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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 



August 25

Brette Miller

Claudia Morales

Dana Detmers

Shauna Bogert

Jen Moore


August 26

Melissa Cavanaugh

Wendy Potter


August 27

Ann Paredes Gendrolis

Greg Richardson

Jennie Riker


August 28

Jeanine Eunice Veldhuis

Matt Clements

Robb Gallegos

Ken Jillson

Suzette Lipscom


August 29

Andrew Deur

Bert Myers

Erin Karbon

Laura Baptista

Leon Rosen

Tammie Arnold


August 30

Cynthia Fleming

Barbara Bond

Gloria Fickling


August 31

Carole Zavala

Karen Plomgren

Summer Meek

Melissa Almon

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway



August 28 – August 30

The End


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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (PG-13)

Fri & Sat: 1:20 p.m.,4:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.

Sun: 1:20 p.m., 

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


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The Gift (R)

Fri & Sat: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 

7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

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


Click to purchase tickets online

Sound Spectrum

Top 20

1.) Led Zeppelin, In Thru Out Door/Presence/Coda (LP/CD xtra tracks) 

2. Tame Impala, Currents

3. Jerry Garcia, On Broadway

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4. Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (Bonus Tracks CD/LP)  

5. Jeff Beck, Live +

6. Iron And Wine & Ben Bridwell, Sing Into My Mouth

7. FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks), FFS

8. Neil Young, The Monsanto Years

9. Slightly Stoopid, Meanwhile Back at the Lab

10. Purple Reggae, Songs of Prince

11. Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi

12. Royal Blood, Royal Blood

13. Muse, Drones

14. Joss Stone, Water For Your Soul

15. Purple Reggae, Songs of Prince

16. Modest Mouse, Strangers to Ourselves

17. Florence & The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

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18. Hozier, Hozier 

19. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

20. Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind


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Where’s Maggi - Answers

Where oh where…

Some long-time readers told Maggi, “Yep this one was hard.”

Did you spot the shot from the library? The ceramic sculpture there is a favorite.

Here is where you can find out where those other tricky spots are. And keep on looking around for Maggi!  

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Here are the answers:


Top – Hanging fish, on Ocean Ave.


Center – Andrus Plumbing’s pump, on Glenneyre


Bottom – The ceramic mosaic sculpture at the library


Thanks for playing!

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

View Restoration Committee public hearing Sept 1

The City of Laguna Beach View Restoration Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 1 to receive public testimony and discuss a draft of a proposed View Restoration City Maintained Vegetation Ordinance. The public hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers on Tuesday, September 1, at 6 p.m.

The current View Preservation and Restoration ordinance, Municipal Code Chapter 12.16, exempts city maintained vegetation from view claims. A subcommittee of the former 2013 – 2014 View Equity Committee had developed a preliminary draft ordinance to address view restoration of city maintained vegetation. The City Council has directed Staff to move forward and work with the View Restoration Committee in developing a draft ordinance. The View Restoration Committee has reviewed the subcommittee’s preliminary draft and will discuss a revised draft at their September 1 meeting. The purpose of the draft ordinance will be to allow residential and commercial property owners to file an application requesting that certain city maintained vegetation be trimmed or removed to address significant view impairment caused by said vegetation.

The community is encouraged to participate in the public hearing and to share their thoughts for view restoration concerning city maintained vegetation.

For more information please contact Tony Farr, Associate Planner, at (949) 497-0322; tfarr@lagunabeachcity.net or visit the City Calendar on the city’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net.

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City wants you to save your pet from a coyote attack 


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Laguna Beach residents don’t need to follow the news to learn that this year marks the worst year in history when it comes to the prevalence of coyotes in the area. Even if you haven’t laid eyes on a coyote yourself, you’ve certainly heard from others who have witnessed them lurking about in even the most densely populated neighborhoods of Laguna. 

Or, at the very least, you’ve noticed the signage: the bright yellow ‘Coyote Alert’ signs placed by city officials throughout town. Perhaps you’ve even seen one or two signs of the handmade variety: those that beg neighbors to be on the lookout for missing furry friends, or the ones that urge others to ensure that dogs and cats remain closely monitored or indoors. 

While the signs certainly help raise awareness about the problem, the Laguna Beach Police Department and the city’s Animal Control Officers are working closely together in many other ways to help diminish the record number of coyote sightings and attacks, and the high number of subsequent pet deaths.

