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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 



July 28

Anthony (Fiz) DeMattia

Caroline Wright

Jamie Beckert

Marcel Mead

Noemia Wingett

Ryan Gaylord

Wendy Pierce


July 29

Bill Bradfield

Jay Rojo

Judy Yorke

Mira Lisa Schiratis


July 30

Chas. Aufhammer

Laurie Simons

Mary Crites Stinnett

Neel Kashkari


July 31

Aleta Keeling

Nancy Lindsay


August 1

Cynthia Fung

Derek Rados

Karen Petty

Sarah Lynn Higby

Steve Short

Jimi James

Kathie Jepson-Bernier


August 2

Jordan Eaves

John Benecke

Audra Plageman


August 3

Jackie Stevens

Jill Moran

Kimberly O’Brien Young

Patrick Freeman

Herb Rabe

Linda Lewis Elbert

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway



July 31 – August 6


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Vacation (R)

Fri & Sat: 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 

5 p.m., 7:20 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.

Sun – Tue: 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 

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


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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (PG-13)

Fri & Sat: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 

7 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.  

Sun – Tues: 1 p.m., 

4 p.m. & 7 p.m. 


Opening Tue: Shaun the Sheep Movie (PG)

Opening Thu: 

Fantastic Four (PG-13),Ricki and the Flash (PG-13)


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Sound Spectrum

Top 20

1. Tame Impala, Currents

2. Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (Bonus Tracks CD/LP)  

3. Jerry Garcia, On Broadway

4. James Taylor, Before This World

5. Jeff Beck, Live +

6. Royal Blood, Royal Blood

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7. FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks), FFS

8. Neil Young, The Monsanto Years

9. Slightly Stoopid, Meanwhile Back at the Lab

10. Purple Reggae, Songs of Prince

11. Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi

12. Sublime With Rome, Sirens

13. Muse, Drones

14. Florence & The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

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15. Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

16. Modest Mouse, Strangers to Ourselves

17. Ky-Mani Marley, Maestro

18. Hozier, Hozier 

19. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

20. Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind


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July 31, 2015


August & September look exciting! Stay Tned!

The atmosphere is on steroids over our local mountain and desert regions as a huge plume of monsoonal moisture has invaded much of New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California up through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Southern Nevada. This latest flood of warm moist unstable air from the east and southeast is strongly enhanced by El Niño fueled hot ocean temps down in the tropical eastern Pacific with surface temps as high as 91 degrees in the Sea of Cortez and the immediate coast of Mainland Mexico.

During most normal monsoonal flows here in Southern Cal, Cumulonimbus thunderheads may reach 25 maybe 30,000 feet into the upper atmosphere but some of these cloud tops today reached as high as 42,000 feet! That’s more like the kind of storms they get in the Great Plains and Midwest! Several of these storms reached super cell status with rotation spotted near Moreno Valley northwest of Palm Springs. 

Violent hailstorms also pelted the area with golf ball size hail that fell so hard and for so long (up to 45 minutes) the ground was covered in white up to four inches deep that made it appear like it was a snowstorm. Maximum wind gusts in some of these cells reached 60 mph, just like a storm out of the Midwest.

Big Bear Lake got hammered by a huge cell on Thursday afternoon with an inch and a half of rain falling in less than an hour with an incredible 238 cloud to ground lightning strikes during the two hour event. There was no activity here along the coast but that didn’t stop dew points from soaring up into the high sixties so today’s high in Laguna was 78 but the humidity made it feel like 85! Nights have been super warm and humid with temps hovering around the 70 mark even during the wee hours of the morning.

Ocean temps are now running between 70-73 degrees here in Orange County. Right on the heels of that nice little SSE tropical swell was the arrival of a beefy Southern Hemi swell that’s still here but fading with sets still in the 3-4 foot range here in town. During the peak of the SSW swell earlier this week, there were some six foot sets at Brooks St. but the direction wasn’t quite right. The Wedge had some sets up to ten ft. and Lower Trestle was really good with some sets of 2-3 foot overhead.

