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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 



June 23

Aisha Ann Hakim

Jenny Benson

Mindy Zoller

Nickole McGregor

Paul Carolan


June 24

Alec Sommer

Emmitt Carlson

Joncie Wain Donenfeld

Kris Leutwyler

Reem Khalil

Sheri Wright-Fetrow


June 25

Bruce Lawrence

Jess Johnston

Joanie Rowe

Melissa Darvin-Layton

Mike Darnold

Patrick Fetzer

Rod Castro


June 26

Bill Shopoff


June 27

Deborah McCarron

Erin Slattery

Ryen Caenn

Tom Johnson


June 28

Greg Olsen

Janis Jones

Jonell Thrasher

Margaret Peterson

Nancy Makowsky

Vince Dimiceli


June 29

Jennifer Welch Simmons

Kricket Morton

Robin Lee Riddell

Roy Garcia

Zach Churchill

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway



June 26 – July 1


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Inside Out (PG)

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.

Mon – Wed: 5:10 p.m. & 8 p.m.


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Spy (R)

Fri & Sat: 1:30 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.

Sun: 1:30 p.m., 

4:20 p.m. & 7:20 p.m. 


4:45 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tue: 4:45 p.m. 


Magic Mike XXL (R)

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


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Sound Spectrum

Top 20

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

2. James Taylor, Before This World

3. Muse, Drones 

4. Purple Reggae, Songs of Prince

5. Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi

6. Modest Mouse, Strangers to Ourselves

7. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

8. Hozier, Hozier

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

10. Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind

11. Dawes, All Your Favorite Bands

12. My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall

13. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind

14. Jeff Beck, Live +

15. Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

16. Peter Tosh, An Upsetters Showcase

17. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Django & Jimmie

18. Boz Scaggs, A Fool To Care 

19. Fall Out Boy, American Beauty/ American Psycho

20. Passion Pit, Kindred

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June 26, 2015


Ocean temps are rising – El Niño is with us! 

Ocean temps are warming up nicely here on the Orange County coast with readings of 67-72. The gloom is decreasing by the day as it’s setting up to be what I think will be one of those epic summers. 

Senor El Niño is with us - so I don’t think my prediction is too bold at all.

Continuing with the best and worst summers past…

After a six year absence, Senor El Niño showed up in the Spring of 1972 in a big way setting the stage for arguably the best summer ever to this day. Early that June, the Baja swell season got off to a roaring start with hurricane Ava. Then there was Beatriz, Celeste, Diane, Estelle, Fernanda, Gwen, Hyacinth, Inez, JoAnne, Kathleen, Lilly, Melissa, Nancy, Olivia, and Penny. Every named storm that summer sent us epic south swells. The water hovered between 70 and 74 all summer and there was no gloom.

Payback time came in 1973 as La Niña returned with a vengeance resulting in one of our gloomiest summers ever. There were only nine sunny days all summer with water temps hovering around a chilly 64 degrees. There was only one Baja swell early on and three lackluster Southern Hemis. McWeather got so fed up with the conditions he spent the second half of that summer in Aspen, Colorado.

The strongest El Niño of the Twentieth Century arrived in the Spring of 1982 and hung around for the next 18 months. As a result, the summer of 1983 was almost if not equally as epic as the summer of ’72. Almost every named storm affected our surf and on several occasions, our weather. The Southern Hemisphere sent us several very strong swells as well. 

The average water temp here in Laguna was 73.5 peaking at 77 for much of late August and most of September. From July – September we collected over three inches of rain from very active summer monsoonal energy and a few tropical systems that wandered their way all the way up to northern Baja. What a summer!

In 1985-86 a mild El Niño arrived and as a result the surf was really consistent in the summer of 1985 and the water temp hovered right around the 70 mark the whole time. The weather was great too with only three days of gloom from July through September.

In 1987 through 1991 a stubborn La Niña event returned and just wouldn’t go away. ’87, ’88, and ’89 were all subpar. ’90 wasn’t too bad, but the summer of ’91 was awful with a total of four days of sun, 64 degree water, not one Baja swell and three medium size Southern Hemis the whole period. 

Despite countless eviction notices, La Niña refused to pack her bags and hit the road! Yuk!

See the correlation here? 

More on this next time, ALOHA!

