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 



December 6

Hugo Rivera

Jorg Dubin

Steve Dicterow

Taylor Romo


December 7

Anton Mandarino

Kathleen Knott

Kirsten Warner


December 8 

Bart Zandbergen

Bridgette Shaw

Don Meek

JJ Gasparotti

Maria Saffer Cobb


December 9

Danielle Cavallucci

Gina Borelli

Jakob Dylan

Jim Brophy

Kara Taylor

Michelle Reinglass

Miriam Lew

Morgan Lamb


December 10

Blake Garrett

Katie Martinez-Shapiro

Lorna Mills


December 11

Cindy Williams Fletcher

Diane Christopherson Reed

Don Sciortino


December 12

Alison Durland French

Christine Fugate

James Walker Reed

Register now for the next LBPD CERT training class

The Laguna Beach Police Department is excited to announce registration for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class #8. The CERT program has graduated over 250 volunteers since 2011! A Community Emergency Response Team is an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. CERT members during call-outs assist public safety personnel with traffic control, scene management, and city events.

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, traffic control and scene management.

Training will begin on Monday, Jan 9, 2017. Classes will then meet twice a week on Monday & Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 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 16 years old and have no felony convictions. Applications must be submitted through the online recreation class sign-up:

All individuals will receive a confirmation email if accepted into the program. 

For questions regarding this press release contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator,, or 949-497-0389.

Sound Spectrum



1. Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesome  

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2. Lady Gaga, Joanne

3. Bruno Mars, 24k Magic

4. Leonard Cohen, Essential  

5. Norah Jones, Day Breaks

6. Metallica, Hardwired: To Self-Destruct

7. Bob Dylan, Royal Albert Hall, 1966

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8. Bob Marley, Legend Live Santa Barbara, 1979

9. UB-40 feat. Ali, Astro & Mickey, Unplugged

10. Alicia Keys, Here

11. Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker

12. Weekend, Starboy 

13. Michael Buble, Nobody But Me

14. Leon Russell, Best Of 

15. Van Morrison, Keep Me Singing

16. Bob Weir, Blue Mountain

17. Green Day, Revolution Radio

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18. Sting, 57th & 9th

19. Bon Iver, 22 A Million

20. Blink 182, California

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Laguna Canyon Road utility undergrounding 

Utility undergrounding efforts in the “Big Bend” area of Laguna Canyon Road have resumed with Cox Communications digging their portion of the work that includes placing underground cables and equipment, connecting properties, and removing the overhead distribution system. 

The construction work will require the outbound lane to be moved to the center lane periodically between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, through January. One lane in each direction is expected to be maintained at all times.

Win a Kindle Fire in raffle at the Library used bookshop

Raffle tickets for just $1 will go on sale today at 11 a.m. at the Friends of the Library bookshop (next to the Chamber of Commerce below the library). It’s an opportunity to win a Kindle Fire and a $25 gift certificate from

The raffle will continue for one month with the drawing on Dec 16.

Bookshop hours are 11-3 Monday – Friday and also 3-5 on Mondays.

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Santa’s mantra: It’s all about kids and their dreams at this most wonderful time of the year


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Last week, Ken Schreiber and I talked on the phone and arranged to meet at a coffee place downtown for our interview, but I forgot to suggest a way to make sure that we recognized each other.

Luckily Laguna’s Santa Claus was easy to spot, even without a sleigh or elves or jingle bells anywhere in sight. Ken’s full white beard and luxuriant white hair, kindly blue eyes, and red T-shirt hugging his comfortable girth made it clear: I was in the presence of the authentic Santa. 

I sat down and asked for a house with an ocean view for Christmas, and mentioned a few other things on my list. (Not really, but the urge was hard to resist.)

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Santa (Ken Schreiber) loves to see the excitement and wonder on kids’ faces

“Sometimes I’ll be in a store, like Costco, without my suit and hat, but I’ll see a kid look at me and give their mom a nudge,” he says. “I just wink.”

Ken clearly revels in the opportunity that his role gives him to bring joy and happiness to the children who visit him with their dreams and hopes. 

“They are so excited, so full of wonder,” he says. “I see their minds turning over and over as they tell me their wishes. It’s all about the kids this time of year. I love it.”

Ken adds that almost entirely without exception, the kids are great (though he was once briefly scolded for spilling milk). Parents, on the other hand, can very occasionally be a problem. Santa does not like it when moms and dads are impatient. 

“Let the kids talk, let them take their time,” he urges. “They’re dreaming, they’re imagining, they’re making lists in their heads. Don’t cut them off.”

