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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 



September 16

Charles Barr


September 17

Charlie Gilbert

Crystal Crowe

Kim Bailey

Patrick Moran

Terri Blum


September 18

Fiorella Molteni

Linda Morgenlander


September 19

Bill Brown

Clay Leeds

Dawna Montell

Keri Osborne Cook

Lu Martin

Mikal Belicove

Monica Jackson

Sasha Evans


September 20

Angelina Altishin

Bret Englander

Kelly Perkins

Travis Benson

Charles Rieckhoff


September 21

Robert Layton


September 22

Pamela Horton

Volunteer teachers are needed as La Playa’s ESL starts 

La Playa Center, the ESL program that runs mornings at the Boys & Girls Club during the school year, is about to begin its 19th year and Director Sally Rapuano is recruiting new teachers. 

Teachers work two hours a week, and no experience is needed. Training and teaching materials will be provided at La Playa Center. 

For further information, call Sally at 494-8618.

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway



Sept 19 – Sept 25


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This is Where 

I Leave You  (R)

Fri: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.,

7:30 p.m. & 9:40 p.m.

Sat: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.,

7:20 & 9:40 p.m.

Sun: 1:30 p.m., 

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

Mon - Thu: 

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


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Dolphin Tale 2 (PG)

Fri & Sat: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 

7 p.m. & 9:20

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

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


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Did you have fun with this challenge?

Maggi did. She was actually happy to hear from several readers with the correct answers. Seems like she enjoys the company these days.

Maybe she’s getting soft in her (old) age!

Thanks for checking in with your answers to the challenge.

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

Keep on the lookout.

And tune in next week!

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“Heart” sculpture on 

Temple Terrace


Left – That giant trike in the Canyon, near Big Bend

Center – Iron bird sculpture, Glenneyre at Thalia St.

Right – Mexican tile work at Casa Laguna Inn, S. Coast Hwy

Thanks for playing!

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

Sound Spectrum

Top 20

1. Eric Clapton & Friends, An Appreciation of JJ Cale

2. Counting Crows, Somewhere Under Wonderland

3. LP, Forever For Now

4. Tom Petty, Hypnotic Eye

5. Jack White, Lazaretto

6. Train, Bulletproof Picasso

7. Maroon 5, V

8. Robert Plant, Lullaby & The Ceaseless Roar

9. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Live 1974

10. Mac Demarco Salad Days

11. Kimbra, The Golden Echo

12. Ty Segall, Manipulator

13. Easy Star All-Stars, Dub Side of the Moon/Special Edition

14. The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers

15. Spoon, They Want My Soul

16. Interpol, Elpintor

17. J Mascis. Tied to a Star

18. Barbra Streisand, Partners

19. Dirty Heads, Sound of Change

20. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

School Board candidate Ketta Brown will have fundraiser Sunday

Ketta Brown

Laguna Beach Unified School Board candidate Ketta Brown, incumbent, will have a fundraiser this coming Sunday afternoon, Sept 21 from 4:30-6:30.

The fundraiser will be hosted by Marshall and Elizabeth Ininns at their home on Oak Street. Please email eininns@aol.com or call (949) 412-4538 for additional information.

LB Books will host Matthew Thomas tonight at 6 p.m.

Today Friday, Sept 19 at 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books welcomes Matthew Thomasfor atalk, Q&A and signing. This is a ticketed event, the cost is $28 + tax and includes a copy of the book. Tickets are available at the store or can be purchased online matthewthomas.

Destined to be a classic, We Are Not Ourselves is a powerfully moving, multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family that is nothing short of a masterwork. 

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. 

When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream. 

Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future. 

Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away. 

Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. 

Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey. We Are Not Ourselves is his first novel. 

Laguna Beach Books is at 1200 S. Coast Hwy – 494-4779

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September 19, 2014

SSE 160-165º swell at 10-11 seconds – please!

The Eastern Pacific hurricane machine continues to crank ‘em out. Now we have Polo, a low end Category 1 spinner with sustained winds of 75-80 mph, moving slowly to the northwest at 6-8 mph. As of 8 p.m. PDT on Thursday, he was located about 500 miles SSE of Cabo, a very wounded resort town. Latest computer models have Polo passing to the south of the tip with only some showers and gusty winds up to 25 mph from his outermost bands, hopefully! The last thing they need is another direct hit from any tropical system, weak or strong. 

Don’t expect any waves from Polo (what else is new?) as he will weaken and turn to the west once he enters our swell window. Polo is our sixteenth named storm and the thirteenth to reach hurricane status this season. Only Lowell, Marie, and to a small degree, Norbert, and Doug back in early July, have affected our surf. I have to admit though; Marie was a classic as far as hurricane swells go. It ranked up there in the top five for sure. 

On this date in 1966 probably the biggest Baja swell Tidbits has ever seen and his records go back to 1958, was spawned by Category 5 hurricane Karen. This was the epic swell that put Newport’s Fifteenth Street on the map. Surfer Magazine even ran a spread about that epic swell called “Pipeline comes to Newport.”

