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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.

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Celebrate and enjoy your 



November 24

Jesse Westgaard

Robert Story

Thomas Kubisak


November 25

Jim Ragsdale

Joey LeBon

Kate Van Buskirk Rogers

Melissa Wallace


November 26

Elizabeth McGhee

James Boyd


November 27

Brandon Hooper

Dave Tweedie

Jewels Swed


November 28

Jheri St. James

Kedric Francis


November 29

Beth Renner

Cary Redfearn

Jamee Danihels

Kelly Boyd

Langdon Froomer

Lisa Saremi

Pamela Madsen

Terri Meisberger


November 30

Bob Cockrell

Brad Wood

Chrissie Fisher

Debbie Neev

John Monahan

Nick Henrikson

Downtown Specific Plan Update – City study session Dec 3

The City of Laguna Beach and MIG consulting team will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan Update with a Joint Study Session on Thursday, December 3, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue). 

The study session will focus on the following key topics: Retail, Commercial and the Conditional Use Permit Process. MIG will provide a review of related policies within the existing Downtown Specific Plan, an overview of their research and analysis and preliminary recommendations for updating policies for consideration. Additional meetings will occur during the winter and spring to review other key topics including, but not limited to Parking, Urban Design and Land Uses. This session and future meetings play an essential role for MIG to obtain direction from the City Council and Planning Commission, and to identify the City’s priorities for the future of the Downtown. 

For more information on the Downtown Specific Plan Update contact: Wendy Jung, Senior Planner, at 497-0321 or email or visit:

Sound Spectrum


1. Adele, 25

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2. Keith Richards, Crosseyed Heart

3. Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon

4. Beach House, Thank Your Lucky Stars

5. Grateful Dead, Best of Fare Thee Well

6. Seal, 7

7. City and Colour, If I Should Go

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8. Don Henley, Cass County

9. Tame Impala, Currents

10. David Gilmour, Rattle That Lock

11. Natalie Merchant, Paradise Is There

12. Gary Clark, Jr., Story of Sonny Boy Slim

13. Fidlar, Fidlar Too

14. Bob Dylan, 1965-1966 Unreleased Recordings

15. Jeff Beck, Live +

16. Iration, Hotting Up

17. Def Leppard, Def Leppard

18. Jimi Hendrix, Atlanta Pop Festival

19. One Direction, Made in The A.M.

20. Justin Bieber, Purpose

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Where’s Maggi - Answers

Name that mailbox

Maggi found some winners this week, as she fixates on mailboxes. 

Looks like she stumped our readers too. (Get her next week!)

Do you know these things/places? 

Here are the challengers:

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Little house with bird, on Catalina at Diamond

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Flower mailbox, Diamond St.

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Little Tudor mailbox, Catalina near Center St.


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

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Dennis’ Tidbits


November 27, 2015


I’m thankful for plenty – especially Laguna

So thankful I’m still above ground. Beyond thankful and grateful for Mom and Pop first discovering this wonderful place way back in September of 1939. Laguna is the ultimate sanctuary, at least for me. I can honestly say not one day ever went by without stopping for a moment and recognizing how beautiful and special Laguna is. Also very thankful for food, clothing and most important, shelter. Thankful for the connection with Stu News Laguna where I love writing a column twice a week for almost four years now. I can’t believe I’ve kept one job for almost four years! 

Local surface ocean temps on Turkey Day are still hovering in that 64-67 range. On this date in 1997 the water temp finally dropped under 70. What a run! 

Fall of 2015 has been meager at best, one of the flattest on record, very out of character for a strong El Niño event. Looking back at the last two powerful events, the surf was banging for days both in ’82 and  ’97. Rincon had already logged a half dozen well overhead swells and it wasn’t even Halloween yet.

December is almost here and the month’s normal rainfall increases to 2.6 inches. Our wettest December was in 2010 when nearly a foot of rain fell in less than a week’s time. Laguna’s second wettest December occurred in 1997 when we collected nearly 10 inches.

December’s average hi temp in Laguna is 64-67. The warmest December day was back on Dec. 3, 1958 with 88. Our average low here in town is 42-45 but it’s colder than that out in the Canyon. The coldest night was in December of 1978 with 27 in town and 22 out there in the Canyon.

The most active Turkey Day weather wise was Thanksgiving Day in 1981 lots of convective activity with up to 14 waterspouts sighted in Laguna waters during the afternoon hours plus lots of hail and frequent lightning.

