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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 



September 29

Molly Greig

Ruben Gonzalez


September 30

Barron Edward Ressler

September McGee

Sean Brown


October 1

Frank Hufnagel

Steve Josephson

Christopher Trela

Judee Chapman

Mariano Molteni

Ryan Raphael

Sher Kopach


October 2

Bill Volz

Cameron Fraser

Warren Allen


October 3

Ronnie Arnold

Sandy Caouette

Patricia Peskin


October 4

Maggi Henrikson

Betsy Jenkins

Adam Heller

Chandra Reese

Michael Mestas

Debby Sue Rodela Zulch


October 5

Veronica Nice

Gay Penney

Mike Altishin

Bill Harrison

Michael Yunich

Lagunatics’ curtain rises tonight! 

New venue, new cast, new music, new laughs. 

No Square Theatre is on a roll. “It’s been our best year ever!” says Bree Burgess Rosen, the community theatre’s Founding Artistic Director. “LAGUNATICS,” a loving poke at our town and its foibles, is back. Directed by Rosen and choreographed by Paul Nygro, with music directed by Roxanna Ward.

“LAGUNATICS” began in 1992. The first show was held for World AIDS Day. This year, for the first time, it will be at home. 

On Oct 2, “LAGUNATICS” will open at No Square Theatre, inside Historic Legion Hall. Leased by No Square, the facility has been transformed into a modern performance space. 

Joe Lauderdale, Director and Board member, notes, “I’m proud that, for every dollar we’ve spent on building upgrades and aesthetics, we’ve spent one on technical functionality.” 

Board Treasurer Connie Burlin says that No Square is squirreling away every possible penny so that improvements can be made without putting the organization at risk. “We’re definitely running in the red right now. But we’re confident we have the support of the community, and will be able to fix up our home, and continue to grow our wonderful programming.”

Over the years, “LAGUNATICS” has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for others in the community. Beneficiaries include the Artists Theatre at the high school, Laguna Playhouse, and The Susi Q Senior Center. The show raised $25,000 to help build a room at Susi Q, which displays a plaque honoring “LAGUNATICS 2005.” 

This year, the town is invited to enjoy a whole new ‘roast of the coast’ to celebrate the village and the space. 

This year’s “LAGUNATICS” script is written by Rosen, Chris Quilter, Michael V. O’Malley, and newcomer Rebecca Lyles. Comedy targets include the Festival of Arts’ new façade, the drought, Art in Public Places, short-term rentals, and coyotes. Because the venue is so small, the familiar large cast has been significantly reduced.

According to Rosen, the smaller cast includes two musicians. “Live music this year! It’s an exciting change.” 

The show will also have a different narrator each night. The impressive lineup includes City Council members Kelly Boyd and Rob Zur Schmiede, new Chief of Police Laura Farinella, new LBHS drama teacher Alexis Karol, Ken Jillson of “Splash” fame, Arts Commissioner and Festival Board Member Pat Kollenda, among others.

The “LAGUNATICS” cast includes Bree Burgess Rosen, Berkeley Clements, Bridget English, Chuck Schoen, Ella Wyatt, Eric T. Anderson, Randy Hatfield, Evie Cant, Jay Rechter, Marc Marger, Mary Schmidt, Rob Harryman, Rufino Cabang, and Yvonne Browning. Roxanna Ward and Anthony Barbarotta provide the music. Costumes by Brigitte Harper and Susan Elliot Richardson. Props by Jean Fallowfield and Bree Burgess Rosen.

Performances occur during the weekends, from Oct 2-25. The ‘Opening Night Party!’ includes dinner catered by Your Taste Buddy and a Ketel One Martini Bar. The ‘Closing Night Gala!’ includes more Ketel One and the signature dishes of K’ya Bistro Bar. 

Because parking is always a challenge in Laguna, guests can come early and enjoy drinks and dinner al fresco before each performance. Buying tickets in advance is critical, because seating is limited and shows sell out. Tickets are available online at  

WHERE: No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St, Laguna Beach.

