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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:

maggi@stunewslaguna.com

 

Celebrate and enjoy your 

birthday!

 

February 24

James “Jimmy” Echternach

Jeff Grice

John Skaggs

Marla Moore

Pamela Levin

 

February 25

Angela Costa Roque Baptista

Frank Cotinola

 

February 26

Kerry Harker

 

February 27

Gavin Richards

Michael DiGiovanni

Samantha Savage Breit

Nancy Robinson

 

February 28

Barbara Bowler

Bob Metzler

Carrie Joyce

Dan Reckard

Ellen Godfrey Vinograd

Mary Rabe

Nancy Caron

Sally Moran

Terry Hubbard

Tricia Bumpus

 

March 1

Andy Schoembs

Joyce Sadon

Natasha Darling

Rick Conkey

Thasa Hauntz Zuziak

Valerie Smith

Jack Wight

 

March 2

Carey Brown Strombotne

Claudio Lanzi

Evan Stone

Meghan Kelly Sickner

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway

497-1711

 

Feb 27 – March 5

 

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Focus  (R)

Fri & Sat: 12:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 

5:10 p.m., 7:20 p.m. & 9:50 p.m.

Sun: 12:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 

5:10 p.m. & 7:20 p.m.

Mon – Thu: 

5:10 p.m. & 7:20 p.m.

 

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (R)

Fri & Sat: 1 p.m., 4 p.m.,

7 p.m. & 9:40 p.m.

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

Mon – Thu: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. 

 

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FOA now accepting scholarship apps for graduating seniors

Since 1957, the Festival of Arts scholarship program has supported rising young artists by making it possible for students to pursue college studies in the arts. The four-year, highly competitive scholarships are awarded to students who excel in Film, Performing Arts (dance, music and theatre arts- including performance and production), Visual Arts and Writing. Applicants may apply for any or all of the four categories, but will only be awarded one scholarship. 

 “Students with talents in multiple fields are encouraged to submit an application in more than one category,” said Festival of Arts Board Secretary and Scholarship Chair Pat Kollenda. She continued, “This is an excellent opportunity for students who are considering a career in the arts.”

 Scholarship applications are now available online at the Festival’s website www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or at the Festival of Arts office at 650 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. An applicant must be a graduating high school senior who resides in Laguna Beach or attends Laguna Beach High School. Application deadline is March 13, 2015.

 Auditions and interviews will be scheduled in March and April 2015. Scholarship awards begin at a minimum of $1,000 and can be renewed for a total of four one-year scholarships. Students must reapply each summer for a continuation of scholarship status.

 Last year, the Festival of Arts awarded $35,000 to graduating seniors for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. 

 For general scholarship information, call Michelle Reindl at (949) 464-4201 or visit the website at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

The Festival of Arts is a nonprofit organization that produces The Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Its mission is to support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.

Sound Spectrum

Top 20

1. Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti With Bonus Tracks

2. Bob Marley, Live in Boston 1978

3. Hozier, Hozier (G)

4. Diana Krall, Wallflower

5. Imagine Dragons, Smoke & Mirrors

6. Beck, Morning Phase (G)

7. Jose Gonzalez, Vestiges & Claws

8. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour (G)

9. AC-DC, Rock or Bust 

10. Purple Reggae, Songs of Prince 

11. Annie Lennox, Nostalgia (G)

12. Taylor Swift, 1989 (G)

13. Meghan Trainor, Title (G)

14. Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways 15. Bob Dylan, Shadows In The Night

16. Kid Rock, First Kiss

17. Mac Demarco, Demos Vol. 1

18. Title Fight, Hyperview 

19. D’Angelo, Black Messiah

20. Steve Earle, Terraplane

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy 494-5959


Free capital gains tax workshop for seniors on Feb 27 and 28

Harcourts Prime Property presents “Is Capital Gains Tax Preventing You From Selling Your Property?” Enjoy a free educational workshop by a panel of local professionals on Capital Gains Tax, 1031 Exchanges, Estate Planning & Elder Abuse Prevention and Senior Sensitive Moving. 

The workshop is for people 55 and older and will be held on Friday, Feb 27 and Saturday Feb 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Laguna Board of Realtors, 939 Glenneyre.

With the spectacular increase of property values in Laguna Beach in the last 30 years, your net equity may exceed the standard $250,000 exemption for singles or $500,000 for married couples. 