Hope you had a great feast! ALOHA!

In today’s Laguna Dining section

Fonda Eaton returned to her comfort roots with three delicious recipes. She also clues us in on why she had videos taken during her recent “bye week” destroyed…April packed her tagine and went off to the mountains where she made a delicious sounding chicken dish… Shaena tells us when Hotel Laguna will be serving us cookies & cocoa!

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

Shop locally on Small Business Saturday—Nov 28

90 Laguna Beach merchants have signed up to offer deals, giveaways and attractions to customers who shop locally on Small Business Saturday on Nov 28. Offers range from 50% off discounts, to gifts with purchase and open houses with free giveaways. All deals have been revealed; visit for more details. All businesses are encouraged to participate for free by signing up on the Chamber’s website.

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday was created to promote shopping at small businesses in local neighborhoods. Unlike Black Friday, which belongs to malls and big box stores, Small Business Saturday is more in line with the friendly, family-oriented and independent nature of Laguna Beach.

The Chamber will be running a city-wide Snap & Share social media contest designed to get people walking around their town and taking advantage of Small Business Saturday specials. The grand prize is an overnight stay and two spa treatments at The Montage. The 2nd prize is a $250 Visa Gift Card, and the 3rd prize is a Tommy Bahama gift basket. Details are on the Chamber’s website and photos must be taken inside of a participating business.

“We have reached out to just about every small business in town to get them thinking about what they can do on Small Business Saturday. We are doing our part in running the Snap & Share photo contest on social media and getting the word out about all the local offers on Small Business Saturday,” said Laura Henkels, the Executive Director of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very excited to promote shopping locally on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season because it is a great way to do your holiday shopping while contributing to the community’s health,” she said. “I’ll be doing my Christmas shopping on Nov 28th.”

This event is part of the Chamber’s Think Laguna First ( initiative that asks residents to shop, dine and frequent local businesses on Nov 28 and all year round. Last year, the Chamber had 26 participating businesses. 

The Chamber expects to surpass its goal of 100 businesses by today, Nov 20. There is no deadline to sign up, and no reason to leave town on November 28th.

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Spirit Qin, owner of the Personalitees shop

“I’m glad there are going to be a lot of businesses participating this year in Small Business Saturday. When we all do something, it is better for our customers,” said Spirit Qin, owner of Personalitees in the Sleepy Hollow area. He is busy getting things ready for a DIY screen-printing event on Nov 28. “I think the photo contest is kind of cool, too.  People can go to all the local stores and take a photo and post it on social media and they might win a great prize. I wish I could participate in that part!” he continued.

On Saturday, Nov 28, shoppers are encouraged to walk around Laguna Beach with friends, family and colleagues to shop small in a big way. The event will feature discounts, giveaways, entertainment, refreshments and raffles at over 90 merchants.  To see the list of participating merchants and learn more about the Snap & Share contest, see

Artists Republic and RAW salt gallery hosting Holiday Bazaar

The first annual Contemporary Art Holiday Bazaar will be held this Saturday, November 28 from 2 – 6 p.m. Artists Republic and RAW salt galleries have teamed up to encourage you to shop local and support the talented community of contemporary fine artists, craftspeople and creatives, offering a selection of small works perfect for the holiday season and gift giving. In addition, artists will be on hand with printmaking demonstrations, live painting and music for this festive day at both Artists Republic and RAW salt.

Featured artists at Artists Republic are Lady BIM, Nancy Chiu, Seadrift Soul, Bookmachine, Chantal deFelice, Kalen Blackburn, and Maryann Herbenar. 

Featured artists at RAW salt are Sally Deng, Julio Labra, Sarah Walsh, Suzanne Walsh, Michale Harnish and Yevgeniya Mikhailik.

Music will be provided by DJ Bent Fingers. Amanda Raynes and Aaron Brown will be doing live painting. The printmaking demo will be at 4:30 p.m. by Camilla Taylor. 

The galleries are located at 1175 South Coast Hwy and 1492 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949-988-0603.

Third Annual Sip and Shuck a smashing success

Story and Photos by ELIZABETH NUTT 

For the third year in a row, sister restaurants The Deck on Laguna Beach and the Driftwood Kitchen in partnership with the Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel hosted its “Sip and Shuck” event—an oyster and champagne party by the beach. 

