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 



July 19

Dara Sandrini

Daryle Lynn Cornelison

Tim Valley


July 20

Brett Dunstan

Devon Dick

Helen Hayden


July 21

Anna Cancelleri

Brandy Williams


July 22

Christine Bertlshofer Lacagnina

Dani Bauter

David Koontz

Karen Kanner

Michelle Bentcliff


July 23

Ann Hyde

Chantale McConnell

Elizabeth Henrikson

Linda Humes

Maria Neill

Tracy Naess Browne


July 24

Adela Townley

Alex Del Toro

Ed Larsen

Jerad Brannen

Kathy Dawson


July 25

Denise Ford

Erik Christensen

Gaby Sunheart

Michelle Harper

Suzanne DeCarion Simpson


July 26

Diana Cimino

Katie Bond

Katie Slattery

Michele Martinez

Oday Shakar

Vina Williams

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

A goofy musical delight at No Square Theatre

Running until August 7

No Square Theatre presents this musical comedy based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original improvisational play created by Rebecca Feldman about a middle school spelling bee. 

Six spellers - Olive Ostrovsky, William Barfée, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Marcy Park, Leaf Coneybear and Chip Tolentino - compete at the annual spelling bee at Putnam Valley Middle School in Putnam County, NY. Flashbacks and insight reveal personal details about each of the spellers in this musical that explores the idea that winning isn’t everything. 

The production is directed and choreographed by Joe Lauderdale, and music is directed by Christopher W. Smith. Featuring Chancey Allen, Aaron Griffin, Rebecca B. Thomas, Eric T. Anderson, Kristen Matson, Tara Waldschmidt, Terry Christopher, Cooper Reynolds, Zofia Weretka.

It might sound like a show for the kids, but it’s a little naughty. So prepare to enjoy an adult evening that serves up lots of laughs sprinkled with “explicit content.”

Patrons can make a pleasant summer evening of it. Park anywhere and take the free Summer Trolley — it stops two blocks from No Square Theatre. Dinner by The White House (and just $10) is served on the lawn at 6:30.

Nine performances — July 22, 23, 24; July 29, 30, 31; August 5, 6, 7. Friday/ Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School. The High School has ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance.  Tickets are $25 and $35. All tickets are available at

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, visit

Sound Spectrum



1. Jah Mex, Soul Garden

2. Blink 182, California

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway

4. Dirty Heads, Dirty Heads

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5. Radiohead, Moon Shaped Pool

6. Michael Franti, Soul Rocker

7. Jeff Beck, Loud Hailer

8. Flume, Flume

9. Paul Simon, Stranger to Stranger 10. Stephen Marley Rev II – The Fruit of Life

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11. Santana, IV

12. Mudcrutch, 2 

13. Eric Clapton, Still I Do

14. Band of Horses, Why Are You OK?

15. Lumineers, Cleopatra

16. Grateful Dead, Red Rocks

17. Edward Sharpe, Person A 

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18. Lianne La Havas, Blood

19. Jeff Buckley, You and I

20. Meghan Trainor, Thank You

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Group will “Rally for Bernie” noon Sunday

This Sunday, July 24 at noon in Laguna Beach, a local group led by Beth Leeds will take be part in the Rally for Bernie as part of the “100 Cities” across America. 

“There will be a Human Wave at Main Beach Park and people will act like the ocean,” says Leeds.

“Everyone is welcome.”

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New upscale downtown eatery, the Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille, more than meets expectations

Story and photos by LAURA BUCKLE

When Jim and Kathy Smith agreed to help a friend become a restaurateur, they had no idea that due to a variety of circumstances, they would become owners of Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille, formerly Ocean Avenue Brewery.

Luckily for them, Giovanni Labile and Tiquio Serratos, both former Ocean Avenue employees, stepped up to the challenge and recently they all opened Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille, a new upscale Mexican eatery.

Giovanni, who originally hails from Italy, has been in Laguna Beach for 10 years. He began working at Ocean Avenue under its original owners. He progressed in the industry quickly, becoming bar manager within six months. Prior to Ocean Avenue Brewery being sold to Jim and Kathy Smith, Giovanni was head of operations. Needless to say, he knows the premises and its regulars inside out. 

A dream comes true

He also knew that the bar needed to change. Fortunately, Tiquio Serratas, originally from Guadalajara, was on hand. 

Tiquio has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 15 years old, and like Giovanni, was an employee at Ocean Brewery, in his case from 1999 to 2007. He started waiting tables and eventually became the bar manager.  

From there he moved to Javier’s, where he managed and developed the bar and its menu. He then moved to La Vida Cantrine in Costa Mesa, where he single-handedly developed the food and drink menu. He used his Guadalajaran knowledge of food and his Californian understanding of restaurant standards, and combined the two to create something unique.

Giovanni and Tiquio wanted to create a unique Mexican restaurant in Laguna Beach. Their aim was to design a cool contemporary space with fresh farm-to-table authentic food. They also wanted to feature local breweries, wines and spirits, thus creating an environment where locals would like to hang out and which tourists would be keen to visit. 

Chef Gulielmo Sandoval (known as Memo), formerly an executive chef at the Hilton in Baja, joined the team and together the three of them have created their dream.

My Food Journey at Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille

This week’s guest was my super fussy non-Mexican food loving 10-year-old Lula. In a desperate attempt to encourage her to “try new things” and “embrace Mexican food” I thought this food report might do the trick.

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Lula discovers the charms of Mexican food and the Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille in particular

To begin with we had the ceviche, always a favorite of mine, never tried by Lula. This was delicious, very light, crisp salad, tender crab and shrimp, served with a lightly whipped avocado mousse. The addition of mango to the ceviche was really wonderful as it cuts through the acidity of the lime. 

Lula loved this dish, especially using the homemade tortilla chips to scoop it up.

In addition to this we ordered a side of guacamole, which was smooth, which I normally wouldn’t order as I love the crunch, but it was tasty and creamy.

