Brian Maryott, candidate for the 49th District, will speak at LB Republicans’ meeting on Feb 22

The Laguna Beach Republicans (LBGOP) will hold their monthly meeting on Thurs, Feb 22, at Mozambique, located 1740 S Coast Hwy. 

Emil Monda, President of the LBGOP, invites all Republicans, Independents and Libertarians to attend the meeting. 

“We have a special guest speaker Brian Maryott, Republican, running for Congress in the 49th Congressional District, the seat currently held by the retiring Daryl Issa,” Monda says.

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Brian Maryott is running in the 49th Congressional District 

“While the LBGOP does not endorse candidates in the Primary, it is important to understand where the candidates stand as we must hold the House of Representatives in the 2018 Election,” he adds. 

“I urge all Laguna Beach Republicans to attend this meeting to  learn about one of the four Republicans who are running for this seat.”

Social hour is at 5 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and end promptly at 7:15 p.m.

Brian will be speaking from 6 - 6:45 p.m. 

For more information or for those interested, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as space is limited.


Blue Bell Cat Sanctuary’s Champagne fundraiser adds plenty of dollars to the kitty for the kitties

 

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Pamela Knudsen at the podium; centerpiece featuring Blue Bell resident Tiger

More than 150 people arrived to toast the Blue Bell Cat Retirement Sanctuary at its annual Champagne fundraiser last Sunday. 

Blue Bell Cat Retirement Sanctuary, run by the nonprofit Foundation, takes loving care of cats whose owners can no longer care for them or have passed away – and who want to be sure that their beloved pets are properly taken care of for the rest of their feline lives.

Event organizer and master of ceremonies Pamela Knudsen did, well, a masterful job along with an incredible team of volunteers, including Terri Karman who put together centerpieces featuring the cats of Blue Bell and the “basket babes” who prepared more than 50 Silent Auction items.

In our Friday edition, Stu News will publish a longer article about this event along (we hope, if all goes according to plan) with exciting news that will warm the hearts of cat-lovers all over Laguna. 

Stay tuned – much meow to share soon!

For more information about the Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, visit www.bluebellcats.org.


Agate Street Beach Afterglow

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Scott captures an awesome afterglow


A dreamy night for Laguna Beach schools, courtesy of School Power

SchoolPower held its 33rd Annual Dinner Dance Catching Dreams on Feb 10 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The magical event grossed over $320,000 for Laguna Beach schools. $185,000 of this money raised will go directly toward the annual Fund-A-Need. Remaining funds will assist SchoolPower’s year-round efforts supporting academics, music and the arts.

SchoolPower President Kristin Winter welcomed the spirited crowd, setting the stage for the real purpose of the night’s festivities by saying, “Your presence here tonight is everything...it shows that you understand that community support is the way we set Laguna Beach public schools apart.”

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Dinner dance chairs: Gorjana Reidel, Carol Moss, and Sarah Durand

The crowd warmly applauded Dinner Dance Chairs Sarah Durand, Carol Moss and Gorjana Reidel for their work creating an incredible evening of dining, dancing and bidding on amazing silent and live auction items. Event auctioneer Zack Krone kept the paddles going - and the money coming in - with his witty banter. The Cover-Ups Band kept the crowd fired up and dancing with their 80’s-themed music.

The biggest dream that came true that night was the enthusiasm for the 2018 Fund-a-Need Navigating the Information Age, which inspired the 300 guests to raise more than $185,000 in a matter of minutes. LBUSD Superintendent Dr. Jason Viloria presented the initiative, saying, “In our schools we are focused on educating the whole child in an environment where they feel challenged, engaged, safe, and supported. To be a successful modern learner, we must provide our students with the skills and understanding of the power and responsibility that comes with living in the digital age.

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LBUSD School Superintendent Dr. Jason Viloria and wife Holly

Event guests clearly embraced his message.