Maybe you have investment properties that you would like to sell but the capital gains tax is preventing you from taking action. Selling your property may result in a huge tax bill unless you consider some of the advanced strategies presented at this workshop to avoid, reduce or minimize your capital gains tax.

Call Julie at 531-8558 for more information. Seating is limited. Parking is metered parking only. Bring $4.50 worth of quarters.

Where’s Maggi - Answers

Maybe not so easy…

Maggi thought these were “easy”, but nobody else managed all four photo spots. Reluctantly we give her a “W” - just for today.

Did you like the shot of Aliso bridge? Stu did. 

We’ll get her next week!

Here are the wheres and whats from Tuesday’s photo challenge:

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Compass Rose, S. Coast Hwy in front of Montage 

Slideshow

Left – Bridge on S. Coast Hwy over Aliso Creek, from parking lot 

Center – The Granada building, S. Coast Hwy near Bluebird

Right – Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach entrance (WCL in there)

Thanks for playing!

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


No Square Theatre auditions for The World Goes ‘Round

Auditions for The World Goes ‘Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb will be taking place by appointment only this Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This production is directed by Bree Burgess Rosen with music directed by Diane King Vann.

No Square Theatre is seeking 5-6 males and females, 16+, who are strong singers. Please prepare 32 bars of a Broadway ballad and a character piece reflecting dramatic and vocal range. Bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. There is no pay.

All auditions, rehearsals and performances will be at No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St.

For more information and to set up an audition appointment, please visit NoSquare.org

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Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

 

February 27, 2015

Rain is in our forecast!

Southern Cal is about to get in on some action as a deep, cold, strong low pressure trough is setting its sights on California, including us. Copious amounts of snow could very possibly be a product of this strong system. It’s coming right out of Alaska so snow levels could sink to 3,000 ft. or lower. 

Much needed rain is imminent, too. 

The month long enhanced ridge of high pressure over the far West is heading for the history books opening the door for this deep trough.

This significant shift in the Polar jet stream from east of the Rockies to the west of the continental divide will allow much warmer air from the Gulf of Mexico to flow northward anywhere east of the Rockies, finally giving the eastern two thirds of the country a respite from the bitter cold that has been running the show for much of the winter. Any systems that travel eastward after exiting California will be rain events, which greatly enhances the likelihood of severe weather in the southern plains and the Deep South. The components necessary for supercell thunderstorm development will certainly be in place with warm, moist, unstable air from the south and southeast, a strong west to east jet stream at upper levels, and strong surface low pressure. This severe outbreak would be the first of the season and it’s right on time as the first event of its kind normally shows up around the first week of March.

The most vulnerable states for tornado outbreaks in March are Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and both Carolinas. Texas and Oklahoma usually start ramping up late in the month. Later on when the sun is higher in the sky for increased daytime heating and the jet stream begins retreating to the north, then more northern states get in on the action. Even Alaska and Hawaii have had ‘em, just not anywhere near the frequency of other states east of the Rockies. Even California sees them on an average of 4-7 times a year, only once reaching E-F 2 status historically 

Even to this day members of our wonderful scientific world of meteorology are still to a degree unsure of the type of energy transformation necessary to generate a tornado. None of our theories have not won general acceptance. The two most frequently encountered visualize tornado generation as either the effect of thermally induced rotary circulations, or as the effect of converging rotary winds. Currently, scientists seem to agree that neither process generates tornadoes independently. It is more probable that tornadoes are produced by the combined effects of thermal and mechanical forces, with one or the other force being the stronger generating agent.

Guess what, gang…It’s almost that time again; as in Daylight Savings Time. A week from this Sunday, March 8 to be exact at 2 a.m. we turn our timepieces ahead one hour so on that day the new and adjusted time of sunrise and sunset will be 7:14 a.m. and 6:56 p.m. or thereabouts.

Have a wonderful weekend, ALOHA!

In today’s Laguna Dining section

Diane gives us a preview of Restaurant Week, which begins this Sunday, March 1 with more than 100 OC restaurants participating. 19 of those restaurants are in Laguna Beach! She tells us their offerings for the week and that she plans to visit as many of them as she can … April Steinert prepares “a party in your mouth”, Corn and Bell Pepper Relish and after looking it over, we want to be invited…Fonda has an amazing BLT Ziti Salad recipe that is truly loaded with plenty of oh, so good stuff! She’s making us a batch for this Sunday – and we can’t wait! 

