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 



August 23

Carrie Pitt

Greg Trimarche

Kat Toth


August 24

Chris Daniels

Katrina Haley

Nicholas Yrizarry

Roberto Chuy Madrigal

Young Lee


August 25

Brette Miller

Claudia Morales

Dana Detmers

Jen Moore

Shauna Bogert


August 26

Brian Isley

Melissa Cavanaugh

Wendy Potter


August 27

Ann Paredes Gendrolis

Greg Richardson

Jennie Riker


August 28

Jeanine Eunice Veldhuis

Ken Jillson

Matt Clements

Quentin Kunaka

Robb Gallegos

Suzette Lipscomb


August 29

Andrew Deur

Bert Myers

Erin Karbon

Laura Baptista

Leon Rosen

Tammie Arnold

Menopause the Musical will run for two weeks only at the Laguna Playhouse

GFour Productions, winners of 54 Drama Desk and 44 Tony Awards, are thrilled to bring back the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to Laguna Beach in all its hilarious glory. The show will open on Wed, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. and run through Sun, Sept 11.

Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.”  Now celebrating 15 years of female empowerment through musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead. 

Set in a department store, the show features four women who meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the all-female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”

The laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.  

Menopause The Musical®, now in its 15th year of production, is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. 

The musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries. 

For more information, visit

Performances will be Wed, Thurs and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. 

Tickets prices range from $50 - $60 for all seats and can be purchased online at or by calling 949-497-ARTS (2787).  Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. The box office is open Mon – Sat 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sound Spectrum



1. Avalanches, Wildflower

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2. Jah Mex, Soul Garden

3. Blink 182, California

4. Stephen Marley Rev II – The Fruit of Life

5. Paul Simon, Stranger To Stranger

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway

7. Michael Franti, Soul Rocker

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8. Radiohead, Moon Shaped Pool

9. Jeff Beck, Loud Hailer 

10. Dirty Heads, Dirty Heads

12. Mudcrutch, 2

13. Eric Clapton, Still I Do

14. Santana, IV 

15. Edward Sharpe, Person A

16. Flume, Flume

17. Lumineers, Cleopatra

18. Lianne La Havas, Blood

19. Jeff Buckley, You and I

20. Meghan Trainor, Thank You

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1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Council delays view ordinance hearing to its Aug 30 meeting


By Barbara Diamond

City officials pulled the hearing on the revision of the view preservation ordinance from the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

The proposed revision would allow the removal of vegetation or trees that block views to an “egregious” degree without permission of the tree owner. It has been rescheduled for Aug. 30. All five council members voted in June to delay a vote on the revision until Tuesday’s meeting, with a majority indicating they favored the proposal.

Councilman Rob Zur Schmiede said at the June 14 meeting that the proposed revision might be an extra tool that is needed only in extreme instances. 

However, Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman said the proposal could lead to litigation and she would prefer to stick with the current process. She claimed that there is a “war on trees” and she feared the proposed revision could be abused.  

The unrevised ordinance does not permit trespassing on homeowners’ properties without permission to remove an offending  tree. Property owners are required to try to reach a solution before filing a claim, which would be considered at a public hearing.

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Victoria Skimboards, in partnership with The Ranch at Laguna Beach, hosts “The VIC 2016” on Aug 27 & 28

Global skimboard competition celebrates 40th anniversary

Victoria Skimboards will host “The VIC 2016” at Aliso Beach, California on Aug 27 & 28. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the VIC competition, the longest-running and most prestigious contest of its kind in the world. 

Professional and amateur skimboarders of all ages are invited to compete in their respective divisions, and a World Champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the competition. A livestream of the event can be viewed on at the entire weekend of competition. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, Aug 26: Skimboard Competition Practice (open to public)

Saturday, Aug 27: Preliminary Competition (starts at 8 a.m., open to public)

Sunday, Aug 28: Finals (starts at 8:30 a.m., open to public) and closing ceremony (starts at 7 p.m., invited guests only)

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is the official host hotel for “The VIC 2016”, and is offering a special “Victoria Skimboards Event Package” for attending boarders and guests. Details of the hotel guest package include: special overnight accommodations starting at $359; access to Pro Boarder meet-and-greet reception on Saturday, Aug 27; access to closing ceremony on Sunday, Aug 28; 10% discount to the official VIC shop; and a VIC Swag Bag including 40th Anniversary t-shirt and hat, set of traction pads, stickers, bar of wax, and Victoria Skimboards poster. 

Skimboarding lessons with Vic Team Pros are offered at $50 per child, per day. 

Victoria Skimboards will also host group lessons for all skill levels in the days leading up to the competition. Lessons will be available on Aug 23-26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ($50 per session), and will be instructed by a professional Victoria Team Riders.

To book an overnight hotel package, visit  or call (877) 724-1096.

For more information on “The VIC 2016:” Event is open to the public on a complimentary basis.

 Any way you slice it, we have great pizza in Laguna

Story and photos by LAURA BUCKLE

This week’s restaurant report is one with a bit of a twist. With summer coming to a close, I thought I would concentrate on one food group that I am sure 90 percent of people in Laguna Beach have tried over this endless summer period. Pizza!

