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This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

We’d love to include yours – and/or your children’s birthdays here.

Just email to:


Celebrate and enjoy your 



November 18

Barrie Egan

Bobby Navarro

Kate Buckley

Rich Pederson


November 19

Angie Miller

Courtney Finn

John Wagner

Kristi Deutsch

Lauren Howell

Phil Falcetti

Moorea Howson

Spence Hurlbut


November 20

Bolette Albertson

Kay Metis

Marni Spencer-Devlin

Meghan McManus


November 21

Barbara Nolan Reynolds

Jennifer Morris

Noella Pickett


November 22

Marcus Skenderian

Michelle Rousset


November 23

Diane DiBilzan

Jeff Redeker

Stacie Mead

Susan Savedra Arredondo


November 24

Jesse Westgaard

Robert Story

Thomas Kubisak 

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway



Nov 21 – Nov 27


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Interstellar  (PG-13)

Fri - Sun: 12:45 p.m., 

4:15 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Mon - Wed: 4:15 & 8 p.m.

Thu: 12:45 p.m., 

4:15 p.m. & 8 p.m.


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The Hunger Games:

Mockingjay Part 1 (PG-13)

Fri & Sat: 1:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 

7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Sun: 1:15 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Mon - Wed: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Thu: 1:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 

7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.


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Argh, sooo close!!

But Maggi gets a “W” for the foursome of pics from Tuesday’s challenge.

Several readers knew at least one or two of these spots.

Did you know where this week’s challengers were located?

These are the where’s and what’s from Tuesday’s challenge. 

Tune in again next week! 

And beat Maggi!!

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Greenbelt entrance 

off Nestall Rd. 


Left – Art piece at the Art Hotel

Center – Ceramic mural detail at Treasure Island Park/Montage

Right – Door onto South Coast Hwy, at 9th

Thanks for playing!

Remember, the correct answers and the slideshow are also on our Facebook page.

Clinic has the experts to help navigate Covered California

Open enrollment for Covered California, the statewide health insurance exchange is underway. The Laguna Beach Community Clinic has three Certified Enrollment Counselors on hand to assist those interested in enrolling in Covered California.

“Covered California is a great solution for those without work place insurance.  Whether you’re looking to enroll for the first time or seeking to change your plan, we can help you through the process”, stated Dr. Tom Bent, Medical Director and COO, Laguna Beach Community Clinic.

The Clinic also accepts Covered California insurance.  High deductibles don’t pose a problem because the Clinic continues to offer a sliding-scale discount to qualifying patients.

Sound Spectrum

Top 20

1. Led Zeppelin, IV & V (CD & LP)

2. Pink Floyd, The Endless River

3. Bob Dylan, Basement Tapes raw

4. Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways

5. Annie Lennox, Nostalgia 

6. Neil Young, Storytone

7. Nickelback, No Fixed Address

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8. David Bowie, Nothing Has Changed

9. Hunger Games: Mockingjay,Pt.1 (S.T.)

10. Jackson Browne, Standing in The Breach

11. Bryan Ferry, Avonmore

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12. Taylor Swift, 1989

13. Robert Plant, Lullaby & The Ceaseless Roar

14. TV On The Radio, Seeds

15. Cat Stevens, Tell Em I’m Gone

16. Stevie Nicks, 24 Karat Gold

17. Ty Segall, Manipulator

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18. Weezer, Everything Will Be Allright

19. The Growlers, Chinese Fountain 20. Train, Bulletproof Picasso

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Woman’s Club’s party to help our low-income families is on Dec. 6 

Every year since 1994, the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club at 286 St. Ann’s Drive has been transformed into a department store for local low-income families to choose what they need. All items are free to the families who are very grateful for what they receive. To mark this 20th anniversary of the party, Club members are asking for help to make it special by offering a box of food to take home, as well as a new toy for Santa to give to each child. Refreshments will also be served.

Your donation of gently used clothing, household goods, dishes, linens, blankets, and toys (both new and used) will brighten the holidays for the families, especially since the winter season means fewer employment hours for those employed in restaurants and hotels.

This year’s party will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. The Clubhouse will be open to accept donations on Friday, Dec. 5, 8 to 10 a.m., and Saturday, Dec.6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Volunteers to help sort and arrange the items are also appreciated. Call Sande St. John at 633-9429 or Marsha Bode at 244-2010 for more information.