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Sippin’ and Shuckin’

Proceeds from this year’s unique event will benefit Laguna Beach Playhouse, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of viewers through the experience of live theater, as well as to provide educational opportunities for both children and adults.

Tickets cost $85, and guests over the age of 21 were invited to partake in a food and drink festival steps from the sand on Sunday afternoon, with panoramic views of the Pacific. The all-you-can-eat-and-drink menu included a wide variety of delicious hand-shucked oysters and sparkling wines from around the world. Items from the Driftwood Restaurant and the Deck on Laguna Beach’s menu were also offered to guests. Menu highlights included the Roasted Porchetta Pork Sandwich, the Kobe Beef Sliders and Smoked Salmon on miniature buckwheat pancakes. 

To wash it all down, guests had the option of enjoying an exciting selection of bubbly, as well as other festive beverages, including a Ketel One Vodka bar with an ice luge, Californian wines, a Tito’s Vodka Bar, and cocktails from the Casa Amigos Tequila Company. The Laguna Beach Beer Company was also pouring samples of its flagship beer, The Greeter’s Ale.

 As the event unfolded, Sip and Shuck participants were also treated to live entertainment, an impressive raffle, and a spectacular fall sunset. Local artists—such as Laguna Beach native and painter Robin Hiers were also on hand to display and sell their work. 

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But the evening wasn’t all about beauty, oysters and imbibing. The Sip and Shuck has, since its first event in 2013, been organized specifically to benefit and celebrate local Laguna Beach organizations and non-profits. In 2014, the event raised a whopping $10,000 for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and in 2013 the Sip and Shuck benefited the Surfrider Foundation.  

This year was the perfect year for the Deck on Laguna Beach and the Driftwood Restaurant’s Sip and Shuck event to spotlight the Laguna Playhouse, which is celebrating its 95th anniversary. 

Badazoom - One Search, One Site for all of the best electronics deals - Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Every Day

Consumer Transparency LLC, a technology and development think tank, launched a new online search tool,, just in time to help holiday shoppers find the best sales and prices on consumer electronics, before the notorious stress of Black Friday hits.

South Carolina based Badazoom is the first and only vendor-neutral comparison search website that specializes in online consumer electronics, designed exclusively with the consumer in mind, providing radical simplicity and unfiltered transparency.

“Badazoom is an e-commerce aggregator for consumer electronics, a site where shoppers can quickly and easily find the best Black Friday deals, Cyber Monday deals, actually, all the sales, all in one place, all on one site,” said Clark Mickel, COO and founder. “We don’t sell products; we do the deepest search to find the lowest prices anywhere. So now you can get all the same deals quickly and easily without even leaving the couch.”

With advanced, proprietary technology, Badazoom is reintroducing the practice of putting the customer first by aggregating the largest range of online shopping networks. In addition to price comparisons, Badazoom provides a price watch system that alerts shoppers when the item they want is at the price they want.

From Amazon and Best Buy, to - and every site in between - Badazoom is designed to save time, money, and hassle by offering the largest range of online shopping networks in one place, with one search. 

“I never realized I wasn’t always being shown the best deal out there,” said Cynthia Jenkins of Laguna Beach. “Badazoom is my new one-stop shop I can trust.”

The website design is based around the idea of “radical simplicity,” Mickel said. “How can we accomplish a very complex task, like search and filtering, but in a way that you can understand as soon as you see it?”

Under the parent company, Consumer Transparency, LLC, Badazoom, is the first and only completely transparent, vendor-neutral comparison search website that exclusively specializes in online consumer electronics. Badazoom is designed to aggregate the largest range of online shopping networks, with the only predictive pricing technology, offering the most relevant, deepest search results, with an unmatched commitment to up-to-date results and a tireless price-watch service. 

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“The 1940’s Radio Hour” and after-show cabaret with Saif Eddin - a perfect holiday evening is at No Square Theatre! 

No Square Theatre ties up a spectacular season with its first ever holiday production: “The 1940’s Radio Hour.” Performed in one act, the musical will be followed each night with a cabaret-style performance featuring members of the cast, community, and the inimitable Saif Eddin. A Laguna favorite for decades, and a founding cast member of “Lagunatics,” Eddin’s performances around the globe included star-studded cabaret nights at Laguna Nursery. 

