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

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Celebrate and enjoy your



July 18

Joseph Caputo

Michael Coppolino

Gordon Cowan

Drew Stevens

 Dion Strombotne

Christine Tokarz


July 19

Daryle Lynn Cornelison

Dara Sandrini

Tim Valley


July 20

Devon Dick

Brett Dunstan

Helen Hayden


July 21

Anna Cancelleri

Brandy Williams


July 22

Michelle Bentcliff

Dani Bauter

Karen Kanner

David Koontz

Christine Bertlshofer Lacagnina

Isabella Lyons


July 23

Tracy Naess Browne

Ann Hyde

Elizabeth Henrikson

Linda Humes

Chantale McConnell

Maria Neill


July 24

Jerad Brannen

Kathy Dawson

Alex Del Toro

Alex Insaurralde

Ed Larsen

Adela Townley

Sound Spectrum



1. Stu, our Thanks, Love, and Peace to you, Brother!

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers 50th Birthday (w/extra tracks)

3. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

4. Chris Cornell, Higher Truth 

5. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

6. Phoenix, Ti Amo

7. Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I 

8. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog 

9. Blondie, Pollinator

10. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

11. Father John Misty

12. Alt J, Relaxer

13. Gorillaz, Humanz

14. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

15. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

16. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness

17. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America

18. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

19. Ed Sheeran, Divide 

20. Depeche Mode, Spirit

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Bluebird Music in the Park is just around the corner

Bluebird Music in the Park concerts will begin on July 16 and continue every Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. until August 27.

Here’s the listing:

7/16: Cubensis (Grateful Dead Music)

7/23: Tom Nolan Band (Blues)

7/30: Hollywood U2

8/6: Stone Soul

8/13: Los Pinguos (Argentinian)

8/20: Upstream (Reggae/Calypso)

8/27: Springsteen Experience

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Music in the Park is always fun, whatever decade is celebrated

The City asks concert-goers to note the following:

The concerts are free and funded by the lodging establishments.

No dogs are allowed in the park.

No smoking is allowed on the sidewalk or inside the park.

Alcohol is allowed with a full meal. 

Free trolley service is available to the park.

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Summertime, when the living is easy…easy as pie, that is, with Zpizza on the beach

Story and photos by LAURA BUCKLE

Sometimes beach living in Laguna is not easy, lugging the heavy cool box down the steps, keeping the sand off your sandwiches, trying to stop your hearts of romaine lettuce going soggy in the heat, keeping your water ice cold, your peaches uncrushed: These are real Laguna problems – I am actually chuckling as I write this.  

Fear not, Lagunatics, I have the answer. Take-out delivery to the beach! More specifically, pizza delivery to the beach.

But doesn’t that mean mega calories and fatty fast food? I hear you cry… The answer to this is no, not if you order from Zpizza.

Zpizza was founded in Laguna Beach by Sid Fanarof and the place is a true Laguna original.  Sid is a food lover and wanted to replicate Laguna’s artistic community in his pizza making, which he describes as his art. 

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Half Tuscan mushroom, half four-cheese

Alongside his love for Laguna and the arts, Sid is also incredibly passionate about his ingredients and keeping Zpizza earth conscious. Zpizza is unique on so many levels. The restaurant uses RBST free cheese (RBST is a genetically modified hormone used to increase milk production in cows). They pride themselves on quality ingredients including award-winning skim mozzarella from Wisconsin. 

Their dough is made from non-GMO wheat flour prepared fresh every day, hand-thrown and fire-baked until uniquely crisp. Their tomato sauce is certified organic and made using only the finest pureed vine ripened tomatoes, and all their meats are nitrate free. 

Having done my research I can hand on heart say there is no other pizza brand that offers such a “clean” list of ingredients. Zpizza also prides itself on its gluten-free and vegan options.

The menu is an interesting and colorful mix of pizzas (of course), salads, sandwiches and sharing plates as well as Zpizza’s delicious chicken Zwings. 

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The pear and gorgonzola salad is very more-ish

Delivery is at no extra charge and they will deliver to the beach, usually at the top of the stairs. My plan for this week’s report was to do just that, but sadly we are on the back of a hurricane swell and by 6 p.m. the beach was washed away therefore we had to relocate to a friend’s house. I called Zpizza at around 5 p.m, to let them know, and they were very accommodating.

The Food at Zpizza

Having had a full day at the beach, the Bucklings (my children) were particularly hungry, as were their friends who we had invited to share this delightful tasting.  I ordered a variety of pizzas to accommodate all dietary requirements. 

First off we ordered a gluten free half and half pizza, half Tuscan mushroom which is made with a homemade roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, cremini, shitake and button mushrooms, topped with caramelized onions, feta, truffle oil and fresh thyme. On the other half we chose a four-cheese pizza.

The Tuscan Mushroom is a personal favorite of mine, this pizza is divine and the gluten free base is so delicious. My son has to have gluten free, so that is all we order, and my daughter has now started to prefer this base.

For the children, excluding my son- we ordered an extra large half and half consisting of pepperoni and a regular cheese. Between the five children, they wolfed it down with relish.

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The Berkeley vegan pizza was a hit

The Berkeley vegan was the next one we tried and this was a hit, even with the regular carnivores. This pizza is made with Daiya vegan cheese, beyond meat vegan sausage, roasted zucchini, baby heirloom tomato, roasted mushrooms, roasted red onions and bell peppers. This is a phenomenal pizza, tasty, loaded with veggies and the cheese has a great flavor. 

We didn’t just limit ourselves to pizza, we also tried two of the six salads on offer – the pear and gorgonzola and the avocado andarugula, both of which were incredibly tasty and more-ish. 

The delivery service was faultless and they provided more than enough plates and napkins, which means no washing up. They also provided their famous Pilli Pilli home made oil, which can be added to any pizza to give it a little spice.  

The great thing about Z pizza is that you never get that “I’ve eaten really unhealthy feeling” that you often get when ordering a take out pizza.  The ingredients are so fresh that every bite feels healthy. 

Great news for Zpizza fans is that shortly Zpizza will be opening up for a breakfast menu at their south Laguna Location. I will let you know more details on that as soon as I get them.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our food from Zpizza. Beach lovers should consider a delivery service, it’s a perfect way to end your beach day – without any washing up.

