By DENNIS McTIGHE
April 17, 2015
Sheltered from radical dynamics, our weather is mostly tame
The great weather continues as the Eastern Pacific High is stronger than ever and has flexed its muscles to expand all the way up the Pacific West Coast including the usually cold and soggy Pacific Northwest where temps near 80º include places like Portland and Seattle.
Having been born and raised here in Southern California and living here in Laguna for three quarters of my wonderful life, I guess you could say I led a sheltered life as far as the elements are concerned. That all changed when in my nineteenth year, compliments of Uncle Sam, I was deposited smack dab in the middle of the Texas Panhandle at a place called Amarillo Air Force for Basic Training and weather school.
On Friday, January 13, 1967 I flew out of LAX with sunny skies, Santana conditions, and temps nearing 80 degrees. Two and a half hours later, wearing nothing but shorts and flops and a short sleeved Wardy T-Shirt I arrived in Amarillo, Texas under cloudy skies with snow flurries, north winds up to 30 mph with a wind chill factor of 22 degrees! How was I to know? Immediately I became dreadfully homesick. Welcome to the land of real weather, Airman McTighe!
For the next five months I was to get a heavy dose of harsh reality!
In just the first week I was there, it went from blizzard conditions riding on what is called a “blue norther” to 75 degrees two days later, followed by a tornado warning with baseball size hail and then a severe ice storm. Whew! Early that spring during weather school, I saw the thermometer jump from 32 that morning to 82 at noon with a tornado at two in the afternoon and snow by sunset. Needless to say, it was a great place for on the job training in weather school.
The reason I brought this up in the first place is today, Thursday, my old Air Force Base in Texas took a direct hit from not one, but two tornadoes, intense lightning with upwards of 20 strikes per minute and get this, softball size hail. The tops of this cluster of supercell thunderstorms were measured at 58,000 feet! Three inches of rain fell in less than two hours. Now you see what I mean about sheltered life out here.
Don’t get me wrong as we do occasionally get some radical weather and a few strong thunderstorms, especially when there’s an El Niño going on but overall, it’s pretty tame by comparison.
Out here in the West we just don’t possess the necessary atmospheric dynamics that come together in concert to create the dramatics like the ones that occurred in Amarillo today and that’s just fine with Tidbits!
That’s why we live here!
Have a wonderful sheltered weekend and we’ll get together again next Tuesday…
What are you doing for lunch next Friday? Joining Stu News Laguna for the fun, friendship – and food!
If you do what you love for a living, you never work, right? Well, Stu and Shaena love what they do, but they don’t get to see the Stu News readers enough!
Yes, it’s time for another Stu News gathering. We all want to see you! And talk, and eat – at one of our favorite places: GG’s Bistro. Stu and Shaena told the Gundogars, “Shoot the works!” So, there will be a wonderful GG’s Mediterranean buffet spread, compliments of Stu News & GG’s.
Don’t miss this chance to catch up with friends, old and new.
GG’s celebrated their 10-year anniversary this year, and we think we’ll keep that celebration going. The Gundogar family serves up some of Laguna’s best kebobs, pastas, and specialty Turkish foods. The Turkish coffee is delish, and they even read the coffee grounds on occasion for their regulars. Stu and Shaena had a positive reading at their first business meeting at GG’s!
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The Gundogar family – GG’s
And we at Stu News love us a little party time – this will be our sixth community invited luncheon, and our second with GG’s. The last time, we all enjoyed the amazing buffet, with a ton of people attending. This promises to be a special time once again, with special people.
Come on down and stop by GG’s from noon until 2 p.m., at 540 S. Coast Hwy, on Friday, April 24. You’ll be sure to catch a load of the latest breaking news, and maybe an old tale or two. Bring a friend, and introduce them to the great group of Stu News Laguna readers. Until then!
Cabaret at Laguna Nursery celebrates Broadway Saturday
Broadway A-Z, featuring classic show tunes from well-known Broadway shows from (almost) every letter of the alphabet, will be presented in a special Garden Cabaret at Laguna Nursery this Saturday night, April 18 from 6:30 – 10 p.m.
