Thanks for playing!

She’s was baaaaaaack – and it turns out, some folks have missed her! Maggi’s guest appearance this week with her world famous where-the-heck-is-that-in-Laguna trivia quiz was easy for quite a few readers. Her inbox was pinging in the wee hours with correct answers. Now Maggi is humbled, and says, “Thanks!” though we think she might have preferred a win. Y’all get bragging rights.

Here are the photo challengers and the “where are they” answers:

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That big head is on Manzanita, at La Vista

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Dory is swimming, swimming, swimming on Glenneyre, near Arch Street

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This giddy-up got parked at Virginia Park Way

The iconic Twin Points looking toward Shaws Cove – 

as the fog rolls in

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

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The Rat Pack is Back! Boys & Girls Club celebrates its 17th Annual Art of Giving Gala on May 13 

On Sat, May 13, at the Montage Laguna Beach, the Boys & Girls Club presents the 17th Annual Art of Giving Gala - “The Rat Pack is Back!” Guests are encouraged to dress to impress and pull out their sharkskin suits or little black dresses for the big night, where they will indulge in the swanky 60s experience of the Rat Pack era. 

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Guests enjoy sips and art on the grounds of the Montage Laguna Beach

The festivities will kick-off on the beautiful Montage lawn with tasty morsels, signature cocktails, and a couple of surprises. The evening will continue with an elegant dinner and a rousing live auction, followed by dancing to live music that will bring guests back to the golden days when names like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop owned the nightlife. 

The event raises funds that help the Club reach more young people and to promote integrity, compassion, and respect. This promises to be the event of the year, and a chance to generously support the Club and its some 2,000 youth members and families. Proceeds raised at the 17th annual Art of Giving Gala go directly toward empowering children of all ages to reach their full potential, no matter their financial situation.

 The Boys & Girls Club invites all to come for a swinging good time at the 17th Annual Art of Giving Gala. Table sponsorships are available. For more information about the gala, contact Michelle Ray at (949) 494-2535 ext. 7584 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Club website at

Haku, a silky terrier: Weekly Pet Adoption

Haku, a male silky terrier, is six and a half years old.  He’s on the small side, house-trained and is neutered. His vaccinations are up to date. He is very friendly, quiet, and sweet. He needs a lap to sit on and a new home. 

Haku would be a nice addition to any home

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. Due to their approach to adoption, their return rate is five to ten percent as compared to the national return rate of fifty percent.

Here’s how the adoption procedure works:

Animals are available only by application. If you are interested in an animal, you must complete an application in person at the shelter. The application form asks such things as your reasons for adoption, your previous animal ownership, current pets, and the environment the animal will share with you.

Many dogs require a secured, fenced yard. You may need to state on the form whether or not your yard meets certain fencing specifications.

After you apply, there is a waiting period. During this waiting period, the adoption committee reviews all applications submitted for the animal.  Decisions are made according to the best interest of each animal.

If you have completed an application for a dog and the dog is not on medical hold, you can visit the dog in our play yard from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.

If you already own one or more dogs and you are applying for another dog, your application will be considered only after the dogs have met and interacted successfully.

They encourage all household members to meet the prospective pet.

Adoption decisions are made semi-weekly on Wednesday and Saturday after the animal is released from any medical hold.

The price of adoption for a dog or puppy is $100 and includes the following services: Veterinarian exam, 2 DHPP Vaccines,1 Rabies vaccine, 4 intestinal wormings, flea baths, a neuter/spay, a microchip implant, and any medical treatments required while at the shelter.

The LB Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, (949) 497-3552, or go to the website

Cottage Furnishings celebrates its 20th year anniversary and Laguna Beach roots

Driving along Pacific Coast Hwy, one can’t help but notice the store on the corner of St. Ann’s with the Adirondack chairs outside, colorful items in the windows, and a flag out in front. With deep roots in Laguna Beach, Cottage Furnishings, a family owned and run home décor and furniture store, is celebrating its 20th year anniversary. 

 The owner, Lou Tarter, was born and raised in Laguna Beach. As an entrepreneur, he started out with small businesses in downtown Laguna, including a piano tuning store and a photo express shop. After he married his wife, Jo Ann, they started a Christian book store downtown. Lou has an incredible love and dedication to the town. 

