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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 



December 16

David Linnig

Dawn DiMare Thiery

Mark Peacock


December 17

Hill Collins

Julie Damato Johnson

Lauren Segal

Lynn Epstein

Shane Rios

Susan Shea

Valerie Zakka Standen


December 18

Greg Peters

Rowan Harper


December 19

Don Campbell


December 20

Amanda Bellanger

Brad Wernli

Jacob Cho

Tony Arcurio


December 21

Jesse Fisher

Lynn Williams

Scott Youngstead


December 22

William Anderson

Janelle Hilton

Tammy Stanaland

Wilton Briscoe

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway



Dec 19 – Dec 24


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Boyhood  (R)

Fri & Sat: 12:45 p.m., 

4:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.

Sun: 12:45 p.m.,

4:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.

Mon - Tue:  

4:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.

Wed: 4 p.m.


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The Hunger Games:

Mockingjay Part 1 (PG-13)

Fri & Sat: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 

7 p.m. & 9:20 p.m.

Sun: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

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

Wed: 4 p.m.


Unbroken (PG-13)

Wed: 7 p.m.


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Sound Spectrum

Top 20

1. Beatles, No. 1 Singles (LP)

2. Barbra Streisand, Classic Christmas Album

3. The New Basement Tapes, Lost on the River

4. Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways

5. Christmas at Downton Abbey 

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6. Paul McCartney, The At of McCartney

7. Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint

8. Idina Menzel, Holiday Wishes

9. Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt.1 (S.T.)

10. Pink Floyd, The Endless River 11. Bryan Ferry, Avonmore

12. Taylor Swift, 1989

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

14. TV On The Radio, Seeds

15. Cat Stevens, Tell Em I’m Gone

16. Nickelback, No Fixed Address

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17. 5 Seconds of Summer, LiveSOS

18. AC-DC, Rock or Bust

19. Smashing Pumpkins, Monuments to An Elegy

20. Annie Lennox, Nostalgia

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

You sure know where in Laguna- you got ‘er!

Our readers got her good - and early this week.

Maggi said the first correct answers rolled in in the wee hours Tuesday morning. 

Of course she says they must have been too easy!

These are the where’s its and what’s its from Tuesday’s photo challenge.

Thanks for having fun. Tune in again next week, and keep beating Maggi!

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Sculptural busts at Laguna College of Art + Design 


Left – Pedestrian bridge over South Coast Hwy, to Aliso beach 

Center – Art memorial to fallen officers, at the Police Department

Right – Top of the Verizon building, from Beach St.

Thanks for playing!


Remember, the correct answers and the slideshow are also on our Facebook page.

Kids’ Art Studio at LAM Sunday, Dec 21

Kids’ Art Studio is a hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month between 2 and 4 p.m. 

It is free for children and accompanying adults who will together create a piece of art from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions on view in the museum.

Art projects are designed for all ages and are supervised by members of the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council. 

All materials are provided.

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December 19, 2014

Pecking Away at State’s Serious Drought Status

So I ask my buddy where I can get the best sun block ever made. He gives me a piece of paper with directions to Portland!

A mere three weeks ago on Thanksgiving Day, the state of California was still mired in serious drought mode with 68% of the state in extreme status. Thanks to a train of strong Pacific storms, that number has been cut in half with only 34% showing extreme status and that number was still at 55% only a week ago. That number will continue to shrink as more large plumes of moisture are riding the North Pacific jet stream, which continues to run in a fairly straight west to east line across our great Pond with very few wiggles and wobbles. The lows are much stronger this time around and are being enhanced by rivers of subtropical moisture from the southwest.

Lately I’ve been touching quite a bit on the phenomenon we call atmospheric rivers and wouldn’t you know it; one such event is poised to drop up to a foot of rain in the Pacific Northwest over the next several days. Because of this event’s tropical origin, temps will be 10 or more degrees above normal seasonal levels meaning snow levels up there will be high, around 7,000-8,000 feet. 

The main rain will focus at latitude 40-46 degrees North; roughly from Point Arena, California to Vancouver, British Columbia. Some rain will fall here in Southern Cal, but amounts will be more like a half inch to an inch but that’s O.K., ‘cause the ground is pretty much saturated at this writing.