Money raised will go towards the hiring of a district-wide Digital Library Specialist, as well as part-time teacher coaches. This team will lead a K-12 effort to improve students’ digital literacy skills. SchoolPower Endowment committed $25,000 to this effort, in addition to the investment by LBUSD.


The British Hair Company hosts Blue for the Ocean fundraiser for ECO-Warrior Foundation, Sat, March 31

The British Hair Company announces that they will host an event, “Blue for the Ocean” on Sat, March 31, in support of The ECO-Warrior Foundation. The event will take place at The British Hair Company, located at 1493 S Coast Hwy.  

Actor Richard Burgi will guest host. Aveda is passionate about the environment, but sadly realizes that our oceans are becoming more and more polluted and action needs to be taken. Living and working by the ocean is something they are grateful for daily. 

The ECO-Warrior Foundation is dedicated to preserving our oceans and beaches through; education, activation and motivation, organizing beach clean ups, upstream clean ups.

The event will be a spectacular “Blue for the Ocean” theme, with great food, drinks, music and entertainment. Aveda will run an auction on the night of the event, both live and silent, and they would appreciate any donation items for the auction. The donation could be something physical or an experience. 

A full list of auction and raffle Items will be updated soon, but so far, donations have been received from Gucci South Coast Plaza, Katharine Story, Aveda, The British Hair Company, Steve Adam Gallery, Yoga Works Laguna Beach and Pure Laguna Beach.

Aveda was the brain child of Horst Rechelbacher, who was not only a pioneer of holistic beauty, but also a champion of environmental responsibility. Aveda’s vision for this event is to raise the funding to access more schools, travel further afar and make a difference all along the coastlines and eventually worldwide.

Prices and times are: VIP Blow Dry Entry. 4:15 p.m., 5 p.m. or 5:45 p.m., $75 Donation Includes VIP Early Entry, VIP Blow Out, two raffle tickets & two cocktails (Note there are only 12 spaces available). 

General Entry - 6:30 p.m., $35 ($30 in advance). Donation includes entry, two cocktails and two raffle tickets. 

8:15 p.m. Live Auction, Silent Auction Results and Draw Raffle will take place at 8:15 p.m. with a 9 p.m. close. 

Raffle Tickets on the night $5 each or six for $25, suggested donation for cocktails is $5. 

Tickets are available now. To donate an auction item, contact Paul at either 949 497-8345 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Chabad celebrates Purim with Hamentash Café on Feb 22 and Purim in Jamaica on March 1 

This year, Purim starts early for Chabad. The holiday of Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people living in the fourth century B.C.E. from one of the most colorful villains in Jewish history. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah (“Scroll of Esther”), sending gifts of food to friends, giving charity to the needy, and enjoying a festive meal. It is also customary to eat a delightful cookie called Hamentashen, a triangular pastry filled with poppy seeds or jelly.

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Learn to bake Hamentashen on Thurs, Feb 22

A Pre-Purim Ladies Home Club Event, Hamentash Café, will take place on Thurs, Feb 22, at 7 p.m. at a private home in Laguna Beach. Attendees will gather round the kitchen island and learn how to make the most delicious gourmet Hamentashen, a three-cornered traditional Purim pastry. Bakers will gain valuable lessons from Esther, the heroine of the Purim story and enjoy refreshments and fine wine. Participants should RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for directions and details. $15 Couvert.

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Reading of Scroll of Esther at Purim in Jamaica on Thurs, March 1

An island themed Purim bash, Purim in Jamaica, takes place on Thurs, March 1, at 5 p.m. at Chabad. The festivities start with a Megillah reading (Scroll of Esther), and then on to a delicious Jamaican BBQ buffet. The fun continues with a drum circle with Rasta king Jah Amen Mobley, Reggae music and dancing. There will be crafts for the kids, and Lchaims for the adults. Guest can come in costume. The cost is $12 for children, and $18 for adults.

For more information, visit www.chabadoflaguna.com or call (949) 499-0770. Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy, across from the Montage Resort.

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