“Why does my elementary age child behave and think this way?” Answered at Wednesday’s PTA Coffee Break

The subjects of healthy social-emotional and cognitive development will be presented by Michele Blair, MFT and licensed educational psychologist and Dudley West, PhD, a licensed educational and school psychologist at this coming Wednesday’s PTA Coffee Break.

Coffee Break will be held from 8:15 to 10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at Top of the World School.

The presenters will explain and discuss why kids who do well academically and in life have the foundations of healthy social-emotional and cognitive development. You will hear how you can observe and understand your child’s unique strengths and weaknesses and how you can advocate for them while they are young and to teach them to advocate for themselves as they grow.

Coffee Break is open to all. There will be a $5 charge for coffee and pastries and those who attend are asked to park courteously on neighborhood streets.


LCAD stone carving workshop begins Nov 20

LCAD PhotoLearn the techniques of this time-honored art form using a variety of tools and stone. The holiday stone carving classes are taught by master stone carvers, Marvin Johnson and Joseph Sovella, and held at Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD), 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.

This 4-week workshop takes place on Saturdays, beginning Nov 20 through Dec 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work outside amidst the magnificent scenery of Laguna Canyon. Cost for the four-week workshop is $140 and includes basic tools and a practice stone. Additional resources to purchase specialty stone are available. To register or receive additional information: www.lagunacollege.edu

No prior experience is necessary. This class is open to all skill levels ranging from beginners to advanced. Enjoy sculpting stone into forms of almost any size or shape. Superior technical skills are taught as part of the art process as both master instructors pass on years of knowledge to their students. Sovella has taught at Laguna College since 1986 and Johnson since 1992.


At Boys & Girls Club

Hours set for skaters every Saturday with different hours established for age groups

Skate Saturdays Photo

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach (BGCLB) was temporarily transformed into a skate park on Oct 23 for its second annual Couch-Free event. The ramps, built by pro skater Chad Shetler, consist of two quarter pipes that can be made into a half pipe and a fun box equipped with a grind box.

To kick off the Club’s new Saturday skate hours, the Club hosted a small skate competition. Hobie Sports and Elemental Awareness generously donated prizes, and everyone who participated went home with something.

Anthony Norelli, Rex Krohnfeldt, and Wyatt Shipp won the skate competition, walking away with the grand prizes of the day.

A live music stage set up by Collective Sound gave local young musicians a chance to get up and jam for a high energy audience. The Ocean Institute had a booth to educate participants on marine ecology, and the Unites Studios of Self Defense provided a fun and interactive demonstration.

The Club’s Art Department provided a free tie dying workshop in which everyone got to make and take their very own shirt to remember the day!

BGCLB will offer special skate hours every Saturday. Grades 1-6 can skate the ramps from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and grades 8 through 12 can ride the ramps from 12:30 - 3:30. There is an annual $25 skate fee, which gives skaters access to the ramps on Saturdays all year long. All skaters are required to fill out waivers with parent signatures.

To learn more about the Saturday skate hours, please call 494-2535.

LBHS 2010-2011 Varsity scoreboard

Nov 9

Boys Cross Country: Natasha Strickland was named the Girls Most Valuable Runner in the Orange Coast League. The junior was also named to the All-League team along with teammates Carly Savage, Taylor Capobianco and Grace Clark.

Matt Neev, Jeff White, Ryan Jones and Aaron Swartz were all named to the Boys All-League team.

Boys Water Polo: 23-6 (5-0) Jack Clark and Nolan McConnell both had five goals and Camron Hauer added three to lift Laguna past Mission Viejo, 20-7, Friday to close out the regular season.

Football: 2-7 (1-3)

The Breakers pulled off a mild upset by beating Costa Mesa 21-14 on the road Friday night. Austin Paxson connected with Chris Paul for two scores from 19 and 36 yards and Michael Hyden ran in from six yards for the third Breaker touchdown.

Paxson threw for 317 of Laguna’s 418 yards on the night and the defense held the Mustangs to 272 yards.

Girls Golf: 21-6 (11-1) All League: 1st Team – Christianne Kinder & Taylor Weiss –  2nd Team – Jackie McMahon & Devin Altieri

Laguna finished in a tie with Estancia for the regular season crown for Goldenwest League matches.

The Breakers are #7 in OC this week.

Girls Tennis: 11-5 (9-0)Laguna dominated the League Finals in both singles and doubles.

Taylor Nederlander finished the regular season 37-2 and easily took the singles title by defeating teammate Claire Jaeger, 6-1, 6-2 for the league crown. Both will compete in the CIF individuals.

Hayley Moss and Bianca Sganga were dominant in doubles winning the league championship while the team of Kate McMahon and Aislin Elkin finished in second place. Both pairs will compete in the CIF individuals.

Girls Volleyball: 18-9 (10-0)

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