. Admission prices are: Adults $8.50, Seniors (65+) $7, Children (6-12) $4, Children (5 & under) Free; Summer Season Pass $18; Annual Pass $24.
SoLag Community Garden celebrates 5 years of gardening
South Laguna Community Garden Park is celebrating its 5th Anniversary Sunday, Sept 7, from 5-8 p.m. at The Ranch at Laguna Beach in magnificent Aliso Canyon.
Performances by Jessica and Ryan Haddy, Kalina Justice, and Moon Police with Sasha Evans and Doug Miller will be featured. Enjoy a traditional BBQ end of summer meal.
Tickets are $75. Reserve at SouthLaguna.org/Garden or call 499-1751
Silent auction and donations will add to the Garden Park’s fund to purchase a permanent garden park site. Be a part of this truly grass roots community project, celebrate, meet your neighbors, support and participate. The Garden Park is open to the public every day for picnicking and enjoyment, as well as for tours, art classes, workshops and festivals.
On August 15, 2009 volunteers started work by cleaning and weeding the vacant lot on Eagle Rock Way between Virginia Way and Coast Highway. By December 2009 a thriving garden park had been created.
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Three young ladies work their plot with care
Now more than 150 volunteers are caring for 53 plots as well as the park’s vined and flowering borders. The City of Laguna Beach has allocated $250,000 toward acquisition of a permanent garden park property and $150,000 in private funds has been raised.
The South Laguna Community Garden Park is a project of the South Laguna Civic Association, and the fiscal sponsor is Charitable Ventures of Orange County, 501 (c) 3.
Make checks to CVOC/Garden, mail to SLCA P.O. Box 9668, Laguna Beach, 92652.
KX 93.5 FM appoints Brian Holst new Music Director
KX 93.5 announced this week the appointment of Brian Holst, host of Saturday night electronic program “Departure,” as the station’s new Music Director and daily afternoon host.
As Music Director, Holst will be responsible for furthering KX 93.5’s position as a resource to break emerging artists and highlight lesser-known classics with the station’s unique “Generational Alt Rock” format.
“I’m beyond ecstatic to join KX 93.5,” said Holst. “I’ve spent so much time at the station over the last two years that Laguna Beach feels like my home more than anywhere else. What makes KX so important to me is the mixture of classic alternative rock and up-and-coming artists that, at one point, wasn’t so uncommon. These days, however, it’s a rarity, and to be able to continue that tradition is a huge honor.”
As an afternoon host from 3 to 7 p.m. each weekday, Holst will keep local Laguna Beach listeners informed on news, events, traffic, and more, while entertaining a worldwide audience online at www.KX935.com.
He will feature a daily segment that allows listeners to vote online for their favorite new song, thus influencing the playlist of this unique, beachside station.
Salt Creek Beach swimmer search/recovery effort called off
The OC Sheriff’s Dept. said Monday morning that the search and recovery for a missing 60-year-old man who was last seen body surfing at Salt Creek Beach around 11:30 Saturday morning, had been stopped after 30 hours. The OCSD has not released his name but did say he was from out of the area visiting family and friends.
Lifeguards received the report at 11:33 a.m. and an intense multi-agency search of the water and shoreline immediately ensued.
The Sheriffs Dept. said Orange County Lifeguards, OCSD and the United States Coast Guard personnel would continue to focus on surface observations from the ground and air over the course of the next several days. The coastline has been searched in both directions from the location the swimmer was last seen.
Hurricane Marie expected to create massive waves by tonight
“Red Flag” conditions will continue as of today with strong currents and powerful shore breaks from Hurricane Marie, which will pretty much follow the same route as did Tropical Storm Lowell that brought this past weekend’s waves.
Waves over 10 feet are possible for south facing beaches. Swimmers are encouraged to use caution when coming to the beach in the next few days and only experienced swimmers/surfers ought to enter the water.
It is always a good idea to check with lifeguards before entering thewater.
LCAD opens Action Sports Design collaboration with Vans and Thalia Surf Shop – exhibit opens Thursday
Laguna College of Art And Design (LCAD) will exhibit action sport apparel and footwear products designed by the Action Sports Design + Digital Media major students in collaboration with Vans and Thalia Surf Shop. The exhibit, at LCAD on Forest – 225 Forest Ave, will feature student designs, from concept sketches to final product, including Vans shoes by LCAD Design + Digital Media Action Sports Alumnus, Chris Sommers. The shoes are currently on-sale at participating VANS stores and online. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sales of the products of the LCAD + Thalia Surf Shop collaboration are returned to LCAD’s Design + Digital Media BFA program.