Zpizza is located at 30822 Coast Hwy (949) 499 4949

Barbara’s Column

Fame. Murder. All that Jazz



No Square Theatre founder Bree Burgess Rosen spent five years trying to acquire the rights to produce “Chicago” locally. 

“Rights to “Chicago” are tightly held,” said Joe Lauderdale. “The show is still on Broadway. But she persevered.”

The wait is over. No Square Theatre’s production of “Chicago,” is set to open July 28 for four weekends, directed by Lauderdale. 

Lauderdale has been a presence in Laguna’s theatrical circles since arriving here from Oklahoma. From 1998 to 2005, he was the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre director. During his tenure, he was honored by American Alliance for Theatre. 

He also worked with students at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.

Lauderdale’s affiliation with No Square goes back to the first “Lagunatics,” which he directed.  

Once rights to “Chicago” were acquired, Lauderdale began immediately to visualize how to fit the Tony Award-winning show into the 85-seat theatrical showcase at Legion Hall.

It was not easy task. One misstep and a dancer could land in the lap of a member of the audience. And of course, the cast had to be downsized.   

The show has been in rehearsals for the last eight weeks: Mondays through Saturdays, averaging three hours a night under Lauderdale’s direction. 

He sees the show as a statement about celebrity and fleeting fame.

“I share my vision with the team,” said Lauderdale, Wednesday night prior to a rehearsal.

The team includes Musical Director Christopher W. Smith and Stage Manager Marley Oyen, whose family lives in town, and choreographer Ellen Prince---not to mention the 13 actors that make up the squished cast.

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Juliet Schulein plays Velma Kelly, two-time murderess

“Joe collaborates,” said Prince, who has a degree in dance from U.C. Irvine, but is passionate about choreography. “He will listen and say, ‘Let’s try that.’ But Joe makes the final decision.”

That was clear at Wednesday’s rehearsal. He is picky. He watches every gesture, body language, facial expressions and vocal emphasis, working with the cast to get reaction he wants. And the cast works with him and with Prince. 

Clean cut Jon Korbonski, cast as sleazy attorney Billy Flynn, kept at it until Lauderdale got the smarmy look he wanted for a particular piece of dialogue. 

“We spent a month searching out the cast,” said Prince. 

Sharon Jewell plays chorus girl Roxie Hunt, who killed her lover—the role Renee Zellwiger played in the movie version of “Chicago.”

Juliet Schulein has the role of Velma Kelly, two-time murderess. This is the fifth production of “Chicago” in which she has performed. 

“I love Chicago,” she said. “I never get sick of it.”

Schulein, who has owned Laguna Health Club with her husband, Doug, for 12 years, couldn’t be better advertisement for the business. The poster of “Chicago” shows her doing a vertical split.

She also has been has been featured in three previous No Square Theatre productions. 

The cast includes Marc Marger as Roxie’s husband, Amos; Karen Rymar as jail matron, Mama Morton; and UCI theater student McKay Mangum as Mary Sunshine.

Haley Ayers will be seen as Annie; Rebecca Butkivich as Hunykak; Annicka Carson as June, Emily Noelle Dyck as Mona and Emma Smith as Liz.

R.J. Higton and Anthony Tuason complete the ensemble.

Productions like “Chicago” are possible in part due to grants from the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, Dorene & Lee Butler Family Foundation, Festival of Arts Foundation, Laguna Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Foundation and gifts from Yvonne and John Browning, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs and an anonymous donor. 

For more information, tickets and All That Jazz, visit  

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading

Behind the magic of Le PeTiT CiRqUe


As if they’ve just emerged from an enchanted forest, the neon-colored fairyland creatures take the stage, and the audience, mesmerized, falls under their spell. But these elf-like beings aren’t creatures, they’re kids from 5 -16 years of age, who perform as cirque artists, acrobats, karate masters, musicians, singers, and dancers. This is Le PeTiT CiRqUe, and if one is lucky enough to see their show, prepare to be wowed. 

Laguna Beach was fortunate to see two performances at the Festival of the Arts last Sunday, a rare treat given the troupe’s international popularity.

Le PeTiT CirRqUe started with a vision that Nathalie Gaulthier, the founder and creator of LPC, had as a seven-year-old girl. “I grew up in Iqualuit, Nunavut, right below Greenland, with Inuits, Eskimos. I was a minority. I grew up with igloos around me and knew there was a bigger world out there. I wrote my first play at age seven, directed it, and it was presented at my school in half English and half Inuit. 

“When I saw how the audience felt and was moved, I knew in my soul I needed to create live shows that would touch people,” Gaulthier added.

But, it’s one thing to have a dream, it’s another to bring it to fruition. 

“I launched my full company at age 14 in Montreal, Canada and it grew!  We added the circus in 2007 and Le PeTiT CiRqUe was born in 2012.”

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LPC performers mingle with the crowd on Family Day at the Festival of Arts

Le PeTiT CiRqUe has now grown into the only all-kid humanitarian professional cirque company in the world. The company has performed all over the US, Canada and Dubai, and for world leaders including the Dalai Lama, and the Sultan of Brunei. 

LPC has raised an incredible five million dollars since its launch five years ago.

Although the show is magic, it’s not magically conjured up, and ultimately appears on stage only after a tremendous amount of hard work, perseverance, and creativity by everyone concerned. All the elements, the performers, costumes, music, choreography, and staging, come together to generate the mystique. 

To achieve the stunning movements and dancing, each act is choreographed by the team of coaches and the kids, then policed by Nathalie, and she choreographs and directs the stage productions. 

“Luckily,” she says, “we have teamed up with Cirque du Soleil’s choreographer of 34 years, the renowned Debra Lynne Brown, and are launching an innovative young adults company, called MERVEILLE, and this will feature 19-30 year olds, many of whom will be our grown up LPC kids.” 

Nathalie designs the brilliant costumes, then has them sewn by local ladies who need extra income.  

While viewing the amazing acrobatic feats, many of which rely on precise teamwork, one can only wonder what happens if a performer is injured, but Nathalie says, “Every act has understudies, because often we have 2-3 shows on the same day. Hence, we have had to also purchase 2-3 copies of each apparatus.” 