Saif Eddin and Kathi Gillmore are both Broadway veterans
Saif Eddin has been enthralling audiences for decades, and has a bevy of talented friends that help him share his gift of entertainment. “Saif Eddin & Friends” Cabarets have become a favorite tradition at Laguna Nursery – one that makes this town so unique. Local talent Tessa Mansour, a junior at LBHS, will be joining veteran performers Nelson Coates, Kathi Gillmore, Diana Kavilis Morris, Kevin Koelbl, and Connie Thomas-Sygitowicz.
The youngest performer – LBHS Junior Tessa Mansour
Ruben Flores, owner of Laguna Nursery, says, “Saturday’s Cabaret will feature music you will want to sing to, bites to please your palate, and beverages with New York style!” Buy your tickets at the door or in advance by calling 949-494-5200.
Get hot-off-the-press copies of “The Best of Laguna Beach” book, the insider’s “go-to” guide
On Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m., meet Diane Armitage at Laguna Beach Books, ask your craziest questions, get that book of yours signed, enjoy food and wine, and revel in the real community fun of Laguna Beach.
As a marketing agency owner with a number of world-renowned restaurants and resorts as her clients, it wasn’t long before Diane Armitage had set up her own blog to begin blogging about everything she loved in her own resort town of Laguna Beach. Begun in 2008, the blog – www.LagunaBeachBest.com – continues to gain a large and loyal worldwide following of subscribers.
Her first book, Laguna Beach’s Best, was published in 2013 and included hundreds of her blog entries and color photos. As an insider’s “go-to” guide for travelers and residents alike, the book has sold by the thousands both regionally and in 26 countries outside the U.S.
Diane has recently updated the book, now titled The Best of Laguna Beach, and it’s a hefty expansion – to more than 300 pages, with hundreds of colorful, lively photos that tell the tale of life in Southern California’s Riviera, Laguna Beach, for travelers and residents alike.
Still committed to providing a completely unbiased opinion, Diane is never paid to write about specific restaurants, retailers or events. The Best of Laguna Beach provides an honest, objective and conversationally fun review of what truly is the best, from fine and casual dining to happy hours, popular annual events, shopping finds, sports and recreation and much more.
Follow Diane’s growing community at Facebook.com/BestofLagunaBeach for new updates, fun finds, trending news in Laguna Beach and first details on Diane’s new Best of Laguna Beach Culinary Adventures and Walking Tour launches.
Sharp Turn Ahead turning out for the Coach House this Saturday night: doors open at 6 p.m.
The local teen band of Kyle and Benjamin Sharp, Sharp Turn Ahead, will be playing at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano this Saturday, April 18. They will be opening for Lisa Loeb, noted for the number one hit, Stay (I missed You).
Sharp Turn Ahead
Sharp Turn Ahead will be rocking out their signature style of pop and rock, along with some brand new original music.
“We are incredible excited to be opening for Lisa Loeb,” the boys note on their website. “Lisa, who has had a number one hit …was also the first ever artist to top the charts before being signed to a record label…”
They’re looking for a good crowd of Laguna friends. “Really hope you’ll join us for a great night!”
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking this link: SharpTurnAheadTickets
Spring Youth Theatre Classes offered, ages 4 – 12
Children ages four through 12 can have fun and gain impressive life skills by taking class in one of the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Classes.
Spring classes began Wednesday, April 15 for The Magic Suitcase (4 p.m. – 5 p.m. for ages four, five, and six), and Fun with Acting (at 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. for ages seven and eight). Both classes meet at The Playhouse.
From April 21 – May 19, for five weeks, there is the class Acting Fundamentals (ages nine to 11), which meets Tuesdays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach.
Friday April 17 – June 5, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., enjoy the Musical Theatre Workshop (ages 9 - 12), which meets at The Playhouse.
A showcase will be presented at the end of each session, each class.
Fees range from $125 to $200.
For more information or to enroll in a class, call Vivian Molitz at (949) 497-2787, ext. 230. Additional information can be found on The Laguna Playhouse website at www.lagunaplayhouse.com
Musical comedy – “Murder for Two” coming to the Playhouse
The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham announced the Orange County premiere of the Smash-Hit, Off-Broadway musical, “Murder for Two,” book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, choreography by Wendy Seyb, musical direction by David Caldwell and direction by Scott Schwartz.
“We are delighted to bring this hilarious and “Killer” new musical to our subscribers and audiences,” comments Wood. “Two Actors, a dozen characters and a classic whodunit, all set to a marvelous new musical score, this is going to be an evening to die for” adds Wareham.