I want to share with y’all a rundown of my top five surf spots I’ve ridden on Planet Earth since I first stood up on a surfboard in 1960…

Number One for me has to be Pipeline, Hawaii. To quote Kelly Slater, there’s no debate: Pipeline is the best wave in the world. It’s the wave against which all others are judged. Some people might argue that it’s wrong to pick a spot that only a small percentage of surfers actually have the skill to ride but I was well above average and very young back in 1968 when I first rode it. Pipeline scared the piss out of me at least the first dozen or so times I attempted it. First it intimidates you. Then you find the stones to give it a try. Eventually you figure it out, and you grow from the pride that comes with that. Then you get hungry for it. 

I never surfed giant Pipe, maybe 8-10 foot Hawaiian, but even at that size, I got the greatest barrels of my life! Obviously, it’s nowhere near the longest tube, but many legendary surfers have had the best tubes of their lives out there. The place wasn’t on the map until pioneers like Phil Edwards, John Peck, and Butch van Artsdalen first rode it in the very early 1960’s. And they pulled it off on ten foot, 40lb longboards with no leashes! That took real balls!

When boards got shorter by 1968, young guys like legendary Gerry Lopez began showing us how to look smooth in the pit. He still goes by the nickname Mr. Pipeline.

More on my top 5 next time. 

Have a great weekend, ALOHA!

Seventh day before Christmas: the swans a-swimming edition

Story and photos by MAGGI HENRIKSON

I haven’t seen seven swans a-swimming in the ocean, but it is the seventh day before Christmas. And there are no six geese a-laying on the beach, but there seem to be a lot of gold rings in the shops. Now that song is stuck in my head!

I love running into friends wherever I go these days. People are out! Plus we all get to wear our nice winter clothes for a couple of chilly days. It’s very festive, and I’m happily humming my favorite carols as I enjoy our little town.

Here are some of the highlights of my favorite shops:


Laguna Beach Books – Ah, the choices! I went in for one book and found several I couldn’t live without, thanks to friends there with great recommendations. Their best seller so far this month is the huge tome on The Rolling Stones – The Definitive, Authorized, Illustrated History. It is 522 pages of awesome ($150). 


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Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy.

(There is an even bigger edition, which Laguna Beach Books doesn’t have, but they told me about it. It’s $5,000 and each of The Rolling Stones signed it!). 

The Lawrence in Arabia book sounds really interesting, and comes highly recommended ($17.95). It’s about everything that went on in that period of history – in the making of the modern Middle East. Perfect for my husband, Stu and/or Shaena, who are all history and politics junkies. 

I am buying it for Richard but please don’t tell him that’s what I got for him. 

Odyssey Imports – This store makes me feel like I’ve gone on an exotic travel adventure. With beautiful things from all over the world, this time I was struck by the Turkish artisanship. The hanging lamps are gorgeous, and all hand electrified by the owner, with good ole U.S. standards (this one $229). The meticulously hand-painted, colorful ceramics are exquisite ($35 - $179). 


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Odyssey Imports, 490 S. Coast Hwy

Pearl St. General – Fun, eclectic shop. You never know what will catch your eye, from vintage collectibles, to cool reading glasses, to food items. And they have wine 20% discounted for the rest of the month. What caught my eye are these nautical themed dishes. I love the seaside colors and bold graphics, and the mug with a cleat for the handle ($8.50 - $18).

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Pearl St. General, S. Coast Hwy at Pearl St.

Coach Ethan Damato and player Jack Dodson- more LBHS wins in water polo Division 3 CIF

LBHS water polo coach, Ethan Damato has been voted the Division 3 Coach of the Year, and utility player, Jack Dodson the All-CIF Player of the Year, by the Southern California Water Polo Coaches Association.

Photo by Theresa Dodson

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LBHS Coach Ethan Damato and All-CIF POY, Jack Dodson 

The Laguna Beach Boys Water Polo led the division to win first place in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) this season, the third time Laguna Beach has won CIF in the last five years.

Additionally, the All-CIF team includes three Laguna Beach players: Cade Baldridge, Aki Andersen, and Jakob Colladay.

Hats off to all five!

A Sunday Sunset from Heisler Park

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Laguna photographic artist’s work exhibited at JWA

A selection of photographic art by Laguna Beach resident and award winning artist Martha Fuller is now on exhibit in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of John Wayne Airport’s (JWA) Community Focus Space Program. 

