Laguna Beach Library hosts 19th Annual Community Poetry Contest with a theme of Seaside Butterflies

In honor of National Poetry Month, Laguna Beach Library will accept submissions for their 19th Annual Poetry Contest from April 1 through April 30. This year, the contest will dovetail with OC Public Libraries’ Big Read event which highlights “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez. 

To celebrate the ocean environment Laguna shares with the Dominican Republic, the setting of Alvarez’ book, the poetry contest theme for this year is “Seaside Butterflies.” 

Each entrant may submit up to three original poems which cannot be returned. 

Each entry must include name, contact Information, and grade level (or “pre-school” or “adult”), and all entries must be submitted by April 30.  

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Seaside Butterflies named as theme for 19th Annual Poetry Contest

Entry forms are available at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre Street, phone 949-497-1733 or entries can be sent via an email attachment (MS Word or PDF is best) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Winning poets will be notified by late May. Winning poems will be published in the library’s 19th Annual Poetry Booklet, courtesy of Friends of Laguna Beach Library.

Submissions for cover art for this year’s booklet will be accepted by visiting the library or contacting them at the email address above. 

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age category (pre-school through adult).  All winners will be invited to the poetry awards recognition event and public reading to be held at the library on Sat, June 3.

Health in Balance hosts seasonal Community Appreciation Day on March 21 from 12 – 6 p.m.

Health in Balance, located at 330 Park Ave, will host its seasonal Community Appreciation Day on March 21 from 12 – 6 p.m. The organization will offer free treatment along with health workshops.

Treatments will include complimentary therapy massage treatments, adjustments, B-12 shots, and consultations for new guests plus discounts on IVs as well as detox footbaths. 

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Dr. Gary Arthur works his magic on a client

Workshops will include sessions on stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, nutrition, essential oil living, stretching and flexibility, and more.

The team at Health in Balance gives back to the community by offering free care and supporting local charities. The group raises money for Schoolpower as well as for the Dominguez-Roth Integrative Medical Foundation, which seeks to combine the best of conventional, natural, and alternative medical therapies in order to prevent and treat cancer. 

To schedule a spot during Community Appreciation Day, call 949-497-2553. Walk-ins are also welcome. More information can be found at

Dennis’ Tidbits


March 14, 2017

Dennis is a bit under the weather today, but he’ll be back with his column on Friday with all the weather news!

In the meantime, here’s a bonus photo from our talented Scott Brashier:

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Scott captures a beautiful image of a trolley and the full moon

Anne Johnson will receive 2017 Legacy Award at the Legacy Ball on April 9 at The Ranch

As a longtime Planning Commissioner, activist, and Laguna Beach Seniors champion, Anne Johnson will be honored with the 2017 Legacy Award at the Susi Q’s annual Legacy Ball on Sunday, April 9 at The Ranch at Laguna Beach for her dedication to the greater good of the community.  

“Anne has been an invaluable contributor to just about every important conversation this community has been having, and she’s been doing it for decades. We could not ask for a better or more determined advocate for our vision of an age-friendly town. She’s a ton of fun, too,” said Chris Quilter, president of the Board. 

The Legacy Award is presented to individuals with exceptional service to seniors and/or the community of Laguna Beach.

Anne Johnson, longtime activist and Laguna Beach Seniors champion

Laguna Beach Seniors is also recognizing the McBeth Foundation. Established by Laguna Beach’s own Barbara McBeth Woodruff, in memory of her father Ira McBeth, the McBeth Foundation will receive the first annual Laguna Beach Seniors Cornerstone Award as the Foundation’s devotion to supporting the community is exemplary for what the Cornerstone Award represents.  

“In 2010, the McBeth Foundation began its remarkable support of Laguna Beach Seniors’ care management programs. Ever since that time, the Foundation has provided steady funding for our work, and as a result, has facilitated many stages of our growth and development,” said Nadia Babayi, executive director. 

2017 Legacy Ball is themed “sophisticated country”

The Susi Q’s annual Legacy Ball themed ‘sophisticated country’ and titled, “From Twilight to Moonlight,” will feature fine dining, live and silent auctions, live music, dessert, and dancing at the newly redesigned ballroom at The Ranch at Laguna Beach.  The Legacy Ball is the flagship fundraising event for Laguna Beach Seniors.