“Coyotes are around all the time, that’s not unusual, but the above average level of sightings and attacks, especially this late in the season, is definitely a problem. We’ve had many pets killed in Laguna Beach because of coyote attacks. We’re working with the community to provide as much information as possible to our residents to help keep them—and their pets—safe,” says LBPD Civilian Supervisor Jim Beres.

In addition to placing signs strategically throughout the areas in which the largest number of coyote sightings and attacks have occurred, the LBPD has held a community meeting in Bluebird Park to discuss the issue with residents. The problem, according to Beres, is most acute in the Bluebird Park area and throughout its surrounding streets. Additional community meetings will be held in the near future. The LBPD has also worked with professional trappers to set humane traps throughout Laguna Beach. Within the last three weeks, three adult male coyotes have been trapped and removed from the area.

Preventive Measures

Though the city is working hard to alleviate the problem, the preventative measures that residents take can be just as effective, especially when it comes to protecting pets. According to Beres, food left outdoors—whether intentionally for pets or other animals, or accidentally in garbage bags or bins without lids—is a significant factor that exacerbates the coyote problem. Food left outdoors, even birdseed and empty pet food bowls—encourages coyotes to continue to venture into Laguna neighborhoods, positioning them that much closer to our homes and our beloved pets. 

One of the most obvious preventative solutions, of course, is ensuring that pets are monitored at all times of the day. Coyote sightings have been reported at almost every hour of the day and night; pets are in danger whether it’s dusk, or the middle of the afternoon. Coyotes are not nocturnal; rather, they will adapt and hunt in conditions that appear to be most advantageous to them. Beres advises that residents keep a watchful eye on pets that are outdoors, especially cats and smaller dogs, which are at the greatest risk of being attacked. Residents should also be advised that coyotes are able to clear fences and gates that are up to six feet tall; even if you have a fenced-in backyard, your pet could still be in danger.

Residents should also be extremely cautious when out walking their pets. A handful of recent coyote attacks have occurred when pets are on their leashes, resulting in the deaths of several small dogs. According to Beres, almost all of the on-leash attacks have occurred when females are walking their smaller dogs alone; coyotes can differentiate between males and females, and are not afraid to hunt a dog that’s a few feet away from a human on its leash. 

Beres advises residents to walk their dogs with a buddy or in groups—especially female dog owners—and to use a leash that is a maximum of six feet long, rather than the expandable leashes which increase the space between you and your pet, making it all the more vulnerable. 

If you and your pet do find yourselves confronted with a coyote, your first line of defense should be attempting to scare the coyote away; residents can help mitigate the issue by showing coyotes that they have reason to fear us. Yelling, clapping, or throwing objects such as rocks have been known to scare coyotes away, causing them to drop abducted pets and run. Beres even suggests walking your dog with an air horn or noisemaker, or carrying a walking stick or a similar object with you to fend off coyotes—especially if you’re an elderly dog owner, or a female dog owner who usually takes solo walks with a pet. 

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Coyotes can be scary—they resemble German Shepherds—and they are wild animals, but for the most part, their presence is a major threat only to pets. Coyote attacks on people are extremely rare, but there have been cases where people have been bitten while trying to rescue a pet from a coyote’s mouth, for example. Take extreme precaution when getting between a coyote and your pet, and opt for using scare tactics before attempting to move closer to the coyote to fend it off.

If you’re interested in taking additional measures to protect your furry friend, the City’s Animal Services Department is currently offering free at-home consultations with residents who wish to discern whether their homes are ‘coyote safe.’ Animal control officers will come to your home, and inspect such things as overgrown vegetation—which is a perfect hiding place for a coyote that is stalking an animal—or too-low fences. Some residents may choose to raise gates or fences or make other adjustments their property, in compliance with city zoning regulations. 

“It’s really tragic to lose a pet that’s close to you and that you love very much, and to have pets taken away from you in that manner, that’s tough… we’re very sympathetic and we’re trying to do what we can to the greatest degree possible,” adds Beres. 

     For more information—or to report coyote sightings or attacks—call the city’s Animal Services Department at 949-497-0701, or visit: www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/divisions/asu.asp 

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iPads were pilfered from El Morro School this summer

As the staff members of El Morro School returned to their assignments this week, it was learned that seven iPads valued at $1400 had been stolen at some point over the summer.