During these acrobatics, as well as the acts on stage, the show is laced with haunting (and sometimes dramatic) music that heightens the otherworldly mood. All their music is original and created for LPC by the Cirque du Soleil violinist Martin St. Pierre in Las Vegas and Christine Aguilera’s songwriter, Heather Holley. 

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Acrobats wow crowd at Festival of Arts

Since the acts are so specific, where do they find new performers when they need to renew the company once kids age out? Nathalie replies, “By audition and referrals from other circus programs only, and mostly, parents come to us with a gifted child. They must meet a physical conditioning test and a set criteria of skills to make LPC. Extremely gifted ones make it into LPC. If they are close, they are placed on the B Team to train. Some only remain in B team and never move into LPC, but we train them on stilts and globe walking so they may do some events as ambiance only.” 

If a child succeeds, “A performer enters an extensive training program; 10-12 hrs a week in ensemble-group training in choreography, theatre, character work, but most importantly, doing intensive physical conditioning in strength and flexibility. Then an additional 2-5 hrs a week is spent in private one on one sessions to choreograph and develop their act.” 

But what happens when a child ages out, do some go on to Circus de Soleil or other professional companies? “Yes,” Nathalie explains, “we have placed over 15 artists in Cirque du Soleil, 7 Fingers Cirque Eloize and numerous others across Europe. Even AGT’S Sofie Dossi was with us before her AGT fame. Aging out can happen one of two ways: you are over 18 years of age or, you are over 5’5”!” 

It’s obvious that seven-year-old Nathalie’s dreams have come true. 

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Performers show feats of balance and strength

Even with all the acclaim, Nathalie still has dreams for the future. “My vision is mainly to keep finding gifted youths around the globe in circus, dance, music, martial arts, and so on, and keep presenting productions and entertainment that creates a sense of wonderment and touches people. There is still so much beauty in the world, and in children, this beauty is pure. I like to capture that and present it with a whole package of exquisite costuming, original music and songs, unique circus equipment and prodigy youths. My dream? Find an investor! It’s hard to do this all by myself, I have never had any help financially.”

LPC is also a 16-time winner at the National Youth Awards for Most Outstanding Production, Best Director, Best Original New Show, Best Costume Design. They are also stars of NBC’s “Little Big Shots”, and Gap Kids representatives with Ellen Degeneres.  

Everyone who has had the privilege of seeing one of LPC’s shows thanks Nathalie and her company of incredible performers for taking us into a world of pure imagination, the pure imagination of a seven-year-old’s dream. 

How the circus came to town

Yes - Le PeTiT CiRqUe dazzled the Family Day crowds at Festival of the Arts last Sunday. And as I mentioned it’s not easy to get tickets to see them. So how did this particular circus come to our town? How did Laguna get so lucky to watch a performance free of charge?

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Talk about meta: Le PeTiT CiRqUe’s Anne holds Jeff Rovner’s pics of the troupe

Here’s the connection: Laguna Beach resident Jeff Rovner, whose fine art photographs of Le PeTiT CiRqUe performers qualified him as a first-time exhibitor in FOA just happens to be the father of Haley Rovner, the hula hoop wizard of the CiRqUe. Jeff suggested to the FOA that Le PeTiT CiRqUe would be a great attraction for Family Day.

And he was right. 

Before the show, the FOA attendees were fortunate to experience one of LPC’s ambiance performances, in which the company members mingle and interact with the crowd. 

Once the Technicolor-costumed sprites began the show (they gave two performances), the overflowing crowd simultaneously laughed, clapped, and gasped with awe at the stunning talent of this company. 

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Haley Rovner works her hoop magic 

From a diminutive pink nymph folded into a plastic box, to the martial arts duo twirling swords, to the acrobats spinning from high above like red-blossomed flower petals, and Haley’s amazing hula hoop performance, Le PeTiT CiRqUe took the audience to a different realm, a realm of wonderment I would happily visit again and again. 

At Jeff Rovner’s booth, where the performing arts and visual art came together as the troupe gazed admiringly at his photos, and where friends and family gathered to cheer on father and daughter, Jeff said, “Sunday is a day I will long remember.”

And so will we. Thank you, Jeff and Haley, for the connection that allowed the cirque to come to town.

Reverend Rodrick Echols announced as new Pastor for Neighborhood Congregational Church

Neighborhood Congregational Church is proud to announce Reverend Rodrick Echols as the new Pastor. He assumed his duties at NCC in May.

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Rod was a “church boy” through and through, constantly finding himself in ministerial roles at Bloomfield Baptist Church.  With a scholarship to Brown University, he went north in pursuit of a career in medicine.  However, in his studies Rodrick discovered his real passion lay in progressive matters of the Christian faith, community development and public policy.

Since graduating with a Master of Divinity from Boston University, Roderick’s professional life has included leading both United Church of Christ and American Baptist congregations, and fund development roles with several prominent institutions including UC San Diego, Brown University, United Way, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

His specialties include pastoral care, leadership development, communication, fundraising, and counseling. 

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Reverend Rodrick Echols  

When asked his thoughts of his new journey, Reverend Rodrick Echols said, “Neighborhood Congregational Church has over 70 years of history serving Laguna Beach and surrounding communities, and I look forward to enriching the church’s community and inter-faith partnerships. We are very proud to be one of the first Open and Affirming congregations here in Laguna.  

“Neighborhood Church welcomes gay families and has performed same sex weddings since 2008.  We are also committed to community leadership in justice support as a progressive Christian Church, impacting not only Laguna, but the wider world as well. I am so proud to join this wonderful church by the beach.”

Everyone is welcome to join us for Sunday Service each week at 10 a.m., and dress is casual. Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive, behind Ralphs Supermarket. Parking is free, and Sunday School is available. Call (949) 494-8061 for further information and events, visit

Dennis’ Tidbits


July 21, 2017

Hurricanes in Hawaii hardly ever happen

Thunderstorms in Laguna and hurricanes in Hawaii are both rare events, Hawaiian hurricanes more rare than thunderstorms in Laguna. Since 1957 Hawaii has been directly affected by a hurricane in 1957, 1982, and 1992. The Islands have been hit by quite a few tropical storms or depressions over that span but winds from those systems packed winds of 50 mph or less as those systems were more about the heavy rains and occasional high surf.