Tidbits was down in San Diego checking out the campus at the University of California San Diego (where he would later attend for four years in the ‘70’s). The surf down there was a small 2-3 foot from the west. Around noon he began to drive back to Laguna on Interstate 5 Northbound. He decided to get off the 5 at Doheny and drive the rest of the way home on PCH. As I gazed to my left at the mouth of San Juan Creek there at Capo Beach, I couldn’t believe my eyes! Solid 8-12 foot bombs were capping way outside of Doheny’s Indicators. It was by far the biggest I had ever seen Doheny! I thought, how could it be this huge at Doheny and so small in San Diego? 

Turns out, the swell was coming in at such a ridiculous angle, and with San Diego facing to the west, the SSE 160 degree swell was totally bypassing the coast until it hit a more Southwesterly and South facing shoreline like we have here in Orange County. A few moments later I arrived at Brooks Street as endless 12-15 foot monsters were exploding on Second and Third reef. Spyder Wills shows up a couple of minutes later exclaiming, “Me and Ron Stoner are heading to Newport’s Fifteenth Street to film it in Super 8. I hear it’s 15-20 ft. up there and breaking just like Hawaii’s Pipeline. Let’s go!”. 

Pulling up to Fifteenth Street, we immediately noticed hundreds of people lining the beach, shoulder to shoulder as huge pipes were unloading on the shallow sandbars every 10 seconds from a ridiculous angle. Butch van Artsdalen pulls into a massive triple overhead barrel and proceeds to get spit out at the end, barely making it out. Then Hawaii’s Donald Takayama repeats Butch’s epic ride, and Newport’s Mike Marshall pulls into an even bigger monster and seconds later comes blasting out of this behemoth! The only difference between Hawaii’s Pipeline and Newport that day was the bottom’s bathymetry; Hawaii’s Pipeline is coral reef and Newport is all about the shifting sandbars. “It was every bit as heavy as Hawaii’s Pipeline,” exclaimed van Artsdalen and Takayama.

I’ve only seen it break like that maybe a half a dozen times since then as it’s a real rare setup. It has to be a huge SSE 160-165 degree hurricane swell at 10-11 seconds. I’ve seen it like that in the epic summer of 1972, hurricane Claudia in July of 1976, Hurricane Manuel in September of 1983, Hurricane Linda in September of 1997, and most recently, hurricane Marie last month. It’s that rare! 

See you next Tuesday, ALOHA!

The 27th annual officially unofficial canceled Aquathon was enjoyed on Sept 14 with absolutely no one gone missing 

Over 300 participants enjoyed the Aquathon, a hike/swim/walk between Emerald Bay and Monarch Beach, Sunday.

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Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Chief organizer Gary Corgono (center) and others provide the non-instructions

It’s always a lot of fun enjoying the Laguna coastline in between, whether hiking, walking, swimming, or paddle boarding. But participants are given notice on the aquathon.com website: “This is not an organized event. In fact, last year the event was cancelled but several hundred people still enjoyed proceedings as if the event was held…”

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First water entry

The proviso is a clever way to do away with pesky litigious types, “Please be prepared to swim approximately four half-mile swims, enter and exit the ocean via beach or rock outcrops, walking on sand, rocks, or along the Pacific Coast Highway. This is an inherently dangerous activity. By participating you acknowledge you are acting at your own risk and peril…and you agree not to hold the organizers responsible for injury or death.”

The event organizer, Gary Corgono, noted that this year the conditions were ideal, “Hot air, warm water, and moderate surf” among them. Then there were the Aquathon favorite stopping off spots, “The hospitality at The Montage was, as usual, all-time great,” said Corgono. “Chef Rob Wilson, Ben Pearson, and Nick Guzzetta made all of us feel as if we were guests.”

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“The Eater”

Swimsuits are required, as are amphibious shoes and sunscreen. It’s a sightseeing tour, and the snorkeling is “generally awesome.” Those who snorkeled were treated with marine sightings, “Schools of fish were spotted on all the swims as the no-take fishing zone continues to improve with marine life.”

No missing Aquathoners were reported at the Salt Creek Survivors party at the end of the day. Swimmers, including English Channel swimmer, Adam Engelskirchen, and five-time Olympic gold medalist, Aaron Piersol were some of the smiling finishers. 

Local foundations, Miocean, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, and the Laguna Beach and Orange County lifeguards will receive approximately $9,000 in received revenues.

Several additional photos by Mary Hurlbut are in the slideshow below

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Rain, hills, and a foreign tongue for “Salty Spokes”

Story and photos by RYAN BAKER

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Ed. Note: This is the first guest column by Ryan Baker, of “Salty Spokes”. We met him as Laguna Cyclery was packing up his bike into parts to carry on the airplane, and he was saying goodbye to his mom, Una, and many friends. He left Laguna two weeks ago to begin a journey of discovery – aiming to find the best, secret surf spots and bikeways of Europe, from Portugal to Ireland. Along with several sponsors, he’ll be trying to launch an adventure business. In his own words:


I got a phone call while I was at my internship at a newspaper in Greeley, Colorado, 6 months ago from my good friend Keagan. He told me (I didn’t have a choice), “We are biking from Portugal to Ireland at the end of summer!” Even though I wasn’t a biker, I had just finished my senior year at CU Boulder, so I picked up my diploma, and went to the bike shop the same day. 