Park Avenue Players’ “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” continues

Laguna Beach High School’s Park Avenue Players are eager to perform their fall drama production, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The classic love-comedy opens tonight featuring a cast of 40+.  

Directed by partners Mark Dressler and Chris Marshall, this show continues a tradition of presenting amazingly professional shows at the high school.  

LBHS’s Park Avenue Players present William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Mark Dressler and Chris Marshall at the Artists Theatre, 625 Park Ave. on Nov. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are Students $10; Adults $15; Premium Reserved $20.

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November 21, 2014

Has our winter’s precipitation tone already been set?

Sorry for the brief absence, folks. Had some eye issues in my surgically repaired right eye. I was surfing out at Thalia St last Friday when I milked this little peeler all the way into the shorebreak and did a semi faceplant on the sandbar. Turns out, a grain or two of sand got lodged up in there and the eye got infected so I went to the eye doctor and he fixed it in ten minutes. I have to use antibiotic eye drops for a couple of weeks and that’s it. Whew, that was a close one! Things like that seem to happen in small surf.

The high in Laguna on Thursday was a cool 65 making it the coolest day since early April. Otherwise, Laguna has been four degrees above normal so far this November. We’ve got another round of warm, dry Santanas slated for Sunday through Wednesday when temps could climb to 80 or so for three or four days. Thanksgiving Day will be dry with temps near 70. The normal hi-lo for the date is 70-49. 

Ocean temps are running at 65-67 along the OC coast, the warmest this late in the season since 1997, in fact on this date in 1997 the water temp finally sank to below 70 ending an incredible run of 70 plus water that started way back on April 5 of that year. Normal ocean temps for today’s date are 59-61 degrees.

There’s a weak cold front due to pass through here sometime early on Friday but don’t expect anything more than a few sprinkles or a stray light shower. Amounts will be way less than a tenth of an inch, however some generous rainfall amounts were collected north of Point Conception through Northern California. 

Mammoth collected another 6-8 inches with a base now of 4 feet so they’re off to a much better start than last season at this time.

Normally our rainy season begins to ramp up with an average of about 2.65 inches in December. Our wettest Decembers have been 11.65 inches in 2010, 11.12 inches in 1940, 9.89 inches in 1997, 8.17 in 2004, and 6.75 in 1971.

For at least the next 7-10 days high pressure will dominate our weather down here with most of the action aiming at Northern California up into the Pacific Northwest so what else is new? 

It seems like the tone has already been set, almost like a repeat of last season with the jet stream hitting the upper Northwest then plunging far south east of the Rockies with the Arctic vortex stronger than ever and firmly locked in place. Some locals that have lived near the Great Lakes in Western New York say the snows this week, which totaled up to 90 inches just this week were the heaviest snowfall events by far that they’ve ever seen in 50-60 years and winter is still officially a month away. 

It’s looking like it might be even worse than last season when it snowed in Minnesota just before Memorial Day weekend! I’ll bet somebody back there has gotta be packing their gear saying enough is enough! I’m outta here! I wouldn’t last a week in a cold place like Buffalo or Minnesota. I’m all about flops and shorts and being outdoors all the time. I guess it’s about where you’re from. 

I’m so glad my folks moved away from the Northeast and discovered Laguna! 

I can’t thank you enough, Blue Eyes!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you (with both eyes) next Tuesday, ALOHA!

Final weekend

Park Avenue Players perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Roark Gourley photos

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The LBHS performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a remarkable comedy filled with beauty and color and performed by 50 Laguna Beach students.  The audience alternated between laughter and awe as Shakespeare’s story unfolded on the high school stage.  The comedy is filled with drama, fantasy, and adventure and is aimed to please all ages. 

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Anya Gourley with Jude Young

Don’t miss this spectacular performance! The final shows will be Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on the 23rd at 2:30 p.m. 

Please call the Artists Theatre box office for tickets: 497-7769. 

Community Clinic awarded $10,000 matching grant by The John D. Evans Foundation for its HIV/AIDS care

The John D. Evans Foundation has awarded the Laguna Beach Community Clinic a $10,000 matching grant in support of its HIV/AIDS program. Mr. Evans is known for his role as co-founder of C-Span.

The Clinic is the only low-cost provider of HIV/AIDS care in South Orange County, providing over 900 patients visits each year to those infected with the virus. 

