Calling all species: Seems that the enjoyment of ukulele music doesn’t end at the shoreline

The Laguna Beach Ukulele Academy will sing Valentine’s Love Songs live on Laguna Beach FM KX 93.5 for Valentines Day this Wednesday evening from 5-6 p.m. – love will be in the air (and broadcast).

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Even mermaids like the ukelele

Tom “Tommy J” Joliet’s Laguna Tropical Surf show will feature musician/singers from the Susi Q Community Center’s popular ukulele program. 

The radio audience can sing and dance to tunes played the combined classes of ukulele maestros Jack Morse, Jeff Eile, Mark Kohls, Jeff Heileson and Tommy J.

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Kanikapila, oil painting by Gayle Joliet

Afterwards, join the players across from the radio station on S Coast Hwy at the Pearl Street General Store’s The Seahorse Lounge for more live music, food and drinks from 6 – 8 p.m. 

Listen live by streaming on the free mobile app KX935, and at

The British Hair Company hosts Blue for the Ocean fundraiser for ECO-Warrior Foundation on 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. 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 is 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, 2 raffle tickets & two cocktails (Note there are only 12 spaces available). 

General Entry - 6:30 p.m., $35 ($30 in advance) Donation Includes Entry, 2 cocktails and 2 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 6 for $25, suggested donation for cocktails is $5. 

Tickets are available now. To support Aveda and 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. . The event will take place at the British Hair Company, 750 S. Coast Hwy.

A Note from Shaena

Get ready to Rock For The Cause on March 5

Get ready to Rock For The Cause with us to help end homelessness in our community!

Several of us at Stu News have been touched by mental illness and homelessness within our families, and we support the work of Friendship Shelter in providing housing and hope for the most vulnerable in our community. 

We are honored to be co-hosting this year’s event for the sixth consecutive year (it was always one of mine and Stu’s favorite nights together) – along with Clay Berryhill, Danielle Cavallucci, Marshall & Elizabeth Ininns, and Rick & Dianne Allen. We invite everyone to join us for this fun night – all for a good cause – on March 5 from 6 to 10 p.m at Skyloft!

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Fun with friends: Greg and Barbara MacGillivray and Robert Smolka enjoying a previous Rock for the Cause event

The evening will feature fantastic live music by The 133 Band – featuring Laguna favorites Jason Feddy, Nick Hernandez, Beth and Steve Wood, Poul Pedersen, Frank Cotinola, Bob Hawkins, and others – as well as drinks and hors d’ouevres courtesy of Skyloft. All proceeds will directly help to end homelessness in our community.

Tickets start at $75, and will also include entry into an opportunity drawing for items donated from local businesses.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

One seat still open on city advisory groups – 21 appointments made


The City Council on Tuesday filled all but one vacant seat on city advisory committees and the Design Review Board.

Seven residents applied for a seat on the board. Incumbents Meg Monahan and Caren Liuzzi were reappointed to fill the two vacancies.

Jeffrey Feldman was the lone applicant for a seat on the View Restoration Committee, which had two vacancies. City Clerk Lisette Chel Walker announced that applications would be accepted until 5 p.m., March 15. The council will interview applicants and appoint one to the committee at the March 27 meeting. 

Seven residents submitted applications for the five seats on the Affordable Housing Task Force. After reviewing the applicants, the council voted to increase the size of the committee and appointed all the applicants: Gary Boisen, Jane Fulton, Mohammad Honarkar, Karen Martin, Allison Matthews, Chris Quilter and Louis Weil

The council filled the three vacant seats on the Parking, Transportation and Circulation Committee with applicants Jennifer Dawson, John Marcos, and Hasty Honarkar, daughter of Mohammad Honarkar, perhaps a first for Laguna.

Robert Ader, Irene Bowie and India Hynes were appointed to serve two-year terms on the Environmental Sustainability Committee. Christine Bennecke and Emerich Hlava were appointed to one-year terms.

Applicants Monica Silva and former committee chair Michele Hall were selected to seats on the Recreation Committee. 

Four seats were open on the Heritage Committee, which is currently in the throes of the city’s contentious revamp of the Historical Preservation Ordinance. Regina Hartley and Scott Sumner were chosen from the five applicants. A reduction from seven members to five, as recommended by the committee in January, was confirmed by the council. 

Two-year terms begin April 1. Appointments to the Planning and Arts Commissions will be made later this year.

Barbara’s Column

Valentine’s Day came early for outgoing Mayor Toni Iseman at luncheon lovefest



The Outgoing Mayor’s Luncheon held Feb 2 at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club was not a meal. It was a lovefest.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman was lauded by City Manager John Pietig and former City Manager Ken Frank, The Ranch owner Mark Christy, close friend Rita Conn, LGBT Heritage and Cultural group founder Chris Tebbutt and club President Kitty Malcolm

Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson presented Iseman with a proclamation from Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

Pietig said he has become a believer in Iseman’s mantra – “the same only better.” 

Frank described Iseman as tenacious and resilient, often on the short end of 4-1 votes and the only council member elected to five consecutive terms since 1920.

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Outgoing mayor Toni Iseman

Conn came up with the answer to the Big Question: Will Iseman run again?

“John (Pietig), the answer is in your hands,” said Conn. “Toni has this little list and if it doesn't get done, she’ll run.”

Christy touted Iseman’s dedication to saving Laguna Canyon from development. It’s no secret that she was the author of the illegal Burman Shave ads that brought attention to the prospect of thousands of homes being built in the open space surrounding Laguna Beach. 

Tebbutt, who had reserved two tables for luncheon attendees, said there would have been even more members of the LGBTQ community at the luncheon if there had been room. 

“This was the hottest ticket in town,” said Malcolm. “All of you are here today because you admire, respect, like and want to honor Toni.” 