El Morro, located north of Laguna Beach in the unincorporated county area before Newport Beach city limits, is under the police jurisdiction of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. LBPD was asked to take a courtesy report for the OCSD this past Tuesday.

Sheriff’s investigators are looking into the burglary. 

No further details were immediately available.

In today’s Laguna Dining section

Diane is ecstatic about the opening of Sergio’s Empanadas, which has excited many folks in its first week. Sergio is known from our Farmer’s Market. If you’ve never had a true empanada, you’re in for a treat! April went to West Tisbury Farmer’s Market on Martha’s Vineyard and tells us what she whipped up with the booty…Shaena has the latest on the opening of Urth Caffe on Sept 20 in North Laguna…she’s excited!

In today’s Laguna Dining – Click Here to eat...err...Read it Now!

It’s football season – Breakers home opener – 7 p.m.

New coach, new hopes and a new season will get underway for Laguna Beach High School as the 2015 football season starts at 7 p.m. on Guyer Field tonight.

New coach Ted Clarke inherits a 2-8 team that is inexperienced at best but very high on expectations.

Valley Christian, a private school from Cerritos, will visit to offer the Breakers its first and probably formidable test.

Nonetheless, get out there and enjoy the season opener as we cheer on our team!

Dennis’ Tidbits


August 28, 2015


Dennis is off today.

Festival of Arts events for the final weekend

Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: Through August 29

Mondays – Fridays 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Cost: $10-$20 material fee/session

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Arts Education Days this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed-media, jewelry making, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week! Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required. For schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Friday, August 28: Sculpture (11 a.m.), Figure Painting (1 p.m.)

Cost: $10-$20 material fee/session

Daily Live Music Schedule, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with Festival admission

Friday, August 28: Bill Cantos (Jazz)

Sunday, August 30: Beatroots (Beatles)

Monday, August 31: Missiles of October (Blues)

Adult and Teen Art Workshops

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Arts Adult and Teen Art Workshops! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Friday, August 28: Assemblage with Carolyn Machado (3 – 5:30 p.m.) Cost: $40 material fee

This class will introduce students to the “art of mosaic.” We will be working on a small tile, using simple design elements to create a unique piece of artwork. Decorative tiles will come to life with the use of colorful and interesting pieces of broken pottery, tiles and small beads. Come have some fun and get creative with mixed media artist Carolyn Machado.

Saturday, August 29: Ceramic Masks with Scott Young (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Cost: $40 materials fee

Create an African inspired mask in this fun and engaging class with artist Scott Young. Using clay slabs and basic tools, students will form facial features from templates provided to the class. Learn the basic principles of hand building in clay and take home your own one-of-a-kind artwork!

Celebrity Benefit Concert & Pageant of the Masters: 

Music Icon Melissa Manchester to perform and Actress Mira Sorvino to Host

Saturday, August 29 Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $50 - $250 

This private event begins at 5 p.m. with star-studded red carpet arrivals and fine art, followed by an intimate concert with Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester.

Melissa Manchester will perform in concert on Saturday

Enjoy great music, beautifully exhibited original art, and conclude the evening with an encore performance of the 2015 Pageant of the Masters “The Pursuit of Happiness” hosted by Academy Award-winning Actress Mira Sorvino.

Other guest celebrities scheduled to appear are Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Raymond Cruz (The Closer & Major Crimes), Tony Denison (The Closer & Major Crimes), Kate Flannery (The Office), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds), January Jones (Mad Men), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Don Most (Happy Days), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), Mark Steines (Home & Family), Aisha Tyler (Whose Line is It Anyway), Kirsten Vangness (Criminal Minds), and many, many others.

Tickets to this star-studded event start at $50 and can be ordered at www.PageantTickets.com or by calling the Box Office at (800) 487-3378. Sponsored by Mazda, Trump International Hotel at Waikiki Beach Walk, KOST Radio 103.5 and Yamaha.

Geoffrey Keezer performs Sunday

Sunday in the Park (final event!):

 Live performance by Geoffrey Keezer 

Sunday, August 30 Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Cost: Free with Festival admission

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. The most exciting turn in Geoffrey’s career is his recent focus on solo piano and his first solo release in thirteen years, Heart of the Piano (2013, Motema Records). On a mission to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, Keezer brings to Heart of the Piano his most direct and focused artistry to date.