The photos, inspired by world travel, can be seen on the Departure (upper) Level near the security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4 now through Jan. 15.

Always on a quest to discover, Fuller’s collection synthesizes photographs from her travels to Africa and the Caribbean. Her photo-collages depict cinematic experiences from her visual memory as she selects and compares images frame by frame.

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Martha Fuller

22.75” x 76”

“My curiosity draws me to quirky sightings, chance encounters, and fleeting moments that endure. Truth and beauty lie in the fusion of illusion and reality,” said Fuller. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Fuller has resided in Orange County for more than 25 years. With a master’s degree in both English and Fine Arts, she has developed and taught courses and workshops in visual arts, photography, artists’ books, creative writing and literature at art schools, universities, museums and private venues throughout Southern California.

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits. To view selections from the exhibition visit www.marthafullerartist.com and to learn more about Fuller, visit www.marthasmuse.com.

“Out With The Old, In With The Rita” – New Year’s Eve

The Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to present the beginning of 2015 in a most spectacular fashion with the return of superstar comedienne Rita Rudner who will be performing, “Rita Rudner: Out With The Old, In With The Rita,” to start the New Year right with joy and laughter. “Out With The Old, In With The Rita,” will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse.

Ring in the New Year with award-winning comedian Rita Rudner

Rudner’s sharp timing and soft-spoke voice have become her trademarks while delivering hilarious and witty observations on everyday life. Opening for Rudner will be her singer-songwriter daughter Molly Bergman to make the evening this New Year’s celebration a family affair to remember.

She recently performed as an actress in the world premiere of her play “Tickled Pink” at the Laguna Playhouse. Rudner has performed over 3,000 solo shows in Las Vegas since the MGM Corporation built a theatre for her twelve years ago. She also regularly performs concerts and at corporate and charity events across the country. 

Bergman is a 12-year-old budding singer-songwriter. During 2014, she has performed at the Indian Wells Tennis Center, the Laguna Playhouse, The Hamilton Oaks Winery in San Juan Capistrano, Red Rock High School in Sedona, Arizona, and The Point and Stillwater restaurants in Dana Point. She also recorded her first video for her original song “Get Your Orange On.”

She will be opening for her mother, comedian Rita Rudner, on Dec. 27 at Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas and then on New Year’s Eve at the Laguna Playhouse. She also plays the piano, guitar and ukulele.

“Out With The Old, In With The Rita,” will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse. Tickets are $90 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling 497-ARTS (2787). For more information on all shows and programming, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com. The Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Yoga class brought a holiday surprise and then some!

For Bikram Yoga’s holiday party this year, they planned a candlelight Bikram Yoga class at 5 p.m. on Dec 6 followed by a potluck. The studio was decorated with wreaths and lights, and there was a tree in the yoga room, which was lit only by candles and the lights from the tree. It also happened to be one of the instructor’s birthdays, so it was already going to be a really fun celebration.

One of their students, Mazen Aoun and his fiancé Alina Curtean were planning to come to class. When they first started dating back in April, one of the first things Alina did was bring Mazen to a Bikram class at the studio. You can tell a lot about a person when they come to yoga - it was challenging but he did great and they have been coming back together ever since.

Mazen told Marna Bright, director of Bikram Yoga Laguna Beach, he wanted to ask Alina to marry him and he wanted to do it in class because it’s something special that they’ve been doing together since the beginning of their relationship. He wasn’t sure when he would be able to get the ring but everyone who was in on it was hoping it would be in time for the Christmas party - and he did. 

He got Alina’s best friend, her brother and her sister-in-law all to come for class. She later told Marna she was wondering how he got them to come.

He was planning to wait until the end of class. Marna was going to give him the microphone. At the beginning she could tell how excited and nervous he was and she really wasn’t sure he would be able to wait that long. 

He made it a little over an hour into the 90-minute class then he raised his hand and said, “I have something to say.” Then he told Alina how much he loves her and asked her to be his wife. 

It took everyone including Alina some time to figure out what was going on. She was completely surprised. 

She said yes. 

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The happy couple!

Marna said, “It was so beautiful and they are such a great couple. We wish them the best of luck!”

We do too!