WHEN: ‘Opening Night Party!’ Friday, Oct 2 at 6 p.m. (Show starts at 7:30 p.m.), Saturday Oct 3, Friday Oct 9, Saturday Oct 10, Sunday Oct 11, Friday Oct 16, Saturday Oct 17, Sunday Oct 18, Friday Oct 23, Saturday Oct 24, and ‘GALA!’ Sunday Oct 25 at 5 p.m. (Show at 6:30 p.m.) Performances will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission. Tickets are $35-$120 and available at The recorded info line is 949-715-0333.

WHY: Uncontrollable laughter. 

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

Sound Spectrum


1. Fidlar, Fidlar Too

2. Keith Richards, Crosseyed Heart

3. Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon

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4. Jimi Hendrix, Atlanta Pop Festival

5. Jeff Beck, Live +

6. New Order, Music Complete

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8. Don Henley, Cass County

9. Tame Impala, Currents

10. David Gilmour, Rattle That Lock

11. Janet Jackson, Unbreakable

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

13. Dr. Dre, Compton

14. Wilco, Star Wars

15. Dead Weather, Dodge and Burn

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

17. Iron Maiden, Book of Souls

18. Beach House, Depression Cherry

19. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

20. Duran Duran, Paper Gods


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How to grow food with no water - ok with almost no water!

Can you really grow edibles such as tomatoes, squash and more without watering?

Community farmer, Gloria Broming says, “You bet!” Fall is the time to prep your garden for dry farming in the summer. Presented by the South Laguna Community Garden Park, Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway, Saturday October 3, 10 a.m.

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Gloria Broming

Find out how to implement this age-old practice of dry farming in your own gardens.

Part of the workshop will be held next door to the Garden Park at the Coldwell Banker conference room.


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Dennis’ Tidbits


October 2, 2015


An unprecedented September

Here we are in October now and surface ocean temps locally haven’t budged one bit. Temps are locked in at a solid 74-77 along the Orange County coast with some pockets near 80 out in the Catalina Channel. It’s even way warm in the waters well north of here with readings in the low to mid 70’s as far north as Point Conception and an amazing 70 degrees in places like Santa Cruz and San Francisco Bay! Even the Oregon and Washington coasts are getting in on the balmy action with some spots reporting temps as high as 68 which is roughly 12-15 degrees above their seasonal norms. It’s even rumored that a couple of yellow fin tuna were nabbed last weekend near Maverick’s in Half Moon Bay, which is situated about halfway between Santa Cruz and San Francisco.

Well, we went through the whole month of September without even one solid overhead south swell, which totally blew me away especially with this mega El Niño in the water and that’s unprecedented, at least since I’ve been logging this stuff and that goes way back to 1958. Even further back to Sept 1939 there was a heavy El Niño event and the surf got to 15-20 ft. plus here in Laguna, which turned the old pier to shambles at the northernmost point of Main Beach.

We didn’t know much about south swells back in 1958 but I did document a total of six red flag days and 14 yellow flag days that month so there must have been something special goin’ on. All we knew was that Malibu broke in the summertime and Rincon fired in the wintertime. We didn’t know much about swell direction back then except big waves came in from the left in summer and from the right in winter.

The 1966 El Niño delivered a big Southern Hemi swell that lasted nearly a week early in September and a couple of weeks later, Category 5 hurricane Kathleen went off the Richter and put Newport Point (15th Street) on the map with 15 ft. plus bombs that broke with the power and shape of Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline.

1972’s El Niño produced four major Baja swells that September, all red flag caliber.

The 1983 powerful event had September goin’ off the entire month with 74 degree water.

In September of 1985 during the mild El Niño there were 22 days of overhead to occasional double overhead swells both from the Southern Hemisphere and swells from hurricanes Patricia, Rick, Sandra, Terry, and Vivian.

Running out of time here so more on that later. 

See you next Tuesday, ALOHA!

Fire Prevention Week: Oct 4-10 – check smoke alarms

In partnership with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Laguna Beach Fire Department will be taking part in National Fire Prevention Week, which is being held October 4 – 10. 

This year’s theme is “Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP.” 