Sundays at the Festival of Arts features a new musical series with an eclectic mix of music from Bluegrass and Chill to Jazz/World/Classical fusion. From 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday in the Park will provide the perfect atmosphere to browse the art gallery, picnic on the green, or simply relax in the beautiful weather of Laguna Beach.

Recently voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts is one of the most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.


Through August 31, 2015

Open daily from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Early closing: August 29 at 3:30

Ticket Information

General Admission: Weekdays $7, Weekends $10

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $4, Weekends $6

Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

Passport to the Arts:

A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $23. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Fair, plus a one-time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at LagunaBeachPassport.comPassports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 26 – August 31, 2015.

Festival of Arts Grounds 650 Laguna Canyon Road

(800) 487-3378


Looking for space? Meeting & special event facilities available at Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

If you’re looking for a convenient space to hold conferences, meetings, parties, or special events; The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach has multiple rooms available for rental. The Club offers a variety of rooms to match the purpose of your function.

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Whether it’s teaching art classes, holding a church service, or celebrating birthdays; the Club has a room to fit the occasion. Rooms that are currently available at the Club include: Teen Center, Dance Room, Community Room, Education Room, Gymnasium and Playground. Renting a room at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach benefits everyone. All proceeds raised from room rentals support the Clubs Youth Development programs. 

Nonprofit organizations receive a discount for room rental from the Club. 

The Club facilities are available for your alcohol-free function on weekends and outside the Club’s normal operating hours. The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach operates Mon-Fri until 7 p.m. 

If you have any questions, would like to schedule a tour, or book your event, contact Rocio Chavez at (949) 494-2535 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

For more information about The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, visit: www.bgclagunabeach.org or call (949) 494-2535.

Tennis, anyone?

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A major renovation of the High School Tennis Court facility began on earlier this month and is well underway as this photo taken Thursday indicates. The contractor, Zaino Tennis Courts Inc., expects the project to be completed in mid-October. Portions of the sidewalk and on street parking along Park Avenue will be closed during construction to allow access for equipment.  

This long-awaited project will address the surface cracking, drainage, lighting and fencing issues and provide high-quality courts for High School athletic programs and the community at-large.  

During construction, all High School and City tennis programs will be moved to Alta Laguna Park. 

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Chamber serves up “Taste of Laguna” on Sept 23

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will present the 2015 Taste of Laguna, a celebration of fine food, wine, beer, and spirits on Wednesday, Sept 23 at Tivoli Too!, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. 

This year’s event will feature over 20 of Laguna Beach’s most prestigious chefs and restaurants, offering a broad selection of culinary delights. Leading vintners and brewers will also be on hand, presenting generous tastes of their premium wines and beers. Rounding out the event, guests will be serenaded by local acoustic musicians under the twinkling lights in this evening under the stars. 

Participants include 230 Forest, BJ’s, Broadway by Amar Santana, Centrál, The Cliff, Driftwood Kitchen, Juice & Shakes, K’ya Bistro, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Las Brisas, Lumberyard, Mastro’s, Mozambique, Nirvana Grille, Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar, Organic Cellar, Rugg Family Wines, Slapfish, Splashes, Starfish Laguna, Tivoli Too!, Tommy Bahama, Tortilla Republic, Tres Sietes Tequila, Whole Foods Market.

Tivoli Too! is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road. Admission is $60; a VIP package is available for $80, which includes early entrance at 4:30, adjacent parking, and a VIP cocktail line. You must be 21 or over to attend, photo ID required. No outside food/beverages, no chairs, blankets, nor picnic equipment permitted.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Chamber’s website, 

LagunaBeachChamber.org, “events” tab; or contact the Chamber at (949) 494-1018. 

As host of the event, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents, and supports local businesses in Laguna, and advocates on their behalf. Now in its 98th year of operation, the Chamber also serves as the business resource center for the community. 

On an ongoing basis, the Chamber hosts educational seminars, luncheons, and networking events for local businesses and citizens. 

PD still out to catch drunk drivers until Labor Day

The Laguna Beach Police Department will continue its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving; Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety to curb impaired driving and save lives. Now through Sept 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners in Orange County, across the state and nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving. 