Hooked on giving

Ken and his family became hooked on the rewards of giving long before Ken took classes in the nineties at USC to learn the art of being Santa Claus. Back in Chicago, in the eighties, he and his wife and kids had volunteered for years with a group that gave away Happy Meals and other goodies to kids challenged by difficult circumstances. Thus becoming Santa Claus seemed a natural sequel once Ken had more time to devote to his new vocation.

“One of my happiest memories is the day I was given the chance to fulfill the dream of a child through the Make-A-Wish program,” he says, his voice a little shaky with emotion. 

“All that a seriously ill young lad, he was maybe six years old, wanted was a chance to light a Christmas tree. I rode with him in a horse and carriage and gave him a container of fairy dust, confetti. We arrived at a huge tree that was part of the parade. He took a handful of the dust and we counted slowly: One. Two. Three. Then he tossed the dust toward the tree and it exploded with light.” Ken shakes his head in wonder recalling that moment. “The kid’s eyes were like saucers. It was a gift to me, to see his happiness at something simple yet amazing to him.” 

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Santa Claus stands at the door of his home away from home

Ken is a member of Real Bearded Santas, a group of honest-to-goodness bearded men who meet regularly to share their experiences. 

“I believe it started when a company hired a bunch of Santas for a commercial they were making,” he says. “The Santas found they had a lot in common and decided to form the group.”

I asked if Santas were competitive. Ken doesn’t believe so, instead emphasizes that the ones he knows help each other, but clearly he does take pleasure, as he should, for being selected in the past to be Santa at South Coast Plaza, which some believe to be the Super Bowl of Santa-dom. 

Fortunately for Laguna, Ken’s current position at the Sawdust Art Festival and Hospitality Night keep him busy here in his hometown.

Ken recalls the magic of his own childhood Christmas mornings, and the care his father took to create the most wondrous of Christmas trees.

“My dad would get three trees and then cut them apart to create a single amazing tree covered with tinsel and decorations,” Ken recalls. “That was his pride and joy. We would wake up to see his creation and our gifts would be there, once a train set with the train going around and around the tree, once an entire toy ranch with cows and everything.”

But Ken does not like to talk about himself – not his successful career in the printing industry, not his love of swimming as exercise (“I don’t like to sweat”), not even his deep affection for Laguna Beach. 

“It’s all about the kids,” he reminds me. “That’s why I do this. That’s all that matters to me, their joy.”

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Selfie with an elfie: Christmas brings out the kid in all of us

Spoiler Alert: Santa’s secrets

We’ve all heard of Secret Santas, but how many of us know Santa’s secrets? Ken agreed to tell me a few little-known facts about life as Santa. 

One is this: to figure out what kids might like for Christmas, he asks what they chose to wear for Halloween. “If they were a character from Frozen, or Jungle Book, that gives me a great clue for our conversation,” he says.

Then there’s this: many, if not most, of the Real Bearded Santas pay a visit to a salon in the weeks before Christmas to achieve just the right shade of white for their hair and beard. “It’s a three-hour procedure for me,” Ken says. “But it’s part of the fun, and I often see my Santa colleagues there under the dryers.”

Another secret that’s maybe not so secret: Santa doesn’t actually need a chimney to deliver gifts.

“When kids ask me about coming down the chimney, though they don’t much these days, I just ask them: did I visit your house last year?” he says. “Almost always they say yes, and I say, see, it’s magic – I don’t need a chimney. And they’re fine with hearing that.”

And if a child says, “No, you didn’t come last year,” Ken makes sure to let an elf know to check whether the family is too poor to afford Christmas presents. Then Santa Ken can help make gifts happen through one of the nonprofits that specialize in such things, such as Toys for Tots. He is more than delighted to be able to help.

Finally, I wanted to know why Ken thought Christmas was so very magical, for kids and often adults too. He thought for a while. 

“Because,” he said, “we all want to feel special, to be loved, to be noticed. To feel that we matter. Santa helps kids to feel important no matter what else is going on in their lives. When they talk to Santa, they’re the star of the show. And Christmas brings out the kid in all of us.”

So true.

I said goodbye, drove home, and hung up my stocking.

Dennis’ Tidbits


December 6, 2016

The rainiest rainy night in December – a prelude

It was late on Friday evening of December 5, 1997. We were entering the peak of arguably the strongest El Niño of the twentieth Century, right up there with the 1982-83 event. At 9 p.m., Doppler radar showed a huge pool of bright oranges and reds drifting south just off the coast of Malibu, all part of an intense upper level and surface low that was packed with a combination of warm, moist tropical air streaming in from the south and cold, very unstable air from the north. With this monster El Niño anything dramatic was bound to happen as we would soon find out over the course of the next 12 hours or so.