I picked up a bike, some spandex, a helmet, and started riding.

For me, this trip was just an idea that lingered in the future somewhere; an unknown possibility of an adventure I would jump into. For some reason I didn’t worry about it.  One moment I was with my best friends who I lived with and grew with for four years in college, then I was standing at baggage claim in Lisbon with a bike strewn out in parts on the ground.

I was shaking; scared that the weight I was carrying would be too much for my bike. Plus I was about to pedal out of the airport onto a foreign highway without the comfort of the wide shoulder usual in the U.S. I had little knowledge of the untold rules-of-the-road, and a complete loss of my sense of direction.

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Bikes loaded up in Lisbon

We stayed the first day in Lisbon to grab hold of our bearings and the reality of the 2,500 miles ahead.  

Clear blue skies gave us hope as we packed our gear and set our route for the first day, sure that fate would be kind enough to treat us to a clean and easy first ride.  It was, in every respect, quite the opposite.

Rain drenched us as we took our first pedal en-route the 60 miles to Peniche, Portugal. This is where every detail we prepared ourselves with about what we thought would happen melted away with the rain and sweat.  

Mountains, slick cobblestones, and semi-trucks nearly kissing our handlebars seemed to be the voice of reality trying to break us. Regardless, nothing could wipe the childish grin from our faces.

The strange sounds, smells, and sights kept us going as we rode eight and a half hours. And then we realized we were exhausted.  We’d made it up and over mountains, weaving through vineyards along the way. We stopped for a shot of coffee with old Portuguese men laughing spit through their few teeth at us two skinny American kids in spandex.

But now our legs had given up - and we were lost.  We knew of a place we could rest along the coast that was supposed to be close, but we must have taken a wrong turn.

From the top of a cobblestoned street came a small old man riding what looked like brown rust in the shape of a bicycle.  He saw us, smiled and yelled, and stopped to put his arm around me and tell me a tale of his youth. At least that’s what I wanted to think. We don’t speak any Portuguese, but we listened for 10 minutes and rode on, following his pointed chubby fingers down the hill as he charged through. Then we were there. 

He had given us the courage to ride on in the correct direction. 

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On the road again

Menopause The Musical runs through Sept 28 at The Playhouse – inspired by hot flash & a bottle of wine 


GFour Productions, winners of 57 Drama Desk and 47 Tony Awards is thrilled to bring back the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to Laguna Beach in all its hilarious glory, and will preview on Tuesday, Sept 16 and will open on Wednesday, Sept 17 at 7 p.m. and run through Sunday, Sept 28 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

“LaVerne and Shirley” costar Cindy Williams will be making a special guest appearance in the show and participating in “meet and greet” with audience members after each performance.

Williams had originally been cast for the play but unfortunately, as she began rehearsal to became ill and, to her disappointment, had to be placed on vocal rest.

Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.”  Now celebrating 13 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.  

Set in a department store, four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the all-female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.” 

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer Jeanie Linders created Menopause The Musical® as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” The laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.  

Menopause The Musical® is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries. For more information, visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com.

The show opened on Wednesday, and runs through Sunday, Sept 28. 

Performances will be Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; Thursdays at 2 & 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7; Saturdays at 2 and 7 and Sundays at 2 p.m.  

Tickets price is $50 for all seats and can be purchased online at http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group Discounts for 10+ are available by calling (888) 686-8587 ext. 2.  The box office is open Mondays – Sundays: Noon to 5 p.m. (open until 7:30 p.m. on performance days).

Two more PMMC success stories

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Scott Brashier

Scott was at Crescent Bay Beach last Sunday as Pacific Marine Mammal Center released two previously rescued sea lions. Despite the PMMC policy of limited onlookers (to lessen the stress on the pinnipeds), a good-sized crowd (above) gathered as the release drew near. Thanks Scott for taking these photos for us!


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LAM honors pioneering light and space artist Peter Alexander with the California Art Award September 27

Laguna Art Museum will present the California Art Award to pioneering Light and Space artist Peter Alexander at an exclusive dinner on Saturday, September 27 from 6:30 -10 p.m., and ticket prices begin at $500. The California Art Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to California art. Since the 1960s Alexander has been one of the state’s most consistently inventive, versatile, and thoughtful artists. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his mastery of nontraditional sculptural materials, his feeling for subtle effects of light, and the leading role he has played in the quintessentially Californian “Light and Space” movement.

“Peter is one of the Titans of sculpture and painting in Southern California, and there’s no doubt that his reputation will continue to grow into the future,” remarked the museum’s executive director, Malcolm Warner. “Like last year’s recipient of the award, Wayne Thiebaud, he has a longstanding affection for Laguna Art Museum, and this makes the occasion an even happier one for us. We’re honored and delighted that he’s agreed to accept the California Art Award.”

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The California Art Award Dinner will be a festive affair. There are only 120 tickets available. In addition to a special installation of works by Alexander, it will feature a lively cocktail reception, music, a delicious three-course meal courtesy of 24 Carrots, and renowned special guest speakers who will reflect on the artist’s life and career– including contemporary art curator Michael Auping and Alexander’s longtime friend and fellow artist Don Bachardy. Proceeds from the event will enrich the museum’s education and exhibition programs, including free elementary school tours, educational talks and lectures, and important exhibitions of California art.