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Mango enhances the flavor of the ceviche

It was about that time that I felt it only right to order a cocktail. I ordered an “El Chapo” Desmadre premium blanco tequila, limejuice, muddled orange, agave nectar with a tajin rim. I loved how they served this cocktail: flambéing a pepper on the top, and then extinguishing the flame by pushing the pepper down into the glass, thus releasing the spicy flavor into the cocktail.

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Note the red pepper: an unusual element that added nuance

Next up was the octopus and shrimp ajillo. Al ajillo is a condiment in Mexican food that means combining guajillo and ajo (garlic). The octopus and shrimp were beautifully cooked, tender, not rubbery whatsoever. The sauce was rich and the bread accompaniment fresh. It was delicious. Lula pulled her face at the thought of eating octopus (as many 10-year-olds do) but she demolished this particular dish.

I was ready then to order the entrée. Having tried a variety of seafood dishes, I decided to go for the Norteno Grill Faja Rib Eye. This was a huge dish and was fantastic. I always choose medium rare with my steaks and this was cooked to perfection. The dish was served with rice, melted cheese and chorizo, corn cobb, grilled cactus, bone marrow and guajillo mole.

I was amazed that Lula tried everything on this plate, including the bone marrow, and loved it! There were many flavors but they all complemented each other and worked well together.  All I can say is thank heavens for a “doggy bag” so that we could take a lot of this dish home with us. 

We ate every last scrap and then gave my dogs the bone, which they loved.

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The presentation was wonderful and the rib eye was perfection

Time for dessert. I allowed Miss Lula to choose this course. She selected the Noche Romantica - a chocolate flan, with burned marshmallow served with Bailey’s Cream and fresh raspberries.  Needless to say this went down very nicely. The flan was beautifully cooked and there was just enough for our very full tummies to handle.

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We were definitely fans of the flan

Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille impressed me above and beyond my expectations. The servers were knowledgeable, and Giovanni and Tiquio were gracious, enthusiastic and clearly focused on what they wanted for this restaurant. They are listening to what customers, in particular “local customers” want, and the addition of a fabulous “Taco Tuesday” menu has been very well received.

It was wonderful to meet Jim and Kathy Smith and to see how much they are enjoying their restaurant journey.

If Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille keep this level of food and customer service this high, I see great things for them in the future. Miss Lula and I will definitely be back!

237 Ocean Ave – 497-3381

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Barbara’s Column

Woman’s Club will honor city activist today


Anne Johnson could be described as a Renaissance Woman. She has involved herself in human rights, the arts; the health and welfare of the elderly, infirm, homeless, underprivileged and artists; worked diligently on behalf of her chosen city; and regards her career as an educator a highest calling. She is also a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a sister.

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Courtesy Laguna Beach Woman’s Club

Johnson will be honored today as the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club, an organization to which she has devoted more than a fair share of her time.

“The phone has been ringing all morning,” Johnson said on Thursday. “I got up at 6:30 and I still haven’t eaten breakfast. All my college roommates have called. They are pissed at me because they didn’t get an invitation.” 

Johnson felt it was somewhat presumptuous to ask them to make the trek from the East Coast. She was wrong, but perhaps it is just as well. 

There would not have been enough room at the luncheon for them as well as all her admirers and her family, which includes two daughters, brother Harvey, his wife and children, and Johnson’s granddaughters Ariel, Jana and Emma. Her grandson can’t make it because he has to work. 

28 years ago, the possibility that she would live to see her grandchildren born was slim-to-pretty much none. 

A native of Boston, Mass., she and her husband, sculptor Marv Johnson, had moved to California and were teaching in Claremont, when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1988. She was operated on that November. She finished the spring term, on a low note.

“My doctors told me to get my affairs in order,” said Johnson.

 That prompted the Johnson’s to buy out their partners in a part-time home in Laguna and buy their cottage on Oak Street, nestled back in a canyon, accessible only over a bridge.

Johnson beat the odds. True, she doesn’t jog anymore, but she sure keeps busy.

When she was told she was cancer-free, Johnson decided to become active in the community.

Boy, did she ever.

She first dipped her toe into city waters as a member of the Recreation Committee, which was dealing with no success with finding a location for a skateboard park. The late Kathleen Blackburn, then a member of the City Council, tapped her as a member of the Vision Laguna Steering Committee. That led to consecutive appointments to the Planning Commission and its sub-committees.

“I certainly considered her my mentor,” said Johnson. “She was the first person I called when I had an issue. 

“We went to the theater together, worked on election campaigns. I can’t tell you how often we met in my home or talked at her kitchen table about political issues.”

However, they did not agree on the national parties. 

 “I had lunch the other day with Bill Blackburn and he said ‘I can’t believe you are such a Democrat,’” said Johnson. “I’m from Boston. Of course I am a Democrat”. 

However, she is not so doctrinaire that she hasn’t worked with such staunch Republicans as Frank Ricchiazzi on common issues, such as the Laguna Beach School District bond.  

Johnson also has served on the boards of Laguna Greenbelt and Brandy’s Friends, the Patriots Day Parade Committee and participated in Life Long Laguna and Open for Biz. 

Johnson helped organize Leadership Laguna, which was designed to stir the interest of possible newcomers to the ranks of activists. She writes press releases for the Community Clinic. 


Asked to rate her favorite organizations or causes she has espoused, Johnson said. “I can’t. Everyone I have belonged to has been very important to me. I have tried to contribute something to each one.”

That includes her terms as president of the Woman’s Club, pushing for more feminist activities than just bridge and luncheons, conducted in a building that was practically falling down in need of care. The club is thanking her today.

“I am deeply moved that the club would think to honor me,” Johnson said. 

But wait—there’s More You will find notice of all the fun stuff to do in Laguna by reading

Dennis’ Tidbits


July 22, 2016

Microburst going viral

Just the other day, on Wednesday, I’m sure a lot of folks out there viewing their Facebook pages got to see the incredible photo of a super strong microburst right over downtown Phoenix. The photo went viral as it was also shown on the Weather Channel and even made headlines on several world news channels that evening. The event was part of the annual summer monsoon season over the Southwest when super cell thunderstorms strike the region from around July 1 through about the middle of Sept.