There’s tropical storm Guillermo way out there in the Pacific about halfway to Hawaii and if he holds it together his present course if maintained would set his sights on Hawaii’s Big Island by early next week. He has a shot at further intensification, maybe reaching Category 1 hurricane status as ocean temps are up to 83 which are 5-6 degrees above normal thanks to this El Niño. Remember, Hawaii took a hit from hurricane Iwa during the 1982-83 El Niño and the island of Kauai got hammered by hurricane Iniki in 1992’s El Niño when one wind gust was clocked at 224 mph on the far northwestern tip of that island.

The annual U.S. Open surfing championships at Huntington pier have had waves every day of this event for a change, finally! It’s been in the 4-7 foot plus range the whole event which runs from July 25 through August 2. 

So things are getting real interesting around here and they’re only gonna get more exciting come August and September and beyond, so stay tuned! 


In today’s Laguna Dining section

Maggi is pinch-hitting for Diane for the next couple of weeks. Today, she tells us about the new eatery at Sawdust Art Festival – Evan’s Gourmet and the menu will satisfy everyone…April is off this week Shaena updates us on two new restaurants set to open in August – Urth Caffe and Rasta Taco and she’s excited to try their offerings! Fonda brings back her Mama’s Southern Chili recipe per requests  

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

Festival of Arts events for this weekend

Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: Through August 29

Mondays – Fridays 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Cost: $10-$20 material fee/session

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Arts Education Days this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed-media, jewelry making, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week! Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required. For schedule and reservations, visit

Friday, July 31: Mixed Media (11 a.m.), Figure Painting (1 p.m.)

Cost: $10-$20 material fee/session

Daily Live Music Schedule, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with Festival admission

Friday, July 31: Rick Tatum (Jazz/Funk/R&B)

Saturday, August 1: The Tony Guerrero Quintet (Jazz)

Sunday, August 2: Ilya Serov (Jazz/Soul/R&B)

Adult and Teen Art Workshops

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit

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Assemblage/Collage workshop on Friday 

Friday, July 31: Assemblage/Collage with Carolyn Machado (3 – 5:30 p.m.) 

Cost: $40 material fee

This class will introduce students to the “art of mosaic.” We will be working on a small tile, using simple design elements to create a unique piece of artwork. Decorative tiles will come to life with the use of colorful and interesting pieces of broken pottery, tiles and small beads. Come have some fun and get creative with mixed media artist Carolyn Machado.

Saturday, August 1: Ceramic Masks with Scott Young (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Cost: $40 material fee

Create an African inspired mask in this fun and engaging class with artist Scott Young. Using clay slabs and basic tools, students will form facial features from templates provided to the class. Learn the basic principles of hand building in clay and take home your own one-of-a-kind artwork!

Sunday Afternoon in the Park 
Live Performance by The Salty Suites

Sunday, August 2
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

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The Salty Suites perform on Sunday

The Salty Suites are a dynamic three-piece acoustic band with blazing instrumentals, beautiful vocals and soaring harmonies. Playing Americana, Folk and Bluegrass, with original compositions and selected covers. Chelsea Williams on guitar is a singer song writer of beautiful ballads, Scott Gates on mandolin and vocals is a tightly wrapped bundle of energy and musical virtuosity on the mandolin and Chuck Hailes on Bass rounds out the trio with his amazing bass style. Comfortable on a jazz tune or a pop ballad, this band crosses bridges and takes you on a romping musical ride that leaves smiles everywhere.

Sundays at the Festival of Arts features a new musical series with an eclectic mix of music from Bluegrass to Chill to Jazz/World/Classical fusion. From 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday Afternoon in the Park will provide the perfect atmosphere to browse the art gallery, picnic on the green, or simply relax in the beautiful weather of Laguna Beach.

Recently voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts is one of the most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit


Through August 31, 2015

Open daily from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Early closing: August 29 at 3:30

Ticket Information

General Admission: Weekdays $7, Weekends $10

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $4, Weekends $6

Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

Passport to the Arts:

A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $23. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Fair, plus a one-time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at LagunaBeachPassport.comPassports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 26 – August 31, 2015.

Festival of Arts Grounds 650 Laguna Canyon Road

(800) 487-3378

Red Cross Blood Drive at Laguna Presbyterian Aug 5

On Wednesday, August 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., donate blood at Tankersley Hall, Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Avenue.

