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



March 28

Deborah Klein

Garth Hogan

Lori Brystan

Susan Cannan

Suzy Elghanayan


March 29

Armistead Saffer

Morgan Ross

Sharon Katouli


March 30

J.R. Miller

Nancy Hamm

Sandra McElwee

Santi Pierini


March 31

Aaron Faygrnov

Christopher Puttmann

Lesley Domiano

Mary Rabe

April 1

Tim Smith


April 2

Garrett Wolfe

Jared Linge

Jeremy Buchanan

Lauren Mantecon

Lori Kahn

Melinda Morgan Kartsonis

Mildred Goldschmitt

Murray Hutcherson

Sherine Smith


April 3

Andrea Badger

April Steinert

Ashley Johnson

Cari Pike

Jim Moore

John Secretan

Lucille Wagner

Stephanie Harling Stewart

Sound Spectrum



1.Shins, Heartworms

2. Ed Sheeran, Divide

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3. Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I

4. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

5. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

6. Ryan Adams, Prisoner

7. Depeche Mode, Spirit

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8. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

9. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

10. La La Land, Soundtrack

11. Deadmau5, W:2016 Album

12. Elbow, Little Fictions

13. Tycho, Epoch

14. The XX, I See You   

15. Flaming Lips, OCZY Mlody

16. Lady Gaga, Joanne

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17. Bruno Mars, 24k Magic

18. Neil Young, Peace Trail

19. Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesom

20. John Legend, Darkness & Light

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

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 2016.

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


Saturday, Apr 1

10 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.



Thursday, Apr 6

6 p.m.

Intro to Torch Enameling


Friday, Apr 7

2 p.m.

Pottery Wheel


Saturday, Apr 8

10 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.


10 a.m.

Acrylic Seascape Workshop

10 a.m.

Bezel Setting


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Frets, strings, and jumping fleas: Tom Joliet, ukulele player and teacher, tells all


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Whether ukulele is pronounced “oo-koo-lay-lay” or “yoo-ka-lay-lee” the word and the instrument it describes almost inevitably makes people smile. Why?  Most musical instruments don’t evoke that response. No grin follows the mention of a guitar, or piano, or cello. 

Tom Joliet, beloved teacher of the classes at the Susi Q, thinks that the smiles occur primarily because people associate sing-alongs with the instrument, nor are there expectations that players should be musical geniuses, so there’s a comfort level with the instrument. 

“Ninety-nine percent of the time it’s an accompaniment to singing,” Joliet says. “And the melodies are fun, they’re universal, catchy tunes.”

Also most folks can at least imagine themselves learning to play the instrument, because its simplicity, small size and portability make it appear much less daunting than, let’s say, a harp.

Why fleas?

Joliet then began to speak of frets and strings and fleas. He is fascinating on the subject of his favorite instrument, even to someone as musically challenged as I am.

“The word ukulele means ‘jumping fleas,’” he tells me. “They say when Portuguese sailors arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, the locals were fascinated by the speed of their fingers on the strings of a small guitar that would later evolve into the ukulele. That’s how the name came about.” 

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Tom Joliet and Jack Morse: Ukulele players extraordinaire

“Here in Laguna Beach in the forties, if you were strolling along the old boardwalk, you might encounter Jack Morse playing melodies along with Hawaiian transplant beach boy Hockshaw Paia,” Joliet says. 

Morse is now 82 and still teaches beginner and, sometimes, intermediate classes at the Susi Q.  

For a while, Joliet says, the ukulele became an object of some derision, when Tiny Tim “killed it on the mainland.” 

Fortunately, Beatle George Harrison was a big supporter. “I’m told he composed Here Comes the Sun on the ukulele,” Joliet says.

Then, in the early nineties, the instrument regained popularity when Hawaiian Israel Kamakawiwo’ole recorded Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World with a reggae beat. 

From sutures to strings

Joliet didn’t set out to be a ukulele maven.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he lived in an orphanage until his first birthday. Then he and his sister were adopted and the family moved to Reseda and then Huntington Beach – the nearly perfect place for a wanna-be surfer. 