For those not familiar with a microburst, I’m here to enlighten y’all. 

Microbursts are small-scale, hard-hitting downdrafts that result in both vertical and horizontal wind shears that can be extremely hazardous to low-altitude aircraft. 

Microbursts most commonly occur during strong convective activity. They can appear at the point of heaviest rain during a thunderstorm. The stronger the storm, the more intense the microburst. 

The downdraft’s cold air (usually one mile in diameter) accelerates as it descends from the cloud base (about 1,000 – 3,000 feet above ground) reaching its highest speeds about five minutes after initially hitting the ground. The resulting “curl” (air moving away from the impact point) accelerates further, and can extend to approx. 2.5 miles in diameter, creating a serious threat to nearby aircraft; witness the horrific crash of a commercial airliner that was attempting to land at Dallas Airport killing all 235 people aboard in 1985. That downdraft reached top speeds of 6,000 ft. per minute.

Microbursts back then were not easily detectable by conventional radar due to their size, duration, (only 15 minutes max), and because they can appear in areas without surface precipitation. With today’s technology, what with Doppler Radar and other stuff, there’s at least enough warning for an aircraft to steer around this microburst; remember, they’re only 2.5 miles in diameter, max. 

Visual clues, however, provide proof of their existence. These clues include rings of blowing dust that often mark the impact point of a microburst; a rainfood - the unfinished outward distortion of the edge of an area of precipitation, suggesting the presence of a wet microburst; and a dust foot – the resulting plume of dust after the microburst hits the ground and moves away from its impact point. 

Multiple occurrences of downdrafts of this nature can continue for up to an hour; it is not uncommon for more than one microburst to occur in one area, particularly during the stronger storms. Tidbits witnessed a strong microburst near Tucson years ago. We got a half-inch of rain in just eight minutes with near hurricane force winds! 

Take notes, there’ll be a quiz next year. No hurries. 


Laguna Beach – Looking Back

Photo series courtesy The Laguna Beach Historical Society

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580 Broadway – C 1954

Visit the Murphy-Smith Bungalow (home of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, on Ocean Avenue). It is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Laguna Beach Historical Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, which runs free historical programs at City Hall, and has a newsletter, website, and is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Tower of Power trumpeter Greg Adams at Festival of Arts 

The popular Concerts on the Green music series, presented by Cambria Estate Winery and Vineyards, continues at the Festival of Arts this Saturday, July 23 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. with legendary performers Greg Adams and East Bay Soul.

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Trumpeter and songwriter Greg Adams’ musical journey has spanned nearly four decades, earning both Grammy and Emmy nominations and an International Broadcasting Award from The Hollywood Radio and Television Society.

A founding member of Tower of Power, Greg’s legendary horn arrangements created their signature sound and made the group one of the most enduring musical entities today. Greg has arranged for, performed and recorded with countless artists as diverse as his career, including The Eurythmics, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Lyle Lovett, Linda Ronstadt, Everclear, Quincy Jones, Huey Lewis and the News, Wilson Pickett, Heart, Josh Groban, Bonnie Raitt, Dionne Warwick, Madonna and The Rolling Stones.

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East Bay Soul is a combination of instrumental soul funk and rhythm and blues vocals built on a design to discover new achievements in jazz music. Their sound has roots in the uniquely soul based genre associated with the San Francisco East Bay Area. The timeless quality of the East Bay Soul sound knows no age limits.

“There’s no mistaking the sound of Greg Adams and his legendary horn arrangements,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “Backed by the talents dynamic and talented musicians of East Bay Soul, this concert is one you won’t want to miss!”

Greg Adams and East Bay Soul will perform on Saturday, July 23 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on stage at the Festival green. Concerts on the Green are free with Festival of Arts Admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $25 per person per concert. Includes Festival admission. Call (800) 487-3378.

Cheyne Walls’s photograph of Death Valley National Park is honored with an award from Wildling Museum 

A black and white panoramic image of sand dunes in Death Valley National Park captured by local fine art photographer Cheyne Walls has recently been awarded second place by the Wildling Museum in Solvang. 

The juried exhibit “Celebrating the National Parks of California” is held in honor of the Centennial of the National Park Services and features artwork inspired by the nine national parks located in the state of California. Walls’s limited edition photograph “Unforgiving” was selected from over 165 entries from around the country.

“When creating images, choosing an aspect ratio is an integral part of composition,” said exhibit juror and professional photographer Marc Muench. “Cheyne Walls made a great choice when creating this scene of the dunes in Death Valley, as it made the vast space of this unique park the subject, then he dressed it up with great light and printing.”

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Cheyne Walls work is honored – as it should be!

“Unforgiving” as well as other work by Walls, can be found in his new book, Miles from Los Angeles. The book features over 120 photographs from locations all over the western United States. 

Miles from Los Angeles may be purchased this summer at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, open daily now through Aug 28. After being voted Best New Artist in 2015, Cheyne returns as a second year exhibitor at the juried art festival, which features 125 artists from around the world. Cheyne will be announcing times and dates for local book signing on his website and social media later in the month.

Located in Solvang, CA, the Wildling Museum is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to awaken a passion for nature and wilderness conservation. Exhibitions, programs and events are listed on their website at The “Celebrating the National Parks of California” exhibit at the Wildling Museum runs now through October 3. For hours, programs and events, visit their website.

Walls specializes in panoramic images of the Northern American landscape. Prior to dedicating himself to capturing and printing his fine art photographs, Cheyne worked as an advertising and editorial photographer in the automotive industry. Traveling across the United States and throughout the globe on these photo shoots, he fell in love with the diverse landscapes of the world. 

A Southern California native, Cheyne received a degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. His photography is part of numerous private and commercial collections worldwide. His studio is located at 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, H-5, and is open by appointment.

For more information about the artist or to purchase books online, visit

The inimitable JJ & the Habibis at Sawdust Sunday 

Go see some of the best Southern California solo and group belly dancers this Sunday evening at the Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.  