Donors can sign up at with sponsor code lagunap. For more information, contact Sandy Grim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 735-7930, or Laura at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Donors, please remember to bring your photo ID with you when you come to donate blood.

Art-A-Fair Old West Quick Draw Sunday, Aug 9 

Picture this: it is Sunday, August 9, a glorious summer day. You are at Art-A-Fair, Laguna Beach’s world class art festival, happily strolling among its 125 extraordinary local and national artists. Suddenly, you hear a deep voice shout, “Draw partner.”  

You don’t reach for your gun, you reach for your paintbrush. You are in the middle of Art-A-Fair’s Old West Quick Draw, a unique event for participants and observers alike. A Quick Draw is a fun way for artists of all skill levels to participate in a timed event using live models dressed in Old West clothing.

Art-A-Fair’s Old West Quick Draw throws out a challenge and provides the opportunity for artists of every experience level to paint, draw or photograph live Old West models, available for one hour. There is no charge except the Art-A-Fair entry fee. On Sunday August 9th, the schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. - the Western models arrive; 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. - Quick Draw; 11:45 a.m. – Lunch (at additional charge). Artists will need a signed release from the Old West models for any images (resulting from this event) for resale purposes. 

This is a day for everyone to enjoy. Artists challenge their ability to create in a limited amount of time, while working with live models. Observers can enjoy watching the creative process come to fruition. 

Art-A-Fair offers many pleasures through the summer season. Live music plays for listening or dancing pleasure on Thursdays through Sundays. Daily art workshops are taught by professional artists. Tivoli Too! Restaurant provides a relaxing retreat in its garden courtyard, overlooking a cascading waterfall, where fine cuisine is a work of art in itself.

Art-A-Fair is open Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. A season pass is $7.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and military, children 12 and under are free with an adult. Call 949-494-4514 or visit

Laguna Beach Eco Heroes documentary to air on Cox

Beginning in August, Cox Cable will air the 30-minute documentary, Laguna Beach Eco Heroes produced by The MY HERO Project. The documentary was made possible by the support from The Massen Greene Foundation.

Cox Cable Channel 3 schedule: 8/2/15 thru 10/3/15, airing Saturday’s at 9 a.m. and Sunday’s at 6 p.m. for a total of 18 airings.

This documentary features local environmental activists who have worked hard to keep Laguna Beach green & blue. Featured heroes include: Laguna Canyon Foundation, Laguna Bluebelt, Nancy Caruso, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Crystal Cove Alliance, ECO Warrior, Zero Trash Laguna, Wyland & One World One Ocean

My HERO said in a press release, “These organizations and individuals have worked diligently to preserve nature and wildlife around Laguna Beach. They are inspirational leaders in the stewardship of the environment.”

Hobie gathering for grand opening downtown San Clemente

Cruise in with your friends and family and help celebrate the opening of the latest Hobie Surf Shop! A neighborhood gathering and grand opening will take place Saturday, August 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 167 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente.

Hobie is honored to revitalize this iconic corner with the original vision of Ole Hanson in mind. A true downtown that serves as a gathering space offering a unique, vibrant and sustainable community hub. The kind of place locals will take pride in and where visitors can discover the “real” San Clemente.

There will be food, drink and music from San Clemente local band Calafia Stones.

For more information, call 949-542-3355. 

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Laguna’s Tuvalu opening new store in San Clemente


When Laurie Alter opened Tuvalu Laguna Beach in 2003, she never imagined the fast expansion it would enjoy. Designed with the idea of providing a treasure trove of furniture, accessories and artwork in a casual, coastal vibe, the Forest Avenue store was an immediate hit. 

Now, she’s opening a second store in San Clemente in the former Hobie shop at the top of Del Mar Avenue on El Camino Real. (Meanwhile, the Hobie store has relocated to larger space just a couple blocks down at 167 Avenida Del Mar.)

Alter was born and raised in Laguna Beach, but lived in Idaho for eight years before returning to Laguna with husband and kids in 2002. While in Idaho, she’d taken up antiquing and décor work and had eventually opened her own antique shop there, Wild Goose Chase. 