“These patients not only have a serious health issue but they also struggle financially; with government funding now stripped from this program we face tremendous challenges but remain committed to providing the continuity of life-saving and life-enhancing care our patients have come to rely on,” stated Dr. Tom Bent, COO and Medical Director of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic.

The Clinic’s Dr. Jorgensen and Dr. Ngo are certified through the American Academy of HIV Medicine and their successful treatment programs have garnered national recognition. Treatments that keep viral levels below the detectible limit allow a patient’s immune system to regenerate and helps to prevent transmission of the infection. It’s what makes the Clinic a national leader in the delivery of individualized and comprehensive treatment. 

Local artist, James Koch, simply states, “The Clinic saved my life and gave me an opportunity to grow old.”

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Community Clinic board members Susan Neely and Brian Sadler 

Two of the Clinic’s board members, Susan Neely, a local realtor and Brian Sadler, Chair of the Laguna’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee, have teamed up to make sure the community knows about the Clinic’s important work. Speaking to various organizations, neighbors and community leaders, Neely and Sadler are hopeful that they will not only match but triple the donor response to the grant. “Laguna is a small town with big connections. Because of an on going business relationship with Steven Wozencraft who heads the Foundation, when we got to talking it became clear that our program was a perfect fit to their interests,” said Neely. 

Sadler adds, “I’ve lived here a long time and I’m proud to see how this community has rallied to champion this issue. We’ve made a lot of progress but the fight continues.”

To learn more about the Clinic’s HIV/AIDS program, visit

I Like This Grape: Enjoying the culture of wines 


Naushad Huda is out in front of wine’s newest and growing body of consumers, the “Millennials”. He’s created a forum to put a fresh spin on the often-stuffy world of wine appreciation.

“What I wanted to do was an on-line magazine with a modern perspective,” he said. “Millennials are the largest buyers of wine, but it’s not being marketed to them.”

So he created an interactive website called “I like this grape” ( His target audience is that generation following the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. Millennials are generally the 20-somethings that the marketplace is looking to tap into as major consumers now and in the coming years.

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Naushad Huda

According to The New York Times, young adults in their 20’s are moving to surpass baby boomers as the largest age group, changing the way everything is sold. “There are more 23-year-olds – 47 million of them – than any other age, according to census data from June. The second most populous age group was 24, and third was 22. By 2020 [millennials] will account for one-third of the adult population.”

Naushad sees potential in those numbers to create a community of wine lovers, tied in with contemporary culture. “This isn’t Robert Parker’s wine world anymore,” he says. “Wine culture is driven by millennials and intertwined with art, fashion, music, film and inspiration.”

Melissa Saunders, owner of wine importer Communal Brands noted the importance of this age group to the business of wine, and the culture of oenophiles. “Historically, wine has been marketed to older generations and came with huge pretense. But this generation is blowing all of that out of the water,” she said. “They don’t care about the pretentiousness of a wine, they want something that is authentic and speaks to them. This is a huge marketing opportunity.”

Naushad agrees, and he’s designed his website like an interactive magazine with daily posts on wine and modern wine culture. 

“It’s less intimidating to explore new wines,” he says. “You can say, ‘I like this type of grape’, click on it, and we’ll have other sources. The website is an impetus to an experience. It’s shared. More humanistic.”

Additionally there are stories about trends, travel, and music. A couple of the really fun features include a music-and-wine pairing (#vinomusic), and a weekend’s worth of wine experimentation (#vinoweekend). The “vinomusic” pairing Naushad is suggesting now highlights seasonal reasons for comfort and joy. 

“What better to pair the quintessential, winter romantic hit ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ than with a dark, smoky, ready-for-a-cast-iron steak glass of 2010 Nickel and Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot?” he comments on this week’s posted recommendation.

Readers can click on Ilikethisgrape’s recommended two wines for the weekend to try out in their section, “vinoweekend”. It’s currently honoring the movie, Sideways, with a house cuvee from the Hitching Post, the Buellton restaurant featured in the movie (2012 Hitching Post “Hometown” Santa Barbara Pinot Noir). 

There are links to access purchasing the recommended wines as well as the music. Visitors to the website are invited to share comments and feedback, and to share their experiences on Facebook and Twitter.