JJ & the Habibis Laguna Beach Bellydancers is frosting the anniversary cake of 50 years of the ‘Dust at 6:30 and 7:30 with unique shows each hour.

The 7:30 program will feature Iris’ Kids – a group of children who belly dance.

For more info: or call Jheri St. James at 494-5031.

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Festival of Arts events, classes, music, Fri-Mon

Daily Live Music Schedule

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

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Friday, July 22: Tim Weisberg

Saturday, July 23: Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Concerts on the Green, & The Black Market Trust, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 24: Pendleton Sisters, 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday in the Park 

Kiki Ebsen & Gigi Worth, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Kiki Ebsen & Gigi Worth

Monday, July 25: Peter Sprague

Adult and Teen Art Workshops

Painting with Carole Boller

Date: Friday, July 22

Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $50 material fee

In this easy, fun and entertaining class, students will create their own painting inspired by Laguna Beach. With step-by-step instruction from artist Carole Boller, students will paint the sun setting over the ocean using a colorful palette of acrylic paints. At the end of the class, you’ll have a beautiful finished painting to take home. Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops. Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

For full schedule and reservations, visit

Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: Now – Aug 31

Mondays – Fridays, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Cost: $15+ 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

Friday, July 22: Sculpture (11 a.m.) & Easy Jewelry (1 p.m.), Monday, July 25: Ceramics (11 a.m.) & Painting (1 p.m.).

Concerts on the Green - Special Event

Greg Adams & East Bay Soul

Date/Time: Saturday, July 23, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

The popular Concerts on the Green music series presented by Cambria Estate Winery and Vineyards continues at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts on Saturday, July 23, 1 – 2:30 p.m., with legendary performers Greg Adams & East Bay Soul. A founding member of Tower of Power, Adams’ legendary horn arrangements created their signature sound and made the group one of the most enduring musical entities today. East Bay Soul is a combination of instrumental soul funk and rhythm and blues vocals built on a design to discover new achievements in jazz music. Their sound has roots in the uniquely soul based genre associated with the San Francisco East Bay Area.


Wine & Painting Nights

Wine Still Life with Mike Tauber

Date: Saturday, July 23

Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m.

Cost: $50 material fee

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Festival of Arts Wine and Painting class, “Wine Still Life,” 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 exhibitor Mike Tauber. 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. 

Books in Brunch - Featured Event

Featuring Steve Hely Author of “The Wonder Trail”

Date: Sunday, July 24

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cost: Cost: $75, includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, author reading and discussion, brunch, hardcover copy of book and book signing

New this summer, the Festival of Arts introduces Books and Brunch, an event where patrons can meet and talk with two of today’s most popular authors. On Sunday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m., the Festival of Arts welcomes comedic writer and author Steve Hely with his newest book, “The Wonder Trail,” a travel book about his journey through Central and South America. Hely, writer for “The Office” and “American Dad!” is a recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Sunday Afternoon in the Park

Live Performance by Pendelton Sisters (Folk)

Date: Sunday, July 24

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

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

Justine Bennett and Jamie Drake have been friends and collaborators for years. Both solo artists in their own right, they have come together as “The Pendleton Sisters,” sharing traditional folk material and original works. Drake & Bennett are members of the musical theatre production, “Lonesome Traveler,” which had a successful run at the Laguna Playhouse and most recently Off Broadway at 59E59 Theatre’s in New York City. Drake has collaborated with Tim Robbins, Peter Yarrow and recently sang on Moby’s forthcoming album. She enjoys writing, producing and teaching Music Together to families and their toddlers. Bennett has worked closely with producer Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Counting Crows) and her music has seen much success on television shows such as “One Tree Hill,” and Helen Hunt’s most recent film, “Ride.” She was also recently added to Adam Cohen’s band (Leonard Cohen’s son) and has been touring the world playing music.

Art & Story Time

“I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beumont

Date: Monday, July 25

Time: 11a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

A new event this summer. Art and Story Time, presented by Crayola, is a weekly series for children 5 and under. 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. 

A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green… everywhere. To the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he’ll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no — here comes Mama! Karen Beaumont’s zippy text and David Catrow’s zany illustrations turn an infamous childhood activity into raucous story time fun, giving a silly twist to the fine art of self-expression.

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

Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund receives a generous grant to support jewelry classes for military spouses

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Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund Treasurer Cherril Doty receiving a Grant Check from Festival of Arts Foundation Secretary Jacquie Moffett

The Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund - a philanthropic effort that supports education of the public about the arts while providing hands-on experience to underserved populations - has announced the receipt of a grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation to assist in its philanthropic efforts. 

The grant will aid in funding a jewelry-making class for spouses of active military personnel at Camp Pendleton. Scheduled to take place in October, the class will be taught by Sawdust artist Jamie Bichler.  

In addition to learning jewelry-making techniques, the participants will receive the jewelry tools and components needed to produce jewelry pieces. Furthermore, instructions will be given on how to set up and market an Etsy store to help generate extra income that is not location dependent. 

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Chamber ribbon cutting for Laguna Beach Aesthetics July 28

From a press release

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Laguna Beach Aesthetics, 32392 Coast Highway #240, on July 28 from 5 – 7 p.m.

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Dr. Adrienne O’Connell

Join us in welcoming Dr. Adrienne O’Connell and Laguna Beach Aesthetics to town. Each guest receives a goodie bag with sample products, 10% off a future procedure and one free B12 shot; there will also be a raffle for one free session of Botox. Dr. O’Connell will be serving light appetizers from Starfish Laguna and a selection of beer, wine and champagne.

Dr. O’Connell has completed a dual residency in Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine. She has also earned a certificate in Dermatology and is board certified in Aesthetic Medicine. Realizing her passion for Cosmetic Dermatology, Dr. O’Connell has gained advanced training from the American Board of Aesthetic Medicine in Botox, Dermal Fillers, superficial and deep chemical peels, sclerotherapy, skin rejuvenation and resurfacing with CO2 lasers among other procedures.

In addition, Laguna Beach Aesthetics offers IV Hydration therapy both in office and in the comfort of your own home or hotel room.