At Tuvalu, Laurie original idea of showcasing interesting and one-of-a-kind finds blossomed into an additional interior design division in 2012. From there, it simply expanded again as Laurie and the store, Tuvalu, began working closely with her husband (Hobie Sand Bar Restaurant) and brother, Mark Christy (The Ranch), in extensive design and accessory work. (I cannot wait to show you her finished work in the rooms at The Ranch!)

The new Tuvalu in San Clemente will feature the same concept – coastal home furnishings and a design center with head-to-toe design services. Congratulations to Laurie for spreading the Laguna Beach love!


A published writer and marketing agency owner for 30 years, Diane Armitage authors the popular blog, and the newly revised, The Best of Laguna Beach: The Travelers’ and Residents’ Guide.

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame voting open until Aug 12

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame has moved from Colorado to California. The goal is to preserve and celebrate the history of Mountain Biking and the people who made it the sport it has become.

Hans Rey, Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductee 1999, a Laguna Beach resident, asked in a press release, “Please help us spread the word and help us raise the level of respect and honor the Hall of Fame deserves. 

“Voting is now open to the public, anybody who joins the Hall of Fame ($30) can vote and have a say to who gets elected to become an inductee.” 

The voting deadline for 2015 is Aug. 12th. 

To join, vote, and find more information, visit

Every mountain biker in the world has been influenced directly or indirectly in one way or another by one of the nominees:

North Shore Pioneers, Danger & Digger

Josh Bender

Glen Jacobs

Horst Leitner

Uli Stanciu

Roman Urbina

If you haven’t heard of them, read their bios at the link above!

Polls are open until midnight August 12. Thank you for voting!

Mommy and Me Group Meets Wednesdays at LBUMC

Pastor Mandy Flemming of Laguna Beach United Methodist Church has started a Mommy and Me group at the church, 21632 Wesley Drive (across the street and up the hill from the Montage). The group meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday in the church nursery for fellowship, conversation, support and coffee. There is no age restriction for the babies, who stay in the same room as the moms.

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Joy Cleary (L) holds daughter Sienna as Zachary Beutin, getting a helping hand from his mother Erin, ponders his next move at the Mommy and Me get-together

A mother of three, Pastor Flemming says, “The memory of the first year of parenting is one that is filled with joy, unconditional love, and a lot of sleepless nights and damp clothing. It was a time that both overwhelmed me with blessings and also felt a little isolating. I’m hopeful that we can be a support to one another as we work each day to do a very gratifying job that came with no instructions.”

All moms and babies are welcome to drop by.  For additional information, contact the church, 949-499-3088 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join LAM for Art Access: Los Angeles trip Aug 15

On Saturday, August 15, join museum supporters as Laguna Art Museum members visit Los Angeles art galleries and one of the foremost private collections of contemporary art. 

The cost for Laguna Art Museum members at the Friend level and above is $125. Individual and Family level members will be $150, and non-members are $175. This price includes lunch.

Book now – this trip is limited to 30 spaces! For reservations and payment, contact the membership and development office at 494-8971, ext. 203.

The group will meet at Laguna Beach High School (625 Park Avenue) at 9 a.m., departing at 9:30 a.m., returning approximately 5 p.m. You can leave your car in the lot all day. If you are running late or will not be able to meet the group Saturday morning, please call Janet Blake at 949-310-3247.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr. For more information, visit

The Official Blues Brothers Revue opens August 13 at The Laguna Playhouse: it’ll be a soulful show!

The Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Karen Wood and Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham & Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Musical Director Paul Shaffer are thrilled to present a special engagement of The Official Blues Brothers Revue, featuring Wayne Catania as Jake, and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood.  

Wayne Catania (L) as Jake, and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood

“Laguna Beach is going to rock out this summer to the soul sounds of the iconic Blues Brothers,” comments Wood. “Jake and Elwood and an extraordinary band will bring our audiences a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, stand-up-and-cheer, not-to-be-missed good time,” adds Wareham.  

