And then there were none… Laguna’s movie theatre says it will close its doors after this weekend
By MAGGI HENRIKSON
It was perhaps not unexpected but certainly unhappy news that Laguna’s only movie theatre will be closing its doors after this Sunday.
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In a letter to patrons, Regency sent the following statement:
Dear Friends of the Laguna South Coast Cinemas,
For the past 15 years, Regency Theatres has had the honor of operating the theater and being part of the Laguna Beach Community. This Sunday will be our last day operating the theater. We appreciate all the friends we have made who have supported the theater and will cherish all the great memories. We hope you to visit our nearby locations in Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano. Thank you again for the friendship, support and patronage.
-Lyndon & Monica Golin and the team at Laguna South Coast Cinemas
The Regency chain’s smallest theatre was unable to cut a long-term tenancy deal with the owners, which meant that much-needed improvements would not be cost effective.
“We’ve been on a short-term, month to month lease for quite some time now,” said Regency owner, Lyndon Golin. “But the theater needs to be converted to digital which is a big investment, and it needs other improvements.”
Regency has, in fact, been finding it harder and harder to get films in 35 millimeter, the type the theatre is currently set up for. Most have gone to digital films.
“You need time to amortize that investment,” Golin continued. “We’ve gone as long as we could.” Having finished out the summer season, the prospect of the future looked less than profitable. “Business hits the skids here at this time, and it’s just not smart to keep it going.”
Golin does not know of future plans by the building owners. At this time the city is also unaware of any plans, according to Greg Pfost of Community Development, and at the City Manager’s office. Employees at the theatre did not know what to expect either.
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Timing is everything…is this really what’s coming?
“We’d love to continue,” offered Golin. “We have a loyal audience, and we love Laguna Beach. We’ve enjoyed 15 years there being part of the community. It’s been a great theatre to run and we have a lot of friends there, but we just can’t justify continuing without upgrading it.
“Hopefully it will continue and be improved. It serves a purpose in town.”
The theater has been an icon in Laguna Beach imagery and experience since the 1920’s. According to Cinema Treasures, “It opened as the Lynn Theatre in 1923 at a cost of $12,000. It was erected three years before the Pacific Coast Highway was dedicated by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Early photos show a rather plain façade and it was the remodeling in 1935 that gave it a distinctive tower and small tiled courtyard. It still retains its stage that was equipped to put on large productions.
“In 1937 it became the South Coast Theatre and remained independent until Pacific Theatres took over its operation in the late 1970’s. Edwards Theatres leased it in 1982, making it their 28th location. The auditorium was divided and refurbished including new seating and bathrooms.
“The screens are small but elevated and the projection sharp, presenting an excellent view from every seat. The small balconies in each theater have 25 loges. Edwards relinquished its operation in late-2000 and in early-2001 it was taken over by Regency Theatres.”
ACLU’s Misguided Lawsuit Against Laguna Beach
By John Pietig, City Manager of Laguna Beach
After substantial investment in services for homeless individuals, the City of Laguna Beach must again defend itself from a lawsuit by the ACLU. The ACLU’s circuitous logic for suing the City twice in six years is irrational and begs the question: “When will enough be enough for the ACLU?”
Prior to the opening of the City’s Alternative Sleeping Location on November 12, 2009, Laguna’s beaches and parks were overwhelmed by encampments of homeless individuals on a long-term basis. After more than two years of debate and reports from a task force and a citizen advisory committee, the City opened the first year-round municipal homeless shelter in Orange County. Literally overnight, people in need were accommodated in facilities, essential services were provided, and the encampments disappeared.
The current Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) is still the only one of its kind in the County and has operated continuously since replacing the initial facility in June 2010. The new ASL has room for 45 people, provides a heated and cooled building with restrooms, showers, meals, laundry facilities, sleeping mats, blankets, computer access, a safe environment, a case worker to assist with connecting people with other services to assist them and separate van transportation to and from downtown Laguna Beach. The facility has ramps, doorways and restroom facilities designed to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. It is open from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year. The cost to operate the facility and provide services is $350,000 a year. To date, the ASL has provided over 93,000 bed nights to those in need.
