Where kids love to learn: Chabad Hebrew School opens registration for session beginning on Sept 12

Registration has opened for Chabad Hebrew School’s upcoming session, which begins on Tues, Sept 12. For students, Hebrew School is where the joys and traditions of Judaism are brought to life in a fun and stimulating atmosphere.

Chabad Hebrew School was created with these goals in mind, to offer students an education and memories that will inspire them for a lifetime; and to instill pride, a sense of history and a genuine and meaningful understanding of what Judaism is all about.

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Student bakes Challah during one of the many activities at Hebrew School

The children come in with a smile, and leave humming a Hebrew song. Walking through the classrooms, visitors can hear sounds of lively discussion, singing, laughter and prayer. 

Chabad believes that children learn by experience. Their curriculum allows students to bake a Challah, make their own Menorah, and participate in a Passover Seder. Hebrew reading is taught using the highly acclaimed Aleph Champ program, and Torah stories, holidays, love of heritage and Israel are subjects explored throughout the year. 

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Hebrew School Youth Zone Event

Chabad’s staff is comprised of dynamic young women and men who bring excitement and great energy to every lesson. JYZ Jewish Youth Zone events are held monthly. Participants need not be affiliated with the Hebrew School to attend. Hebrew School meets each Tues afternoon at 4:15 p.m. for children ages 5-13, plus Get Set Alef Bet for Preschoolers, ages 3-4. 

Chabad is located at 30804 So Coast Hwy. For more information, call Perel at the Chabad office (949) 499 - 0770, or visit the Hebrew School website at www.chabadoflaguna.com

The Chamber will hold its “Artsy August” happy hour on August 9 at [seven-degrees]

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce invites residents to their “Artsy August” happy hour, taking place on Wed, Aug 9, at 5:30 p.m. at [seven-degrees] located in the heart of the city’s festival district.

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An online invitation to Artsy August happy hour 

This year’s event will feature a selection of small bites, beer & wine, raffle prizes and silent auction. Each attendee will also receive a free ticket to the Sawdust Art Festival, to be enjoyed that evening, or any other date during festival season. The Chamber recommends taking the trolley, which stops a few steps from the event.

Seven-degrees is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Admission is $15. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit the Chamber’s website, LagunaBeachChamber.org, or contact the Chamber at (949) 494-1018. The public is welcome to attend.

As host of the event, the Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents, and supports local businesses, and advocates on their behalf. In its 100 year of operation, the Chamber also serves as the business resource center for the community.

Gallery Q is awarded a $2,000 grant from the FOA Foundation to encourage professional senior artists 

Gallery Q at The Susi Q was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation to showcase and encourage the work of emerging, semi-professional and professional senior artists.

Gallery Q is located in The Susi Q, a nonprofit organization that has enhanced the lives of seniors for over 40 years through programs and services that promote independence, wellness, and community.

Seniors’ lives are positively impacted through direct involvement with the arts resulting in enhancement in health, interpersonal skills, and cognitive/psychological behaviors. Engaging in creative activity or simply attending artistic events is stimulating while lowering stress and improving physical health.

Gallery Q is extremely grateful to the Festival of Arts Foundation for the grant which will help support five art exhibitions at the gallery this year, including the show “ARTopia” currently on view through Sep 8.

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(L-R) Carla Meberg board of president of LOCA-Arts education, John Campbell vice president of the FOA Foundation, K.C Mechling LOCA office manager, Laurie Smith Gallery Q arts co-director, and Carole Zavala Gallery Q founder. 

The exhibition comprises more than 50 works, including paintings, mixed media, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, prints and photography – many of whom are by seniors – who might otherwise have no opportunity to display their pieces.

Each Gallery Q show is professionally installed by Tim Shockley, a local artist and curator at the Palm Springs Museum of Art. Professional standards for framing and installation are implemented to further enhance the quality of the work.

“Gallery Q started out as an informal showcase, but it’s become much more, thanks to the support of the Festival of Arts Foundation and a limited amount of donors,” said Laurie Smith, Gallery Q’s arts co-director. “At Gallery Q, our senior artists redefine themselves as valuable contributors, worthy of acceptance and given purpose.”

All exhibits are free, open to the public, and feature an opening reception and conversation with the artists. Gallery Q is located at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center at 380 Third Street. 

The Gallery is open Mon - Fri from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about Gallery Q and Laguna Beach Seniors at The Susi Q, visit thesusiq.or/gallery-q or call 949-464-6645.