There are numerous restaurants that offer great pizza in Laguna Beach, but for the purposes of this article I decided to concentrate on take-out pizza establishments.

There were two ideal people I could take with me on this food journey and they were my son Jesse, aka the bottomless pit, and his food-loving friend Vincent, who, with his Italian roots, really knows his pizza. 

Our journey began at zpizza….

zpizza was founded in Laguna Beach and is a true Laguna original, located at 30822 Coast Highway. Their dough is made from non-GMO wheat flour prepared fresh every day, hand-thrown and fire-baked until uniquely crisp. They pride themselves in quality ingredients including award-winning skim mozzarella from Wisconsin, certified organic tomato sauce, MSG-free pepperoni, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce. 

zpizza also prides itself on its gluten-free and vegan options.

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zpizza: last in the alphabet, but Laura’s number one place for slices

zpizza has pizza available by the slice over the counter at an incredibly reasonable $3.25 including tax per slice. There were two “by the slice” pizza options available: the tomato and basil, and the pepperoni. The boys chose one of each.  The pizza base on this was perfect, fairly thin. The tomato sauce was rich and the right amount.  

The cheese was on the light side (which I prefer), however the topping, in this case the pepperoni, was fully loaded.  It was a delicious slice of pizza, very fresh, and because of the non-heavy cheese did not feel “unhealthy.” 

For people who don’t want to indulge in pizza, zpizza also offers a wider menu with options of salads, sandwiches and shareable plates.


Domino’s Pizza was the largest of the “chain stores” we visited for our report.  Established in 1960 as a single pizza delivery service, it now has 9,000 stores in more than 60 countries. Its Laguna Beach location is 1100 S Coast Hwy Suite 205.

Domino’s does not offer a per-slice option. And unlike the other places we visited, it does not have a sit down restaurant area. It’s only a takeout service. So we ordered a small pizza, half cheese and half “meatzza.” 

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Domino’s: Dominant in number of stores nationally, and abundant in cheese

The meatzza is a carnivore’s dream: pepperoni, sausage, beef, ham, sliced Italian sausage, salami, onions and extra cheese adorn the base. The pizza was $7.43 with tax and for the number of toppings was an incredibly good value. 

The pizza itself was nice, however the cheese was pretty heavy, and on the meatzza, the oil from the salami and the other meats made it slightly greasy. Lots of napkins were required. The boys only had one piece each. 

Domino’s offers an extensive menu including sandwiches, pasta, sharing plates, chicken wings and desserts. It also caters for gluten free options and vegetarian. However, there are no vegan options. 

Pizza Bar

Interestingly enough, Pizza Bar is the only pizza establishment I had not tried before this report. Located at 397 S. Coast Hwy, it is a restaurant as well as a takeout and delivery establishment.

What really impressed us was the huge variety of pizza slices. There were 10 available for us to choose from. The cost per slice was $5.50 including tax. The boys chose a BBQ chicken slice and a Supreme; the Supreme was topped with pepperoni, mushroom, bell peppers, olives, onion and bacon. 

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Pizza Bar is the best, bar none, for the sheer variety of sliced pizza

The pizza base was really tasty and thin crust. The tomato sauce was delicious but not as thick as on the slices at previous places we had visited. The toppings were plentiful and the cheese was light.  

The slices were a little small, but the staff recognized this and gave us extra to compensate. The menu is extensive. The Pizza Bar offers a varied selection of appetizers, pasta, salads, ciabatta sandwiches, wraps, gyros, desserts and gelato.

They also offer fruit smoothies and ice-blended coffees. The boys and I agreed that this place was well worth another visit and a further exploration of the menu.


Our pizza journey ended at Gina’s. Gina’s has been established in Laguna Beach since 1975 and is a firm favorite within the local community. 

Gina’s does offer a by-the-slice option. However, do not expect to walk in and walk out quickly. Gina’s prides itself in preparing each slice of pizza individually, ensuring that it is fresh every time. The menu says it may take up to 10 minutes to get your order. It did take longer than this for us, though, as it was very busy.

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Gina’s: “the bottomless pit’s” favorite place for sliced pizza

The boys chose a slice of “Godfather” pepperoni, including Italian sausage, crisp bacon, meatballs, pastrami, roasted garlic topped with mozzarella, and a Margherita pizza, consisting of roasted garlic aioli, fresh Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil topped with mozzarella.

Pizza by the slice starts at $3.49, with an additional charge of 69 cents per topping.

The pizza slices were huge. The base was great, tasty not too thin, not too deep.  The tomato sauce was rich and tasty and the toppings plentiful. The pizza was very heavy on the cheese – for me, it was practically like another crust, but the boys loved it.

In conclusion

We are so lucky to have such a great variety of pizza establishments in Laguna Beach, all varying in price, but all offering something different. We enjoyed them all.

My personal favorite was zpizza, I like the ingredients they use and the variety of their pizza toppings. I also really enjoy their gluten free pizza base. My son’s friend Vincent agreed with my choice. 

My son, “the bottomless pit,” however, is a Gina’s boy. For him there is an association with running from the beach after surfing to grab a slice before going home, so I knew before we had even started this report that it would be his favorite. 

But in short, there are enough options in town to satisfy just about anybody.

