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This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

We’d love to include yours – and/or your children’s birthdays here.

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Celebrate and enjoy your 



October 28

Bill Rolfing

Dana Sara

Eric Nicoll

Gail Anter Haglund


October 29

April Walsh

Carly Layne


October 30

Barbara Lou McMurray

Dianne Allen

Kevin Miso


October 31

Christine Foro

Lucille Wagner


November 1

Sandy Dahl Desmond

Miranda Hartley


Novemeber 2

Ali Pouretezadi

Bonnie Leigh

Eimi Betar

Frances Fullwood

Kisha Maher

Loriann Miller Greenwood


November 3

Adam West Hemming

Clio Crowe

Danelle Farrell

Faye Chapman

Susan Thomas 

VFW Fundraiser – annual raffle event 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 is holding its annual raffle fundraiser.  It will run until their monthly Post meeting on Thursday, Dec 4.  A multitude of fine prizes will be awarded to lucky ticket holders including $500 in cash, a one night, weekday stay in an ocean view guest room at the Montage Laguna Beach (estimated value: $700 – does not apply from May 21, 2015 to Sept 7, 2015) and gift cards from various fine restaurants and businesses in the area.


One (1) ticket…...$10

Three (3) tickets...$25


Tickets may be purchased by sending a check with your name, address and phone number to: VFW Post 5868, P.O. Box 629, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.  

For further information call Arnie Silverman at (949) 643-5534 or Commander Frank Daniel at (949) 939-6280.  

An independent, non-VFW member will conduct the raffle drawing.  With your help and generous support VFW expects to be able to meet its service requirements for the entire year.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 performs numerous services for all veterans and the communities.  Its members guide and assist veterans in obtaining VA benefits, provide when feasible transportation for immobile veterans, visit patients at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital and the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton, support Boy and Girl Scout organizations, make themselves available for “we were there” sessions with students and many other services.  Several members are mentors at the renowned Orange County Combat Veterans Court in Santa Ana.  For the local communities they participate in parades, patriotic observances such as Memorial Day and many other services.

Active now for over 65 years, VFW has been dependent on various fundraisers such as an annual Octoberfest, and various veteran-honoring socials.  However, the limited income earned with these activities is insufficient to keep them going.  

Arnold Silverman wrote, “Also, frankly, our active membership is getting too old to run those kind of events.  

“We have become dependent, therefore, on donations to meet our overhead expenses.” 

Contributions will help the Post to attain a solid financial footing.

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway



Oct 24 – Oct 23


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Fury  (R)

Fri: 4:30 p.m., 

7:20 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Sat: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 

7:20 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Sun: 1:30 p.m., 

4:30 p.m. & 7:20 p.m.

Mon - Thu: 

4:30 p.m. & 7:20 p.m.


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The Judge (R)

Fri: 4 p.m., 

7 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.

Sat: 1 p.m., 4 p.m.,

7 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. 

Sun: 1 p.m.,

4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Mon - Thu: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.


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Fresh and healthy veggie dishes at SoLag Community Garden

Chef Linda Elbert of Mindful Cuisine will be demonstrating tasty and beautiful side dishes with fall fruits and vegetables during the Fall Vegetable Tastings at the Garden Park event on Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, South Laguna Community Garden Park located at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Hwy.

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Chef Linda Elbert

Learn to prepare and enjoy tasting samples of dishes suitable for Thanksgiving as well as fresh and healthy any time. On the menu: white gazpacho; melon, pear and arugula with pumpkin seeds; and roasted winter squash with pan roasted mushrooms and brown butter sage vinaigrette.

Take home recipes. Space is limited. Reserve, sign up now at SouthLaguna.org/garden. Attendance is free, but donations are appreciated.

Sound Spectrum

Top 20

1. Led Zeppelin, IV & V (CD & LP)

2. Stevie Nicks, 24 Karat Gold

3. The Growlers, Chinese Fountain

4. Cat Stevens, Tell Em I’m Gone

5. Jackson Browne, Standing in The Breach

6. Train, Bulletproof Picasso

7. Lady Antebellum, 747

8. Robert Plant, Lullaby & The Ceaseless Roar

9. Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems

10. Annie Lennox, Nostalgia

11. alt-J, This is All Yours

12. Ty Segall, Manipulator

13. U2, Songs of Innocence

14. Prince, Art Official Page

15. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek

16. Billy Idol, Kings & Queens Of The Underground

17. Aretha Franklin, Sings the Great Diva Classics

18. Weezer, Everything Will Be Allright

19. Taylor Swift, 1989

Rolling Stone

20. Neil Diamond, Melody Road

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Soroptimists accepting apps for “Live Your Dreams Award” 

Natalie Fisser,hearing impaired,part time student and head of household of 4, won the Live Your Dreams Award (formerly the Woman of Opportunity Award) at the Regional level last year. The deadline to apply is Nov 7.

Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach is seeking applicants for the Live Your Dreams award at the local club level. 

Since 1972, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards program has provided women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, transportation or any other education-related expense. 

The Laguna Beach club will provide a $2,500 cash grant to its award recipient, who will then advance to the Soroptimist Region level, where one recipient will receive $5,000. The program culminates with three finalists being awarded $10,000 each.

It is possible to be awarded as much as $17,500 if the candidate wins at all three levels: local, regional and national.

The qualifications are:

Provide the primary financial support for her dependents (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents).

Demonstrate financial need.

Are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduatedegree program.

Are motivated to achieve their educational and career goals.

Reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries or territories.

Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award; are not aSoroptimist member, employee of Soroptimist or immediate family of either.

If you know someone who qualifies, or to apply, contact Lynn Cserotta, 949-637-6741, silbwoo@gmail.com, or Maggie Hempen, 949-922-7291, maggiehs@gmail.com.

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 2014.

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

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

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

Visit the website at: 



Class Schedules


Friday Oct 31


10 a.m.

Chain Making

Annette Doreng-Stearns


Saturday Nov 1


10 a.m. 

Oil Painting

John Eagle

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Creighton Wall knows, it’s character that counts


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Everyone says he’s a character, and sure enough, the first time I see Creighton Wall he is actually in character: Captain America.

“I love superheroes,” he says, and that’s an understatement. “I like to make people smile.”

Arriving on the beach

Creighton and his brother Spencer grew up in Nebraska, and they were always close. So when Spencer moved and started a life in Laguna, Creighton seized every opportunity to come out and visit, along with their parents. 

Back in the flatlands of Nebraska, Creighton was something of a big fish in a small pond. Just about everyone knew everyone, but especially so in the community of individuals with Down Syndrome. 

