A Laguna royal welcome to the new Royal Hawaiian
By MAGGI HENRIKSON
The Royal Hawaiian has found new footing thanks to Laguna resident, Mo Honarker. Honarkar once owned the Heisler building, downtown, and so briefly owned the Jolly Roger, yet another iconic Laguna restaurant. Last year he purchased the Royal Hawaiian property with the intention of bringing it back to life.
This week, Project Manager Brian Smith, Consultant Eric Bostwick, and newly hired General Manager Carlos Godinez were putting their heads together for the final run in preparation for the grand opening, slated to be May 27.
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(Left to right): Carlos Godinez, Eric Bostwick, and Brian Smith – the brain trust working on Royal Hawaiian’s opening
“It will be a bar and grill, in keeping with the classic Hawaiian fusion. We’ll have fresh fish tacos, sandwiches, pineapple teriyaki chicken burgers – and we got the original recipe for the Ono Ono Salad,” said Bostwick. “And, of course, Lapu Lapu’s.”
“We don’t want it to seem too high end,” added Smith. “A welcoming, comfortable atmosphere, where you can re-live old memories and make new ones.”
The original Royal Hawaiian owner happened to stop by this week, and Godinez says she was really happy for them. “She also said on their Facebook page, ‘We wish them the best of luck. Let’s give them a Royal welcome!’”
The buzz is happy and very busy, with ordering and installing brand-new kitchen equipment, re-upholstering the furniture, and cleaning up the tiki lamps. And then there’s hiring. Since Stu News published the first notification, Smith’s inbox has been full. “We’ve met 25 people and offered 12 jobs since Monday,” he said.
The look of the new Royal Hawaiian will be familiar, yet refreshed. Up front is the bar and music space – they’ll definitely continue the music scene, while being respectfulof neighbors. There will be happy hour specials every day from 3 – 6 p.m., and a special locals night (they’re thinking Tuesdays). There’s a banquet room that seats 23, and they are also hoping to get permitted for outdoor patio tables.
And, of course, there will be an opening party with food samples and drink specials. Details have not been finalized but Smith assures us it will be on May 27.
Taco Tour: Uncovering Five of the Best Fish Tacos in Laguna Beach
Story and photos by ELIZABETH NUTT
Each year, as Cinco de Mayo rolls around, I am tempted by one of my favorite Mexican dishes: fish tacos. There’s something about fresh fish—grilled, blackened or fried—on a soft tortilla, accompanied by a slice of lime and a cold Corona that’s just so satisfying, no matter the day or month.
This year, with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, I decided to take on the task of finding the perfect fish taco in Laguna Beach by trying nearly all of the town’s offerings of the local staple. The verdict? There are many enticing options, but some of the best fish tacos can be found found in surprising places. I discovered that the dish is served across the board in creative and innovative ways in some of Laguna’s favorite eateries; from comfort food and California cuisine, to Mexican and American fare, there are countless restaurants around town that offer delicious variations of fish tacos.
And the best part about this dish is that every restaurant does it differently, and has a different vision when it comes to perfecting it, from the type of fish it uses and how the fish is cooked, to the sauces, spices and the sides with which it’s served.
I found my top five fish tacos in the following restaurants: Coyote Grill; Sapphire Laguna; Rasta Taco; Tommy Bahama; and Big Fish Tavern. Undoubtedly, good fish tacos are ubiquitous in Laguna, and there’s no better time than now to enjoy them.
Coyote Grill: The beloved south Laguna spot has been making grilled fish tacos for almost 27 years. Coyote Grill uses grilled mahi-mahi that is seasoned simply and topped with its secret sauce, shredded cabbage, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, and cilantro, wrapped in a soft corn tortilla. It’s a little taste of Baja!
Coyote Grill, located at 31621 South Coast Highway, is open Sunday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Happy Hour is offered daily from 3-6 p.m.
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Coyote Grill’s Grilled Fish Taco
Sapphire Laguna: Delicious rockfish—a white fish—is the centerpiece of Sapphire’s ‘Mama’s Blackened Fish Tacos.’ The dish is served with cabbage slaw, spicy remoulade and pickled vegetables, and is best enjoyed outside on the restaurant’s impressive patio, which offers ocean views.
The fish tacos are available during lunch, which is served Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., during the restaurant’s “Sunset Hour,” Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30 p.m., during “Intermezzo” on Saturday and Sunday from 3-4:30 p.m., and during weekend brunch, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Sapphire is located at 1200 South Coast Highway.