“Murder for Two” will begin previews on at Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday, April 22; will open on Saturday, April 25 and runs through Sunday, May 17.
Everyone is a suspect in “Murder for Two,” a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.
“Murder for Two” tickets range from $41 - $66 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 497-2787 ext. 229.
Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
LOCA honors Mary Ferguson at its fundraiser Sunday
“I was shocked when they told me,” said Mary Ferguson. She described her response when she learned she was the official honoree of the Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) fundraiser. The event, themed Living la Vida LOCA, is on Sunday April 19, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden and Café.
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Ferguson will be recognized for her service on the City Arts Commission and the Board of Laguna College of Art and Design, and her support of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center where she co-founded the Art and Sea Lions workshops with LOCA’s Sherry Bullard. Presenters thanking Ferguson include Donna Ballard, Rick Balzer, Nelson Coates, John Cunningham, Ruben Flores, and Pat O’Brien.
An art auction will feature originals by John Barber, Olivia Batchelder, Lindsay Buchman, Hedy Buzan, Lydia Delgado, Shelley Evans, Mada Leach, Sue Linder - Valerie Gorrell, Donita Lloyd, Jacquie Moffett, Jan Sattler, Gretchen Shannon, Tom Swimm and more.
Silent auction and raffle prizes will feature certificates for Inn at Laguna, The Tides Inn, Watermarc Restaurant, Mozambique, Harbor Grill, Bushards Pharmacy, a Southern dinner, auto repair, a Palm Springs getaway and more.
Proceeds support the education programs of LOCA including arts in schools, afterschool programs, workshops for at-risk youth, special needs adults, seniors, families, visitors and more. The event will include festive food and wine in the intimate garden setting.
“This will be lots of fun, and I hope LOCA makes lots of money!” Ferguson proclaimed.
The Woman’s Club holding a community welcome for the city’s new police chief on Friday April 24 at 4:30
The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach invites everyone in the community to join them on Friday, April 24, to honor our first female Chief of Police, Laura Farinella.
Club President Barbara Crane said the new chief will be discussing her goals for the city as well as her career.
Chief Farinella holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Communications from Chapman University and Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University at Long Beach. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute and has completed numerous post-graduate programs.
“I am honored and excited to have been chosen to lead the fine men and women of the Laguna Beach Police Department,” said Chief Farinella.
“We are eager to hear Chief Farinella speak and tell us her vision for Laguna Beach,” said Crane.
Refreshments will be served and there will be live music at the complimentary event, which begins at 4:30 and will end at six o’clock at 286 St. Ann’s Drive.
Some Ladies Who Lunch…and Read wear lovely hats!
The Friends of the Laguna Beach Library will hold their 11th annual Ladies Who Lunch...and Read luncheon on May 5th at 11 a.m. Ladies are asked, but not required, to don their lovely bonnets, and join the Friends at Three Seventy Common at 370 Glenneyre (across the street from the library).
There will be prizes for the best hats, a wonderful raffle, and guests will be able to share the books they have enjoyed. Chef Adam Ryan will once again treat us to his delicious food in his welcoming restaurant.
To make reservations, send your check for $60 to the Friends of the Library, 1310 Moorea Way, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or go to the Friends website www.friendsofthelagunabeachlibrary.org to request a reservation, using PayPal. For more information, call 949-376 5135 or 949-497 7053.
LBHS teacher selected and attended the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN
Laguna Beach High School French teacher Dr. Odile Dewar was selected to attend the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in March.
Superintendent Sherine Smith said, “This award reflects Odile’s dedication and passion and we are proud she has earned this incredible recognition.”
This is the 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was adopted by 189 governments. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is considered a comprehensive benchmark for advancement of women’s rights. CSW59 reviewed the international implementation and challenges of the Beijing model in addition to evaluating gender equality and circumstances of women today.
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Dr. Odile Dewar
Dr. Dewar is an active member in the San Diego Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, a program of the United Nations Foundation.
She remarked, “Meeting women from all over the world with diverse backgrounds, cultures and languages who were united in their goals to help make life better for women in every corner of the globe was inspirational.”
The experience was life changing for Dr. Dewar. “During the conference I had the opportunity to experience many great meetings between Saturday and Monday which will enrich my curriculum for my classes at LBHS. I also made contact with other UN representatives to discuss possible internships for our high school MUN students,” she stated.