In October of 1957 a Category 3 hurricane hammered the southern half of the Big Island with winds up to 120 mph and up to a foot of rain before continuing westward out to sea in the Central Pacific, crossing the International Dateline a couple of days later. The rest of the island chain had tropical storm conditions with Maui and Oahu getting in on the action. Kauai, the northwestern-most island saw only minimal effects. There was a fairly strong El Nino event taking place in 1957-58 so the Hawaiian water temps were at 81 instead of the normal of 77 so the door was open.

In November of 1982, Hurricane Iwa, a strong Category 1 made landfall near the town of Kona on the Big Island’s Southwest coast on the leeward side of the island with winds of 90 mph and 8-10 inches of rain. Iwa continued northwestward and hit the South Shore of Oahu with similar conditions and continued on to the western side of Kauai before moving out into open waters. One of the strongest El Nino events in memory saw local Hawaiian ocean temps up to 83 so once again the door was open.

Three other tropical storms came close to Hawaii preceding the November event.

The heaviest event came in September of 1992 when Category 5 hurricane Iniki demolished the west and northwest tip of Kauai with one wind gust clocked at 224 mph! Three days earlier tropical storm Iniki formed about 300 miles SSW of the big Island and early forecasts had Iniki moving toward the west posing no harm to any of the Islands, but suddenly the system took a sharp turn to the right and moved northward as she hit a pocket of super warm water at 85 degrees, 8 degrees above the norm and she exploded into a dangerous category 4 within 36 hours taking aim at Oahu’s south and west side. 

By the next day, Iniki was 125 miles west of Oahu as she veered more to the NNW and NW which was lucky for Oahu that they didn’t take a direct hit. The next morning she took aim at Kauai’s western half as a full on Category 5. That’s when the s---- hit the fan. 

Hawaii dodged a bullet during the strong El Nino of 1997-98 with only one low end tropical storm passing the south end of the Big Island with only 35 mph winds and some rain.

The strong El Nino of 2015 saw at least a half dozen tropical storms affect the Island chain but no landfall. In a way, Hawaii has been fairly fortunate to have experienced only three major storms in the last 60 years. 

When you think about it, Hawaii is a fairly small target and it also usually has water temps at least three or four degrees below the threshold of 80 degrees so most systems weaken enough to not pose a big threat. They only have to be on the alert when there’s an El Nino. 

It’s time to say ALOHA!

The sounds of Grateful Dead fill Bluebird Park: crowd is loving the first concert of the summer

Photos by Scott Brashier

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Drop of Life documentary raises record breaking amount that will bring water to more than 3,000 people

Sun, Jul 9 was a big night for Laguna Beach-based nonprofit WMO2H (With My Own Two Hands) with the premiere of its newest short film, Drop of Life, at The Port Theater in Corona del Mar – constituting WMO2H’s fourth annual Red Carpet philanthropic event.

The documentary, by Circle3Productions, shows how water transformed a school, a community and the lives of a daughter and mother from the slums of Kibera. The film is a beautiful, moving love story that sent waves of emotion flowing through the theater.

In one night, the amount raised was $100,690, with a additional $69,686 grant from Irvine Rotary, bringing clean water and sanitation now to 3,000 people in Kenya. 

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(Left to right: Maggie Mwangi (guest speaker from Kenya, and recipient of water and a greenhouse), Lindsey Pluimer (Founder/CEO of WMO2H), Brett Bradshaw (President of Bradshaw Int’l and Bialetti USA - premier event sponsor), DeMarcus Ware (NFL Super Bowl Champion), Angela Daniels (DeMarcus’s girlfriend), and Stan Verrett (ESPN SportsCenter anchor and the evening’s host).

Special guests included NFL great Super Bowl 50 Champion DeMarcus Ware in attendance as well as Stan Verrett, anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, who hosted the event for a third straight year, and Bradshaw International President, Brett Bradshaw. 

“It was an honor to support this passionate group of philanthropists who are providing the most essential needs to thousands of people in Kenya,” said Premier Event Sponsor, Bradshaw, also president of Bialetti USA.

“We admire the commitment With My Own Two Hands has made to this community and encourage everyone to be inspired to give by watching the documentary ‘Drop of Life.’”

With My Own Two Hands Foundation, founded by Lindsey Pluimer in 2011, is committed to providing water and agriculture projects that fund education and create self-reliant communities in Africa.

“We are so grateful for all of our sponsors, Bialetti, Work Place Solutions, Gorjana, Big Sky Wellness, and Hula Daddy Coffee, as well as all of the amazing local businesses who donated to our hugely successful silent auction,” said Pluimer. 

“The support from all of these companies helps us fulfill our mission of providing the basic life necessities to peoplein Africa through sustainable solutions.”

Pluimer told attendees to stay tuned for the online release of Drop of Life.

The Chamber will hold its “Artsy August” happy hour on August 9 at [seven-degrees]

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce invites residents to their “Artsy August” happy hour, taking place on Wed, Aug 9, at 5:30 p.m. at [seven-degrees] located in the heart of the city’s festival district.

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An online invitation to Artsy August happy hour 

This year’s event will feature a selection of small bites, beer & wine, raffle prizes and silent auction. Each attendee will also receive a free ticket to the Sawdust Art Festival, to be enjoyed that evening, or any other date during festival season. The Chamber recommends taking the trolley, which stops a few steps from the event.

Seven-degrees is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Admission is $15. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit the Chamber’s website,, or contact the Chamber at (949) 494-1018. The public is welcome to attend.

As host of the event, the Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents, and supports local businesses, and advocates on their behalf. In its 100 year of operation, the Chamber also serves as the business resource center for the community.

The Laguna Board of REALTORS® partners with Susi Q to support Lifelong Laguna program

The Laguna Board of REALTORS® has been awarded a $14,380 grant from the National Association of REALTORS®’ Housing Opportunity Program to support activities that create and expand affordable housing opportunities. 