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Sapphire’s ‘Mama’s Blackened Fish Tacos’
Tommy Bahama: The island-themed restaurant serves an unbelievably good fish taco—with a twist. Their house recipe uses a perfectly blackened basa—a white fish—tomato relish, island slaw, and lime sour cream.
They’re delicious as is—one of the best in town, in my opinion—but they’re served with a special, dessert-like side, which makes it the perfect entree. Accompanying the fish tacos is a bowl of heavenly, grilled, sweet plantains, which are served with a house-made pineapple and coconut yogurt.
Tommy Bahama is located at 400 South Coast Highway, and is open daily at 11 a.m. ‘Island Time Happy Hour’ runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9-10 p.m. on Thursday, and 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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Tommy Bahama’s Blackened Fish Tacos
Rasta Taco: The fish taco was recently added to Rasta Taco’s menu after its January opening, and the dish was a welcome addition to the Jamaica-inspired restaurant’s menu. It’s undoubtedly one of the best fish tacos in Laguna.
The Ensenada-style, seasoned and grilled tilapia fish tacos are served with fresh chipotle sauce and habanero coleslaw. The best part about ordering fish tacos at Rasta Taco is the fact that you can order one, two, three, or four—or more.
Rasta Taco is located at 170 Beach Street, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for lunch and dinner.
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Rasta Taco’s Seasoned and Grilled Tilapia Fish Tacos
Big Fish Tavern: Big Fish is Laguna’s go-to spot for unbelievably fresh fish, and the fish tacos are no exception. The dish includes tilapia, which you can order blackened or grilled, and Napa cabbage, pico de gallo and cilantro sauce.
My recommendation is to enjoy the fish tacos during Happy Hour, which runs Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., where you can order a discounted cerveza to accompany the mouthwatering dish—all while taking in views of the sunset from one of the restaurant’s many windows.
Big Fish, located at 540 South Coast Highway, is open Monday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. close, and Sunday 10 a.m. to close.
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Big Fish’s Fresh Fish Tacos
Hotel Laguna’s New Puppies & People, Too! Caters to treasured dogs…and their people, too opens May 5
Hotel Laguna is pleased to announce the addition of its newest street front shop, Puppies & People, Too! at 451 S. Coast Highway. With the store’s grand opening on Thursday, May 5, Puppies & People, Too is an already-popular store for dogs … and their people, too.
Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Additionally, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. feature “The Early Dog Gets the Bone” mornings, offering free treats for dogs and coffee for their people during their early morning constitution.
Owned and operated by devoted dog lover and longtime Laguna Beach local Katie Andersen, Puppies & People understands that dogs require certain necessities beyond two square meals and an unending water supply for their daily activities. Sophisticated dogs, particularly dogs who settle in resort towns or bring their people to visit places like Laguna Beach, require those items in life that assure both a fashionable look and today’s latest must-haves in toys, hiking accouterments and biodegradable poop bags.
On opening day, May 5, and for the entire month of May, residents and visitors can stop into Puppies & People, Too! to enter their names for the store’s upcoming raffle, with free prize winnings that include Puppies & People merchandise, deluxe doggie beds, new-to-the-market toys and treats, and Hotel Laguna wearables.
The raffle drawing will take place on opening day as well as on Thursday, May 26 during the store’s first PawTail Hour, a grand event from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
With plans to schedule this event monthly, the PawTail Hour will offer (non-alcoholic) doggie cocktails – “pawtails” – for dogs of all sizes, with OceanView Bar & Grill’s happy hour menu of great food items and cocktails at happy hour pricing for the owners of said dogs. PawTail Hour will occur in Hotel Laguna’s interior courtyard, the Rose Garden.
Created for resident dogs and traveling dogs from afar, Puppies & People, Too! is a one-stop shop for all those items their people might have forgotten for the trip or simply need to upgrade. Items in the shop include leashes and collars printed or monogramed with the enviable name Laguna Beach, as well as new bedding, cushy cushions, treats and food. Also for sale will be water bowls (travel and for home), grooming brushes, cleaning wipes, ocean-themed chew toys and bones.
At the same time, Puppies & People looks kindly on the people part of the equation, too. Because the store is nestled in the historic Hotel Laguna, the store offers beautiful jackets, polo-style shirts, beach bags, cups, water bottles, and sunny beach hats that memorialize the Grand Dame herself. Puppies & People also carries items for the Hotel Laguna guests such as toothbrush/toothpaste, sewing kits and other miscellaneous travel items that guests often forget to tuck into their travel bags.