At 10 p.m. here in town, it was unusually warm out for early December at 67 degrees. Skies were cloudy as the wind began to pick up from the southeast, nearly parallel to the coastline, an unusual direction. Winds were now blowing a steady 25 mph as the barometer began to sink rapidly. It had dropped nearly four millibars just in the last hour, from 29.85 to 29.74 and that’s fast for around here.

By midnight the winds had picked up to a steady 35 mph with gusts up to 40 and that’s tropical storm strength. Anything from 39-74 mph is tropical storm force. The temp was still at 65 degrees, about 15 degrees above normal for this time of night and time of year. The barometer was down to 29.66. 

Now the Doppler showed that huge pocket of heavy weather just off our coast and it was poised to strike. This low had been drifting south all day and now it had changed directions and was drifting ever so slowly northeastward with its core of the heaviest activity, a fairly narrow pocket of severe thunderstorm activity about 200 miles long and only about 20 miles wide, roughly from Corona del Mar to San Clemente and Laguna was the prime target. 

Frequent flashes of lightning began to appear to the south and southwest. 

I’ll stop here and continue this amazing experience in Friday’s edition of Stu News Laguna as I’m running a bit late here. 

See y’all then, ALOHA!

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on for today 

The Laguna Beach Police Department will step up Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Dec 6, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians. 

The department will be focusing on locations, since January 2012, where pedestrian involved accidents have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes. Officers will be conducting directed enforcement at those locations looking for traffic offenses made by drivers and pedestrians alike that can lead to life-changing injuries. Special attention will be given to drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or any other dangerous violation. 

Additionally, enforcement action will be taken against pedestrians committing violations such as crossing the street illegally or failing to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Pedestrians should cross the street only at marked crosswalks or at corners.

In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrian deaths accounting for over 23 percent of all roadway fatalities, much higher than the national average of 15 percent. A national study reveals that pedestrians and drivers do not obey laws and signals consistently, and many often use cell phones, text and listen to music while walking or driving. Only 60 percent of pedestrians said they expected drivers to stop when they were in crosswalks, even though they have the right-of way. 

The Laguna Beach Police Department would like to remind both drivers and pedestrians to be alert and share the roadway. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Laguna Beach – Looking Back

Photo series courtesy The Laguna Beach Historical Society

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Eiler Larsen – July 28, 1974

He died the following spring at the age of 84

Laguna’s “second” greeter came to town in 1940.

Visit the Murphy-Smith Bungalow (home of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, on Ocean Avenue). It is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Laguna Beach Historical Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, which runs free historical programs at City Hall, and has a newsletter, website, and is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

No Square Theatre announces youth auditions

No Square Theatre wants to see (and hear) from young actors, singers, dancers and musicians who would like to audition for a chance to perform in the 2017 School of Rock youth production.

School of Rock is a brand new musical based on the famous Paramount film written by Mike White, which starred Jack Black. 

The musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Uninterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. 

Auditions can be arranged by appointment on Mon Dec 5 & Tues 6 from 4 p.m. on.

School of Rock performances will take place Feb 3, 4 and 10, 11 and 12 at No Square Theatre, Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St. 

For more information about the auditions, and to fill out an audition form, visit

Celebrate The Shops at the Pottery Place’s 10th anniversary!

On Friday, Dec 9 from 5 – 8 p.m., celebrate the 10-year anniversary of The Shops at the Pottery Place. Join in for live music, special promotions, and small bites provided by Sapphire!

The Shops at the Pottery Place, 1200 S. Coast Hwy, between Brooks and Cress, includes Nuance Home, The Chocolate Soldier, Tootsies, Vogue Salon and Blue-Eyed Girl.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit local charities. 

The Playhouse presents a special holiday event: Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight on stage

From a press release

Laguna Playhouse artistic director Ann E. Wareham and Lythgoe Family Panto are thrilled to announce a very special holiday event starring Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Dolphin Tale Films), Joely Fisher (Broadway: Cabaret, Desperate Housewives), Barry Pearl (Grease), The Book of Mormon’s Benjamin Schrader, Jeff Sumner (Genie in Disney’s Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular), American Idol finalist Vonzell Solomon and Conor Guzman (Pasadena Playhouse; The Fantasticks) in Lythgoe Family Panto’s production of Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight. 

