Bluebird Canyon Farm offers dinners prepared from the harvest’s bounty, plucked from the farm itself 

Dinners served in Bluebird Canyon Farm’s garden are prepared using ingredients directly plucked from the land, Laguna’s edible art scape. The rich bounty stems from the hard work of Bluebird Canyon Farm’s staff. 

Every part of the experience is farm-fresh, hand-made, and celebrates the community. The last two dinners in the al fresco series for the year will take place on Oct 12 and 26.

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Guests enjoy an unforgettable evening of food and festivities in the garden

A welcome cocktail reception is followed by a farm tour, where attendees get a sense of the miracles at work in the gardens.

Then diners pass through the outdoor kitchen, where Chef Jen Alvarez and her crew prepare the meal. 

Once settled at the candlelit and flower-adorned table, the six courses, from the garden and other local producers, arrive in the hands of professional, local servers.

As local musicians play, Farmer Leo will introduce each course, and he looks forward to talking about what brings each person to the farm. After dinner, there is another craft cocktail with dessert. 

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Farm fresh ingredients

Based on the freshest and most interesting ingredients available, the menu is determined the week of the event. Chef Jen and Farmer Leo synergize their individual passions to create an unforgettable dining experience. 

The chefs are happy to accommodate special diets, if the diner notifies the Farm about restrictions: vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. 

Diners may BYOB so that they have wine for the meal to share with new friends. Dining is outdoors overlooking the beautiful farm, canyon, and a view of the Pacific.

Guests should wear appropriate footwear for stairs and unpaved ground and dress warm for the cool evening. Gratuity is included. 

As the year winds to a close, Bluebird Canyon Farm reminds residents that this is the final month of Farm Dinners for 2017, with only l two remaining. It’s time to gather and celebrate Laguna’s only farm and its harvest, prepared to perfection. 

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Chef Jen Alvarez and Farmer Leo

The next dinner will be on Thurs., Oct 12, from 6 – 9:30 p.m. The last one of the season will be held on Thurs, Oct 26. Prices range from $150-$1,200, depending on numbers attending.

For tickets and more information go to Bluebirdcanyonfarms.com


The Bahá’í community of Laguna Beach will hold a Festival of Unity at the FOA on Oct 22 at 3 p.m.

The Baha’i community of Laguna Beach will hold a Festival of Unity at the Festival of Arts Forum Theatre on Oct 22, beginning with a reception at 3 p.m. followed by a program of activities between 4 and 5:45 p.m.

The national Light of Unity Festival is not an event but a series of activities generated at the grassroots level all around the country, which reinforce Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity and empower participants to contribute. 

“I feel a great urgent need for everyone in our community to attend and create connection with all. This is the greatest goal and desire right now,” says Suzy Elghanayan of Baha’i Laguna. “It’s a great follow up from our interfaith vigil and peaceful rally a few months ago to now actually do something towards unity. I hope this is just the beginning!”  

Activities will include drama, music, art exhibits, storytelling, service projects, prayer and devotional programs. 

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(L-R) Suzy K Elghanayan, Talieh Movafagh, Gouya Zamani, Deanne LaRue Grieve

At the national level, the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, IL, will host a nine-week series of programs beginning in early September on themes applying the principle of the oneness of humanity to contemporary challenges, including environmental justice, race relations, indigenous peoples, human rights, and the harmony science and religion.

Oct 22 also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

To learn more and get involved, go to www.bahai.org or leave a message This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Goats-R-Her: Rosalind Russell’s R-Star Poolside Tea raises funds to improve lives of poor Nepalese

Rosalind Russell tells Stu News that the recent fundraiser for her R –Star Foundation – the Huntington Beach Poolside Tea – was a rousing success. 

Rosalind is fondly known as the Goat Lady of Laguna for the work that she has done in Nepal, providing families with goats, some of which provide relief from hunger, while others are bred into herds to provide income for those devastated by poverty and a recent earthquake.

At the event, sari-clad dancers performed for sari-clad attendees, everyone swaying to the rhythm. The youngest dancer wasn’t quite three years old and, Rosalind says, “had very agile hips.”

Rosalind was particularly thrilled that dancer Gita was present. “I met Gita and her husband in Nepal in 2003. They are here, happily legal, and in their first new home,” Rosalind said. “We feel blessed to have her here during the Dashain Festival, the Hindu community’s largest holiday, rather like our Christmas in scope and importance.” 

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L – R: Lovely sari-clad ladies Kim DeBrux, Karen Lunzman, Rosalind Russell, Betsy Woodall, Tamara Campbell

The Blue Angels even joined in, roaring overhead just as Rosalind began her presentation, clearly applauding, jet-engine style. 

Danny Barrios played on the keyboard between dances, tea sandwiches graced the table, along with many types of foods guaranteed to delight any palate: Mexican, pizza and tasty Indian dishes, which are very similar to Nepalese foods.