“Over the years in Laguna Beach, a lot of dogs have let me know what they really want in a store they can call their own,” says owner Katie Andersen. “We’ve stocked many fun and useful items that dogs will be happy to own themselves or gift to fellow dog buddies. And, we have a number of monthly PawTail Hours and events in the works, too.
“Puppies & People, Too! is really designed as the community’s business and social “go-to” hub for dogs that live and visit Laguna Beach,” Andersen continues. “We’re looking forward to getting to know – and catering to – our Laguna-loving dogs.”
LCAD hosting Spring Student Art Sale Friday & Saturday
On Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., LCAD will host their Spring Student Art Sale.
You will be able to buy or trade artwork and handmade crafts made by talented LCAD students.
Laguna College of Art and Design is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.
Cookies for Camp Pendleton thanks to LB Girl Scouts
Ever wonder what happens after you donate $5 to the Girl Scouts selling Thin Mints outside the local banks, Post Office or grocery stores? In Laguna Beach, your donations help the local Girl Scouts “Cookies for Camp Pendleton” campaign.
“It’s a genuine grassroots collaborative effort between Laguna Beach Girl Scouts, the people who donate funds for the cookies, and Helping Hand Worldwide who delivers the cookies to Pendleton,” explains local resident and Girl Scout leader JoAnna Schoon.
“Cookies for Camp Pendleton” started four years ago after JoAnna learned her friend Sita Helms- another Laguna Beach local- runs a weekly mobile food pantry on base through her organization, Helping Hand Worldwide.
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JoAnna Schoon (l) and Sita Helms at Camp Pendleton
This month, over 1,000 packages of Thin Mints, Carmel Delites and other favorite Girl Scout cookies were delivered to the military personnel and their families at Camp Pendleton. Laguna Beach Girl Scouts had 479 cookie packages, and Girls Scout Council supplemented with another 500 packages. From the guards on duty at the Entry Gate, to MP’s patrolling the base, to Marine wives and children in line for the Food Pantry- all were excited about the cookies.
So next time a Girl Scout asks you to buy cookies, don’t say “No.” Give her a dollar or two and ask her to put it towards “Cookies for Camp Pendleton.” It’s a sweet way to thank our military for their service.
And they do like those Girl Scout cookies!
Ocean Blue Salon & Beauty Center celebrates 15th anniversary with an Open House through May 1
Ocean Blue Salon & Beauty Center, adjacent to the new Gelson’s Market in South Laguna, is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Laguna Beach with an Open House and storewide sale, Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1. Everyone is invited to visit one of Laguna Beach’s little known retail gems: full service salon and facial and brow center complemented by a surprisingly large selection of top of the line hair, skin, nail and make-up products such as Moroccanoil, bareMinerals, Epicuren, Voluspa, OPI, T3 and many, many more.
“This is our way of saying, thank you to all of our long-time and even our newest clients,” says General Manager Dee Dee Johnson. “We’ve discounted almost everything in the store (with a few exceptions), from 20 to 60 percent off.”
In addition to the sale, there will be raffles for elaborate gift baskets from vendors, a free gift bag for visitors and clients alike with daily super specials. Jewelry designer and long time Laguna resident Nancy Deline will also be holding a trunk show, displaying her one of a kind creations.
Ocean Blue Salon & Beauty Center is located at 30882 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, across from the Montage Resort, in the new Gelson’s shopping center. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SchoolPower will be a winner at 3 Clubs Canyon Classic: get your bare feet on at The Ranch May 16
By MAGGI HENRIKSON
Raise your clubs in the air if you remember the golf tournaments for SchoolPower that you used to have to drive for miles to find! Lots and lots of people participated – from players to volunteers to “hole watchers” to the dinner and auction gala.
It was always a fun event, but… it was a big, long schlep from Laguna and it cost a lot to put it on. SchoolPower did not get as much as the effort might have indicated, and ultimately the event was just not worth it. So ended the tradition. Until now!
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Golfing at The Ranch – the coolest resort in Orange County
“Ever since then, I’ve been trying to devise a way to bring the tourney back,” says Mark Christy, “but do it in a way that locals would love, was less hassle for SchoolPower, didn’t burden a bunch of unsuspecting volunteers and actually yielded more bang for the buck in the form of a nice check for Laguna’s Schools.”