“The Holiday Cabaret was a favorite,” says Saif. “It always sold out, and at $50-60 a person.” Artistic Director, Bree Burgess Rosen points out that “The 1940’s Radio Hour” and Saif’s Holiday Cabaret was a dream, but when the virtuoso returned to O.C. from the Bay Area last summer, the dream was realized. 

“Radio Hour” Director Joe Lauderdale invited Eddin to play the lead in the show, then get behind the piano each night for the after-show cabaret. “Saif accepted!” laughed a delighted Rosen. “This is going to be a spectacular run.” 

A professional, with an impressive resume, Saif Eddin is coming in to the community production on a guest artist contract with Actors Equity. Rosen says professionals donate their talents to the theatre’s concerts and special events frequently, but only once before has the company put a pro into one of their musicals. The fact that the whole evening can be had for $25 is a bonus as the company continues to bring acclaimed entertainment to the village at such an affordable price. 

“The 1940’s Radio Hour” script by Walton Jones features a musical score from the golden era of big bands, tremendous vocal harmonies, and a hit list including I’ll Be Seeing You, Strike Up The Band, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and more. The audience is in on the fun with the live radio broadcast of The Musical Manhattan Variety Cavalcade, on December 21, 1942. Behind-the-scenes moments follow the harassed producer coping with a tipsy lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mic, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller. 

“The sound effects are great fun”, says Lauderdale. “They’re created before your eyes, at a frenetic pace, as the broadcast unfolds.” Historically, December 1942 was the first Christmas U.S. troops were away from home, lending a heartfelt reality to the holiday letters read ‘on the air’, and the dedication of songs to loved ones separated by war. It’s fitting that “The 1940’s Radio Hour” will be performed at No Square Theatre, inside the historic home to Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222, founded in 1928 by local military veterans.

 “The 1940’s Radio Hour” features a cast of 11 including Jack Aldridge, Rebecca Butkivich, Mark Green, Gary Greene, Joe Herrera, Sharon Jewell, Glenn Koppel, Dustin Nguyen, Tara Waldschmidt, Chris Yeschenko, and Saif Eddin. Directed by Joe Lauderdale, vocals are directed by Diane King Vann, choreography by Ellen Prince, and the band by Joe Mulroy. The classic 40s styles are recreated in costumes by Brigitte Harper. Sound effects wizardry is enhanced by the genius of Patrick Quilter.

There will be eight weekend performances: Saturday Dec. 5, Sunday Dec. 6, Friday Dec. 11, Saturday Dec. 12, Sunday Dec. 13, Friday Dec. 18, Saturday Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20. All performances start at 7:30 with $10 dinner and drinks available from 6:30. Performances of the show and cabaret will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission. 

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, just two blocks south of the high school, where there is ample free parking. To avoid the parking rush, patrons are encouraged to come early and enjoy drinks and dinner al fresco before each performance. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out shows so buy in advance. $12.50 for kids under twelve and $25 for adults. Tickets are available at The recorded info line is 949-715-0333. If available, tickets may be sold at the door for an additional fee. 

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by the Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the Lodging Establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, Mark W. Brisley DDS, Chuck & Birgitta Schoen, Doreen & Lee Butler, the Festival of Arts Foundation, Chris Quilter, Patrick Quilter & Quilter Labs, SWA Group, The White House, and an Anonymous Donor. 

For additional information on events, auditions, and to purchase tickets, please visit

Laguna Beach Climate Rally—Sunday, November 29

The Laguna Beach Climate Rally will take place on Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 2 p.m. Participants will gather at Main Beach Park at the location of Coast Highway between Forest and Ocean Avenue.

This event is part of the Global Climate March. World leaders will meet in Paris to begin negotiating the next global climate deal. This is why, the day before, people all around the world will take to the streets in order to push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100% clean energy. This year’s climate march is expected to be the largest mobilization in history.

Nicolas Haeringer, France Campaigner for, said, “The tragedy in Paris has only strengthened our resolve. This movement for climate justice has always also been a movement for peace—a way for people around the world to come together, no matter their background or religion, and fight to protect our common home.”

The Laguna Beach Climate Rally host and volunteers ask that participants bring signs, and that they invite their family, friends, co-workers and classmates to this historical event.

For more information and to RSVP to this inspirational march, check out: each

“Together, we can push the world toward a climate deal that gets us off dirty energy and unleashes clean energy for all!”

