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October 25

Kristin Points

Moira Peacock

Monica Prado

Muffin Spencer-Devlin

Terrell Washington Anansi


October 26

Brandon Leahy

Ethan Taub

Leslie Christen

Lynne Curtin

Shelley Furse

Susan Anderson


October 27 

Claudia Hernandez-Franco

Jon-Michael Marconi

Verna Glancy


October 28

Bill Rolfing

Dana Sara

Eric Nicoll

Gail Anter Haglund

Lee Roy


October 29

April Walsh

Carly Layne


October 30

Barbara McMurray

Dianne Allen

Kevin Miso


October 31

Christine Foro

Lucille Wagner

Jon’s Halloween Bash – benefitting CSP Youth Shelters Oct 30

Come in costume and join in for a day of family fun and celebration on Sunday, Oct 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tivoli Too! 777 Laguna Canyon Road. There is $5 entry with kids under 12 free. Proceeds benefit CSP Youth Shelters, continuing Officer Jon Coutchie’s Protector Legacy.

There will be a silent auction, $10 opportunity drawing, LBPD Honor Guard, a demonstration from LBPD’s K-9 Ranger, a children’s costume parade, contest and prizes, bounce house, face painting, and balloon artist. Laguna Beach Mayor Steve Dicterow as well as Lord Tubbington, the cat from Glee, will make appearances. Live entertainment will be provided by Brightside and The Black Tongued Bells.

The event is sponsored by Alessa Pirozzi, Sapphire, Chambers, Noronha & Kubota Law Firm, the Butler Family Foundation, Luciana Coutchie, and Penny Pralle. 

Donors include Angels Baseball, Hobie, The Ranch, Wyland, PRP Wine International, Whole Foods, Las Brisas, Hotel Laguna, Tommy Bahama, K’ya Bistro Bar, Rooftop, The Montage Beverly Hills, Surf & Sand Splashes, Kitchen in the Canyon, Poler, Huntington Beach Police Department, Art Hotel, Inn at Laguna Beach, Tustin Police Department, Margi Hershey, Alessa, Salernos, Hand & Stone, La Casa Del Camino, Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille, Ciao Pasta, Rasta Taco, Figge Photography, Ocean Institute, Mark Timothy Gallery, Sapphire, Tight Assets, Gelson’s, In-N-Out Burger, Subway, Driftwood Kitchen, O.C. Sheriff’s Department, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, Montage Laguna Beach, Adolfo’s Mexican Food, Ralphs, Flowers Too, Mozambique, Skyloft, Bubbles, Troy Lee Designs, Tom Swimm, Coastal Eddy Gallery, Sawdust Winter Festival, Pacific Edge Hotel, Hennessey’s Tavern, Central Coastal Peruvian, and more to follow!

Community booths include Laguna Beach Police Employees Association, Laguna Beach Fire Department, Laguna Beach Marine Safety, Tustin Police Department, OC Sheriff’s Dept., California Highway Patrol, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Chamber of Commerce, FOA/POM, artist Randy Ortiz, Boy Scouts, and Boys & Girls Club. 

Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available. For more information, contact Luciana Coutchie, 949-481-1333 or

La Playa Center seeking volunteer ESL teachers

La Playa Center, located at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, is looking for volunteer teachers for its ESL program. Classes run from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and offer three levels of instruction; teachers work one of the four days at one of the levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). 

Substitutes are also needed at this time. 

If you are interested, please call Janet Waters at (714) 887-9812.

Sound Spectrum



1. Norah Jones, Day Breaks

2. Van Morrison, Keep Me Singing

3. Growlers, City Club

4. Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker

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5. David Crosby, Lighthouse

6. Bob Weir, Blue Mountain

7. Bon Iver, 22 A Million

8. Lady Gaga, Joanne

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9. Michael Buble, Nobody But Me

10. Korn, Serenity Of Suffering

11. Blink 182, California

12.Green Day, Revolution Radio 

13. De La Soul, And The Anonymous Nobody

14. Wilco, Schmilco 

15. Pixies, Head Carrier

16. Jimi Hendrix, Machine Gun

17. Led Zeppelin, Complete BBC Sessions

18. Jack White, Acoustic Recordings

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19. Allah-Las, Calico Review 

20. A Day to Remember, Bad Vibrations

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“Small yet fierce” Sandra Woodard is mourned: December 4, 1961 - October 19, 2016

Go Fund Me campaign continues on to raise money for her young twin daughters


A memorial service will be held on Oct 28 at 3 p.m. at Mariners Church Chapel, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, for Sandra Woodard, who passed away on Oct 19 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April this year. Following the service a celebration of Sandra’s life will take place at the home of Charlie and Brandi (Paris) Hawkins, 705 Temple Hills Drive, at 5 p.m. 

Sandra Woodard was born in the Philippines. At age 11, she and her family relocated to Hawaii. Her father was in the military and the family lived in Mililani. As a student at Mililani High School, Sandra was a cheerleader and a member of the church choir. When Sandra was 16 her father was reassigned. The family left the tropical haven of Hawaii for a much different part of the US: Leavenworth, Kansas. 

From Kansas to California and twins!

Sandra completed high school there and attended college at the University of Kansas. After working for Sprint in several capacities from 1988-1998, she moved to Southern California in 1993. In 1998, she married Scott Woodard and the couple joyfully had twin girls in 2002. 

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Sandra with her beloved daughters, Sage and Sierra

A savvy businesswoman and well-respected aesthetician

After her twins were born Sandra opened Laguna Image Skincare. She developed a reputation as highly skilled aesthetician. Katrina Martino, owner of The Hudson Salon and Spa in Laguna Beach says, “I met Sandra almost two years ago when she came into Hudson looking for a place to work/rent a spa room for her clients. She had a very good reputation in the industry with skin care and lash extensions with a large, loyal clientele base. She could work like a machine; meaning you’d see her in the morning, maybe a break for lunch outside of her room, and then she’d work straight through the day. Then, like a magician, poof! She was gone, headed home.” 