Michael Auping, Chief Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will present a lecture about the Light and Space movement, which originated in Southern California in the 1960s. Auping will focus on the movement’s perceptual phenomena, such as light, volume and scale, and the use of materials such as glass, neon, fluorescent lights, resin and cast acrylic, often forming installations conditioned by the work’s surroundings.

The first California Art Award was bestowed in 2012 to the pioneering scholar of early California art, Ruth Westphal. In 2013, world-renowned California artist Wayne Thiebaud was honored, who reciprocated the honor by gifting Laguna Art Museum with seven of his works for its collection.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the California Art Award Dinner, patrons should contact Laguna Art Museum’s Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza at 949.494.8971 x219.

Born in 1939, Alexander grew up in Southern California, enjoying the pastoral landscape and beaches in Newport Beach and learning to surf at the age of 13. After studying architecture for several years, he shifted his course to art in the mid- 1960s and began creating sculptures using novel materials. Resin became an absorbing medium, discovered by accident as a small hardened pool in a Dixie cup while repairing a surfboard. The material was full of potential in its liquid form and he experimented with it thoroughly. He exploited the transparent, reflective, and colorful properties of plastics and resins to make objects that respond to the particular atmospheric conditions of the rooms in which they are displayed. He created boxes containing a world-within of a cloud-filled sky and the experience of a sun drenched ocean underwater. His wedges were inspired from a plane ride, viewing the ocean from above. He was struck by the ocean’s shifting colors in depth, ultimately receding to the shore. However, Alexander was never bound by his medium. Giving up resin completely in 1972 because of its toxicity, he embraced painting and drawing without irony, depicting landscapes and seascapes. He revisited his skills as a draftsman and captured the silky elegance of sleeping cats. Despite the stigma of

the “Tijuana parking lot syndrome,” he embraced velvet painting simply because it was such a beautiful material. The richest of blacks and the possibility to suggest sparkling light drew him to work with the plush fabric. Alexander’s exploration with velvet paintings led him to another series of paintings on canvas of nocturnal images of Los Angeles— essentially paintings of light emerging from the night. Century (1989), for example captures an inconsistently lit grid of lights, which blurs with the low fog and misty atmosphere.

In 2005, Alexander began working with resin again. With a newer synthetic resin on the market, the medium became friendlier to use and in some cases offered enriched colors.

This led to a deeper interest in color experiments with varying hues. In Alexander’s studio today, baking racks are stacked with luscious swatches of color. Molds for his resin sculptures rest in anticipation of new work. There is a constant hum of production. Alexander’s work continues to resonate and offer great pleasure for his viewers.

Alexander’s work has been exhibited extensively in solo exhibitions around the United States and group exhibitions around the world. In 1990, the Orange County Museum of Art hosted his retrospective, Peter Alexander: In this Light. In 2011 he was part of three exhibitions associated with Pacific Standard Time, the Getty initiative to highlight art from 1945-1980 in Southern California, including MCASD’s Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface. Alexander’s work is in several private and public collections including the Broad Foundation, Santa Monica; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

—Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator of Contemporary Art

Sept 27 at NCC

A sound healing music concert by “One Heart One World” with an ensemble facilitating “profound states of peace”

The Healing Touch Ministry of the Neighborhood Congregational Church invites you to a complimentary performance by the One Heart, One World music ensemble for an ecstatic and mystical evening of healing sound, music, dance and meditation. The concert will be Saturday, Sept 27 at 7 p.m. and is free. 

Members of the ensemble include Alfonso and Edillma Avendano, founders of the Matiz Wellness Center, who will be playing the Crystal Bowls and a variety of vibrational instruments; Jayne Reich-Cohen, a vocalist, who will also lead a wellness meditation to experience the Cosmic Connection of Oneness; Diedre Cavazzi (choreographer) will dance accompanied by Doug Miller on violin, Pam Wicks on the keyboard, and B.J. Beu on flute. Seth Pincus, harmonic throat singer, will also be playing a variety of vibrational instruments, including the didgeridoo, Caisa drum, and flute. All movement and instrumentation is designed to facilitate profound states of peace, balance and inner harmony.

Members of the Healing Touch Ministry of Neighborhood Congregational Church will also be offering energy healings to any and all attendees that evening who want that experience, and NCC’s Reverend B.J. Beu will be offering an anointment of essential oils.

As always, events at Neighborhood Congregational Church are open to any and all people of all ages. Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Neighborhood Church. The church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive (corner of Glenneyre, one block East of S. Coast Hwy) in Laguna Beach. Free church parking is available in the church lot, at the corner of Cleo & Glenneyre (just across from Ralph’s parking lot). Visit http://www.ncclaguna.org or call 494-8061 for more information.

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Plein Air painting event for all artists at all levels on Oct 14

LPAPA announced a new element of this year’s 16th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.  On Tuesday, Oct 14 they will be introducing their new LPAPA-Wide All Artist Paint-Out at Main Beach.  The Paint-Out will be from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by the Showcase from 1 – 2:30 p.m. for LPAPA members.  It’ll take place at Main Beach in the cobblestone area.