He remembers: “I used to participate in the annual SchoolPower golf tourney, and served on the tournament committee too many times to count. There were weekly meetings, hundreds of hours of work by the parental volunteers and the incredible SchoolPower staff, and on the day of the event we’d drive for 35-minutes to an out of town course, play golf in the heat, perhaps stay for dinner and then make the trek back home.
“After all the time and effort, SchoolPower would actually end up with pennies on the dollar spent by the attendees.”
Mark and his crew at Hobie and the lovely, local golf course have stepped up to the tee. The tradition of a golf tournament benefitting SchoolPower will rise again – and this time it will be in rightful Laguna fashion.
On Monday, May 16, Hobie and The Ranch at Laguna Beach are generously underwriting the entire event costs for an even more awesome very first annual event: the 3 Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic. Pick your three clubs and, that’s right, no shoes no problem! And 100% of proceeds will go to SchoolPower.
The event is limited to 72 golfers, but dinner is open for up to 250 with 100% of dinner proceeds going to SchoolPower as well. Cost is $250 per golfer (includes dinner), and $80 per person for the dinner only. $900 per golf foursome includes dinner for four. Check in is at 3 p.m. Cocktail Reception is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the dinner.
“There is something about walking through that canyon, unburdened by a heavy bag or cart, feeling the turf (and occasional sand) beneath your feet and the challenge of only three options for your next shot. Instead of limiting your game, it’s actually liberating and brings out your inner Bubba Watson,” said Mark. “About a month ago, [while golfing with friends] the thought just clicked. Between Hobie and The Ranch at Laguna, we could host an outside the box event, one that is actually different and fun, and underwrite the whole thing. This way SchoolPower would receive 100% of the proceeds, Hobie could show its appreciation for the town and the schools that have done so much for our kids, and we could turn a bunch of people on to what we’re doing out here where we’re trying to create The Coolest Resort in Orange County.”
Mark assures us that it will be an “unexpectedly casual tourney,” although we’re not surprised that this new incarnation of the annual golf tournament is unexpected or casual – that just fits the Laguna lifestyle so well.
“You don’t have to be a great golfer. In fact, it might be better if you’re not,” he continued. “This tourney is all about community, not competition. We’ll have offbeat hole sponsors and games, a guaranteed good time, incredible food and bev from Chef Camron Woods and his team, and a lot of laughs.
“The losing team or ugliest tee shot may get a better prize than the ‘winning’ team. So, young and old, girl or guy, hacker or scratch golfer, if you like fun and want to help support Laguna’s schools, the teachers and our kids, this is your huckleberry.
“See ya at Ben Brown’s at The Ranch at Laguna on Monday afternoon, May 16. Sign up soon as golf is limited to the first 72 golfers. And if you don’t golf, come for an amazing dinner, again, with 100% of proceeds going to SchoolPower. Game on!”
In the band Rocky’s Revival, sisters help fight cancer… from a personal journey to a huge concert
For sisters Kalina and Kiana Campion, their musical journey started at a very young age. “Rocky’s Revival” came to life in early 2012, when the sisters formed a band, intending to create the kind of music that they wanted to hear – “Poetic pop, with a quirky, folky feel.”
The duo, now known as Rocky’s Revival, has forged ahead, appearing with megastars such as Justin Bieber, Lifehouse, Natasha Bedingfield, Andrew McMahon, and The Bangles in the past year. Rocky’s revival will return again for the Laguna Beach Relay for Life in October and will be performing at Surf & Sand’s 15FiftyFive Lounge throughout the summer.
On Saturday, May 7, in Anaheim, they will perform their most significant concert yet, “It Takes One.” The concert will raise funds to find treatments and cures for the disease that threatened to take Kalina’s life. They have survived the challenges of music industry pressures, as well as their greatest challenge of all, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which Kalina faced and beat at the young age of 21.
Kalina spent most of 2014 in and out of chemotherapy. She is now in complete remission. Many songs were written during the cancer treatments and they coined the phrase “gigs with wigs,” as Rocky’s Revival opened for groups like The Bangles during this challenging season.
What didn’t break them made them stronger. The girls continue to write for other people and projects, but Rocky’s Revival is a true expression of their musical vision…and it’s just getting started.