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August 26, 2016

Our run of warm ocean temps almost hit record levels

Local surface ocean temps have rebounded somewhat after last week’s chill-down, which saw levels sink into the low 60s. Wasn’t that run of 77 to 79-degree water just wonderful? That’s what most of Hawaii averages year round. Our warmest water temp here in Laguna, at least in recorded history, is 81 degrees – so we weren’t that far off the record for warm water. That occurrence of 81-degree water first happened in September of 1939, thanks to a strong El Niño and eventually a land-falling tropical system that found its way all the way to Southern Cal because of the warm water.

Through extensive research of El Niño, they have discovered that in 1858, an actual Category 2 hurricane made landfall somewhere in the San Diego area. Due to the sparse population back then, damage was at a minimum as were casualties. 

Just to refresh your memory, a tropical system needs that environment of 80-degree water or warmer to stay fueled. Those two landfalls – the one in 1858 and 1939 – had water temps right around the 80-degree mark off our coast.

Here on the West Coast, we don’t have to worry too much about land-falling tropical systems, as most years when there’s not an El Niño, the water is too cold to accommodate these storms. But on the East Coast, where they have the Gulf Stream, water temps can approach 80 degrees all the way up to the Northeast and New England Coast. As a result, the East Coast usually gets hit somewhere between Texas and Maine at least every two years.

Over the years there have been several devastating Category 5 storms that have made landfall along the eastern coasts. The deadliest one with the most casualties for that time was in 1900 in Galveston, Texas. Katrina in 2005 shattered all casualties and damage records when it made landfall on the Mississippi Coast on Aug 29th. 

These spinners can form in any tropical ocean; they’re just called different names. In the South Pacific, these hurricanes are called typhoons. In the Indian Ocean, they’re called cyclones. And sometimes in Australia, they refer to them as willy-willies. They all possess of course the “eye”, the center of the storm, and they can all reach Category 5 or stronger.

Right now, through late Aug and Sept, is the peak formation time normally – this is a time when they form off the West Coast of Africa near the Cape Verde Islands and then trek in a general westward movement. They can take a week to 10 days to travel those 3000 miles across the Atlantic.

What makes the East Coast of our United States so vulnerable is they face the hurricanes as they approach from the east, and they get plowed right into; while on our coast, they generally move away from land. So we’re pretty safe here. All we’ve got to worry about are earthquakes and wildfires.

Although we’re out of the woods on hurricanes this year, we’re coming up on what is normally Laguna’s hottest month of the year, September. Usually every other Sept we can expect some day to get close to 100 degrees. 

And it usually happens right when school starts.

Enjoy your weekend – see ya Tuesday!

Barbara’s Column

Canvas for a Cause - LPAPA raises funds to match city grant


Photos courtesy LPAPA

Plein Air is to painting, what al fresco is to eating

Both bring a breath of fresh air that satisfies a hunger.

Laguna’s long love affair with plein air painters began with Norman St. Clair, who is credited with enticing other artists to Laguna after acclimating himself to warmer, sunnier climes - and the light, ah, the light of Southern California. They brought fame to Laguna in the early 1900s as an Art Colony. 

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. founded in 1996 by Saim Caglayan, revived and has continued the traditions of those pioneering artists.  

Sunday, the association hosted Canvas for a Cause to raise funds to match the city’s $50,000 grant. Ten teams set up easels on Main Beach, followed by an auction of their works at the Ocean & Forest Gallery. 

Each team included a prominent member of the community and at least one artist, except for Caglayan’s, which had three painters: himself, Kyoko Ishigami and Pierre Bouret

The teams had two hours to complete a painting and all members of the team were required to participate.    

“I touched the brush and the brush touched the painting,” said Mark Christy, the local celebrity for the Celeste Gilles team, which included painter John Crosby.

Team Cheryl Kinsman was converted to Team Tom Lamb when she was unable to attend the event. Anthony Salvo was the team’s painter. Festival of Arts board member Anita Mangels completed the trio. 

“I laid the foundation for the entire work,” said Mangels. 

Team Harry Bithell was the first to complete a painting, well ahead of the two-hour limit. The prominent participant was City Councilman Kelly Boyd, the painter Tom Swimm. Suzi Bithell observed.

 Team harry: Kelly Boyd (L), Tom Swimm, Harry Bithell

Swimm who prefers studio painting, was made an offer to participate in the paint-out that he couldn’t refuse: his wife, Rosemary, is the executive director of LPAPA.

Laguna College of Art and Design President Jonathan Burke also had some adjusting to do.

“My medium is oils but plein air - not so much,” said Burke, decked out in T-shirt designed by a LCAD staff member Carol Covarrubias. “It’s so challenging - the light keeps moving.”  

Burke was the celebrity member of Team Jeff Sewell, an artist. Artist Fernando Micheli was the third member of the team.

Team Jeff: Jeff Sewell (L) and Jonathan Burke

Mayor Steve Dicterow served as the prominent local on Ludo Leideritz’s team. David Downes was also a member.

Team Debra Huse’s team was composed of Carol Urie, artist Calvin Liang and Randy Higbee

The irrepressible Pat Kollenda said Team Melanie Froysaa’s entry was mostly grey and white.

“I couldn’t screw it up,” she said. “But watching an artist bringing it to life was inspiring.”