Small yet “fierce”

Martino describes Sandra as “a tiny, little Philippino. When healthy, she was maybe 95 lbs. wet, I’m not kidding. I referred to her as ‘Tinkerbell,’” adding she was “small yet fierce.” This ferocity was much relied upon when, on April 21 of this year, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. 

Discomfort, scans and a devastating diagnosis

Sandra had been experiencing abdominal discomfort that affected her appetite and overall feeling of wellness. Doctors prescribed a CT scan and an MRI.  Shockingly, they found a tumor. Surgery was scheduled. During her operation, they found that the original tumor was malignant and it had spread from the pelvic area to her abdominal cavity. Some of the tumors and nodules were inoperable and unable to be removed.   Tests ultimately confirmed she had an 11 cm ovarian tumor. Unfortunately, it was determined that Sandra had “the rarest form of ovarian cancer: Clear Cell Carcinoma.” 

A Go Fund Me campaign gives hope

Due to her late diagnosis, as well as the type of cancer she was diagnosed with, Sandra’s oncologist gave her no hope and advised her to prepare herself.  However, Sandra was not willing to accept this prognosis. Martino came to the aid of her friend and started a Go Fund Me campaign for Sandra so that she could fly to Germany for an experimental treatment. The campaign was a huge success, helping Sandra raise $40,000 for her treatment. Sue and Bill Gross memorably delivered a $15,000 check to help the cause.

There was no miracle, but there was the gift of time

Sandra in Germany during treatment

Sadly, the miracle Sandra was hoping for did not appear.  While in Germany the treatment seemed to be helping for a while. Unfortunately, it could not conquer the cancer that had taken over her small frame. Sandra returned home to Laguna a month ago. While the treatment did not cure the cancer, it did give Sandra invaluable time to be with her daughters, her family and friends.  

Devoted to her daughters above all else

All who knew Sandra speak of her devotion to her daughters, Sage and Sierra who attend Thurston Middle School. They say she always put them first, before all else. She held fast to her faith and was finally able to reach a place of acceptance. While her family and friends are devastated by her passing, all are grateful for the time they were able to share with her these past few weeks. They are thankful she is at peace and finally free of pain. They would also like to thank the Laguna Beach community for their support of Sandra. 

Sandra’s girls need our help

Sandra Woodard is survived by her two daughters, her ex-husband, her mother, Gavina Tamonte, siblings Lauren, Ronald, Emma, Carlos (Jun), Lynn, Karen, Marvin, and numerous aunts and uncles. She is preceded in death by her father, Carlos, and brother, Jerry.  

The Go Fund Me campaign is still active, now focused on raising funds for Sandra’s daughters as they enter this next stage in their young lives. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made at

Dennis’ Tidbits


October 25, 2016

We could get Round II on Thursday

It’s a manic Monday here in Lagunaville as the atmosphere is on steroids today with numerous lightning strikes and thunderboomers. It’s not often that we see the skies this chaotic. There’s a big strong deep upper air low sitting a few hundred miles west of Central California and its position is such that it’s sucking in all kinds of tropical moisture from the south to crash into moist, cold, unstable air on the north side of this trough.

This low ain’t goin’ nowhere for the at least the remainder of the week.

Disturbances from the Gulf of Alaska are sliding down the trough’s western side and flinging some pretty intense stuff at us. Laguna averages only about 6-8 thunderstorm days per year so it’s a rare treat to see the sky on steroids for a change.

There’s another round of this instability due to arrive again Thursday with more of the same theatrics we’re seeing today. Some areas are also getting heavily pelted by intense downbursts depending on where you are. One town will get an inch in a half hour and the next town virtually nada. Typical convective behavior unlike the more stable nimbostratus where more uniform rain totals are recorded throughout the region. A lot of notable thunderstorm events have occurred in October. 

October, 1957 had a severe thunderstorm cluster over Southern Orange County and it just hung there all morning. When all was said and done over two inches of rain fell and it hailed so hard for a whole 45 minutes it was three inches deep in South Laguna making it look like a ski resort! There were over 400 lighting strikes over the course of just four hours with a majority of them being cloud to ground variety. Thank goodness for all that rain that accompanied the storm. Otherwise I’m sure there would have been lightning caused fires in our neck of the woods.

A year later and around the same date in October, 1958 a similar set up with a spectacular two hour light show and nearly an inch of rain. Somebody got killed by lightning out in El Toro that day as well.

On Columbus Day in 1960 a surprise thunderstorm visited Laguna with two hours of ear piercing thunder and an inch of hail and rain. The temp dropped from 80 at two p.m. to 63 at three p.m. Only an additional 3.40 inches of rain would fall from that date through June 30, 1961 the end of the 1960-61 season making it the driest season on record up to that year.

Halloween 1965. After a prolonged October heat wave things changed drastically on Oct 31, with a whole day’s worth of on and off thunderstorms as part of the outer bands of a tropical storm that made it halfway up the Baja peninsula and donated nearly an inch of rain. That event got things off to a good start when an additional 21 inches was distributed that season with a record wet November saw 9.68 inches fall. 

We ended up the 1965-66 campaign with 22 inches, more than eight inches above the annual norm thanks to a moderate El Niño event in late ’65 through summer ’66. There was also a long run of swell action from every direction that entire season and beyond. I think I only missed maybe five days in the water during that whole time! 

More on this later, ALOHA!

Author Alfie Kohn speaks on Punished by Rewards – why positive reinforcement isn’t so positive to SEEDS 

Author Alfie Kohn

The most popular American strategy for raising children and teaching students can be summarized in six words: “Do this and you’ll get that.” 