In today’s Laguna Dining – Click Here to eat...err...Read it Now!

Now, please don’t forget…

Shaena & Stu will see you tomorrow at 

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Something new and different

It’s a Saturday – and we’ll be having their amazing desserts!

We really hope that you can join us

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Application period for the Environmental Sustainability Committee extended until March 6

The City Council of the City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications to serve on the City’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. The Committee consists of seven members who serve two-year terms. Applicants must reside in Laguna Beach. Four residents will be selected for this committee. 

Applications for the Environmental Sustainability Committee are due by Friday, March 6, 2015, at 5 p.m. in the City Clerk’s office. All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at the regular City Council meeting on March 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 505 Forest Avenue

The Environmental Sustainability Committee is a seven-member advisory body to the City Council. The purpose for the Committee is researching, reviewing and advising the Council on items related to protecting the environment and improving the community’s future sustainability. The Committee receives its work assignments from the City Council. Committee members typically work in subcommittees to research issues and policies and prepare recommendations for approval by the Committee for submission to the City Council. A personal time commitment of 10-15 hours per month may be necessary to accomplish tasks. Regular meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Meetings may be two or more hours, and often require a great deal of preparation time. 

Residents of Laguna Beach who are interested in applying are required to submit an application that is available online at www.lagunabeachcity.net or in the City Clerk’s office. The application must be filed with the City Clerk by Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m. All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of March 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach.


One of Those Photos That Grabs You

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Susan Garbutt

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Boys & Girls Club’s new campus – Lang Branch – will be dedicated at Lang Park next Friday at 10 a.m. 

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to announce a special ribbon cutting and special dedication ceremony of their newest program site  - Lang Branch at Lang Park on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. The Club’s event will include a special dedication recognizing the Click Family whose support over the past few years with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach helped to make the Lang Branch site a reality.

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Having fun!

Children in grades 1-5 are welcome to join the Lang Branch’s daily Out-of-School Enrichment Program, which serves as an extension of the popular Bluebird Branch known to many as TLC. The enrichment program at Lang Park Branch offers daily programs and activities that allow children to learn, play and socialize in a nurturing, home-like environment. 

Guided by seasoned Boys & Girls Club staff members, children will enhance their skills in education, arts, sports and technology. Specially-designed programs like Power Hour, a homework assistance and tutoring program, offers support in completing daily homework assignments, class projects and test preparation. Children will enjoy the fresh air during daily outdoor activities through organized sports, games and guided free-play. The Club also offers programs that explore interests in photography, cooking and digital arts. There truly is a place for each and every child at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach-Lang Branch. 

“Thanks to the City of Laguna Beach and the Hearts of Montage, our new Lang Branch will open up this wonderful opportunity to impact even more families in our community,” said Pam Estes, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. She adds, “We are especially excited about dedicating the Lang Branch Click Café in honor of the tremendous commitment by the Click family to improving the lives of thousands of young people, here and beyond. The new Lang Branch Click Café will help insure that young people develop healthy habits and learn about good nutrition every day they are at the Club!”

To attend the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach –Lang Branch ribbon cutting and special dedication to the Click Family, contact Michelle Ray at 494-2535 x 103, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Peace, Love, Purim! It’s Purim in the 60’s…the Grooviest Purim Party in town! March 5th, 5 p.m. 

“A great combination of ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist,” says Rabbi Eli Goorevitch of Chabad Jewish Center. “Our goal is to provide innovative holiday programs, yet still keep with the holiday theme”.

Purim in the 60’s will begin with a unique Multimedia Megillah Reading, followed by a far out Purim buffet, Jammin’ 60’s music, Nifty Games and Crafts, Flower power cupcake decorating, Photo booth and more!

In the spirit of Purim, come in 60’s rags! 

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (949) 499–0770. Adults cost $18 and children $12.

The Holiday of Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people living in the fourth century BCE from one of the most colorful villains in Jewish history. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah – “Scroll of Esther,” sending food portions to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor, and enjoying a festive meal. 

It is also customary to eat a delightful cookie called “Hamentashen”, (triangular pastry filled with poppy seed or jelly.) 

Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy., across from Montage Laguna Beach.