The artist was Rick Delanty.

Team Melanie: The winners! Rick Delanty (L), Pat Kollenda and Melanie Froysaa 

Rita Pacheco was the artist on the team headed by LPAPA board member Mary Linda Strotkamp. Jeff Pierce and Faye Baglin completed the team.

Team Toni Kellenberg’s team included artist Michael Obermeyer and Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum. 

Team Toni: Toni Kellenberg and Michael Obermeyer

When the two-hour deadline was called, all the paintings were framed and carted off to the gallery for the wine and cheese reception and the live auction. 

National Charity League member Luci Becker assisted. The 15-year-old Laguna Beach High School student was a bronze winner in the recent Festival of Arts Junior Gallery judging.  

Team Melanie’s work brought in the highest bid - $6,275. “I did the sky,” said Baglin.

Mary Linda team’s entry raised another $5,570 and Team Toni’s entry brought in $4,825.

All told, the auction raised $32,300. 

“Because of that and donations, we will match the city’s grant,” said Swimm. 

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

Laguna Beach – Looking Back

Photo series courtesy The Laguna Beach Historical Society

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Laguna Avenue & El Paseo – 1930s

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.

Sawdust Art Festival event calendar, 

Final Weekend, Aug 26-28: 

Friday, Aug 26: Studio Art Classes, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Silk Painting with Olivia Batchelder. Cost: $95. Laguna Beach Artist of the Year, Batchelder, will be offering her ‘Laguna Flora on Silk’ Silk Painting Class as a two hour Sawdust Studio Art class! Following a brief demonstration, students will choose and mix their own colors and learn the process of painting on silk. Paint a beautiful textured silk piece with the artist that will be ready to take home at the end of class. The SSAC program highlights the artistic history of Laguna Beach while providing professional Sawdust artists the opportunity to teach their craft in hands-on classes. For a full schedule and reservations visit:

Daily: Ceramic Center, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 9 p.m., Throw A Pot: One-on-one instruction at the potter’s wheel for all ages, Cost: Free with admission to take home as greenware, $10 to glaze, fire and pick up; $18 to glaze, fire and ship to your home.

Daily: Children’s Art Spot, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m., & 3:30 5:30 p.m.Classes are for kids ages 4+. Art fun for the little ones. *Free with admission, although most are complimentary, some classes and workshops may require a materials fee.

Daily: Studio One, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m. & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Painting, printmaking, collages and a wide variety of art workshops for visitors ages 7 to adult. Cost: Free with admission.

Daily Live Music Schedule, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Free with Festival admission

Enjoy live entertainment at three outdoor stages, the Tavern, Grill, and Main Deck, on the festival grounds. Musical acts of all genres, roving entertainment, and much more are on schedule to perform during our festival.

Friday, Aug 26: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Poul Pedersen, Tavern & Sabrina Lentini, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dupp Brothers, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Mike & Selly, Tavern, & Alisa Eisenberg – Solo, Grill; 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., World Anthem, Main Deck.

Dance, have fun and enjoy a fabulous Friday night with World Anthem

Saturday, Aug 27: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Kalama Brothers, Tavern &Jodi Siegel, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Moonshine, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Adam Lasher Trio, Tavern & Willie Ames, Grill; 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Missiles of October, Main Deck.

Missiles of October will jam this Saturday Night at the Sawdust’s Main Stage

Sunday, Aug 28: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Salty Suites, Tavern & Kevin Miso Solo, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Porterhouse Bob, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tricia Freeman Solo, Tavern, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Upstream, Main Deck

Upstream will bring down the house on the closing night Sunday

The Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through Aug 28 Tickets are Adults: $9, Senior 65+: $7, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 & under: free. For more information on these and upcoming programs, visit the Sawdust Art Festival at or call 494-3030. The Sawdust is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road.

Art-A-Fair art and live musical entertainment

Friday - Sunday, Final Weekend

Free Admission to the Art-A-Fair Saturday and Sunday 

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Last chance to enjoy the lovely ambiance and 125 extraordinary local, national and international artists during Art-A-Fair’s final weekend


Live music schedule Friday - Sunday

Friday, Aug 26, 5 – 9 p.m.: Shades of J (Rhythm, Country, Blues)

Saturday, Aug 27, 12 – 4 p.m.: Drexx Cannon (Jazz, R & B)

& 5 – 9 p.m.: Ohio Trio Plus (Motown)

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Drexx Cannon


Sunday, Aug 28, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Big Papa and the TCB (Jump, Blues, Rock, Swing) & 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Surftones (Surf, 60’s)

Big Papa’s upbeat music will fill the festival closing day on Sunday

To walk through the beautiful arches of Laguna Art-A-Fair is to experience the creative ambience of 125 extraordinary local, national and international artists – to visit with them and observe their techniques. Nationally recognized as a premier exhibition of artwork in Laguna Beach for the past 50 years, Laguna Art-A-Fair is a juried fine art show. 

All mediums of original fine art are represented – including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, pencil, drawing, mixed media, photography, ceramics, wood, glass, jewelry, gourds, leather, sculpture and digital art – and one can find everything from a $4 greeting card to a multi-thousand dollar showpiece. A wonderful Exhibitor Directory is given to everyone attending Laguna Art-A-Fair, containing a map of the artists’ locations with sample works of each artist. 