Laguna Beach Democratic Club meeting on Dec 9 will include a conversation with Erwin Chemerinsky

The Laguna Beach Democratic Club invites all to an interesting evening of conversation with one of the nation’s most leading legal scholars, Erwin Chemerinsky.  Chemerinsky will be focusing his discussion on the legal grounds for overturning the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision declaring corporate expenditures on political campaigns “free speech.”

Erwin Chemerinsky

Chemerinsky is a lawyer, law professor, and a prominent scholar in United States constitutional law and federal civil procedure. He is the current and founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Between 2009 and 2013 Chemerinsky was the 2nd-most frequently cited American legal scholar.  He has published six books, numerous articles, and a regular column on the United States Supreme Court.  Chemerinsky has also argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court, and is one of the Guantanamo Bay attorneys, as he represents a client held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

The conversation will be held on Wednesday Dec 9 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Unitarian Universal Fellowship Hall, 429 Cypress Drive. Refreshments will be served.

LBUSD seeks public input on superintendent search

The Laguna Beach Unified School District has initiated its search for a new superintendent and seeks community input and assistance.

The district has retained the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting school boards with the consideration of candidates for superintendents.

An important step in the search process is to identify characteristics the district will be seeking in the new superintendent. The board of education values the opinions of all community members and invites all stakeholders to have an input in this process.

The LBUSD asks for community members to participate in an online survey ( requesting the public’s desired characteristics and skills they would like to see in the next superintendent by December 30.

Three open forums to obtain public input will also be held during the month of December, facilitated by a member of the consulting firm:

Wednesday, December 2 at 6 p.m. at the LBUSD District Office Board Room.

Monday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the LBUSD District Office Board Room.

Wednesday, December 9 at 9 a.m. at the LBHS Library.

Ed. Note: Artist Fitz Maurice has set out to paint live at all of the US National Parks. She will be submitting her stories from the road to StuNewsLaguna from time to time. 

It is Thanksgiving time and I want to give thanks to the National Park Service!


While on the quest these past four years I have visited more than 20 National Parks and I am always impressed with how clean, organized and well run the parks are. The directional and informative signs are properly placed, and yet discreet. The hiking paths are clearly marked and maintained through all weather.

I feel proud to be an American when I am walking around our National Parks, especially when I hear other visitors speaking in foreign languages and realize that they have traveled really far to get here. How they must be awestruck by the rare and monumental beauty! So few countries have open landscapes that the public can enjoy. How these visitors must admire the freedom with which they get to enjoy our American National Parks.

Our National Parks are the best olive branch of peace that America extends to the world!

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Even the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Mt. Rainier National Park Visitor’s Centers are stunning! It is wonderful to walk into these impressive public centers that are so grand in the way they remain architecturally connected to the vast nature just outside their doors. 

To apprise myself with the major attractions of each particular park, I have learned to take advantage of the free movie that provides a perfect overview.  Often the visitor centers also have bookstores that are filled with maps, guides, educational books and children’s toys that help them relate to nature in very fun ways.

The parks are perfectly run by an invisible crew, leaving you on your own to delight in the mystery of it all. The parks offer you an exceptional way to safely indulge in the deep wonders of nature, while providing the information you are excited to learn. Our National Park Service lets everyone enjoy the rawness and peace – so perfectly preserved – while encouraging all to be respectful of the fragility of nature’s ecosystem.

Best of all are the National Park Rangers! Every one of them that I have met has been gracious, knowledgeable, and happy to answer my burning questions. They are ready to tell you where you can find the best sunset hike or which trail leads to the lake. Naturally, they update you on weather conditions as well as a celestial phenomenon that is likely to occur. Usually, Rangers lead tours through their visitor center/museum and often give guided tours on the trail.

By the way, on August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary. 

FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect the Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to each park. Hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene, and finally setting up with portable easel and oil paints, FITZ sets out to capture in paint the wonders that make each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world. To see her National Park Paintings:

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Montage Laguna Beach and KX 93.5 present Winter Concert Classic with Kenny Loggins, December 13

Montage Laguna Beachand KX 93.5 have partnered to introduce a holiday concert at the Irvine Bowl/Pageant of the Masters, in the heart of our beautiful community of Laguna Beach, on Sunday evening, December 13. 