The “It Takes One” Cancer Sucks Benefit Concert will be held at M3LIVE, at 2232 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, on May 7 at 6 p.m. The Facebook link to the event is: www.facebook.com/events/508943629307400/
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Kalina (left) and Kiana Campion, of Rocky’s Revival
Rocky’s Revival released their latest EP, “Newspaper Dream” in February and the new single, “It Takes One” has been appropriately embraced as the theme of the May 7 fundraising event. The lyrics of the song explain how one single action can change a person’s life or even change the course of history.
The event will also feature silent and live auctions with items ranging from weekend trips to beach resorts, celebrity autographed guitars and VIP tickets to taping of an episode of “Fuller House,” the new Netflix reboot of “Full House.
The music industry is standing behind the sisters – with the Pawn Shop Kings, and Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean) & The Surf City Allstars joining Rocky’s Revival to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Orange County Inland Empire Chapter. More musicians and music industry icons are expected to join the roster in coming weeks.
“Most tend to think that these blood cancers are diseases of older people, but in reality, leukemia and lymphoma attack children and young adults like me,” said Kalina Campion. “We need to put an end to this, and I want to challenge others in the entertainment industry to join us in our fight.”
As if planning and producing a concert for 1,300 fans isn’t enough, Kalina and Kiana continue to make appearances and perform at high-profile events, such as the upcoming Will Ferrell’s and Red Hot Chili Peppers Comedy Music Quinceanera Red Hot Benefit at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on April 29. This event will benefit in part another charity close to the sisters’ hearts, Cancer for College, as well as the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
LCAD hosted outside Clothesline Project featuring compelling T-shirts designed by victims of violence
This week the Laguna College of Art + Design served as the venue for an event associated with the nonprofit Community Service Programs’ 15th annual Clothesline Project. The project encourages victims of violence and sexual assault to create color-coded personalized T-shirts as a way to express their most challenging emotions in the form of art.
Each color shirt in the Clothesline Project signifies different crimes. Examples include red, pink and orange for rape; gray for human trafficking; and yellow for domestic violence. CSP believes that the decision of victims to design and make individualized shirts with messages and photos for display is an empowering process, especially for those who struggle to speak out about their experiences.
For a two-and-a-half hour period last Tuesday, CSP set up tables at LCAD where victims were able to participate in the art installation and learn more about services available to them through the nonprofit. By all accounts, the event was a great success.
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Individualized T-shirts express the emotions of victims of violence
CSP’s model programs assist more than 111,000 community members in Orange County annually, including abused children, struggling families, troubled adolescents, victims of crime, and those in need of mediation services. The life-changing services offered to these victims through CSP include a 24-hour response line, one-on-one peer counseling, support groups, extensive education programs (also offered to colleges and universities) and a primary prevention focus working with men’s groups.
For more information on CSP and its programs, visit http://www.cspinc.org
Save the date for the 2nf Annual Laguna Beach Police Department Bike Rodeo & Road Safety Expo May 15
The Laguna Beach Police Department requests your presence at the 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo & Road Safety Expo. This free event will encompass safety information for all roadway users including Cyclist, Pedestrians, and Motorists. Whether you drive a vehicle, ride your bike, or walk, your safety depends on sharing the road safely with other vehicles and users. The Laguna Beach Police Department continues to promote “Vision Zero,” which aims to reach zero fatalities or serious injuries on our streets.
The Bike Rodeo is intended to promote the safe and legal operation of bicycles within our community, especially for young children and teens, and will include tips for parents. Participants will have their bicycles and helmets inspected, and will also put into practice safe riding techniques by navigating through an obstacle course with a member of the Laguna Beach Police bike patrol team.
Tickets will be given out for a FREE Helmet to the first 100 riders (children and teens) *Helmets will be available for pickup at the Laguna Beach Police Department at a later date.
The Bike Rodeo and Road Safety Expo will include interactive displays such as a distracted driving simulator (for teens and adults), helicopter, police vehicles, K-9 Ranger, child ID’s, and a DUI crash car.
There will be free hot dogs, a bike raffle for a toddler, child, and teen sized bike donated by the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association; a Child Car Seat Installation Demonstration by CHP, and a BMX stunt show performed by Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team http://www.bmxfreestyleteam.com/.
The event involves a wide range of organizations including Cal Trans, MADD, CHP, Laguna Cyclery, Whole Foods, Mercy Air, Automobile Club of Southern California, Orange County Transportation Authority, Ghost Bikes, LOCA Arts, and Durham School services.