Unfortunately, rewards - like punishments - are a way of doing things to people rather than working with them, and they can never produce anything more than temporary obedience. 

In fact, as author Alfie Kohn will explain this Thursday morning, the use of incentives reflects a misunderstanding of motivation and makes it more difficult for kids to grow into generous, responsible people, or for students to think deeply and love learning. Kohn will speak to SEEDS from 9-10:30 Thursday morning at Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. Tickets are $10 Friends of SEEDS and $20 General Public. 

Register at

Pop in to a pop-up holiday galleria on Thurs Oct 27

On Thurs, Oct 27, the Laguna Beach Garden Club will present their first Holiday Shopping Galleria at the lovely Arabella Laguna, 506 N. Coast Hwy. Fine food and drink, local artisans’ creations and beautiful holiday décor will be available for purchase. There is no charge to attend this event, which will take place from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The lovely grounds of Arabella Laguna

The Laguna Beach Garden Club is celebrating its 88th anniversary. Its members support a wide variety of projects related to education in gardening, horticulture, landscape and floral design, conservation, ecology and bird life.

For example, the downtown “Pocket Garden” on Forest Avenue was refurbished through the hard work of its members, who also recently replanted the gardens next to the library. In conjunction with the Beautification Council, they planted and maintain the Sister Cities Garden in Heisler Park. These are just a few examples of their stellar work.

Meetings are held at Tankersley Hall at the Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, located at 415 Forest Ave. There is no charge for guests on their first visit. For more information about the Club and upcoming events, visit

Laguna Beach – Looking Back

Photo series courtesy The Laguna Beach Historical Society

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Fire – Looking North – October 27, 1993

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Fire – Looking South – October 27, 1993

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.

Lagunatics sold out - Thursday night show added 

No Square Theatre is doing it again. Oct 7 marks the return of the theatre’s favorite tribute to Laguna Beach through song parody, the Lagunatics show. Directed by Bree Burgess Rosen and choreographed by Paul Nygro, the production features musical direction by Roxanna Ward, costumes by Brigitte Harper, and performances by a cast of talented goof balls. 

Nothing – and no one – is safe from comedic barbs. The cast of crazies will go after city government, pot dispensaries, Pokémon, tourists, public art, water conservation … and, of course, the traditional goats will make an appearance.

The first Lagunatics show was held for World AIDS Day, a benefit for Laguna Shanti, and performed at the Laguna Playhouse in 1992. Through the years it has been performed in every venue in town including the Festival Forum Theater, the school district’s Artists Theatre, and even the Pageant of the Masters outside amphitheater.

Now a treasured local tradition, Lagunatics appears in the No Square Theatre space inside Historic Legion Hall. 

Parking is always a challenge, so No Square encourages audience members to come early and enjoy drinks and dinner al fresco before each performance. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out shows. Buy in advance. Tickets are $35 to $120 online at If available, tickets may be sold at the door for an additional fee.

No Square Theatre is Laguna Beach’s community theatre, residing in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, just two blocks south of the High School, where there is ample free parking.

Don’t drop the ball – Thurston will host its annual Sports Swap on Nov 5 with bargains galore for sale

The PTA at Thurston Middle School will host its eighth annual Sports Swap on Sat, Nov 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a 50 percent-off clearance sale from
3 – 4 p.m. This is a terrific opportunity for sports enthusiasts to donate, consign and/or buy gently used sports items at a significantly reduced price. 

Additionally, many popular Laguna Beach local retailers will provide demos, used equipment and new items for purchase. Items on sale will include skimboards, snowboards, surfboards, wetsuits, stand-up paddleboards, skateboards, bikes, golf clubs, tennis racquets, baseball gear, snow gear, cleats, balls of all sorts and more (used hats, helmets, and any form of safety equipment cannot be sold at the swap). 

This year major retailer, SWELL, will have hundreds of items for sale, adding to the fun and excitement at the event. 

The Sports Swap is fortunate to have the support of sponsors including: Laguna Cyclery, Laguna Surf and Sport, SUP to You, Handplant Skate Shop, Roark, Mizu, Vissla, nbrhd (neighborhood hats), Victoria Skimboards, Firebrand Media, Laguna Graphic Arts,, Jake Hiemstra Construction & Design and Chris Sirianni @ Villa Real Estate. 

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Photo from Ryan Ward website


If you want to ride a skimboard or do any sport well, you need to start with the right equipment

Roshaunie Sirianni, Sports Swap committee member, invites the community to participate in this terrific event. “What an unbelievable opportunity for our community to both buy and sell their sports gear while benefiting our children and their school,” Sirianni said.

PTA volunteers will be at Thurston Middle School on Thurs, Nov 3from 8 –10 a.m. as well as from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov 4to collect your gently used items. Sellers will set their own prices and PTA will sell the gear. For each item sold on consignment, Thurston will share the profits 50-50 and for items on full donation, Thurston will receive 100 percent of the profits.

The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach will be the recipient of any unsold, donated equipment at the end of the event. Thurston’s eighth grade graduation committee will be selling snacks and drinks to hungry shoppers and Laguna Beach Little League will host an in-person spring registration table from 12 – 2 p.m. 

For additional information, please visit and click on the Sports Swap tab. Required inventory sheets can be completed in advance to help speed the drop-off process.

Laguna Beach Parents Club Halloween Walk Oct 26

The Laguna Beach Parents Club (LBPC) is hosting its 5th annual Halloween Walk 2016, starting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 26. This event has grown to become the LBPC’s most beloved event; as a result, they are making this a community event. 

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John, Luke, and Jennifer Leonti; Lisa, Layla, and John Roberson-Beery in 2013

All are invited to grab a beach chair and meet them at Main Beach or on the left side of Forest Ave, downtown, to see all the kids of our community dressed in their precious costumes. Join “Mc Gruff,” the Crime Dog from the Laguna Beach Police Department, “Murphy,” the sea lion, from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and “Crunchy,” the Carrot, from The Art of Juicing. Come on down and cheer them on! They start at Main Beach, cross Coast Highway at Ocean and continue down Forest Ave. 

