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Deadline extended to Dec 30 for grant applications for “A Taste for Charity” and “Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off” funds

Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund

is accepting grant applications until December 30 for funds generated from Laguna’s 2019 “A Taste for Charity” and “Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off” events.

Deadline extended Pet Parade

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Nonprofits may apply for grants through December 30

The Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund will accept written grant applications for donations from its 2019 fundraising events: the 24th Annual “A Taste for Charity” and the 22nd Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off.

Proceeds are donated to local nonprofit, registered 501c(3) organizations and the Laguna Board of REALTORS® CAF general fund. Priority is given to groups that are generally smaller in size, serve local needs and do not have other consistent funding sources. Scholarships are also awarded to qualifying Laguna Beach High School students. Prior recipients may reapply.

Deadline extended Taste

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Don’t miss out on grant opportunities from the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund

Groups are invited to apply for these grants by contacting Nancy Pooley, President of the Laguna Board of REALTORS® & Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund at (949) 230-3353 or go to www.LBR-CAF.INFO to download the application.

Applications are due on December 30 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by mid-January 2019.

Dennis’ Tidbits


December 7, 2018

Weather cooperating for Hospitality Night 

Dennis 5Tonight is the annual Hospitality Night downtown, so get down there if you can. It starts around 5 p.m., and it’s a lot of fun for all ages. The weather should be cooperating as that dramatic upper level low moved its operations eastward starting late Thursday.

Well, we’re actually ahead of the curve rain-wise so far here in the 2018-2019 season. An additional quarter inch fell in town on Wednesday with over 1.5 inches on Thursday, including thunderstorms scattered across the Southland, upping the season’s total to over 4 inches.

San Diego is getting really hammered with strong to severe thunderstorm activity with occasional heavy downpours with hail and frequent lightning. Some areas around San Diego County got drenched with over two inches of rain. Several waterspouts were reported off the coast of Leucadia, Solana Beach and near Point Loma, where one waterspout moved ashore as an EF-1 with a width of 100 yards and winds approaching 100 mph. That was large and strong for a waterspout as most spouts are maybe 50 yards wide and carry winds up to 50 or 60 mph. As you know, waterspouts are merely tornadoes over open water and once they make landfall, they become a tornado. 

Back on Thanksgiving of 1981, there were many waterspouts from Orange County all the way to San Diego County from very strong convection resulting in strong thunderstorms over much of that afternoon. There were nine waterspouts off Laguna alone. One spout moved ashore just south of Aliso Pier as an EF-1, and it tore up roofs of several beachfront homes south of the pier before dissipating a couple of blocks inland from PCH.

On that same day, a strong EF-1 waterspout moved up San Diego’s Mission Bay with winds of 100 mph. A few moments later, hundreds of fish were raining on downtown San Diego to the surprise of everyone in that area. What happened was as this spout was at its peak strength while heading inland over Mission Bay, the strong updraft sucked up hundreds of fish high into the atmosphere. When the spout approached the downtown area, it began to weaken. Surrounding air up there was no longer able to support the weight of all these fish, so gravity took over and down they fell. I’ll bet a lot of folks said, “Well, it looks like we’re having fish for dinner tonight and we didn’t even have to catch ‘em! Just gather a few off the sidewalk and take them home and throw them on the skillet or Barbie!” True story! 

See you downtown, Aloha!

A bluesy kind of sunset

A bluesy Linda

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Photo by Linda Winslow

Beautiful blues and hues evoke strong emotion

Coastal eddy hosts holiday party for a cause this Sunday, Dec 9

Coastal eddy a gallery is hosting a holiday party, dubbed #ThisIsNotNormal...still, this Sunday, Dec 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. Last year at this time, the gallery‘s event focused on supplying water filters to Puerto Rico and USVI. This year the Southern Poverty Law Center will benefit. 

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Coastal eddy holiday fete this Sunday, Dec 9 will benefit Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. Based in Montgomery, Ala., it is noted for its successful legal cases against white supremacist groups, its classification of hate groups and other extremist organizations, and for promoting tolerance education programs. 