The play is based on a book by Kris Lythgoe with choreography by Spencer Liff. Michael Orland is the music supervisor, musical direction is by Michael Sobie and Linda Goodrich directs the performance.  

“Last year’s holiday confection returns with an all-new Lythgoe Family Panto event on our stage!” comments Wareham.  

Remarks Becky Lythgoe, “We are delighted to be back at the Laguna Playhouse with our second show and with this extraordinary cast for a truly magical holiday show.” 

Broadway and TV stars perform in this interactive musical fairy tale with comedy, magic and pop music sure to delight children of all ages. 

Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight is based on a European fairytale in which a princess called Aurora has a curse put on her by an evil fairy Carabosse. On her 18th birthday, Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle and falls asleep for 100 years. A handsome Prince saves the day by defeating the wicked fairy and giving Aurora a true love kiss. (Fortunately, she is still 18 when she wakes up.)

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The 2014 cast of Sleeping Beauty and the Winter Knight

The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.  Past Panto at Laguna Playhouse productions include A Snow White Christmas starring Marina Sirtis and Lindsay Pearce.

Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight will begin performances on Wed, Dec 7; will open officially on Fri, Dec 9 at 7:30 p.m. and will run through Fri, Dec 30 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Performances will be Wed, Thurs & Fri at 7:30 p.m.; Sat at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. There will be additional performances on Tuesday, Dec 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Fri, December 23 at 3:30 p.m. & Thurs, Dec 27 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.  There will be no performances on Dec 24 or Dec 25. Ticket prices range from $30 - $70 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787).  Ticket prices are subject to change. 

Group discounts are available. The box office is open Mon – Sat 12 to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information on all shows and programming visit

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LCAD Third Annual Holiday Sell & Swap Wednesday

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For the third consecutive year, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) will host its Annual Holiday Sell & Swap, a lively market where students and alumni sell their work ranging from paintings, digital art, handmade goods and live, on-the-spot typewritten literature. 

The Annual Sell & Swap tradition was started in 2014 by LCAD Illustration Alumna, Jacquelin de Leon and allows students to make extra money.

The event is open to the public for holiday shopping and cheer. Sell & Swap is Wednesday, Dec 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LCAD Main Campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.

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Barbara’s Column

Poll puts beaches, eateries, shops as top tourist draws to Laguna Beach


Folks mostly come to Laguna Beach to visit a beach, dine in restaurants and shop.

That data is drawn from a poll commissioned by Visit Laguna Beach to determine who comes to Laguna, why, and what they do when they get here. 

Responders fall into three categories: people staying with relatives or friends who live in Laguna; day-trippers and hotel guests.

Some of the results may come as a surprise. According to the year-long poll, due for completion in December, less than 12 percent of the 758 participants came for the art festivals or special events - even fewer were attracted by the performing arts. Galleries and First Thursday Art Walk did a tad better in the poll. 

Almost none (1.5 percent) of the responders came to town to attend a conference or business meeting 

“That is something Visit Laguna and the chamber may want to build up,” said former Planning commissioner Norm Grossman, who actively tracks the Visit Laguna poll.

Almost three-quarters of polled hotel guests visited Laguna’s beaches. The number was equally significant for day-trippers and guests in private homes. More than twice as many of the hotel guests went to Fashion Island rather than the museum, the Playhouse, or the Sawdust Festival. 

But more than 18 percent of the privately housed folks visited the Sawdust, compared to just over 8 percent of the folks staying in hotels. 

No figures were given for Festival of Arts and pageant patrons. The festival’s own annual report was, upbeat: “2016 was another good year,” said Fred Sattler, festival president.

The poor showing of the arts in Visit Laguna’s poll may be influenced by the location of the pollsters.

Information is gathered by interviews mostly at Heisler Park, Main Beach and in South Laguna. “We will have someone near the Winter Fantasy this weekend,” said Ashley Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Visit Laguna Beach.

Results of the Visit Laguna poll, to date, echo local’s desultory interest in the arts as indicated in a city-survey taken earlier this year, repeatedly heard at election forums. 

“There was not as much support for the arts as had been assumed,” said Grossman. 

However, both polls are diametric opposites of the 2012 American for Arts report that concluded that non-profit arts and cultural activities are a $49.1 million industry in Laguna. That translates to a lot of art lovers living in or coming to town.    

“You have to remember that most surveys are done by special interest groups,” said Grossman. 

Visit Laguna officials do not anticipate the less than impressive draw of the arts in their poll to lessen the hotels’ support of the Business Improvement District, which annually has poured millions of dollars into art and cultural activities deemed marketable tourists attractions. 