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Chanukah celebrations by Chabad begin continue today

Friday, Dec. 19, 5 p.m., “Shabbat around the World Service and Dinner” is back by popular demand at Chabad Laguna Beach. Experience a culinary tour highlighting unique Shabbat cuisine from destinations and communities around the globe. Destinations include Mexico, Morocco, and Greece for the Kickoff Event on Shabbat Chanukah. 

RSVP to mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and savor a delicious full-course Shabbat buffet, latke bar, and Chanukah delicacies. 

Cost is $18 for adults and $12 for children.

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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m., join Chabad for “Chanukah Bash at Laguna Main Beach.” at the cobblestones for Live Israeli music, dancing, performers, crafts for the kids, face painting, dreidel cookie decorating, hot latkes, and Lighting of the oh so cool, Surfboard Menorah. Admission is free.

 Chanukah events sponsored by Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach – 30804 Coast Hwy. For information visit www.chabadoflaguna.com or call 499-0770.

Karina Parker will perform Holiday Concert at NCC Sunday

Neighborhood Congregational Churchwelcomes LBHS graduate and local vocal favoriteKarina Parkerhome from another semester at Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday, Dec 21, when Karina will offer special solos during the 10 a.m. worship service followed by a holiday concert at 11:30 in the church sanctuary.   

Karina Parker

Karina will bring familiar favorites like O Holy Night and Lo, How a Rose, along with some unexpected gifts of classic German and Italian Christmas arias.  Following the concert, Karina and her accompanists Pam Wicks and Mary Scifres welcome local requests for favorite holiday carols.  Bring music if you have an unusual request!

Neighborhood Church welcomes the entire community to join on Sunday morning for this free celebration of worship, song, and creativity at 340 St. Ann’s Drive; one block east of Coast Highway.  Free parking is available in the church parking lot across from Ralphs on Glenneyre & Cleo.  

Neighborhood Church is an open and inclusive community of faith, proudly celebrating diversity in a myriad of ways in all of its ministries and events.  Please visit http://www.ncclaguna.org or call 494-8061 for more information.

LB Presbyterian announces Christmas Eve Candlelight times 

Laguna Presbyterian Church will have both Christmas Eve Candlelight Services and New Year’s Eve Worship & Communion. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be held on Wednesday Dec. 24, at 2 and 4 p.m. with Children’s Story in Worship Bethlehem Village, Nursery & Toddles Care 2 p.m., Chancel Bells and 4 p.m., Chancel Bells & Chancel Choir at Tankersley Hall. And evening services at 7 and 9 p.m. 

The 7 p.m. service will feature the Chancel Choir and the 9 p.m. service will feature the Ensemble, with no nursery or child care. New Year’s Eve Worship & Communion will on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. Laguna Presbyterian Church is at 415 Forest Ave. For information, call 494-7555 or visit www.lagunapreschurch.org.

Christmas Eve musical celebration at the Neighborhood Congregational Church for reflection, song and poetry

Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Christmas Eve Celebration at 7 p.m. will feature guest artists Jason Feddy, John Gardiner and Carrie Pohlhammer as they assist the Rev. B. J. Beu and church musicians in presenting “Let Yearning Be Our Journey,” a non-traditional festival of lessons and carols. 

John Gardiner (left) and Jason Feddy

Neighborhood Church welcomes the entire community to join them on Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. for a program of music, poetry, candlelight and carols. Jason will bring original as well as familiar tunes, and John and Carrie will bring scripture, drama, and poetry to the evening. Special guest Nick “I” Hernandez will join with NCC musicians, including pianist Pam Wicks, vocalists Mary Scifres, Katie & Emily Baker, and the NCC Bell Choir led by Jennifer Baker, to bring the Christmas story to life. 

Christmas Eve worshippers have also come to expect a “surprise” visit from local violinist Doug Miller, and NCC anticipates Doug’s arrival on Christmas Eve again this year. Traditional Christmas carols, along with candlelight and “Silent Night,” will round off this special service. 

All are welcome to be a part of this free celebration of worship, song, and creativity at Neighborhood Congregational Church on Dec. 24 at 340 St. Ann’s Drive, one block east of Coast Highway. Free parking is available in the church parking lot across from Ralphs on Glenneyre & Cleo. 