Join us for an evening of live musical entertainment in the renowned outdoor amphitheater that is home to the Festival of the Arts’ Pageant of the Masters. Bring the entire family to enjoy the sounds of the season and classic favorites with performances by the legendary Kenny Loggins, pop harmonizing male group The Shadowboxers, and local favorite David Allen Baker. 

Just outside the amphitheater is a Winter Wonderland where children can delight in holiday activities, falling snow, and a visit from Old St. Nick himself. Complimentary hot chocolate and holiday treats will be served, with adult libations and additional bites available for purchase. 

Proceeds will benefit local non-profits KX 93.5, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, and SchoolPower Laguna Beach Education Foundation.

Please visit to purchase tickets and for additional event details.

Christmas four person volleyball tournament Dec 12

There will be a free volleyball tournament on Saturday, December 12 at Main Beach. Check in begins at 9 a.m. There will be a four person weighted draw, a potluck and toy drive, and lots of holiday cheer.

The tournament will have two divisions, open and social, with mixed gender teams. Sign up by yourself to be assigned to a team. Family teams rock! There will be really cheesy but cool prizes provided.

Please bring a dish for the potluck lunch- think “comfort food” - or a libation. Electricity is provided for crock-pots. 

There will be an optional “Toys For Tots” toy drive drop off

No beginners or really young kids, please. Sign up for either division, but the organizers reserve the right to move players up or down.

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Advent at LBUMC begins with festival for all Sunday

Laguna Beach United Methodist Church will inaugurate this year’s Advent Season Nov 29, with an Advent Festival immediately after the 10 a.m. Sunday Worship Service.

Community members are invited to attend this as well as all Advent activities.  A potluck will be served and keepsake crafts will be created, including wreath making, all with the background of Christmas music.

This year’s theme will be “Light and Life to All He Brings,” which is a phrase from Charles Wesley’s Christmas hymn, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

Rev. Mandy Sloan Flemming will begin the series with a sermon, “The Dawn of Light:  The Root of Jesse.” (Jesse is David’s father and the Messiah is expected to come from David’s descendants.) She will continue with “The Path is Illuminated: John the Baptist” on Dec 6.  On that day, Holy Communion will be offered and World AIDS Day will be recognized.

On Dec 13, the children of the church will perform the Pageant of Las Posadas, representing “The Children Shine a Light.”  The following week, Dec 20, Pastor Flemming will speak on “The Bearer of Light:  Mary.  Advent culminates on Christmas Eve, with “The Light Shines in the Darkness” during two services.  At 7:30 p.m., a service of Carols and Candles will be held and at 11 p.m., there will be a service of Communion and Candles.

“A Thrill of Hope,” an Advent educational program will be provided for four weeks starting on Nov 29.  Meg Estrada, diaconal minister at the church, will lead the DVD-based study in the Upper Conference Room.  The DVD will feature the artwork of John August Swanson and commentary by several Biblical scholars.

Laguna Beach United Methodist Church is located at 21632 Wesley Drive. For additional information, call 949-499-3088 or visit the Web at

Plan now for Hanukkah Celebrations at Main Beach

Chabad of Laguna Beach has announced the dates and times for their annual Hanukkah Celebrations on the cobblestones at Main Beach. Plan now to bring the kids and enjoy the fun. Open to all!

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Chabad’s Surfboard Menorah

Sunday, Dec 6 at 2 p.m. – Annual Surfboard Menorah Celebration. Featuring an Israeli DJ and Dancing…Awesome street performer, Crafts for the kids, Face painting, Dreidle Cookie Decorating, Latkes, Dreidles and Lighting of the Way Cool Surfboard Menorah! Fun for all ages, Admission free.

Wednesday, Dec 9 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Hanukkah Storytime at Main Beach Surfboard Menorah! Join Shalom Family and Chabad of Laguna Beach for a festive hour of Hanukkah stories, guitar sing along, crafts, latkes and Menorah lighting! Appropriate for families with children 7 and under. RSVP: 

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For more information, contact Stephanie Epstein at 949.435.3484 or Perel Goorevitch at 949.499.0770. In the case of inclement weather, the event will take place at Chabad (30804 Coast Hwy – across from the Montage Laguna Beach).

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Laguna Beach Library’s Nov and Dec events

Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout September. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.

The Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Laguna Beach Library’s November and early December Events: 

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

Monday, November 30 at 10 a.m. - 1p.m. - Third Street Writers Group Ink Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Contact the library for additional information.

Tuesday, December 1 at 3:30 p.m. - Origami with Amy Join origami artist and LBHS student, Amy You, to make origami holiday ornaments.  These cool, colorful paper ornaments are suitable for holiday gift giving.  This program is for Children 6-12 with adult participation.  Meets in the Program Room. This program is Free.

Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Pajama Storytime

Please come (wear pajamas & slippers!) & enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland. The National Charity League-Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.

Wednesdays, December 2, 9, & 16 at 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Early Literacy Children’s Storytime Our Early Literacy Storytime models the 5 skills that are crucial for every child to be ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing.  Let your child learn through stories, fingerplays, songs, movement and playful activities. We focus on coordination and recognition of colors, shapes, and numbers.  Most of all, we emphasize the important role that parents and caregivers have in their child’s development! Free. No preregistration required. For children 5-years and under. Families are encouraged to stay for a “playtime” afterwards. (No class December 23 & 30).

Wednesday, December 2, 11 a.m. - Noon - Parent Workshop “The Gift of Mindfulness” Presented by LBUSD Early Learning Specialist, Sandee Bandetinni, parents are encouraged to attend this workshop immediately after 10:30 Storytime.  While your child is participating in a craft activity, you’ll have an opportunity to speak to Sandee and learn some simple tips for practicing mindfulness with your children.  Receive handouts and information that will support parents with resources they can use to encourage healthy growth and development. No Preregistration required.  This program is free.

Thursdays, December 3, 10 &17, at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme.  Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required. (No class December 24 & 31).

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

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

Police Beat 112715

DUI Arrests

Cassandra Dee Lurvey, 33, Newport Beach – Sunday, Nov 22  Traffic Crash  

With a prior

Tuesday, November 24

Cliff Drive | 400 Block | Stolen Car

5:20 p.m. A 2005 Infiniti G35 was reported stolen from in front of the owner’s home where it had been parked with the keys left inside in the past half hour or less. Other police agencies were notified immediately and the OC Sheriff’s Dept. made a felony car stop soon afterward in San Clemente. They arrested Michael Matekel, 27, for felony vehicle theft.

Monday, November 23

Table Rock Beach | Fishing Violations

1:38 p.m. Five males were cited by State Fish and Wildlife officers for various fishing violations including: unlawful possession of rock scallops, sheepshead, and sea bass, waste of fish and fishing without a license. The suspects were: Garret James Cleary, Nicolas Case Giacalone, Tanner Lee Watkins, Spencer James Harmon and Garrett Michael Lewis.

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Theft

12:38 p.m. A woman reported that an unknown person had stolen the wallet from her purse, which contained $200 in cash, her driver’s license and several credit cards. The theft occurred in a bar when she left her purse unattended on Saturday night. Her credit cards were used to make charges at least three times totaling about $800.

Sunday, November 22

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Janice Elizabeth Nelson, 55, Laguna Beach

Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | Warrant Arrest

1:19 p.m. Vincent Mitchell, 45, Laguna Beach, was arrested during a traffic stop for an Orange County traffic warrant with bail of $1500.

Summit Place | 1100 Block | Credit Card Fraud

10:50 a.m. The RP learned that three unauthorized charges had been made on a credit card account and that she had the card in her possession at all times. 

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Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Fund accepting grant applications 

Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund will accept written grant applications for donations from its 2016 fund raising events: the 21st Annual “A Taste for Charity” and the 20th 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 that 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 Nancy Pooley, President of the Laguna Board of REALTORS® & Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund at 949.230.3353 or go to to download the application.

The last day to submit an application is Nov 30, 2015 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by mid Dec 2015.


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LB Woman’s Club’s Tarnished Treasures Fun Raiser

Since 1994 the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach has had a fun event–the Tarnished Treasures luncheon. At the luncheon you will have an opportunity to buy special Christmas gifts (maybe even for yourself) at really spectacular prices. How can the Woman’s Club do it? 

With donations.

You can jump start your holiday season by giving tax-deductible donations of the things that are cluttering your closets. “What you don’t want may be exactly what someone else does,” said luncheon chair and past Mayor of Laguna Beach Cheryl Kinsman. “Popular items include holiday decorations, art, jewelry, toys, wearable clothing and household goods. 