In addition, every year the LBPC chooses a local charity to support, this year they are supporting the Pet Rescue Center. “Rescuing pets… Creating families… Saving lives.” This Laguna Beach based charity is in need of new pet food, pet toys, pet beds (any size), and cat litter. Please bring what you can to Main Beach on the day of the event. Let’s come together and support this wonderful organization. For more information, visit

If you are not already a member of the Laguna Beach Parents Club, becoming a member is easy. Visit In addition to the Halloween Walk, the Club hosts an Annual BBQ, an Easter Egg Hunt, Family Olympics, Oktoberfest, as well as Mom’s and Dad’s Night Out. The LBPC also sponsors Club-organized playgroups, speakers, family fun nights and even Parents Nights Outs throughout the year. The fee to join is only $40. They are a charitable 501(c)3 whose aim is to bring parents, kids and families together.

Rainy Day

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Berta San Miguel

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Kay Metis

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Mary Hurlbut

A sold-out opening night gala for Billy & Ray provides a throwback to Hollywood 1943 for audience members 

A sold-out standing room only crowd attended the opening night gala of Laguna Playhouse’s second show of its 2016-2017 season, Billy & Ray. Written by Mike Bencivenga and directed by Michael Matthews, Billy & Ray is based on the true behind-the-scenes story of the writing of Double Indemnity and takes the audience back to Hollywood 1943. The show is sponsored by Haskell & White LLP. 

VIPs in attendance included Mayor Steve Dicterow, Playhouse board members Ken Fischbeck, Lisa Hale, Joe Hanauer, Greg and Barbara MacGillivray, Melinda Masson, Jim Mellor, Heidi Miller, Justin Myers and Terri Turner. Co-chair of the Playhouse’s 97th Gala, Playhouse Board member Glenn Gray and his wife Katherine Burton were also in attendance, along with Playhouse Women co-chairs Robin Woods and Michelle Bendetti, Playhouse sponsors Nolet’s President and CEO, Bill Eldien, Gelson’s Laguna Beach store director Tim Muleady, and Haskell & White’s managing partner Rick Smetanka. 

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Cheri and Rich Smetanka prepare to enjoy Billy & Ray on opening night

Celebrities included Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Hot in Cleveland), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Lombardi, Pitch), Barbara Marshall and her daughter Kathleen Marshall LaGambina, and Playhouse cast alumni Omar D. Brancato (Getting My Act Together, Sleeping Beauty Panto). Pat Kollenda (Love Loss and What I Wore), Brent Schindele (Striking 12) and Erika Schindele (The Odd Couple, Getting My Act Together) were also on hand to join the festivities.

Everyone enjoyed the pre-show spread, featuring Nolet’s Spirits, our season spirits sponsor, providing Nolet’s Premium Gin and Ketel One Vodkas (they are also the exclusive spirits at the lobby bar). Nolet’s Silver Raspberry Limeade, offered as “The Double Indemnity” was the night’s featured cocktail. 

Pre- and post-show gourmet delights were provided by Mark DePalma of Mark’s Catering. Guests nibbled on delicious appetizers and light bites before the show, and enjoyed a wide array of gourmet desserts, cookies and other special delights at the newly revamped Artistic Director’s Post Show Reception, where guests enjoyed the beautiful weather and musical stylings of pop singer-songwriter Zach Churchill, who was sponsored by KX93.5, Laguna Beach’s only local radio station. 

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Joe Hanauer, Katherine Burton and Glenn Gray are all smiles before, and no doubt were during and after the play

Season sponsors South Coast Plaza, Gelson’s, First Republic Bank, Toni Tartamella, and Daymar Coffee Company also provided support. 

The show continues through Sun Oct 30; tickets are available at or by calling 949-497-2787. Tickets range from $41 to $66. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. from Wed through Sat this week with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. 

Box office hours are Mon – Sat: 12 to 5 p.m. (open until 7:30 p.m. on performance days); Sun: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 5:30 p.m. on performance days)

For more information on all shows and programming, visit  Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Suzie’s ARTiculation

The art of giving, of making a mark


Ashley Angel seemed to be a natural at the jewelry making class taught by Sawdust artist Jamie Bichler on Saturday, a class her husband, Staff Sargent Adrian Angel, signed her up for. The first of its kind, eight spouses of active military personnel stationed at Camp Pendleton were invited to participate in a free art program provided by the Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund, (SAEF), a sequestered fund comprised completely of grants and donations that operates under the non-profit Sawdust Art Festival umbrella.

In the intensive three-hour class, not only did the students learn the basics and various techniques of stamping on metal to create wearable jewelry, each student received a “bag of goodies,” as Bichler called it, a complete set of tools and materials valued at over $225. 

Bichler credits Cheryl Doty, SAEF Treasurer and Trustee for getting the class off and running.   

“Cheryl approached me about potentially doing a class for the military. She got a $1000 grant from the Festival of Arts, and I applied for a separate grant from Rio Grande, my biggest supplier,” Bichler said. “Rio Grande sent over five sets of kits, worth over a $1000. We had more interest than we could fulfill. It filled up so quickly.”

It was the first time SAEF has been able to work with the spouses of military, and support them with a positive, uplifting art experience, said SAEF Chair and Trustee, Maggie Spencer.

“Our idea was to give them a new artistic skill that could provide extra income. By including instruction on how to set up an online store, they are able to set up a small business and take it with them wherever they may be stationed,” said Spencer.

Recently stationed at Camp Pendleton, it was obvious that Angel was enjoying the class, as she excelled, quick to learn. 