The community worked together to establish the ASL and still pulls together for its operation. The City invested $325,000 initially to create the facilities and the former Resource Center contributed $60,000. The Friendship Shelter operates the current facility under a contract with the City; Mercy House provides advice and guidance on operations; Mission Hospital donates lunches; the Laguna Food Pantry provides food for breakfast; evening meals are provided by local churches and community groups; and the County provides grants and mental health workers when it can. There are many others who volunteer to make this facility a success. The ASL truly is a model of community partnership.
Given the lack of facilities throughout Orange County, the City knew that it could not house all those in need. The capacity of the ASL was determined with regard to historical estimates of the size of the homeless community in Laguna Beach. Criteria were established to first house those with local ties to the community – people who had gone to school in town, lived in town, or had relatives in town. When the ASL first opened, those who had been long-term homeless in town were also considered to have local ties. Those with local ties are allowed first access to the facility at night and a lottery is held for the remaining beds. Bus passes are usually available for new people to town who were not able to be accommodated in the ASL.
The City has also helped more than 70 people connect with their family and friends for support, continues to participate in the Homeless Court program to help people resolve outstanding legal issues that may be barriers to future employment and self-sufficiency, and has provided painted parking meters to collect funds for homeless services. In short, Laguna Beach has acted responsibly and in good faith to address its community needs.
When the ASL facility opened, we thought the ACLU would be supportive and, if the program were successful, as it has been, tout it as a model for others. Instead, the ACLU is now saying that an alternative sleeping location with services and amenities is not adequate and that Laguna Beach is obligated to fund and provide permanent supportive housing – basically apartments – for all disabled homeless individuals who happen to be in or coming to town.
The City has discussed a permanent supportive housing facility with the Friendship Shelter. It is not yet clear if there is an appropriate site for such a facility in Laguna Beach but the Friendship Shelter should be recognized for its success at housing 21 people in permanent supportive housing projects in southern Orange County since 2014, most of whom came through the ASL. The Friendship Shelter has also secured funding for an additional 23 units that could open later this year.
In conclusion, Laguna Beach is already providing extensive facilities and support services to assist homeless persons and deserves the ACLU’s recognition for the City’s unparalleled efforts on behalf of homeless individuals. Instead, the ACLU has filed an ill-advised lawsuit.
The City believes that its policies and actions fully comply with the law and the City Council has unanimously decided to vigorously defend the City against the lawsuit.
Why Laguna Beach doesn’t have a citywide reclaimed water system
By Renae Hinchey, General Manager, Laguna Beach County Water District
The opinion letter from the South Laguna Civic Association entitled, “Time to move on: Reclaimed water for Laguna Beach,” [SNL 21 August, 2015] asked why Laguna Beach doesn’t have a citywide reclaimed water system like surrounding cities. Although it’s true that Laguna Beach has no reclaimed water system as of yet, it certainly hasn’t been for a lack of analysis.
In October 2011 with the support of a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the water district initiated a study to evaluate the feasibility of using shallow groundwater, nuisance runoff water from the Canyon, and recycled water from the sewer to develop a recycled water project for irrigation purposes. This study looked at potential reclaimed project that would provide recycled water to large water users on El Toro Road and several irrigation and commercial customers in Laguna Canyon. After investigating nuisance water, which was found infeasible and identified as an unreliable long-term water source, the study concluded that the best and most economical option was to partner with Moulton Niguel Water District or El Toro Water District to take any extra capacity from their recycled water treatment facilities, requiring construction of miles of needed transmission mains, building a storage reservoir, making significant improvements to their recycled system, and negotiating a price to buy the recycled water. The district is working with these agencies and currently has applied for a grant through the county to partner with El Toro Water District on the expansion of its wastewater treatment system.