In conjunction with Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. and the City of Laguna Beach Senior Housing Task Force, the Laguna Board of REALTORS® will plan, promote, and present activities to introduce  “Lifelong Laguna” to the community.  

This new city-wide program includes programs and services to help aging residents remain in their homes.

Laguna Beach is a small town with many residents who have lived here for decades, and hope to stay here forever. They have seen the town evolve into one of the most desirable and expensive real estate markets in the nation. Affordable housing for seniors — the city’s fastest-growing demographic — is extremely limited: There is no nursing home care, no board-and-care, no rental assistance for low-income seniors, and no assisted living. 

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L-R Kristine Thalman, Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. Board Member, John Fay, MSG Lifelong Program Specialist, Lauriann Meyer LBOR Executive VP,  Charles Brickell, LBOR President

With this NAR Grant, the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and The Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. (The Susi Q Senior Center) hope to make a difference in the lives of our Senior population.

“REALTORS® are the heart of their communities, assisting where they can, to support programs like Lifelong Laguna. This grant is the impetus to bring like-minded efforts together in Laguna Beach as the solutions directly pertain to housing, community building, and helping seniors remain in their homes as long as possible,” said Charles Brickell, President, The Laguna Board of REALTORS®.  

Through the Housing Opportunity Grants, NAR helps many hard working American families across the country, afford their first home, or in their senior years, age in their homes. 

NAR’s Housing Opportunity Grants were established in 2006. Individual grants are awarded ten times per year. Since the program’s inception, over 400 grants totaling more than $1.5 million have been awarded. 

The grants support a wide range of housing opportunity activities, including housing symposia; home buyer education or housing fairs; counseling and financial literacy efforts; down payment or closing cost financial assistance programs; housing needs studies; and REALTOR® affordable housing education.

Zero Trash partners with artist James Sieg and the Susi Q for a special exhibit

Zero Trash is partnering with artist James Sieg and the Susi Q for a special exhibit and fundraiser. From July 17 to Sept 8, Sieg’s work will be on display Mon – Fri between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the community center, 380 Third Street. An artist reception will take place on July 28.

For the past 40 years, Laguna Beach resident James (Jim) Sieg has walked our beaches. Before becoming a “found object” artist, he showed photography at the Laguna Beach Art Festival and various galleries, winning several awards.  

His beach walks started as exercise and an effort to pick up plastic trash.  His collection of beach glass grew, as did the number of plastic toys and discarded items. His collection eventually filled 6 -10 large Rubbermaid containers. 

Sieg’s desire to remove unsightly trash from our beaches became an obsession. As a result, 50 percent of all proceeds from the artist’s “found object” artwork will be donated to Zero Trash Laguna, a registered nonprofit.

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Chart the voyage of an American icon on Thur, Jul 27

On Thur, Jul 27, at 6 p.m. the Laguna Art Museum will have Art historian Mark Thislethwaite on site for discussion.  Thislethwaite will discuss variations on a familiar image, Washington Crossing the Delaware, including Sandow Birk’s surfing version, North Swell, which is now on view at the museum.

Professor Mark Thistlethwaite has earned degrees in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A. and M.A.) and University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.). Although he specializes in the art of the United States, he has also taught courses in a variety of subjects, such as the history of graphic design. Currently, he holds the Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History.

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Crossing the Voyage

Dr. Thistlethwaite is both a teacher, a recipient of TCU’s Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Honors Program’s “Professor of the Year” Award, and a scholar, with published books and articles, and lectures on nineteenth century and contemporary art, mainly on the subject of history painting.

He has also chaired the City of Fort Worth’s Art Commission and served on the Board of Trustees of the African American Museum of Dallas; he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Ambassador Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

The night will be filled with educational pieces, for more information visit the

Suzie’s ARTiculation

Blue 13 Dance Company will have the audience on their feet at the FOA on Sunday


Festival of Arts is to the place to be on Sunday when the world of dance takes the stage. Get ready to be dazzled by the internationally renowned contemporary Indian dance group, Blue13 Dance Company with performances and a Bollywood dance class on July 23 at 2 p.m. Co-hosted by Laguna Dance Festival it promises to showcase dance at its best. Anything backed by the great Jodie Gates is always five stars and beyond.

Based in LA, Blue13 Dance Company Founder and Artistic Director Achinta S. McDaniel said they are looking forward to coming to Laguna to perform for the first time, especially being part of an event at the renowned Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, as part of the Salute to the Arts series.

“We’re a contemporary dance theater, which is essentially American dance theater,” said McDaniel. “We happen to be a very diverse ensemble. That’s part of our mission of our company, to be really diverse and to celebrate the classical, folk, and popular style of Indian dance in a contemporary kind of American context.”

She said the company also does Bollywood work and Popera Folk work.

“All of our dancers are trained technical contemporary dancers, as am I,” McDaniel said. “I come from this place of this concert dance standpoint, but with this celebratory, bright, exciting, colorful Indian twist to it as well.”

McDaniel founded Blue 13 in 1999 in New York and moved to LA in 2001. She is known in the dance world as a prolific choreographer, performer, and instructor, and a pioneer of contemporary Indian dance in the US.

“We started small. From my trips to India, after graduating from NYU, I ran off to India to learn classical Indian Kathak and came back and started my company,” McDaniel said. “My first love being modern dance and then being so profoundly influenced by Kathak, that’s a North Indian classical style, that I studied there very intensively for six months. And it just changed my world forever, the way in which I count, approach rhythm, performance. It’s just changed everything.”

Gates reached out to her and said she thought they would be perfect for the Festival.

“So this is exciting that she thought it would be perfect. She said you’re accessible, you’re something that’s new, something that maybe these audiences haven’t seen before, but have heard of or maybe have seen glimpses of here and there or maybe on TV,” McDaniel said. “So it would be great to have a format that’s right in front of them and accessible in an outdoors comfortable space, but also be able to introduce something in a more tactile way by having them actually performing and moving with us a little bit as well.”