In January, Dr. Dewar invited the UNA-USA San Diego, UN Foundation President and CEO Bettina Hausmann as a guest lecturer to speak about the UN goals to the high school’s AP French class and Model UN (MUN) students. Ms. Hausmann’s interactive and engaging presentation prompted much student discussion about the role of the UN in their everyday lives. Dr. Dewar emphasized that as citizens of the world, students can choose to be active participants of positive global change throughout their lives.
Born in Madagascar, Dr. Dewar has lived and learned in places all over the world including Cameroon, the Soviet Union, and Western Europe. Her father was a judge and a French diplomat, d’outremer. She is fluent in four languages including French, Italian, English and Russian, and speaks some Spanish, Madagascar and Ewondo. Dr. Dewar earned her doctorate in education at Alliant International University.
Husband and wife guitarist team in concert Sunday
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Husband and wife team Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen are Grammy-Award winning guitarists, and Young Audiences’ 2009 National Artist of the Year.
Their concerts are memorable, highlighted by blazing fingerpicking, lovely vocal harmonies, haunting ballads, fun songs and good humor. Likely, they will include a bit of audience participation!
These two performers will be at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave., at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Invite a friend, a young budding guitarist, and enjoy the music!
Suggested donation is $10/person, $25/family.
A freewill offering will be taken during the concert.
To learn more about Mark and Greta, visit their website www.accentonmusic.com.
JoAnne Artman Gallery presents group exhibition, Lost in Translation Too… art resonates universally
“Lost in Translation Too” is a dynamic showcase of international contemporary artists Anja Van Herle, Alberto Murillo, Anthony Hunter, and Pedro Bonnin. Though the styles represented in this exhibition range from abstract expressionism to hyperrealism, these artists all incorporate influences from their home cultures into works that transcend the barriers of geography and language.
Belgian-born artist Anja Van Herle is known for her oversized renditions of female faces. Inspired by fashion, beauty marketing and her training in classical painting, Van Herle creates iconic and provocative pieces that invite the viewer to question ideals of feminine beauty and identity.
Alberto Murillo, hailing from Spain, creates vibrant fields of color and texture in his layered resin works. Inspired by the architecture and moods of Spain and Latin America, Murillo’s abstract fields of color evoke the memory of places, from calming seascapes to the vibrant maelstrom of cities.
British painter Anthony Hunter delivers a fresh take on abstract expressionism creating works that are both emotionally powerful and visually captivating. Hunter, who has been immersed in the art world as an art fabricator for artist Damien Hirst, is known for his energetic compositions, unexpected palettes, and innovative use of materials.
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Oil on canvas, 62.5” X 70.5”
Mexico-city based artist Pedro Bonnin is remarkable for his handling of oil paint, but what further distinguishes him is his rare ability to conjure moods. Bonnin is fascinated by darkly humorous subjects that frequently border on the absurd, like fantastical tableaus of sharply dressed urbanites juxtaposed against irrational spaces.
While Van Herle, Murillo, Hunter, and Bonnin all have roots abroad, their international success proves that fine art resonates universally.
These artists will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression!
At the JoAnne Artman Gallery until June 30. 326 N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach. For information visit: www.joanneartmangallery.com or call 949-510-5481.
Shorebreak: Local heroes help local skimboarding documentary filmmaker Tony Liuzzi go global with premier set for April 30
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The city of Laguna Beach has its own flavor and unique culture that is deeply rooted from the last 200 years. North Laguna and South Laguna are unique in the California coastline for the one of a kind topography with its historic beaches and coastal mountains stretching from Three Arch Bay all the way up to Crystal Cove State Park to the north. Many of these beaches and coves would be considered unsafe and to majestic for public access if it weren’t for the lifeguard’s and skimboard community.
When people first hear the word skimboard…they imagine a child or a simple piece of wood sliding along the shoreline. They could never imagine that a simple evolution of plywood could lead to a near century journey to the professional tour and global community that exists today in over 100 countries!
A man by the name Elmer Jahraus came to Laguna from Santa Ana in 1903. Soon after opening his cigar factory in the lobby of the Yoch Hotel he founded Laguna Lumber in 1913. The creation of this lumberyard is what brought wood and materials to help the city thrive. The development of Laguna Beach and skimboards worldwide has been linked to this development of the global lumberyards and the creation of plywood. The first physical evidence of a skimboard is actually a photograph of a lifeguard skimming in Laguna in the early 1900’s.