 “I absolutely loved it. I thought it was so awesome that they put it on. It’s a great opportunity,” said Angel. “I’ve actually made two more pieces and am making Christmas presents for my mom, my sister and cousin. I am just extremely thankful. I left there so excited to make jewelry and with so many ideas. I couldn’t wait to get started.”

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Pictured left to right - Kristin Felton, Ashley Angel, and Catherine Lewis. Ashley and other spouses of active military personnel learn the art of jewelry making and how to turn it into a business at the SAEF jewelry class on Saturday 

Bichler patiently illustrated her stamping technique and how to correct mistakes, or marring. Providing step-by-step instructions, the students learned how to use their tools while making their own pendant. 

“It’s the first time I taught a class where students walked out with the skills and materials. It really made a huge difference that I could send them off with materials instead of just knowledge,” Bichler said. “The military doesn’t make a lot of money, so I thought it was important to get them out the door with enough to get started, to get a foothold in jewelry making. And they can easily make it at their kitchen table.”

Bichler was thorough and gave helpful tips on pricing and selling. She taught the basics of marketing, purchasing supplies, and creating an Etsy Store, complete with a convenient sellers handbook and list of suppliers.

“One of the biggest problems is underpricing. You have to factor in time - to make it, package it, send it out, all these little things factor in,” Bichler said. “You can’t go by what other people are selling because a lot of people are underselling. Don’t undervalue your work.”

At the beginning of the class, Bichler warned that jewelry making could be addictive. It was obvious that the class was hooked by the end.

 “Gloria, whose husband just got deployed, said that she has a 19-year-old at home and that they will definitely be making jewelry together,” Bichler said. “Her husband is going to be gone until May, so the fact that she can engage her teenage child and connect. I think that’s a win.”

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Top (L-R): Kristin F., Sawdust instructor Jamie Bichler, Gloria L., Catherine L., bottom row: Irene S., Ashley A., Raquel T., Jill M. and Jill P. SAEF’s first class of military spouses learns the tools of the trade with free jewelry making class

Until next time…so much creativity, so little time!

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City Council rejects change in SOCWA voting rights


The City Council saw no reason at the Oct 18 meeting to change the voting structure of one-vote-per member of the South Coast Wastewater Authority.

A presentation by Moulton Niguel Water District failed to persuade the city officials of any valid reason for a change. The council voted 5-0 to reject the proposal, as recommended by Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman, Laguna’s representative on the SOCWA board, City Manager John Pietig and Water Quality Director David Shissler.

“Just raising the issue has created a feeling of distrust,” Pietig said to Moulton Niguel representative Matt Collins. “Nothing is broken,” 

Except some projects are being held up by Moulton Niguel’s refusal to approve the 2016 budget until an amendment of the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement between the 10 member- agencies approves weighted voting, Pietig said. 

Collins said issues require discussion and dialogue.

“It seems you are vetoing the budget rather than having a dialogue with the other agencies,” said Councilman Robert Whalen. 

Moulton Niguel appears to be seeking majority control of SOCWA management and operations, according to the staff report.

The proposed change in voting structure would give Moulton Niguel greater control over the general budget, which funds SOCWA’s general manager and legal counsel and could result in those employees giving greater deference to the district’s positions on various matters, Pietig has concluded.

That weighs heavily in Laguna’s rejection of the proposed change in voting. 

The authority general manager and legal counsel will be involved in any divesture discussions and need to equally represent all SOCWA agencies, according to Pietig’s conclusions in the agenda bill. 

Laguna is particularly concerned because Moulton Niguel has indicated it would like to bow out of the Coastal Treatment Plant, a complex matter that could adversely affect the city, South Coast Water District, which services South Laguna, Emerald Bay and the ocean if improperly managed.  

The current voting structure has been in place since 2001 and Moulton Niguel is the only member agency that has demanded a change in the voting structure, put in place when the Aliso Water Management Agency, the South East Regional and the South Orange County reclamation Authorities merged into SOCWA.

Waning Moon

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Linda Winslow

Framing a waning moon in the afternoon sky

Kaleidoscope Trio performs Nov 10 at LB Art Museum

The Kaleidoscope Trio will be performing in the Live! at the Museum concert series at the Art Museum on Thurs Nov 10, 7 – 8 p.m. The series is the result of a partnership between Laguna Beach Live! and the Laguna Art Museum.

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Deservedly proud of their accomplishments and very talented, The Kaleidoscope Trio (l-r): Mann-Wen Lo, Micah Wright, and Adam Borecki

The Kaleidoscope Trio is an eclectic ensemble that performs a wide array of music, from Bach to the Beatles, and from Schubert to Sinatra. Since its formation in 2013, the Kaleidoscope Trio has brought its unique music to many venues in the Los Angeles area, performing for formal concerts, special events, libraries, museums, schools, hospitals, and prisons. 

Members Mann-Wen Lo (violin), Micah Wright (clarinet), and Adam Borecki (guitar) met as students at USC. The Kaleidoscope Trio won several awards at USC including winning the USC Outreach Competition and receiving special recognition for its outreach work in the Gluck Fellowship Program. Currently, the Kaleidoscope Trio performs throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas and explores a plethora of musical styles including classical, jazz, pop, klezmer, and fusion.

Live! at the Museum  takes place the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum and is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. The concert takes place in the large Steele Gallery and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Reservations are available online through the Museum’s website, or by calling 949.494.8971 x203. For more information about the series and other concerts, visit or phone 949-715-9713.

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Swimming 103 miles in shark infested water – a unique film event at the Woman’s Club, Laguna Beach, Thursday Nov 3


At a time when women are being objectified, undermined and belittled; as a woman, I am ready to say enough is enough. Stop this negativity and let’s rejoice in female accomplishments, their athleticism and be inspired never to give up chasing our dreams.