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Internationally renowned Blue 13 Dance Company is sure to wow the crowd

“Laguna Dance Festival is thrilled to be working with the Festival of Arts this summer. Blue13 Dance Company is perfect for a Sunday afternoon in Laguna Beach, they speak to the cultural fusion that is successful in contemporary dance. They are incredibly exciting and engaging, a not to be missed event,” said Gates, Founder/Artistic Director, Laguna Dance Festival, and Vice Dean, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at USC. 

She said that the audience can expect a really energetic, wonderfully high-energy cultural experience that brings a contemporary look with bright colorful Bollywood and Bhangra, a North Indian folk style, and their modern take on Bhangraas well.

“We have a couple solo pieces, big dynamic group works, and you will see call and response back and forth between the men and women. It’s a little bit flirtatious, campy, and over the top,” McDaniel said. “It’s just really fun. If people have ever seen a Bollywood clip or a Bollywood movie, they’ll recognize we have the same kind of high-energy, colorful drama on stage. So that’s sort of reflected, taking a little of the best from Bollywood and transforming it in an accessible stage show.”

McDaniel said they’re looking forward to working with the audience. In addition to her dance company, McDaniel also teaches teaches Bollywood at the prestigious USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, where Gates is the Vice Dean and Director.

For the class, she wants to stress that it isn’t something that participants have to prepare for. They will be teaching be basic Bhangra movement and Bollywood movement and choreography. She ensures that everyone will be able to do it. Even if some of the participants are older and want to dance in their chairs they can do it, kids can do it, and everyone in between.

“The whole crowd together can learn a dance and be able to perform it. They’re in good hands,” McDaniel said. “You guys can get up and we’ll show you how simple it can be and how much fun it is to unite as dancers on stage and you as an audience, families, and friends and strangers performing in the same style.”

And if you can’t get enough of Blue 13, they’ll be back on Aug 27! How exciting!

Until next time…so much joyful dancing, so little time!

Festival of Arts events, classes, music,

Fri-Mon, July 21 to July 24

Daily Live Music Schedule

Dates: Daily – Aug. 31, 1– 2:30 and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Upcoming:Friday, July 21: Catte Adams(Step into the Spotlight series),5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 22: Eric Marienthall All-Stars, (Concert on the Green series) 1– 2:30 p.m.; Missiles of October, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 23: Stephan Oberhoff and Heartbeat Brazil, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Monday, July 24: Jason Feddy, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: Now – Aug 31

Mondays – Fridays, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Cost: $15-$25 fee, per child, per class

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Arts Classes 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

Step into the Spotlight Music Series

Live Performance by Catte Adams

Date: Friday, July 21

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

On Fridays, Enjoy the FOA’s new music series, “Step into the Spotlight,” which brings to center stage some of those amazing voices that are usually seen (and heard) in the background. There’s an extraordinary lineup of back-up singers or background vocalists who “step into the spotlight” this summer. This week features Catte Adams.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops

Date: Fridays, now - Aug 26

Time: 5 p.m.

Cost: $50 material fee

Let your creativity run wild this summer in Laguna Beach! Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops. Award-winning talented artists will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating your own masterpiece. These classes are perfect for vacationers and locals alike looking to try something new, have fun, and soak in the artistic atmosphere. Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For the full schedule and reservations, visit

Concerts on the Green

Featured Event: Eric Marienthall All-Stars

Date & Time: Saturday, July 22

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of award-winning musicians as they perform live as part of the Festival of Arts “Concerts on the Green” series on Saturday July 15 and 22 and Aug 5 and 19. This week the popular concert series features Eric Marienthall All-Stars. Groove to the sounds of these living legends in a casual outdoor gallery setting that offers a memorable and unique concert experience unmatched in Southern California. The Festival of Arts continues to build on its nationally and critically acclaimed reputation as one of the finest outdoor art venues. Limited seating available in reserved section for $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378 in advance.

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Relax to musical styling of Eric Marienthall for a great Saturday afternoon 

Wine & Painting Nights

“Koi Fish with Mike Tauber”

Date: Saturday, July 22

Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m.

Cost: $50 material fee

The popular Wine & Painting Nights continues with “Koi Fish with Mike Tauber.” Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts. Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step painting techniques, as taught by noted Festival exhibitors Mike Tauber and Tom Swimm. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece. All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required.

A Salute to the Arts

Sponsored by PBS SoCal

Blue 13 Dance Company

Date: Sundays, July 9 – Aug 27

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

New this summer, the Festival of Arts introduces a new event on Sunday afternoons, “A Salute to the Arts” is inspired by the original Festival of Arts, which featured a variety of artistic endeavors including theater, literature, dance and more. In 2017, each week will spotlight a different art form. The series features Bollywood Dance – Blue 13 Dance Company on Sunday, July 23. 

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Experience a Bollywood dance performance and class with Blue 13 Dance

Art & Story Time

“Why is the Blue Dog Blue” by George Rodrigue

Date: Mondays, July 17-Aug 28

Time: 11a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. This week features “Why is the Blue Dog Blue” by George Rodrigue. Held every Monday from 11a.m. – 12 p.m., enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. There may even be special surprise visits from illustrators, story characters, and more. Fun for children and their parents. 

The Festival of Arts, located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, is open daily through Aug 31, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For more information about the exhibitors, events, and for tickets, please visit or call 800-487-3378.

Sawdust Art Festival event calendar, 

July 21-July 24 

There is something new and different every day at the Sawdust Art Festival, ranging from special admission promotions, special events and entertainment.

With nine weeks of arts and crafts classes throughout the summer months, the Sawdust Art Festival is jam-packed with an incredible line-up of fun activities for creative minds of all ages.

Throughout the festival, a wide variety of classes are offered from our expert professionals, many of which are exhibitors, ready to teach you tips and techniques to enhance your crafts. Some of Sawdust’s most popular offerings will get your hands dirty and your jaws dropping to the ground. Parents and their kids often find themselves behind the pottery wheel creating memories and works of art that last a lifetime. For a full list of summer classes, visit:

Sawdust Art Classes (SAC) Every Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Experience the magic of the Sawdust on the Sawdust Art Festival grounds and create your own unique art piece, to wear or to share, in just one two-hour session. 

Daily Art Classes:

Daily: Ceramic Center, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 9 p.m., Throw A Pot: One-on-one instruction at the potter’s wheel for all ages, Cost: Free with admission to take home as greenware, $10 to glaze, fire and pick up; $18 to glaze, fire and ship to your home.