LCAD is the first college in the world to offer a Design + Digital Media Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in action sports design, which includes apparel and footwear. The program, which began in 2008, has attracted collaborations and partnerships with some of the world’s top brands like Nike, Hurley, Vans, and new this year, Thalia Surf Shop. More than 98% of graduates in this field of study are hired in the industry after graduation.
The exhibit opens this Thursday, Aug 28, and runs through Oct 4. There will be First Thursday Art Walk receptions from 6-9 p.m. on Sept 4 and Oct 2. Admission is always free.
For more info: http://www.lcad.edu/gallery/college-gallery or 949-376-6000
Assistance League helped to get Camp Pendleton’s kids ready for school as part of Chapters for Children
Since 2003, the Assistance League of Laguna Beach has joined with six other South County chapters, forming what is known as Chapters for Children, to ready the children at Camp Pendleton for the upcoming school year. On Aug 9th and 10th, Chapters for Children met again to distribute school clothing, hygiene kits, and school supplies. Laguna Beach chapter gave out $30 shoe vouchers for the children, as well as assorted small toys.
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Assistance League President Judy Soulakis giving a shoe voucher to a parent
Tents are set up in a convenient parking lot and Marines help keep things running smoothly by removing empty boxes and directing families to the registration tables. Assisteens come to walk the families from booth to booth, helping pick out appropriate clothing for each child. Each year this event becomes better known and attended by the young military families.
This year broke all records as 720 children and parents came to take part in Chapters for Children!
Laguna Beach Books to host an event with award-winning actor and author Brett Halsey this Sunday
On Sunday, Aug 31 at 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome Brett Halsey for a talk, Q&A and signing.
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A Grave Misunderstanding is a dark, fast-paced thriller that takes place in and around a second-rate tourist chalet, high in a secluded mountain valley. Here, the owners, a pretty, young immigrant woman, Ana, and her smooth, fugitive lover, Dick, struggle to survive in a world of disillusion and sexual intrigue.
Ana is in her last stage of pregnancy when she accidentally kills her drunken husband, Mike. She and her boyfriend, Dick, who is unwilling to face the scrutiny of the law, set out in the midst of a violent rain storm for a remote mountain graveyard, where they hide Mike’s remains in the casket of his first wife. Mike’s corpse is barely disposed of when Ana goes into labor. Her child, Mickey, is born with frail legs and has disturbing nightmares about Mike and a fearful, imaginary snake.
Dick and Ana’s life goes on without any major problems, until seven years later their foolproof scheme is almost unearthed when the county decides to relocate the graveyard in order to build a new highway. This development turns their world up-side-down, and sets in motion a mess of unintended bloody murders, treachery, madness, and illicit sexual encounters. Their fool-proof scheme brings down everyone they touch – except for the one person who sees a light of hope at the end of a very dark tunnel.
Jack Benny and his wife, Mary discovered Halsey while he was working as a page at CBS Radio in Hollywood. He was put under contract to Universal-International, where small acting parts followed for the next couple of years. As a contract player at 20th Century Fox from the late 1950s into the early 1960s, Brett became a Golden Globe winner, playing lead roles in The Best of Everything, Return to Peyton Place, and Desire in the Dust. After starring on the television series Follow the Sun, he moved to Europe, acting in sword fighting epics, Spaghetti Westerns, spy films, and Italian horrors. In the 1970s Brett returned to the U.S and to television. In addition to guest-starring on tons of shows, he was a regular on General Hospital, Search for Tomorrow and The Young and the Restless.
He worked for two years writing and developing projects at Warner Bros Television and at Paramount Pictures as Vice President of Development. Brett has written four novels: The Magnificent Strangers, (which won the Porgie Award for Best Contemporary Novel of the Year), Yesterday’s Children, My Soul to Keep, and now, A Grave Misunderstanding.
He recently collaborated on a new screenplay, to be filmed in Spain, and is actively working on his next novel.
Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. For more information, call 494-4779 or visit http://www.lagunabeachbooks.com.