Neighborhood Church is an open and inclusive community of faith, proudly celebrating diversity in a myriad of ways in all of its ministries and events. Please visit http://www.ncclaguna.org or call 494-8061 for more information. 

Christmas Eve at LBUMC with operatic tenor Foltz

Operatic tenor Peter Nathan Foltz will perform a solo during the 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Drive.

Foltz, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Northwestern University School of Music, was a resident artist with the Los Angeles Opera and the Pittsburgh Opera Center in Pennsylvania. He has appeared at Glimmerglass Opera in New York and Deutches Symphonie-Orchestra in in Dortmund, Germany. 

LBUMC’s Chancel Choir will be accompanied by trumpet, flute, violin, percussion, piano and organ at the 7:30 p.m. service of carols and candles. Tenor Neal Paton, a member of the choir, also will solo, and the handbell choir will add to the musical service.

At 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve, a Communion Service will be offered. This meditative time will feature LBUMC’s contemporary singing group Joyful Noise. Flickering candles and traditional carols will add to the quiet solemnity of the hour before Christmas joyfully arrives.

On the last Sunday of Advent, Dec. 21, LBUMC’s pastor Rev. Mandy Flemming’s sermon at 10 a.m., will focus on Mary, Jesus’ mother. Christmas music will be presented as well. Later that day, at 5 p.m., “The Longest Night” service will provide hope and healing for those in need. 

For additional information, contact the church at 499-3088 or go to its web page: lagunabeachumc.org

Can you stand still? Pageant of the Masters casting call

Ever wonder what it would be like to step into a famous piece of art? If you can stand still for 90 seconds, you could experience just that by volunteering for the renowned Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach - “where art comes to life!” In preparation of the 2015 show, The Pursuit of Happiness, the Pageant is looking for men, women and children to volunteer. People of all sizes and ages are needed to be cast members in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants.

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Working on placement: Washington Crossing Delaware

Casting call will be held at the Irvine Bowl Park (650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA) during the following times: 

Friday, Jan. 9 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 10 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 11 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Next summer’s performances of the Pageant of the Masters will run nightly at 8:30 p.m. from July 8 to Aug. 31. Please call 494-3663 for additional information.

Casting call is a fun experience for all involved. Prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, enjoy refreshments and meet the behind-the-scenes Pageant staff. No theater experience is necessary. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun.

“Over 500 volunteers, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, are needed to put on the show,” said Pageant director Diane Challis Davy. “Everyone has a great time backstage and many return year after year to take part in this one-of-a-kind performance. The Pageant just simply wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers!”

Pageant volunteers are also needed for positions in the wardrobe, make up, and headdress departments, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers, among other positions. 

Volunteering for the Pageant is a great way to spend your summer and it is common to have several generations of the same family volunteering for different aspects of the show. Additionally, by volunteering for the Pageant, students can earn credit towards community service requirements.

Chefs lined up for Ocean Institute Jazz Festival Gala

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The gourmet culinary team: L to R: Executive Chef Pierre Albaladejo, Park Hyatt Aviara; Executive Chef Pedro Contreras, Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; Executive Chef Rob Wilson, Montage Laguna Beach; Executive Chef Frederic Castan, St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa; Sous Chef Greg Heneghan, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa; Executive Chef Vincent Lesage, Balboa Bay Resort

The gourmet culinary team for the 13th Annual Jazz Festival Gala has been announced. The event is being held in Dana Point on Saturday evening, Jan. 24. Event attendees will be treated to a three course gastronomic delight plus canapés and dessert, with each course being prepared by one of the area’s top Executive Chefs.

Executive Chef Rob Wilson of the five-star Montage Laguna Beach is our only local culinary master, raised in Laguna Niguel, then attending Dana Hills High School in Dana Point. That’s not to say, however, that he has not put in his time in other positions and other places around the country. Chef Wilson came to the Montage after an impressive 20-year career with the Ritz-Carlton chain. While his earliest food memory is that of his mom teaching him how to flip an egg, his favorite kitchen appliance now is a vitamix blender. His culinary watchwords are creative, seasonal, and spontaneous, and he strives to include the essence of each in all of his creations.

Executive Chef Frederic Castan of the five-star St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort was educated at the highly regarded Conservatoire National des Artes et Metieres, and the Universite d’Avignon et des Pays des Vaucluse. The French native’s decades of culinary experience include positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and Sofitel Luxury Hotels & Resorts.