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In 1997, they opened Cottage Furnishings. Aviella, their daughter, has been the buyer and manager for 17 years. She helps to hand pick every item in the store. They travel to design shows every year and select what is to come into the store. Jonathan, the owners’ son, is the assistant manager. 

Eveyln Hunt, who is Lou and Jo Ann’s daughter-in-law, met her husband Jonathan in the store when she was shopping there three years ago. She says, “We are a Christian based family owned and run business. Everyone who walks into the store says that it has such a great feeling and vibe, and often times people tell us that it is their ‘absolute favorite store’ and that they come in every year when they are in town visiting. It is also due to the fact that we have a very calming color palette throughout the store of aquas and turquoises. We see the ocean every day from our windows and are truly inspired by the feeling and colors of the sea.” 

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Cottage Furnishings, family owned and run, opened on St. Ann’s in 1997

According to Eveyln, “The store started out selling Adirondack chairs (patio chairs), and that is why it is the logo of our store. The store has now expanded to selling a wide range of items, including bed linens, furniture pieces, lighting, and home decor pieces. We have helped to decorate several homes in the local OC area and we love to do so. We have been told that we have excellent customer service. Reason being, we love what we do and we love to give back to the community! We truly buy what we love. The store has a light, airy, feel good style. We love our customers. Our Shop Dog, Max, is often the reason why customers stop in! We are incredibly dog friendly.”

Cloocroo crawl – get your game on and join the fun


Hill Collins has come up with a fun way to get to know a place like a local, meet people, and get your game on in competition. Called Cloocroo, you may have seen clusters of folks wearing the T-shirts walking around town. They are part of teams, on a sort of a pub-crawl – though Cloocroo is also set up for the under-21 crowd too.

Hill went on one of those typical sign-up-for-‘em pub-crawls in Washington, DC, about ten years ago. While it was intended to be fun for meeting people, he found it was crowded wherever they went and there wasn’t any cohesion to the group. Then the idea started percolating in Hill’s head about a way to improve on the notion, including a scavenger hunt, and team competitions in silly games. Make it fun!

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Hill Collins

While that thought remained in the back of his mind, Hill went on to pursue his degree in graphic design. Creativity kicked in and he started visualizing the logo, and creating the maps to further his adventure in fun.

Cloocroo launched with a big she-bang in Portland, with eight teams of five people in each team. Each team had their own color – the Clockwork Oranges… the Grey Hounds to name a few. Hill and his crew arranged for a roving competition and hilarity ensued.

“Everybody defends their color,” Hill said. “It’s camaraderie, kind of unpredictable and fun. People love the games, not just the clues. It gets super competitive because you just want to beat the other team!”

Portland was a huge success as, “People had the time of their lives.”

Hill grew up in Texas, went to school in Charleston, South Carolina, and now calls Laguna Beach home. He worked at Surf & Sand Resort the last four years, and learned the value of the hospitality business – entertaining visitors to our town, as well as the importance of corporate teambuilding, which he’s rolled into Cloocroo. 

Cloocroo grew and expanded when Hill and loads of volunteers stepped up for charity.  They’ve done Cloocroo events for the American Heart Association, and, locally, for the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation.

“At first I just wanted to bring my friends together in a creative way and see what happens,” he says. “And then it grew – I can literally do it anywhere in the world now.”

So far, the Cloocroo stretch has reached from Mammoth to Portland, and DC to Scottsdale, and now Laguna Beach.

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Recently he started “mini” Cloocroos. Those are the folks you’ll see walking around town in the T-shirts. Hill’s finding that the mini Cloocroos are a fun and rewarding way for out-of-towners to get to learn about Laguna from an insider’s perspective, and for us locals, it’s a blast for a birthday party or competitive family fun.

The first stop is at El Ranchito, where the games begin. During the course of the 3-hour Cloocroo, the groups compete in a variety of Darts, Jenga, Pool/Billiards, Puzzles, Foosball, and Trivia. There are two versions of mini Cloocroo available to be booked from 2 – 5 p.m. everyday.

For the 21-and over crowd, adult beverages may be consumed along with the games at stops such as El Ranchito, Marine Room, and Big Fish. Appetizer snacks are provided at the El Ranchito stop, and at Gu Ramen. For the under-21 crowd, it’s more of a clue scavenger hunt that stops in at stores in town, where there are special Cloocroo discounts. Currently their map goes from Cress to Clio Street. 

Larger groups for private events, and corporate teambuilding can book online at, and for a mini Cloocroo book here:


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