The Laguna Beach Police Department Bike Rodeo & Road Safety Expo is on Sunday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Parking Lot #11, located at 551 Forest Avenue (in front of the Pageant).
All participants are required to complete a waiver before participating, which can be located on the City website.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets as they will be given the opportunity to practice their safety skills in our obstacle course. Cyclists of all ages are invited to attend this FREE Family Fun Event. We hope to see you there!
Funding for this event is partially funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
LB Garden Club: Chris Lutz presents Bromeliads in Our Drying Climate and Use in Landscaping, May 13
Chris Lutz will present “Bromeliads in Our Drying Climate and Use in Landscaping” at Laguna Beach Garden Club’s upcoming meeting on May 13, held at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, in Tankersley Hall, located at 415 Forest Ave.
Chris has been growing Bromeliads for more than 15 years and he will share his vast experience, showing the audience how we, too, can use Bromeliads in our landscape designs. As California has experienced five years of drought, his advice will be helpful to all of us who are watching their water use. Chris is a past president of the Saddleback Bromeliad Society. He joined Laguna Beach Garden Club in 2006, and was awarded “Gardener of the Year Award” in 2007 by California Garden Club, Orange County District.
All guests are welcome.
Registration and social hour is from 9:30 – 10 a.m. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. with a social half-hour, followed by a half-hour business meeting. Chris Lutz’s presentation will begin at approximately 10 a.m. There is no admission charge.
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Chris’s interest in gardening has its roots growing up on a farm in Indiana. He has been raising bromeliads for over fifteen years. The lot of his property in Dana Point is approximately 18,000 square feet, of which 13,000 square feet is covered with his vast collection of flora. As his lot is located on a cul-de-sac, the slopes are covered in California native plants, and he has a shade house located at the top of the hill where he grows his bromeliads.
His collection includes between 700-800 varieties and 3000-4000 actual plants. He raises succulents, palms, bamboo, and ferns; in fact, he has a collection of 12-13 Staghorn ferns. Before or after the meeting and presentation, please browse the outdoor “Garden Boutique,” where donated garden-related items and plants can be purchased at “dirt-cheap” prices, and fantastic garden gloves are selling for $7 each or three for $20.
Monthly meetings are held at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, in Tankersley Hall, 415 Forest Avenue at 2nd Street, in downtown Laguna Beach.
Parking: Free or all day for $3 is available in the Laguna Canyon Rd lot (spaces 300-422 are free, and spaces 185-228 permit or $3 all day), and Lumber Yard lot permit or $3 for all day.
For more information on the garden club, see the club’s website: www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org
Mayor & City Manager to speak at “State of the City” May 12
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “State of the City” luncheon on Thursday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 Coast Highway.
The luncheon is a great opportunity to get an up-close look at city activities. Laguna Beach Mayor Steve Dicterow and City Manager John Pietig will present a state of the city address. Chamber President Larry Nokes will provide a brief overview of the Chamber’s recent highlights of the past 12 months and goals for the near future.
This annual tradition brings out members across the community including non-profits, arts and cultural organizations, business and hospitality industry reps and other civic-minded individuals. The event is open to the public.
As host of the event, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents, and supports local businesses in Laguna, and advocates on their behalf. Now in its 99th year of operation, the Chamber also serves as the business resource center for the community. On an ongoing basis, the Chamber hosts educational seminars, luncheons, and networking events for local businesses and citizens.
Admission is $65 per person; please register through the Chamber’s website, at LagunaBeachChamber.org, “events” tab; or by contacting the Chamber at (949) 494-1018. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.
LB Lawn Bowlers celebrated 85 years on Sunday
Learn about lawn bowling, first-hand at LB Lawn Bowling Club’s Open House on May 7: all are invited
On any bright and sunny Sunday afternoon, visitors and Laguna locals alike stroll by the bowling greens on Cliff Drive at the edge of Heisler Park. The lawn bowlers dressed in white are in full force rolling their bowls toward a little white ball called the jack. This tradition has been part of the fabric of Laguna Beach for 85 years.
In February of 1931, a prosperous businessman, Harl S. Kittle, hosted a group of friends to introduce the game of bowls to them. His proposal was to build a lawn bowling green in Laguna Beach not only for the enjoyment of the residents, but to induce Canadians to visit Laguna Beach for the winters. A March 6, 1931 article appeared in the South Coast News, “It is the belief of Mr. Kittle that enough interest can be aroused here to finance public bowling greens.” Thus began the plan to build a lawn bowling green that would become part of the fabric of our community.