In response to the question “Why doesn’t Laguna Beach have a citywide reclaimed water system like surrounding cities?” To begin with, communities in Southern California are not all equal. Communities in North Orange County have the advantage of tremendous groundwater resources. Few of those agencies have purple pipe systems in their communities. Several of our inland neighbors have elaborate recycled water installed, as those communities were developed with developers picking up the tab for purple pipe. Older, established communities, such as Laguna Beach with very little new development, don’t have this luxury and must rely on grants that will pay for a portion of the costs and on its ratepayers to pay for the rest.
Laguna Beach County Water District has always been fiscally responsible and spends every dollar carefully, realizing that its customers must foot the bill on water projects. It does not pursue projects that are not feasible, and as a result, unlike every one of our surrounding agencies, it does not have any outstanding debt.
Laguna Beach County Water District has no reclaimed water system. Ten million gallons of wastewater is being discharged to the ocean every day from the Coastal Treatment Plant in Aliso Canyon.
The truth is that an average of two million gallons per day is discharged from the Coastal Treatment Plant to the ocean. Flows coming from both the Coastal Treatment Plant and several other inland treatment facilities empty into the Aliso Creek Ocean Outfall, which discharges 6.5 million gallons per day. The majority of this discharge originates and belongs to Irvine Ranch Water District or El Toro Water District, with 2 million gallons actually originating from the Coastal Treatment Plant. Both of these agencies have plans to increase recycling and decrease flows to the outfall in the future. In addition, wastewater flows to treatment plants are decreasing all across Southern California. In our area, flows are down 25 to 40%. This remarkable shift in the public’s use of water is due to reduced water usage. These are challenging times to develop projects that use recycled water, since these costly projects must have wastewater available for use. This shift in decreasing wastewater must be carefully considered in the development of any new project.
This water could be reclaimed to irrigate landscapes in our district—if the pipes were in place to take it where it is needed. We could be seeking lucrative state grants to build a reclaimed water system for regular landscape irrigation of our parks and for wildfire prevention and suppression.
The total irrigation demand of public spaces in the City of Laguna Beach is approximately 300 acre-feet per year. The suggested reclaimed water distribution map produced by the South Laguna Civic Association advocates serving a number of schools and parks. These public spaces have a current water demand of less than 100 acre-feet a year. To construct this proposed system would require $35 million to build the distribution system to irrigate these areas, including 10 miles of pipelines, two reservoirs, three pump stations, four pressure reducing stations, on site retrofit for recycled water, and mitigation for impact to native habitat along the wildland areas. This proposed recycling project would result in a cost of $15,000 an acre-foot. For comparison, the District currently pays $900 an acre-foot for its water supply.
While the District always looks at grant opportunities, particularly with the pending funds in Proposition 1 approved by voters, it is important to understand the competitive nature of grants for water supply projects. When considering who will receive grant funding, one of the biggest factors looked at is the cost of the water supply. To that end, the District must be tactical and apply for the most cost effective projects, especially when competing with many other agencies for funding.
As mentioned earlier, the District recently applied for grant funds with El Toro Water District to install recycled water along the border of Laguna Beach and Laguna Hills. This project has a supply cost of $2,900 per acre-foot, which is much more expensive than our current supply cost of $900 an acre-foot, but still competitive enough to compete for grants. To ensure that the District looks at all possible options to bring recycled water into our service area, our Board has designated $150,000 to conduct a study to evaluate possible recycled projects and associated costs. This study will commence in September.
A wise investment now could keep our community landscapes beautiful and suitable for active play, as well as significantly reduce future damages from the next wildfire event. Laguna Beach County Water District does not have responsible charge of mitigating wildfire events. We defer to the local fire department and fire authority regarding changes that are needed. It is important to note that since this work would be in native habitat areas, it will require substantial effort to make modifications.
High purity reclaimed water pumped to Moulton Meadows Park can also service new fuel modification zones in Nyes and Oro Canyon. Distribution lines would transport water across the Laguna Ridgeline to Top of the World, and eventually downtown, as indicated in the map submitted by the South Laguna Civic Assn. to City Council and South Orange County Wastewater Authority.
