59th Annual Men’s Laguna Open Volleyball Tournament

The Laguna Open Men’s Volleyball Tournament is 59 years old and is run jointly by The City of Laguna Beach and the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) and title sponsored by The Deck, The Bungalows, Driftwood Kitchen and Pacific Edge Hotel.  It is quite literally, the oldest running beach volleyball tournament in the world. 

An open level tournament is the highest level of play in beach volleyball except for the Olympics and in today’s world can be professional with prize money or amateur. In the 80’s and 90’s, the Open was an AVP pro event and today it still attracts world-class athletes.  There will be professional referees on Sunday for the quarterfinals through the finals.

Admission is free and the tournament is at Main Beach on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, starting at 9 a.m. There is a Friday night reception from 6 – 8 p.m. at Laguna One, 225 Forest Avenue, sponsored by Firebrand Media. Come meet players and bid for prizes. The Saturday night after party is at The Deck on Laguna Beach, 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, (949) 494-6700. Admission will be $10.

Organizer Kirk Morgan said, “The Laguna Open is a 100% volunteer event and we depend on local sponsors to field prizes and volunteers to help run the tournament.  A huge special thank you to The Deck, Pacific Edge Hotel, Firebrand Media, Driftwood Kitchen, Tropare, Inc., Boopsie.com, Cuipo Water, The Inn at Laguna, One Laguna, The Laguna Beach Independent, Laguna Beach Magazine, KX93.5 FM, KX@OneLaguna, Bud Light, Wilson Sports, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, SRK (srkspecialties), TLamberson Design, The T-Shirt Company, The White House, Hennessys, Tommy Bahamas, Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer, The Rooftop, The Marine Room, Rock ‘N Fish, and all our volunteers, especially Wendy Potter, Landi Morgan, George Zebot, Mike Finn and John Rodriguez.  

To be a sponsor, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (714) 381-4000.

Robin Altman and Erin Altman riding for a good cause


Robin Wethe Altman grew up in Laguna Beach, always appreciative of the beauty of her surroundings and with the support and love of her friends and family. When her own beautiful daughter, Erin, grew up and “came out”, Robin started to attend PFLAG meetings: Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians.

“Many in the gay community did not have the support of their parents,” she wrote in her essay, Why I Want to be a Roadie on the AIDS LifeCycle Ride. “I have gained a great deal of compassion for people who are gay because of being a mother of a gay child. I have felt her struggles to be herself, to be accepted.”

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The journey began up north on Sunday, winding along the coast, and will cross the finish line at the VA Center in Westwood on June 7, with a Finish Line Festival at 3:30 p.m.

Erin Altman has been a participant in the AIDS LifeCycle ride for many years, and while mom has been there to cheer her at the finish line, this year she’s serving as a “roadie” for the more than 2,300 cyclists.

Erin is on a bike among the thousands of cyclers with a common desire to do something heroic in the battle against AIDS. Each participant contributes to the fundraising effort, with a minimum of $3,000. Since its inception in 2001, the AIDS/LifeCycle event has raised more than $100 million and has helped to educate thousands of people about HIV/AIDS.

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Erin Altman and Robin Wethe Altman

Robin is following along in the support bus with other friends and families of the gay community. She’s serving thousands of breakfasts and dinners, and camping out along the way. 

“Freedom, acceptance and compassion are values that are important to me,” she states. “I can see that AIDS/LifeCycle is about the perpetuation of these values in our world and I like to be part of that effort.

“I’ve gotten a taste of the ride and what it does for people. I’ve seen ALC give Erin great friends, a bigger reason for living, and a stronger sense of support in her own lifestyle. I want to have a slice of that spirit. I also want Erin to know how much I love and approve of her.”

For more information about the cause, and the June 7 Finish Line Festival, go to: http://www.aidslifecycle.org

The Laguna Playhouse’s production, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks enjoyed gala Opening Night 

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the latest presentation at the Laguna Playhouse, celebrated Opening Night on May 27, as subscribers, donors, and supporters filled the house to capacity. 

With a theme of “cocktail party chic”, it was an evening of culinary cuisine (featuring Jock Stalker, of Stalker Fine Foods Catering, providing tray passed delights), spirits of the season (with featured Nolet’s premium gin, and Ketel One vodkas) along with Nekter Juice Bar’s fresh fruit mixers, and Newport Beach Vineyards Winery, the season wine sponsor, plus National Charity League provided volunteers - all evening long.

“What an extraordinary night to have film legend Leslie Caron grace our stage in this extraordinary production,” said Executive Director Karen Wood. Artistic Director, Ann Wareham said, “Our audience was enthralled and captivated from her first entrance through the sheer joy of seeing Ms. Caron dance again on our stage, it was a performance not to be missed! David Engel gave a heart-warming extraordinary performance as well! It was a night that all who attended will remember for a long, long time.”

Attendees included: Leslie Caron and her co-star David Engel, Tony Award winner for A Chorus Line, and show choreographer Donna McKechnie, Director Michael Arabian, Actress Teri Ralston, Otis and Joann Healy, Denise Davis, Davida Parham, Paul and Heather Singarella, Pat Kelly, Scott Wolkoff, Bette Ford, Joe and Jane Hanauer, Wesley Sasser, Jeff Brant as a well as most of the Playhouse’s Trustees and multiple additional local VIPs.

The show continues through June 8; tickets are available at 497-ARTS or online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Water; water everywhere…Wesley District Emergency Preparedness meeting on Thursday night at 7 o’clock

But is there enough to fight fires; keep reservoirs full and serve residents? Will you have enough for all of your family’s needs for at least three days when the next emergency strikes? Will our water districts be able to supply it? 

Find out at the next Wesley District emergency preparedness meeting June 5, 7 – 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr.

South Coast Water District environmental, health and safety manager Trisha Woolslayer will address these and other issues concerning our water, including conservation tips for a hot summer, how to store water for emergencies when public utilities may be offline, and an update on the new treatment facility that helps purify water for recycled uses and mitigates pollutants that run into Aliso Creek.

Please RSVP to Sandi Cain at (949) 497-2680 or to Susan Weidhaas at (949) 683-0120. Questions? Call or email Sandi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Susan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .RSVPs help the presenter determine how much material to bring as hand-outs. Bring your friends and neighbors and kick off the summer with water on your mind. 

Residents of all neighborhoods south of Nyes Place welcome.

Laguna Tunes: All smiles and ready to sing for us on Sunday – and on Friday – both concerts are free to all!

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On Sunday, June 8 at 4 p.m. at the Artists’ Theatre in Laguna Beach High School, there will be a free Laguna Tunes concert. 

The 1960’s-inspired concert is titled “Summer of Love” and directed by Bob Gunn.

There is also a special LagunaTunes Chamber Ensemble concert on Friday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Park Ave. It too is free. It is an opera favorites concert titled “Simply Classic” directed by Christin Cornell.

Groundbreaking documentary, “The Released” screens Saturday

The largest mental institution in Orange County is our jail. 

More than 350,000 mentally ill in the United States are behind bars. Without sufficient rehabilitative programs, a large proportion of the mentally ill are shuffling in and out of our jails and prisons. 

What happens to mentally ill offenders when they leave prison? 

A powerful documentary that portrays a rare and intimate look at the lives of the Mentally ill as they struggle to get free. “The Released” will screen from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 Saturday, June 7, at the Universalist Fellowship Hall located at 429 Cypress Drive.

It is free and open to all. For more information, call or e-mail Tiffany at

(949) 981-4887 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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