For more information about Art-A-Fair artists, music, and events, and to purchase tickets, please call 494-4514 or visit The Art-A-Fair is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, the closing day of the season. Tickets for adults, $7.50 for seniors (65+), military and students $5.50 and children 12 and under are free. The one time ticket price allows for free entry during the season. Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

Art-To-Go Shoe Show sale goes final at FOA 8-31 

Well-heeled art lovers who’ve appreciated the Art-To-Go Shoe Show at Festival of Arts during the summer will be pleased to hear that the fundraising sale will continue daily now through Wednesday August 31 at 11 p.m. 

Collectors will enjoy 40 – 60 percent off on beautiful new originals with prices starting as low as $70.

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Photo by Mike Tauber

Dagmar Chaplin’s Penny Loafer is one of the works on sale at the FOA

Both open themed and shoe themed works are available by twenty exhibitors including Bruce Burr, Bill Denham, Dagmar Chaplin, Mary Church, Baldemar Fiero, Jeffrey Frisch, Susan Hoehn, Dan Skaggs, Fabrice Spies, Marie Tippetts, Cliff Wassman, and many more.

Proceeds help artists suffering hardship from disaster, medical conditions, or unfortunate circumstances. All buyers of these artworks will qualify to win a two-night stay at The Tides Inn.

To view the Online Gallery, visit, call (949) 612-1949, or watch https://youtube/gIGIrGg9VdQ

Just Another Laguna Beach Sunset!

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Scott Brashier

Want to be in the know? Sign up for Nixle – it’s easy


Laguna Canyon Road was closed for hours one day last week. Information was posted on the city’s website, Twitter, Facebook (StuNewsLaguna and the city page) and Instagram, which was fine for folks who were checking for traffic information on their computers or cell phones. Otherwise, not so good.

There is a better way. It’s called Nixle.

“Nixle is a communications platform, that our residents can sign up for to be notified by landline or mobile phone, text or e-mail of emergencies or traffic congestion,” said Police Chief Laura Farinella. “It’s free to sign up but message and data rates may apply.”

About 4,000 residents have taken advantage of the service, Farinella said.  

“Nixle replaces the old and less efficient traffic alert,” said City Manager John Pietig. “We encourage everyone to sign up.”  

The platform works as a companion to AlertOC to inform residents of a larger area emergency. 

Signing up is easy, even for Luddites. To access the easily understood tutorial, go to the city’s website, and click on the icon for Text Alerts. Simply fill in the box provided on the website.

Nixle was founded in San Francisco in 2008, tested for 45 days in Chula Vista, after which the city adopted the program. 

By 2010 more than 4,600 cities had opted for Nixle.

“Wine and Sign” cabaret at No Square Sept 9

Laguna’s No Square Theatre will host a cabaret and book-signing event on Sept 9 at 7 p.m., highlighting “From the Errors of Others: How to Avoid Embarrassing Mistakes in Writing and Speaking” by local author Rebecca Lyles. 

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The evening includes dinner, followed by original parody songs performed by popular entertainers Saif Eddin, Rufino Cabang, Kathi Gillmore, and Chloe Lovato, readings from the book, Q&A with the author, and book signings afterward. 

The musical numbers take a satirical poke at subjects from the book: editing, punctuation, deceptive language, and how others judge us by the way we speak. All delivered with irreverent, tongue-in-cheek humor. “From the Errors of Others” is a collection of short, instructive essays and true anecdotes about awkward – often funny – blunders and missteps that the author has observed throughout a long corporate career as a technical writer, editor, and manager. Lyles invites readers to laugh about the guilty without laughing at them, and learn how to avoid repeating their mistakes. 

The author lives in Laguna Beach, sings in the LagunaTunes Community Chorus, and is a contributing lyricist for the annual “roast of the coast,” No Square Theatre’s Lagunatics. 

Wine and Sign Cabaret tickets are $20, and include dinner. Purchase tickets online at No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School. 

Buy “From the Errors of Others” at the event or online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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8th Annual Girls Night Out event benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach set for September 29

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Sandie Ward Photography

The 8th Annual Girls Night Out event held exclusively for women will take place at the spectacular Wilson family home in Laguna Beach on Thursday, Sept 29 from 6 – 10 p.m. Early bird tickets are selling for $125 ($150 after Sept 15), and can be purchased on the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach website:

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Paula Arnold and Holly Wilson

Wilson Automotive Group, Montage Laguna Beach, Newport Lexus, Starfish, and Winston’s Crown Jewelers (who are donating an amazing 19.64 Carat Cabochon Australian Fire Opal and a gift certificate to design your own piece) generously support this event. This Opal Package valued at $10,000 and is part of this year’s Opportunity Drawing at Girls Night Out. The Club will only sell 200 opportunity drawing tickets for a chance to win the Opal Package from Winston’s Crown Jewelers. Opportunity drawing tickets sell for $100 each, and can be purchased online at or by calling Michelle at 494-2535 x 103. 

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach provides childhood experiences designed to keep children healthy, active, and “thinking” while having fun. Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club, Pam Estes, adds, “The Boys & Girls Club has filled a vital role in our community and we will continue to do so for generations to come.” 