High purity is a misnomer. The water quality is consistent with what is found in all conventional purple pipe systems. The South Laguna Civic Association failed to mention that this project is a $39 million project. Currently with one of the worst droughts in history, the District’s biggest concern is water for drinking and health and safety needs of our customers. Watering landscape is 2 days a week now, which could be reduced to 1 day a week in the future. By next year, we have just one year of storage in Diamond Valley Lake, a Metropolitan Water District reservoir that provides the District with imported water that we rely on. The District is currently pursuing its groundwater rights from a 1933 Judgement, which amounts to half of this District’s water supply and is a reliable source of local water independent of Metropolitan Water District. This effort has been our number one priority, and the District has made great progress.
This system keeps the new piping on existing paths and streets and provides a direct route from the treatment plant to areas where the water is needed most—city parks and open space edges.
For starters, the city parks and open space edges are not where water is most needed during this critical time where agencies are being mandated to reduce water outdoors or face violations from the State Water Resources Control Board. The simplicity of the two dimensional sketch provided by the SLCA is misleading. There are huge swings in elevation along these routes that require significant design considerations. The pipeline indicated on the sketch travels through substantial portions of sensitive, native habitant that will be problematic and very possible not permissible per California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The sketch did not show the complexity of such a pipeline, including all of the appurtenances and mitigation for impacts to native habitant. The design for a recycled water system should be left to the experts who understand the complexity of a system distribution design.
You can be part of a sustainable solution to protect our city and Greenbelt by contacting the mayor and your favorite City Council member to urge action to install distribution lines for a reclaimed water system in Laguna—sooner rather than later.
Laguna Beach County Water District is dedicated to providing a safe, sustainable water supply in both a financially and environmentally sound manner. We welcome input from our rate payers and are always happy to share our knowledge of the complex world of water to all those interested.
TOW Elementary School garden program wins two-year grant
From a press release
Top of the World Elementary School was selected as a scholarship recipient of the $10,000 Grow Your Own! Program.
Grow Your Own! is a two-year grant-subsidized program free to schools selected by The Ecology Center of San Juan Capistrano. It supports school gardens and their leaders with mentorship, curriculum, materials, and resources to help create gardens that are beautiful, educational, and functional.
The plan is to transform Top of the World’s garden program to a leading outdoor classroom, with integrated math and science lessons occurring regularly in the garden program. By designing a new school-wide program where parent volunteers and teachers have the necessary training, curriculum and materials to deliver a monthly lesson in the outdoor classroom tied to the next generation science standards (NGSS) or Common Core, TOW believes they can enhance children’s learning.
“Over the 2014-2015 school year, we piloted a program where 1st grade children were involved with hands-on math curriculum in the garden. They participated in measuring sunflowers, estimating pumpkin circumference, making bar charts of the number of different veggie plants and constructing timelines, alongside time well spent digging, weeding, planting and harvesting our garden bounty.”
In 2015-2016 TOW would like each classroom to experience one math-focused and one science-focused garden lesson each quarter. They also plan to look at infrastructure improvements in water conservation measures like rain barrels, composting, and grey water systems with a local landscape architect and engaging the community to build a new storage shed to support the outdoor curriculum.
The outdoors provides a wonderful hands-on canvas for teachers, parents and community to join together, to tackle not only growing ones’ own food, but science and math challenges as well.
A Night Under the Stars… with the Stars, this Saturday night at FOA and Pageant of the Masters
The Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant of the Masters, the most entertaining and star-studded night of the summer art season, will be held at the Festival of Arts on Saturday, August 29. This red carpet one-night affair will offer guests an evening of music and a special performance of this summer’s popular Pageant of the Masters, titled “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Musical icon Melissa Manchester will perform, and actress Mira Sorvino will host.