Executive Chef Albaladejo of the four-star Park Hyatt Aviara  has more than a decade of experience in working in some of the most highly regarded kitchens in Europe and the USA. He has perfected his contemplative and respectful style of cooking. Creating new dishes using the abundance of freshest, highest quality ingredients locally available challenges and inspires him to new culinary heights. Chef Albaladejo is a native of Dax, France, and graduated from the Culinary Institute Lycee d’ Enseignement Professionel de Capbreton in Landes, France. His culinary career in France included posts at the three-star Lucas Carton in Paris, two-star Café de Paris in Biarritz and Palais de L’Elysee in Paris in the private kitchen of President Francois Mitterand.

Executive Chef Contreras joins us from the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point. His more than 10 years of experience and his passion for the cuisines of the Americas led him from his native Venezuela in a family with roots in Spain and Mexico to study at the University of Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela and eventually to Scottsdale, Arizona. He migrated to the west coast where he became intrigued by the possibilities offered from his ocean “backyard” and access to fresh produce year round. 

Classically trained French Executive Chef Vincent Lesage of the four-star Balboa Bay Resort uses only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in his specialty dishes. A native Parisian, Chef Lesage developed his love of cooking from his talented mother and grandmother. His inspiration to create works of art with food came from his childhood visits to museums with his family. Chef Lesage attended the Institut Paul Bocus in Escully, France, studying under some of the most respected chefs in Europe. 

Award winning Executive Chef Thomas Trevethan of the four-star Marriott Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa is a culinary veteran with more than 20 years of experience, much of it in top European hotels and restaurants. He has served British Royalty at Harrods in London, and worked in the restaurants of the Ritz-Carlton, Paris Hotel & Casino, and in the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Originally from Australia, he has honed his culinary talents at five-star hotels and resorts and with Crystal Cruise Lines. Among his professional achievements are 20 culinary competition medals from the American Culinary Institute, as well as being named USA Chef of the Year finalist in New York. He currently serves as National Culinary Chairperson for the National Committee United States ACF and was recently invited to lunch at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama to launch his “Moves to Schools” program.  

 Using the ocean as the classroom, the Ocean Institute inspires children to learn. The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education, and maritime history programs. More than 115,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute’s 61 award-winning, immersion style programs. Tickets for the Saturday evening Gala and Gourmet dinner are on sale at the Ocean Institute now. To attend, visit www.oijazzfestival.com.

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DUI Arrests

Nyes Place & S. Coast Hwy | Tuesday, December 16 | 12:23 a.m.

Stephanie Mejia Ramirez, 25, Laguna Beach

Coast Hwy & 7th Avenue | Tuesday | 1:26 a.m.

Lauren Elizabeth Joyner, 26, St. Louis MO

Incident Reports

Tuesday, December 16

No incident reports

Monday, December 15

N. Coast Hwy | 1000 Block | Theft

5 p.m. A retail store received a mail order from a Los Angeles customer for several items. Along with the order was attached a cashier’s check for $12,650. Before the employee filled the order, she contacted the ban that had issued the check and learned that it was a fraudulent attempt and the check had been cashed more than a year earlier. The check and order were turned over to the LBPD and detectives will follow up.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Probation Violation

1:09 p.m. Officers responded to assist a parking services officer who had encountered two men in the midst of a serious confrontation with each other over sunglasses. On scene, officers determined that one man was on formal probation. Following protocol, the man’s probation officer was contacted and ordered John Michael Leddy, Jr., 38, no fixed address, held without bail for probation violation.

Sunday, December 14

Broadway Bus Depot | Warrant Arrest

3:52 p.m. Luis Bustamante, 57, no fixed address, was arrested for a Harbor Court warrant with a charge of being drunk in public with bail of $1500.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Unlicensed Driver; Disobeying a Police Officer

9:21 a.m. Monterey Park resident Dominic Rigoli, 31, was arrested for being an unlicensed driver and disobeying a police officer. Earlier, police had made contact with Rigoli and instructed him to keep his vehicle parked and no longer drive it. Officers left the area but saw Rigoli get back into his car and drive off a short while later. He was pulled over and arrested.