But not as perfect as Maui, where he headed after high school.

“I realized that odd jobs in construction would not pay for college so I joined the U.S. Army from Wailuku to get surgical tech training and four years of college paid by the GI Bill,” Joliet explains. “Army Basic was at Fort Ord, and I was sent to Advanced Combat Medic/Operating Room Technician training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.”

His on-the-job surgical skills were put to use in Long Binh, Vietnam. “I learned to sew stitching soldier’s wounds. I won’t detail the mass casualty triage or medevac situations, but I did catch choppers to surf in the South China Sea at Vung Tau with the Aussies who were based there, where the sea snakes were plentiful!” Joliet adds.

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This great shot shows Tom Joliet in action during his ukulele class

Back in Maui, he led hikers through Haleakala Volcano, surfed, spear fished, played tennis and guitar. Further adventures followed in Europe, where he hitchhiked with his surfboard, after which he returned to Hawaii, working as a tour guide.

“A job in Hollywood writing scripts and imagineering amusement park rides moved me back to California,” Joliet tells me. Turned out, though, that much of the work had to be done on spec, so he looked for alternatives.

His surgical training resulted in a job as South Coast Medical Center. He then earned a degree in social ecology at UCI, working as a wilderness tour guide to pay for school, and also gained a teaching credential and later a Masters degree. He spent many years teaching and also coached surf and golf teams. In 2007 he was named Teacher of the Year. 

He and his wife Gayle are focused on social justice and recently he got an enormous kick out of leading his ukulele players on a rendition of “If I Had a Hammer” in front of approximately 1,000 people at the Women’s March on Main Beach.

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Tom Joliet has strong connections to Hawaii

Our conversation turned again to ukuleles. I wondered if his skill with sutures was perhaps related to his skill with strings. Joliet said that could be the case, because dexterity is important to playing the instrument well.

“That’s the great thing about learning to play the ukulele,” he said. “It helps with hand-eye coordination, stimulates your synapses and sharpens your ability to memorize. And it’s a lot of fun.”

Joliet and his wife Gayle lived in a small home in Treasure Island for years. “Gayle is my soul mate,” he says. “We got married on the beach, March 24, 1984, accompanied by the spouts of migrating whales.”

In addition to teaching at the Susi Q, the retired Joliet also volunteers at the local youth shelter and he is a volunteer co-host of The Radio Neighboring Show on public radio KX 93.5 FM in Laguna. 

And how does he plan to spend the rest of his days on this planet? (As if he isn’t already busy enough!) 

Cruising to the finish line

“I love to play guitar at beach bonfires, longboard, golf, play paddle tennis, hike the Sierra and ocean kayak with Gayle. As members of the garden committee, Gayle and I have helped build and maintain the South Laguna Community Park,” he says. “And travel, we love to travel, we’ve been to all seven continents. We have a cabin in Huntington Lake in the Sierras where we love to stay also.”

Then Joliet leans across the table, his eyes bright with mischief. “And then, when we get too old to be active?” he says. “We’re going to go on endless cruises instead of to a nursing home. They’re half the price, you get clean sheets every day, there are valets, and doctors on board and great food that they’ll serve to you in your room, and then when you’ve had enough of it all, you just throw yourself overboard!”

Sounds like a plan to me – though I imagine (and certainly hope) that there’ll be a lot more ukulele playing and adventuring for the cheerful, generous, multi-talented Joliet and his wife before those days come to pass.

Dennis’ Tidbits


March 28, 2017

Mellow March for Laguna – but not so much for the South!

All is quiet on the home front. After a very active December, January, and February, March has been pretty mellow for the most part with only a few showers here and there but it’s a whole different ballgame in places like Texas and Oklahoma where the atmosphere is very angry with multiple super cell thunderstorms that are spawning violent tornadoes and some mighty big hail. 

We’re talking baseball size and even larger. Historically the largest recorded hailstone to hit the ground was an astounding eight inches in diameter and the sucker weighed almost three pounds!