Friendship Shelter and Neighborhood Congregational Church hosting Community Thanksgiving on Thursday!

Laguna Beach’s traditional community Thanksgiving feast will be held at Neighborhood Congregational Church (Glenneyre St. at St. Ann’s) on Thursday, November 27. All are welcome to partake in this annual holiday celebration as unique as the community that created it.

Thanksgiving at Neighborhood Congregational Church

“You can’t really describe this day well in words – you have to experience it,” said Dawn Price, Executive Director of Friendship Shelter. “It’s compassionate, quirky and joyous. This is not ‘us and them’ – it’s all of us, sitting together, sharing a meal and the company of friends.”

An estimated 600 – 700 meals are served buffet style, with food and supplies provided by individuals, churches, and community groups. Long buffet tables hold culinary contributions by almost every individual or family who attends, providing a wide variety of Thanksgiving staples. A small army of carvers work to cut up hot turkeys and hams, and volunteers organize the display. Another group of volunteers prepare bag lunches that are given to homeless people and other needy members of our community to take home.

Donations of food – especially prepared and cooked turkeys – are needed. Food donors are encouraged to stay and share the meal. Thanksgiving at Neighborhood Congregational Church begins at noon, with food donations gratefully accepted from 11 a.m., on.  

For further information or to volunteer, contact Kristin Points at Friendship Shelter, 949-494-6928 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To donate a turkey, contact Mary LaRusso, 949-228-1954.

Local author Sharon McErlane at LB Books Sunday

This Sunday, Nov 23 at 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome Sharon McErlane, author of the books A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak, and Our Love is Our Power: Working with the Net of Light that Holds the Earth, for a talk, Q&A, and signing. With her will be two women from the Netherlands, part of a large international movement that has sprung up around these books.

Sharon McErlane has been a teacher and a marriage and family therapist for more than three decades, teaching techniques for emotional and spiritual integration to guide people on their life’s path. 

In 1996 while walking her dog beside the beach, the Council of the Grandmothers made themselves known to her, explained their mission, and proceeded to change her life. Since then she has passed on the Grandmothers’ Empowerment into the energy of Yin to thousands of people, carrying the Grandmothers’ message and lessons around the world. 

At present there are more than 150 Grandmothers’ groups, spreading the Grandmothers’ message in different countries, passing on their empowerment and working with the Net of Light that the Grandmothers say, “will hold the world during these times of radical change that are now upon you.” 

The Grandmothers messages and the locations of empowerment groups are posted at

A Call to Power is the story of the author’s encounters with these wise women. It invites women and all readers to take part in the sacred evolution of our planet. 

“The present imbalance of energy on Earth has placed all life in danger,” the Grandmothers declare. “It is time to return to balance, and for this, women must lead.”

Our Love Is Our Power chronicles the author’s adventures with the Great Council of the Grandmothers as these wise women teach her how to infuse herself and the planet with the long absent energy of the Feminine Principle.  They also demonstrate how to amplify the power of the Net of Light that they say, “is here to hold the earth now while the energies of yin and yang shake, rock and roll back into balance.” 

The adventure with the Grandmothers continues…

Laguna Beach Books is an independent bookstore striving to create a community-enriching environment with a superb selection of books for adults and children, exciting author events and readings, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Laguna Beach Books is owned by Jane Hanauer and is located at The Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway. 494-4779.

Sister Cities garden installed in Heisler Park Monday

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Happy Planters!

This past Monday, members of the Laguna Beach Garden Club joined forces with the Laguna Beach Beautification Council, Laguna Nursery, and the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (all shown above) to install a Sister Cities garden in Heisler Park. The land for this project was unanimously granted in March of 2009 by the Laguna Beach City Council. 

The Sister Cities represented in the garden are Menton, France; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; and St. Ives, England. Each of these gardens has plants representative of those specific cities.

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Sister Cities garden

The Sister City Garden Project is primarily funded by the Laguna Beach Garden Club with a portion of a grant from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation in partnership with the Massen Greene Foundation.

Tarnished Treasures donations needed for Woman’s Club Tarnished Treasures Holiday Luncheon on December 5

The Woman’s Club is excited to announce that they will once again be accepting your “Tarnished” items as a tax deductible donation. 