Diana Nyad embodies these traits and more, and her story is an inspiration to us all. Diana, a world record holder for marathon swimming, always had a dream to swim over a hundred miles non-stop between Cuba to Florida. It was never going to be a day at the beach; she declined the use of a cage, while the waters were infested with sharks and box jellyfish. 

She chose some of the most hostile and unforgiving waters of the world, the elusive Devil’s Triangle, and planned it during hurricane season when the currents are at their strongest. It was made all the more incredible because Diana came out of a thirty-year swimming retirement in her sixties simply because she didn’t want to give up on her dream.

In celebration of her amazing achievements, the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach invite you to a special evening and screening of “The Other Shore,” an award-winning documentary following her remarkable journey. As a Board member of the Woman’s Club and organizer of the event, Christine Fugate remarked, “I am bringing this movie to Laguna Beach because we have many women and men who are committed to the ocean and to pursuing their dreams as athletes. Even though I am not athletic, I am inspired by Diana’s unwavering commitment to fulfill her dreams later in life and to take on all the obstacles that the ocean, her body and mind present.” 

In addition to the screening, there will be a unique chance to hear Emmy-nominated producer and director, Tim Wheeler discuss the film as well as taking Q&A. In his own words Tim talks of “the Herculean effort” of Diana, and goes on to comment “But this is not a film about swimming. It’s about commitment and drive and the fearlessness required to fulfill a dream at whatever cost. And I think, or I hope, that’s what audiences will resonate with the most.”

If you are sitting at home procrastinating about doing something new, challenging or life-changing then this event is for you. Be inspired and never give up your dreams. 

For tickets visit the Women’s Club of Laguna Beach by Oct 31 via credit card or Paypal, to purchase via check: issue check payable to: Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, 286 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

Historical presentation on Gaspar de Portola: the first governor of California will be held Nov 3 at Ocean Institute

The Ocean Institute will offer a presentation on Gaspar de Portola, the first governor of California, on Thursday, Nov 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m. The presentation will feature Dr. Milt McMenamin, who for 27 years has performed on cruise lines as an onboard historian, naturalist, lecturer and actor. His one-man show and talks on history, culture, nature and art have been enjoyed by thousands. He and wife Ann have also volunteered at the Ocean Institute for the past 18 years.

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Ann and Dr. Milt McMenamin

The cost is $6; includes light refreshment. Suitable for ages 13 and older. Register online at

For additional information, call the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.

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City hosting next “Open for Business” workshop on Nov 10

The next “Open for Business” workshop will be hosted by the City of Laguna Beach on Thursday, Nov 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third Street.  

Workshop participants will include Planning Commissioners Susan Whitin and Anne Johnson, representatives from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Martina Caron and Anthony Viera, City Planners for the City of Laguna Beach.

“Many prospective business people want to discuss their issues before they initiate formal applications with the City,” said Planning Commissioner Johnson, coordinator of these workshops. “Just discussing their concerns and issues informally seems to help.”

“These Open for Business workshops are a great way for existing business owners as well as those that are interested in opening a new business, to get answers to questions and information about doing business in Laguna Beach” said Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Director, Laura Henkels.

As a result of the workshops last year, several new businesses came to Laguna Beach, and others are planned for the future.  

For more information, please contact Anthony Viera, Assistant Planner at 497-0398 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Free flu shots offered at annual Health Expo Nov 4

The annual Health Expo will be held at the Community and Susi Q Senior Center from 8:30 to 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 4.

Free flu shots for folks 18 and older will be available on a first-come first-served basis, while supplies last.

The Expo will feature educational information about community services and resources, as well as free blood pressure and hearing screenings.

St. Joseph Health Mission Hospital is sponsoring the Expo in collaboration with Laguna Beach Seniors and the City of Laguna Community Services Department. 

For more information: (949) 464-6645.

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach getting ready to hold their annual Art and Nature Show Nov 3 - 11

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Art Program is holding their annual Art & Nature Show starting Nov 3 and running through Nov 11 at the Club’s Art Room at the Canyon Branch. 

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The show will be an installation of art made by Club Members all revolving around the subject of nature. All types of art will be displayed: sculptures, photography, illustration, painting, mixed media, ceramics, digital arts, just to name a few. The Club works in partnership with the Laguna Art Museum who originated the idea of showcasing an Art & Nature show exhibit. They encouraged local organizations in the surrounding areas to participate in having their own Art & Nature Show, and that’s what the Club’s Art Director, Karla Fandel did. 

Fandel was truly inspired by the Museum’s exhibit to start her own Art & Nature Show with the Club three years ago. 

“The kids that attend the art program at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach love the idea of combining nature and art!” said Fandel. She added, “I believe our members who are participating in creating this year’s exhibit, really get a better understanding of the culture and art of Laguna Beach.” 

For more information of the upcoming exhibit at the Club; contact Karla Fandel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AIAOC Design Awards celebrate Anders Lasater Architects’ development of soon-to-be OC icons

Laguna Beach-based Anders Lasater Architects recently received several awards from The American Institute of Architects, Orange County Chapter (AIAOC) during the association’s annual Design Awards. Awards were given to honor the following buildings in the company’s portfolio, described as follows by the firm:

Located in the re-branded Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, a short walk from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a pre-show dinner or a late night cocktail. 

Inspired by the glamour of the performing arts, the design includes a dramatic backlit entry facade, a shimmering entry water feature, a generous outdoor dining area overlooking Segerstrom plaza, and a sexy indoor cocktail lounge with glowing onyx bar.  

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The Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar includes a dramatic backlit entry facade

The architect’s challenge was to transform the existing back-of-house facade and enliven what had been a long forgotten and unarticulated wall. The solution was to craft a new, vibrant, and meaningful street facade that reinforces the identity of the hotel, while inviting patrons to cross the street from the Segerstrom Center to explore a part of the hotel that had been previously off-limits.  