LBFD proposing new fuel mod plan for Arch Beach Heights

The Laguna Beach Fire Department is proposing a fuel modification plan for the Nyes/Oro Canyon area in the neighborhoods of Arch Beach Heights, Portofino, and Lower Nyes Canyon. The project site is generally located south of Del Mar Avenue, west of Quivera Street, north and west of Nyes Place, and east of Alta Vista Way.

The purpose of the fuel modification project is to provide a safe firebreak flanking Oro and Nyes Canyons.

As proposed, fuel modification would be conducted on 22 acres of a 44-acre study area that primarily contains undeveloped “paper-street” properties located within Nyes and Oro Canyons, and that is bordered by residential properties. Fuel modification would extend from the edge of existing residential landscaping approximately 100 feet into the undeveloped, steeply sloped canyon in order to create defensible space and improve residents’ ability to evacuate and survive a severe fire event.

Fuel modification would result in approximately 50% thinning of the vegetation canopy primarily through removal of non-native plants and dead or dying material; trimming of woody native species would be minimized, and special-status plants and habitat would be protected. Invasive pampas grass would also be removed. 

No goats would be used and all thinning would be done by hand crews.

The project site is adjacent to a previously approved and implemented fuel modification project (Oro Canyon), and it abuts the Arch Beach Heights View Park where fuel modification has also been in existence for several years.

A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared for this project; the public review and comment period concerning this environmental document is now through March 19, 2015.

If the project is approved, it is anticipated that fuel modification would begin as early as May or June this year.

Community meeting March 3

A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the City Council Chambers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. In addition, a public hearing is scheduled for the Design Review Board meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 6 p.m. The project file may be viewed at City Hall in the Community Development Department during normal business hours.

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Playhouse production of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present one of the most beloved comedies of all time, Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” starring Maxwell Caulfield and Kip Gilman and directed by Andrew Barnicle.

“We are delighted to bring our audience an evening which is going to provide timeless laughs and hilarity,” commented Wood. “We could not be more excited to have Maxwell Caulfield as Felix and Kip Gilman as Oscar, and with Andrew Barnicle directing, this is going to be one of the funniest “Odd Couples’ ever,” added Wareham.

“The Odd Couple” will begin previews on Wednesday, March 4; will open on Saturday, March 7 and runs through Sunday, March 29, at the Laguna Playhouse.

This is Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning classic comedy of two famously mismatched roommates: when recently failed marriages force fastidious Felix to cohabitate with the slovenly Oscar, the duo must determine whether their differences are irreconcilable. This peculiar pair, with decidedly different approaches to life, love and… housework, has been entertaining audiences with sidesplitting laughter and classic comedy for nearly 50 years.

For more information on shows, performance times, programming and tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 497-2787 ext. 229. Tickets range from $41 - $61. The Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.


Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School’s Class Act family night

On Tuesday, March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day – Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School will be hosting a Class Act family night chamber concert at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium, presented by Orange County’s Pacific Symphony. 

This year’s composer is Leonard Bernstein.

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Please show your support for music education by attending! Bring your family and friends. For students who attend, there is free dress and no homework. Trolley service will be available from Albertsons/Wesley Drive. There will be light refreshments and corned beef and cabbage. Don’t miss this chance to meet and greet Pacific Symphony musicians!


LB Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Workshop Series features labor law pitfalls March 12 with Dawn Knepper

On March 12, the Breakfast Workshop Series presents The Top 10 Labor & Employment Law Pitfalls Facing Your Business in California in 2015.

This presentation by Dawn Knepper will address the top ten issues that businesses will face in 2015. This includes the technicalities of the New California Paid Sick Leave Law that becomes effective July 1, 2015, and covers all job categories of your employees (part-time, temporary, seasonal). Additionally, they will discuss changes to required notices under the Wage Theft Prevention Act “Notice to Employee” form (Labor Code § 2810.5), which is a mandatory notice provided to all non-exempt (typically hourly) employees. This presentation is a must for all businesses of all sizes.

Dawn Knepper

Dawn M. Knepper, a local labor and employment expert, as well as a Chamber member and new Board representative, is looking forward to meeting with the membership to ensure they are in compliance for the new year. Dawn advises and defends clients in federal and state employment related lawsuits and agency claims, including actions alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, and for wage and hour violations. Her experience includes successfully defending employers in both jury and bench trials and in arbitration proceedings.

Sign up today!