The Laguna Beach Fire Department is using the month of October to ensure that all residents in Laguna Beach have smoke alarms that not only function properly but are installed in correct locations. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. The Laguna Beach Fire Department offers the following tips to make sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly. 

1) Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button ensuring everyone in your home recognizes the sound and knows two evacuation routes out of each room. 

2) If a smoke alarm “chirps,” indicating a low battery, replace the battery immediately. 

3) Replace smoke alarms if they do not respond properly when tested. 

4) Never remove or disable a working smoke alarm. 

The Laguna Beach Fire Department offers free batteries, installation and smoke alarms for residents of Laguna Beach. These items are intended for property owners of residential properties; not apartment and/or income properties. 

To participate in the Fire Department program please visit their website at and complete the “Free Smoke Alarm” sign up form. A representative from the Fire Department will contact you and schedule an appointment to determine how many detectors are needed and install them for you. Please remember, this program is not intended to install detectors in each room, only to provide one on each floor. 

Fire Stations holding open house Oct 10

Additionally, the Laguna Beach Fire Department will be hosting its annual Open House on Saturday, October 10. The four city fire stations will be open during the day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come meet your local firefighters, tour the fire engines and stations, and ask questions on what you can do to keep yourself and your family fire safe this year.

Fire Station 1 is located at 501 Forest Avenue; Fire Station 2 is located at 285 Agate Street; Fire Station 3 is located at 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd.; Fire Station 4 is located at 31646 2nd Avenue.

In today’s Laguna Dining section

Diane has sampled Watermarc’s new menu for this fall including 16 small plates on their “Grazing Menu” She tells us about some other exciting additions – Duck Confit Burger, anyone?…April gives us Braised Coconut and Andouille Chicken. My goodness, this has to be delicious …Fonda brings us a recipe for Hominy and Green Chiles - honestly…If you know Shaena, you’ll love her heartfelt words today – have tissues!

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


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Jane Hall

This photo was taken at Alisos and Quivera at 9 a.m. earlier this week. It seems to be saying, “I don’t need no stinkin’ leash on this side…”

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Kerry Nugent

This coyote has been around Dunning Drive for several months

“Celebrating Our 50th”

Nominate your honorees for the Patriots Day Parade

The Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade committee has started organizing for the 50th Parade, which will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Elected committee officers are Charlie Quilter, President; Ed Hanke, Vice President; Kathleen Fay, Secretary, and Sandi Werthe, Treasurer.

“Celebrating Our 50th” was chosen as the parade theme.

The public is invited to submit nominations for honorees, including “Citizen of the Year”.  The Citizen of the Year award is presented to a person or persons who have contributed significantly on behalf of our community.  The “Artist of the Year” and “Athlete of the Year” categories are also open for nominations.  

Nominations must be submitted no later than October 20 by email to Sandi Werthe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to P.O. Box 5147, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.”

For further information, call Sandi Werthe at 494-6016.

Auditions for A Snow White Christmas Sunday in Santa Ana for December run at Laguna Playhouse 

Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announces auditions for children aged 7-17 to play the dwarves in A Snow White Christmas at Westfield Main Place shopping mall in Santa Ana on Sunday, Oct 4, 2015, with special guest judge, “So You Think You Can Dance” creator and judge Nigel Lythgoe. For further information see 

Auditions will begin with sign-in at 12 p.m. at 2800 N. Main St, Santa Ana. Be prepared to dance. 

A Snow White Christmas, directed by Chris Baldock, runs Dec 2-27 at the Laguna Playhouse. Michael Orland of “American Idol” will serve as musical directorandSpencer Liff of “So You Think You Can Dance” and the current Broadway revival of Spring Awakening will serve aschoreographer.

LFP CEO Kris Lythgoe said, “We are so proud of the Panto brand expanding to another prestigious theatre, the Laguna Playhouse. Laguna is a community that supports the arts and we are excited to entertain families there for years to come.”

Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre that the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America.  

