Photographer Scott Brashier’s annual June Layer Cake shots prove there can be glory in the gloom

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The gloom provides a magnificent canvas for the setting sun

LBUSD posts agenda for regular Tuesday Board meeting

The open session will begin at 6 p.m. There are several student and staff recognitions, including:

Reclassification of English Learner students

Juntos mentors

Destination Imagination participants

SchoolPower teacher grants

Student Board representatives

The Board will conduct required public hearings for LCAP and budget for 2017-18. The Board will also consider taking action on the future of the CLC program.

Access the agenda at the link below:,_2017_Board_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

LBGOP meeting on June 20 covers election of officers and calls for candidates for City Council

 The Laguna Beach Republicans (LBGOP) will hold their monthly meeting on Tues, June 20th, at Mozambique, 1740 S Coast Hwy. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Emil Monda, president of the LBGOP invites all Republicans, Independents and Libertarians to attend the meeting. “We will be nominating and electing Officers, calling for candidates for City Council, Dee Perry will provide an update on Laguna Beach Unified School District activities, and there will be an update on the short term rental issue.”

As space is limited, those interested should RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

LagunaTunes presents Broadway Baby! a free concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday June 25 at LBHS


LagunaTunes Community Chorus will present a free concert entitled Broadway Baby! at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, at the Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Avenue. 

Broadway Baby! is a musical romp through Broadway favorites spanning seven decades, from the forties to the present. The concert includes highlights from Cole Porter to Monty Python, Irving Berlin to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein to Mel Brooks, and Stephen Sondheim to Stephen Schwartz. 

Monty Python! Mel Brooks! Stephen Sondheim!

I’ll be going for sure. Mention Monty Python and Mel Brooks in one sentence describing a performance and you have a winner, as far as I’m concerned.

Indeed, the performance promises to be a high-energy family show that runs the gamut from beautiful and inspiring to downright silly. Whether you love magical music moments or a good belly laugh, there’s something in it for you, Rebecca Lyles, publicity coordinator for the group, is willing to guarantee.

LagunaTunes is a 60-member chorus is led by Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s Men Alive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir. Gunn’s entertaining choral productions are well known throughout Southern California. 

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Annette Stutzman says that singing with LagunaTunes is one of the best decisions she’s ever made: “Being a part of this family of music lovers gets better every year.”

Lyles says that Bob Gunn is the most talented musician, the best teacher, and the kindest, funniest, dearest director she’s ever worked with. 

“Sounds like hyperbole, I know, but it’s true,” Lyles says. “Every year he takes a rag-tag bunch of walk-ons (we don’t require auditions) and makes us into performers. He sets high standards and, under his guidance, we meet them. Rehearsals are high-energy, positive, and non-threatening. And the concerts are always a delight!”

I can attest to that, after attending the LagunaTunes Christmas concert last year at the high school. I’m not much of a one for traditions, but their joyful singing really did stir my soul at a time when it needed some stirring.

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Patti Jo Kiraly, one of the first LagunaTunes singers, and still singing

LagunaTunes singer Patti Jo Kiraly recalls, “I joined LagunaTunes while the concept was in discussions with Pat Kollenda, Lisa Morrice and Roxanna Ward in the holiday season of 2002/03. We started rehearsing in the early months of 2003 in the basement of Legion Hall (now NoSquare Theatre). We had about 15 members, 14 women and one man. Brave soul. 

“I can’t imagine a life without singing. Both my parents are music teachers and I was raised to think of music as the most important and influential form of art. I am lucky to have sung with LagunaTunes all these years and to have been directed by Roxanna Ward, Christine Cornell and our current conductor and musical genius Bob Gunn.”

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions) and presents two concerts per year. Funding is provided by the Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

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See you at Broadway Baby! on June 25 at 4 p.m. at the Artists’ Theatre.

Fullest filled with the things Nikki Bostwick loves: the finest of products, fashion and a path to explore wellness 


Nikki Bostwick, the founder and editor of the online magazine Fullest, brings the publication’s unique vision of culture and wellness to the retail market with her newest venture, her pop-up boutique Fullest. The path that led Nikki to wellness and eventually to this beautiful space in Laguna Beach was a varied (and sometimes bumpy) one. 