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The Children’s Art Spot is a hot spot for creativity every day

Daily: Children’s Art Spot, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m., & 3:30 5:30 p.m.Classes are for kids ages 4+. Art fun for the little ones. *Free with admission, although most are complimentary, some classes and workshops may require a materials fee.

Daily: Studio One, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m. & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Painting, printmaking, collages and a wide variety of art workshops for visitors ages 7 to adult. Cost: Free with admission.

Daily Live Music Schedule, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Free with Festival admission

Enjoy live entertainment at three outdoor stages, the Tavern, Grill, and Main Deck, on the festival grounds. Musical acts of all genres, roving entertainment, and much more are on schedule to perform during our festival.

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JJ & Habibis Belly Dancers will be roaming the Sawdust grounds Sunday night 

Friday, July 21: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Brother Yusef, Tavern &Kevini Miso – Solo, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Upstream, Main Deck; 4:30 – 9 p.m., Salty Suites, Tavern & Elaine Miles & John Chiondini, Grill; 5 – 9:30 p.m., Voodoo Grove, Main Deck.

Saturday, July 22: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,King Taylor Project,Tavern, and Caitlin Lucia – Solo, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Undecided Future, Main Deck; 4:30 – 9 p.m., West Coast Fletch Brinson, Tavern & Victoria McGinnis, Grill; 5 – 9:30 p.m., Isle of Lucy, Main Deck.

Sunday, July 23: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Tricia Freeman – Duo, Tavern & Peter Dobson, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Undecided Future, Main Deck; 4:30 – 9 p.m., Kris Doran, Tavern & Andrew Corradini – Solo, Grill; 5 – 9:30 p.m., Really classic, Main Deck; 6:30 – 7 p.m. & 7:30 – 8 p.m., JJ & Habibis Belly Dancers, Roaming; 8 – 8:15 p.m., JJ & Habibis Belly Dancers, Parade.

Monday, July 24: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Dub Rock Duo, Tavern &Kenny Hale Solo, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Little Big Band, Main Deck; 4:30 – 9 p.m., Pi, Tavern; 5 – 9:30 p.m., Cali Conscious, Main Deck.

The Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through Sept 3. Tickets are Adults: $9, Senior 65+: $7, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 & under: free, $18 Summer Season Pass, $24 Summer & Winter Annual Pass. Laguna Beach residents get free admission on Mondays and Thursdays after 5 p.m., and the first Friday of the month, all day, with photo I.D. For more information on these and upcoming programs, visit the Sawdust Art Festival at or call 494-3030. The Sawdust is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road.

Art-A-Fair offers more than art: artist workshops, live musical entertainment, and more

Art-A-Fair Summer Workshops and Events Calendar

Fri, July 21 to Mon, July 24

Live music schedule for this weekend

Friday, July 14, 5 – 9 p.m., Duchicella

Saturday, July 15, 12 to 4 p.m., Unkle Monkey and 5 to 9 p.m., Dig Deeper

Sunday, July 16, 12 to 4 p.m., Heart & Soul and 5 to 8 p.m., Kelly Fitzgerald


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Enjoy Laguna Art-A-Fair’s lovely grounds, talented artists, and art workshops 

Laguna Art-A-Fair Weekly Art Workshops

Purchase as many or as few sessions as you like. Class size is limited to six students, must be 16 years or older, and all supplies are included. Workshop sessions are $45/4hrs (a.m. & p.m. sessions), or $30/2hrs (morning session only). Hours are 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. daily. 

Contact: 494-4514, or visit, for a full schedule.

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Have fun learning how to experiment with color with Laura Curtin on Fridays

Fridays, now – Aug 25, Laura Curtin – Oil

Oil Workshop: Subject matter will cover wildlife with a twist.Topics: Using oil paint, Value in color, Painting in detail, and Experimenting with color.

Saturdays, July 22, 29 & Aug 5 and 26, Joan Boryta – Watercolor 

Watercolor Workshop: A demo will begin each session. Subject matter will cover landscapes, seascapes and flowers.Topics: Watercolor techniques, How to simplify what you see, How to have fun and not be intimidated, and Painting beyond the photo to make a masterpiece. 

Sundays, now – Aug 27, Lisa Pallante – Leatherwork

Leatherwork Workshop: Subject matter will be pouches, small purses and clutches. Topics: Design, Pattern making, Stitching styles, and Fringe cutting. 

Mondays, now – Aug 28, Emilee Reed – Traditional Watercolor

Traditional Watercolor Workshop: Subject matter will cover still life & painting from photos. Topics: Composition & how to “see,” Protecting the white of the Paper, Keeping colors fresh, Warm, cool & complimentary colors, and Techniques for using the paint in conjunction with other tools. 

Laguna Art-A-Fair runs daily through Sept 3. For more information about Laguna Art-A-Fair artists, workshops, events, and to purchase event tickets, please call 494-4514 or visit Season Pass for adults $8, $6 for seniors (65+), military and students, and children 12 and under are free. The one time ticket price allows for free entry during the entire summer festival season. Laguna Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

Ribbon cutting for the Mountain Road Beach Access Improvement Project will take place Tues July 25

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mountain Road Beach Access Improvement Project will be held at the project site on Tues, July 25, at 3:30 p.m. 

Mountain Road beach access will look a lot different soon

The project replaces the stairway, overlook, landscaping, lighting, benches and bike racks. For questions,  contact Tom Sandefur, Associate Civil Engineer, 949-497-0792 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Registration is open for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course starting Sept 5

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 

Disaster Medical Operations 

CERT Organization

CERT and Terrorism 

Fire Safety

Light Search and Rescue

Disaster Psychology

Traffic Control and Scene Management 

Training will begin on Tuesday, September 5. Classes will then meet weekly from 6 to 9 p.m., including two Saturday morning meetings. 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 through the online recreation class sign-up: 

All individuals will receive a confirmation email if accepted into the program.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael

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

Police Beat 072117

DUI Arrests

Ibrahim Aljindan, 19, Irvine – Monday, July 17

Mohammad Ali Ehteshamzadeh, 44, Los Angeles – Monday

Kimberly Clark, 34, San Juan Capistrano – Sunday, July 16 With a Prior

Dante Steven Isgro, 23, Foothill Ranch – Saturday, July 15

Cesar Maldonado, 27, Santa Ana – Saturday Single Vehicle Crash

Gabriel Alexander Munoz Jaoquin, 26 - Saturday


Incident Reports

Tuesday, July 18

Thalia Street & Wilson Street | Traffic Crash

6:41 a.m. Following a collision with a vehicle, a bicyclist was treated for a broken clavicle, bruised liver, and abrasions. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

2:59 a.m. Neilesh Bhikhu Chauhan, 46, Mission Viejo, was arrested on a $15,000 Harbor Court warrant. 