In today’s Laguna Dining section

Diane – Have you ever tried Peruvian cuisine? Diane did and she tells us it’s delicious and where we can have it right here in Laguna…April brings us another one of her cool summer salads – this time it’s Corn, Quinoa and Arugula...Shaena and Fonda are also featured today

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

Summer festival trolley service will begin this Friday

This year’s summer festival trolley service begins Friday, June 26, and concludes on Sunday, August 30.  Operations run seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and will include up to 25 trolleys in service on busy weekends.  

This map illustrates this summer’s three trolley routes:  

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The Coastal Route (blue trolleys), which currently runs during off-season weekends along Coast Highway from the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point to Cajon Street in North Laguna, will extend to El Morro Elementary School with stops at Emerald Bay and Irvine Cove.  The Coastal Route allows passengers to travel from North Laguna to South Laguna without transferring.  

To ensure passengers have the ability to travel from Coast Highway to the festival and canyon areas, the traditional Long Canyon Route (red trolleys) has been extended to the Downtown.  Rather than transferring at the Bus Depot, passengers can now transfer at three existing trolley stop locations along Coast Highway (Cleo Street, Legion Street and Laguna Ave.).  

The Short Canyon Route (red trollrys) will remain unchanged, running from the ACT V and Laguna College of Art + Design parking lots to Laguna Canyon Frontage Road. 

Additionally, trolley service will be color coordinated with blue trolleys on Coast Highway and red trolleys in the Canyon and Downtown.  

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Tom Toman, Deputy Director of Community Services/Parking and Transit Manager, at 497-0303.

A thoughtful birthday wish from a local gallery owner

Photo courtesy Barbara McMurray

coastal eddy, a gallery, owner Robin Riddell (L) with Laguna Food Pantry secretary and volunteer coordinator Elizabeth Haines (R) prepare for Robin’s birthday party to help feed hungry families and individuals this Saturday night

Robin Lee Riddell is the owner of coastal eddy, a gallery and Laguna’s only exclusively ceramics gallery.

Robin is inviting everyone to help her celebrate her birthday on Saturday, June 27 by helping her to realize a special birthday wish.

She wrote: “Please help grant my one birthday wish, to feed kids breakfast that might otherwise go hungry, because school’s out for the summer. Laguna Food Pantry is in special need of breakfast goods like Cereal, healthy non-sugary, Joe’s O’s, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes and also Oatmeal; individual packages, not bulk. Thank you!”

Stop by coastal eddy at 1417 S. Coast Hwy for Robin’s endless summer birthday party beginning at 6:30 on the 27th. 

Be sure to bring along canned goods or cereals to aid Laguna Food Pantry.

“Alive Inside”, Sundance Award-Winning Film this Sunday

This Sunday, from 10-11:20 a.m., in the Parlor at Laguna Presbyterian Church, (415 Forest Ave), all are invited to attend a screening of the Sundance Festival’s 2014 Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, “Alive Inside”. 

The film is a joyous exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. 

Social worker, Dan Cohen fights against a broken health care system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind. 

This 80-minute film will leave you humming, clapping, and cheering.

Spotlight photographer Rob Gage: with shows at FOA, Wells Fargo, and Festival of Arts South  

This summer, the Festival of Arts presents two new exhibits featuring long-time Festival artist and Laguna Beach resident Rob Gage. Gage’s photography career stretches over four decades and has brought him to nearly 80 countries and all 50 U.S. states. The free exhibits at foaSOUTH and Wells Fargo Laguna Beach serve as a look back at his career, as well as a look into his present works. 

His new work, a series titled “Form and Grace” will be on display at the Festival of Arts from July 5 through August 31.

Rob Gage’s exhibit at Wells Fargo, “Rob Gage, Looking Back”, is a retrospective presenting a wide range of this artist’s abilities, running from June 13 through September 10. 

Ranging from a 40-plus year involvement in commercial photography, the show merges into his personalized views as a fine art photographer.

“Rob’s expertise and keen eye have given him an amazing portfolio and has helped shape him as one of the preeminent photographers of our time,” said Ron Morrissette, Festival of Arts Director of Exhibits. “This exhibit gives viewers a mere glimpse through an amazing eye.” 

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At Wells Fargo, 260 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach. Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Reception with the Artist will be Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m.