This event is open to all artists, every level. In a press release, LPAPA said, “We invite you to join your fellow artists on Main Beach in Laguna and participate in this exciting new event.  We look forward to having as many of LPAPA’s members painting as possible.  This event will allow the public to watch plein air artists at work.  Paintings completed by LPAPA members during this event are eligible for entry into the Art Showcase and Sale, which will take place on the Cobblestone area at Main Beach.” 

Entry into the Art Showcase and Sale is by reservation only. LPAPA will have 50 easels available for rental (on a first come, first serve basis) at $35.  All work entered into the Art Showcase will be eligible for Randy Higbee Framing Awards and The LPAPA Wide Best In Showcase Award sponsored by Jean and Linda Stern.

Pre-registration for this event is $35 per easel required (only one easel per member allowed: first come, first serve basis).  All sales will be handled by LPAPA (with a 60/40 split for the artist and LPAPA).

To reserve easel space for the Art Showcase and Sale, contact Rosemary Swimm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 376-3635.

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Call for artists! Gallery Q presents Art & Nature

Call for artists: Gallery Q at the Susi Q newest exhibit “Art & Nature-The Inner Soul.” Artists from Orange County are invited to bring art work to Gallery Q on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Oct. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. See www.TheSusiQ.org or come by the front desk for guidelines and application form. 

An artist’s reception with beverages and light snacks will take place on Friday, Oct. 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run from Oct. 6 to Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Gallery Q is located in the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center at 380 Third St. For information, visit www.TheSusiQ.org or contact Judy Baker, Arts Co-Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Latin American Writers: Poetics and Politics – subject of quarterly salon on international literature at LB Books

On Sunday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m., Laguna Beach Books is pleased to host a quarterly “salon” on international literature to be facilitated by former Cypress College instructor and UCI Emeritis teacher, Nancy Rayl, and local writer and book reviewer, Randy Kraft.

Latin American Writers: Poetics and Politics is not a book group, rather an introduction to the notable writers of the region, with recommended readings. The series will continue quarterly with a review of the literature of India, China and Africa, among others.

“It has been estimated that as many as twenty times more English speaking writers are translated into foreign languages than international writers are translated into English,” said Kraft, who plans to present several writers telling stories and bearing witness to historical truths. “We cannot characterize a collective of writers as one,” said Rayl, “however there are often similarities.”

The series begins with Latin American writers, who, since Cervantes, have focused much of the literature on the intersection, often the collision, of the personal and the political. Whether South American, Central American or Mexican, they write fiction with singular clarity and elegance, and within their tales is the search for a moral and emotional center amidst constant political turmoil. 

The South American writers have made a significant impact, particularly masters like Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru, among the most profound, and Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Colombia, who popularized “magical realism.” Sadly, few Mexican and Central American writers have yet to be translated, but Laura Esquivel is noted for Like Water for Chocolate and Carlos Fuentes is Mexico’s most prodigious poet, and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz from the Dominican Republic writes largely about fellow American immigrants. Renaldo Arenas and Cristina Garcia represent Cuba well. Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, is considered by many the “writers’ writer. Jose Saramago, Brazil, is the voice of modern surrealists. Pablo Neruda put Spanish language poetry on the global map, while fellow Chilean Roberto Bolano astounds the literary world with his range.

A new generation of writers, including Andres Neuman and Cesar Aira of Argentina, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Colombia, and Clarice Lispector, Brazil, have been recently translated to great acclaim. One of these may someday join the list of Latin American Nobel Prize winners: Llosa [2010], Saramago [1998], Garcia-Marquez [1982], and Neruda [1971]. 

“As much as the political pummels the reader, it is always the intimate personal search for meaning that characterizes Latin American writings,” Kraft said.

Everyone is welcome to join the afternoon discussion and for those who wish to begin the journey now, check the website to see available titles at Laguna Beach Books. Laguna Beach Books is at 1200 S. Coast HWY, Suite 105. For information, call 494-4779 or visit www.lagunabeachbooks.com.

Carol Normandin, local parent and school volunteer, met supporters at Campaign Kick Off last Sunday

From a press release

Last Sunday, Carol Normandin launched her campaign for one of the three open seats on the Laguna Beach School Board in the upcoming Nov election. For the past eight years, Carol has helped raise millions of dollars for the Laguna Beach School District.  Through these fundraising efforts, classroom volunteering and being a parent of children in Laguna’s schools, Carol is knowledgeable about the issues that matter most to parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers. 

Carol Normandin

Jeff Elghanayan, a local parent who ran for school board in 2006, and his wife Suzy were present at the kick off party.  “I’ve seen Carol help children when no one else was there during a time of crisis.  She gives parents an explanation of how our school district works and why their children should attend,” he said.  “I can’t think of another person who is more equipped for this challenge [of school board member] than Carol.” Other supporters agreed with Suzy and Jeff and offered to host meet and greets in their neighborhoods. 

When asked why she decided to run, Normandin told her supporters, “I want to ensure that all of our students in the District receive the educational opportunities and resources they need and deserve.  Our District enjoys an excellent credit rating and has strong reserves, and I will guarantee that both are protected and maintained.  Finally, I want to establish LBUSD as one of the best districts in the country in terms of an all-around education based on the whole student concept.”