You’re probably wondering, how the hail can a stone get as big as a soccer ball? Let’s break it down…. First off, the super cell that popped out that monster had a cloud top that reached as much as 60,000 ft. above the earth’s surface. It started out as a simple water droplet that began to fall to earth from the lower portion of the cloud. That droplet then encountered a most violent updraft that was reaching speeds of up to 160 mph. That’s Category 5 hurricane strength. 

The droplet then rides the updraft way up in the cloud where it freezes and begins to collect layer upon layer of ice. The ice pellet tries to descend and it does so until it reaches the mid level area of the cumulonimbus cloud until it encounters that updraft and so once again it is shoved up to the upper layer of that cloud here an additional couple of layers of ice are added on to the growing hail stone. In a storm this violent this process goes on for dozens of trips up and down. 

Finally when the surrounding air can no longer support the weight of this huge ice boulder, gravity finally wins the battle and the monster finally crashes to earth at more than 120 mph. God help anyone who would be a target. Hopefully everyone’s indoors at that point. 

Here in Laguna hailstorms are quite rare and when they do occur, the stones are generally pea size as cloud tops around here rarely exceed 25,000 ft. and the updrafts are usually no more than 60 mph so that stone doesn’t get a chance to add more layers.

Here’s the deal… A 60 mph updraft will produce pea size stones. A 75 mph updraft will pop out marble size stones. Ping pong ball stones happen when the updraft reaches about 90 mph. A 100 mph updraft will cause a golf ball size stone. Tennis ball size is the product of an updraft of around 115 mph. A baseball sized stone results from 130 mph updraft. A 140-150 mph updraft, now we’re talking softball size or even larger. 

This size causes structural damage and breaks car windshields with ease and ruins most car exteriors with hundreds of deep pockmarks.

Have a great week… See y’all on Friday, ALOHA!


Victor Evon Opincar Jr.


Life of police/Susi Q volunteer celebrated

Family and friends of Victor Opincar Jr gathered on March 16 at Heisler Park to celebrate his life and the things he loved doing.

Vic died Feb 17 at home with his family at his side. He was 72.

A long-time member of the Laguna Beach Police Department’s volunteer Cops on Patrol, Vic was a familiar sight on foot or bicycle patrol. 

“Vic was my bicycle patrol partner for 11 years,” said Nanci Nielsen. “What was so cool about him is he wasn’t just riding around. He loved helping people. If someone was taking photographs, he would offer to take their pictures. He would give visitors bits of trivia about where they were in town. He just loved to share the intricacies of Laguna.”

Knowledgeable about the streets of Laguna, Vic advocated the four-way stop at Third Street and Park Ave. He also supported Let Laguna Vote, and the Dark Sky initiative. 

Vic was a hiker and a dancer. He took weekly lesson in ballroom dancing at the Susi Q, where he also volunteered time.

“Vic was a former board member and he was our front desk ambassador,” said Nadia Babayi, Laguna Beach Seniors Inc executive director. “He helped seniors with their day-to-day affairs. The seniors benefitted from his working with them. Vic is tremendously missed.” 

Born into a military family, Vic spent his youth traveling the country and attending schools on the bases. He graduated from high school in Ankara, Turkey. He earned a civil engineering degree from Michigan Technology University. He later added a Master’s degree in civil engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Cal State Long Beach.

As an employee of Boyle Engineering Corp. in Newport Beach, Vic specialized in water treatment and resource management. While employed, he served as president of the Orange County Water Assn., the Institute of Advancement of Engineering and the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California.

Vic is survived by his wife, Ramona, daughters Jennifer and Tess, son Eric, stepdaughters Tara and Linda and 10 grandchildren. 

Donations may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY, 10006.

By Barbara Diamond

Local DAR chapter provides warmth and kindness to veterans, making and donating 17 throw blankets

Members and prospective members of Laguna Beach’s Patience Wright Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, recently made 17 lap and throw blankets for veterans in need. 

Laguna DAR chapter worked hard to create warm blankets for vets in need: L-R Carolyn Bogaty, Victoria Broadhurst, Valerie Wallace, Christine McMahan, Kathy Veloz, Christi Stewart, and Janice Walter

At the group’s monthly chapter meeting in downtown Laguna, guest speaker Steven Forry, from American Family Housing, explained the new permanent housing solution for homeless veterans in Orange County, Potter’s Lane. 