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From readers and press releases


Crosscultural Council seeks part-time Executive Director

The South County Crosscultural Council is looking to hire a part-time executive director.  The Crosscultural Council is dedicated to helping neighbors bridge their cultural differences in order to benefit the entire community, and our vision is embodied in the Laguna Day Worker Center and La Playa Center (adult ESL classes with free childcare held mornings at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach). 

Duties of the Executive Director include hands-on involvement in financial, administrative, and communication functions. Experience in fund raising and grant writing and knowledge of local community activities are desirable. 

Interested applicants should send a letter of inquiry with contact information to the Council at P.O. Box 520, Laguna Beach 92652.

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Pageant of the Masters tickets for 2015 now on sale

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Tickets for the much-anticipated 2015 Pageant of the Masters are on sale now and make the perfect holiday gift for the art lover on your list. Nothing says holiday cheer more than tickets to this summer’s production “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

“The Pursuit of Happiness” will explore the many sources of happiness, both ancient and modern, through the theatrical performance of “living pictures.” The 2015 Pageant of the Masters will be a sentimental journey through depictions of pastimes and activities that gave people joy long before the instant gratification of the computer age.

“‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ promises to be a fun and entertaining show,” says Ticket Services Director Lucia McLeod. “Buy tickets now when good seats are available at advance prices.”

The Pageant of the Masters, recently featured in The New York Times Magazine, is one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants or “living pictures,” incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

Advance tickets are $15 - $230. A Pageant ticket also entitles you to free unlimited admission to the Festival of Arts grounds all summer long where you can enjoy original artwork by 140 of Southern Orange County’s finest artists, art classes, musical entertainment, special art events, dining at Gina’s Alfresco and so much more. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-487-3378 or online at www.PageantTickets.com.

The Pageant of the Masters will be performed nightly from July 8 through Aug. 31, 2015. The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces The Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Proceeds support the arts in Orange County.


BC Space celebrating “Eye of the Beholder” & Winter Solstice Sunday

BC Space Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled “Eye of the Beholder.” This two-person show features the extraordinary visioning devices of Jo Babcock and Bruce Barton.  

San Francisco based photographer Babcock, has taken the concept of the camera into a unique realm by creating camera obscuras out of unexpected objects and then using the object to record what the tools themselves might contemplate. The drawings of Barton are a fitting compliment to these recordings by employing the ultimate analog camera of the mind’s eye to reflect on the state of the world as he perceives it. 

The synergy of these two innovative artists yields delightfully whimsical devices and equally engaging images that testify to how our collective vision has been so profoundly influenced by the ubiquitous “dark room” for which the Latin term “Camera” was created.

There will be an artists’ reception for “Eye of the Beholder” on the Winter Solstice, Sunday, Dec. 21, beginning at sunset. In addition to a stunning show, entertainment will be provided by poet John Gardiner and balladeer Mark Turnbull. The event is free to the public, but all are encouraged to bring food and drink to share with fellow celebrants. For information, please contact BC Space Gallery at 497-1880.

Shepherds visited at United Methodist Church recently

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Shepherds Cooper and Jackson Flemming wait their turn to worship Baby Jesus during the Las Posadas Pageant at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Drive.  

The pageant was one of a series of Advent programs leading to Christmas Sunday, Dec. 21 and Christmas Eve at 7:30 and 11 p.m.

California Cool; LAM’s Art Auction 2015 set for Feb 7

Laguna Art Museum’s Art Auction 2015 will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Art Auction 2015 will feature museum-curated works of art by over 100 of California’s most coveted artists, and delicious cuisine and creative cocktails from the finest local restaurants. Proceeds benefit Laguna Art Museum’s dynamic education and exhibition programs.

Auction co-chairs are Sara Heeschen and Deborah Lake. Committee members are Tina Cook, Jeannie Denholm, Vanessa Helin, Liz Kramer and Karen Morally.

Tickets are $125-$150. For tickets and more information, call 494-8971, ext. 219, or visit LagunaArtMuseum.org/ArtAuction

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. 

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Class Schedules


Friday, December 19

10 a.m.

Cold Connections

Annette Doreng-Stearns

Glass Blowing (until 4 p.m.)

Muffin Spencer-Devlin


Saturday, December 20

2 p.m.

Pendant Set

David Farris


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