Carol Normandin has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Texas A&M.  She started and ran an executive search business that staffed companies such as Universal, McKinsey and Fox.  Carol and her husband, attorney Ken Parker, have three children, ages 10, 12 and 14.  

For more information, visit Carol4Kids.com.

Ladies Night Sunday begins Rosh Hashanah services & events at Chabad Jewish Center Laguna Beach 

Ladies Night – Beyond Apples and Honey – Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

A glimpse into Rosh Hashanah foods and customs from Morocco, Turkey, and communities around the world, with fabulous cook Mazal Yuditsky! Learn how to make Moroccan fish, and Jerusalem artichokes in less than an hour! Sample delicious side dishes, desserts and more! 

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for directions and info. (To be held in private home in Laguna Beach)

Kids Interactive High Holiday Workshop/Shofar Factory - Bringing traditions to Life! - Tuesday, Sept 23, 4:30 p.m. at Chabad.

Open to all children in the community, the kids will enjoy diverse activities and crafts including the following:

Challah Workshop – Knead it, Roll it, Braid it, and take it home!  Delicious round Challah for Rosh Hashanah never tasted so good!

Shofar Making, Blowing and Demonstration…Clean, Sand, Polish and take home your very own Shofar. Learn all about the sounds, blessings and meanings of the Shofar (ram’s horn). Shofars limited. Must RSVP

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Rabbi Goorevitch (aka Rabbi G) blows the Shofar for an appreciative Ben Dawson 

Holiday themed Crafts and Games

Apple Dipping for a Sweet New Year!

Make a Shanah Tovah card for an Israeli soldier

Rosh Hashanah Service Schedule

Wednesday, Sept 24   - Service: 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept 25   - Service: 10 a.m., Shofar Sounding: 12:30 p.m.

Tashlich Service at Montage Beach following services

Friday, Sept 26 - Service: 10 a.m., Shofar Sounding: 12:30 p.m., Evening Service 7:30

Junior congregation at select services

Services and programs open to the community!  No tickets needed to enter.  For seat reservations or to RSVP for High Holiday programs, please call Chabad at 949 - 499 - 0770, or visit our website at www.chabadoflaguna.com    

Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.

11th Annual Laguna Beach Rotary Classic Car Show

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Photos by Rick Lang

The Laguna Beach Rotary Club has been honoring this classic car show event for 11 years. 200 cars will be displayed at the Festival of Arts Adjacent City Grounds (from the parking lot at Laguna Beach’s Farmers Market to The Art-A-Fair). The Sunday, Oct 5, show will begin at 9:30am. For entry and information please go to website at www.lagunabeachcarshow.com. The Laguna Beach Rotary and other volunteers plan and present the event.

Entry fee is $45, which includes two gate passes and a special gift pack. Guests can peruse the cars on display while enjoying live entertainment, food and drinks on the show grounds. 

There are 26 Award Categories including; Antique cars, old sport cars, unique foreign models and many special interest cars. Please see website for all amazing categories. Public admission is only $10 for adults and $3 for kids. 

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Local Laguna Beach photographer Rick Lang will be taking photographs again at the car show. You can view his photos of some of the beautiful cars from previous shows on the website. 

More than $10,000 yearly in scholarships, and huge sums have been raised to provide support for The Friendship Shelter, Laguna Beach Community Clinic, Boys and Girls Club and other charities.  

A Classic Car Cruise will precede the Laguna Beach Classics Car Show on Saturday, Oct 4. Those participants will take a drive from the Dana Point Yacht Club through local neighborhoods going along the coast from Laguna Beach to Newport Beach and finishing at Crevier’s Classic Cars in Costa Mesa. 

Information about the Rotary Club can be found at www.lagunabeachrotary.com.

All are invited to Assistance League’s Friend Raiser Oct 5

The Assistance League will hold its 3rd annual Friend Raiser on Sunday, October 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event will be hosted by Jon Madison and will be held at Madison Square and Garden Café. Jon will be serving hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres, desserts, wine and his famous martinis.

 A delightful fashion show featuring models from the volunteer organizations in Laguna Beach and music by Jim Roberts will be special attractions of this event.

The price of admission is one Treasure per person for Assistance League’s Thrift Shop on Glenneyre. If you forget to bring a treasure, $25 will get you in.

Everyone is invited so don’t miss this fun afternoon and at the same time support the Assistance League of Laguna Beach.

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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

No DUI Arrests this Log Period 

Incident Reports

Wednesday, September 17

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

12:32 a.m. Alberto Alejandro Linares, 25, Nevada, was arrested for being drunk in public.

Tuesday, September 16

Ocean Avenue | 300 Block | Probation Violation

3:07 p.m. Daniel Paul Schneider, 49, no fixed address, was arrested without bail for probation violation. OC Probation had contacted LBPD earlier in the day that a warrant was being sworn for Schneider’s arrest. An officer saw him in the Peppertree Lot and took him into custody when OC Probation confirmed the warrant.

Coast Hwy & 4th Avenue | Warrants

12:41 p.m. Wants and warrants checked during a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Orange resident Edmundo Zuniga, 46, on two North Court traffic warrants with total bail of $17,500.