The Official Blues Brothers Revue will begin performances on Thursday, August 13 and will run through Sunday, August 30 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

This live concert show combines the comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel and soul music. Hear all of The Blues Brothers classics as Jake, Elwood and the band hit the right balance of humor, music and mayhem. Backed by a powerhouse band, they’ll give you a show to remember including their biggest hits “Soul Man,” ”Rubber Biscuit,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” and many more. Fun for all ages!

Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. There will be additional performances on Sunday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m., and Thursdays, August 20 and August 27 at 2:00 p.m.

All Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787).  Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.

The box office is open Monday – Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days), and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

For more information on all shows and programming visit  

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Local Foundation, R Star, still committed to saving thousands in Nepal following earthquakes

R Star Foundation, and their Women Helping Women & Children in Nepal, continues to make a difference in 48 villages following the earthquakes that began major destruction last April. 

“Because of individuals who believe in our work – their generosity has fueled our efforts further,” said R Star Founder and Laguna local, Rosalind Russell. “We tend our 48 villages, including approximately 30,000 people, with food, medical care, vaccinations, temporary and permanent housing too.”

The region in which R Star Foundation works, the Kavre area, has lost 70,600 homes due to the earthquakes. It is an agricultural area, not an area tourists are likely to visit. Most of the government money is directed to areas of tourism. 

“R Star’s work has been critical to the agricultural people who continue to be set aside, neglected and ignored, though it should not be misconstrued that all the areas damaged by the earthquakes need extensive help,” added Russell.

The R Star Foundation will visit all their villages in Kavre this month. 

“Some of our villages were not reachable because the roads no longer existed, but we have had phone contact to determine their needs and still managed to get them tents and food,” said Russell. The villagers hike to accessible areas where they receive the donated goods and supplies.

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Women asking for more supplies in the village of Bagultar, Nepal. They have received tents and mosquito nets thanks to R Star Foundation.

Rabindra is the R Star executive in charge within Nepal. He coordinates the practical necessities to provide for the remote villages. 

“Our thanks go to Rabindra, our determined executive in Nepal for R Star who creates connections for everything, including transportation; where to purchase supplies as well as negotiate fair rates; pay for purchases; communicate with all the villages to coordinate deliveries and know their needs; handles the paperwork R Star must receive including lists of who gets what, and in what order, and when; carries supplies along with others to areas where roads don’t exist; inspects the purchased supplies,” said Russell. “He does much more, but suffice it to say, he is the angel taking care of all matters to lift our villagers, all without pay as we remain a 100% volunteer organization. He expresses his pleasure to be able to serve.  But, I tell you, it removes him from his wife, infant, and 8 year old.”

Rabindra serves R Star because he feels genuine solidarity with the villagers.  Russell adds, “He is sure compassion is necessary and required in addition to the supplies we furnish. He feels we are to lift them since the ‘cure’ won’t be for many, many months – or years.”

To help with donations, visit R Star’s Villages fundraising page:

Laguna Beach philanthropist, master channeler and medium Maureen Allan launches Angels Among Us Foundation 

Kick-off fundraiser is on Thursday, Aug 13 to Benefit Children of India

Maureen Allan, a Laguna Beach-based spiritual teacher, master channeler, medium and now philanthropist, announced the launch of Angels Among Us Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, and date for the organization’s first fundraiser on August 13 in Laguna Beach. She says she helps individuals find peace and closure by connecting them with loved ones who have passed on, as well as providing personal guidance by channeling insightful messages from their spirit-guides and guardian angels. 

Allan was inspired to create Angels Among Us Foundation from pure divine intervention from her spirit-guide Ascended Master Kuan Yin. “I was being shown countless visions by my spirit guide Kuan Yin of the atrocious living conditions that the children in these areas are suffering in,” explains Allan. “I could feel the physical pain of their illnesses and the emotional pain of their suffering and hopelessness. Kuan Yin pleaded with me to help, and I finally, gladly agreed to do what I could do to help them; and, as she also wished, to inspire others to help.”

Kuan Yin has given her two locations that are in dire need of her help: Bihar, India and Darfur, Africa. The charity’s first fundraiser will be for the children of Bihar, India where the conditions are some of the worst in the world. 