The Susi Q, located at 380 Third Street, is the heart of an ambitious vision called Lifelong Laguna: a community and a nonprofit working together “to make the town we love a better place for the rest of our lives.” For more information, visit or

Peaceful Easy Fools Concert at NCC offers a chance to hear big stadium talent in an intimate venue

Every Sunday morning local musicians have a paying gig in a sanctuary of spirit, the Neighborhood Congregational Church, an unheralded music venue that consistently supports Laguna Beach artists. To replenish funds for the church’s Ministry of Music, churchgoers and secularists alike are invited to hear big stadium talent in an intimate venue, without having to get cleaned up on a Sunday morning.

“Peaceful Easy Fools!”, a benefit concert, will be held Sat, April 1 at 7 p.m. at NCC’s Bridge Hall, located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive. Headlining will be local legendary musicians Beth and Steve Wood, playing songs that span their 45-year musical and romantic partnership. 

Joining them will be hit songwriter Jack Tempchin, who wrote both “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone,” both featured on the “Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” album and just two of the five songs that Tempchin wrote for the iconic Southern California band.

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Jack Tempchin wrote Eagles’ hits Peaceful Easy Feeling and Already Gone

Rounding out the lineup will be Ernest Troost, a film and television composer as well as a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award for songwriting.  Troost has composed and produced two award-winning albums for Judy Collins and scored the music for films including the cult classic “Tremors” and HBO’s award winning “Lesson Before Dying.”

“Ernest is a story teller,” said Steve Wood. “His songs are very entertaining, poetic and easy to follow. They sweep you right along like a good story.”  

Along with being founding members of the band Honk, the Woods have appeared live and recorded with numerous rock legends including Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins, Sting, George Harrison, the Moody Blues and Paul McCartney.

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Ernest Troost composed & produced two award-winning albums for Judy Collins

All the performers for the benefit concert previously graced the stage of the Tuesday night Songwriter’s Showcase that Beth Wood produced for a decade, offering a way station for a tremendous number of highly talented and accomplished performers.

“It’s really hard to find a place where songwriters can play for people willing to listen to work for the first time,” Steve Wood said. 

At the Tuesday night gatherings, “I saw music in a room for 30 people as good as those who play for 30,000. We had people writing the best stuff on the planet. They just weren’t famous.”  Wood sees the April Fool’s Day concert as the first of many celebrating the best of those Tuesday night performances.

Suggested donation for the benefit concert is $20 and seating is limited. For more information and ticketing contact Pam Wicks, NCC’s music director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-573-7104 or the NCC Church Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-494-8061.

Skeleton Crew will make their worldwide debut at Marine Room Tavern on March 29

On Wed, March 29, at 8 p.m. at the Marine Room Tavern, The Skeleton Crew makes their worldwide debut. The Skeleton Crew is a brand new musical collaboration of Laguna locals Bob Campion/ lead vocals, Casey Simpson/ vocals/Guitar, Dan Shapero/keyboards, Orin Neufeld/guitar, Paul Brown/drums, and Paul Kaas/bass/vocals.

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Front row, L-R, Bob Campion, Dan Shapero on floor, Casey Simpson

Back row, L-R, on couch, Orin Neufeld, Paul Brown, Paul Kaas

The Skeleton Crew band began as a Grateful Dead fan “jam session” and has evolved into a tribute to The Grateful Dead, the most beloved and successful touring band of all time. 

According to co-founding member Bob Campion, The Skeleton Crew’s mission is to help keep the Grateful Dead’s music and legacy alive for future generations, and in doing so, be true to the spirit of one of America’s greatest iconic bands.

The band members have a history of being civic-minded. The Skeleton Crew pulls from local bands The Blues Offenders and the Kooks. Both bands have supported and volunteered for a variety of charitable causes, including The Laguna Beach Food Pantry (Pantry Palooza), Bluebird Canyon landslide victims fund, Friendship Shelter, Laguna Beach School Power, and the Laguna Beach Football, Baseball, Soccer, and Water Polo Boosters.

 More information about the Skeleton Crew can be found on the Band website and


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