“Rob Gage, The Ballerinas” is presented at foaSOUTH from July 13 – October 9.

For the last five years, Rob Gage has focused on his Ballet Project featuring dancers in unique environments and behaviors. 

“Ballet is a photographer’s dream,” said Gage. “The dancers are trained to communicate with their bodies. Their focus is precise. They dance because they love it, not because they have to.”

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foaSOUTH is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Receptions with the artist will be: August 6, September 10, and October 1, at 6 p.m.

foaSOUTH is located at 1006 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

The artist, photographer Rob Gage has been an advertising photographer for more than 40 years and is based in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design and was hired to work in Detroit. After six years, he and his family relocated to England where he opened his first studio located in an old electrical generating station. He lived in England for three years and travelled to most of the neighboring countries shooting automobile ads. Jaguar became his largest client. Afterwards, Rob moved back to the United States and settled back in California where he worked for over 25 years shooting cars and traveling for photo shoots. He is now retired, working for local and clients and his own personal projects.

Racetrack playa Death Valley


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Racetrack is located in a valley above the northwestern side of Death Valley. Until a little over a year ago, how the rocks raced across the desert floor puzzled everyone and some were convinced it was done by UFO intervention. We could tell you what was discovered in 2014 to solve the mystery, but we want you who are interested enough to Google and do your own research – it’s fun! Aga wrote to us: “I know that not everyone will be able to go to…[Racetrack…] because you can only go there in a high-clearance vehicle. Maybe they will like these photos.”

We guarantee you, Aga; they will and thanks!

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See more of Aga’s Death Valley photos below

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“Yoga Fun Day” this Saturday at Pacific Blue Yoga 

Free yoga, food, drinks, raffles and giveaways all day on Saturday, June 27 as Pacific Blue Yoga holds its grand opening with “Yoga Fun Day”. All yoga classes will be free for everyone all day. There will also be a raffle after each class and food from local restaurants.

The schedule for yoga classes during the day June 27:

8 a.m. Bikram (heated), 10 a.m. Ashtanga, 11:45 a.m. kids yoga, 12:30 p.m. Yin, 1:45 p.m. Vinyasa, 3 p.m. Sculpt (heated), and a 4:30 p.m. Bikram (heated).

Starting at 6:30, they will have an end of day party with food, drink, raffle items, swag bags and grand prize drawings.

Studio owner Marna Bright said, “It’s my goal to provide the Laguna community with a beautiful space to practice various styles of yoga and meditation taught by passionate teachers.”

Pacific Blue Yoga opened in 2002 as Bikram Yoga. They have expanded to offer a wide range of heated and non-heated yoga styles including Bikram, Sculpt, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative and meditation from some of the best teachers in SoCal. To learn more visit http://www.pacificblueyoga.com or email mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Neighborhood Congregational Church receives award

The Orange County Interfaith Coalition awarded the Steward of Creation Award to Neighborhood Congregational Church for the Environment. In 2012, Church Members at NCC created a major remodel of its grounds. 

The award-winning low-water grounds at Neighborhood Congregational Church

In partnership with Transition Laguna, LB County Water District and the donated talents of local landscape architect Christian Macke, all lawn areas of the property were removed. A low-water, drought tolerant plantscape was installed, along with rain barrels for rain capture. Fruit trees, vegetables and herbs were planted including peach, apricot, apple, strawberry, watermelon, persimmon, squash, and pumpkin. 

NCC Chef Teams use these crops to feed 60-80 homeless people every Monday evening at the Alternative Sleeping Location on Laguna Canyon Road.

The grounds of NCC are open to the public and stand as an example of responsible sustainability for other places of worship or business. If you would like to tour the grounds, please call (949) 494-8061 Monday through Friday; the office is open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Dream Chronicles – Lucia Ferreira Litowtschenko exhibit at Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art

On July 2 from 6 – 10 p.m., Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art will be hosting an intimate reception with photographer Lucia Ferreira Litowtschenko, curated by Christiana Lewis. There will be an artist talk, live music, and open bar. View samples of Lucia’s work at lulight.com

LGCOA, the world’s first all humanitarian gallery, is located at 611 South Coast Highway. For more information, contact the gallery at 949-715-9604 or 949-424-4077, or visit www.LGOCA.com. 