It will be at the Laguna Beach home of Kim and Ari Novick and a donation of $150 will go directly to the crowd-funding campaign Allan set up on CrowdRise. Included in the event will be a group channeling session and reading by Maureen where guests will receive messages from loved ones who have passed on. The event is open to the public, and to get tickets, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949-715-6788. Seating is very limited. 

“I am extremely happy to be of service through Angels Among Us Foundation, and look forward to the gift of relief that this charity can bring to those who truly need it,” remarks Allan.

For more information on Maureen, please go to; and for her charity, go to

Angels Among Us is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to helping those suffering from extreme and heart-breaking hardships, such as poverty, starvation and dis-heartening abuses. One of the charity’s primary goals is to bring relief to those suffering in dire living conditions in third world countries, with a special focus on the abandoned, abused and starving children. Angels Among Us Foundation hopes to bring awareness of this sad, atrocious reality to those here in the United States; and, to raise funds that can improve the well-being, health and quality of life for those who have been devastated due to the on going wars and violence that threaten them on a regular basis in our under-privileged third world communities.

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Coffee with a Cop – second gathering set for August 1

The Laguna Beach Police Department will brew up their second Coffee with a Cop community event on Saturday, August 1, where residents can connect with law enforcement officers over a free cup of organic coffee.

Laguna Beach Community Outreach Officers will be at the Laguna Beach Farmers Market starting at 8 a.m. until 12 noon. The Laguna Beach Farmers Market is located at 521 Forest Avenue at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Forest Avenue. 

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Laguna Beach Police Department. Since the majority of contacts that officers make are during emergency situations, this is not always the most effective time for relationship building with the community. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction with the officers who proudly protect this city. 

“I am eager for the Police Department leadership team to connect with the community and enhance our partnerships in the interest of working together to keep Laguna Beach safe for our residents, business owners and visitors,” said Chief Laura Farinella. 

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments and educational law enforcement agencies strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. 

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members, one cup of coffee at a time.

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

Miguel Angel Palemonte, 19, Santa Ana – Tuesday, July 28 – 11:06 p.m.

Incident Reports

Tuesday, July 28

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Shoplifting

2:34 a.m. On Monday night at 11:43, an employee at the Mobil station reported that a man had been loitering near the front entrance and refused to leave. The man was gone when an officer arrived. About three hours later, the same man returned, entered the store area and took snacks and a sandwich and began eating them before leaving the store.

Heisler Park | Vandalism

1:41 a.m. One of the women’s restrooms was tagged.

Monday, July 27

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Brian James Szafran, 45, no fixed address

Wayne William Chancey, 43, no fixed address

John Michael Hensley, 33, no fixed address

(He was also arrested for a Harbor Court warrant with the same charge - $1500 bail) 

N. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Burglary, residential

11:52 p.m. A woman left her front door unlocked and went for her usual dog walk. When she returned within 10 minutes, her purse was missing. Loss: $1000.

Main Beach | Theft

8:29 p.m. A backpack containing an ID card, military paperwork, meds, clothing, a cell phone and $20 in cash was stolen. 

Broadway | 500 Block | Burglary, vehicle

7:41 p.m. John Michael Hensley, 33, no fixed address, was arrested for breaking into a vehicle and charged with felony vehicle burglary with bail of $20,000. 

Oak Street | 400 Block | Vandalism, vehicle

10:04 a.m. The driver’s side window of a Nissan Versa was smashed by someone who threw a clay pot at the window causing $300 in damage.

Temple Hills Drive | 2200 Block | Felony Vandalism, vehicle

8:12 a.m. An unknown suspect used a ground light to smash the driver’s side window of a Smart car and also broke the side mirror. Damage was estimated at $1000.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block (ASL) | Theft

7:54 a.m. A backpack containing prescription meds and $25 cash was stolen.

N. Coast Hwy & Emerald Bay | Warrant Arrest

7:02 a.m. Wants and warrants checked during a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Michael Allen Garriot, 45, Bullhead City, AZ, for a LASD traffic warrant with $25,000 bail. 

Sunday, July 26

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Lisa Dawn Griffis, 55, no fixed address

Alta Vista Way & Solana Way | Burglary, vehicle

5:23 p.m. A GPS was stolen out of a 2008 BMW. Value: $250.