At 5 p.m. the red carpet will be open for public viewing and will be walked by attending celebrities, including the evening’s Pageant host, Mira Sorvino and musical performer, Melissa Manchester. Other guest celebrities scheduled to appear are Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Kate Flannery (The Office), Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds), January Jones (Mad Men), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Don Most (Happy Days), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), Kirsten Vangness (Criminal Minds), and many, many others.
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Guests will enjoy an intimate concert on the Festival green at 6 p.m., performed by music legend Melissa Manchester. Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes, Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. The “Midnight Blue” singer received her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979 for the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager-penned “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” winning the Grammy in that category four years later for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Two songs she performed, “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “The Promise,” were nominated for Oscars in the same year. She has recorded twenty albums across her four-decade career, releasing her most recent album, You Gotta Love the Life, earlier this year.
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After the concert, Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino will draw the winning tickets for a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata GT ($30,020 value) and a Hawaiian Getaway at The Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk®, Honolulu, Hawaii with airfare for two compliments of KOST Radio 103.5 ($6,000 value). This is the conclusion of summer long raffle. Since the Festival season opened on July 5 visitors have been purchasing their raffle tickets in hopes to be one of three lucky winners. Raffle tickets will continue to be sold right up until 8 p.m. that night: $5 for one ticket, $20 for five tickets (winning ticketholder need not be present to win).
Culminating the evening, guests will enjoy a special performance of the 2015 Pageant of the Masters production of “The Pursuit of Happiness,” introduced by the celebrity host Mira Sorvino.
“August 29th will be an incredible night,” says Sharbie Higuchi, director of marketing and PR for the Festival of Arts. “We can’t wait to share the evening with Melissa Manchester, Mira Sorvino, our celebrity supporters… and we look forward to welcoming our most enthusiastic Festival and Pageant fans!”
Tickets are on sale now and range from $50–$250. There is limited and open seating for the concert, and assigned seating for the Pageant of the Masters. The event is sponsored Mazda, The Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk®, KOST 103.5 and Yamaha. To purchase tickets, go online to www.PageantTickets.com or call 1-800-487-3378. The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters.
New mural is a ‘charming’ addition to North Laguna
Story and photos by ELIZABETH NUTT
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Those who have driven North on Coast Highway in the last few weeks have surely noticed the progression of a gigantic mural on the façade of an apartment building just off of Boat Canyon Drive. The mural, which reads ‘charming’ in vibrant, colorful lettering, reflects the eye-catching handiwork of London-based street artist Ben Eine.
Eine is said to be one of London’s most prolific street artists, specializing in the form of letters. He has created street art around the world, and this is not his first foray in California; Eine was featured in one of the largest street art exhibitions in museum history at the Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles.
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The mural, which received its first coat of vibrant blue paint in mid-August, was completed this past Saturday. The impressively rapid project was carried out with the help of local volunteers. According to Siân Poeschl, the city’s cultural arts manager, the mural was installed without a City permit or review. Permission to paint was provided by the apartment building’s owner.
Guitar virtuoso Eric Henderson in concert Sept 12
On Saturday, Sept 12 at 8 p.m., plan to enjoy music from guitarist Eric Henderson at Bridge Hall, Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC).
Tickets are $25-30 and are available from brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
NCC is located at 340 St. Ann’s Dr., Laguna Beach.
Tai Chi for mobility and balance coming to the Susi Q
Hindered by mobility and balance issues? Slowing down or doing less than you’d like? Try Tai Chi for mobility and balance!
Medical research shows Tai Chi can reduce the risk of falling and prevent injury.
Try modified Tai Chi to improve your balance and mobility while increasing your strength and flexibility. Seated or standing, no matter the cause of impairment- injury, age-related, medical condition- you can do Tai Chi for mobility and balance.
There is a free introductory lesson Tuesday, Sept 1 from 9 – 9:50 a.m. at the Laguna Beach Community Center – Susi Q, located at 380 Third Street.
Or come to the first meeting of the 10 week class at no obligation! The 10-week class runs from Sept 8 – Nov 10, at 9 a.m., and is $30 for 10 weeks. The class is taught by JoAnna Gee Schoon, teacher of the year for 2014, Irvine Valley College Emeritus Institute.