While Mr. Kittle was campaigning for the green, Orange County deeded the Heisler Park property to the city of Laguna Beach. The city agreed that the cliff that overlooks the ocean would be the prefect place to locate the green. On April 28, 1931 the club was formed. By November of 1931, what is now the south green was opened for play. 20 years later, in 1951, the north green was opened.
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Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club celebrates 85 years strong
An editorial in the South Coast News on March 12, 1931 states, “It is well to count the cost of anything like this in these days. The value of sociability and recreation is, we think, beyond question. Anything which will take us out of doors and keep us out in this almost prefect climate is well worthwhile.” A month later a similar editorial talks about the green as a way to escape “the jazzy aspects of life.”
“Somehow it does us a lot of good to see the activities about the Bowling Green. It takes us back to the older days, when life wasn’t so pressureful [sic] and men had time to look around a little without fear of losing the next ‘opportunity.’” 85 years later that philosophy lives on with the 300-plus members who call Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club their club.
Each year in May, the club, like so many other lawn bowling clubs, holds an open house. The purpose is to get many of those casual Sunday-afternoon observers to stop watching over the hedge tops, walk down the steps to the club – and join, in what may become a life-long activity. As each potential new member is introduced, a common voice is heard, “We live in Laguna and have walked by here for years, and we just decided to see what all the fun was about!”
This year’s Open House is May 7 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to come by for a free lesson and introduction to the game of bowls.
There are many cities in southern California that have lawn bowling greens hidden away in parks or even on main thoroughfares. Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club is unique because of its fabulous view of the Pacific Ocean. This uniqueness of location brings visitors from all over the world.
This past Sunday the club hosted four players from Scotland who planned a trip just to play on our greens. Additionally, many international events are hosted by the club, bringing guests from New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland and Great Britain as well as many of our friends from the north that were part of the inspiration to build the greens.
It is not all one-way. The club can boast about many of its players who travel to greens far, far away to become international champions and stars in the Lawn Bowling World.
Historic, special visit coming this October
In October, of this year, the international connectedness that the Club enjoys will be furthered by the visit from the Police Team from Australia. This truly historic event, called the Australian Police Championship Tournament will feature games between the Australian team and Laguna’s very own team composed of our Police and Firefighters. We encourage everyone to stop by and cheer on Laguna’s bravest and finest!
Laguna Dance Festival announces Sept 2016 season
The September 21-25 Laguna Dance Festival will bring to the intimate stage three world-renowned dance companies, New York-based Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Philadelphia’s BalletX and Los Angeles’ BODYTRAFFIC, free public performances to be announced, and three master classes.
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion will perform on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. at The Laguna Playhouse. Both performances will be followed by a post-performance conversation with Kyle Abraham, 2013 MacArthur “genius” grant winner. Abraham will teach a 6 p.m. master class on Wednesday, Sept. 21 onstage at the Playhouse.
Abraham’s thought-provoking “Pavement” called “a work of great subtlety and beauty” by The New Yorker, is a meditation on the 1991 film Boyz N The Hood as well as W.E.B. DuBois’ 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk. With his full-length, 70-minute piece, Abraham examines the history that led to the conflict represented in the movie, and finds relevance in the Du Bois essays, which were influential in African-Americans’ struggle for equality in the twentieth century. The dance is set on a basketball court in the historically black Pittsburgh neighborhoods where Abraham grew up, and the eclectic soundtrack includes 23 names, from Baroque selections by Bach and Vivaldi to Sam Cooke vocals and rap. Washington Post reviewer Sarah Kaufman wrote, “Beautiful and severely honest (but) despite its name and subject matter, ‘Pavement’ is not all hard edges. It delivers a sharp sense of reality with extraordinary softness, in dancing that is lush and seductive.”
With the company’s performances described as “solid from beginning to end” (New York Amsterdam News) and “effortless-seeming smoothness and grace” (Los Angeles Times), A.I.M.’s premiére performance in Orange County is certain to garner attention and initiate conversation.
BalletX will return to the Laguna Beach stage to present its entertaining, diverse choreographic style in a shared bill with BODYTRAFFIC on Saturday, Sept. 24 and a full-length show on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. with a pre-show talk at 2 p.m.
Committed to producing new works that cultivate in audiences a collective appetite for bold, new dance, BalletX was founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan. Now under the direction of Cox as artistic and executive director, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique.