They would get together socially, often for movies, their bowling club, and regional events like the Special Olympics. 

Creighton was also known around town by his bright red VW. He would drive to his custodial job at the YMCA. 

It took him five years, but he was very determined to learn to drive, Spencer told us. “He’s a very slow, careful driver. He’s cautious, and really good.” 

“But, it’s too busy here. Too dangerous,” chimes in Creighton. He lives along Coast Highway now, and has seen his fair share of dangers. “I see people cross the street - not at a crosswalk. And ambulances. I’m not going to drive here.”

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Brothers, Spencer and Creighton Wall

That’s a relatively easy trade-off for the life of independence he’s found at Glennwood House. 

Creighton moved here six months ago to make his home at Glennwood, within a caring and safe community, where the sun shines, and people say hello. “I love it here. I don’t have to shovel snow! I love the staff, I love the food,” he says. “But not chicken salad.” 

He’s not a fan of chicken salad. 

“My buddy Carter,” he continues, “we’re the ‘dynamic duo’ of Glennwood.” They share a love of movies.

It’s an independent life no one in his family might have imagined for Creighton. Now even his parents have been smitten with Laguna, and recently bought a home here. “It’s everything I ever dreamed of,” adds his brother, Spencer.

It started with a bang

Creighton loved the beach and when he’d come for visits, he’d swim out to the buoy off Main Beach. He would meet people, and make sure they’d smile. He’d make knotted bracelets and sell them on the sidewalk during Art Walk. And he always loved Disneyland. 

“California is my wonderland,” he says.

One day Creighton’s brother gave him a birthday dream come true. He took him to L.A., to a live taping of his favorite TV show, The Big Bang Theory. “It’s my addiction,” said Creighton. “I have a life-size cutout of Sheldon Cooper in my room!” 

They had cupcakes and he even got to meet the whole cast. “They love comics, and I’m getting into them,” he said. “Because I like superheroes!” 

Creighton is perfecting his superhero persona with different costumes, and appearances on Main Beach. He’s going to be Batman for Halloween. As he knows, “It’s fun. It makes people happy.”

Books and more books

While Creighton was growing up in Nebraska, he reached that particular age and point of realization that he couldn’t eat everything he wanted. It was a tough lesson, because he has a special fondness for Cheetos and other non-healthy snacks, but his weight was climbing and he didn’t feel good about it.

 As part of the plan, he documented his journey in fitness and weight-loss in his own book, I Used to be Down, but Now I Love My Life.

He wraps up the book, stating: “The reason why I wrote this book is to share the success story of my health. I like to tell people my new way of how to look at life and how precious it is. Live on my brothers and sisters. I wrote this book for you, too. …I love my life. I want you to love it too. A healthy body is a good body. Please take care of it people. God gives us one body, treat it well.”

Now he adheres to a one-bag-of-Cheetos-a-week plan.

“I want to get my book made into a movie!” Creighton offers up, hopefully.

 His love of writing and reading also includes a huge love of libraries. He spends all his free time hanging out at libraries. “I like the Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, and Dana Point libraries …it’s peaceful,” he says. “I don’t like negativity and stress. I’m a positive person.” 

Enthusiastically, next he plans to write a book about recycling.

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Heavy lifting and sorting: Creighton is passionate about recycling

Creighton looks at life in terms of what he can do, which is a lot, what he wants to do which is even more, and what is most important: spreading happiness. 

It’s fun at the YMCA

On the road to fitness, Creighton did a lot of swimming and working out at the YMCA, in Nebraska. He enjoyed it so much there, that he started volunteering. And he was so good at it, and so dedicated, that they hired him on for custodial work. He worked from 5:00 a.m. till noon every day. He’s proud to say that he was named “Employee of the Year”.

He’s hoping for a similar path since discovering the Laguna Niguel YMCA. 

“Jimmy works at the front desk at the Y, and gives tours,” said Creighton. “We’re buddies. I told him I’d mention him. He’s a great guy. Jimmy, like Jimmy Olsen with Superman!” 

Jimmy is happy for Creighton’s friendship, and for his volunteerism. He takes the bus there at least twice a week, and helps out at the facility, also with their custodial duties. “It’s my stress reliever. But I won’t do toilets,” Creighton said, laughing. 

He likes to swim and hopes to be in the Special Olympics again. “I’m big on competing a lot,” he says. “I got that from my dad.” 

We look forward to following his progress in the Special Olympics, in all the sports he likes: swimming, boxing, weight lifting, and bowling.

A worldwide family

The Wall family has joined with the National Down Syndrome Congress every summer, an event that brings them all over the country to raise awareness, and foster friendships. 

The annual convention attracts thousands of people from around the globe. As the NDSC website states, “For most, it’s to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts. For others, it’s a great vacation. But, for nearly all there’s that one-of-a-kind NDSC family reunion feeling that permeates the convention weekend.” 

Creighton’s family has been enjoying the event almost every year of his life.

“There are about 200 Down Syndrome kids in our hotel, the Congress refers to as ‘self advocates’,” Spencer explains. “They share their strengths and skills, and have fun. Every summer it’s like a reunion.” 

Creighton has become close with a girl from Atlanta through this event, and they continue their friendship via Facebook. “I want to get her to move here too,” he says.

Awareness Month

Spencer Wall has a tight bond with his brother and, by association, a special commitment to the Down Syndrome community. He brought Stu News together with Creighton, in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, this month. We couldn’t have been happier to get to know this charming young man, and share his story at this special time. 

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Creighton Wall

Spencer started working in Laguna, and even met his future wife through a connection to the Down Syndrome community as well. When they met, she was a nanny for a family in Laguna with a Down Syndrome child.

 Spencer is not only Creighton’s brother, he’s his biggest fan - and the feeling is mutual. 

 “I want to be more like my brother,” says Creighton. “But I’m not getting married.”

Meanwhile, Spencer is married, and has a son he named for Creighton. It’s his middle name: Samuel.

Creighton is close to his brother and sister-in-law, and is the proud uncle of their son, Sam. Along with his sister’s children, Creighton has even more bragging rights. “I am an uncle to three beautiful kids,” he says, beaming.

Thanks to Spencer’s good friend, Chris Keller, himself a father to a Down Syndrome child, Creighton has also found a new purpose; he is downright passionate for recycling. 

He goes to Keller’s Rooftop restaurant often with other Glennwood residents every Thursday to sort their recyclables. Then on Fridays, they take them in to the recycling center in Dana Point.