This class is offered at low-cost through Irvine Valley College Extended Education & Emeritus Institute.
Inquire about community ed #8874 and Emeritus #60935 by calling 949-451-5555.
Passport to the Arts and Bank of America provided artistic fun all summer long to Glennwood House
Thanks to the funding and support of Bank of America, the Passport to the Arts team was able to assist the Glennwood Housing Foundation, an organization that provides housing and assistance to fifty young adults with special needs at Glennwood House in Laguna Beach.
The Passport committee, comprised of Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts, and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach were able to donate fifty of the Passports to the Arts to the residents of Glennwood House. These passes gave them unlimited admission to all three Laguna Beach art festivals, art workshops, music, and special events all summer long.
“Glennwood residents are ecstatic to be able to attend the Laguna festivities again this year!” said Glennwood House Assistant Director, Rachel McIntyre. “They enjoyed exploring the different art exhibits at the Festival of Arts, Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Fair. They are very grateful for this donation of fifty ‘Summer Passports’ and the opportunity to be able to experience one of the many events Laguna Beach has to offer. Glennwood residents love being a part of the community, and having the chance to visit summer events off campus with their peers!”
The passes cost $23 each and were available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. In addition to supporting the Passport to the Arts program, Bank of America assisted each of the three art organizations with funding for summer trolley services.
Glennwood House opened in August of 2013, providing a 42-room adult residential facility that has become home for 50 young adults with development disabilities. Glennwood House of Laguna Beach, located at 2130 South Coast Highway, is a 33,000 square foot site that includes ADA compliant state-of-the-art living, dining, kitchen, plus recreational and social spaces for special young adults.
New Artful Everyday Director Bobbi Boyd holding an open house this Saturday at her Canyon studio
Laguna Beach artist Bobbi Boyd is the newly appointed Director of Artful Everyday Laguna. Mrs. Boyd is the mother of Artful Everyday founder Rebecca Faubion.
“I recently moved to Austin but wanted to keep the brand going in Laguna,” said Faubion. “My mom is a phenomenal teacher and a fabulous artist, so it was a no-brainer to ask her to become the local Director.”
This fall, the company is offering a range of classes through the City of Laguna Beach – including a three-day mosaics workshop with renowned Bay Area duo John and Lisa Roberson-Beery. Mrs. Boyd will be teaching classes in watercolor, portraiture, and travel journaling, and another LCAD graduate, Koryn Mata, will be heading up the popular Artful Bébé program for toddlers.
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Faubion added, “Feel free to stop by Bobbi’s studio this Saturday, August 29th between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for an open studio/preview.” The studio is located at 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, Studio F-3. Questions? Contact Bobbi Boyd (949) 544-9383.
A Touch of France on Sept 10 Live! at the Museum
Laguna Beach Live!, in collaboration with Laguna Art Museum, presents singer Maria Elena Infantino in her acclaimed tribute to Edith Piaf, France’s national diva and one of France’s greatest international stars. Accompanied by pianist Rick Mandell, Ms Infantino will sing some of Piaf’s most popular songs, including La vie en Rose and Les Amants d’un jour. Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association will be welcoming guests to the concert in celebration of the first Laguna Sister City, Menton, France.
Born in Italy, Maria Elena grew up in a family of Opera singers where art and life blended together in perfect unison. She moved to London at the age of 18 to attend the Foundation Acting course at East 15, after which she trained for three years at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA).
While in Rome, she created her one woman show on the legendary French icon, Edith Piaf, which was a great hit amongst the Italian audience. Maria Elena premiered this sold out show to the US and has toured it in the best European venues in cities such as Rome, Luxembourg and Bulgaria.
KX 93.5 announces new morning show and lineup changes
KX 93.5 FM, Laguna’s Only FM radio station, will change its daily lineup to feature a new variety morning show, a new afternoon personality, and in increase in community programming from dedicated volunteers.