BalletX’s dances “have suspense, vitality, comedy, freedom,” according to the New York Times. The company “…creates a coherent, poetic realm of the imagination.” Its performances are “a feast of music and dance,” noted the Philadelphia Inquirer, and “remarkably moving.”
BODYTRAFFIC, a Laguna Dance Festival audience favorite, will head down the freeway from Los Angeles for a Saturday, Sept. 24 performance at 7:30 p.m. in a combined program with BalletX. In addition, BODYTRAFFIC dancers will present a master class at Laguna Beach High School at 10 a.m. the same day.
Founded in 2007 by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, the company has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world and is helping to establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance.
“BODYTRAFFIC suggests invention, attitude, and urban edge,” wrote Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe. In the Los Angeles Times, Laura Bleiberg called it “one of the most talked-about young companies, not just in L.A. but nationwide.”
Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates commented, “The companies selected for this fall’s festival hail from three uniquely American cities – Kyle Abraham from New York by way of his hometown of Pittsburgh, BalletX out of Philadelphia, and BODYTRAFFIC from Los Angeles. Presented over four days, these companies offer audiences a dazzling representation of the current freshness, depth, and breadth of contemporary American dance.”
The four onstage performances by these three extraordinary companies will be presented at the 420-seat Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. The three master classes will be held at two locations – check listings for details. Free public dance performances and sponsor events will be announced later in the year. Tickets go on sale in July; check the Festival website for updates.
Laguna Dance Festival, now in its twelfth year, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to garner awards for artistic excellence. An important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists, its year-round mission is to support and promote the development of dance creation, presentation and education, and to increase public appreciation of the art form in Orange County and beyond.
For more information, visit www.lagunadancefestival.org
Download a PDF with the September schedule here
Sports physicals from South Coast Medical at LBHS
South Coast Medical Group will be sponsoring sports physicals at Laguna Beach High School on Wednesday and Thursday June 1 and 2 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Cost is $40. South Coast Medical Group will donate $25 of this fee back to LBHS Athletic Boosters. Checks should be made payable to SCMG (South Coast Medical Group).
Please keep in mind that all students who want to participate in LBHS Athletics are required by CIF to have a sports physical with clearance.
Parents, please do not forget to fill out the sports packet, which can be found on the LBHS website in the “Athletics” icon. The athletic packet cover sheet, athletic clearance form, athletic transportation form, code of ethics – athletes, imPACT consent form, and sports physical screening form all need to be filled out.
If your child is unable to attend this convenient event, they can walk-in to the SCMG office – no appointment necessary – and have the physical done. SCMG will donate $20 of the $40 fee to LBHS. Please specify that you are from LBHS. South Coast Medical Group is located at 5 Journey, Suite 130, Aliso Viejo (next to the AV Library). Hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Police Beat Primer
Compiled by Alli Rael and Stu Saffer
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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 042916
Wayne Gibson, 40, United Kingdom – Sunday, April 24 Cell Caller
Douglas James Stihl, 57, Laguna Beach – Sunday, (with a prior) Cell Caller
Tuesday, April 26
S. Coast Hwy | 2400 Block | Theft from a Vehicle
12:58 p.m. A jar of quarters and prescription glasses were taken out of an unlocked Kia.
Monday, April 25
Arrests for Being Drunk in Public
Christopher David Johnson, 45, Fountain Valley
Cecilia Martinez, 43, Arizona
N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Shoplifting
2:23 p.m. A man grabbed $16 in snacks and ran out.
Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Vandalism
12:11 p.m. RP suspects that a known female has been removing grapes and digging up plants on the RP’s property.
S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block & N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft; Resisting
9:35 a.m. Heather Sage Ellis, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for petty theft and resisting after she took candy and cigarettes from two retail marts.
S. Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Felony Vandalism
5:48 a.m. The RP awakened a man sleeping illegally who responded by bashing the passenger door of the RP’s 2009 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The suspect ran off and the RP spotted him again over two hours later on Thalia Street Beach. Police got into a foot pursuit before taking Shane Sutton, 37, no fixed address, into custody for felony vandalism with $20,000 bail. The RP sustained damage to his pickup in excess of $800.
Sunday, April 24
Laguna Canyon Road & El Toro Road | Burglary, vehicle
11:50 a.m. Someone entered a Ford Edge by smashing a window and took a backpack with a laptop and other items with a total value of $1200.