Dr. O’Connell conducts consultations personally as well as performing all procedures. Each visit is tailored specifically to individual patient needs. You will leave Laguna Beach Aesthetics feeling rejuvenated and looking years younger.

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Music in the Park: The summer concerts continuing

The picnic-happy concert series, Music in the Park, is looking like summertime fun with a talented musical line-up in Bluebird Park

Thanks to the City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission (and funded by the lodging establishments of Laguna Beach) we can rock on, singing along and dance to bands including classic rock, funk, and Argentinian music, on Sundays from 5 – 7 p.m.

First of all, the rules: No set up prior to 3 p.m.; bring low beach chairs so that everyone can enjoy the concert; umbrellas must be taken down during the concert; no dogs allowed at Bluebird Park.

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Attic Empire

The remaining line-up: this Sunday Attic Empire (Funk), July 31 Los Pinguos (Argentinian), Aug 7 The Neil Deal (Tribute to Neil Young, & Crosby, Stills, & Nash), Aug 14 Space Oddity (Bowie), Aug 21 Beatroots (Beatles), Aug 28 Identity Theft (80’s).

Project Juice releases fresh summer seasonal menu of plant-powered foods – gluten free grab-to-go

Project Juice, the West Coast’s leading certified organic, non-GMO, cold-pressed juice and clean food company, announced its brand new menu featuring the best summer has to offer in its new seasonal grab-and-go menu. Dishes feature organic, gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients and are now available in Project Juice Laguna Beach (1100 S. Coast Hwy – 949-484-0239) and Costa Mesa locations.

“We’re thrilled to present the taste of summer with our new seasonal grab-and-go menu, making it easy for customers to take in maximum nutrition, on-the-go,” said co-founder and board certified nutritionist, Marra St. Clair. “We’re excited to help people feel awesome this summer through this healthy new menu.”

As always, Project Juice strives to source from local farmers and use certified organic ingredients, which are also non-GMO. In line with Project Juice’s brand standard of avoiding some of the most common allergens, this menu is dairy, gluten, and soy free. Most of the dishes are high in protein and fiber, providing the necessary components of a well-rounded meal that will leave you feeling satisfied. This on-the-go menu is available for dine-in or takeout, during each store’s regular hours.

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Grab-and-go meals

Menu items (Complete nutritional information and ingredient lists available upon request): Fiesta Salad with Walnut Taco Crumble, Guacamole, Corn, Tortilla Strips and Chipotle Ranch - Tacos are a summer staple, and these are enlightened by replacing meat with cholesterol-free taco-seasoned ground walnuts and sunflower seeds, great sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are usually difficult to find from plant proteins. Crisp romaine lettuce, fresh cilantro and corn, guacamole, fried non-GMO corn tortilla strips, and a chipotle ranch dressing made from heart-healthy cashews make this the perfect summer salad.

Kale Quinoa Macro Bowl with Mung Beans, Seaweed and Goddess Ginger Dressing - This macrobiotic bowl is made with protein-packed and fiber-rich mung beans – full of vitamin B6, iron and potassium – seasoned with tangy coconut aminos and sea salt. Quinoa – considered the “mother grain” in the Incan culture and potent superfood – is paired with alkalizing Hijiki and Wakame seaweeds, calcium-rich green curly kale, carrots, cherry tomatoes, scallions. The bowl is rounded out by its green goddess dressing, with ginger and parsley in a sesame tahini base, topped with sesame seeds.

Mediterranean Bowl with Chia Falafel, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Sundried Tomato Hummus and Tahini Sauce - A nod to the shores of the Grecian Mediterranean, this bowl features perfectly-spiced chickpea falafels – baked, not fried – alongside quinoa tabbouleh and tangy lemon. It’s served with a creamy sundried tomato hummus, for added protein and a bite of flavor, as well as pickled red onions, crisp romaine lettuce, hearty red cabbage, cherry tomatoes and lemon garlic tahini sauce. The ingredients make this a well-balanced meal, and is rich in calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, protein, and vitamins A and C. It’s also cholesterol free.

Summer Kelp Noodles with Garlic Broccoli and Kale-Herbed Pesto - This seasonal gem is the perfect summer substitute to high-carb, high-calorie pasta, with its kelp seaweed noodles, great sources of calcium, iron and vitamin K. The noodles are tossed with kale and basil pesto, which are blended with protein-rich cashews and pumpkin seeds, served over a bed of vibrant arugula, garlicky sautéed broccoli, sliced sweet red peppers, cherry tomatoes and hemp seeds, which provide a perfect ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-7. The dish is cholesterol free and high in potassium, fiber and vitamins A and C.

Veggie Spring Rolls with Thai Sesame Dipping Sauce - A summer staple, these veggie spring rolls are a cacophony of flavors and textures with each bite. Made with all natural rice papers, the spring rolls are high in calcium and fiber, and are great sources of potassium and iron. Each roll is filled with crisp carrots and cucumbers, red bell peppers, rich greens, tender sweet potato, pulled together by the taste of the fresh mint and basil added. The rolls are served with a protein-packed Thai sesame dipping sauce.

Apple Cinnamon Chia Porridge with Candied Pecans - Chia seeds provide a huge nutritional value in relatively few calories, and are full of Omega 3s, fiber and protein. They are the secret ingredient in this decadent-feeling pudding, soaked and bloomed in cashew mylk, so they are easily digestible. The seeds are paired with crisp diced apple and tossed with maple syrup, topped with toasted pecans, which are caramelized with coconut sugar. It’s a well-balanced dish for any meal with its high calcium, iron, protein and fiber contents, including a decadent dessert that is guilt-free.

The dishes range from $6.95 to $11.95 and are now available. at all Project Juice locations.

“My Laguna” photo contest winners are announced

On July 21, assistant city manager Christa Johnson announced the winners of the City’s “My Laguna” 2016 Photo Contest. 