“Unfortunately, we cannot accept larger items such as sofas, mattresses or furniture.”

Proceeds from the event help make the holidays brighter for needy families in Laguna, and provide an opportunity for early holiday shopping for gifts.

Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Kinsman & Kinsman office at 32355 Coast Highway, or from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays (except Thanksgiving day) at the Woman’s Club clubhouse at 286 St. Ann’s. Donations are accepted until December 10.

Plan to come to the event on Friday, December 11 from 11:30 to 1:30 for a sumptuous lunch and a chance to do your holiday shopping. Admission to the luncheon is $35 for club members and $40 for non-members. Reservations are required by December 6. Mail your check made out to “Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach” to 286 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

Give a holiday gift to a senior neighbor this season

Bring cheer to a senior neighbor this holiday season! 

Laguna Beach Seniors will match you with a qualifying senior and supply you with a personalized wish list. Purchase one or more gifts on the wish list and deliver the gift(s) unwrapped to The Susi Q Senior Center (380 Third Street) by Friday, December 11th. The rest is taken care of and you can feel good about giving a local senior an extra special holiday!

If the demands of the holidays are keeping you busy and there’s no time for additional shopping, you can still participate by giving a donation to the gift fund. We’ll do the shopping for you and pass it on to a thankful senior. To sign up or for more information, contact Martha or Judy at 949-715-8104.

Laguna Beach Seniors is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Laguna Beach Seniors has been enhancing the lives of seniors for 40 years. Programs and services promote independence, wellness and community. For more information, visit

Gray whale watching cruise with Ocean Institute Nov 28

The Ocean Institute will present Gray whale watching cruises on its 70-foot R/V Sea Explorer on Nov 28 and Dec 5, 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

Gray whales swim over 10,000 miles annually between the Arctic and the calm, warm lagoons of Mexico, one of the longest migrations of any mammal.

The cruises will give participants an opportunity to see migrating gray whales, as well as dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline. Join their skilled and knowledgeable crew, who will help give you a glimpse into the mysterious world of these amazing creatures. 

Prices are $45 for adult, $35 for seniors (55 and over) and $25 for children (age 4 to 17). Become a member of the Ocean Institute to become eligible for discounts on cruises. Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274. 

Register online: at

Celtic Consort of Hollywood – Live! at LAM December 10 

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The Celtic Consort

The Celtic Consort of Hollywood consists of award winning concert and studio musicians Christina Linhardt, soprano, Susan Craig Winsberg, flute, and Shawna Selline, harp. Together and separately, they have performed all over Southern California (as well as abroad) from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to Disney Hall and are popular at weddings, club dates and recording sessions in between. They will be performing Holiday songs as well as a wide variety of secular music.

Live! at the Museum is a collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and the Laguna Art Museum that takes place the second Thursday of each month at 307 Cliff Drive. The Museum’s doors are open from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. The concerts are free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. Reservations may be made, at no cost, through the Museum’s website at or by contacting the Museum’s Membership Manager at 949.494.8971 x203. 

For more information about the series and other concerts, visit online at or phone 949.715.9713.

2016 winter season of Jazz Wednesdays tickets on sale now

Laguna Beach Live! is pleased to announce an exciting line-up for the Jazz Wednesdays Winter 2016 series. The season returns to the distinctive event facility [seven-degrees], at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. for seven concerts, running from January 20 – April 13.

The Series kicks off on January 20with the great Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet. Following on February 3rd is guitarist Peter Sprague Quartet, Local Legends concert, featuring Ron Kobayashi Trio with vocalist Daryl Walker on February 17, Brazilian guitarist and vocalist, Teka on March 2nd, critically acclaimed vocalist Sarah Gazarek with pianist Josh Nelson on March 16, a tribute to Freddie Hubbard & Wayne Shorter featuring Ricky Woodard on saxophone and Bijon Watson on trumpet plus special guests on March 30, and closing out on April 13 with Hammond B-3 sensation Akiko, with Jeff Hamilton on drums and Graham Dechter on guitar.

Concerts will be 6 – 8 p.m. and a full bar and buffet dinner menu will be available for purchase.  Tickets in advance are $20, $25 at the door, and a season subscription is $140 for all seven concerts. 

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 800-595-4849. Information line is 715-9713.

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 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. 

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Class Schedules


Friday, November 27

10 a.m.

Oil Painting

John Eagle


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