Early arrivals were entertained by Bree Burgess Rosen and Carol Reynolds at the piano. Burgess also sang Chris Quilter’s parody of “Who Knows Where or When.”  “Although I’ve sung these words before, you’ve run before, so what’s one more?”

Iseman, as always, was at her freewheeling best with a microphone in hand.   

“I want a bar for seniors only,” she said. “Someone would have to check IDs for over 55. The name would be ‘Do I Come Here Often?’”

But it wasn’t all laughs.

“The town is cranky and tired,” Iseman said. “It’s traffic, perhaps the tourists and their cars, the thousands of houses to be built and we’re their beach. 

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“We’re their beach and we’re being loved to death”

“They come because there is a there here. But we are a coastal town, not a coastal resort and we are being loved to death.”

Iseman said she embraces change – “Some of it.”

Changes she would welcome: pursuit of tree vandals, traffic fines scaled to the offense, parked cars blocking a driveway towed, parking meters installed in South Laguna and three-hour parking limits in South Laguna neighborhoods.

She got a standing ovation.

Council members Bob Whalen and Rob Zur Schmiede, City Clerk Lisette Chel Walker, Director of Public Works Shohreh Dupuis and Johnson were among those who attended the sold-out luncheon. 

More anniversaries

Laguna Greenbelt Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday at the annual membership meeting, held in conjunction with the Laguna Canyon Conservancy February dinner at Tivoli Too.

Highlight of the Greenbelt meeting was a 30-minute video of the Greenbelt’s early history, put together by Charles Michael Murray, Harry Huggins and Ron Chilcote, who wrote the script. 

Among the cast: Chilcote, Larry Ulvestad, Norm Grossman, perennial President Elisabeth Brown, the late Mayor Roy Holm, Scott Ferguson standing in for Greenbelt founder Jim Dilley and Iseman.

The video recounted the evolution of Dilley’s concept of a greenbelt into a push for a national urban park surrounding Laguna, the film ending with the always capitalized 1989 Walk in the Canyon.   

A second act is to follow.

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Laguna Greenbelt can rejoice in 50 years of stewardship

Patricia Twitty gave a glowing report on the Greenbelt Education Committee’s accomplishments, which are funded by members’ financial support.

The list includes promotion of environmental education in city schools and a mini grant program, which includes small grants to large number of teachers each year, the funds spent on classroom and outdoor science activities and docent-led trips to parks. 

“Gardens began flourishing a year ago at the schools and now include a butterfly pollinator, native plants and an incredible vegetable and fruit garden,” said Twitty. 

“The TOW garden has grown to such an extent, it is providing food to the local Food Pantry and has its own monthly newsletter, the Beet Bulletin.”

The committee also awards a scholarship each year to a Laguna Beach High School senior involved in environmental activities.

Laguna Canyon Foundation co-founder Mary Fegreus praised Brown for her decades-long, unflagging efforts on behalf of the acquisition and preservation of open space around Laguna and further.  


The Royal Hawaiian has been part of Laguna’s history for 70 years. Exotic Drinks anyone? (Editor’s Note: See our coverage of the Royal Hawaiian’s happy hour.)

World War II veteran Harold Hanna opened the Royal Hawaiian in 1947. He financed it. Francis Cabang ran it and eventually bought it. 

Long-time Laguna resident Cabang, who had earned his chops at the old Victor Hugh, (long since replaced by Las Brisas), ran the Royal Hawaiian from 1951 until he died in 2003. His children sold the restaurant in 2006 to Douglas Cole

Cole’s ownership lasted until 2012. The restaurant was dark until Mohammad  “Mo” Honarkar bought it in 2015 and spent more than a year refurbishing it, working with his elder daughter, Hasty, and his son-in-law, Eric Bostwick, husband of Honarkar’s younger daughter, Nikki. 

Their goal was to bring the landmark eatery back to life. Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality and they are an integral part of the décor. 

There are tikis, of course, but also artwork by local artists and upcoming Hawaiian artists.

The Honarkar family has lived in Laguna for more than 20 years. Both daughters, and Bostwick, attended Laguna schools. 

Hasty Honarkar is creative director of her father’s Irvine-based 4G Ventures and frequent spokeswoman for her father’s projects. 

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading

In our own backyard: Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival at Doheny State Beach, Sat, April 7

The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will be arriving on Sat, April 7, at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point and is guaranteed to be a fun filled festival. This taco and craft beer celebration will feature delectable tacos from the region’s top chefs and restaurants, up to four hours of craft beer tastings with over 100 beers from some of the finest breweries in the nation.

There will be Luche Libre style wrestling matches, flavor samplings of Gringo Bandito (Dexter Holland of The Offspring›s top rated hot sauce), lawn games, contests, and more. 

Tacos and beer at Doheny State Beach on April 7

Sabroso will also feature a full day of music, with performances from The Offspring, Pennywise, The Vandals, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Unwritten Law, Los Kung Foo Monkeys, and more.

During VIP early entry tastings (from 12 - 4 p.m.), and general admission tastings (from 1 - 4 p.m.), craft beer lovers who are 21+ can sample over 100 craft beers from the finest breweries in the nation. Tastings will feature many local favorites. 

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival, powered by Gringo Bandito, runs from 1 - 9 p.m. (VIP entry at noon). 

The Offspring - Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg K (bass) and Pete Parada (drums)

The VIP Lounge + Early Entry Ticket includes one festival admission ticket with craft beer tastings, music festival access, VIP entry lane with one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (21+), VIP lounge access with exclusive craft beer tastings and special taco vendors, VIP bathrooms, and VIP commemorative laminate.

Prices start at $29 in some markets and $39.50 in others. For each ticket purchased, $0.50 will be donated to a charity in the local festival market. 

For tickets, go to

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