Laguna Beach Unified School District presents Julie Lythcott-Haims

On Wednesday, May 2, the Laguna Beach Unified School District invites the community to LBUSD Presents: Julie Lythcott-Haims at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre. 

The event will feature a keynote presentation from New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims, formerly the dean of freshmen at Stanford University, discussing strategies for raising children to become independent, resilient, and goal-oriented adults. 

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Julie Lythcott-Haims

The event, free and open to the public, will feature light refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. and childcare for children in grades TK - 5. The keynote presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by specialized breakout sessions with LBUSD counselors, psychologists, and student support specialists addressing topics relevant to academic, career, and personal and social success. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to select one of the following breakout sessions to attend following the keynote and Q & A: 

Student-Centered Choices in Middle School 

High School Counselor Q & A for Parents 

Managing Parenting Stress Through a Growth Mindset

Supporting Students K-5 with Our Social Emotional Learning Curriculum: Second-Step

Growing Up iGen: What Parents Need to Know About Technology Usage, and Ways to Support Healthy Development 

The Yes Brain & Adolescence 

“LBUSD Presents: Julie Lythcott-Haims” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at 625 Park Ave. Those interested in attending the event are encouraged to register by Wednesday, April 25 at

Grapes for Grads – Laguna’s finest wine tasting and scholarship fundraiser – is coming up April 22

On Sunday, April 22 from 12 – 4 p.m., the Rotary Club of Laguna Beach will host the 13th annual Grapes for Grads, Laguna’s Largest Annual Wine Tasting Event, presented by Lippa Insurance. The event will be held at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts grounds, located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

Grapes for Grads will feature wines from around the world including Argentina, California, France, Italy, New Zealand and more. Attendees may taste as many wines as they like while enjoying live music by “Magnolia Memoir,” art demonstrations by the students of Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD), and delicious food provided by the Wine Gallery. 

With 65-80 wine labels expected to bring more than 100 wines, the $50 flat fee (advance purchase) at makes this premier wine tasting event a great deal. 

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Sampling wines – for a good cause – hosted by Lofti Nedjar

Combining wine, food, live music, live art demonstrations, a silent auction, raffle and opportunity drawing, Grapes for Grads is a self paced yet highly interactive event and one of the most highly anticipated wine tasting events in Laguna Beach of the year.

“This year we again have great food supplied by Chris Olsen at the Wine Gallery which we believe is a perfect fit. We have also been so fortunate to have the support of the wine industry for the past 13 years. Their support and the support of our sponsors, such as Lippa Insurance, has assisted us in providing over $260,000 in scholarships since we held our inaugural event. The biggest supporters have been the community. We are truly thankful for the support,” explains chair Jeffrey Redeker.

Grapes for Grads provides scholarships to college bound students from Laguna Beach High School and students currently enrolled at LCAD. The focus is on students who show excellence in academics or art coupled with a commitment to community service but may also require financial assistance to achieve their educational goals. Grapes for Grads receives more than 160 scholarship applications each year.

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Girls just wanna have grapes…

Each year a student artist from LCAD is selected to create the Grapes for Grads logo. This year’s logo design winner, Alejandro Serrano said, “It was a tremendous privilege to be given the opportunity to design the logo for the 2018 Grapes for Grads Scholarship Fundraiser. Being part of this project blessed me in more ways than I imagined. I was able to partake in an event that helps fellow art student follow their dreams.”

Alejandro’s design will be printed on all of the event promotional materials including flyers, print ads, signs and t-shirts at the event.  

Grapes for Grads admission is $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Attendees must be 21 to enter. Additional event features include: an opportunity drawing for a two-night stay at the fabulous Tides Inn at Laguna, wine tree opportunity drawing and other prizes. 

Tickets may be purchased online at or by contacting Jeffrey Redeker at (949) 371-7595.

Laguna Beach Boys Tennis had a big winning week

Last week, LBHS Boys Tennis served up winning matches across the board for both Varsity and JUV.

The match-up on Tuesday was a Varsity win against Costa Mesa 17-1. On Wednesday, the Varsity had another blow out against Estancia, 14-4. And on Thursday, March 29, Varsity swept Godinez 18-0.

“Estancia is our closest league rival and we lost only four matches coming out 14 to four,” explained Varsity coach Rick Conkey. “After Thursday’s win against Godinez, Varsity is ranked ninth in Southern California.”

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LBHS Boys JV Tennis team lines up for match against Godinez High School (left to right): Zack Koster, Taro Sakai, Jake Rasmussen, Miles Riehl, Julius Heide, Jack Lubin, Alex Chang, Liam Rafary, Tyler Davis, Kidd Stablein, Gavin Childs, Luke Goldsine, Evan Henry, and Nikolai Reid

Junior Varsity won their two matches last week also; on Tuesday versus Costa Mesa, it was a 10-8 win, and on Thursday, the team outpaced Godinez 15-3.

Boys & Girls Club announces Open House and Talent Search for “KidChella” festival, April 13

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is happy to announce an open-house music and arts festival, “KidChella”, celebrating the talents of our youth on Friday, April 13 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon branch. 

This free public event will be a sensory overload full of music and dancing demonstrations, tasty food, and so much more. It will prove to be the ultimate celebration of talent, invoking every child’s freedom of expression and free spirit. 

The Club continues to look for school-age performers, grades Kindergarten through 12th. If interested, please reach out to event organizer, Jesus Villegas, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 494-2535 x7940. 

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Boys & Girls Club talented performers, Layla Yee and Christian Barriga

The Club will have games available and, of course, the talent showcase – singing, dancing, magic tricks etc. – and all are welcome to be a part of the event. The talent show portion is open to all youth in the community, no membership is required to participate, and friends and family are invited to attend as well.

KidChella is also an opportunity for the community to check out the organization’s 24,000 square foot facility as they prepare for jam-packed, fun-filled summer camp programs beginning June 25 at all three branches – with weekly, all-day (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.) rates as low as $150 per week, $40 per day. 

For more information, please contact guest services at (949) 494-2535 or visit the Club website at

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