LBPD will be conducting a “Know Your Limits” campaign combined with a roving DUI Saturation Patrol this coming Saturday Aug 29, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

NHTSA data shows that repeat offenders are an especially dangerous facet of the drunk-driving problem. In the month of August from 2009-2013, of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes, almost 1 out of 10 (8 percent) of them had already been convicted of at least one drunk-driving offense. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. 

The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. 

Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

So, for the rest of this August and year-round, remember that there’s no excuse for drunk or impaired driving. If you choose to break the law, police, sheriff and CHP officials will see you before you see them. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Funding for this special campaign is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! – Call 9-1-1.

Exchange Club’s Annual Labor Day Pancake Breakfast

The Laguna Beach Exchange Club’s annual Labor Day Pancake Breakfast will be held on Monday, September 7, in Heisler Park. Great view and great entertainment combined with the Police serving up coffee and firefighters flipping flapjacks. The Pancake Breakfast is at the picnic area below the corner of Myrtle and Cliff Drives from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5.

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The breakfast is the Exchange Club’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds are donated to child abuse prevention, as well as community and youth projects. The club was instrumental in starting the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center.

This event would not be made possible without the support of our police, fire fighters and generous sponsors including Las Brisas; White House, Orange Inn and Albertsons. Please visit them and thank them for their support!

Generosity of Spirit and the the fight against cancer


Chair, Orange County Regional Council

American Cancer Society

Long before I learned that she had been fighting her own cancer battle for more than 20 years, I admired Dana Feinman LaRose’s tenacity, passion, and generosity of spirit.  Those same qualities that made her a tireless booster for Performing Arts in Laguna Beach Schools, not to mention a beloved wife and mother, consummate entertainment industry professional, and extraordinary friend, also gave her the strength and resilience to weather the really rough patches in that long journey.  Dana says that the people around her were the other key to her endurance – there for her at every turn, organizing ways to support her and her family, reminding her how much she is loved and needed. 

We’ve seen this time and time again in Laguna Beach.  People that we care for and look up to refusing to let a cancer diagnosis change them and instead drawing on their finest qualities and the community around them to strengthen their hand in the struggle.  We certainly don’t need this irony – the way a deadly disease allows individuals and communities to shine – to appreciate each other or recognize our power to affect change together.  But we can actually use that energy, creativity, and solidarity to advance cancer research, in both prevention and treatment, and celebrate the heroism of survivors and caregivers who are keeping it at bay until a cure is found.  

That’s exactly the purpose of Relay for Life and why it is both a compelling shout of defiance and a powerful tool for research fundraising – not to mention a whole lot of fun.  Relay for Life is the way our entire community can take action, collectively, to help finish the fight.  

Laguna Beach’s Relay is on October 10 at El Morro School.  I hope you will help make this a day to remember – and one that cancer will never forget – by forming a team, donating to a team (like ours – “Dana’s Fine Men and La Roses”!), purchasing luminaria, or sharing the resources of your business.  There are so many ways to be involved directly or support those who are.  

Please visit www.relayforlife.org/lagunabeachca for more details and ideas. 

I’m thankful that I didn’t first get to know Dana through the prism of cancer – as a patient or a survivor – but even more grateful that I can be part of the community that will help her ultimately defeat it.  If we all work together (and on October 10, walk together), someday I’ll be able to admire her simply for being an amazing human being again and we can all turn our finer selves to the many other things that need our attention in this world.

Let’s make this year’s Laguna Beach Relay for Life a huge success.  For Dana.  And for all of us.

Off-season free trolley service begins September 4

City Manager’s office

Though summer may be coming to a close, the City’s popular trolley service will continue to operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays year-round. The free trolleys will begin operating on Friday, Sept 4.   

The “Coastal Route” includes a loop along Coast Highway extending from the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point to Cajon Street in North Laguna. Hours of operation are Fridays from 4–11 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.–11 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Special Labor Day trolley service will be offered on Monday, Sept 7, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Residents are encouraged to take the free trolley rather than park downtown.

Mainline transit service will not be offered on Labor Day.

Chabad Jewish Center’s High Holiday events/services 

        Monday, Aug 31 at 7:00 p.m. Ladies Home Club Rosh Hashanah Culinary Evening with Mazal Yuditsky, chef extraordinaire! Holiday recipes made simple! This event will be hosted at a private home. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for directions.