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He’s a “regular” at The Rooftop restaurant. Regularly helping out!

Creighton has made new friends with his same high level of abilities at Glennwood, and has been embraced by Laguna as he gives back to the community.

And his brother appreciates him in ways he may not even know. “Creighton tells it like it is,” said Spencer. “If I have learned anything from my younger brother it is to be real with yourself and others.” 

Dennis’ Tidbits



October 28, 2014

What the Weather Channel founder and 157 Meteorologists with their PhDs had to say about climate change

Anyone who was around on this date in 1993 knows what went down on that day.

Just watched an interview with John Coleman, the cofounder of the Weather Channel and a panel of 157 PhD Meteorologists on this so called climate change. They all pretty much dismissed the idea, saying that climate change is a loose term. They stated that several million years ago, way before anyone was around to affect any climate, that places like North Dakota way up there at Latitude 45 degrees north were in a tropical zone where it never snowed. There was another period long ago when it snowed on a regular basis where L.A. is now. 

They agreed that we simply haven’ t been around long enough to know all of nature’s atmospheric cycles, long or short. 

Water levels are indeed rising at a more rapid rate, up to four inches per decade and many coastal cities will eventually flood when there are high astronomical tides. That’s already happening in Miami, and anytime there’s a high tide in Balboa of 7.0 the harbor waters creep into folks’ living rooms on Lido Isle so they have to stack sandbags against their sliding glass doors and any other openings. That particular area is all landfill to begin with. Like I said a couple of weeks ago, talk to me in 2 or 3 million years and I might have some answers!

Water temps are still running at an amazing 68-72 degrees or higher so enjoy it while you can as there might be a drop coming as soon as the upcoming weekend. The first real cold front of the season is expected to move through our area some time this Saturday. There probably won’t be much rain with this system down here but once it passes through there will be some healthy northwest winds behind and that will create upwelling, so if you like trunking it, like I do, take heed.

We’re getting our third northwest ground swell of the young season already, a very positive sign that the upcoming winter will be a consistent one. We only had a total of three such swells all of last winter. What’s interesting is that the northwest pulse that’s currently in the water is brought to us compliments of former hurricane Ana who was born way back on October 14 about 900 miles southeast of Hawaii. Ana went full circle and presently she is a strong extratropical system and is slamming the Pacific Northwest with winds up to 50 mph and 4-6 inches of rain.

No keeping me away from baseball too long!

Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw is most likely a lock to win his third Cy Young Award for his performance during the regular season with a sparkling 21-3 record, including a no hitter, 243 strikeouts and a league leading 1.77 E.R.A. but he’s the Peyton Manning of baseball in the post season. 

The star pitcher in the post season is the San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner with a 4-1 record in the post season with a stellar ERA of 0.49.

See y’all on Friday, ALOHA!

Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund accepting grant applications for 2015 events

The Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund will accept written grant applications for donations from its 2015 fund raising events; the 20th Annual “A Taste for Charity” and the 19th Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook-Off.

Proceeds are donated to local nonprofit, registered 501(3)c organizations and the Laguna Board of REALTORS® CAF general fund. Priority is given to groups which are generally smaller in size, serve local needs and do not have other consistent funding sources. Scholarships are also awarded to qualifying Laguna Beach High School students.  Prior recipients may reapply.

Groups are invited to apply for these grants by contacting the Laguna Board of REALTORS® office at 939 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.497.2474 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The last day to submit an application is Nov. 30, 2014 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by mid December 2014.

LBUSD parent education event: All Roads Lead to Calculus/Statistics set for Nov 5 at Thurston School

On Wednesday, November 5, Laguna Beach Unified School District parents are invited to attend a parent education event, “All Roads Lead to Calculus/Statistics.” The intended audience includes parents of K-12 children and will be held in the Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theatre from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This year’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSSM) is an exciting time in education. The CCSSM are a part of the California’s standards-based educational system, which aligns curriculum, instruction, professional learning, assessment, and accountability. In order to ensure all students master the standards, the CCSSM are aligned to support student attainment of the standards. Efforts to create engaging, real-life and rigorous K-12 math instruction to help prepare students to be college and career ready are key components of the implementation.

Renowned speaker and researcher Patrick J. Callahan, Ph.D. is the presenter. Dr. Callahan has extensive experience both nationally and in California education including his role as the California Mathematics Project Statewide Co-Director at UCLA and the CalTeach Executive Director for the University of California Science and Mathematics Initiative. He will explain the eight shifts required in mathematics instruction and explore the K-12 math pathways that will include four years of successful coursework resulting in either Calculus or Statistics in the senior year of high school.

Parents attending will learn how to assist their child in reaching his or her full potential in mathematics. Learning about the changes in CCSSM, parents will gain a working knowledge of the K-12 math pathways and the eight math shifts in instructional practices taking place in classrooms.

“Our goal is to prepare all of our students for college and career by providing pathways that ensure student success throughout their high school mathematics experience,” stated Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Darlene Messinger.

The Thurston Middle School Black Box Theatre is located on the school’s campus at 2100 Park Ave.

Peter Kote will present “It’s Your Estate” review on Friday

On Friday, Oct. 31, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Kote will review the topics covered during the “It’s Your Estate” 8-week program. In addition, Kote will recommend estate and financial planning recommendations to families who volunteered to provide their personal information during the eight-week program sponsored by Laguna Beach Seniors and the Suzy Q, among others. 

The program is free, purely educational in nature, and anonymous; the presenter will not receive the attendees contact information. Kote’s “It’s Your Estate” program and weekly workshops are held at the Susi Q Community and Senior Center, 380 Third St.

“I am a licensed professional fiduciary and been in the business for over 20 years, Kote said. “Most folks will use a family member in their estate planning documents, and to enhance that discussion; we will provide a checklist for family members to use in discussing who to pick for their successor trustee for their Living Trust, attorney in fact for their Durable Power of Attorney, agent for the Advance Health Care Directive, and the Executor in the Will.”

Thurston PTA’s sixth annual Sports Swap set for Nov 8  

The PTA at Thurston Middle School will host its sixth annual Sports Swap on Saturday, Nov 8from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., with a 50% off clearance sale from 3 to 4. 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. 

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Items on sale will include skimboards, snowboards, surfboards, wetsuits, stand-up paddleboards, bikes, golf clubs, tennis racquets, baseball gear, snow gear, cleats, balls of all sorts and more (hats, helmets, safety equipment and skis over 110 cm cannot be sold at the swap).

Laguna’s favorite radio station, KX 93.5, will broadcast live from the event. Tune in to hear the on-site excitement!