Bringing the longstanding British tradition of pantomimes to the United States, Los Angeles-area audiences know them from their shows at The Pasadena Playhouse: Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen and Jordan Fisher and A Snow White Christmas starring Ariana Grande and ‘onscreen’ Magic Mirror Neil Patrick Harris at The Pasadena Playhouse. And, previously, A Cinderella Christmas starring Shoshana Bean and Fred Willard and A Snow White Christmas starring Marina Sirtis and Erich Bergen at the El Portal Theatre. 

Based on the Grimm fairytales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well-known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience families can share together. The shows include the family musical interactive fun that LFP is known for, with beloved fairytale characters singing well-known pop songs.

A Snow White Christmas is the American Panto version based on the Snow White fairytale which includes singing, dancing and interactive fun and magic, and features songs from Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and The Village People’s “YMCA.”

Sawdust Art Festival partners with Project Access to inspire low-income students to create realist and abstract sculptures

The Sawdust Art Festival hosted a group of students from the Project Access Family Resource Center at Warwick Square Apartments, a low-income housing community in Santa Ana, to participate in a unique class on the festival grounds to provide a first-hand experience with creating art with professional Laguna Beach artists. 

This is the 4th annual collaboration between SAEF, Project Access, and KDF Communities. The Project Access groups, consisting of about ten students each ages 8-12 and 13-17, visited on August 11 and 18, to learn about realism and abstract art with wire and wood block sculpture. The classes were taught by long-time Sawdust Art Festival exhibitor and sculptor Shamus Koch of Laguna Beach. 

For many of the students at Project Access, this was the first opportunity to experience and learn about professional grade art media. The focus behind this collaborative experience is to offer low-income children the opportunity to spark an interest not only in expressing themselves through art, but also to be inspired to create art as a lifestyle. 

“With the Sawdust Art Festival’s mission of educating the public on the arts created in Laguna Beach, we were more than happy to again extend the talents and resources here at the Sawdust to support the programs at Project Access. The two organizations are a great fit,” said Maggie Spencer, Sawdust artist and committee member of Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund. 

The Warwick Youth Center hosted An Artists’ Showcase on September 17. This exhibition featured the unique and whimsical wire sculptures of the Warwick Square Youth Artists that participated in the 4th Annual Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund Summer Art Program.

Project Access Resource Centers’ extensive involvement with low-income communities includes after-school tutoring and enrichment of poverty level and/or at-risk youth. SAEF’s participation with Project Access provides an opportunity to fulfill the Sawdust Art festival mission to educate the public about the arts by engaging under-served youths. 

Project Access, Inc. (IRS EIN# 33-0834635) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with corporate offices located in Newport Beach, California. For more information about Project Access, contact Julia Foster at 949-253-6200, ext. 315 or visit

The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit art organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach.

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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. 


Grove of the Patriarchs with Fitz Maurice


My favorite place in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, is Grove of the Patriarchs. You feel like a child in a storybook as you are lured deeper into this mysterious fairyland of behemoth thousand year-old trees and magical turquoise water.

The fragrant air and the way these giant trees muffle out the all other sounds intensifies the spell. Looking up at 300-foot tall trees is marvelous and your eyes can only shine when they see the sparkling crystal clear water of the Ohanapecosh River. 

This magical river is exceptionally beautiful because it is fed by mountain snow melt, whereas most of the other rivers are “milky” because they flow from the glaciers on Mt. Rainier. 

Wandering along the river you can cross over the suspension bridge to the island with ancient western red cedars, western hemlocks and massive douglas firs completing the forest fantasy.

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Ohanapecosh River through the Grove of the Patriarchs, in 

Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

Mountains are monumental - but would you want to live in a world without trees?

I have enormous love and respect for trees - especially trees that have survived thousands of years. I learned so much about trees by painting them for over 20 years.

Across cultures and time, trees have been believed to be the greatest living things on earth and that groves were God’s first temples. Why aren’t we wise enough to learn from them – how did they survive it all?

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Fitz in the Grove of the Patriarchs

On this note, I am excited to share a small and powerful book titled, “The Man Who Planted Trees”, by Jim RobbinsI learned so much about trees that it left me hungry for more! In fact, reading this book gave me hope for the survival of our planet! I was thrilled when I read that reforestation can reverse many of our modern-day water pollution problems, and that a field of a thousand willow trees on an acre of land can treat ten gallons of toxic water per minute! 