With fantastic food and drinks provided by Girls Night Out partner Starfish coupled with a breathtaking setting, this amazing event will, as always, sell out. Reserve your ticket today by going on-line to

If you love Girls Night Out or The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and would like to get more involved by becoming an event sponsor or joining a fun Events Committee, contact Michelle Ray at (949) 494-2535 x 103.

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Laguna Beach Democratic Club meets Sept 3 – 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept 3 at 7 p.m., join in and celebrate the grand opening of the Laguna Beach Democratic Club Campaign 2016 Headquarters at the historical Boom Boom located at 1401 S. Coast Hwy. 

The Laguna Beach Democratic Club has been in existence since 1946.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Laguna Beach Live! new venue, new sound…Montage Oct 12

Laguna Beach Live! is bringing the mega funky East Bay Soul, the brainchild of Grammy and Emmy nominated trumpeter Greg Adams, to Montage Laguna Beach on Wednesday Oct 12. A founding member of Tower Of Power, legendary for the horn arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own, Greg is the driving force behind East Bay Soul. 

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Greg Adams (second from right) and East Bay Soul

The expansive ensemble creates a union that has been nothing short of musically miraculous. With extraordinary combined talents and the incredible energy they each bring to the music, East Bay Soul is dedicated to a singular vision of bringing their brand of funk and the magic to their live performance. – a blend of Funk Jazz, R&B and Soul.

Adding to this magic will be the wonderful cabaret setting outdoors at Montage Laguna Beach. Enjoy the sunset with table seating and a delicious buffet. Tickets are on sale to Laguna Beach Live! members and then to the public on Sept 6. 

Concert tickets will be $20-50, food and beverages, priced separately, will be $15 and under, and parking at Montage Laguna Beach will be only $5 for concert patrons.

More information at or phone 949-715-9713.

Thurston Middle School earns a top state PBIS recognition

The California PBIS coalition recently recognized Thurston Middle School for successful implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at the Platinum level. California’s inaugural System of Recognition reflects excellence in the measurement of fidelity as well as efforts in implementing the core features of PBIS.

PBIS is a framework for enhancing the adoption and implementation of a continuum of interventions that can be visualized as a triangle. It has three tiers: primary prevention, with resources and supports available to all children in a school; secondary prevention for a more tailored group of students displaying at-risk behavior; and tertiary prevention, specialized individualized systems of support for those who display high-risk behavior.

Thurston’s program uses the acronym SMART to encourage all students to Solve problems, Make great decisions, Achieve, Respect, and to be There and ready. A SMART Card is given to students who demonstrate commendable behavior or achievement at Thurston. The card can be traded for various rewards, such as front of the lunch line passes, SMART assemblies, or PTA and community-sponsored rewards.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Platinum-level school. Our effort to support students socially, emotionally and academically, while providing a safe environment is endless and we will continue to seek ways in which we can improve,” said Jenny Salberg, principal of Thurston. 

“I am proud of our SMART program and everyone who contributes to make Thurston great.”

Thurston Middle School will be listed on the California PBIS coalition webpage and acknowledged at the first annual California PBIS Coalition Conference in Sacramento on Sept 22, 2016.

Boys Basketball League fall sign-ups begin Sept 6 at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

Registration will open soon for the Boys Basketball League at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Canyon Branch this fall. 

The cost for club members to participate is $100 per player for the entire season. That includes pre-season camp, team uniforms, and league trophies. Non-club members who wish to participate for the fall season will have to pay $100, plus yearly club membership of $150. Registration will run from Sept 6 – 30. A late fee will be applied for all registrations after Sept 30. 

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Club members and hoops players Carlton Helfer and Walker Mondragon

Player evaluations are mandatory for all players and will be held the week of Oct 3-7. Four sessions Pre-Season Basketball Camp starts Oct 10 (parents can call the Club for days and times). Practices begin Nov 1 and games will start in Dec. 

Boys & Girls Club Athletic Director Hans Laroche has an outstanding reputation among both Club kids and parents for making this league a great experience for everyone involved. From grades Kindergarten through 9th grade, all participants learn basketball skills, enhance their self-esteem and have a great time being part of a team! 

Volunteer opportunities are also available for parents interested in coaching teams. It is the best instructional basketball league for boys around. 

Annual sponsorship opportunities, which support Boys & Girls Club Athletic programs are available. For just $500, your family or business name can be displayed on a colorful banner hung in the Club’s gym for one year. These banners are seen by over 600 Laguna families each year. 

For more information, call Michelle at 494-2535 x7584, or email her at mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chabad Laguna Beach film series

Sunday, Sept 18 - The Entebbe Rescue – 40 years later

Sasson (Sassy) Reuven, a former Israeli paratrooper and now a California resident and father of three, participated in a hostage-rescue operation in 1976 that became not just the stuff of legend, but an Emmy Award-nominated film, “Operation Thunderbolt,” which takes its name from the then-secret maneuver.

Reuven’s personal step by step experience in this operation, along with reflections on religious and ethnic tolerance - is the subject of his talk, “Raid on Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt, on Sunday, Sept 18, 7 p.m., at the Chabad Jewish Center in Laguna Beach. A question-and-answer session will follow.