Visitors to the Swap will have a chance to walk away with four courtside LA Lakers tickets for the Jan 4, 2015 game against the Indiana Pacers. The Sports Swap is fortunate to have the support of sponsors including: Laguna Cyclery, Victoria Skimboards, Harbour Surfboards, SUP to You, Signal Snowboards, Pukka, Firebrand Media, Laguna Graphic Arts and KX 93.5.

Melissa Roller, Sports Swap chair, invites the community to participate in this terrific event. “The Sports Swap is not only a fundraiser, it’s a community event that provides families an opportunity to clean out their garages, make a little money, donate to Thurston’s PTA and outfit their growing children with up-to-date sports gear.”

Donations are currently being accepted at all three Boys and Girls club locations. PTA volunteers will be at Thurston Middle School on Thursday, Nov 6from 7 – 10 a.m., as well as from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov 7to 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% 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. Score 4 the Poor, a homegrown charity coordinated by LBHS students, will be collecting used sports jerseys for kids in Honduras and Mexico.

Thurston’s eighthgrade 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 10 a.m. - noon.

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

An evening with rabbi, filmmaker, David Nesenoff - Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at Chabad Laguna Beach

A story of humor, danger, spirituality, media bias and cyber hatred!

The viral video of White House correspondent Helen Thomas, proclaiming that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home to Poland and Germany,” forced Thomas to resign and catapulted her interviewer, David Nesenoff, into the limelight, receiving tens of thousands of hate mail and death threats. 

Nesenoff is an American rabbi, independent filmmaker, singer/songwriter of contemporary Jewish music, and blogger. He speaks to worldwide audiences, and his talks have been called, “Mind blowing...truly uplifting...Powerful and hilarious.” 

His films have received numerous awards and have been screened at the famed Sundance Film Festival. 

He came to national attention as an expert and counselor regarding bias crimes, and worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice in the Denny’s Restaurant racial discrimination case. Later, he served as an intervention consultant to Mel Gibson, when Gibson was accused of anti-Semitism.

Nesenoff himself has been interviewed and quoted in The New York Times, has written a column published in the Washington Post, and has appeared on Fox News and CNN’s Reliable Sources program. He maintains a website, RabbiLIVE.com, which features short videos clips and articles about Israel, interviews with rabbis, and his notable interview of opinion columnist Helen Thomas. 

Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy. Please RSVP online at www.chabadoflaguna.com or call 499 – 0770. The cost is $18 per person.

An Aliso Sunset

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Michael Ervin

8th Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition winners announced

The City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission conducted its eighth annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition this month, which is currently on display at City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue and can be viewed through Nov 26. The juror, Laguna College of Art + Design, President Jonathan Burke, reviewed 185 submissions from artists from throughout Orange County.

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Amber Foote

First Place

On Thursday, Oct 23, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson and Burke announced the winners of the exhibition as: 1st Place Amber Foote; 2nd Place Tom Swimm; 3rd Place Naomi Shachar; each were awarded $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively. Honorable mention was awarded to Ellen Rittenhouse, Cliff Wassmann and Barbara White.

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Tom Swimm

Second Place


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Naomi Shachar

Third Place

The Commission conducts two annual juried competitions and will be accepting entries to “Art That’s Small at City Hall” on March 14, 2015.

For additional information call 497-0722.

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City Council approved hurricane relief to Sister City San José Del Cabo – but a lot more is needed there

From a press release

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, the Laguna Beach City Council agreed unanimously to grant $2,500 to the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA) for relief in San José Del Cabo, their sister city, which was devastated by Hurricane Odile last month.

Laguna Beach Mayor Elizabeth Pearson and the council stated that Laguna Beach has had their own disaster experience [Firestorm, 1993], and it was only appropriate that they help their sister city. Councilman Kelly Boyd volunteered to be the council liaison and serve on the Hurricane Odile committee to evaluate the distribution of funds. Boyd also served with past Mayor Jane Egly on the LBSCA Future Sister Cities committee, which officially selected San José Del Cabo a Sister City and St. Ives a Friendship City, the latter which recently became their third Sister City.

With the $2,500 city donation (the residual amount left in the community assistance grant fund), monies raised to date total $10,500 to assist with the recovery efforts in San José del Cabo. The estimated insurance claims to date, not including small businesses and local homeowners, are approximately $900 million.

“The Category 3 hurricane destroyed homes, businesses and caused widespread damage throughout San José Del Cabo,” said Karyn Philippsen, president of LBSCA. “The citizens suffered a massive amount of destruction and it will take a long time for the recovery effort to be completed, which is why we are so grateful that the City Council approved granting these much needed funds.”

Local resident and horticulturist Ruben Flores, owner of Laguna Beach Nursery, has a residence down in San José Del Cabo, and visited there five days after the hurricane hit.

“It was quite unsettling. With the airport closed, we had to fly into La Paz two hours away and drive in and doing so, viewed so much devastation,” Flores said. “Close to Cabo, a military presence was there to help prevent looting. Once I got to my complex, I saw individual homes and buildings torn and trashed. What were incredible palm trees and gardens looked like matchsticks. 

“But I needed to see for myself. No lights were anywhere ... no electricity, no running water. We had quite a bit of damage, but not nearly as bad as some other locations. For me it was cathartic – to touch and feel what was the aftermath and to realize what was bearing down.

“Once I took in my own circumstances, I wanted to see how we could help the neighboring areas. There will be a contingency of hotels back up and running, although some may stay closed throughout the holidays. Most of the general populous is out of a home and out of a daily place to reside. These are the people we want to reach out to – those with a meager subsistence. That’s what Sister Cities is all about.”

Flores is spearheading a housing rebuilding effort in San José Del Cabo called Club Dust.

Item donations are still being accepted and can be delivered during business hours to Ruben Flores at Laguna Beach Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Highway. Call 494-5200. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. 

Items needed include: shoes, mosquito repellant, building tools and supplies such as wood, sheet metal for roofs and window glass. They are looking for people with private airplanes to assist in transporting items that have been donated. If you can assist in this effort, please contact Flores directly to make arrangements. 

Check donations (no cash, please) can be sent to LBSCA. Make checks payable to LBSCA (Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association), P.O. Box 1011, Laguna Beach, Calif. 92652. Please write Hurricane Odile 2014 in the Memo section of the check. Contributions are very much needed and appreciated.

