Boys Water Polo will be competing in the first round of the CIF playoffs on Thurs at 5 p.m.: cheer them on

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L-R, Marshall Eichenauer, James Nolan, Will Clark, Kai Cameron, Colton Gregory, Zach Cord, Peter Weiland, Larsen McCarroll, Caden Capobianco, Sebi Jacobs, Riley Baumgardner, Marcon Salib, Coach Trevor Lyle

Come out and support LBHS’s boys winning water polo team at home on Thursday Nov 2 at 5 p.m. for the first round of the CIF playoffs…GO BREAKERS!

The Boys & Girls Club is getting ready to hold its Annual Art and Nature show

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Art Program will hold their annual Art & Nature Show on Thur, Nov 2, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Club’s new outdoor exhibition space at the Canyon Branch. 

“Sea the Light” is a direct response to the colors, shapes, lines and reflections of the sea.  It is also a body of work responding to the extensive artworks created in Laguna Beach inspired by the ocean; from impressionist paintings, to abstract sculptures and prints, to the most recent public art installation by Pablo Vargas Lugo and his lamppost in the sea.

Together the members of the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach explored the relationship between water and light through playful and collaborative art making processes. 

The Club works in partnership with the Laguna Art Museum who originated the idea of showcasing an Art & Nature exhibit and encourages local organizations in the surrounding areas to participate in having their own show. 

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Caitlin Reller, BGCLB Art Expression Director stand in front of one of the art pieces that will be featured  

This partnership is very exciting for Caitlin Reller, the new Art Director, whose art education philosophies are “rooted in making connections to contemporary artists, movements, and artworks as well as the community as a whole.”  She believes this show is “a good example of the uninhibited exploration of materials that children are able to do with ease.” And hopes to “elevate and respect the creations they make together.” For more information of the upcoming exhibit at the Club, contact Caitlin Reller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach occupies three sites in Laguna Beach; Canyon Branch, Bluebird Branch and Lang Branch. Together, they offer a nationally recognized and award winning year round Out-of-School enrichment program that focuses on the whole family. For more information about The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, visit: or call (949) 494-2535.

Sports Swap at Thurston Middle School on Nov 4

Is your garage brimming with unused sports gear?  Looking for an inexpensive wetsuit, bike, snowboard or other pieces of sports equipment?  Does your young entrepreneur want to consign items to purchase a new surfboard?  The PTA at Thurston Middle School will host its annual Sports Swap on Sat, Nov 4 from 9 a.m .- 3 p.m.  This is a fantastic opportunity for sports enthusiasts to donate, consign and/or buy new and used sporting goods, at significantly reduced prices.

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Donate or get an inexpensive surfboard at the Sports Swap

Items can be brought in for consignment or as a donation to Thurston Middle School on Thur, Nov 2 from 8 a.m. -10 a.m. and Fri, Nov 3  from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

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Last years customers loved their new findings like this bestie hat for a great deal

Sellers will set their own prices and PTA will handle the sale. Items on sale will include skimboards, snowboards, surfboards, wetsuits, paddleboards, skateboards, bikes, golf clubs, tennis racquets, baseball gear, snow gear, cleats, balls of all sorts and more.  

Local retailers have also been invited to bring their gently used demos, rentals and new merchandise priced to sell.  Sports Swap sponsors will include Victoria Skimboards, nbrhd (neighborhood), Laguna Surf and Sport, Laguna Cyclery, Roark, RVCA, Vissla, Mizu and Elev8. 

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Thurston Middle School is proud to host this event each year here in Laguna

The clearance sale will run from 1 - 3 p.m.  All items available for clearance will be marked down to 50 percent of original price.  One hundred percent of items sold in the clearance sale will go to Thurston’s PTA. The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach and HomeRun Hopefuls will be the recipients of any unsold equipment at the end of the event.  Thurston’s 8th grade graduation committee will be selling snacks and drinks to hungry shoppers and Laguna Beach Little League will host an in-person Spring registration table from 8:30 a.m. – noon.

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Come down on Nov 4 to find exactly what you need to complete your sports equipment 

Steffanie Gapp, Sports Swap Co-Chair, invites the community to participate in this terrific event.  “The Sports Swap is more than a fundraiser, it’s a community event that provides families an opportunity to clean out their garages, make a little money, outfit their growing children with fresh sports gear, all while benefitting Thurston’s PTA.  It’s a winning combination!”

For more information, Inventory Sheets and contact information, visit: and click on Sports Swap tab.

Ducking, diving & Dodgeballing: 56 teams battled for glory at SchoolPower’s D-ball Tournament on Oct 18

Don’t Stop Ballievin’. The Dodgefathers. Throwbocops. These are just some of the 56 teams that battled for glory at SchoolPower’s Dodgeball VIII tournament on Wednesday October 18. 

More than 500 costumed players, coaches, referees and scorekeepers, as well as countless cheering spectators, filled the LBHS gymnasium at this hugely popular event. 

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PrescribeWellness captured the High/School Adult Division title

Competition was fierce in all divisions. Congratulations to the following teams that dodged their way to victory:

4th-5th Grade Division: Dodgefathers

6th-8th Grade Division: Dodge “IT” (Best Costume: The Old Dodgers )

High School/Adult Division: PrescribeWellness 

(Best Costume Tie: Disco Ballers and Golden Ballers)

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Fun watching the games

Participant Logan Bareth, a fourth grader from El Morro Elementary, had a very simple reason for wanting to participate in this year’s tournament, “I like Dodgeball because it’s now my favorite sport. I can play with my friends from school so that’s super fun.” 

In a great show of community spirit, Bareth’s team, The Stu News Dodgers, was sponsored by none other than Stu News Laguna.

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Logan Barreth, part of the Stu News Dodgers' team, says Dodgeball is now his favorite sport

“Stu News Laguna was honored to sponsor El Morro’s fourth grade Dodgers team this year. SchoolPower’s Dodgeball tournament is not just a fundraiser, it is truly a community institution - something kids and families look forward to every year. We are just so happy to support this cause!” exclaimed Shaena Stabler, Stu News Laguna owner and publisher.

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This team’s in the pink

The Adult division brought together teams from across the community. Event Sponsor Montage Laguna Beach was so excited they sent two teams to play. 

Local radio station KX 93.5 not only competed again, but also broadcast a play-by-play of the tournament from inside the rowdy gymnasium. A podcast of the coverage is available at

The best costume showdown between the “Disco Ballers” (LBHS teachers) and the “Golden Ballers” (TOW teachers) resulted in a tie and says a lot about school spirit. It’s not every day a kid gets to see her principal in gold lamé pants. 

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Dodgeball legend Frana Sadler said about her commitment to this event, “For me, Dodgeball really embodies the spirit of this community. It’s energetic, fun and competitive. It also unites our Laguna Beach families with the SchoolPower community and that’s a great thing.” 

Sadler is ecstatic about new Dodgeball chairs Kristine Flynn and Rob Alshuler who stepped up this year and all the volunteers who continue to make this possible.

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Going for the gold

Champions from each division won $500 in prize money to designate to a teacher or school program of their choice. Over  $11,000 was raised for SchoolPower, the education foundation that raises money to enrich the education of all LBUSD students.

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Enjoy the photo gallery! The first six photos are Scott Brashier’s; the second six are by Jessi Dunne.

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