However, the group would like to see some sprucing up of the city. One of the main complaints the hotels get is about dirty sidewalks.

“We know that the city is looking at Measure LL funding going toward projects such undergrounding and sidewalks in South Laguna,” said Johnson.

“My hope is that some of the money will go to enhancing the visitors’ experience,” said Johnson. “I, and my board, have outlined specific projects, such as the landscaped pathways, clean and freshly-painted awnings and beautification.”

Visit Laguna Beach will participate financially in the Wayfinding signing project in the city pipeline. 

“That is a benefit for visitors on foot or in a vehicle” said Johnson.

Like it or not, one way or another, tourists help pay for the rest of us to live in and maintain Paradise  

But wait---There’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading

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Suzie’s ARTiculation

No Square Theatre’s production of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is sure to spark holiday joy


I have to admit that I was very excited, full on Snoopy dance excited, when Bree Burgess Rosen, No Square Theatre founder, vice president, and artistic director told me about their upcoming production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” 

A true Christmas classic, “Charlie Brown” has been my favorite holiday program since I was a mere tot. I have fond memories of watching it with my family, in my pjs, cozied up by the fireplace with hot chocolate in hand.

Since I have not had the pleasure of experiencing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on stage, I am delighted to see No Square Theatre’s production, live, in the cozy setting at Legion Hall, No Square Theatre’s home, presented on weekends, Dec 3-18. 

Directed by the very talented Joe Lauderdale with music direction by the incomparable Roxanna Ward, choreography by Ellen Prince and costume design by Brigitte Harper, the play stars a young cast, ages 9 to 13, featuring Luke Bruderer - as Charlie Brown, Cassidy Morgan - Lucy, Will Briggs - Linus, Allie Swellen - Snoopy, Alfie Cant - Schroeder, Lula Buckle - Sally, Noah Doody - Pig Pen, Grace Gilchrist - Patty, Raquel Temesvary - Violet, Lauren Kimball - Frieda, and Mason Bruderer - Shermy.

“I loved ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ as a kid. It’s pretty much word for word of the original animated version,” said Lauderdale. “But that’s only about 30 minutes long. So I decided that I would do a first act, giving a history of the various traditions that we have regarding Christmas. So together that makes for a full evening.” 

In Act One, “A Festival of Christmas Traditions,” the kids tell stories about holiday traditions, in their own words, followed by a reading of “The Christmas Menorahs.”

“It’s been fun because the kids have to have their own writing and their own research, so it really gives ownership to what they are talking about,” said Lauderdale.

Then, drum roll please, Act Two, is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” 

“The message is the same as it was in1965. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ was written about how Christmas had become so commercial,” Lauderdale said. “And we are still dealing with the commercialization of Christmas, just like we were then. It’s very universal that way.” 

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Schroeder (Alfie Cant) plays Beethoven for Lucy (Cassidy Morgan)

The original animated film had many network doubters that did not believe it would be a success. It had concerns about Linus’ speech from the Bible. Which is the integral the crux of the story, when Linus explains to Charlie Brown what Christmas really is, what it’s truly about. 

“The network didn’t want that included. Schultz said if there’s no story [from the Bible] then there would be no animated feature. It was either yes you do it or no you don’t,” Lauderdale said. 

 “People asked me if I was going to leave in the religious part. There have been productions that have taken that out without permission. But that’s the whole heart of the story,” Lauderdale said.

He said the message is crucial and he sees it as a message of peace.

“I try and instill in the kids that whatever your belief or religion is the whole idea is about peace and that’s how you should approach it. We all want peace,” Lauderdale said.

 “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be performed Dec 3-4, 9-11, and 16-18, with shows at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $20 with open seating. A dinner by The White House is available 50 minutes before the show for $10 a person. Tickets can be purchased online at and at the door if available. No Square Theatre is located at 384 Legion St.

Until next time…so much Charlie Brown Christmas fun, so little time!

Susi Q Senior Needle Arts Guild supports our service members

The Susi Q Needle Arts Guild meets monthly at the Susi Q Senior and Community Center. This group of dedicated ladies knit and crochet items, including scarves, hats, shawls, children sweaters, dresses, and lap blankets. Since their inception, the Guild has donated to a variety of nonprofit organizations, bringing their handmade love to those in need. The group has been meeting regularly for over five years now and uses donated yarns for all their projects.

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 (L - R): Etta Cannon, Lynette Ching, Lisa Triebwasser, Jean Arovas, VFW’s Marty Hoffman, Yves Newmen, Maria Martini, Rosemarie Riche, and Christine Brewer. 