These items will be sold at their Tarnished Treasures Holiday Luncheon on December 5. Any remaining unsold items will be donated to Laguna low income and adopted families at a special holiday party on Saturday, December 6th at the Woman’s Club. 

They will also be accepting hotel size toiletry items (such as shampoos, soap, or toothbrushes) to be donated to needy families. Canned and packed food would be greatly appreciated for food baskets. 

Drop off locations are: the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive – (949) 497-1200, Tuesdays 9 – 12 or Thursdays 2 – 5, until Dec. 4 and except Thanksgiving;  and Kinsman & Kinsman Office, 32355 S. Coast Hwy – (949) 499-8000, Monday – Friday 9 – 5, until Dec. 3 and except Nov. 21 through Dec. 1.

Unfortunately they cannot accept large items such as sofas, mattresses or furniture, etc. For more information visit

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World Cinema Tuesday film series at Susi Q open to all

The Tuesday film series returns with a focus on Going Places beginning November 25 at 12:30. The average class runs a little over two hours. 

Register for Ticket #32664 the first day at the front desk of Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St.
The cost is only $20 for an eight-week session. This winter session includes a tribute to the lesser-seen film work of Christopher Plummer.

11/25/14 THE HUNT 2012 Denmark Winner of 38 awards.

12/2/14 THE SAPPHIRES 2012 Australia Winner of 19 awards. Loosely biographical. 

12/9/14 MOZART’S SISTER 2010 France An account of Maria Anna Mozart, a musical prodigy five years older than Wolfgang.

1/6/15 MURDER BY DECREE1979 UK Christopher Plummer stars as Sherlock Holmes pursuing the Ripper murders. Won five awards.

1/13/15 ARARAT 2002 Canada W/D Atom Egoyan casts Christopher Plummer as a retiring customs official. Winner of twelve awards.

1/20/15 BEGINNERS 2010 USA W/D Mike Mills based this on his own father. Stars Ewan McGregor. Christopher Plummer won the best supporting actor Oscar. 

1/27/15 BARBARA 2012 Germany An East German doctor winds up at a small hospital. Written and directed by Christian Petzold and winner of ten awards.

2/3/15 THE EAST 2013 USA Brit Marling, who co-wrote the screenplay, stars as an undercover operative infiltrating an anarchist group. With Alexander Skarsgard.

Visit Laguna adds Callie Malone as Partnership Manager 

From a press release

Callie Malone has joined the staff at Visit Laguna Beach as Partnership Manager, under the leadership of Ashley Johnson, Director of Brand Marketing & Communications, effective Wednesday, Nov. 12. In her new position, Malone will oversee and develop local and national partnerships, as well as foster and maintain all existing partnerships through in-person communication. Malone will also work to continually enhance the partnership benefits package and solicit new partners within the guidelines of the Visit Laguna Beach bylaws.

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Callie Malone

Malone brings her expertise to the position, having served as Group Sales Digital Manager with the Bloomington, Minnesota Convention & Visitors Bureau, working as a private dining/events coordinator in the hospitality industry and as a sales coordinator for an event center. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Visit Laguna Beach has been evolving over the past several years in terms of its offerings to its partners and in its marketing outreach on behalf of the lodging establishments, restaurants, retailers, and attractions in Laguna Beach. With growth comes the need for additional revenues in order to support the many programs currently being offered and to fund new initiatives in the months and years ahead to ensure a robust hospitality industry within the City of Laguna Beach. 

“The partnership model is one being successfully implemented by many other visitors bureaus across the country, and allows businesses to maximize their return on investment and choose strategic marketing platforms that best meet their goals and objectives,” Ashley Johnson stated. 

“With Callie in this newly created position, Visit Laguna Beach can broaden its partnership reach in conjunction with both our local businesses and leisure markets which are invaluable to our city,” said Karyn Philippsen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Visit Laguna Beach. 

“We are excited to welcome Callie to our professional team as we continue to grow the bureau,” Johnson added.  

Formed in 1986, Visit Laguna Beach is celebrating 28 years of commitment to Laguna Beach and the tourism industry, with its offices located at 361 Forest Avenue, Suite 200 and the Official Visitors Center at 381 Forest Ave. The Visitors Center is open daily, Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Get social with Visit Laguna Beach on Facebook (LagunaBeachVisitorsBureau), Twitter (@VisitLaguna), Instagram (@VisitLaguna) and Pinterest (VisitLaguna).