On June 27, 1976, nearly 250 unwitting Paris-bound passengers - most of whom were Jewish and Israeli - took off in an Air France plane from Tel Aviv, only to be hijacked and then diverted first to Benghazi, Libya, and ultimately to Entebbe, Uganda. There, the hostages were held by terrorists under the command of the late dictator Idi Amin.

On July 4, the terrifying 90-minute “Operation Thunderbolt,” carried out by the Israeli army under the guidance of the Mossad, resulted in hundreds of lives saved and the death of every hijacker. One who didn’t survive the rescue mission was Commander Yonatan Netanyahu, the brother of Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

To RSVP, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 499 – 0770. Chabad is located across the street from Montage Laguna Beach.

Registration is $18 per person in advance or $25 at the door. 

Event sponsorship is $180.

DUI checkpoint resulted in two arrests last Saturday

The Laguna Beach Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Aug 20 in the area of Irvine Cove and North Coast Highway between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. 90% of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

The Results:

1750 Vehicles through the checkpoint

845 Drivers Greeted

1 DUI-Alcohol suspect arrested

1 DUI-Drug impaired suspect arrested

3 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked

4 Other citations issued

The Laguna Beach Police Department will be conducting additional enforcement and education campaigns throughout 2016, in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.

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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 082616

DUI Arrests

Theodore Marks, 22, Tustin – Monday, August 22


Incident Reports

Wednesday, August 24

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Gualterio Montes de Oca, 45, no fixed address

Seyed Shahrayesh, 29, Mission Viejo

Wesley & Coast | Warrant

7:33 a.m. During a traffic stop, 29-year-old Hugo Garcia of San Juan Capistrano was arrested for an outstanding $500 Harbor Court warrant for vehicle code violations.

Tuesday, August 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Lina Kreymer, 43, no fixed address

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

9:49 p.m. Terry Sanders, 38, Vallejo was arrested for trespassing. 

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Battery

5:40 p.m. Mary Tracy Petrasich, 58, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was $500. 

Blue Lagoon | 0 Block | Fraud

4:28 p.m. The RP’s credit card was fraudulently used for $1,000. 

Samoa Way | 1400 Block | Fraud

3:32 p.m. An unknown subject opened a Kohl’s account under the RP’s wife’s name. 

Santa Rosa Court | 200 Block | Burglary, residential

2:46 p.m. Following a loud noise, the RP witnessed a subject running from his neighbor’s house carrying a safe. The back window to the residence was broken, but the subject dropped the safe before leaving in a vehicle.

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Petty theft

9:57 a.m. A wrap valued at $46 was taken from a store.

S. Coast Hwy | 2200 Block | Theft from a vehicle

9:34 a.m. Keys and ear buds were taken from an unlocked car.

Coast Hwy | 31900 Block | Fraud

7:23 a.m. A customer paid with two fake $100 bills.

Monday, August 22

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Albert Giordano, 53, Connecticut

Jeffrey Noon, 62, no fixed address

Karen Keseloff, 42, no fixed address

She was also arrested for a municipal code violation.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Assault 

7:27 p.m. Officers responded to the parking lot following a report that a suspect had pushed a victim and drove him into a nearby fence. The victim was not injured and the suspect fled prior to officers arriving. The case is being investigated.

Temple Hills Drive | 2500 Block | Petty theft

11:09 a.m. In April, a former employee took an iPhone 6+ valued at $800 and has refused to return it, despite it being disabled. 

N. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Grand theft

8:10 a.m. Sometime after Saturday night, a pot valued at $5,000 was taken. 

Sunday, August 21

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jeffrey Noon, 62, no fixed address

He was also arrested for possession of a prescription drug without a prescription.

Araceli Carrillo, 23, Whittier

Jeffrey Jason Beltz, 46, no fixed address

Wayne William Chancey, 44, no fixed address

Lina Kreymer, 43, no fixed address

She was also arrested for battery following reports of a fight.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Grand theft

7:12 p.m. When the RP set their bag down, a suspect grabbed it and the victim’s phone and left in a vehicle. The bag contained about $2,000 in jewelry. 

Glenneyre Street | 2500 Block | Resisting, warrant

4:49 p.m. Officers were informed that a woman the RP’s son has a restraining order against was refusing to leave the premises. Upon their arrival, that woman fled. Kailie Irene Nelson, 22, Laguna Beach was arrested for resisting arrest. Desmond Shea McNamara, 26, Laguna Beach was arrested for a $15,000 Harbor Court warrant for domestic violence.

N. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Theft from a vehicle x2

11:06 a.m. Prescription sunglasses valued at $600 were taken from two vehicles. 

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Domestic violence

10:48 a.m. Paul Laos, 55, Laguna Beach was arrested for domestic violence with bail set at $50,000.

N. Coast Hwy | 900 Block | Petty theft

10:09 a.m. The RP had a friend leave a purse in a mailbox overnight. By morning, it was gone. Loss was $200, including a wallet with credit cards. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

9:57 a.m. Bhabani Prasanna Singh, 63, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on a warrant for being drunk in public. Bail was $1,500.