Monday, September 15

Broadway Bus Depot | Drunk in Public

3 p.m. Ursula Platt, 50, Costa Mesa, was arrested for being drunk in public.

N. Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Credit Card Fraud

2:18 p.m. $5,000 in charges were made against a woman’s credit card. She told police that the card had never left her possession meaning the suspect(s) either made another card after obtaining the codes or used the info from her card after she had used it.  

N. Coast Hwy & Boat Canyon Drive | Felony Warrant Arrest

12:54 p.m. Marcus Summers, 19, El Cajon, was arrested for a no bail felony warrant with a charge of making criminal threats.

Arch Street | 200 Block | Marijuana

10:51 a.m. A landlord entered a recently vacated apartment and found packaged marijuana in the freezer section of the fridge. While the cops were on scene, the former tenant showed up and produced a medical card – took his marijuana when he left.

Glenneyre | 1200 Block | Warrant Arrest

10:07 a.m. John Motley Walker, 24, Costa Mesa, was taken into custody for a West Court warrant with a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail: $7500.

Sunday, September 14

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Drunk in Public

11:39 p.m. Oliver George Cunningham, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, was arrested for being drunk in public.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Felony Warrant Arrest

11:05 a.m. Christy Lyn Weisz-Bushore, 41, no fixed address, was arrested for an outstanding Central Court felony warrant without bail for possession of dangerous drugs.

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Attempted Burglary

8:53 a.m. A video surveillance tape revealed that someone had attempted to break into Las Brisas through a patio door between 3 and 5 a.m. overnight. The video did not show the suspect’s face, police said.

Wednesday, September 10

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drunk in Public

5:28 p.m. Brian Caveney, 22, Andover, MD was arrested for being drunk in public

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From readers and press releases


LBaa Council Candidate Forum Sept 20 at 9:30 a.m. – the public is invited

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) will hold a candidates forum on Saturday, Sept 20 from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Laguna Playhouse in the Moulton Theater. The public is cordially invited to attend. 

All seven city council candidates have been invited: Kelly Boyd, Eli Grossman, Michele Hall, Toni Iseman, Jon Madison, Paul Merritt and Rob Zur Schmiede.

The discussion will be moderated by Festival of Arts Board Member and past LBaa Chairman Wayne Baglin and is generously hosted by the Laguna Playhouse. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. 

LBaa has prepared a series of questions that address the arts in Laguna Beach on topics that range from representation of the nude figure in public art to the challenges of parking in the arts district. The creative community is encouraged to participate and show their support for the arts, which is responsible for generating substantial City revenue. Doors will open at 9:30 and the forum will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts was established in 2002 as the result of a partnership among more than 20 Laguna Beach organizations. 


Gratitude for Glennwood is Glennwood House’s first gala, set for 5:30 p.m. October 11 at The Ranch

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

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

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

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

Gratitude for Glennwood will be a fun evening on Oct 11 at 5:30 p.m. 

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

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

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

More This and That

PMMC Gala at The Ranch on September 28

Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s annual gala will be held at The Ranch (31106 Coast Hwy in South Laguna) on Sunday night, Sept 28 from 5:30 to 9:30.

Tickets are $200 each and may be purchased online by visiting www.pacificmmc.org/events.html or by calling Daniela Florentino – 494-3050


An Evening for Africa at the Ranch in Laguna Beach - Oct 9

An Evening for Africa is planned for Thursday, Oct 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Laguna’s newest venue, The Ranch, located at 31106 Coast Highway. The event is a fundraiser for the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (“IEFT”), which operates Orkeeswa Secondary School near Monduli, Tanzania. 

The Laguna United Methodist Church has sponsored two trips to this exceptional school, with another team scheduled for the summer of 2016. 

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a spectacular outdoor setting and the evening will include free trolley rides from the Ranch’s parking lot on Coast Hwy, a sumptuous BBQ, and great music, including a jazz ensemble directed by Laguna’s own Geoffrey Glass as guests arrive, and the popular surf band, “Saltwater Highway” to rock the dance floor after the sun sets. Staff from Orkeeswa School will be providing a video presentation during the meal. 

The entrance ticket per person is a $30 tax-deductible donation to IEFT. Food and beverages are available for cash purchase at the event. You may purchase tickets on-line @ www.ieftz.org/events

For more information, contact Kay Ostensen kay@SeasideSolutions.org.

Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off Sept 28!

The Laguna Board of REALTORS® (LBOR) and Affiliates will be holding their 18th Annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off on September 28th at Tivoli Too! 

Known to be one of the most family fun events of the year, and also the only truly Laguna event for locals, you can’t miss experiencing the various chili concoctions prepared by amateur and aspiring chefs competing for local fame. Everyone will have an opportunity to taste chili. The chili contestants will try to capture this year’s winning title for Best Chili and secure the coveted trophy awarded by a panel of local astute gourmand judges.

Besides bringing your appetite don’t forget your pet! Pet owners of all ages can compete for awards by entering their pets in the six different categories: Prettiest Female, Cutest Baby (12 months & younger), Most Handsome Male, Best Costume and Most Gorgeous Senior (10 years & older). Pets along with their owners will “strut their stuff” in a pet parade to be judged by local animal enthusiasts. The event includes many activities for children and those that are children at heart.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. with Pet Registration open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Adults admission is $10, children are $5, and under 5 is free. 