Dia de los Muertos party planned at canyon studio for Nov 1

On Sat., Nov. 1, LBSCA will partner for the second year with local artist Sandra Jones Campbell for the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos party at her studio at 2173 Laguna Canyon Road from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. The evening’s festivities will include a taco cart, food buffet, wine, beer, dancing and a costume contest with prizes. Admission is $25 and LBSCA is requesting monetary donations (checks) to continue with the Hurricane Odile effort. 

“Los Cabos International Airport is now open and the cruise lines are operating again,” said Fabiola Kinder, chair of Future Cities and the LBSCA liaison to San José Del Cabo. She is a Resort Realtor for Keller Williams Real Estate and was part of a group of agents at their recent Keller Williams conference in Austin, TX, launching offices in Mexico when the hurricane hit. As a result, KW Cares, a Keller Williams Charity donated $100,000 to Los Cabos Hurricane Relief.

“The Mexican government showed a very good response to stabilize and bring in the necessary emergency workers and electricians,” Fabiola shared. “Now the focus is on the rebuilding and recovery to bring Los Cabos back to the flourishing tourism destination that it was before the hurricane.”

LB Garden Club presents Transition Laguna’s Gloria Broming: “Dry Farming – The Next Generation”

Gloria Broming, of Farm to Fork Garden Design and Transition Laguna Beach in Laguna, will speak at the Laguna Beach Garden Club upcoming meeting held Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, in Tankersley Hall, located at 415 Forest Ave. Registration and social hour is from 9:30 – 10 a.m.

Growing edibles is Gloria Broming’s gig. 

Gloria Broming in her garden

She has been a grower in Laguna Beach for 25 years, which include time with her company Farm to Fork Design, volunteering at Transition Laguna Beach, and helping the Neighborhood Congregation Church create an edible garden to grow fruits and vegetables for Glenwood House. She was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Edible – Orange County magazine. Her passion and expertise is specifically in growing edibles and working with the soil food web. Nothing beats the flavor or nutritional value of fresh picked vegetables just steps outside the door of your residence or place of business. Edible gardens can be grown virtually anywhere, yes even in the dimmest light you can grow edibles. 

Growing edibles transforms everyday experiences into something special. Family, friends, neighbors, those passing by, and yes even business associates find it interesting to see up close how food is grown and better yet receiving farm fresh fruit, or produce from those edible gardens. 

Including an edible garden at home, restaurant, or business truly changes the experience for family, staff, clients and those passing by. Having an edible garden, increases the usability of property by increasing the usable space outdoors. Southern California has a year round growing environment, couple this with an edible garden and now there’s a place to gather, grow and enjoy.

Food is a common language and growing food results in growing community. Farm to Fork Garden Design is passionate about growing food and loves working with clients to design edible gardens that will suit their needs, lifestyle, and aesthetics. Space and time are premium and there are many different methods to grow food whether it is in ground, raised beds, containers, or vertical applications. They will work with you to develop an edible garden that fits your needs.

For over five years they have been studying soil fertility and agriculture practices that focus on growing soil, which, thankfully enables the grower to grow edibles with very little water. This isn’t a new method of farming - it is in old practice called dry farming. They say history repeats itself, and living with increasing drought conditions makes it an appropriate time to revisit dry farming and bring it forward to the next generation. Gloria is excited to share tried and true ways in Laguna in which you can improve your soil and grow edibles with minimal water.

Gloria Broming, a landscape designer for edible gardens, will present tips on how to change your ornamental garden into an edible garden at the upcoming meeting of the Laguna Beach Garden Club, Friday, November 14.

Looking ahead, on Dec. 12, Charlotte Frieze, former garden editor of House & Garden magazine, will present “Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens.”

Halloween Concert will feature Blondie Chaplin and Nick I for Community Outreach Alliance Friday night 

Laguna’s own Nick I of Common Sense and legendary guitarist Blondie Chaplin who has toured with The Rolling Stones for years will perform in a Halloween charity concert for Community Outreach Alliance (C.O.A.) this Friday, October 31, at 8 p.m. at
1050 Calle Negocio in San Clemente.

Tickets are $20 at the door for what is most certainly going to be a sold event. 

C.O.A. provides healthy activities for young adults choosing a clean and sober lifestyle. Community Outreach Alliance in South County and in San Clemente provides weekly adventures including deep sea fishing, dodgeball, paddle boarding and guitar lessons all at no charge to young adults committed to staying away from drugs. 

This charity concert will kick off their new venue, which will be providing monthly concerts.

Only 300 tickets will be sold first come at the gate. Costumes encouraged - gourmet food trucks, all ages welcome.

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Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner November 3 will celebrate 25th Anniversary of the Walk in the Canyon

The next Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 3, at Tivoli Terrace restaurant, which is on the Festival of the Arts grounds at Irvine Bowl Park. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Walk in the Canyon with Harry Huggins and Laguna Canyon Conservancy.

The no-host bar social period starting at 6 p.m. Huggins will present a PowerPoint that covers the efforts to Save Laguna Canyon, including the Walk in the Canyon on Nov. 11, 1989. The Walk’s lead sponsor was the LCC and Huggins was the Executive Director organizing the event that drew approximately 7,500 protestors opposed to development in Laguna Canyon.

Photo courtesy of Laguna Canyon Conservancy

Harry Huggins, executive director of the event committee, at a 1995 reunion

Huggins will recognized individuals and groups that worked with him and give particular recognition to former Mayor Lida Lenney, who was the founder of the LCC, and Charles Michael Murray of Endangered Planet. The Walk was co-sponsored by the Laguna Greenbelt, Village Laguna, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Laguna Beach.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members and may be paid at the door with prior reservations. Those wishing to attend should make reservations by calling Sharon Larimer at 545-7669. Space is limited.

During the spring of 1989, Mark Chamberlain and Jerry Burchfield gathered support including from the City of Laguna Beach to have a collaborative art project constructed at Sycamore Flats, now the Jim Dilley Preserve, along Laguna Canyon Road. All they needed was funding, and materials including about 100,000 photographs, which many people throughout Orange County and beyond donated. The artists used the colors to draw the pictures with the knowledge that over the summer the colors would fade. 

The pivotal “Walk in the Canyon” started at Irvine Bowl Park and ended at “The Tell” at Sycamore Flats. The Los Angeles Times reported that approximately 7,500 people attended this event where they demonstrated their concerns about development in Laguna Canyon. The cry was “Save the Canyon.”

A direct result was stopping the Irvine Company’s 3,500 housing unit Laguna Laurel development in Laguna Canyon, the City of Laguna Beach negotiating to purchase the property, and Laguna Beach citizens passing Measure H a $20 million bond measure with a nearly 80 percent yes vote.