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Choco Chip Challah Bakery

        Thursday, Sept 10 at 4:30 p.m. Kids High Holiday Workshop at Chabad: Choco Chip Challah Bakery, Shofar Demo, Crafty Kids Apple N’ Honey dishes, Honey Cake exchange, face painting and more! $8 per child.

        Thursday, Sept 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Holiday Sensory Experience for the wee little ones, ages 1-4, at Chabad: guitar sing along, Apple Sensory Bin, Shofar tooter craft, stories and more! Interactive, fun, hands-on!

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Shofar tooter craft – 2014

Rosh Hashanah Services:

Sunday, Sept 13 at 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept 14 at 10 a.m., Shofar Sounding: 12:30 p.m.

Tashlich Service at Treasure Island Beach following services

Tuesday, Sept 15 at 10 a.m., Shofar Sounding: 12:30 p.m. 

Services and programs are open to the community!  No tickets needed to enter.  For seat reservations or to RSVP for the High Holiday programs, please call Chabad at 499-0770, or visit the website at www.chabadoflaguna.com. Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.

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Sunset Serenades coming to Heisler Park on Sept 25

Every Friday evening from Sept 4 through Sept 25 at 5:30 p.m., the Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades. 

The free concerts are held at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres.

On September 4, enjoy Jonathan Rowden Group (jazz).

On September 11, enjoy Michael Ubaldini (Americana).

On September 18, its the South Coast Symphony String Quartet.

And on September 25, enjoy The Pendleton Sisters (songwriter harmony).

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach and recently was awarded best Arts Program by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts.

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

Pantaleon Delgado Medina, 54, Laguna Beach – Tuesday, August 25

Trevor Jon Paul Jenkins, 34, Laguna Beach – Sunday, August 23

Incident Reports

Tuesday, August 25

S. Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Warrants

11:31 p.m. William Edward Hemphill, 64, no fixed address, was arrested for two Harbor Court warrants – one for illegal lodging and the other for being drunk in public. Total bail: $3000.

Santa Cruz Street & Agate Street | Theft

7:37 a.m. A manhole cover was removed here and in the 400 block of Pearl Street. At the latter location, witnesses saw a group of juveniles. A city worker located the covers later in the day.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Vandalism

6:01 a.m. Jorge Antonio Alvarez, Jr., 20, no fixed address, set up a homeless camp and damaged a large city-owned palm tree in the process. He was arrested for misdemeanor malicious mischief.

Monday, August 24

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Juvenile, released to father

Nemon Abdul Malik Kurtu, 21, Irvine

N. Coast Hwy & Emerald Bay | Drug Paraphernalia

6:22 p.m. Carl Norton, 20, no fixed address, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance with bail of $1000.

N. Coast Hwy & Wave Street | Felony Vandalism, vehicle

3:35 p.m. Acar was keyed causing damage estimated at $5,137.97.

Sunday, August 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Tina Rani Shankla, 35, Venice

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training - register now

The Laguna Beach Police Department is excited to announce registration for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course. A Community Emergency Response Team is an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. 

The CERT program consists of 25 hours of classroom and hands on training. It concludes with an exercise drill to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the classroom sessions. Training includes the following topics:

Disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, CERT and terrorism, and traffic control and scene management.

Training will begin on Wednesday, Sept 30. Classes will then meet weekly from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by one Saturday morning exercise on November 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mandatory attendance is required at all classes. 

To be considered for this training, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or work within the city limits, be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions. 

Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Sept 25 (the City of Laguna Beach reserves the right to refuse admittance into this program). All individuals will receive a confirmation email if accepted into the program.

To register please fill out the online registration form at www.lagunabeachcity.net and email it to jvillwock@lagunabeachcity.net or drop it off at the Police Department, 505 Forest Ave.



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7th Annual Girls Night Out – mark your calendars

Hey ladies! The kids will be back in school (or out of school if you are lucky!), so put on your little black dress or whatever works your mojo and have some fun! 

The 7th annual Girls Night Out will take place Thursday, October 1 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the amazing Wilson Home, 100 Rockledge.

This highly anticipated annual event is loved by all local women and sells out every year. Come to network, come to be pampered, come to enjoy specialty cocktails, and of course, leave with a sense of camaraderie and a gorgeous swag bag full of awesome goodies.