For the past two years, and through a partnership with local Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW Post 9934, members of the guild will have provided over 50 handmade blankets and caps for members of our military and their families. VFW Post 9934, in turn, showed their appreciation recently with a Certificate of Recognition presented by Veteran representative Marty Hoffman.

“Our service members, active, inactive and retired deserve our continuous support and appreciation.” Adds Susi Q Needle Arts Guild member Jean Arovas, “This is our way of showing we care and to let them know that they are not forgotten.”

Laguna Beach Seniors has been enhancing the lives of seniors for over 40 years. Programs and services promote independence, wellness and community. Mental health support, care management, recreational and educational classes, and social clubs are designed for local seniors. For more information visit

2016 Christmas Chalk Walk set for LDS Aliso Viejo

From a press release

The 2016 Christmas Chalk Walk is almost here and we’d love for you to participate. All artists, all levels from all over are welcome to share their talents. We’d especially love Laguna Beach residents to join in.

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Santa by Ron Hoopes

So grab your family, your neighbor, your friend, your teacher, your surf buddy, your business partner and come chalk a stall with your favorite Christmas scene. We have professionals registered, youth groups, and even sweet angels just learning to draw. 

Artist can begin Thursday Dec 15. Chalk is provided and the parking lot is well lit so you can chalk into the night. On Friday and Saturday Dec 16-17 from 6 – 9 p.m. we will have live music from local bands, youth nativity, hot chocolate, yummy cinnamon rolls and a jolly old time as we come together to celebrate Christmas. 

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It’s a free event hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22851 Aliso Creek Road in Aliso Viejo. 

Register today to be an artist at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. 

There’s room for everyone - apply today!

LB Live! partners with Laguna Art Museum presenting Celtic Consort of Hollywood on December 8 at 7 p.m.

Laguna Beach Live! in partnership with the Laguna Art Museum will present The Celtic Consort of Hollywood  on Thurs, Dec 8, at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum. Together the Celtic Consort brings their love of Classical Baroque and Irish Celtic to perform an uplifting holiday program.

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Celtic Consort members Mark Selline (cello, mandolin and fiddle), Christina Linhardt (soprano, flute), and Shawna Selline (harp). 

The Celtic Consort of Hollywood consists of award winning concert and studio musicians Christina Linhardt (soprano, flute), Shawna Selline (harp) and Mark Selline (cello, mandolin and fiddle). Together they have performed all over Southern California from the Dorothy Chandler pavilion to Disney Hall, with weddings, club dates and recording sessions in between. 

Individually, the members of the Consort are distinguished soloists who perform nationally and internationally. They are eclectic and versatile artists who boast many recording, film, television and theatre credits among them.

Live! at the Museum takes place on the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum and is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. Reservations are available online through the Museum’s website, or at 949.494.8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:45 p.m.; additional seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.   

For more information about the series and other concerts, visit online at or phone at 949-715-9713.

Ocean Institute opens 2017 Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference signups for Feb 18 & March 18

Registration is open for the Ocean Institute’s 2017 Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference on Saturday, Feb 18, and Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.  The Feb 18 conference is for middle school students and the March 18 conference is for high school students.

Early registration is advised.

These exciting conferences are dedicated to inspiring young women to pursue degrees and careers in the sciences. 16 prominent scientists from around the country will interact with the girls in a series of hands-on workshops aboard our research vessel, Sea Explorer, and in the Ocean Institute’s teaching labs. The conferences are designed for enthusiastic middle and high school girls who have an interest in science.  Girls have the opportunity to explore careers in areas such as oceanography, marine ecology, astronomy, biochemistry, computer science, museum studies, and space exploration.

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“The conference is designed to make girls aware of the range of STEM careers available and their importance to our society.  Young women are given the opportunity to learn how to put themselves on educational paths to a wide variety of careers in science.   We also introduce the girls to mentors.  We have learned that mentoring is one of the most effective ways to help a young woman choose a career in a STEM field.  The Ocean Institute is pleased to both introduce girls to careers previously unknown to them and to the people who can help them get there.” commented Dori Moorehead, the Ocean Institute president and chief executive officer.

Early registration cost is $49.95/participant (Members receive a 10% discount) before Feb 1for middle school and March 1 for high school, and will go up to $65. Cost includes continental breakfast & lunch. Registration required. Register or contact(949) 496-2274.

12th Annual Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition

The Arts Commission selected 12 designs from 200 submissions for the 12th annual Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition. 