After graduating from LBHS, she went to college in Oregon and studied business (she comes from a business based family), was a yoga instructor and studied at a raw food culinary school in Santa Monica.  By her own admission, she has control issues and so she always wanted to own her own business. At one point, she thought of opening a vegan ice cream store or a yoga studio.

However, her ongoing search for wellness took an unexpected turn. A vegetarian since age twelve, Nikki became vegan in college. That sparked her interest in raw food, thus the stint in culinary school, and as her knowledge grew, she became increasingly rigid in her food choices. She says that she suffered from “information overload,” and from a fear-based position, she even gave up eating fruit. 

Ultimately, her health suffered, and a doctor told her that this method of eating was not a metabolic fit for her. Now she enjoys a traditional meal her grandmother cooks for her.

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Nikki Bostwick opens pop-up boutique Fullest

However, she says, “Food is only one aspect of wellness.” After the health scare, she dove in to explore what wellness is, and how it fits into the concept of a good life. Fullest represents the full extent of Nikki’s commitment to living a life of mindfulness and wellbeing.

On entering Fullest, one immediately gets a sense of peace and order, from the snowblink white walls to the ink blue fabric, to the shafts of light coming through the windows. The merchandise — pantry items, organic skin care products, clothing and accessories — line the walls, leaving an area in the middle for a comfy couch that beckons one to sit down. That’s exactly what Nikki intended.  She has surrounded herself with all the things she loves and wants her patrons to enjoy them too. 

It’s all about intention, she says, to approach all aspects of your life with purpose and from a place of wellness. “Wellness is not just about food and movement. It’s about the mindfulness behind every decision; fashion, food, art, personal growth, relationships, and politics.” It’s all encompassing. 

Her experience in yoga no doubt prompted her to offer kundalini yoga, which will be taught (in the store) by Taylor Eyewalker. Kundalini yoga includes sets of meditation and lifestyle systems, and Taylor says to expect the unexpected. The twice weekly classes will begin on Thurs, July 6, with morning class at 9 a.m., and Tues evening classes start at 6:30 p.m.

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Serene space invites patrons to browse or sit and relax

Fullest will also host various workshops; one with the vendors whose products Nikki sells, and possibly a class on macramé. Others topics are in the works. 

To contribute to the holistic concept, Nikki personally picks out all the merchandise in her boutique. The clothing is made from natural fibers, the skin care products are organic, and the food products, such as gluten free cake mix and turmeric tea, are of the highest quality. All the merchandise is available online.

It’s obvious when looking around, that every detail was chosen to create a space to sit down and relax and talk, which Nikki welcomes. Her own journey seems to be on a great trajectory. Last year, she married Eric Bostwick (who also attended LBHS), and now she’s opened her boutique, Fullest, which offers patrons a pure and peaceful environment to explore their paths to wellness.

Fullest is located at 353 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach.

For the yoga classes, walk-in or RSVP (which is recommended) by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Fête de la Musique celebrates 10 years with festivities on June 17 in downtown Laguna 

The 10th Annual Laguna Beach Fête de la Musique will take place in downtown Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 17. The day’s festivities start at 12 p.m. at Main Beach with the Children’s Parade and The Swing Set Band playing their swing/jazz tunes. Opening ceremonies with dignitaries begin at 1 p.m. on the Main Beach Cobblestones; at 1:30 - 4 p.m., artists perform at approximately 45 downtown locations, with most along Ocean and Forest avenues, and spreading south along PCH to Legion St with a few venues in the HIP District. A closing musical ceremony at 4 p.m. will take place on the Cobblestones. The event is free. 

A fete to remember

Originating in France in the 1980s, Fête, also known as the International Day of Music, celebrates the beginning of summer and the close affiliation Laguna Beach has with its sister city, Menton, France. Presented by the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association, it promotes the lively arts through music by a variety of musicians, singers and performers.

This milestone event is being presented in partnership with OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, Visit Laguna Beach and the Orange County Visitors Association. 

Singing the blues?

Performers, whether amateur or professional, can learn how they can participate in this year’s Fête by visiting Photos and videos from past Fêtes are posted.

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association has three sister cities: Menton, France; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; and St. Ives, England. Since its inception, Laguna Beach Sister Cities, established in 2008, has been focused on cultural, educational and social exchanges. It is a broad-based City Council approved, all volunteer, non-profit organization. Contact information: P.O. Box 1011, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Call 949.492.0883, or visit


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