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Creative Identity opens here at St. Mary’s Episcopal

Creative Identity, a non-profit organization bringing art and music-based education to the intellectually challenged, has opened a Laguna Beach branch in conjunction with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Founder George Gilliam, an accomplished jazz guitarist, was studying music therapy at Cal State Long Beach. “I saw a place where people were being overlooked”, and the idea of Creative Identity was born. He chose this path of service over that of the professional artist because he “…wanted to get more out of life by giving back to the community.” Since the doors opened in 1996, Creative Identity has helped over 1,000 people become more confident and independent by helping them to see what they can do, rather than what they can’t. 

It’s hard to imagine how moving it can be to see the miracle of artistic expression move across these humble, extremely challenged individuals. In our culture, where even children are trained to superior levels of ability in music and the arts, the true meaning of what-is-art is answered by these people. 

It is to feel the joy of creation move through them. They reach a level of ability otherwise unavailable to them. To witness this first-hand, see their music performance group Pride singing “Why Did God Give Me A Life?” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQmWgafKKKQ)

“I have wanted to expand our reach to South Orange County for many years,” said Gilliam. “Our partnership with St. Mary’s allows us to bring our program to a new group of people who could greatly benefit from what we offer.”

The Laguna Beach location operates from Tuesday to Friday and currently serves five clients. Plans are to grow the number of clients served to ten or more over the next few months. For additional information, go to http://www.creativeidentity-oc.org

The Latin Trumpet Summit: Dizzy and Beyond! Jazz Wednesdays continues at The Ranch on July 1

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Hayley Reinhart with The No Vacancy Orchestra from June 17

All star trumpeters Bijon Watson and Gilbert Castellanos, and members of their bands come together for a night of memorable jazz as the Latin Trumpet Summit on July 1. These trumpeters have played with the world’s greatest musicians, independently achieving awards, acclaims, and credits. Collectively they have performed in the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. 

The series kicked off with a sold out concert with Dave Damiani and his No Vacancy Orchestra with special guest vocalist, Haley Reinhart, on June 17.

Those who are interested in attending concerts are encouraged to buy early as space is limited. 

Jazz Wednesdays Summer Jazz is located on the Harvest patio, overlooking Aliso Canyon at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, 31106 Coast Hwy. The concert is 6-8 p.m., doors open at five o’clock. 

Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the door (includes valet parking). 

The Ranch is firing up a delicious dinner, which can be purchased with concert ticket for an additional $26.50 or at the door for $30. 

For tickets, visit online www.lagunabeachlive.org or phone 800-595-4849.

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FOA Foundation grant supports LOCA’s education programs

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts announced that it received a grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation. The grant will enable LOCA to continue its visual arts education programs throughout Laguna Beach in fall 2015 and spring 2016.

LOCA serves all age groups. 

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Senior Art Escapes - Mada Leach helps Kathy Heitkemper

Highlighted activities include Senior Art Escapes workshops at the Susi Q Senior Center, offering affordable studio workshops to adults over 50. In addition, pre-school and kindergarten children will benefit from the award-winning Even Start and Kinder Buddy classes at the Boys & Girls Club. Also funded are the Arts in Schools programs, which enhance existing curriculums at LBUSD schools.

Included in this year’s program was The Garden as a Gallery at El Morro. Local business owner and horticulturist, Ruben Flores and LOCA art instructors teamed up to present a combined learning through art program focusing on botanical study.

“We are most grateful to the Festival of Arts Foundation for enabling LOCA to continue educating our entire community,” said LOCA President Jeannie Harrell.

To learn more, request a free E-newsletter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or join membership at http://www.LOCAarts.org

Triada Guitar Quartet at The Laguna Art Museum 7-8 p.m. on July 9 - free with museum admission

Spirited classical and contemporary guitarists, Triada Guitar Quartet will be performing in the Live! at the Museum concert series from Laguna Beach Live! at the Laguna Beach Art Museum on Thursday July 9, from 7 – 8 p.m. 

Triada combines the unique talents of Nikola, Petar and Vasil Chekardzhikov, forming one of the most brilliant guitar ensembles. Performances by Triada include traditional classics, modern favorites, and vibrant, colorful ethnic music to engage and delight audiences. Programs usually include powerful works that composers have written specifically for this superlative ensemble.

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Live! At LAM, Triada Guitar Quartet

Live! at the Museum  takes place the second Thursday of each month from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum, and is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. 