Tickets are $125 through Sept 25, and $150 after Sept 25. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bgclagunabeach.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available!

For more information, call 494-2535 x103, or email Micheller@bgclaguna.org.

Win a million-dollar home; ticket sales are underway

Tickets are on sale for the 11th annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle, which benefits the Ocean Institute and participating nonprofit organizations. Ticket buyers will have the chance to win a beautiful, $1.2 million Laguna Beach home, or $1 million in cash, winner’s choice.

“The Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is the most successful home raffle in California,” said raffle director Doug Abramson. “We’ve awarded the Grand Prize every year, plus millions of dollars of other prizes.”

Tickets are $150 and only 20,000 tickets will be sold.  

In addition to the Grand Prize, $190,000 in cash and other prizes will be awarded, including two new luxury Lexus car leases, a dream vacation to Barbados, Fiji or Paris, or $10,000; an Australia & New Zealand Expedition or $10,000; $1,000, $1,500 & $2,000 South Coast Plaza shopping sprees and stays at the elegant Montage Laguna Beach Resort.

The Grand Prize drawing will be at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point this November. Buy multiple tickets or refer your friends to buy tickets and you’ll have additional chances to win.

“The home raffle has produced thousands of happy winners, and has raised crucial funding that benefits the 115,000 school children whom the Ocean Institute serves every year,” continued Abramson.

The 2015 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is registered with the California Attorney General’s Office.

To purchase tickets, or for further information about the raffle call (949) 542-3600, or visit www.ocean-institute.org.

Art Avatar: premier exhibition by Alexandra Eftimie

Art Avatar, a nonprofit arts organization, will hold a fundraising exhibit consisting of 15 oil paintings by Alexandra Eftimie, a junior at LBHS. Admission is free. 

The exhibit will be at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road, on Saturday, Aug 29 from 6:30 – 10 p.m.

The organization plans to send children to school by means of art. 

Submitted photos

Art Avatar finds children worldwide who cannot afford education and acquires a picture of them. From each photograph, a portrait is painted and sold. All profit from the sale of the painting then goes directly to the respective child so they can attend school. Art Avatar aims to build brighter futures through works of art.

Alexandra Eftimie

Alex Eftimie, a junior at Laguna Beach High School, founded Art Avatar. When looking for a way to integrate the arts and charity, Alexandra created a system that would allow children to go to school through an avatar – their portrait.

The buyer will cherish the painting not only as work of art, but also as a manifestation of the child they are supporting.

Art Avatar hopes that in the future, other artists will support this nonprofit organization by choosing at least one child to paint and be part of the next exhibit.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages

Historic inventory resource update workshop Sept 15 

The City of Laguna Beach will hold an informational workshop about Historic Preservation on Tuesday, Sept 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the City Council Chambers (505 Forest Avenue). 

The City of Laguna Beach is in the process of updating the property ratings for the properties listed on the City’s 1981 Historic Inventory and an updated field survey was recently conducted by Ostashay and Associates Consulting, a historic preservation firm. Public workshops were held on March 18, 2013, March 15, 2014, December 8, 2014, and April 28, 2015, to discuss the current field survey and the proposed status codes as well as a potential new historic preservation ordinance. 

At the last workshop held on April 28, there appeared to be some confusion regarding the requirements and implementation of the Historic Preservation Ordinance in addition to the applicability of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to historic structures. As such, the upcoming workshop discussion will be of an educational nature that will focus on the current Historic Preservation Ordinance, the Historic Inventory status codes, and CEQA as it pertains to historic structures. The City Attorney and the Historic Consultant, Jan Ostashay will also be in attendance to field questions. 

A copy of the previously reviewed draft ordinance, the draft inventory and information about the upcoming meeting and past meetings relating to the Historic Inventory Update can be found at:


For additional information or questions, please contact Martina Speare, Senior Planner at (949) 464-6629 or email: mailto: historicinventory@lagunabeachcity.net

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 2015.

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

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

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

Visit the website at: 



Class Schedules


Thursday, August 27

10 a.m.

Fold Formed Bracelet

Annette Doreng-Stearns


Friday, August 28

10 a.m.

Oil Painting

John Eagle


Saturday, August 22

10 a.m.

Fused Glass Origami Bowl

Maggie Spencer


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