Terrific volunteers helped things running smoothly – Tamara Campbell of Laguna Beach; Betsy Woodall, of Dana Point, who is R Star’s Board of Advisors, along with Tony Proto from Long Beach; Karen Lunzman from Laguna Niguel; President of the R Star Foundation Board who came in from Oregon for the day, Kim DeBroux; Mike Porto who manages our website along with runs our techy matters, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and far more.

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If you donate, Rosalind Russell will get your goat – into Nepal’s rural areas…

“R Star Foundation remains 100 percent volunteer driven, meaning we have no paid employees. We want the funds we bring in to go only to our projects, which lift Nepal’s rural areas,” Rosalind notes. “Donors’ funds actually get to the projects with few pennies to hard costs only.” 

October has been a great month for R Star Foundation.

On Tuesday Oct 3, she was honored to present to the exclusive Laguna Niguel Shores Men’s Club of 60 successful businessmen.  

“My Board member Betsy Woodall accompanied me.  I had 45 minutes to share our work right from the beginning of 2003 by running our first video made to talking about what is current,” Rosalind says. “What a crowd they were! They were attentive beyond measure. The club is booked in general two years in advance with spectacular speakers.  

“How honored I was to be presenting the work of R Star Foundation to the men at their breakfast gathering.  Other presentations were offered to me from the men at other venues. This is exactly what helps R Star, others to share our good works with!”

R Star Foundation serves and educates the isolated and disempowered women and children of Nepal. They connect resources to the neediest people in one of the most remote areas on earth and help to bring about peace.


Help a child learn: become a tutor for AAUW’s The Learning Club 

If you have an hour or two a week to spare and would like to help a child learn, become a volunteer tutor for The Learning Club. The Learning Club (TLC) is sponsored by The American Association of University Women, Laguna Beach Branch. 

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TLC Volunteer helping her student

TLC is an after-school tutoring program at El Morro Elementary School in Laguna Beach for students in grades 2-5 who have been recommended by their teachers as needing additional help with homework and basic educational concepts to better succeed in school. TLC will operate Tues and Thurs afternoons from January through May. 

Local adults and teens are welcome to apply.  No experience is necessary; training is provided. To volunteer or for more information, contact Peggie Thomas (499-1817), Barbara Antonacci (215-5553) or Kathy Willman (449-4041) or visit www.aauw-lagunabeach.org.


Saturday was a special night at the Glennwood Gala, marking the seventh anniversary of escrow closing

Photos by Scott Brashier

Saturday night’s Glennwood Gala at The Ranch at Laguna Beach took place on a very special night: exactly seven years to the day that escrow closed on the property, which would ultimately become the beloved home of approximately 50 developmentally disabled adults.

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Good friends Grace and Claire had a wonderful time at the gala

“Dreams, visions, great ideas…none of that happens without true commitment,” said Master of Ceremonies Richard Henrikson. “And after that moment of commitment, we worked on design, construction, staffing, licensing, finding residents – after all that, four years ago we opened the door to Glennwood, moving all of them in over two back-to-back weekends.

“Remember that, what thrilling chaos that was?”

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Richard Henrikson gave an energetic keynote address and was MC

The sold-out crowd nodded and applauded at their tables under the stars at the beautiful setting. They’d enjoyed champagne and amazing hors d’oeuvres including spinach pastries, “the best ever deviled eggs” and Caprese. They’d wandered alongside tables containing incredible Silent Auction items ranging from original art by the residents of Glennwood to spectacular vacations to a painting created live by Tom Swimm.

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Tom Swimm painting “live at the Gala”

And now, during dinner, a delicious salad followed by roasted lemon chicken breast accompanied by spiced lentils, rainbow chard and chimmichurri sauce, they enjoyed hearing of the great strides that have been accomplished at Glennwood over the past few years. 

“Glennwood is at full occupancy with a waiting list, and we are fully staffed. Residents are out and about in the greater Laguna community, living their slogan ‘Lovin’ our life in Laguna,’” Henrikson told the audience “must be A-listers,” he said.

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Gift tree: funds are needed for improvements to the dining room

He cautioned, however, that there are still financial needs to be addressed, including renovations to the dining room to make it more versatile as a multipurpose room; renovations to the activities room including the art space; and the need to a private conference room for training and private meetings.

Henrikson also gave his thanks to sponsors Todd Hansen of the OC Foundation, Comerica Bank, Stu News Laguna, the Glennwood Board and “invaluable staff, Faith Manners, COO, who is our rock; Rachel Landers, associate director, and our indispensable senior staff, who keep Glennwood running smoothly.”

For more information about Glennwood House, visit www.glennwoodhousing.org


Scott Brashier captures the magic of the 54th Annual Brooks St. Surf Classic: check out his photo gallery

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Great shots of the action this last weekend

 

Gallery of Scott’s best shots, below:

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