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From readers and press releases


LBaa to hold council candidate forum at Laguna Playhouse on morning of Sept 10 

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBaa) will hold a candidates’ forum on Saturday, Sept 10 from 9:30 a.m. - noon at the Laguna Playhouse. The public is cordially invited to attend.

All council candidates have been invited: Steve Dicterow, Judie Mancuso, Verna Rollinger and Bob Whalen.

The discussion will be moderated by Festival of Arts Board Member Anita Mangels and is generously hosted by the Laguna Playhouse. LBAA has prepared a series of questions that address the arts in Laguna Beach on topics that range from representation of the nude figure in public art to the challenges of parking in the arts district. 

The creative community is encouraged to participate and show their support for the arts, which is responsible for generating substantial City revenue. 


Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the forum will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Tests offered at LBHS on 8/29 help guard against sudden cardiac arrest

Laguna-based Heartfelt Cardiac Projects (HCP), is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to saving lives from this nation’s number one killer – Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) – will be offering cardiac screening at Laguna Beach High School during the school’s “Breaker Day” on Monday Aug 29.  

The screening, which will take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. is open to the public, anyone from the age of five and up. 

Participants will receive $1,500 worth of comprehensive cardiac evaluation, including an electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) and echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound), for a donation of only $85.

SCA is the #1 killer in the US.  It is also the #1 killer of women in this country, and a young athlete dies from SCA every three days in the US.  Early detection saves lives but is not generally offered for the public and/or not typically covered by insurance.

Young people’s lives have been saved by Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

HCP has saved and protected hundreds of lives throughout Orange County and its goal is to keep the local community from losing loved ones to what can often be a preventable tragedy. 

Register and schedule appointments online at /
. Then on Breaker Day, go to room 74 at the High School, located at 625 Park Ave.

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LB Garden Club will host author Kathryn Aalto Sept 9

On Friday, Sept 9, author Kathryn Aalto will make a presentation to the Laguna Beach Garden Club entitled, “The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood,” a visually-rich journey through the natural and literary landscape of the world’s most beloved children’s book. This is especially meaningful, as the 90th Anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh is in October. The Club will have copies of the book for sale and Ms. Aalto will be taking time after her presentation to sign any purchased copies. 

The Laguna Beach Garden Club meets on the second Friday of every month, Sept through May at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Avenue. Social begins at 9:30 a.m. and the General Meeting at 10. The public is welcome and there is no charge for guests on their first visit. Before or after the meeting, feel free to browse the outdoor “Garden Boutique” where donated garden-related items and plants can be purchased at “dirt-cheap” prices. Fantastic garden gloves only $7/pair. Parking is free in the Laguna Canyon Rd lot (spaces 300-422) or $3 for all day in spaces 185-228. 

For more information on the garden club: 


Author Kathryn Aalto

Kathryn Aalto is a writer, designer, historian and lecturer. For the past 25 years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world. She grew up in the San Joaquin Valley surrounded by peach, walnut and almond orchards. 

She was educated at Berkeley, Western Washington University, the London College of Garden Design and the University of Bristol. Kathryn is working on her third book and contributes articles to Devon Life on gardening and natural history. She lives in Devon, England with her family.

As a garden designer, Kathryn’s projects are diverse in scope. She designs classic to contemporary gardens with a strong background in Italian and English garden history informing her work. In the public realm, she has special interest in designing natural playgrounds for children and therapeutic gardens for hospices and hospitals.


LBPD Citizen’s Academy applications are now available

The Laguna Beach Police Department is accepting applications for the upcoming citizen’s academy. The academy starts Thursday, Sept 8, and will meet from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 12 weeks, ending on Dec 1. 

The citizen’s academy is a non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the Laguna Beach Police Department and to help foster better communications between police personnel and citizens. The academy will include instruction and practical exercises in the following areas: homeless outreach program, crime scene investigation, 9-1-1 dispatch, narcotics identification, police canine demonstration, crime prevention, traffic collision investigation, DUI demonstration, police unit demonstration, firearms training, and traffic stop scenarios.

The course will also include a tour of the Police Station, Fire Station and a trip to Orange County Jail. 

To be considered for this program, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or work within the city limits, be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions. Applications must be submitted no later than August 31 (the City of Laguna Beach reserves the right to refuse admittance into this program). 

Applications are available at the Police Department, 505 Forest Avenue or by contacting Class Assistant Ross Fallah at 497-0701 or

For questions regarding this press release, contact Captain Darin Lenyi at 497-0701 or

Kirtan Soul Revival concert coming to NCC on Sept 4

From a press release

Neighborhood Congregational Church invites the community to sing, dance and revive your soul with an evening of healing call and response chanting, funky devotional music, and heart-felt sacred song. Through the band Kirtan Soul Revival’s simple presentation, even non-singers can easily experience the joy of being surrounded by harmony in a space that encourages improvisation and exploration. 

Join us for a heart-opening, uplifting celebration of life! 

The concert will be Sunday, Sept 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A suggested donation of $10 will benefit the NCC Music Programs. For a flyer, email:, or call 494-8061. 

Neighborhood Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Dr., and attire is casual. Free parking is available in the lot behind Ralphs Supermarket off Glenneyre Street.

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



Friday, August 26

10 a.m.

Silk Painting


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