The winners are: in the Beach Life category, Charlie Dickerson and Dave Munday; in the Built Environment Category, Rob Blayden and Adam Casper; in the Community Life category, Walter Hill and Dan Skaggs; in the Parks and Open Space category, Nicholas Hoffs and Tom Swimm. Each will be awarded $100. 

The contest ran through June 1. The juror, Laguna Beach photographer Rob Gage, reviewed 94 submissions from 38 photographers who live, work, or exhibit in Laguna Beach. Rob Gage was an advertising photographer for more than 40 years and is currently exhibiting at the Festival of Arts.

Winning photographs will be presented at an upcoming City Council meeting and are now on display on the City’s website at:

Internship Academy at the Ocean Institute July 25-29

Registration is open for the Ocean Institute’s Marine Science Careers/Internship Academy program for youth ages 14-17 on July 25-29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This week-long program introduces kids to intertidal ecology, animal husbandry, laboratory investigations, and shipboard research in preparation for a marine science internship or career. Program highlights include a snorkeling field trip, an ROV workshop, a 4-hour research cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, and various leadership/team building activities.

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Successful program graduates may apply to intern with one of our departments: Animal Husbandry, R/V Sea Explorer, Marine Conservation Area, Public Programs, or Citizen Science. If selected for an internship, you will work on a research project during the school year and present your findings at a symposium hosted at the Ocean Institute.

Cost is $350, or become an Ocean Institute member and receive a discounted $265 price. Participants must apply for admission and provide two letters of recommendation. Register online at or call (949) 496-2274 for additional information.

When a nuclear family detonates, the kids suffer much of the fallout: Divorce Recovery Workshops can help


The statistics are shocking: it is estimated that more than 70 percent of Orange County marriages will end in divorce.

Which, as divorce coach, child specialist and therapist, Patrice Courteau drily notes, may invigorate our real estate market as rich exes each buy their own homes, and no doubt pleases the less ethical of lawyers, but it is not a statistic of which to be proud. 

When a nuclear family detonates, it’s the kids who often suffer most of the fallout, she says.

“Teens are particularly vulnerable,” Courteau adds. “Since divorce is unfortunately here to stay, my passion lies in minimizing its potentially negative impact on kids’ lives.”

Courteau, formerly a fifth grade teacher (after flirting with the idea of becoming a lawyer), herself went through a difficult divorce more than a decade ago. 

Seeing the psychological and financial damage caused by an adversarial legal system set up to address the practical but not the psychological issues related to separation, she realized that the process of divorce, perhaps as much as the fact of divorce, was the reason so much bitterness often accrued among spouses and their children, particularly teens.

That’s why Courteau works with Collaborative Divorce Solutions, an organization that educates families about out-of-court options to traditional divorce litigation. The organization provides couples and families with access to its members, a team of specialists – attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals – especially trained to help people through every aspect of the divorce, including complicated emotional issues.

Divorce Recovery Workshops help ease the divorce process

Courteau also generously volunteers her time to facilitate several nonprofit Divorce Recovery Workshops, which are held in Newport Beach. The next series, which covers every aspect of divorce and helps participants feel less alone and vulnerable, will take place in September. (More details at the bottom of this article.)

I mention, from personal experience, that telling the kids about the divorce seems almost the least challenging aspect of separation: it’s managing the post-divorce years that can be the hardest.

Sometimes there’s no turning back on the journey of life

Courteau agrees. She likes to use a corporate analogy to advise parents how to handle themselves during the process.

“Spouses might want to think of themselves as partners in a company. Their children are their product, in which they are both strongly invested. As business partners, they don’t have to like each other, but the fact is that are in this together. They want their product to succeed, and the best way to do that is to use their complementary skills to ensure that the overall extended enterprise thrives,” she suggests. “Keep it professional. Keep the communications strong. Be respectful of the ex.” 

Parents should sit down together, preferably on the same couch, to tell the kids about their upcoming divorce, and provide a calm, united front.  

What to tell teens, and how to tell them

“What teens – kids of any age, really – suffer from most is anxiety about what’s coming next,” Courteau says. “It’s best to sort out all the custody and living arrangements ahead of time, so that the parents are ready to explain together how it will all work, to tell the child that he or she will be surrounded by his or her possessions in both homes, that their parents’ love for them won’t change.

“Ideally they should be able to remain in the same school district, near their friends. I have clients who have bought houses literally blocks from each other. That’s Nirvana. But sometimes one parent will move away, and then the other might move, and suddenly transportation becomes an issue. Financial and other circumstances might make moves necessary. 

“Still, kids are pretty resilient, fortunately. As long as the adults handle the transition without recriminations, that’s what matters most.”

But what if one of the parents has been deeply hurt by the other’s infidelity and/or emotional or physical abuse? I ask. Is it really possible to remain completely professional? And shouldn’t the teen understand that some spousal behavior, especially physical abuse, is unacceptable? 

Her answer is confounding but wise. 

“It’s hard,” she agrees. “Unfortunately, the partner whose behavior has primarily caused the divorce may actually be perceived as more powerful, with the other partner performing the role of victim, and an immature teen, feeling fearful, may see the former as a role model of sorts. That’s difficult for the other parent to take. But this is not the time for faultfinding. Nobody, least of all children, will ever feel the same depth of betrayal that their parent does.

“If parents become emotionally unavailable because of their own anger and hurt, there’s a danger that teens will turn to their peers as authority figures. And that’s when they may stray into drug-taking and other unhealthy habits.”

What about different parenting styles? Is that unhealthy for teens?

Courteau is a fount of insightful advice. I particularly like the analogies that she uses to explain difficult situations. I asked how teens were affected by different parenting styles, especially when the ex remarries. 

“Think about all the teachers they experience during their schooling,” she says. “Kids learn to adapt to different expectations. What’s important is that each parent sets clear boundaries and that there’s frequent communication. Be a parent, not a best friend.”

I think back on my divorce – which occurred nearly three decades ago, when my children were both under the age of five  – and regret the things that I now understand I could have done differently, both at the time of the divorce and subsequently. On the other hand, I’m cheered to recognize that I did a few things right.