Town Centre Travel celebrates 20 years with lunch at Sapphire

Story & Photo by KIM ZETTERBERG

It is said that the beauty of Helen of Troy’s face was so captivating and alluring that it launched a thousand ships more than two thousand years ago, when the Greeks sailed to bring her back to Sparta, thus sparking the now infamous 10-year Trojan War.  In those days there were no such entities as travel agencies, but had there been, they might have greatly benefited from the expertise of Town Centre Travel of Laguna Hills, celebrating their 20th year of service to our South Orange County communities.

To commemorate the Agency’s 20th Anniversary, owner Kirsten Andersen co-hosted a gala luncheon at the Sapphire Grille in Laguna Beach last Thursday with Eric Graves (Vice President of Marketing) and Leslie Marshall (District Sales Manager) from Crystal Cruises, for her staff and close business associates.  

Owner and Chef Azmin Ghahreman put together a special nine-course menu for the affair, with unique dishes from different parts of the world.  Crystal Cruises has been pleased to have Azmin oversee the menu for the Tastes restaurant aboard their Crystal Serenity for several years now, and even if you aren’t able to travel abroad with the world’s #1-ranked cruise line, you can always drop in at his restaurant at 1200 South Coast Highway.  The establishment is easy enough to find; just locate the Old Pottery Shack and follow the delightful aromas from there with your nose to a great meal!

(L-R): Eric Graves VP of Marketing, Crystal Cruises/ Leslie Marshall, District Sales Manager, Crystal Cruises, Kirsten Andersen, Owner Town Centre Travel and Azmin Ghahreman, Owner/Chef Sapphire Grill celebrate Town Centre’s 20th.

Kirsten took the time to acknowledge her current and former staff after the most amazing meal, and was presented with a special award from Crystal Cruises by Graves, commemorating Town Centre Travel’s twenty-year partnership with the cruise line.  To celebrate this close relationship with Crystal Cruises, Town Centre Travel is offering special rates on Crystal Cruise’s 7-day, 2015 California Dreams Cruise on Crystal Symphony, sailing on Monday, the 18th of May from Los Angeles, and returning there on the 25th.  Also included is an exclusive $250 per couple shipboard credit. Bookings are expected to go quickly, so don’t hesitate to call the agency if you’re interested.

The Town Centre Travel team also works diligently to meet all their clients’ other diverse needs, whether they involve specialized adventure travel, river cruising, sailing the oceans, or exploring any of the continents by other means.  Call or drop in soon to see what they can do for you!

Town Centre Travel is at 23195 La Cadena Drive in Laguna Hills. You can call them at (949) 580-0022.

LBHS Varsity Cheerleaders clinic for K-8 on Nov 1

A Cheer Clinic with Laguna Beach High School Varsity Cheerleaders will be on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants must register from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The clinic will start promptly at 1:30 p.m. and will conclude at 4.

Area schoolchildren in grades Kindergarten through eighth-grade will learn a cheer and a chant from the LBHS Varsity Cheerleaders that they will perform at the school’s varsity home football game on Friday, Nov.7 at 7 p.m.  

The $50 fee includes instruction, a Laguna Cheer T-shirt, snacks, and water for each “Junior Cheerleader.” 

The Cheer Clinic will be at LBHS Quad, located through the double doors to the left of the Artists’ Theater, 625 Park Ave. 

For more information, contact Yvette Kelly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

She’s out to regain her champion title…

Maggi didn’t like losing the photo challenge last week. (It was a sweet victory for our readers who knew where all the photos were.)

Now she’s ratcheting up for this week’s challenging. She says, “I’ve got ‘em. Just you wait!”

We’ll see Miss Smuggi…

If you know where these places and things are, email her and say so. Bragging rights will be allowed!

Begin with the featured photo below then click on the left-hand photo in the slideshow to view the other three. 

Good luck!

Submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The correct answers will be in Friday’s edition and on our Facebook page.

Have fun and thanks for playing!

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Laguna Beach Library announces fun events for Nov 

On Saturday, Nov 15th, the In-n-Out Burger Reading Program ends! This will be the last day to collect coupons. 

November is National Picture Book Month! Picture books have so much to offer that they must be celebrated and shared. Beloved by both children and adults, there’s nothing like the turning the pages of a beautifully crafted picture book. Share a picture book with a loved one in your life this holiday season.

Upcoming special events include:

Saturdays, Nov. 1, 8, & 15 & 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Children’s Craft Open House

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild!  Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal projects. Adult supervision is recommended. There is no craft table Nov. 29.

Wednesdays, Nov. 5, 12, & 19, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Early Literacy Children’s Storytime

This program is designed for toddlers and preschoolers with adult participation. Our Early Literacy Storytime models the 5 skills that are crucial for every child to become ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing. We include stories, fingerplays, songs, movement and playful activities. Storytime is free with no preregistration required. There will be no storytime Nov. 26. 

Thursdays, Nov. 6, 13, & 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime

The Peapod Academy has space for a few new cadets. Join some of the cutest babies in town and the adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy songs, finger plays, board books, and other cadets. Get to know others and help your baby learn pre-reading skills. Storytime is free and no registration is required. There will be no storytime Nov. 27.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Pajama Storytime

Please come (wear pajamas & slippers!) & enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland. The National Charity League-Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.

Monday, Nov. 10, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Laguna Beach Library Book Group

The book group will be meeting to discuss the Persuasion by Jane Austin. First published in 1818, Persuasion was Jane Austen’s last work. With its finely drawn characters, gentle satire, and charming re-creation of the genteel world of the 19th-century English countryside, this book is sure to delight first time and repeat readers. For details, please inquire at the Information Desk.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., After School Club-Thanksgiving Craft

Come create a charming seasonal craft. The after school program includes a variety of activities, stories, crafts, & seasonal diversions. Advance signup is required, & attendance is limited to 25. After-School Club is for children 5 & older. For more information inquire at the Children’s Information Desk.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m., B.A.R.K. Read to a Dog Program

Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills?  Come meet Venus and her owner, Theresa, from Beach Animals Read to Kids (B.A.R.K.)! Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. Aaarf!  Sign up at the Children’s Desk.  Drop-ins welcome too!

All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of the Laguna Beach Library.

Library hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sundays. 

News flash! The library will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day, and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28, for Thanksgiving.

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

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DUI Arrests

Laguna Canyon Road | Sunday, October 26 | 4 a.m.

Marjorie Charlotte Georgina Bugnoy, 37, Irvine

Bluebird Canyon Drive | 500 Block | Sunday | 2:25 a.m.