Brooks Street | 300 Block | Warrant Arrest

3:26 p.m. Horacio Silva, 43, Laguna Hills, was arrested for a Harbor Court misdemeanor bench warrant.

Diamond Street | 100 Block | Warrant Arrest

1:54 p.m. Fullerton resident Andrew Huy Tran, 32, was arrested for a Central Court misdemeanor warrant with $1500 bail.

S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Warrant Arrest

7:15 a.m. Andrew Patrick Nathan, 34, no fixed address, was arrested for a Harbor Court warrant with a charge of being drunk in public with $1500 bail.

This and that around town

From readers and press releases


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training - register now

The Laguna Beach Police Department is excited to announce 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 the following topics:

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, Sept 30. Classes will then meet weekly from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by one Saturday morning exercise on November 14 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. Sept 25 (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 and email it to or drop it off at the Police Department, 505 Forest Ave.



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7th Annual Girls Night Out – mark your calendars

Hey ladies! The kids will be back in school (or out of school if you are lucky!), so put on your little black dress or whatever works your mojo and have some fun! 

The 7th annual Girls Night Out will take place Thursday, October 1 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the amazing Wilson Home, 100 Rockledge.

This highly anticipated annual event is loved by all local women and sells out every year. Come to network, come to be pampered, come to enjoy specialty cocktails, and of course, leave with a sense of camaraderie and a gorgeous swag bag full of awesome goodies.

Tickets are $125 through Sept 25, and $150 after Sept 25. Tickets can be purchased online at Sponsorship opportunities are available!

For more information, call 494-2535 x103, or email

Win a million-dollar home; ticket sales are underway!

Tickets will be on sale beginning July 7 for the 11th annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle, which benefits the Ocean Institute and participating nonprofit organizations. Ticket buyers will have the chance to win a beautiful, $1.2 million Laguna Beach home, or $1 million in cash, winner’s choice.

“The Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is the most successful home raffle in California,” said raffle director Doug Abramson. “We’ve awarded the Grand Prize every year, plus millions of dollars of other prizes.”

Tickets are $150 and only 20,000 tickets will be sold.  

In addition to the Grand Prize, $190,000 in cash and other prizes will be awarded, including two new luxury Lexus car leases, a dream vacation to Barbados, Fiji or Paris, or $10,000; an Australia & New Zealand Expedition or $10,000; $1,000, $1,500 & $2,000 South Coast Plaza shopping sprees and stays at the elegant Montage Laguna Beach Resort.

The deadline to enter the first Early Bird drawing is Thursday, August 20.  

Early Bird ticket buyers are provided additional chances to win extra prizes and cash while still qualifying for the Grand Prize drawing at the Ocean Institute in November. Buy multiple tickets or refer your friends to buy tickets and you’ll have additional chances to win.

“The home raffle has produced thousands of happy winners, and has raised crucial funding that benefits the 115,000 school children whom the Ocean Institute serves every year,” continued Abramson.

The 2015 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is registered with the California Attorney General’s Office.

To purchase tickets, or for further information about the raffle call (949) 542-3600, or visit  

Where’s Maggi - Answers

For sure, everyone knew that one…

The old sewer digester (that’s a lovely name, isn’t it?) – it’s more attractive than its name suggests! We’re fairly certain all of our readers know of its whereabouts.

Plenty of folks let Maggi know what, and where it is. Thanks!  

Oh dear, Maggi goes down with an L for this week. Sharp-eyed readers are once again onto her.

Will she find us some stumpers next week? Tune in and find out if there are any places we haven’t seen in Laguna before.

Check out this week’s photo challenge answers – and keep on catching Maggi!

Click on photo for larger image


The sewer digester building, on the City lot, across from Festival of Arts


Left – McCormick Mortuary mailbox, Laguna Canyon Rd.

Center – Mosaic atop Old Pottery Place, S. Coast Hwy

Right – Ceramic mosaic mural, by public bathrooms, Ocean Ave.

Thanks for playing!

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

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. 

Visit the website at:


Class Schedules


Friday, July 31

10 a.m.

Say It With Jewelry

Jamie Bichler


Saturday, August 1

10 a.m.

Fused Glass Serving Dish

Maggie Spencer


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