Sponsorship levels are still available from “Top Dog” and “Tail Wagger” to “Friends Forever”. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Committee Chairperson, Nancy Pooley, for details at 949.230.3353

Beyond Zionism: Hope for Peace in Palestine-Israel

Are American’s factually informed about the occupation of Palestine and the realities of our relationship with Israel on a national and international scale? 

The Neighborhood Congregational Church and Unitarian Universalists of Laguna Beach are pleased to present Miko Peled speaking on this impactful topic on Sunday, Sept 21 at 2 p.m., at 340 St. Ann’s Dr. Parking is free, but a $10 donation is gratefully requested.

Peled was raised in Israel and served in the Israeli Military. His grandfather was an original signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence and his father was a famous Israeli General who helped to plan the 1967 war. In 1997, his 13 year old niece was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. 

Waking up from decades of fear based myths and indoctrination, Miko is now a peace activist, author, and lecturer whose mission is to set the record straight. He currently resides in the San Diego area. 

“In my book, The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine I show how it is that the son of an Israeli General and a staunch Zionist came to these realizations: Realizing that your side of the story is not the only side to the story, and then accepting rather than fighting this realization and in the end finding that the story upon which I was raised, was a lie – now that is an interesting journey,” said Peled.

Laguna residents will receive AlertOC test call Sept 23

Over two million Orange County residents will receive a call, email or text message on Tuesday, Sept 23 at 11:30 a.m. in order to test the County’s regional mass notification system. This is the fifth annual regional test of the system.

The AlertOC drill on Sept 23 will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County’s entire region. The phone message will urge all residents to prepare for real-life emergencies by registering their cell numbers, text numbers and email addresses at AlertOC.com for the best chance to receive vital, timely information when away from home. 

Emergencies can happen at any time. A wildfire could spread or a flood could close the roads to a neighborhood while residents are away from home. In these instances, AlertOC is a critical link for residents to immediately learn of required actions. 

For more information or to register alternate phone numbers and email addresses, visit AlertOC.com

Commuters are reminded to be safe and use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving.

Rufino Cabang shares his life in musical parody Sept 20 & 21

Writer-performer Rufino Cabang will present his autobiographical musical parody show, “The Fauxriginal Soundtrack,” for two evenings at No Square Theatre in Laguna Beach, on Saturday, Sept 20, and Sunday, Sept 21. 

The Laguna native, whose family owned landmark Laguna Beach restaurant Royal Hawaiian from 1947 to 2006, now divides time between his home in Glendale and family in Laguna Beach as well as yearly appearances in No Square Theatre’s renowned “Lagunatics”, the musical roast of life on the coast. Cabang penned “The Fauxriginal Soundtrack,” a lighthearted journey through the author’s confessions, obsessions and addictions, over the past year at the urging of musical director and accompanist Saif Eddin.

Photo courtesy No Square Theatre

Rufino Cabang

“It’s a comedy concert about my life, but it’s definitely not a one-man show,” says Cabang. “My great friend Saif Eddin is no less than my musical co-pilot, and I’m equally indebted to Bree Burgess Rosen and No Square Theatre for, literally, decades of encouragement. I’m looking forward to having fun with an audience of Laguna Beach locals, many of whom I consider friends and loved ones.”

“The Fauxriginal Soundtrack” will share beloved melodies, parodied with comical lyrics, to share intimate glimpses of the author’s life. Subjects include overeating, unrequited love, alcoholism and affordable, mass-produced furniture. 

Presented by No Square Theatre. Food and beverages will be sold outside the theatre; beverages will be allowed inside the theatre.
Saturday, Sept 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept 21, 6:30 p.m. at 384 Legion Street.

General admission seating is extremely limited and advanced purchases are highly encouraged. Tickets are available at http://www.nosquare.org.

An Evening for Africa at the Ranch in Laguna Beach - Oct 9

An Evening for Africa is planned for Thursday, Oct 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Laguna’s newest venue, The Ranch, located at 31106 Pacific Coast Highway. The event is a fundraiser for the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (“IEFT”), which operates Orkeeswa Secondary School near Monduli, Tanzania. 

The Laguna United Methodist Church has sponsored two trips to this exceptional school, with another team scheduled for the summer of 2016. 

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a spectacular outdoor setting and the evening will include free trolley rides from the Ranch’s parking lot on Coast Hwy, a sumptuous BBQ, and great music, including a jazz ensemble directed by Laguna’s own Geoffrey Glass as guests arrive, and the popular surf band, “Saltwater Highway” to rock the dance floor after the sun sets. Staff from Orkeeswa School will be providing a video presentation during the meal. 

The entrance ticket per person is a $30 tax-deductible donation to IEFT. Food and beverages are available for cash purchase at the event. You may purchase tickets on-line @ www.ieftz.org/events

For more information, contact Kay Ostensen kay@SeasideSolutions.org.

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 Sept 19


2 p.m.

Fused Glass Origami Bowl

Maggie Spencer



Saturday Sept 20


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Glass Blowing

Christopher Jeffries


2 p.m.

Pendant Set

David Farris


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