The AIAOC Awards jury universally applauded the adaptive reuse of this project’s exterior and the dramatic transformation of the existing building. They particularly appreciated how the new entry feature and patio reactivated the street and created a pedestrian scale along the Avenue of the Arts.    

Now, as the curtain closes on the evening’s performance, and guests filter out into the grand plaza of Segerstrom Center, the Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar illuminates a path across the street, inviting them to stay and reflect on another memorable evening.

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Urbun offers Coast Highway view to burger-eating patrons

Occupying what was once an auto repair shop and later a ragged fast food outlet, Urbun Burger offers a modern interpretation of the iconic roadside hamburger stand. 
Dressed in white, and ready to serve a tasty meal at a reasonable price, Urbun offers a variety of dining experiences to its hungry patrons. Inside the front door a long dining counter is framed by a deep, steel slot window, offering a perch from which diners may gaze upon the pedestrians and cars whizzing down Coast Highway. 

Around back, and only a few steps away from beach access, the roll-up garage doors of the old auto repair bays reveal a protected, but sky-lit dining patio, filled with tables and bar seating. Dividing the parking area from the dining room a poured-in-place concrete wall is a great place to sit and chat with friends while you wait for your order to be called. Crisp and modern, but easy and fun, Urbun Burger is the essence of fast casual California dining.

The AIAOC Awards jury unanimously applauded the reductive clarity of purpose and pure design that yielded a clean, singular piece of architecture. They noted that the architect had developed a subtle dialog with the finished materials that turns inside out, and outside in masterfully creating a space that feels well suited to beach-side dining.  The clear ideas and strong architectural detailing proposed made this project one of the jury’s favorites. 

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The Dillon residence makes the most of its setting among eucalyptus trees 

Envisioned as a hidden gem nestled within a hillside grove of fragrant eucalyptus trees, the Dillon residence rewards the adventurous who find their way to the end of this narrow hillside street overlooking the picturesque coastline of Laguna. 

Formed as a collection of related, but independent structures linked by a circulation spine, the house provides a sequence of tailored experiences as one moves from the ceremonial living areas near the entry, past the inner courtyard and waterfall pool to the serene, more intimate spaces at the back of the lot. 

Each space offers a unique moment of understanding, not only of the site and the dramatic views beyond, but also of one’s place within the home.

The AIAOC Awards jury admired how the siting of the program and arrangement of the building masses masterfully connected the forms of the house to the form of the land. They noted that the various proposed roof planes work well to help organize the house and articulate the spaces within it.

For more information about Anders Lasater Architects, located at 384 Forest Ave, visit or call 949-280-7097.

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 102516

DUI Arrests

Walter Carnes Harrell, 70, Laguna Niguel – Sunday, October 23

Justin Do, 19, Aliso Viejo – Saturday, October 22 Cell caller

Sergio Lopez Hernandez, 35, Laguna Niguel – Thursday, October 20 Cell caller


Incident Reports

Saturday, October 22

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Ross Lee Jertberg, 61, no fixed address

Anthony Vincent Cox, 48, Laguna Beach

Zachary Alexander Skiles, 21, Pacifica

Schuyler B Nesbitt, 22, Ohio

Rafael Antonio Valladares, 56, Laguna Beach

James D Rose, 22, Tennessee

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Battery

11:52 p.m. Officers responded to a fight involving four people, one of which had a knife. Officers detained two, including the one with the knife, who only held it by his side and did not use it to threaten. Jesse Dews, 30, Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested for battery. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Rocks thrown at vehicles

2:37 p.m. Two 11-year-old boys from Laguna Beach were released to one of their parents after being detained for throwing rocks at vehicles in the area of Aliso Beach.

Coast Hwy | 31600 Block | Petty theft

11:43 a.m. Two subjects bought some towels, but neglected to pay for the leather trench coat jacket one had put on inside the store and left wearing.

Glenneyre Street | 2500 Block | Burglary

11:35 a.m. Overnight, someone stole $500 worth of various items from a residence. The door had been locked and secured when the victim went to bed.

Weymouth Place | 300 Block | Theft from a vehicle

10:56 a.m. The RP’s purse containing miscellaneous personal property was stolen from her unlocked vehicle while it was in the parking lot. 

Jewel Avenue | 31600 Block | Burglary

8:40 a.m. Someone broke into the RP’s house overnight and destroyed her computer. A suspect was named.

3rd Avenue & Scenic Drive | Domestic disturbance

2:36 a.m. Following reports of an argument, Carrie Leigh Boyd, 43, Dana Point, was arrested for inflicting injury upon another.

Friday, October 21

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

David Patrice Thomas, 43, Laguna Beach

Quivera Street | 800 Block | Stolen vehicle

9:55 p.m. A 2003 Mercedes Sable with Texas plates was stolen. The owner had all of the keys. It was last seen at 4:30 p.m. that day.

Broadway Street & N. Coast Hwy | Indecent exposure

4:05 p.m. After flashing several passersby, Rickey Nelson Roberson Jr., 35, Orange, was arrested for lewd conduct and soliciting others to engage in lewd conduct.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty theft

12:38 p.m. A cell phone was stolen.

Terrace Way | 1300 Block | Petty theft

11 a.m. The RP’s license plates were stolen.

Ledroit Street & N. Coast Hwy | Stolen license plates

10:35 a.m. Officers stopped a vehicle that had had its license plates switched with that of a stolen vehicle. The stolen plates were removed from the vehicle. 

Park Avenue | 800 Block | Petty theft

10:34 a.m. Banners and signs amounting to $200 were stolen from the RP’s yard.

Ocean | 200 Block | Warrant

10:03 a.m. Cynthia Fern Barrow, 58, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for transporting marijuana for sales.

Pacific Avenue | 1400 Block | Stolen vehicle

8:24 a.m. Overnight, the RP’s 2013 Ford F150 was stolen from his driveway. The thief may have collided with a vehicle across the street, causing damage. Additionally, the RP’s wife’s vehicle had been burglarized, with loss unknown at the time of the report.