The concert is in the large Steele Gallery and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are available through the Museum’s website, or contact Membership Manager Valerie Tate at 949.494.8971 x203. 

For more information about the series and other concerts, visit online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or phone at 949-715-9713. For more about the artists and to hear their music, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org/concerts/live-at-the-museum

Laguna Beach Library’s June events

Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout June. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.

Summer Reading Program underway

Get your reading logs and begin summer excitement-earn prizes. Everyone can participate!  Children (age 0-12), Teens (age 12-17) and Adults (18 & up).

Come join the fun at the library!  This program ends on August 2.

Laguna Beach Library’s June Events:

Saturday, June 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Children’s Craft Table Get creative! Let your imagination run wild!  Children 12-years and under are encouraged to come to the library Saturdays, during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal projects; if you are looking for something fun to do drop in for a craft or two. Adult supervision is recommended.

Monday June 29, 6-7:30 p.m. Toastmasters Open House Meeting Come learn about the benefits of being a member of Toastmasters and how you can enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. Meets in the Library Program Room. For more information contact the library or inquire at the Information Desk.

Tuesday, June 30, 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  with 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.

Tuesday, June 30 3:30 p.m. Family Summer Show: Wild Wonders Kids and adults come and “tame” your curiosity for wildlife. Yes, real, live exotic animals here at the library.  Don’t miss this fun and interactive show.

Laguna Beach Library regular hours are Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays and holidays. 

Laguna Beach Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733. 

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

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Incident Reports

Wednesday, June 24

St. Ann’s Drive | 300 Block | Illegal Lodging

4:12 a.m. Scott Armstrong, 52, no fixed address, was detained for illegal lodging.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Drugs

1:08 a.m. Lake Forest resident Sam Orellan-Mejia, 21, was arrested on three misdemeanor drug charges (including being under the influence of a controlled substance) with bail of $500.

Tuesday, June 23

Heisler Park | Theft

2:19 p.m. A Junior Lifeguard’s backpack with miscellaneous items was stolen.

Coast Hwy & Mountain Road | Felony Warrant Arrest

9:15 a.m. Wants and warrants checked during a traffic stop led to the arrest of Mia Chong, 31, Los Angeles, for LASO felony warrants – one for burglary without bail; and another for possession of dangerous drugs for sales, identity theft and grand theft with $125,000 bail.

Broadway | 500 Block | Burglary, commercial

7:41 a.m. The front door of a business was forced open overnight. Credit cards, coins and checkbooks were taken.  

Main Beach || Illegal Lodging

5:50 a.m. Daniel Schneider, 49, no fixed address, was detained for illegal lodging.

Legion Street | 300 Block | Vandalism

12:45 a.m. Graffiti tagging was spray painted on an outside wall.

Monday, June 22

N. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Vandalism

11:42 a.m. Outside walls and two Edison poles were spray-painted.

Cleo Street | 100 Block | Drunk in Public

12:03 a.m. Police were called about a large (and noisy) group that had gathered at the end of Cleo Street. As the crowd dispersed, one man dropped a bottle of beer. Joseph James Roger, 24, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being drunk in public.  

Sunday, June 21

Cliff Drive & Chiquita Street | Juvenile, Marijuana

2:27 p.m. A 15-year-old girl from Riverside was brought to the station and cited for possession of marijuana and later released to a family member.

Loma Terrace | 300 Block | Theft

1:43 p.m. A table umbrella was stolen.

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Vandalism

12:17 p.m. A vehicle drove off with the gas nozzle still in its tank causing $300 in damage.

Bluebird Canyon Drive | 100 Block | Grand Theft from a Vehicle

8:37 a.m. License plates were stolen from a Chevy HHR overnight.

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From readers and press releases


Serve on the City’s Housing & Human Services Committee

The City Council of the City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications to serve on the City’s Housing and Human Services Committee. The Committee consists of seven members who serve two-year terms. The terms of two members expire on June 30, and the two newly appointed members will begin their terms immediately.

The Housing and Human Services Committee was created to provide input to the Council regarding affordable housing, as well as housing opportunities for all segments of the community. The Committee is familiar with the City’s Housing Element of the General Plan and annually reviews the progress of its policies and programs. Human services, including but not limited to, services for senior citizens and disabled community members, is also a focus of the Committee.