Courteau is sympathetic. “No one is perfect,” she says. “I certainly wasn’t. You just have to try to bring your higher self to the process, to realize that this, too, shall pass. In time, the world will shift back into balance.”

I’m tempted to ask, “what if you don’t have a higher self?” but I guess we all do… somewhere…

Courteau and I agree on one thing for sure: we wish that the collaborative divorce approach and the Divorce Recovery Workshops had been around when we were going through the traumas of separation.  

When you aren’t in Ozzie and Harriet-world any more, where do you turn?

“Exactly,” she says. “I wanted to provide to people what was not provided to me at that crucial time.”

Courteau will be facilitating the teen workshop in the upcoming Divorce Recovery Workshop series. “It’s a place where teens can feel comfortable with peers going through the same thing. They don’t have to talk about divorce – probably they’ll talk about anything but the divorce – but there’s comfort in knowing they are not alone,” she says.

If I were divorcing now, and not happily remarried to the awesome Bill Brasfield, I would run, not walk, to the Divorce Recovery Workshop, especially the sessions facilitated by Patrice Courteau.

New sessions will run from Sept 15 to Oct 20 between 7 and 9 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 600 St. Andrews Rd, Newport Beach. The nonprofit, founded in 1977, applies a supportive, small-group, collaborative approach to help families through the divorce process and estimates that it has helped more than 30,000 people during that time. More information can be found by visiting

Artists Republic presents a solo exhibition by Andy Davis

Artists Republic is pleased to showcase YOWZA, a solo exhibition by Andy Davis this Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. The gallery is at 1175 S. Coast Hwy.

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By Andy Davis

Andy Davis was born in California and grew up between San Diego and Orange Counties. Art became a part of his life at a very young age, after hours of play, he would recreate his experiences of the day by drawing them with crayons. Later doodling became Andy’s escape from the classroom; he dreamed of being on his skateboard, or at the beach surfing. 

After high school he was accepted to art school and attempted to play by the rules, however, he felt trapped all over again. This time he was old enough to do things his way so he made the unconventional decision to leave school for good. After years of drawing freedom on paper, Andy had his first real taste and the truth is, he liked it. 

Andy Davis

Today, his brand supplies beach wear to the thousands of cult followers who have remained loyal to Andy’s clothing since the 90’s. 

Davis currently lives in Encinitas, CA with his wife, Ashley and son Noah. He is a devoted surfer who spends his days at the beach, designing clothing, traveling and preparing for art shows around the world.

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Chabad Hebrew School plans another fun-filled year

Plans are underway for another fun-filled year of learning at Chabad Hebrew School, with kids meeting this year on Wednesdays from 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. The program is geared to ages 5 - 13, including a Get Set Alef Bet class for preschoolers.

Chabad Hebrew School of Laguna Beach was created with one goal in mind – to offer its students an education along with memories that will inspire students for a lifetime and also instill pride, a sense of history, and a genuine and meaningful understanding of what Judaism is all about. 

The children come in with a smile, and leave humming a Hebrew song. Walking through the classrooms, the sounds of lively discussion, singing, laughter and prayer can be heard.

Proud graduate of Chabad Hebrew School

Chabad Hebrew School believes that children learn by experience. The curriculum is developed to allow students to bake a challah, make their own menorah, and participate in a Passover Seder. Hebrew reading is taught using the highly acclaimed Aleph Champ program, and Torah stories, holidays, love of heritage and Israel are explored throughout the year. 

The staff is comprised of dynamic young teachers who bring excitement and great energy to each and every lesson. JYZ Jewish Youth Zone events are held monthly with fabulous activities, outings, and above all the focus is on giving back to the community. Curriculum highlights this year include holiday drama, puppetry, and kids in the kitchen.

Those who would like to see what Chabad Hebrew School is all about should visit their website at or call 949-499–0770.

Tip-A-Cop 2016 raising funds for Special Olympics –LBPD will be serving food at Ruby’s Diner July 23

Laguna Beach Police Department employees will be volunteering their time in conjunction with Special Olympics athletes to work alongside Ruby’s Diner restaurant staff to help raise money for the Special Olympics Orange County Region at a Tip-A-Cop® fundraiser. The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, July 23, from noon to 5 p.m., at Ruby’s Diner located at 30622 Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.

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The Laguna Beach Police Department, along with the international law enforcement community, has a longstanding relationship with the Special Olympics. Police officers partner with area restaurants to hold Special Olympics Fundraisers on specific dates, hosted by one or more restaurants. Officers and Special Olympics athletes meet and greet customers, help take and deliver drink and food orders and interact with restaurant guests.

Customers are encouraged to “tip the cop” for their service in the form of a tax deductible donation, 100% of which will go to the Special Olympics program. This is in addition to the customary tip left for the restaurant’s server for their service.

The Police Department will have static displays with a police car, motorcycle, police K-9 unit and a mini jail. There will also be a fingerprinting station, face painting, and a balloon artist on site for this event. The community can enjoy great food, interact with some of Laguna Beaches ‘Finest’ and Special Olympics athletes while supporting a great cause.

Special Olympics relies on fundraisers for the many services it provides to our Special Olympics Athletes. Events are held annually in more than 170 countries for people with intellectual disabilities. More than 3.1 million athletes of all ages are involved in these Special Olympics programs. 

The Laguna Beach Police Department is very proud to be able to play a small part in promoting Special Olympics and providing opportunities for the athletes to train, compete, have fun, and become productive and respected members of society.

For further information, please contact: Lieutenant Joe Torres at 497-0330 or mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Captain Darin Lenyi at 497-0375 or mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael and Stu Saffer

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 072216

DUI Arrests

David Alvarez, 25, Banning – Tuesday, July 19 (2nd offense)


Incident Reports

Wednesday, July 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

George Perez, 34, Laguna Beach

Tuesday, July 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Erik Adrian Becerra, 23, Banning

Ross Lee Jertberg, 60, San Jose

Coast Hwy. | 31100 Block | Warrants

1:49 p.m. During a traffic stop, Earvin Jose Dector, 26, Anaheim was arrested on two warrants for traffic violations, including DUI. Total bail was $7500.