Photos courtesy City of LB

On exhibit at City Hall from now through Dec 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be works by Grace Puffer (age 5), Charlotte Jameson (6), Alexander Insaurralde (7), Ella Berberian (8), Savanah Rodriguez (8), Hailey Huynh (9), Ha-Jin Attenborough (9), Isabella Reneder (10), Charlotte Sekerka (11), Gary Davidson (12), Katie Letourneau (12), and Maggie Zegawitz (13).

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

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LBHS Surf Team scholarship fundraiser underway

Buy a tee shirt from a local retailer and support the LBHS Surf Team! The cost is $25. Local stores Hobie, SL&S, and the Orange Inn have generously offered to sell the tees, taking zero profit.  

The proceeds from the sale of this tee shirt will support the LBHS Surf Team scholarship program, and helps one graduating male and female further their education.

Direct donations can be made through the LBHS Scholarship Foundation.

Thanks for your support!

MIG will present and discuss Downtown Specific Plan update at Planning Commission meeting on Dec 14   

The City of Laguna Beach and consultant MIG will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan Update on Wednesday, Dec 14, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. City staff will present draft amendments to the Downtown Specific Plan for discussion with the Planning Commission. 

The focus of the presentation and discussion will be on MIG’s recommended draft amendments to Section I (Introduction) of the existing Downtown Specific Plan document.  A copy of the Section I draft amendments, including a strikethrough/ underline document for reference are available to review on the project webpage (see link included below).  

Additional meetings will occur in 2017 to review draft amendments to other sections of the plan and to further discuss key topics including, but not limited to Parking and Land Use.  

This meeting and future meetings play an essential role to obtain input from the community and direction from the Planning Commission, and to identify the City’s priorities for the future of the Downtown. 
For more information on the Downtown Specific Plan Update contact: Wendy Jung, 

Senior Planner, at 497-0321; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit:

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 120616

DUI Arrests

Natalie Vojak Dittrick, 29, Laguna Niguel – Sunday, December 4 

She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Phillip Edward Schneider, 30, Dana Point – Saturday, Dec 3 Traffic Collision, With a Prior

Cesar David Diego-Ceballos, 31, Lake Forest – Saturday Traffic Collision

Joshua Craig King, 40, Laguna Beach – Saturday

Leopoldo Mezza Jr., 46, Laguna Beach – Friday, December 2

Kenneth Paul Stine, 57, Gainesville, Florida – Friday 


Incident Reports

Saturday, December 3

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Michael Sean Riley, 49, Lake Forest

Donald Lenard Pierce, 43, Laguna Beach

Lauren Vancamp, 21, San Clemente

Lizbeth Vargas, 25, Irvine

Christopher John Taylor, 25, Laguna Beach

He was also arrested for resisting and cited on a warrant for vehicle code violations.

Driftwood Drive & Wesley Drive | Failure to Obey Officer, Suspended License

11:58 p.m. After earlier being told not to drive his vehicle due to a suspended license, officers spotted Matthew Charles Johnson, 29, Laguna Niguel driving his vehicle anyway. He was arrested for driving on a suspended license and for failure to obey a police officer.

Forest Avenue | 300 Block | Vandalism

3:28 p.m. At a party the previous night, business signs were damaged. 

Friday, December 2

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Paul Leslie Ogle, 60, Laguna Beach

Glenneyre Street | 400 Block | Public Intoxication

10:37 p.m. A caller reported two juveniles who appeared to be intoxicated. A sixteen-year-old female from Dana Point was detained and later released to parents.

S. Coast Hwy | 800 Block | False Identification, Drugs

6:17 p.m. Officers arrested Charles Edgar Moore III, 44, San Clemente for giving a false identification and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Resisting

3:12 p.m. Karen Keseloff, 42, no fixed address, was arrested for resisting officers. 

Monterey Street | 31400 Block | Burglary

12:16 p.m. The RP woke up to discover the front and back door of the residence, which had been locked the previous night, were wide open and property was missing. A suspect was named. 

Panorama Drive | 400 Block | Stolen Vehicle

11:07 a.m. An Audi that had been stolen Wednesday night was found with doors ajar and the center console rummaged through. 

Glenneyre Street | 900 Block | Burglary

8:20 a.m. Several pieces of technological and cable equipment valued at $1,200 were stolen.

Panorama Drive | 400 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

4:56 a.m. The RP witnessed two subjects attempting to burglarize vehicles parked in this area. They were successful in entering one, but fled when the RP interrupted them in the process of entering a second.

Thursday, December 1

N. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Defraud Innkeeper

1:18 p.m. A subject walked out on a $454 bill. 