63 Athletes Hike for Hunger for Laguna Food Pantry


63 fitness buffs spent a recent Saturday morning hiking from Aliso Viejo to the Laguna Food Pantry to deliver – on foot – 1,100 lbs. of nonperishable food items.

The 2014 Hike For Hunger was organized by Aliso CrossFit, a fitness center in Aliso Viejo as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month. Participants filled backpacks with non-perishable food items – about 20 lbs. per person – and hiked five miles on Aliso & Wood Canyon Wilderness Park trails to the Laguna Food Pantry on Laguna Canyon Road.

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Still smiling after hiking five miles with 20 pounds of non-perishable food!

Pantry volunteers greeted the group with drinking water, snacks, balloons, flowers, and the musical theme from the film “Rocky” blaring. After unloading the food, hikers were given rides back to their starting point by pantry volunteers.

Rick DiCarlo, who with his wife Chelsea owns Aliso CrossFit, noted, “This year’s Hike for Hunger brought out 20 more hikers than last year’s inaugural event. We had such an enthusiastic response, we are considering making it a twice-yearly event.”

The Laguna Food Pantry provides free, fresh, nutritious groceries to low-income households. Every weekday, Laguna Food Pantry distributes 2,500 lbs. of free, fresh groceries to shoppers from area low-income households. Among those households, 20 percent of the consumers of the Pantry food are babies and children.  Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road north of the Dog Park, the Pantry is open from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. It is run entirely by volunteers. 

New volunteers are always welcome. Phone: 497-7121

Not your Grandfather’s landscape painting – Fred Hope

On Saturday Nov. 22nd, Laguna Canyon Studios will host Fred Hope - The Tidal Zone; an exhibition of contemporary paintings in a series inspired by the Southern California artist’s personal history and the unique natural tideline of the Pacific Coast.

An Artist’s Reception will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., in Studio F of the Laguna Canyon Studios, located in the Laguna Canyon Artists Complex at 3251 Laguna Canyon Road. Light refreshments and free parking will be available.

Resulting from two years of concentrated effort and consisting of more than 50 new paintings, largely in oil; this exhibition displays an evolved version of landscape painting. 

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By Fred Hope

As Fred puts it: “Southern California is saturated by a tradition of landscape painting that harkens back to the beginning of the 20th Century, often all but ignoring the emergence of modern art over the last 120 years. 

“I strive to bind a contemporary esthetic to a solid painterly approach, with a nod to a few of my key modern influences: Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud and Willem de Kooning. This series subject connects to me personally as well—I grew up playing, diving and surfing in these coves, on these beaches and across these reefs.”

A well-known Southern California artist and educator, with a deep history in the entertainment industry and California’s historical art scene, Fred has been teaching and exhibiting his unique take on modern painting in Southern Orange County since leaving the entertainment design industry in 2000.

Fred was an instructor at the vaunted Art Center College of Design from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, attending that school on a full scholarship prior to that. He also has taught at the Laguna College of Art and Design. He currently teaches his well known Drawing for Painters classes in his Laguna Canyon Atelier.

Recently Fred’s work has been exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum, the City of Brea’s “Made in California” exhibition, The Santa Cruz Art League’s annual “Statewide Landscape Exhibition” and the Huntington Beach Art Center’s invitational exhibition: “Contemporary Traditionalists - A West Coast Perspective”. His work is collected locally, nationally and internationally.

Fred Hope - Tidal Zone is open to the public and most of the works on display will be available for purchase.

This exhibition will also be open to the public Sunday, Nov. 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec 6th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Zur Schmiede’s election opens a seat on the Planning Commission for a term to June 30, 2016 – apply now

On June 30, 2016, the term of Planning Commissioner Robert Zur Schmiede will expire. Zur Schmiede will begin his term on the City Council on Dec. 2 and his seat on the Planning Commission will be vacant. 

The City Council is currently accepting applications for the Planning Commission (1 seat), to complete the two-year term of Planning Commissioner Zur Schmiede through June 30, 2016. The term for the newly appointed Planning Commissioner will begin on Jan. 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. 

The Planning Commission is a five-member body appointed by the City Council for the purpose of reviewing and advising the Council on items related to the development and modification of land uses within the City limits. As such, the Commission reviews and recommends action on the development and amendment of the general plan, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations and special projects related to land use planning. 