Dina Taylor, 29, Irvine

Cleo Street | 200 Block | Saturday, October 25 | 2:14 a.m.

John Angel Hyder, 23, Mission Viejo

Glenneyre & Bluebird Canyon Drive | Saturday | 1:18 a.m.

Robert Anthony Clanton, 51, San Clemente

S. Coast Hwy & Bluebird Canyon Drive | Saturday | 12:51 a.m.

Kenneth Juan Nichols, 41, Las Vegas

Forest Avenue & Glenneyre | Friday, October 24 | 1:26 p.m.

Charles L. Canfield, 68, Ohio

S. Coast Hwy & Solana Way | Wednesday, October 22 | 11:36 p.m.

Matthew James MacFarlane, 38, Dana Point

Incident Reports

Sunday, October 26

S. Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Drunk in Public

2:08 a.m. Paul D. Blazek, 46, LA, was arrested for being drunk in public.

Saturday, October 25

Cliff Drive | 400 Block | Drunk in Public x 2

3:07 p.m. Leo Robert Campbell, Jr., 36, Lakewood and Jeffrey Jason Beltz, 44, Costa Mesa, were both arrested for being drunk in public.

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Drunk in Public

2:18 p.m. Gregory Bruce Hering, 63, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public.

Gaviota Drive | 900 Block | Grand Theft

11:50 a.m. A black and gold Santa Cruz “Blur” mountain bike valued at over $3,000 was stolen over a seven-day period.

Broadway | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

10:14 a.m. Brian Robert Schaar, 29, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public.

Friday, October 24

Temple Hills Drive | 1600 Block | Vandalism

9:51 p.m. The RP believes that a neighbor is responsible for damaging the mailbox.

Police Station | Fraud

1:23 p.m. While traveling in Cuba, a local woman came across a talented artist. She returned to Cuba a short tie later with the owner of a Laguna art gallery. The two women assisted the artist in obtaining a visa allowing him to travel to the US. Once in Laguna Beach, the artist exhibited and sold several pieces of his artwork. He and one of the women had a commission agreement. Before splitting the commissions, the Cuban abruptly left and traveled back to Cuba. All possible attempts to contact the man and collect the commissions have been futile. Police said only that the amount of the commissions is substantial.

Cypress Drive | 200 Block | Vandalism, vehicle

11:14 a.m. The RP told police that he and a neighbor have been having an on-going exchange over the neighbor’s habit of smoking outside. The RP said he had asked the man nicely in the past but to no avail. On Thursday night, the exchange was a lot more heated according to the RP. The next morning he discovered that dog feces had been stuffed inside the tailpipe of his motorcycle. Police did not know the extent of the damage. 

N. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Burglary, vehicle

11:04 a.m. A hotel guest returned to his car in the parking lot after it had been there overnight and discovered several items related to wine tasting including five bottles of wine had been taken from the locked vehicle.

Thursday, October 23

Highland Drive | 200 Block | Attempted Burglary, residential

2:37 p.m. Someone tried to bust a door lock to gain entry since the morning.

Top of the World School | Arson

7:53 a.m. School officials discovered that a large durable plastic sunshade attached to outside tables had been burned overnight causing $1,000 in damage.

Oak Street | 200 Block | Resisting

1:19 a.m. Patrol officers contacted two men inside a parked car and questioned them about marijuana use. The driver was cooperative but the passenger was anything but…Police said Justin Randall Villalobos, 23, Yorba Linda, rolled up the windows and locked the door. Police spoke to him to no avail until he finally lowered a window. Police grabbed him and before long he was out of the car and arrested for resisting/delaying/obstructing an officer and in jail until he posted $500 bail.

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From readers and press releases


Gratitude for Glennwood is Glennwood House’s first gala, set for 5:30 p.m. (new date) November 1 at The Ranch

Glennwood House of Laguna Beach is planning their first ever Gratitude for Glennwood event in honor of the first year of providing an independent living home for 50 young people with special needs.

The event will be a celebration and opportunity to support this completely privately funded residence in Laguna Beach.

“We are happy to say this has been a very successful first year,” said Executive Director Stacey Enmeier. “We have learned and grown, and we now even have 78 people on a waiting list.”

For the young adult residents, Glennwood represents an opportunity for a life like everyone wants; a chance to live on their own, out of mom and dad’s house, and into a safe and supportive environment that allows for social interaction and activities, while encouraging individuality.

Gratitude for Glennwood will be a fun evening on Nov 1 at 5:30 p.m. 

There will be dining and dancing, nestled in the canyon and overlooking the beautiful golf greens at The Ranch. There will be wonderful silent and live auctions, as well as live music for dancing the night away under the stars.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by clicking this link: http://glennwoodhousing.org/

For more information call Danielle Wilson at (949) 584-6469


LAM’s Art & Nature features…nature-based art!

Laguna Art Museum will present the Art & Nature event Nov. 6-9. Art & Nature is a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world. Both a community-wide festival and a conference, the festival will include works of art specially commissioned for the event. 

Art & Nature brings California artists of all kinds together with art historians, cultural historians, scientists, environmentalists, geographers, and other thinkers to share ideas and information about art in its engagement with nature.

This annual event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to offer scientists a sense of what their work means in the wider culture; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

Artists have responded to nature in a kaleidoscopic variety of ways, from landscape and still life to scientific illustration, garden design, and Land Art; from painting and sculpture to installations, photography, film, and video. They have been inspired by the microscopic and the astronomical, by scientific research, by conservation concerns, by love and awe. 

Nature-based art has developed hand-in-hand with natural science, serving to connect science with the general culture and provide scientists with a sense of the social, intellectual, and imaginative context of their work. Throughout history, artists have periodically rallied around calls for a return to nature, and the early twenty-first century may well be such a moment.

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has been a center for art, the appreciation of nature, and environmental awareness. 

In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built an art gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection. 

The Museum is at 307 Cliff Dr. www.LagunaArtMuseum.org/

More This and That


Festival of Arts accepting applications for next summer

The Festival of Arts will run next July and August. Those interested in applying for the 2015 fine art show should submit a CD with three digital images per media and a completed application form to the Festival of Arts by Oct 31, 2014 (by 4 p.m.).

Applicants may download an application from the Festival’s website, www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org, or call 949-464-4234. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted.


Friendship Shelter’s 2014 gala Nov 14 at Ritz-Carlton

Friendship Shelter’s annual gala will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Themed HOME, the evening will feature fine dining, live and silent auctions, and lively entertainment.