Starting Sept 8, the new morning show, “Daily Scramble Live,” will be co-hosted by KX 93.5 veterans Tyler Russell and Jason Feddy from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Russell, also the founder of KX 93.5, has hosted the morning show solo since the station’s beginning in 2012 and Feddy has hosted the midday show for the past two years.
“We’re both really excited to combine our personalities into something that we hope is equally as fun for listeners as it is for us,” said Russell. “We plan to give every type of person a reason to wake up to this show.”
The morning show – and the station’s format – will still be music-focused, playing the “generational alt rock” tunes from the 60s until today, that station fans have grown to love. But the two plan to add talk and variety into the morning program featuring news, many interactive games, and segments like “Let’s Punk Newport,” where they will affectionately play a prank on Laguna’s northern neighbor.
“Someone is stealing office supplies around here, and Mr. Russell is the major suspect. The new schedule is a creative way for us to keep an eye on him. He is clearly out of control,” said Feddy.
Feddy will still have some alone time on the air from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. after the morning show ends. Programming will then shift to “Generational Alt Rock with Sandy Fagin,” a music-focused afternoon show from noon to 5 p.m., hosted by a longtime KX 93.5 volunteer. “Fagin brings experience, professionalism, and a real passion for local radio to the airwaves,” according to Russell.
Finally, KX 93.5 will recommit itself to the local community by adding more volunteer programming and increasing existing shows’ visibility. Volunteer programming will now begin at 5 p.m. weeknights, instead of 7 p.m. as they did previously. Popular hours like underground music show “The Fuzz,” new wave-focused “The Skong Show,” and new music show “Groove Express” will all move to earlier times. “Volunteer programming is one of the station’s most important assets that allows it to connect Laguna Beach and worldwide listeners”, said Russell.
All the changes will begin after Labor Day, on Tuesday, Sept 8, and will be visible on the schedule page on the station’s website www.KX935.com.
14th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival artists and concerts announced for February 10-14, 2016
The annual Laguna Beach Music Festival, now in its 14th year, is pleased to announce its 2016 Festival artist mentors, Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner. Based in Laguna Beach, the Festival has historically been and continues to be a platform for the discovery of up-and-coming artists with its presentations of world-class musicians in intimate venues. The 2016 Festival, taking place February 10-14 at a variety of venues in Laguna Beach, features exciting performances by Koh and Wosner along with a special appearance by members of Los Angeles-based music collective wild Up. Tickets for the 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival go on sale September 1.
Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner
A multi-day immersion in great music, the 2016 Festival offers a wide range of events, starting with Wednesday’s dinner celebration where attendees can catch up with old friends, make new friends, and meet the musicians. The concerts this year reflect Koh’s belief that the past and present form a continuum, and showcase her and Wosner’s flair in a wide range of repertoire, from Bach and Beethoven to jazz improvisation and world premieres. You’ll hear newly commissioned work, stimulating juxtapositions, and exciting partnerships between Koh and Wosner with members of wild Up.
“Every year the Festival brings premier artists to Laguna Beach and our mission is to share this artistic talent and exploration with our community and beyond,” says Laura Ricker, Festival Director. “This year’s program continues the unique and memorable musical experience we are proud to share with our patrons, both new and returning. We want to become a part of every classical music lover’s annual calendar and not only share the dynamic programming our Artistic Directors come up with, but also continue to build long lasting relationships with our audiences, new and returning.”
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path of her own devising, choosing works that both inspire and challenge. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present form a continuum. She is also committed to exploring connections in the works she performs, searching for similarities of voice among diverse composers and associations within the works of a single composer.
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire, from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti, as well as music by his contemporaries, communicate his imaginative programming and intellectual curiosity. Widely praised for his interpretations of Schubert’s solo repertoire, Mr. Wosner has been focused on the composer in recent seasons and is widely sought after by colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership.
Modern music collective wild Up is a group of Los Angeles-based musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. Believing that music is a catalyst for shared experiences, and that the concert venue is a place for challenging, exciting, and igniting the community, wild Up’s programs are eclectic studies of people, places, and ideas.