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Coastal eddy a gallery holiday party will feature an evening of activism, art, raffles, music, food and fun

There will be several raffle opportunities to win donated works of art and gift certificates from local businesses which will benefit SPLC. The gallery will also be introducing new artists, as well as new work from current favorites. 

Coastal eddy, the only ceramic art gallery in Laguna Beach, is located at 1417 S Coast Hwy, in the HIP District. To RSVP, call (949) 715-4113 or visit

Community lauds Boyd, Zur Schmiede for their service to Laguna; Council members installed; Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem elected


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“Kelly’s time is up,” sang a No Square Theatre quartet before Kelly Boyd presided over his last task as mayor, the swearing in of newly elected Council members – the culmination of his 16 years of public service.

Councilman Bob Whalen presented Boyd with a commendation citing his accomplishments and leadership and made him a member of one of Laguna’s most exclusive clubs – owner of a Main Beach Lifeguard Tower tile conferred by a grateful City staff and Council.

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Kelly Boyd and his wife Michelle after receiving commendation

Boyd was brought to tears by the admiration showered on him, especially with his wife Michelle, his son Sean and his fiancé Laurie, nephew Rob Boyd, “step-in” daughter Kirsten Rugg, a member of Boyd’s family since her teens, and her husband Doug, in the audience.

He made special note of three women, other than his wife, who were important influences on him: Elizabeth Pearson, Cheryl Kinsman and Jane Egly, all former mayors of Laguna Beach. 

Boyd praised City Manager John Pietig and the management team he has put together.

Whalen also had the opportunity to present a commendation and a tile to outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede, who was not expected to be able to attend the meeting. He has spent much of his time in Kentucky since his brother was severely injured in June.

Zur Schmiede made the tough decision to pull out of his bid for re-election to care for his brother.

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Rob Zur Schmiede receives commendation

“I was sad about the choice, but I don’t regret it,” he said. “It was the right thing to do.” 

Zur Schmiede gave a special nod to his wife, Robin, and to Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson, with whom he launched the Leadership Laguna program. 

Boyd squirmed as members of the Council heaped compliments on him, unable to put a time limit on them, as he did with the audience. 

“You ran over,” he told longtime friend and political ally Pearson, who along with Steve Dicterow called Boyd their hero, recalling how bravely Boyd had coped with cancer.

Iseman’s recollections of Boyd went back to 1971 when they worked in adjacent stores and used to sneak out back to smoke. 

“A few words come to mind when I think bout Kelly: honest, straightforward, clear-headed, decisive, consistent, to-the-point, effective, loyal, prepared and a good friend,” said Whalen.

Zur Schmiede called Boyd an icon. 

But Zur Schmiede came in for his fair share of encomiums. 

“Rob, I didn’t know you were going to be here, but I can wing it,” Whalen said. “You are always prepared, dedicated and thoughtful. You reached out to people who agreed with you and people who didn’t.”

Dicterow and Boyd both commended Zur Schmiede for his dedication to his brother. Iseman said she had begged Zur Schmiede to run for Council and would love to see him back on the Council. 

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(L-R) Council members sworn in: Toni Iseman, Sue Kempf and Peter Blake

With the conclusion of Council and Community comments, Boyd and Zur Schmiede stepped down from the dais and watched with the audience as City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker installed the newly elected Council members Peter Blake, Toni Iseman and Sue Kempf.

“I am glad the election is over,” said Kempf. “I see some of the candidates in the audience – that is a testament to the community.” 

Iseman said the Council has much work to do, starting with healing the community she feels was sundered by the election.

 “I have never seen the City so fragmented,” Iseman said. “There was so much anger.”

Blake did not comment. 

To no one’s surprise, Whalen was elected Mayor and Councilman Steve Dicterow was elected Mayor Pro Tem. 

The final action of the meeting was the appointment of Council representatives to various committees and organizations, in and outside of Laguna, as liaisons to City committees and participants in Council subcommittees.

As mayor, Whalen represents the City and the Council on 13 of the 32 appointments. Dicterow volunteered for nine appointments, Iseman for eight. Kempf took on five appointments. Blake agreed to two assignments.    