The presentation will take place at the Main Branch of the Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road on Thursday, March 12 from 8 – 10 a.m. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for prospective members. RSVP is required. Please contact the Chamber at 494-1018 or email your registration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, visit www.ogletreedeakins.com


Patriots Day Parade to be held on Saturday, March 7 - 

Free special event trolley service begins at 9 a.m.

This year’s Patriots Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The parade will begin at Park Avenue and Legion Street, proceed down Park Avenue, turn right on Glenneyre Street, right on Forest Avenue and end just past City Hall. 

At the conclusion of the parade, an awards ceremony will take place at the Art-A-Fair/Tivoli Too grounds. 

To accommodate the parade route as well as pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, portions of Forest Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Beach Street, 3rd Street, Glenneyre Street, Short Street, Legion Street, Park Avenue and the Pepper Tree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event. Road closures in the downtown will begin at approximately 10 a.m. Importantly, the entire length of Forest Avenue and 3rd Street, Glenneyre Street between Legion Street and Forest Avenue, and Park Avenue between St. Ann’s Drive and Glenneyre Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

The City will send courtesy traffic alert reminders via text message and email to subscribers beginning Friday afternoon. To subscribe to this free service, please visit the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net and click on the “Traffic Alerts” icon. 

The public should expect heavy traffic on March 7 prior to and during the parade.

Special event trolley service will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and residents are encouraged to take the free trolley rather than drive downtown. Trolleys will operate along Coast Highway, from Cajon Street in North Laguna to Mission Hospital in South Laguna. Free public parking will be available at the City’s Forest Avenue /Laguna Canyon and Lumberyard parking lots adjacent to City Hall. The weekly farmer’s market will not be held on March 7 and will resume on March 14. The City’s mainline bus service will maintain its regular Saturday schedule; however, no bus service will be provided to the Community and Susi Q Center during the parade. 

In the event the parade is cancelled due to inclement weather, updates will be sent via text message and email to Traffic Alert subscribers. Additionally, a cancellation notice will be posted on the City website and signage will be placed along the parade route. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Kristin Buhagiar, Senior Recreation Supervisor, at 497-0304.


Laguna Beach Library’s February events

Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout February. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library. Laguna Beach Library’s February Events:

Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Time Management Workshop “Making Time.” Join Thilde Peterson from Whole Self Living for a free workshop. Learn about time and productivity management. Preregister by phone or at the Adult Information Desk. Meets in the Community Room.

Saturday, Feb 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Children’s Craft Open House. Get creative. Let your imagination run wild. Children 12 to years and under are encouraged to come to the library Saturdays, during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal projects. Adult supervision is recommended. 

Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6-7:30 p.m. Toastmasters Open House Meeting. Come learn about the benefits of being a member of Toastmasters and how you can enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. Meets in the Community Room. For more information contact the library or inquire at the Information Desk.

Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pajama Storytime-Sunshine Readers. Please come (wear pajamas & slippers!) and enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland.  The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.

Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 -11:15 a.m. Early Literacy Children’s Storytime. This program is designed for toddlers and preschoolers with adult participation. Our Early Literacy Storytime models the five skills that are crucial for every child to become ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing. We include stories, fingerplays, songs, movement and playful activities. Free. No preregistration required.  March 4t signup for our parent ed class immediately after storytime!

Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m. School Readiness Program for Parents & Caregivers

Laguna Beach Public Library in collaboration with the Laguna Beach School Readiness program will be presenting a Storytime and Parent Ed Workshop for families on March 4 at 10:30 am. The workshop for parents will take place at 11 a.m. immediately following storytime. Led by Julie Olsen of LBUSD, the workshop will focus on developing speech and strategies you can use in increase your child’s speech and vocabulary. This program is free.  Preregistration required.  Contact Julie Olsen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up at the Library. Must RSVP by Monday, March 2nd.

Laguna Beach Library regular hours are Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays and holidays, Thursday, Feb. 12 Lincoln’s Birthday and Monday, Feb. 16, Presidents Day. 

Laguna Beach Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733. 

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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

No Reports This Period

Incident Reports

Tuesday, February 24

S. Coast Hwy | 2500 Block | ID Theft; Fraud

3:32 p.m. A social security card and work permit were stolen and the RP learned that the social security card had been used by the unknown suspect.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Felony Warrant

10:50 a.m. Brian Anthony Mason, 37, Fullerton, was arrested at the alternative sleeping location on a felony Central Court warrant for probation violation – no bail.