S. Coast Hwy. | 900 Block | Burglary

11:27 a.m. Overnight, a cash register and miscellaneous items were stolen from a business.

N. Coast Hwy. | 1200 Block | Petty theft

10:56 a.m. License plates were taken from a vehicle. They were located later that afternoon by Cypress PD.

Monday, July 18

9th Ave. & Coast Hwy. | Theft from a vehicle

9:07 p.m. Two males were seen breaking into the RP’s truck. The loss was a wallet with cards and cash valued at $75.

S. Coast Hwy. | 300 Block | Petty theft 

2:06 p.m. Someone took two bathing suits valued at $235.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drugs

7:55 a.m. Anthony Baxstrum, 27, no fixed address, was arrested for possession of a pipe and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Ocean Ave. | 200 Block | Burglary

4:44 a.m. The RP arrived at a business to find the front door broken and merchandise gone. 

Sunday, July 17

Ramona Ave & Laguna Ave | Resisting

11:41 p.m. Christian Haerens, 33, Fullerton was arrested for resisting/obstructing/delaying an officer. 

S. Coast Hwy. | 1100 Block | Petty theft

6:15 p.m. The RP’s cell phone was stolen. They were able to track it to Irvine.

Glenneyre St. | 500 Block | Petty theft

9:59 a.m. Five days ago, the RP’s iPhone was stolen. They were able to track it to Fullerton.

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From readers and press releases


Summer Breeze Bus Service

The City of Laguna Beach in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority is offering a new free bus service from a peripheral parking lot near the SR133/I-405 interchange in Irvine to Laguna Beach summer destinations. 

The “Summer Breeze Bus Service” will run every Saturday and Sunday, until Aug 28, from 11 a.m. to midnight. The service is offered every 30 minutes and runs along Laguna Canyon Road stopping at the Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, Pageant of the Masters, the Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Beach Bus Station where riders can also connect with the free Trolley.

Pacific Chorale offers high school students a great summer camp

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is offering its annual summer camp program to high school students August 1 through 5. The camp, a collaboration between the organization and Cal State Fullerton, will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for five days with a “showcase” performance on the evening of its final day.

Cal State professors Dr. Rob Istad, CSUF Director of Choral Studies and Associate Conductor of Pacific Chorale and Dr. Chris Peterson, Conductor of the CSUF Concert Choir and Titan Men’s Chorus, will lead the workshops. They will be held on the university campus in Fullerton.

The program offers voice lessons, classes in performance, instruction in conducting and more.   

Pacific Chorale’s director of education, Dr. Molly Pontin, encourages students considering majoring in music or who wish to sing a choir (or continue singing in a choir) to register for the weeklong camp. The price is $275 per person. Full or partial scholarships are available.

To register, call Pacific Chorale at 714-662-2345 or visit 

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Laguna Canyon Planning Study community workshop July 27 at Community Center

The City of Laguna Beach and MIG consulting team will continue their efforts on the Laguna Canyon Planning Study Project with a Community Workshop on Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center. 

The focus of the planning study is to review zoning and development standards in Laguna Canyon. 

The purposes of the workshop is to review MIG’s draft report of initial recommendations for modifications to existing planning documents, including the Laguna Canyon Annexation Area Specific Plan, Sarah Thurston Park Specific Plan and zoning for the areas outside of the specific plans. The focus will be on establishing standards for defining key descriptive terms such as rustic, rural and small scale, and potential modifications to zoning districts and development standards. 

This and future meetings play an essential role for MIG to obtain direction from the Planning Commission and input from the community, and to identify the City’s priorities for the future of the Laguna Canyon area. 

For more information on the Laguna Canyon Planning Study Project please contact: Wendy Jung, Senior Planner at 497-0321; 


Summer 2016 Recreation Dept. Registration 

Registration for the summer quarter recreation activities is underway.  A wide variety of summer camps, programs and classes are being offered for all ages.  Register online at (click on Recreation Classes), by mail-in, or drop-off to the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.

Ocean Institute kicks off Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle

Tickets are on sale for the 12th annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle, which benefits the Ocean Institute and participating nonprofit organizations. Ticket buyers will have the chance to win a beautiful Laguna Beach home or $1 million in cash, winner’s choice.

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

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Kitchen area of the 2016 Million Dollar raffle home

Tickets are $150 and only 20,000 tickets will be sold. In addition to the Grand Prize, many bonus prizes will be awarded, including a 2016 BMW 328i lease or $10,000 cash and overseas vacations. Buy an early bird ticket, multiple tickets or refer friends to buy tickets, and you’ll have additional chances to win. To be eligible for the first Early Bird drawing, buy your ticket by Thursday, Aug. 18. 

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

To purchase tickets and for information on the raffle, please call (949) 627-8502 or visit

The 2016 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is registered with the California Attorney General’s Office.

A Celebration of Iranian Cinema at UCI August 5 & 6

The Inaugural Celebration of Iranian Cinema in Orange County will screen at the University of California, Irvine August 5-6. The celebration is in collaboration with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies.

Three Iranian produced films will be shown:

Friday Aug 5, 7p.m.

Time To Love

Starring: Leila Hatami, Shahab Hosseini & Farhad Aslani

Directed by: Alireza Raissian

Saturday Aug 6, 4p.m.

Hadji Sha

Starring: Roya Teimoorian, Afsaneh Chehreh & Leila Zareah

Directed by: Zamani Esmati

Saturday Aug 6, 7p.m.

Charshanbeh 19 Ordibehest

Starring: Niki Karimi, Amir Aghaee, Vahid Jalilvand

Directed by: Vahid Jalilvand

General Admission Tickets: $10. A VIP Package is available for $70 (includes admission to all films plus an invitation to the VIP reception on opening night - limited packages available).

For trailers, tickets and more info, visit

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 2016.

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

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

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

Visit the website at:


Class Schedules



Friday, July 22

10 a.m.

Silk Painting


Saturday, July 23

10 a.m.



Wednesday, July 27

7 p.m.

Mixed Media Printmaking


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