Fire in the Sky: Wednesday’s sunset

Photos by Scott Brashier

Scott’s “masai” tree: all that’s missing is the silhouette of a grazing giraffe

Blazingly beautiful, with a twist of pink

Fire in the sky burnishes the trees 

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Chamber seeks new executive director

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for a replacement of Executive Director Laura Henkels. 

“Laura is no longer with the Chamber,” said Chamber Board President Ken Fischbeck. “She did a great job and I wish her well.”

He declined further comment on Henkels’s departure. 

Attempts to contact Henkels were unsuccessful.

A search committee has been appointed to interview candidates for the job, and appointments are being made, Fischbeck said. 

--Barbara Diamond

Barbara’s Column

It’s music to my ears



Laguna Beach is alive with the sound of music. 

Jazz Wednesdays presented by Laguna Beach Live! in the Rose Garden of Hotel Laguna hits all the high notes: popular entertainment performed in a beautiful setting for enthusiastic SRO audiences. 

The Leslie Lewis Sextet performance this week was sold out, as are the two remaining performances Aug 16 and Aug 13.

“I was told one couple who couldn’t get a reservation took a room at the hotel,” said Cindy Prewitt, founder of Laguna Beach Live! “But get your name on the wait list for tickets, we do get returns.”

Jazz Wednesday has been in full swing at the hotel since 2005 when the late hotelier Claes Andersen asked Prewitt to book performances in the garden. 

When chillier weather comes, the action moves to Seven Degrees, which provides 100 more seats than can be squeezed in at the hotel.

“We started attending when it was in the canyon and we loved it,” said Meg Monahan, seated with her husband, John.

They are contributors to the non-profit organization, as is Laguna Beach County Water District General Manager Renae Hinchey. She was seated with Laguna Beach Live! board members Cody Engle, Betsy Jenkins and former mayor Elizabeth Pearson; Senior Housing Task Force Chair Kristine Thalman, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Committee Chair Matt Lawson, Mary Lawson, Deborah Engle and Dr. Gary Jenkins

Among the first timers were former Lagunans Gay and Bill Pivaroff, now residents of Villa Park. Gay still spends a lot of time in town where she carried the Olympic Torch for the previous Games in Los Angeles. She’d do it again, she said.

Batons, as well as paintbrushes, create art

Monday night, the Laguna Community Concert Band performed the second of their two appearances at the renovated and re-arranged Festival of Arts this summer.

Band founders Carol Reynolds and Bill Nichols were among the musicians for the concert, conducted by Mark Lowery and Peter Fournier

The band was seated on the rim of an amphitheater carved out of the grounds. 

“This arrangement is so much better for the band than being on the same level as the audience,” said Reynolds. 

Lona Ingwerson served as Mistress of Ceremonies, introducing soloists: 11 year-old Sydney Haik, who did all of the vocals in the first half of the concert, and Lisa Morrice, soloist in the second half.

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Sydney Haik in performance

A large contingent of Morrice fans were in the audience. 

“Lisa is a member of our walking group,” said Charlotte Masarik. “We are here for her.”

The group included Rosemary and John Boyd, Christine Cole, Jahn Levitt, Jinger Wallace, Bali and Art Thorne, Johanna and Gene Felder and Trudy Josephson.

Reynolds also had her fans. 

“We are strong supporters of Carol; we have been since the band had only eight members,” said Roger Dennis, who attended with his wife, Karen.

The Dennis’s were joined by Stephanie and John Cunningham.

Picnic baskets and beverages added enjoyment to the two-hour concert. 

Music Music Music

Live! at the Museum performances are held from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.

“I attend them all,” said Reynolds. “Last time two harpists performed. It was magnificent.”

Two performances remain on the 2017 summer schedule: Violinist YuEun Kim and Etienne Gara will perform on Aug. 10.

AlmaNova, a flute and guitar duo will present an eclectic program of music from all over the world on Sept. 14.

The well-attended combination of art and music is free to museum members.

Tickets are $7 for adult non-members, $5 for seniors and students.

Musical Comedy fans can get a fix at No Square Theatre’s production of Chicago at Legion Hall. 

“We loved it,” said Friends of the Library President Martha Lydick, who was escorted by her grandson, Vaughn.

Performances are scheduled for Aug. 4-6 and Aug, 11-12. Contact www.nosquare.org.

And don’t forget the Music in the Park series on Sundays. Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

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 StuNewsLaguna.com.


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