Residents of Laguna Beach who are interested in applying are required to submit an application that is available at the City Clerk’s office or on line at www.lagunabeachcity.net.

The application must be filed with the City Clerk by Tuesday, July 7, at 5 p.m. All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of July 21, at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. 

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– social media contest with Festival of Arts

What makes you happy?

The theme of this year’s Pageant of the Masters is “The Pursuit of Happiness,” highlighting history’s most famous artists and their own interpretation of true happiness.

To pay tribute to the Pageant’s theme, the Festival has embarked on a social media sweepstakes through July 8. Followers will have an opportunity to post a photo and share their idea of happy. 

At the end of the sweepstakes, one lucky winner will receive a one-of-a-kind prize – a chance to experience the Pageant of the Masters like few others do. He or she will be granted special VIP access at the Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant event, August 29. The winner will receive the following (value estimated at more than $2,000):

Reserved seating for concert featuring Melissa Manchester on Celebrity Night

A chance to walk down the star-studded red carpet and be photographed

An opportunity to meet the celebrity host

Dinner for four at Tivoli Terrace

$30 gift card to Festival gift shop

Here’s how it works: Follow Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @FestivalPageant. Enter through July 8 by posting photos of their happy moments to the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters Facebook page, or to your Twitter or Instagram account using #ShareYourHappy #FestivalPageant. Limit of three entries per person. The winner of the sweepstakes must be 13 or older. Full rules available at http://www.foapom.com/

The dates and times of Pageant of the Masters are July 8 – August 31, with performances nightly at 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 - $230. A Pageant ticket also acts at a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show.

For information and tickets, call 800-487-3378, or visit www.PageantTickets.com.

Where’s Maggi - Answers

Seen! But forgotten…

The photo challenge was a little too challenging, and Maggi wins this week. Many readers remarked, “Yes, I know I’ve seen that, I just don’t remember where!”

“Woo-hoo!” Maggi says, even though she knows it’s hard to spot all four photos. We’ll let her gloat this one time.

Thanks for checking in.

Here are this week’s answers:

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“Glenn-Moss” bike, on Glenneyre at Moss


Left – The big mural on the Canyon Rd, across from LCAD

Center – Building on S. Coast Hwy, near Bluebird 

Right – The gates at the Woman’s Club

Thanks for playing!

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

Rotary Club community grants available to local philanthropic groups 

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach is accepting submissions from local philanthropic organizations for Community Grants. Grants are awarded from $1000 to $3000. The deadline for submissions is July 10. 

Recipients will be announced in August. Only electronically submitted applications will be accepted. 

To receive an application and further information, email Cecily Myhro Ginger at cmyhro@andersonlawgroupinc.com.

It’s not too late to volunteer at the Library this summer!

Teens, ages 12 to 17, are needed to volunteer at the library this summer. They need help with the Children’s Summer Reading Program. 

Join the team! 

It’s a great way to do community service and get volunteer work experience. 

For more information, contact the library at 497-1733.

Square Roots – No Square Theatre summer camp for kids

Theater addresses the skills that benefit a child’s education and development in five general areas: physical and kinesthetic; artistic, drama and theater; mental and thinking; personal; and social. 

No Square Theatre’s Square Roots offers a fun-filled summer camp experience for young people who love to sing, dance and act, in a positive and nurturing environment.

Musical Theatre Camp will take place this summer from July 6-18, directed by Ella Wyatt, music directed by Chris Ring. There will be classes, rehearsals, camp activities and goodies days, all culminating in the performance of a fully staged Broadway-style showcase. The camp is open to all levels – beginning, intermediate and advanced – ages 5-13. It will be conveniently located in Historic Legion Hall.

No Square Theatre’s youth programs are created and directed by performing artists with both professional experience and degrees in their respective fields. For more information, visit nosquare.org.

Laguna Dance Festival tickets are now on sale 

Tickets for Laguna Dance Festival’s World Class Dance in Laguna Beach from Sept 10 to 13 went on sake Monday.

Laguna Dance Festival’s September lineup celebrates the west coast premiere of Havana, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company and the extraordinary Alonzo King LINES Ballet of San Francisco. 

Order tickets at www.lagunadancefestival.org or call (949) 715-5578.

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. 

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