As a thank you for his appearance, a large basket of DVDs and a player were donated to Potter’s Lane Midway City for use in their common area. 

Members even used a few leftover pieces of fleece from the lap blankets to make a few puppy blankets for the animals of veterans living at Potter’s Lane.

To learn more about the Patience Wright Chapter, NSDAR, visit our Facebook page @LagunaBeachDAR. 

To learn more about Potter’s Lane, visit

The Lifeguard Tower will be lit blue this April to acknowledge International Autism Month

Along with thousands of iconic landmarks around the world, the Main Beach Lifeguard Tower will be lit blue this April in support of people living with autism.

According to the Autism Speaks website, autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. 

Iconic buildings around the world from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to Laguna’s Lifeguard Tower here, will be lit blue on April 2 to raise awareness of autism

The term “spectrum,” the website notes, reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.

Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between two and three years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier. 

Autism Speaks urges parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve outcomes. More information can be found on their site,

On November 1, 2007, the United Nations (UN) called for one day each year to be designated as World Autism Day. On December 18, 2007, the UN General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. It was first observed in 2008.

Cactus flower, setting sun: Very Orange County

Photos by Josh Buckner

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Cactus flowers bloom on Laguna hillsides after the rain

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Dance lovers join Laguna Dance Festival Board

Laguna Dance Festival Executive Director, Joy Dittberner, has announced the appointment of two new board members, both with passion for the art form as well as commitment to top quality performance and dance education. 

Amanda Paracuellos is an attorney, mother of two, and a ballerina in her own right. As a high school graduate, she was accepted to dance with the Joffrey Ballet, but opted instead to go on to college at the University of Michigan. She subsequently earned her law degree at the University of Iowa College of Law. She is a Laguna Beach resident, partner in the law firm of Sugg & Paracuellos, LLP, and still takes two ballet classes per week.

Stacy Hagen has also been a lifelong lover of the dance. She started very young and continued dancing through college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she studied Business and Accounting. After several years with KPMG, a major accounting firm, in the San Jose office, she started a financial consulting practice, working from home while raising two daughters. 

She founded and operates South County Dance, a dance studio in Rancho Santa Margarita, and is also a partner in Dance Apps Inc., an Internet application company. Using her financial background, Stacy also volunteers as the West Coast Finance Coordinator for her college sorority, Sigma Kappa. 

“Stacy and Amanda are dynamic and powerful women who understand the business side of dance as well as the importance of dance in our community,” says Jodie Gates, founder and artistic director of Laguna Dance Festival. “Having both join us at the precipice of announcing the internationally recognized dance companies for the fall festival and our launch of a robust scholarship campaign, comes at the perfect time.”

Laguna Dance Festival presents world-class dance performances and provides quality dance education in an effort to increase public appreciation for the art. The Sept 14 – 17 Festival at Laguna Playhouse will feature the world renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company and the innovative Canadian company, BalletBC. 

More information can be found at

Bollywood comes to Laguna – briefly – with opening of new Buy Hand location in HIP district

Buy Hand, the store that features lovingly crafted handmade and unique items, today announced its grand re-opening at a new location in the HIP District. The store was previously located in the Sleepy Hollow district. 

A Bollywood themed party will celebrate the re-opening during the Art Walk on Thursday April 6 between 6 & 8 p.m.

The new location occupies the space previously held by Artist’s Republic. It features a gorgeous storefront and an idyllic back patio and will be a welcome addition to the HIP District. 

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Owner Vidya & Kavita Reddy are thrilled with their new location

 “We are thrilled to open in the HIP District and are excited to share our new global fair trade collection. This collection is especially close to our hearts because it helps provide a fair income to women in India and provides special products that our customers can feel good about,” said Vidya Reddy, owner of Buy Hand.  

The global collection showcases vibrant colors and treasured craftsmanship. 