Ridge Drive | 2800 Block | Theft from a vehicle

7:22 a.m. A wallet with money and ID was stolen from an unlocked truck.

Mountain Road | 100 Block | Warrant+

12:45 a.m. Jill Oline Butler, 51, Santa Ana, was arrested on a $500 Central Court warrant. Her companion, Raul Carlos Ramos, 56, San Clemente, was discovered to have 5.13 grams of methamphetamine on him. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, October 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Charles David Penkova, 54, Laguna Beach

Wednesday, October 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert John Shaw, 58, no fixed address

Coast Hwy & Diamond St | Stolen vehicle

10:54 p.m. After witnessing it driving inbound, officers stopped a vehicle that had been reported stolen on Oct 10 by San Bernardino PD. Both the passenger and the driver were detained. Alisha Danielle Houghton, 30, San Bernardino, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools. Robert Henry Garcia, 40, San Bernardino, was arrested for vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools.

Jewel Avenue | 31500 Block | Burglary

5:20 p.m. While the victim and a co-worker left a home for about three hours, someone stole a 55” Samsung TV valued at $1000. 

Ramona Avenue | 600 Block | Drugs

10:38 a.m. Reese Westenberger, 51, no fixed address, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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From readers and press releases


Festival of Arts now accepting artists’ apps for 2017 show deadline Oct 31

The Festival of Arts is a prestigious, highly competitive, regional juried fine art show featuring original artwork by Orange County’s finest artists. The 2017 show will run July 5 – Aug 31. 

Artists who would like to apply for the 2017 fine art show should submit three digital images per media and a completed application form to the Festival of Arts by Oct 31, by 4 p.m. Applicants must apply online through the Festival’s website,

For more information, call 949-464-4234. Artists applying to the Festival of Arts must be able to show that they have resided in Orange County for at least one year prior to Oct 31. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted.

To learn more about the Festival of Arts, the application process and photographing artwork effectively for submission, artists are invited to attend a free seminar entitled “How to Prepare Your Artwork for Submission to the 2017 Summer Exhibit,” offered on the following dates and locations:

Sept 24, at 2 p.m. in the Saddleback Church Visual Arts Studio at 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest

Oct 8 at 10 a.m. in the Wells Fargo Bank at 260 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach

Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 949-464-4234.

Each summer the works of 140 accomplished artists are showcased to the public in a six-acre art haven. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. 

For general information visit or call 494-1145.

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Ocean Institute weekend whale watching cruises 

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

Cruises are offered most weekends, upcoming dates include: October 9,16, 23, 30; November 6, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 4, 10, 17.  Cruise times are 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

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

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New city class: Behind the Classics - A Night at the Movies

This new class at the Community Center will show a series of classic movies from the 30’s to the 60’s followed by discussion about the making of that movie, its impact and legacy. 

Instructor Theo Siegel is a writer, researcher and television professional with over 30 years of industry experience.  He worked for CBS News and was a film archivist and researcher at E! Entertainment/Comcast Networks for 20 years. He also did freelance-work for the CBS daily show “The Talk” and the History Channel series, “America’s Book of Secrets. 

For ages 18 and over; Thursdays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at:

Open house tours of four social Safety Net Nonprofits Oct 27

Free or low-cost healthcare, food, legal services, emergency shelter beds, and homelessness prevention programs– they are all here in Laguna Beach to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable members of our community. The nonprofit organizations that provide these vital services will simultaneously throw open their doors to offer insights to local residents and fall election candidates on Thursday, Oct 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for the 2016 Safety Net Nonprofits Tour. All are invited to tour and ask questions of the local nonprofits that work to prevent area residents from falling into poverty, homelessness, hospitalization, and worse.  

Guests are invited to learn more about these four local organizations’ important missions: 

Laguna Beach Community Clinic – 362 Third Avenue – provides excellent and compassionate medical care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. 

Friendship Shelter – solving homelessness in south Orange County, one person at a time. Friendship Shelter will conduct tours at two venues: 

-32-bed self-sufficiency program and offices –1335 South Coast Highway at Mountain Road 

-Alternative Sleeping Location – 20652 Laguna Canyon Road – 45-person emergency shelter managed by Friendship Shelter for the City of Laguna Beach 

Laguna Food Pantry – 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, north of the Dog Park – offers free, fresh, nutritious groceries to anyone in need;

Seaside Legal Services – 301 Forest Avenue at Glenneyre, upstairs – provides free legal help in civil cases for those who cannot afford representation. 

The tour – held on a weekday as these service providers go about their daily tasks – aims to draw attention to the hard-working nonprofit organizations that create a social safety net as life in OC, and especially Laguna Beach, becomes more expensive and difficult for people to make ends meet. 

Guests are invited to walk in during tour hours for informative 10-minute overviews, ask questions, and learn how each organization supports and sustains an often overlooked segment of our community. 

“We organized a similar tour before the 2014 elections,” noted Barbara McMurray, the organizer. “It proved to be a good way to connect city council candidates with the mission of each of these nonprofits, to walk their hallways, see who they serve, and talk face-to-face with their directors to gain a greater understanding of their daily challenges and victories.”

Sawdust Studio Art 

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 2016.

The year-round art education program includes special classes in glass, fused glass, jewelry and ceramics.

Call 494-3030 for information and to reserve a class.

Students may register for all classes online or by calling 494-3030. 

Visit the website at:


Class Schedules


Thursday, October 27

7 p.m.

Screen Printing



Friday, October 28

10 a.m.

Fold Formed Bracelet

10 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.


10 a.m.

Say It With Jewelry

2 p.m.

Jeweler’s Saw


Saturday, October 29

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jewelry Fabrication

With David Nelson


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