Heisler Park | Warrant Arrest

10:34 a.m. Colby Outlaw, 45, no fixed address, was taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant for drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $1500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant Arrest

8:55 a.m. John Stuhr, 59, no fixed address, was arrested for a Harbor Court misdemeanor warrant with bail of $1500.  

Monday, February 23

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Drunk in Public

6:33 p.m. David Michael Wolfe, 44, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public.

Heisler Park | Grand Theft

4:29 p.m. A scuba regulator valued at $1000 was stolen. 

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Burglary, vehicle

2:40 p.m. Various and sundry items valued at $130 were taken out of a locked van.

Heisler Park | Drunk in Public X 3

12:08 p.m. Jesse Matthew Lincks, Leo Campbell, 36, and Warren Marr, 46, all with no fixed address, were arrested for being drunk in public.

Cliff Drive & Circle Way | Burglary, vehicle

10:12 a.m. A Toyota Corolla was broken into…a wallet and cell phone were taken. Loss: $800.

Sunday, February 22

Park Avenue | 2700 Block | Vandalism, vehicle

1:12 p.m. The RP’s vehicle was egged overnight.


This and that around town

From readers and press releases

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Annual Boys & Girls track meet Friday, March 20

The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, March 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School Track and Field.  

All children born in or after the year 2000 and reside or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries are invited to attend. Participants may enter a maximum of three (3) events.  The top four finishers in each age division and event are eligible to compete at the Orange County Track Meet in early May.  

Entry forms are available in the Community Services Department (515 Forest Avenue), at the Community and Susi Q Center (380 Third St.) or online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on “Recreation Activities” icon). 

To register, please submit a completed entry form along with $17 entry fee per child ($22 at the track meet) to the Community Services Department by Thursday, March 19.

If you have any questions, or need more information, contact Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at 497-0762.

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Medicare 101 seminars continuing in Laguna Beach

Look at all of your Medicare options at a local seminar. Plan to join in for an informational Medicare seminar to learn about the changes to Medicare plans in 2015. 

Get informed on the full range of options available to you.

Meetings hosted by Patrick and Joann Freeman, local Insurance Brokers certified with most of the plans that are available in Laguna Beach and Orange County.

Please RSVP to 497-7473 and receive an apple pie after the meeting. No obligation for follow up. 

The seminar will take place on March 10 from 4 – 5 p.m. at Ruby’s Diner, 30622 Coast Highway.

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SEEDS  3rd Annual TerraVita Herbal Symposium

SEEDS Arts and Education, Inc. presents the third Annual TerraVita Herbal Symposium to be held Feb. 28 and March 1 at Anneliese Schools’ Willowbrook campus located at 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach.

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The symposium is a weekend gathering filled with diverse and hands-on workshops on herbal medicine and its benefits for your health and well being and will also feature plant walks, music, nature and a marketplace. The symposium is open to the public and is $70 for one day or $115 for both days. 

There is a children’s program from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday for $60. Lunch, provided by Whole Foods, is included in all registration fees. 

For class descriptions and registration, visit www.seedsed.org.

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Eric Henderson Quartet in concert Saturday at NCC

Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood Congregational Church welcomes Eric Henderson in concert with his full band this Saturday at 8 p.m. 

Trained by the great Andres Segovia, Eric Henderson is a guitar virtuoso who covers a vast repertoire with technical mastery and passionate delivery. In concert he often plays a traditional selection, such as a Spanish piece by Torroba or a work by Bach, followed by his arrangement of a rock classic, such as “Paint it Black” by the Stones or “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix. Another element that sets Eric apart is his performance of captivating original compositions. These are melodic and accessible yet complex and full of surprises. Eric Henderson’s playing shows how the guitar can transcend genres. He is unconventional in a most compelling way.

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Because he will be playing with his quartet, “the best people I have had the pleasure to play with,” Eric is particularly excited about this weekend’s concert. Band members include Alan Deremo on bass, Richie Garcia on percussion and Rob Whitlock on keyboard. They will play a combination of original works and classical flamenco crossover. 

Visit Eric’s website for more information: www.erichendersonguitar.com Or, purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/1277061 or by calling 800-838-3006 ($30 preferred seating in front five rows/$25 general admission). 

Tickets will also be available at the door, while seats last, ($39 preferred seating/ $29 general admission), and wine and beer will be available for purchase. 