The Bollywood-themed event will feature gifts (while supplies last), music, snacks, and authentic Indian henna on site. All are welcome. Free of charge. The address of Buy Hand is 1175 S Coast Hwy.

Allan Schoenherr to speak at conservancy dinner


Naturalist, nature photographer and author Allan Schoenherr will be the guest speaker at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy Dinner on Monday at Tivoli Too!

Schoenherr will discuss his book, Wild and Beautiful: A Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County. Copies of the book may be brought to or bought at the meeting for autographs.

He is also the author of the 772-page Natural History of California, originally prepared for a course he was teaching at Fullerton College and published by the University of California Press in 1992.

Schoenherr joined the Fullerton staff in 1961 immediately after graduating from USC. He taught at Fullerton until 1968 when he took two years off to earn his PhD in Zoology from Arizona State University, according to his account online. He returned to Fullerton and taught there until he retired in 1999, but continued as an adjunct professor until 2007.

A world traveler, Schoenherr has photographed a variety of scenery from Greenland to the Caribbean. 

Conservancy dinner meetings are open to the public. A no host bar opens at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:35 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members (a membership cost $10).

Reservations are required by April 1 and may be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling Max Brown at (949) 235-8277 or Sharon Larimer at (949) 306-0122.

Callers are asked to leave names, phone numbers and the number of reservations requested and to call if they need to cancel. 

Looking Back: Aliso Beach, June 15, 1991 following eruption of Mt. Pinatubo

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Volcanic eruption colors the sunset sky

Reader Tom Berndt was digging through his old photos recent and found this one of Aliso Beach about a week after the eruption of Mt Pinatubo. 

The volcano’s Plinian / Ultra-Plinian eruption on June 15, 1991 produced the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century, after the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in the Alaska Peninsula. 

(Plinian is used to describe volcanic eruptions similar in type to Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD.)

“The heavy particle mass in our atmosphere produced unusual sunsets for weeks. And affected our weather,” Berndt remembers. “It’s a good reminder of how fragile our environment can be.”

Mission Hospital physicians and nurses strut the catwalk for the Valiant Women Luncheon

The Valiant Women of Mission Hospital will celebrate women and life at the 21st Annual Valiant Women Luncheon and Fashion Show on Fri, April 21, at the beautiful Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. 

A spirited team of Mission Hospital doctors and nurses will once again serve as fashion models, showcasing spring designs from retailers at The Shops at Mission Viejo, including Banana Republic, Brighton Collectibles, Chico’s, Lululemon, Macy’s, Soma, Talbots, Tommy Bahama and White House| Black Market. Models will have their hair styled compliments of Toni & Guy and makeup will be provided by MAC. 

The funds raised by the event will support Mission Women’s Wellness Center, Nursing Scholarships and Endowment, remodel of the Women’s and Infant’s Center, a mobile 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography unit and a da Vinci operating bed for women’s surgeries.

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Runway models at the Valiant Women Luncheon and Fashion Show

The event begins at 10 a.m. with champagne and shopping at the silent auction and raffle drawings. Four incredible raffle items will be available: A cosmetic surgery package valued at $4,700, a Ladies 14k rose gold quartz pendant with over a 34 carat oval quartz with .35 of pave set brilliant cut diamonds valued $3,200, and The Shops at Mission Viejo Dream Package with items from 12 retailers. 

The fourth raffle is a Miraval Resort Escape valued at $4,600. It includes a three-night double occupancy stay at Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Each guest receives a $150 resort credit plus full access to resort amenities. The cost is $50 per ticket and a maximum of 150 tickets will be sold (this special item is being raffled separately from the other raffle packages). 

This event is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsor: The Shops at Mission Viejo and Valiant Sponsors: Golden State Foods and Mark and Ginny Wetterau, Western Digital Foundation and The Grace-Camp Family. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. 

The event sells out quickly.  For reservations, call Jessika Abbott at (949) 365-3844 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit

City Council accepting applications for Committees, Commissions and Boards

Currently, applications for the following committees, commissions and boards are being accepted:  Arts Commission, Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee, Housing and Human Services Committee, Personnel Board and the Planning Commission.