The list of appointments and the text of the commendations for Boyd and Zur Schmiede are available on the City’s website at

Sculpture to Wear is donating 50 percent of profits to LAM through the weekend

Lisa Berman’s Sculpture to Wear is on display at Laguna Art Museum today, Friday, Dec 7 and Saturday, Dec 8 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec 9 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sculpture To Wear is donating over 50 percent of this weekend’s profits to the Museum. Sculpture to Wear has been a benchmark brand in the country for wearable art jewelry for 45 years. Raised in Laguna Beach, owner Lisa Berman (aka Babik) is thrilled to have her company give back to LAM in the town where she learned to love art.

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Sculpture to Wear is donating 50 percent of profits to LAM through the weekend

Sculpture to Wear will present work in the foyer and front window of the museum through the weekend. Featured artists include designers from Berman’s recent show at Leica Gallery in Los Angeles and her former Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, including Jeanet Metselaar, Yves Amu Klein, Kelly Berg, Marc Cohen, Jacqueline and Ondrey Rudavsky, and Valerie Jo Coulson, plus other accessories and artists to be confirmed. The Collection ranges from $50-$500. 

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

Ball of fire

Ball of Jack Lynn

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Red sky at night, sailor’s delight

Twice the beauty

Twice the Lauren Carter

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Husband and wife Alexander “Curly” Carter and Lauren Carter capture the spectacular double rainbow from two different perspectives

Twice the Curly Carter

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Photo by Alexander “Curly” Carter

The rainbows seem to disappear into the ocean

Somewhere over the rainbows

Somewhere over Hovanesian

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Photo by John Hovanesian

Twice the good fortune over American Legion Hall: A double rainbow is considered to be a sign of luck in eastern cultures

Somewhere over Barron

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Two pots of gold at the end of the rainbows in Bluebird Canyon

Somewhere over Kramer

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Photo by Conor Kramer, LBHS Senior

A double rainbow is also a symbol of transformation. The first arc represents the material world, and the second arc signifies the spiritual realm.

Somewhere over Miura

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Dreaming of more rainbows in Laguna

Laguna Beach Acupuncture presents Tuesday Teatime with Dr. Anne Davies

On Tuesday, Dec 11 and 18, the community is invited to drop in for a free cup of delicious 5 Mountain Heirloom Organic tea at Laguna Beach Acupuncture from 4 - 6 p.m. This is an informal opportunity for the community to meet owner and practitioner Dr. Anne Davies, if you don’t already know her, and enjoy a great cup of tea.

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Teatime is an informal way for the community to get to know the doc

Enjoy the famous Detox Pu’er if you need a bit of energy to get through the rest of your day. Select the Heirloom Silver White packed with polyphenols to help reduce inflammation. If you need to relax and unwind after a trying day, savor a cup of Nile Valley Chamomile.

Questions about Chinese medicine and modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping or the broader principles of Yang Sheng “nourishing life”, are welcome. 

Dr. Anne Davies’ studies of Chinese Medicine began as a teenager at the Taoist Sanctuary. She left her native Southern California to earn a BA in Psychology and an MA in HR and Organization Development. She went on to travel the world and enjoy a successful career in management consulting. Still, she never lost her passion for Chinese Medicine. 

Laguna Beach doctor

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Dr. Davies opened her Laguna Beach practice in 2013

After Davies retired from consulting in 2007 she earned an MS in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Anne is both an NCCAOM nationally board-certified Diplomat and a California state licensed acupuncturist. She opened her private practice in Laguna Beach in 2013. 

At Laguna Beach Acupuncture, Dr. Anne listens closely to her patients. She addresses their pain using time tested healing methods and traditional medicines. She also works with patients to create a realistic treatment plan and helps them to achieve their health goals. Her bias is prevention so she may also suggest some new ideas for patient’s nourishment, movement and building resilience for a brighter, healthier future. 

For more information, visit or call (949) 407- 8728. 

Laguna Beach Acupuncture is located at 1100 South Coast Hwy, Suite 312.

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