Circle Drive | 31900 Block | Fraud

10:40 a.m. The RP noticed fraudulent activity on his business checking account.

Wednesday, November 30 

S. Coast Hwy | 2000 Block | Warrant

11:21 p.m. After refusing to leave the location, Matt William Norton, 48, San Diego, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

Mountain Road | Mountain Beach | Capsized Vessel 

5:37 p.m. A small sailboat capsized in the surf. The three occupants were able to drag it on to the sand, and declined help. 

Coast Hwy & Wesley Drive | Warrant

1:05 p.m. During a traffic stop, Jese Thomas Vikander, 45, Corona, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for expired vehicle registration.  

Coast Hwy & 3rd Avenue | Warrant

10:19 a.m. Benjamin James Rogers, 22, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for DUI.

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From readers and press releases


Woman’s Club will welcome your Tarnished Treasures

The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club is asking folks for donations of items they don’t want any way.

“What you don’t want may be exactly what someone else does,” said Cheryl Kinsman, Tarnished Treasures Luncheon chair and past mayor.  

Everyone goes home happy. Donations can be deducted from taxes. Buyers get an early start on Christmas shopping and decorating.

And the proceeds from the sales help make the holiday season merrier for needy families in Laguna, a club tradition since 1994. 

“Popular items include holiday decorations, art, jewelry, gently worn clothing, and household goods,” said Kinsman. “Unfortunately, we can’t take large items, such as sofas, mattresses or furniture.”

Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for Thanksgiving and the Friday after, at Kinsman & Kinsman offices, 32355 Coast Highway, near the entrance to lower Three Arch Bay. 

The Woman’s Club at 286 St. Ann’s Drive will accept donations from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursdays, except for Thanksgiving Day.

Dec 8 is the deadline for donations. Reservations for the Dec 9 luncheon ought to be made sooner. 

“We expect the luncheon to be sold out,” warned Kinsman. 

Dec 4 is the deadline for tickets. 

The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $35 for members, $40 for non-members.

Call Rebecca Barber at (949) 499-8000 to make a reservation or for more information.

Barbara Diamond

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Ocean Institute weekend gray whale watching cruises 

The Ocean Institute offers weekend gray whale watching cruises on its 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer giving participants an opportunity to see whales, dolphins, fish, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline.

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Cruises are offered most weekends, upcoming dates include: Nov 19, 26 and Dec 3, 4, 10, 17.  Cruise times are 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Prices are $45 for adult (18-54), $35 seniors (age 55 and up) and active duty military $35 and $25 for children (age 4 to 17). There is a transaction-processing fee for credit card, phone and Internet orders.  

Become an Ocean Institute member and receive a 10% discount. Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.  

Register online at


Jazz Wednesdays for Jan18 – April 12 series season tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale now for the popular Jazz Wednesdays Winter season presented by Laguna Beach Live!  The series includes seven concerts, Jan 18 -April 12, at the distinctive [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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Bill Cunliffe

The Series kicks off on Jan 18with Grammy Award-Winning Pianist Bill Cunliffe and “Imaginacion” for some great Latin Jazz, followed on Feb 1 with Guitarist Bruce Forman Group. On Feb 15, the acclaimed vocalist Spider Saloff joins Live! for cabaret jazz,

March 1 is straight ahead jazz with organist Akiko and drummer Jeff Hamilton and guitarist Graham Dechter. March 15 is a tribute to Cannonball, Nat & Nancy with vocalist Maiya Sykes, saxophonist Jeff Clayton and trumpeter Bijon Watson, followed by cabaret jazz with vocalist Melissa Morgan. 

The series ends on April 12 with Tony Guerrero Quintet.

Concerts are 6 – 8 p.m. and a full bar and buffet dinner menu is available for purchase. Tickets in advance are $20, $25 at the door and a season subscription is $140 for all 7 concerts. 

Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders and Laguna Beach Live! membership. Tickets available online at or by phone at 800-595-4849. Information line is (949) 715-9713.

Sawdust Studio Art 

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 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. 

Visit the website at:


Class Schedules



Thursday, December 8

10 a.m., 10:30, 11, 11:30, 1 p.m., 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30

Glass Blown Ornament

6 p.m.

Holiday Card Making


Friday, December 9

10 a.m.

Say It With Jewelry

2 p.m.

Pottery Wheel


10 a.m., 10:30, 11, 11:30, 1 p.m., 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30

Glass Blown Ornament


Saturday, December 10

10 a.m. 

Holiday Special Ornaments

1 p.m.

Basic Soldering


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