This year’s event is chaired by Jane Manolakas, Jeri McKenna, Teddie Ray, and Keiko Sakamoto, and will honor Jane and Joe Hanauer and Temple Bat Yahm for their outstanding generosity and community leadership. 

Additionally, a former Friendship Shelter client will be honored the evening of the event and will share his remarkable journey.

“Not only do we have a fabulous event cabinet this year, but the theme HOME ties into our mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community in a very meaningful way,” said Dawn Price, Executive Director of Friendship Shelter. 

Pre-gala Patron Party Oct 1

In honor of Friendship Shelter sponsors, both past and present, a pre-gala Patron Party will be held on October 1, 2014 at a private home in Dana Point. The Patron Party is generously presented by City National Bank, and will feature a fashion presentation by Max Mara.

Tickets to the gala are $250 each and sponsorship packages range from $1,500 to $25,000. Additional details can be found at: http://www.friendshipsheltergala.org.

All proceeds will benefit Friendship Shelter, which has helped homeless adults achieve self- sufficiency since its inception 26 years ago. Every night, nearly 100 people who would otherwise be on the street sleep safely under the care of Friendship Shelter staff at its flagship shelter on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, the Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon, or at various permanent supportive housing sites throughout South Orange County.

For more information about the Gala or Patron Party, or to purchase tickets, please call (949) 494-6928 x. 16. 


Pam Knudsen will tell Exchange Club all about Blue Bell

Pamela Knudsen has been a Laguna Beach resident for 10 years and is a volunteer at The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats in Laguna Canyon. She has lately become Public Relations Coordinator for the organization. She will tell our group about her passion for felines and for the service that Blue Bell provides.

Pam Knudsen

The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats is a California nonprofit organization offering loving and compassionate lifetime care for senior cats whose owners can no longer care for them. The Foundation is striving to become the leading cat retirement sanctuary, promising peace of mind to cat owners, and homelike, personalized care.

The Exchange Club meeting will be held at the Mandarin King Restaurant, 1224 N. Coast Hwy, on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 12:15 p.m. To reserve a place, call Jim Rue at 494-6684. Early reservations are encouraged as the room fills up.

Nobel Peace Laureate will speak at SOKA U. Oct 29

Leymah Gbowee

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee, and international law professor, Karima Bennoune, will be speaking at the Soka Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. on the topic “Outrageous Acts of Peace: The role ordinary people must play in transforming violence to peace.” General admission for the public is $8 for adults, and $6 for students and seniors. 

Tickets are available at www.performingarts.soka.edu.

Gbowee will be in conversation with Bennoune, author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism. Bennoune’s TED talk about these courageous citizens has been seen by over 1 million people. (Link: http://bit.ly/1s2ppbe)

The women will share their stories, as well as commentary on critical current events such as the Ebola crisis and violence resulting from global terrorism. In addition to discussion, the audience will learn how we each can be better citizen peacekeepers.

Soka University is offering to reimburse transportation costs and provide free tickets to organized high school groups of 30 or more sophomores and juniors who pre-register. For more information, contact changemakers@soka.edu.

Soka University’s Soka Changemakers program is coordinating the lecture. Soka Changemakers connects students and the community to the people, ideas, and organizations that change the world for good. Partners for this program include the Orange County Register, UC Irvine, Center for Living Peace, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, and Students for Global Peacebuilding.

Animal Crackers Fall Fundraiser will be held on Sat, Nov 1 

Lots of Laguna Beach residents remember the efforts and successes of Animal Crackers Pet Center in South Laguna as it found home for rescued pets of all types before lease problems required them to find another spot. As many people know, Animal Crackers is now in Laguna Hills and Gina Kantzabedian hasn’t paused for an instant in her mission!

On Saturday, Nov 1 at Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive from 6 – 9 p.m., it will be “come one, come all, come laugh!” Animal Crackers will hold a fundraiser to support a great cause and to help the animals.     

There will be food, a cash bar, great prizes, a live auction, and lots of fun. Tax-deductible tickets are $75, and include a set of bingo cards for Drag Queen Bingo (if you haven’t played it, be ready to laugh and have some loud fun!).   

Space is limited to 200. This event sells out every year, so hurry and buy your tickets. Volunteers, donations and sponsors are most welcome.  

To reserve your spot, call: (949)-454-0800 or contact acpetrescue@gmail.com, or visit animalcrackerspetrescue.org.  They take paypal. 

Animal Crackers Pet Center is a 501© (3) non-profit. Tax-id #26-1382698

Playhouse youth theatre presents Pinkalicious the Musical Nov 7-16

This popular NY Times best-selling children’s book will be presented live on-stage beginning Friday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Laguna Playhouse Moulton Theatre. Pinkalicious will be directed by Donna Inglima, with musical direction by Diane King Vann and choreography by Ellen Prince. 

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament!

There will be very special kids Pinkalicious Pre-Show Parties on Nov 8, 9, 15 & 16! Bring your special Pinkalicious fan to enjoy a Pinkalicious cupcake, have their face painted, have their photo taken in our Photo Booth, do a Pinkalicious craft, receive a raffle ticket for the show raffle and much more! Parties begin at 11:30 a.m. before the Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 580 Broadway next door to the Laguna Playhouse.

The cast of Pinkalicious features young actors from the Laguna Beach and Orange County areas. The cast includes McCallister Selva reprising her role as Pinkalicious, Joey Laderer as Peter, Amanda Pappalardo reprising her role as Alison, Jessica Hayes as Mrs. Pinkerton, Siena Yusi as Dr. Wink and on a Special Guest Artist Contract with Actors’ EquityAssociation, Topher Mauerhan plays Mr. Pinkerton.

The Ensemble includes: Faith Ackley, Josh Anderson, Samia El-Erian, Gavin Burkhart, Leo Hekma, Nini Guerry, Jayden Goodman, Sophia Haslett, Addyson Mackay, Bridget Phillips, Kalista Puhnaty, Delaney Puthuff, Anna Salvini, Katherine Sele, Maggie Sonenshine, and Abigail J. Williams.

Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann Music and Lyrics by John Gregor.

Pinkalicious will perform on Friday, Nov 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov 8 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov 9 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Friday, Nov 14 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov 15 at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov 16 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. 

Tickets range from $18 - $20 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787) x 1. Group tickets are available by calling Kathy Bonner at (949) 497-ARTS (2787) x 229. Add on a Pickalicious Pre-Party Ticket for $20. 

The box office is open Mondays – Sundays: Noon to 5 p.m. (open until 7:30 p.m. on performance days). 

For more information on all shows and programming visit http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com


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