The 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival features three concert performances taking place at Laguna Playhouse throughout the weekend. The Opening Night concert on Friday, February 12, finds Festival Artistic Directors Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner holding up a mirror to some of the great classics. Recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance, Koh pairs Bach’s mighty Chaconne for solo violin with two of its 20th-century offspring: Berio’s astonishing Sequenza and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen verlernt, with a video installation by BAFTA Award-winning multi-disciplinary artist Tal Rosner. Wosner, whose insightful and perceptive playing have made him a favorite among audiences and critics, plumbs the depths of Schubert’s last set of Impromptus, pairing them with jazz improvisations of his own devising.
On Saturday, February 13, the musical dialogue between past and present continues with New Global Voices, a thrilling evening featuring 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces from across the spectrum of great musical traditions. Koh and Wosner join wild Up and its founder and conductor Christopher Rountree for works ranging from the haunting neoclassical strains of Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov to those of contemporary jazz master Vijay Iyer. A world premiere by Anthony Cheung alongside Claude Viver’s Asian-inspired masterpiece Zipangu round out this thrilling night of musical exploration and adventure.
The final concert of the 2016 Festival takes place Sunday, with A Matinee of Creative Evolution: Bridge to Beethoven III, which explores the impact of Beethoven on a diverse group of composers and musicians. By pairing Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano with new works by exciting young composers, this concert ignites a creative conversation around Beethoven’s music not only as a cornerstone of classical music but as a universal, culture-crossing source of inspiration. The program includes Beethoven’s Sonatas Nos. 6-8 for violin and piano with Koh and Wosner, as well as new music by Los Angeles-based composer Andrew Norman.
The Laguna Beach Music Festival is a presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Tickets for the 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival go on sale September 1 and can be purchased at www.lagunabeachmusicfestival.com.
Complimentary skin cancer screenings set for Sept 17
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Statistics show that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Have your skin examined if you have a skin sore or mole:
That has an irregular shape or two different looking halves.
Has changes in color or texture, and has rough or notched edges.
Has any changes in the size, or has swelling or redness.
Is itchy, tender or painful.
Is larger than ¼ inch (6mm, size of a pencil eraser).
Is bleeding, oozing or painful.
That does not heal.
That has new suspicious spots.
Make an appointment today for a free skin cancer screening with a dermatologist!
Screenings will take place Thursday, September 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.
Appointments are required.
Call 877-459-3627 to register or for more information.
National Preparedness Month; register for AlertOC
September marks National Preparedness Month and the City of Laguna Beach is urging residents and businesses to prepare for the many hazards that threaten our community.
AlertOC, the County’s mass notification system, is a critical link for residents to immediately learn of any required actions, such as evacuating their homes during an imminent fire. On September 24, more than two million Orange County residents will receive a call to test AlertOC. The drill will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County’s entire region.
The distinctive feature of AlertOC is the ability to register more than one contact method at a specific address. Registrations of cell phone and alternate numbers dramatically increase the ability to reach the greatest number of community members within minutes. This enables landlines, cell phones, text numbers, and e-mail addresses to be incorporated into a single notification system.
Residents can do their part to prepare for emergencies by registering for AlertOC. The time is now to self-register cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses to be part of the regional test. For more information or to register alternate phone numbers, text numbers and e-mail addresses, visit www.alertoc.com.
Laguna Beach Library’s August events
Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout June. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.
Laguna Beach Library’s August Events:
Friday, August 28, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Third Street Writers Group Ink Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners.
Saturday, Aug 29, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Children’s Craft Open House Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative projects. Adult supervision is recommended.
Monday, August 31 6-7:30 p.m. Toastmasters Open House Meeting
Come learn about the benefits of being a member of Toastmasters and how you can enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. Meets in the Library Program Room. For more information contact the library or inquire at the Information Desk.
Laguna Beach Library regular hours are Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays and holidays.
The Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733.