Trees can save our planet!

Keep your eyes out for the finished Oil Painting - “Sleeping Giant, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington - Now being painted! 


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:

International justice speaker Sushma Ramswami presents “Life on the Ground” at LB Presbyterian

On Sunday, October 4 at the Laguna Presbyterian Church parlor, international justice speaker Sushma Ramswami presents “Life on the Ground.” 

Sushma has worked as the Communications Secretary of the Church of North India since 1995. She has launched an Ecumenical Communication Network in the capital city of New Delhi, India. Sushma has also served as the Secretary of the National Issues Desk of the Church of North India, organizing many rallies and walks.

Sushma speaks widely on many issues and concerns that face the Indian church, including: poverty; healing and reconciliation, specifically for women; Dalits and minority rights; and human trafficking.

Dalits, who constitute almost 20% of the Indian population (over 200 million), were considered untouchables as a result of the Hindu understanding of “ritual pollution and purity.” Sushma speaks to how the church has both helped and hindered the process of bringing these “untouchables” back into full inclusion.

No registration is necessary and the event is free to the community. Please join us for this fascinating discussion! Laguna Presbyterian Church is located at 415 Forest Ave.

Laguna Beach Books will be hosting event with local author & professor John Dombrink on Friday at 6 p.m.

On Friday, October 2 at 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome local author and UC Irvine professor, John Dombrink. John will be discussing his latest book, The Twilight of Social Conservatism: American Culture Wars in the Obama Era

Despite many Americans’ triumphant proclamations that Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 elections signified a post-partisan, post-racial society, it seems that the United States is more divided than ever. From the rise of the Tea Party, to strident anti-immigration and anti-welfare movements, to the so-called “war on women,” the United States on its surface appears to be caught in the turmoil of a culture war that has not relented since the Reagan era. But, as John Dombrink writes in The Twilight of Social Conservatism, the conservative backlash seen during Obama’s presidency is indicative not of a rising social conservative force in society, but of a waning one.

Drawing on demographic research, political polls, contemporary media, and internet commentary, Dombrink demonstrates that the vitality of major social conservative ideas from the culture war era has faded. Support for once-divisive wedge issues, like same-sex marriage and reproductive rights, has increased dramatically, and Americans, particularly young Americans, are less religious and more libertarian than ever before. As he traces the end of the culture wars and the “unwedging” of American politics over the last eight years, Dombrink is quick to caution that social conservatism has not disappeared entirely from view. Nevertheless, the once-prominent “Moral Majority” pushing for dominance in American culture is now reconsidering itself as a minority, and Dombrink argues that it is unlikely that social conservative forces will ever regain the power and potency they once held in American politics. A comprehensive and insightful work, The Twilight of Social Conservatism deftly analyzes the liberalizing trends that created the social and political culture America has today and that portend to the culture America will have in years to come. 

John Dombrink is Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society in the School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine, where he has taught since 1982. He is the co-author of The Last Resort: Success and Failure in Campaigns for Casinos (with William N. Thompson), Dying Right: The Death With Dignity Movement (with Daniel Hillyard), and Sin No More: From Abortion to Stem Cells, Understanding Crime, Law and Morality in America (with Daniel Hillyard).

Laguna Beach Books is at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. 

For more information, call 494-4779.

Cansu Bulgu - guest artist at Artist Eye thru Nov 30

Artist Eye Gallery will introduce a unique collection of artwork by guest artist, Cansu Bulgu, through November 30. The gallery will host an artist reception from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. 

Cansu Bulgu was born into an artistic family in Istanbul, Turkey. Art and creativity have been woven into the very fabric of her life since early childhood. She moved to the United States as a teenager and received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Information Systems and Business Administration. She has served in both creative and leadership roles in the Information Technology field. 