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Jumpstart Program to increase school readiness of disadvantaged children.

Bring your music-loving friends to Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Bridge Hall, 340 St. Ann’s Drive. Free parking is available behind the church (corner of Cleo and Glenneyre, across from Ralphs Grocery Store). As with all Neighborhood Church events, people and families of any shape and style are welcome and invited. 

Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Neighborhood Church! For directions or more information, please visit http://www.ncclaguna.org or call the church office at (949) 494-8061. 


Sign up for City’s next CERT program 

The Laguna Beach Police Department announced registration for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course. A Community Emergency Response Team is an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. The CERT program consists of 25 hours of classroom and hands on training. It concludes with an exercise drill to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the classroom sessions. 

Training includes disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, CERT and terrorism, and traffic control and scene management.

Training will begin on Wednesday, March 25. Classes will then meet weekly from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by one Saturday morning exercise on May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mandatory attendance is required at all classes. 

To be considered for this training, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or work within the city limits, be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions.

Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. March 20 (the City of Laguna Beach reserves the right to refuse admittance into this program). All individuals will receive a confirmation email if accepted into the program.

To register please, fill out the online registration form at www.lagunabeachcity.net and email it to jvillwock@lagunabeachcity.net or drop it off at the Police Department, 505 Forest Ave. 

“The Magic of Miniature Gardens” – a free workshop

On Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 - 11:30 a.m., learn how to add some magic to the life of your garden by experiencing the art of small garden environments. This workshop will take place at South Laguna Community Garden Park.

Sydney Rowland, of “Cottage Home and Garden” will demonstrate how to make imaginative miniature container gardens. Young and old alike will benefit from creating and caring for these living works of art. In contrast to our fast-paced, technologically centered world, this session is an opportunity to devote some time to creative and contemplative play. 

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Sydney will demonstrate techniques to the group at large, and then will hold a workshop for 12 individuals who will create a garden to take home with them. This workshop, which she also offers through her business, is very popular; so if you wish to make a garden, reserve a spot now! 

Make a reservation at GardenPark@SouthLaguna.org For more information contact Carly at 949.228.8690. 

Components for the miniature gardens will be available for purchase. This will include fairies, small furniture, appropriate plants, and many other fun things. You may purchase items even if you don’t sign up for the workshop. 

Workshop participants: please bring your own 8 to 10 inch shallow pot. Soil will be provided by the garden. You may bring decorative objects that you wish to incorporate or purchase items from Sydney.


Tickets on sale for Gospel Brunch by Laguna Beach Live!

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Gospel Brunch presented by Laguna Beach Live! Usually sold out, don’t procrastinate – buy soon!

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Patrice Morris

Featuring the talented Patrice Morris, an amazing soloist who is also a member of the legendary group, The 5th Dimension, the event takes place on Sunday, March 8.

Tivoli Too! is once again dishing up a delicious brunch of hot and cold dishes, a carving station, fruits and pastries with free following champagne, starting at 11 a.m.

Morris, backed by her band of four and four singers, will begin at 11:30. 

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone 800-495-4849

Chamber will host city’s planning, building and LBFD in joint meeting at Mozambique today

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a joint meeting of the City of Laguna Beach’s Planning, Building, and Fire Departments on Friday, Feb. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mozambique Restaurant.

The Open for Planning segment introduces the city’s new Planning staff members. Open for Laguna Beach Fire Department introduces the city’s newest Fire Division Chief and Fire Marshal, Edward Valdez. The program wraps up with Open for Building, a workshop to discuss the new building code items, staffing, online forms, and Deputy Inspector reports.

Now in its 98th year of operation, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents, and supports local businesses in Laguna, and advocates on their behalf. The Chamber also serves as the business resource center for the community. On an ongoing basis, the Chamber hosts educational seminars, luncheons, and networking events for local businesses and citizens.

The cost of the “Open For...” workshop is $10, and includes lunch. Register online at lagunabeachchamber.org, or by contacting the Chamber at 494-1018. Mozambique Restaurant is at 1740 S. Coast Highway.


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 2015.

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: 

http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/studio-classes

 

Class Schedules

 

Friday, February 27

2 p.m.

Pottery

Paulina Michel

 

Saturday, February 28

10 a.m.

Screen Printing

Brynne Cogorno

2 p.m.

Wave Candleholder

Maggie Spencer

 

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