City Council accepting applications to serve on the City’s Laguna Canyon Road Task Force – due Sept 9
Applications for the Laguna Canyon Road Task Force must be submitted by Tuesday, Sept 9, 2014, at 5 p.m. in the City Clerk’s office. The City Council will appoint the three positions at the regular City Council meeting on Sept 16.
The City Council established the Laguna Canyon Road Task Force to obtain a wide range of input from the community regarding conceptual improvements to the Laguna Canyon Road corridor.
It is envisioned that the Task Force will meet regularly with the frequency determined by the Task Force members. It will be subject to the Brown Act, therefore, the meeting will be open to the public and an agenda will be posted 72 hours prior to the meeting start time. The first Task Force meeting will be held on Oct 15, 2014 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Center and it is envisioned that the Task Force’s work will be completed by spring 2015.
The LCR Task Force’s scope of work consists of the following:
Review the LCR Corridor Improvement Assessment and consider the alternatives listed in the Laguna Canyon Road Corridor Improvement Assessment as well as alternatives not listed.
Develop a recommendation regarding a public outreach strategy for City Council consideration.
Prepare an evaluation of the top two or three Laguna Canyon Road Corridor Improvement options (or combination thereof) for City Council consideration in spring 2015. The options should include improvements that will result in an increase in traffic safety and an undergrounding of utilities; a decrease in response time for emergency responders; bicycle and pedestrian improvements including a possible pedestrian bridge crossing; fire safety and aesthetic improvements; a possible wildlife corridor; and circulation improvements.
There are three positions available:
Position representing a Laguna Canyon Road homeowner
Position representing a Laguna Canyon Road business owner
Position that is a Laguna Beach resident representing Laguna Canyon Road commuters
Residents of Laguna Beach who are interested in applying are required to submit an application that is available online at www.lagunabeachcity.net or in the City Clerk’s office. Lisette Chel-Walker, CMC, City Clerk (949) 497-0705
SEEDS Art Lab – Saturdays in Sept – register now
SEEDS Arts and Education, Inc. is offering an Art Lab that focuses on balancing objects in space with the gravitational pull. Artist Isabelle Cordemans will teach students how to use the wall as support and from there try to make objects balance and float without being suspended from above.
Think about...how to hang a cake form from the wall without it touching the wall, or how to build a sculpture in suspension using recycled objects and string. Students will be using ropes, sticks, lampshade rings, string, baking forms and many other props. This is a creative art laboratory; students will not make finished pieces but rather document the process to make a collective digital portfolio of the constructions, which will be taken apart and put back together again in multiple ways.
Classes will meet Saturdays September 13, 20, and 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appropriate for ages 10-14, the class will be at 2307 Laguna Canyon Road, studio #10. The fee is $75 and includes all three classes. Please register at www.seedsed.org.
Chabad Hebrew School…new session begins Sept 9
From a press release
Children ages 5-13 can sign up now for the new session of Chabad Hebrew School. The new session begins on Sept 9 and meets on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-6:15 at Chabad Jewish Center - Where kids love to learn!
Imagine a Hebrew school where kids don’t want to miss a day! Our students come to school with a smile and leave humming a Hebrew song! Our challenge at Chabad is to find ways to open the minds and souls of our students, so that they will want to learn. Thus, at Chabad Hebrew School we have developed a curriculum that moves from a focus on teaching, to a focus on learning.
A new and creative learning environment replaces the traditional Hebrew School setting. The atmosphere has to be upbeat, fun, and inspiring, so that our students like being with us. We believe that our staff has to be living role models for our students, and we welcome once again our wonderful staff of young women and men whose enthusiasm, knowledge, and creative energy bring spirit, warmth and a wealth of education to our school.
We believe that children learn from doing, and that frontal teaching does not work in an after-school setting. Our students learn through engaging their artistic abilities, or by an actual hands on lesson. For example, the High Holidays are taught with fantastic Shofar Workshops and honey dish crafts! The students learn about Shabbat by coming down to Rabbi and Perel’s home and baking their own Challah and enjoying a chicken soup Cook-a-thon!
Hebrew reading is taught using the highly innovative and creative Aleph Champ program, time tested and proven to be the fastest and most effective method of teaching Hebrew reading.
For more info regarding our tuition fees and the Hannah S. and Samuel A. Cohn memorial foundation Scholarship fund, please visit online at www.chabadoflaguna.com or call the Chabad office at 499 – 0770. Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy, across from Montage Laguna Beach.