In 2010, Cansu felt a powerful pull of life towards a new inspired expression and a sense of completion at her tenured position. She began drawing on sand in Kauai, Hawaii, creating the first series of her Transformative Presence Art™. She creates this new process with the Elements and Light following a unique multi-layered creative process over several days both in nature (particularly on the beach) and inside her studio. What may appear as individual steps, actually is a single movement throughout the creative process including: large scale drawing on sand, photography and digital light painting printed on metal. 

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Cansu Bulgu

Eye of Oneness

Bulgu says, “It is ‘Transformative’ art because it shifts something inside the viewer and through the shift in awareness, transformation happens effortlessly. It is ‘Presence’ art because something bigger than me inspires and brings about the creation ... both mysterious and familiar.”

Cansu has a growing global following. Her work has been published in the Compassion Anthology, selected by a jury for the Peace Project traveling exhibition by experts including the British Museum, has been featured on stage in live theatre as custom made backdrops for a dance performance and has been shared in New York, California, Arizona and Istanbul, Turkey.

Artist Eye Gallery features a diverse collection of artwork by 17 Southern California artists, who provide unique perspectives through their exceptional talents and widespread experiences. The gallery exhibits a rich mixture of fine art mediums in Paintings, Sculpture and Photography. Artist Eye Gallery is located at 1294-A South Coast Highway. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 497-5898 or visit their website at

Laguna Beach Garden Club presents Kirk Brown as “Frederick Law Olmsted” Oct 9

On Friday, October 9, Kirk Brown will appear in costume and take on the persona of “Frederick Law Olmsted” at Laguna Beach Garden Club’s upcoming meeting held at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, in Tankersley Hall, located at 415 Forest Ave. Registration and social hour is from 9:30 - 10 a.m. The meeting and speaker is from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Brown will perform a dramatic presentation on the life of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of Landscape Architecture who created cities out of the American wilderness and began a conservation movement still challenging the world today. Mr. Olmsted designed New York’s Central Park and Stanford University and was instrumental in designating Yosemite as a national park.

A recipient of the Pennsylvania Nursery and Landscape Association ”Green Achiever” Award for advancing horticulture in Pennsylvania, Brown serves as business consultant in the green industry. He was inducted in 2008 to the “1885 Club” as a distinguished alumnus of Bangor Area High School.

His book, “Landscape Contractor” is distributed to high school guidance programs throughout the US and Canada. 

Brown is the Vice President and executive committee member for Garden Writers Association. He will become the group’s President in 2015/2016. In 2006, he was on the National Symposium Committee for the Brandywine Valley. As a national director, he has organized meetings and tours at the National Arboretum, National Botanic Garden, American Society of Landscape Architects, Phipps Conservatory, Rutgers University Arboretum, Longwood, Chanticleer, Conard/Pyle, Morris Arboretum, Nemours, Mt. Cuba, Hagley Museum, Haverford and Jenkins Arboretums.

He has been chairman of the Penn State/PLNA winter education conference committee. He has served on the marketing committee for the American Nursery and Landscape Association.

He has served as a judge of major exhibits for the Philadelphia Flower Show. He has also judged exhibits for the Penn Allied Nursery Trade Show and the Allentown Flower Show.

His lecturing has received outstanding accolades from audiences of his peers. 

As an actor and playwright, Kirk has produced, directed, and designed over 100 productions in the years since his appearance at Bangor in ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ (where he met his future wife, Sara Stine, playing Rosie to his Albert). 

He is a leader and Merit Badge and Eagle Scout counselor for the Boy Scouts of America in Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Fine Art, Theatre, Communications, and Business Management.

He resides in Orefield with his wife, Sara; two sons, Logan and Evan; and two cats, Nicco and Ponch. 

The Gratitude for Glennwood gala is this Saturday – October 3 at The Ranch, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Glennwood House of Laguna Beach worked hard to open the doors for and independent life for young people with special needs. It’s now been folded into the fabric of life in Laguna for three years. The entire community deserves a celebration of their third year going strong.

The Gratitude for Glennwood will be a gala celebration this Saturday on the patio of the beautiful The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Guest may expect live music, and an elegant dinner with special wines. 

There will be a silent auction of donated artists works such as photography by Rob Gage, one-of-a-kind prints by Vinita Voogd, and many oil paintings by Festival artists.