Laguna Beach residents interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or on-line from the City’s website, and file in the City Clerk’s office no later than Thurs, April 13, at 5 p.m. Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 497-0705. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tues, May 2, at 6 p.m., by the City Council in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue. All applicants will be interviewed.  Applicants may be contacted by City Council members prior to the interviews and appointments, so those applying should be prepared to make a brief statement regarding the desire to serve on a committee.

For details about the number of positions that will be open and responsibilities of Committees, Commissions and Boards, click here.

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Planning Commission reviews Citywide Wayfinding Sign Program design proposal on April 5 

The City of Laguna Beach will bring forward a design proposal for a Citywide Wayfinding Sign Program on Wed, April 5, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 505 Forest Ave.

The purpose of a Citywide Wayfinding Sign Program is to inform and direct visitors and residents to their desired destinations, amenities and features; enhance urban design; reinforce community identity; enhance the visitor and resident experience; reduce driver, pedestrian and bicyclist frustration; and improve traffic flow and safety.

City staff and wayfinding sign consultant, Graphic Solutions, will present recommended design intent drawings and schematic sign locations to the Planning Commission.  After Planning Commission review, the project will be reviewed by the City Council.  The City’s goal is to implement the first phase of signs prior to the start of the 2017 summer festival season.

For more information on the Citywide Wayfinding Sign Program effort contact:

Wendy Jung, Senior Planner, at (949) 497-0321; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For the balance challenged, Tai Chi mobility and balance classes are offered at LBCC starting March 28

On Tues, March 28, an eight-week session of Tai Chi Mobility and Balance classes will begin at the Laguna Beach Community Center on Third St from 9 – 10 a.m. Classes will be held on successive Tuesdays.

Unlike regular Tai Chi, the Tai Chi Mobility and Balance classes are tailored specifically to those with balance and mobility issues, so the focus is on using simplified Tai Chi movements in a repetitive method with a focus on relaxation and postural control and body alignment. It›s ideal for those who would not be able to participate fully in a traditional Tai Chi class. 

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Class practices mobility and balance techniques

Irvine Valley College instructor JoAnna Schoon gave much thought to developing and planning this Tai Chi curriculum. "I draw not only from my 30 years of teaching Tai Chi, but also from my personal experience with parents whose mobility degraded with age, and my own limitations resulting from knee injuries," stated Professor Schoon.   

Tai Chi Mobility and Balance includes acupressure self-massage, gentle stretching, meditation and relaxation techniques along with simplified Tai Chi movements to focus on postural awareness, body alignment and gait.  Complex movements are introduced and practiced in manageable, repeated segments.    

“I keep the class fee affordable at $30 for eight weeks,” said Professor Schoon. 

She also offers participants the opportunity to come to the first class to see if it’s right for their needs before signing up.

Chabad Jewish Center hosts children’s Passover FUNDAY on April 5 and Passover Seder on April 10

The Passover season at Chabad Jewish Center begins with the JYZ Youth Zone presenting a Passover FUNDAY on Wed, April 5, at 4:30 p.m., for children ages 3 -13. Attendees will enjoy a Mock Seder, decorate their own ceramic Elijah goblet, take part in a Passover scavenger hunt, and join a Matzah ball raffle. The price is $8 per child.

Chabad hosts children’s event on April 5 and Passover Seder on April 10

The season continues with a Community Seder, which will be held on Mon, April 10, beginning at 7 p.m. with candle lighting and hors d’oeuvres. At Chabad, the Seder is filled with holiday warmth and insights, a delicious full course meal, hand baked Shmurah Matzah, fine wine, and more. The price for adults is $45, and for children, $25.  An RSVP is needed by April 4.