Planning Commissioners serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $324 per month. The regular meetings of the Commission are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. Study sessions may be held as part of the regular meeting or at other specified times. A substantial time commitment averaging 4-6 hours a week is necessary to be a Planning Commissioner. Meetings may be four or more hours long and require a great deal of preparation time. In addition to these regular meetings, Commissioners are expected to visit sites and review project proposals prior to the meeting, as well as attend special project workshops. It is desirable to have or be able to acquire certain skills or aptitudes, such as the ability to understand zoning regulations and their effect on allowed land uses. Experience in land use planning, architecture, engineering, and/or real estate would be an asset.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in this position, are required to submit an application which is available at the City Clerk’s office or on the City’s web site at Applications must be filed with the City Clerk by 5 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 9. All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. 

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Police Beat Primer

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Laguna Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsLaguna is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsLaguna is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

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DUI Arrests

Thalia Street | 200 Block | Wednesday, November 19 | 2:04 a.m.

Nicole Marie Laseur, 36, Santa Ana

Incident Reports

Tuesday, November 18

N. Coast Hwy | 900 Block | Theft

10:18 a.m. A woman reported that someone had entered her room in a motel and taken her purse. No details on the loss.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Vandalism

9:45 a.m. A patio was trashed overnight.

Monday, November 17

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Burglary, vehicle

5:01 p.m. Montage security reported that a $600 iPad had been taken from a locked vehicle.

Main Beach | Drunk in Public

4:55 p.m. Two callers reported a disturbance. Kenneth Glover, 46, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public.

Sunday, November 16

Broadway | 200 Block | Shoplifting

6:34 p.m. A male suspect grabbed a beer and ran from the store.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Theft

3:09 p.m. An employee of Pavilions locked his bicycle at a bike rack outside of the store at 12:30 p.m. He looked outside closer to 3 o’clock and saw that the rear wheel was missing. He looked closer and saw that someone had removed the wheel and taken the gears. The rest of the bike remained securely locked on the rack. 

N. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Defrauding an Innkeeper

2:08 p.m. A customer skipped out owing for a three-night stay. Loss $220. 

Broadway Bus Depot | Drunk in Public

10:01 a.m. Luis Bustamante, 58, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public.

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From readers and press releases


LBOR and Affiliates’ accepting charity grant applications 

The Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund will accept written grant applications for donations from its 2015 fund raising events; the 20th Annual “A Taste for Charity” and the 19th Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook-Off.

Proceeds are donated to local nonprofit, registered 501(3)c organizations and the Laguna Board of REALTORS® CAF general fund. Priority is given to groups, which are generally smaller in size, serve local needs and do not have other consistent funding sources. Scholarships are also awarded to qualifying Laguna Beach High School students.  Prior recipients may reapply.

Groups are invited to apply for these grants by contacting the Laguna Board of REALTORS® office at 939 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.497.2474 or

The last day to submit an application is Nov. 30, 2014 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by mid December 2014.


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Housing & Human Services Committee bringing attention to National Hunger & Homelessness Month

The City of Laguna Beach is proud to announce the observation of its 7th Annual National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month in November.  Proclaimed by the City Council and organized as a public service by the Housing and Human Services Committee, this month-long event brings awareness to the Laguna Beach community about the hungry and homeless folks in need in our community.

Lauriann Meyer, Chair of the City’s Housing & Human Services Committee stated, “The purpose of Laguna Beach’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month is to enhance the community’s awareness of the issue in our society, our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach, and our community’s nonprofits that address our hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach.” 

For the first time, with the City Council’s approval, the committee has branded the event with a new logo and website that made its debut during the first week of this month:

In past years, this event just included The Food Pantry’s Food Drive and The World Hunger Bowl and was previously only the first week in November.   But now in its 7th year, at the Housing & Human Service Committee’s request, the City Council extended the event to the whole month of November due to the additional programs now offered.    

“We are bringing this event to a whole new level.  It’s not just a food drive anymore, but a way to participate, volunteer, attend events, and get involved” said Faye Chapman, long-time veteran of the committee.

The Committee encourages the community to participate in the Food Drive benefiting the Laguna Food Pantry, which is logistically made possible by Waste Management who picks up the non-perishable food from food drive locations and neighborhoods throughout the city and delivers it to the Food Pantry.  Barbara McMurray, long time supporter, volunteer, and executive of the Food Pantry said, “The Most important items that are needed are Canned Tuna, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pasta, Pasta sauce, and Cereal.”