Aster Street & N. Coast Hwy | Drugs, Concealed Dirk/Dagger

1:20 a.m. During a traffic stop, Alexander Montes, 29, Romoland, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance as well as carrying a concealed dirk/dagger. Bail was $500. 

Monday, July 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Daniel Carlton, 28, Virginia

Craig Dunlap, 66, Laguna Beach

S. Coast Hwy | 1800 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

5:20 p.m. A car was broken into and two checkbooks were stolen. 

Gaviota Drive | 1000 Block | Burglary

11:32 a.m. The door to a residence was kicked in. 

Coast Hwy & 4th Avenue | Traffic Crash

10:52 a.m. A motorcycle and SUV collided. The motorcyclist was injured.

Sunday, July 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Brian Szafran, 47, no fixed address

Donald Pierce, 44, no fixed address

Shiva Banafti, 25, Laguna Niguel

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Petty Theft

9:59 p.m. On Thursday, a purse was taken.  

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Grand Theft

8:47 p.m. A ladies Rolex watch valued at $40,000 was taken from inside a room. 

Cleo Street & S. Coast Hwy | Stolen Vehicle

8:22 p.m. Officers stopped a BMW that had been stolen from Westminster on July 11. The driver, Breana Henderson, 24, Cerritos, and passenger, Austin Requa, 24, Long Beach, were both arrested on stolen vehicle charged with bail at $20,000 apiece. 

S. Coast Hwy | 1900 Block | Warrant

3:28 p.m. Michael Brian Messinger, 33, Long Beach, was arrested on an outstanding Harbor Court warrant. 

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3200 Block | Vandalism

8:48 a.m. Signs on the trail were spraypainted. City cameras were also damaged, but not before capturing possible suspects on tape around 3:19 a.m. 

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Illegal Lodging

5:46 a.m. Brett Michael Bolin, 27, Tennessee, was arrested for illegal lodging with $500 bail. 

Jasmine Street & N. Coast Hwy | Drugs, Destroying Evidence

12:27 a.m. During a traffic stop, Joel Ickes, 34, Lake Forest, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Adam Jeffrey Lee, 35, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for the same charge plus possession of drug paraphernalia. When he stepped on the narcotic pipe that fell out of his pant leg, Lee was also charged with destroying evidence. 

Saturday, July 15

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Helene Tasse, 54, Palm Desert

Sohail Shah, 43, Newport Beach

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Fighting, Resisting

10:34 p.m. Following a short foot pursuit, Corey Wick, 47, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for resisting officers and fighting in public. 

Mountain Road | 100 Block | Vandalism

6:46 p.m. A group was spraypainting the stairs. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

6:02 p.m. Sergio Gomez, 43, no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Harbor Court warrant. 

N. Vista De Catalina | Overdose

1:23 p.m. A subject who overdosed on pills was declared deceased after efforts of CPR. 

Coast Hwy & Vista Del Sol | Warrant

9:47 a.m. During a traffic stop, Mario Alvarez, 26, Los Angeles, was arrested on a $30,000 warrant from Los Angeles. 

Laguna Avenue & S. Coast Hwy | Domestic Violence

1:59 a.m. Shahreen Shahjahan, 41, Anaheim, was arrested for domestic violence with $50,000 bail. 

Friday, July 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Brian Szafran, 47, no fixed address

Daniel Schneider, 51, Laguna Beach

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Resisting, Possession of Illegal Property

10 p.m. Paul Olszewski, 32, no fixed address, was arrested for resisting officers as well as possession of property with the manufacturer’s mark removed. Bail was $500. 

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Petty Theft

5:49 p.m. Keys and a Louis Vuitton wallet were stolen. The keys were later recovered. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 2800 Block | Robbery, Warrants

3:58 p.m. Officers were called to the scene after a man assaulted the RP and his friend. The suspect then used force to take the RP’s cell phone and bicycle. Michael Sepulveda, no fixed address, was arrested on a $5,000 warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Jason King, 36, no fixed address, was arrested on two Central Court warrants. On Sunday, July 16, officers located and arrested Joshua Webster, 40, Newport Beach, for the initial robbery. His bail was $100,000.

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Burglary

11:02 a.m. A bar drawer was stolen. 

Seacliff Drive | 31600 Block | Fraud

9:38 a.m. The RP’s credit account was fraudulently used at a store. 

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Burglary

8:18 a.m. A glass panel on a door was broken overnight. A computer was stolen as well. The loss was estimated at $3,000.

Library Events



Sat, Jul 22

Family Activity/ Program Laguna Beach

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.

Mon, Jul 24

Writing Class/ Workshop

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Please contact the library for additional information.

Tue, Jul 25

B.A.R.K. - Read to the dogs

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

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

Wed, July 26

Sunshine Reader’ Family Storytime

11 a.m.- 12 p.m.

The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers! Enjoy a fun & lively Family Storytime presented by local teen NCL members. Each show lasts approximately 1 hour and includes refreshments. No pre-registration required. All ages welcome!

Thur, July 27

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required.

Thurs, July 27

Annual family ice cream social 

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Step right up to a sundae bar inspired by old-fashioned ice cream parlors. Enjoy frozen treats on a hot summer night! We’re gathering family and friends of all ages to partake in this fun, family event. Scoop up some books while you’re here, and the cherry on the top is kids may win a raffle prize.


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The Screaming Chef by Peter Ackerman

Newtonian Physics for Babies by Chris Ferrie

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