For complete Passover schedule information and Yizkor memorial services, visit the Chabad website at www.chabadoflaguna.com949-499-0770

Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy., across from the Montage Resort.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael and Stu Saffer

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 032817

DUI Arrests

Jazmin Nicole Walker, 20, South Gate – Saturday, March 25

Stephanie Christina Rosen, 34, Laguna Niguel – Friday, March 24

Kevin Christopher Harvey, 30, Laguna Hills – Friday

Jeffrey Ryan Vahid Tari, 37, Laguna Beach – Friday With a Prior


Incident Reports

Saturday, March 25

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Roseanne Martinez, 45, Santa Ana

Jesus Cachu Alvarado, 27, Calistoga

S. Coast Hwy & Cress Street | Domestic Battery

6:57 p.m. Francis McNair, 51, Mission Viejo, was arrested for domestic battery with $10,000 bail. 

Myrtle Street & N. Coast Hwy | Warrant

5:43 p.m. Pamela Bowers, 47, no fixed address, was arrested for an outstanding Harbor Court warrant. 

Glenneyre Street | 500 Block | Fraud

1:53 p.m. A credit card account was opened under the RP’s name. 

Glenneyre Street | 500 Block | Petty Theft

12:41 p.m. A GPS unit was stolen. 

9th Avenue & Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision

9:50 a.m. A vehicle and bicyclist collided. The cyclist sustained minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital. The cause of the collision is being investigated. 

Friday, March 24

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jeanine Ann Leslie, 50, Newport Beach

Coast Hwy | 32300 Block | Drugs 

5:41 p.m. Montana Jade Boucher, 25, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Broadway Street | 400 Block | Vandalism

12:45 p.m. After kicking up new plantings, Russell Alan Todd, 48, no fixed address, was arrested for vandalism. 

S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Drugs

5:31 a.m. Keith Jones, 26, San Clemente, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

Thursday, March 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Devon Kahlil Moore, 24, no fixed address

Stephen Lee Conway, 68, no fixed address

S. Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Fraud

7:07 p.m. A counterfeit $20 bill was used. 

Broadway Street | 400 Block | Petty Theft

11:30 a.m. A phone was stolen the previous day. 

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | False ID

8:44 a.m. Adolfo Perez Jr., 30, Nevada, was arrested for providing a false identification to officers. 

Wednesday, March 22

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Drugs

6:02 p.m. Shane Michael Sutton, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

1:37 p.m. A $250 leather jacket was stolen. 

9th Avenue & Virginia Way | Vandalism

1:14 p.m. Graffiti was found on utility boxes.

San Tropez Court | 100 Block | Fraud

12:47 p.m. The RP’s debit card was used in Simi Valley. The RP has the card in her possession.

Laguna Beach 

Library Events


Sat, April 1

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Seasonal crafts for children under 12, adult supervision recommended.

Poetry Workshop

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Recommended for advanced poets, not a workshop for beginners, bring 10 copies of a poem to be workshopped, meets in Community Room, contact John Gardiner 949-715-7507 for more info.


Mon, April 3

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support.  Not a workshop for beginners.  Contact library for more info.


Tues, April 4

Math at the Library

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

A series of fun math activities for kids K-2nd grade. Registration is required.

P.J. Storytime

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Participants should wear pajamas and slippers as they enjoy the Sunshine Readers.


Wed, April 5

Children’s Playtime and Craft Table

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

For ages five and under.

Playtime for practice of fine motor skills, socialization, and bonding between child and caregiver. 

Art at the Library

2 – 4 p.m.

A hands-on workshop taught by professional artists from LOCA Arts Education. A three-part series.

Class is limited to 18 participants in first, second, or third grades. Children attend alone without an adult. Gather at the library at 2 p.m.

Art starts at 3 p.m. latecomers may not be admitted. Preregistration is required. Call or stop by to sign up.


Thurs, April 6

Peapod Academy


10:30 a.m.

For babies, toddler, and preschoolers (and their adults). Storytime, arts and crafts. No preregistration required.

3-D Printing Workshop

3 – 5 p.m.

Schedule a 20-minute session with the 3-D printer, customize an object and prepare it for printing. Space is limited, preregistration is required. Consult library for available times and for more information, contact library.

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers


Exit West by Mohsin Hamad

The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates


The Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

Children’s Books

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Egg by Kevin Henkes

My Fabulous Fairy Tale Collection

Staff Recommendation

Hello World by Jonathan Litton


1200 S Coast Hwy



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