Other opportunities to participate include volunteering time at the Friendship Shelter by signing up to be a guest chef for the Shelter’s lunch or dinner by calling 949-494-6928 or emailing  Or giving the Alternate Sleeping Location, which houses homeless year round, their most need items:  socks and toiletries.  Fill socks with toiletry items and drop them off at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic.

The remaining planned events:

A free exclusive one-time screening of the movie, “The Fisher King,” (Rated “R”) on Nov 21 at The Forum Theater.  Sponsored by Waste Management.  Limited Seating.  

The Annual Laguna Beach Community Thanksgiving Potluck dinner on Nov 27 at The Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church sponsored by The Friendship Shelter.  All are welcome.

To learn more about Laguna Beach’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month, the community is encouraged to visit;

The Purpose of Laguna Beach’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month is to enhance the community’s awareness of:

(1) the issue in our society
(2) our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach
(3) our community’s nonprofits that address our hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach.

The Committee assesses and identifies housing opportunities and human needs for all segments of the community, provides input on the City’s Housing Element of the General Plan, informs and makes recommendations to the City Council and other community leaders, and increases awareness to the community of programs to fill these needs.


High Schoolers ASB class helping Laguna Food Pantry drive 


Hunger is a serious problem. Currently, 870 million people are suffering from chronic malnourishment in the United States. Laguna Beach High School is trying to do its part in helping those in need.

Laguna Beach High School’s ASB (Associated Student Body) class, with help from Waste Management, has organized a food drive from November 3rd to the 25th. The food collected will go to the Laguna Food Pantry in the Laguna Beach Canyon, which provides necessary food for two to three hundred families every week. 

Last year our efforts raised 1,900 pounds of non-perishable food for the Laguna Food Pantry. While this may seem like a lot, it is not even enough to get enough food for all of the families served by the Laguna Food Pantry on even a daily basis. The Food Pantry distributes 2,500 pounds of food every day! We are confident that with strong participation among our students we will be able to get even more food to help the hungry.

We urge LBHS parents to encourage their students to bring non-perishable food to school to donate. Our non-perishable food collection ends on Nov 25. 

Additionally, members of the community are welcome to bring food, donate, or volunteer at the Laguna Food Pantry (20652 Laguna Canyon Road). According to the Food Pantry’s Wish List, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, and cereal are the most needed foods. 

The Laguna Food Pantry runs solely off donations from our local community. With our help, the pantry can help feed the hungry in our city.

Call the Laguna Food Pantry at 497-7121 or visit for more information.

Laguna Presbyterian’s 3rd Friday Clippers hear about Prague

The 3rd Friday Clippers will be meeting at 7:15 p.m. this Friday in Tankersley Hall at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Avenue downtown. 

Madonna and Child

Beth Pinney photo

Convent of St. Agnes, Prague

Their topic for discussion will be “Sacred Surprises in Bohemia: Medieval Art of the Convent of St. Agnes, Prague.”

Lorna Cohen and Beth Pinney will share stories and images of sacred medieval art from their recent, and independent, journeys to Prague.

Friday is the final chance from Azonic Insurance for a coverage review for 2015

If you have not made an appointment to review your current health insurance plan (under 65) for changes to be effective Jan. 1, 2015 please RSVP for a final opportunity on Saturday, Nov. 22nd at 10 a.m. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

If you have not been satisfied with your current plan, we will be answering questions and providing an opportunity to make a change to an alternative plan.

Azonic Insurance Agency would like to remind you that they are a full service agency.

Please RSVP to 949-642-6668 or

Azonic thanks you for your business.

Sawdust Studio Art 

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 2014.

The year-round art education program is includes special classes in glass, fused glass, jewelry and ceramics.

Call 494-3030 for information and to reserve a class.

Students may register for all classes online or by calling 494-3030. 

Visit the website at:


Class Schedules


Friday Nov 21


10 a.m.

Fused Glass Serving Dish

Maggie Spencer

2 p.m.

Bezel Setting with a Gemstone

Annette Doreng-Stearns


Saturday Nov 22


10 a.m. 

Basic Soldering

Erin Proctor


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