For the live auction fun there will be vacations aplenty: a six-night stay in the Bordeaux region, France, six-nights in Maui, plus local fun like two-nights plus golf for two at The Ranch, and a “stay-cation” with party at La Casa del Camino and The Rooftop.

For sports fans, there are tickets to UCLA-USC football game in November. And for wine fans, there’s an “instant cellar”- a package of world-class cases of wine. The auction items are inventive and fabulous!

And to top it off, there are the faces of the happy residents of Glennwood. Their stories will be shared along with the impact the housing has made in their lives. Glennwood House is indeed a special house for special people, who are grateful to call Laguna Beach home.

Tickets are selling fast, so please click on the link to order yours today! Visit:

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Laguna Beach Library’s September/October 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.

Laguna Beach Library’s October Events:

Saturdays, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Children’s Craft Open HouseGet 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.

Saturdays, Oct 3 & 17 at 2 - 4 p.m. Poetry WorkshopParticipants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped.  Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets-this is not a workshop for beginners. Contact John Gardiner 949-715-7507 for more information.

Mondays, October 5, 19 & 26 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Third Street Writers Group InkSerious 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. (No meeting Oct 12).

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Early Literacy Children’s Storytime Our Early Literacy Storytime models the five skills that are crucial for every child to be ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and 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. On October 21st we’ll participate in Read for the Record featuring this year’s book Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett.

Thursdays, Oct 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon. 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.

Thursday, October 8, at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Read to a Dog - Salsa! Kids can read aloud to Salsa our new therapy dog.  She’s so sweet and a very good listener.  Please preregister at the Children’s Desk or call the library. Drop-ins welcome too!

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 100215

DUI Arrests

William Prescott Wise, II, 44, Norco – Monday, September 28 – Cell Caller

Laguna Beach Juvenile – Sunday, September 27 – Traffic Crash

Also arrested for possession of under an ounce of marijuana

Incident Reports

Wednesday, September 30

Forest Avenue & Beach Street | Resisting 

3:39 a.m. Mark J. Koenig, 61, no fixed address, was arrested for resisting/obstructing/delaying an officer when he refused to provide his name.

Tuesday, September 29

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Stephanie Lynn Amos, 24, Laguna Beach

Jose Garcia-Lopez, 21, Laguna Beach

Nyes Place | 300 Block | Traffic Arrest

3:45 p.m. Daniel Wallace, 52, Laguna Beach, was arrested during a traffic stop for driving on a suspended/revoked license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2500.

Viejo Street | 300 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

10:52 a.m. Items were taken from an unlocked vehicle. The RP learned of the theft when Costa Mesa PD notified her that the items had been recovered when that agency made an arrest for an unrelated vehicle theft.

S. Coast Hwy | 1000 Block | Burglary, residential

10:35 a.m. $1080 in cash was taken from an apartment on Monday.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block (ASL) | Battery

7:02 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a battery that had just occurred. On scene, they found the victim on the ground with a bruised and swollen lip. Police reviewed video of the parking lot area and arrested Douglas Frederes, 35, no fixed address, for felony battery.

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | Warrant Arrest

12:21 a.m. Ericka Danyell Alexander, 43, Paramount, was arrested during a traffic stop for a West Court traffic warrant with bail of $2500.

Monday, September 28

Police Station | Theft

2 p.m. A man came into the police station to make a theft report. He said he had taken his bottom teeth out and placed them in a bag outside of a downtown business in May. He said they were gone when he came outside. His insurance company required a police report.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Vandalism

9:49 a.m. An unknown person damaged the sign at the front of a business and a fixture in the rear overnight. 

Temple Hills Drive | 700 Block | & Dunning Drive | 1400 Block | Theft from vehicles

3:35 a.m. A laptop valued at $2000 was taken since 2 a.m. At 7:08 a.m., reports were taken for three similar crimes of three vehicles. All four had been left unlocked.  

Sunday, September 27

Heisler Park | Vandalism

9:44 a.m. A wall and mirror were tagged in a men’s room.