About two years ago a young documentary filmmaker by the name of Anthony Liuzzi set out on a global tour for a project to cover the history of the skimboard community. The documentary’s project grew the name “Shorebreak: The Evolution of Skimboarding” with the help of local legends Tex Haines, Tom Trager, Aaron Peluso, Paul Wade, the Bryan and Stinnett brothers, and many more.
Liuzzi set out to not only share the historical growth but also the connection to the action sports community and this worldwide phenomena. With the help of the best athletes in the sports history; Shorebreak was not only able to uncover the historic truth but to connect this global family once and for all. Shorebreak helps to reveal a five continent growth of a sport over the past few hundred years!
After connecting with athletes from all over the world, the global tour, and hurricane season; the film was ready for production.
The Shorebreak story has taken over two years to help develop the truth that the community deserves to be shared. The global truth about their mutual love for a universal feeling of sliding across water was discovered.
The world premier is set to take place at the City National Grove of Anaheim, in California on April 30. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a professional athlete meet and greet and Shorebreak expo. Following the history expo and documentary showcase will be an after party concert starting at 7:30.
For more information on the project or the event visit… www.shorebreakfilm.com The film is set for an international film festival tour and will be released to the pubic after the film festivals in late 2015. Watch the trailer at https://youtube/7eXPh7YZbqU
Workshop for the 55-plus age group: Real estate questions you might need answered, on April 18
At the Laguna Board of Realtors, there will be a free educational workshop by a panel of local professionals to answer the big question: “Is Capital Gains Tax Preventing You from Selling Your Property?”
On Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. you may get the answers you seek from real estate brokers, Rick Colson and Julie Skordas, plus a panel of other experts. In addition to the capital gains tax, topics will include 1031 exchanges, estate planning, senior sensitive moving, and elder abuse prevention.
With the spectacular increase of property values in Laguna Beach in the last 20 years, your net equity may exceed the standard $250,000 exemption for singles or $500,000 for married couples. Maybe you have investment properties that you would like to sell but the capital gains tax is preventing you from taking action. Selling your property may result in a huge tax bill unless you consider some of the advanced strategies presented at this workshop to avoid, reduce or minimize your capital gains tax. Come found out what you need to know.
Seating is limited. Call Rick or Julie for further information at 949-531-8558 or 949-322-4567. Parking is metered.
The panel of professionals includes Jennifer Lefton, Esq., Kathy Flores, Wealth Management Inc., Bill Leber, Reverse Mortgage advisor, Debbie Bannister, Exchange Resources, Inc., Peter Yoss, Golden West Moving Inc., as well as Skordas and Colson of Harcourts Prime Properties.
Police Beat Primer
Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Laguna Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.
Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsLaguna is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by the Laguna Beach Police Department.
Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsLaguna is final.
Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat
647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate
Police Beat 041715
No DUI arrests this period
Tuesday, April 14
Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Theft
8:27 p.m. A wallet containing credit cards, personal ID and cash was stolen.
South Laguna – Two Locations | Tax Fraud; ID Theft
11:03 a.m. Two different SoLag residents learned that someone else had used their social security numbers to files federal tax returns. The IRS requires a local police report.
Brooks Street Beach | Curfew Violation x 4
12:54 a.m. Four juveniles were detained for curfew violation and parental pickup at the PD.
Monday, April 13
Shady Place | 28800 Block | Tax Fraud; ID Theft
5:25 p.m. The RP received a $71 tax refund check from H&R Block…she had not used that firm to prepare her taxes. She learned from the IRS that someone had used her SS# and filed.
Main Beach | Drunk in Public ++
5:15 p.m. Eric Steven Miller, 37, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public and for two Ventura County warrants for theft – with total bail of $5000.
Sunday, April 12
Ocean Vista Drive | 21600 Block | Mail Theft
6:08 p.m. The RP said items were stolen from their mailbox.
Police Station | Drunk in Public +
3:03 p.m. Eddie Olesiak, 28, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public and for a Harbor Court theft warrant with $1500 bail.
Oak Street | 400 Block | Burglary, vehicle
2:39 p.m. The passenger widow was smashed to make entry and swipe a wallet. Loss: $700.
S. Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Theft
11:56 a.m. A purse was stolen – loss about $500. The RP provided police with the name of a possible suspect.