This and that around town

From readers and press releases


Blue whale watching with the Ocean Institute

Blue whale watching season is underway in Southern California; join Ocean Institute scientists in the search for the world’s largest animal! The Ocean Institute will offer Blue Whale Watching Discovery Cruises which takes participants to the feeding grounds of the great blues. For ages 8+; under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Upcoming dates: October 4, 11, 17, 18, 25 & 31, November 1, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Institute marine biologists lead the cruises aboard the Sea Explorer, which makes use of equipment such as an acoustic array, plankton nets, video microscopes and a sediment sampler.

Cost is $35 for adults, $22 for children (age 4-12). For more information, call (949) 496-2274.


More This and That


Rotary Classic Car Show is set for Sunday - 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s autumn and that means the days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisper, pumpkin is the flavor of the month – and the Laguna Beach Rotary Classic Car Show is coming! The show will be held on Sunday, October 4, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

This year, the car show will return to the Festival of Arts grounds, as well as the adjacent City parking lots.

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1954 Chevrolet Corvette

This is the 12th year of the car show and more than 125 cars are expected to be on display and vying for awards in 28 categories/classes. 

There will be a Bloody Mary bar, breakfast burritos, gourmet food and dessert trucks, beer, refreshments and music.

Each year the Laguna Beach Rotary Classic Car Show features the finest automobiles in Southern California and there are always at least a handful of entries that would be second to none in any car show, anywhere. One such treat featured this year is a 1961 BMW 700 RS, of which there are only two in the world! 

Another gem is a 1948 Bentley Mark VI Sporting Saloon – and don’t miss an original 1954 Chevrolet Corvette from Harrisburg Pennsylvania!

Tickets for the event are $10. 

As always, proceeds go to charitable and local organizations.


Free flu shots at Laguna Presbyterian Church Oct 11

On October 11, from 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., get a free flu shot at Tankersley Hall - Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Avenue.

This is your opportunity to get protection from the seasonal flu. The church’s Parish Nurses, along with Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital, will host this annual flu clinic. Flu shots are offered without charge. Donations gladly accepted.

For more information, contact the church office at 494-7555.

Win a million-dollar home; ticket sales are underway

Tickets are on sale 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 Grand Prize drawing will be at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point this 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

It was hard. Even the die-hard walkers missed these spots!

Maggi pulled one over on fellow Laguna walkers – even though they’re out there looking for her. 

Too hard? Yep.

So she gets a Win this week…

Keep checking on her whereabouts, and keep her from getting too smug. Smuggi!

Did you know where these things/places were?  

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Here are the answers:


Top – The man’s head, on Bluebird Canyon Drive


Center – Driveway painting, on Catalina Street (near Mountain)


Bottom – Striped fish mailbox, Carmelita Street


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

One DRB seat available 

The City Council of the City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications to fill one position on the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board for a term through through March 31, 2018. The interviews and appointment of one resident will be held on Tuesday, October 20, at 6 p.m., by the City Council at their regular meeting in the Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, California. 

The Board of Adjustment is a five-member body appointed by the City Council for the purpose of considering requests for variances from the zoning code. The members also sit as the City’s Design Review Board. Board members serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $324.00 per month. The Board meets bi-monthly.

A substantial time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week is necessary to be a Board member. In addition to the bi-monthly meetings, Board members are expected to visit the sites and review the plans of projects prior to the meeting. The Board acts on an average of 14 items per meeting. It is desirable to have or be able to acquire certain skills or aptitudes, such as the ability to understand and conceptualize architectural drawings, and to visualize building mass and volumes based upon on-site staking plans. Experience in the building trades, architecture, historic preservation, landscaping, planning and/or real estate would be an asset.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in applying should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or on-line at the City’s web site, and file it by Tuesday, October 6, at 5 p.m

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 497-0705.

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, October 2

10 a.m.

Fused Glass Serving Dish

Maggie Spencer

2 p.m.

Say It With Jewelry

Jamie Bichler


Saturday, October 3

10 a.m.

Oil Painting

John Eagle


Mondays, October 5 - 26

10 a.m.

4-Week Glassblowing

Bruce Freund


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