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

We’d love to include yours – and/or your children’s birthdays here.

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Celebrate and enjoy your 



May 19

Dounia Matthews

Jeff Nixon

Kim Zepezauer

Rudy Lukes


May 20

Lisa Farber

Jim Galligan

Melissa Denoff

Peggy Sanchez


May 21

Steve Contursi


May 22

Johnny Martinez

Kelly Browning

Nick McConnell

Shannon Bishop


May 23

Denise Puglisi

Jay Strotkamp

Johnny Martinez

Marta Hullihen

Mary Gulino

Millie Herrin

Robb Mitchell

Ryan Heimbach

Tommy Kemp


May 24

Jenifer Burge

Jordan Kyle

Mandy Flemming

Randy Hunt

Walt Winfield


May 25

Debra Kubisak

Jack Luster

Kerry Rubel

Michelle Bendetti

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway



May 22 – May 28


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Tomorrowland (PG)

Fri – Sun: 1 p.m., 4 p.m.,

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

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

Tue – Thu: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.


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Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13)

Fri – Sun: 1:30 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 

7:20 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.

Mon: 1:30 p.m., 

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

Tue – Thu:  

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


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Donate gently used sports gear and soccer apparel - at all four Laguna schools

Score for the Poor is a community service project founded by Laguna Beach High School graduates Rory Saunders and Chris Tellez in 2011. They collect gently used sports equipment and apparel to donate to less fortunate children around the world. Through a partnership with Grower’s First, a local non-profit organization, thousands of items have been delivered to children in Central and South America, and Africa.    

Current LBHS freshmen, James Langton and Sterling Butler, and Junior Drake Butler are continuing the program. They have collection bins at the local schools during the month of May. Laguna Beach families can drop off gently used soccer apparel and other sports equipment in the school administration offices.

All of these Score for the Poor students played AYSO in Laguna Beach. AYSO provides hundreds of uniforms each season to local soccer players. This is a great time to clean out those older uniforms, shoes, and equipment. 

Donate today at your local school or contact Score for the Poor through the website: Or the website:

Sound Spectrum

Top 20

1. Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind 

2. Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi

3. Hozier, Hozier (G)

4. Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

5. Blur, The Magic Whip

6. Modest Mouse, Strangers to Ourselves

7. Purity Ring, Another Eternity

8. Peter Tosh, An Upsetters Showcase

9. Josh Groban, Stages 

10. Purple Reggae, Songs of Prince 

11. Leonard Cohen, Can’t Forget

12. My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall

13. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind

14. Brian Wilson, No Pier Pressure

15. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

16. Richie Furay, Hand In Hand

17. Django Django, Born Under Saturn

18. Boz Scaggs, A Fool To Care 

19. Fall Out Boy, American Beauty/ American Psycho

20. Passion Pit, Kindred

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Where’s Maggi - Answers

Sightings, …seen!

Our readers are on top of their game. One sharp-eyed reader told Maggi, “It’s the first time I got all four!”

Congratulations on locating the sights posted on Tuesday’s photo challenge. Y’all get gloating rights. And Maggi will have to work a little harder to get her win back in hand.  

Here are the answers:

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Mural beside The Cliff restaurant, at The Village, 

S. Coast Hwy


Left – Top of Laundromat, on Glenneyre at Legion

Center – Murals at Cottage Furnishings, St. Ann’s Drive

Right – “Surfer” apartments, Lower Cliff Drive

Thanks for playing!

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

Teen volunteers sought for the Library this summer 

Teens, ages 12 to 17, are needed to volunteer at the library this summer from June 22 through Aug 30. Pick up a volunteer application at the Information Desk.

The library needs help with the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Teens must attend a 1-hour training sessions.

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

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May 22, 2015

Why upstate New York gets more snow than NYC…

Every month this year up until May has seen at least three or more days with temps in the 80’s here in Laguna. It hasn’t even gotten close to that mark yet here in May and it looks like we won’t make it to that point as a long low pressure trough continues to camp out along the Pacific West Coast with a pretty healthy low hovering just off the coast of Point Conception posing a threat of some precipitation in the form of convective showers on Friday.

Average temps for the month have been well below seasonal norms even in the desert areas with temps in the upper 70’s and low 80’s. Normally it’s 95-100 out there.

I was chatting about weather with local Tom Combs the other day down at our committee bench at Main Beach when he brought up a great question about why does say New York City at Latitude 40 north have such colder winters than say Barcelona Spain, also located at 40 north? New York can get up to 75 inches of snow in the winter while much milder Barcelona only gets a couple inches, if that. 

Here’s the deal…New York is vulnerable to blasts of Polar Continental air while Barcelona is ruled by Atlantic Maritime air masses, plus they are under the influence of the Gulf Stream; that wide band of warmer water that runs northward up the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and curves to the east past Nova Scotia and across the Atlantic into western Europe. Most winter time storms there arrive from the west unlike a lot of the storms in New York originate from way higher latitudes.

With NYC situated near the ocean, snowfall amounts are much lower than upstate New York because of the relatively warmer waters from the Gulf Stream.

I’ll be back – on Tuesday! Aloha!

In today’s Laguna Dining section

Diane flat out knows what’s good and where to go to get it! She reminds us this is the “first official American holiday” of the summer and tells us about her first choice in town for some “All-American” food…Fonda has more comfort food for kids, a recipe for Three Baked Beans and we’ve tried it and it is a good one for sure…April’s kitchen was wafting incredible smells when she made Bolognese…Anita joins Fonda with a bean recipe too: Long Beans with Tomatoes & Potatoes

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

“You Can’t Take it With You”

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LBHS will be performing the hilarious Academy Award winning, Pulitzer Prize winning play “You Can’t It With You” on Friday May 22, Saturday May 23, Thursday May 28 and Friday May 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Sun May 24 at 2:30 in the Artist’s Theatre at 625 Park Ave. The box office phone number is 497-7769. 

Laguna Playhouse presents a special engagement of Love, Loss, and What I Wore now through June 7

This limited engagement opens Wednesday, May 20 at the Laguna Playhouse. The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham present a special engagement of the smash-hit, Off-Broadway play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a play by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman and directed by Jenny Sullivan.  

“We are overjoyed to bring this heartfelt play from Nora and Delia Ephron to our audiences who are going to adore the women we have committed to doing this extraordinary piece,” comments Wood. 

 “Jenny Sullivan is one of our finest directors and we are thrilled to have her back on our stage with this remarkable work” adds Wareham. Love, Loss, and What I Wore will begin performances on Wednesday, May 20 and will run through Sunday, June 7 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

A great show is always in fashion!  Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a funny and often poignant collection of anecdotes that use clothing, accessories and the memories they trigger to tell stories relating to matters of the heart and matters of the closet. 

Different casts each week, including during our opening week: Nancy Dussault, Lisa Hale, Amber Mercomes, Dee Dee Rescher and Erika Whalen Schindele.

 Week Two will include: Alyson Lindsay, Linda Purl, Joanna Strapp, Dawn Wells and Hattie Winston. Week three will include: Stephanie Zimbalist, Ava Burton, Pat Kollenda, Eileen Galindo and Jennifer Leigh Warren.

Jenny Sullivan (Director) directed Love Loss…for Geffen Playhouse and Rubicon Theatre. Recent: Off-Broadway four-month run of Wiesenthal. Laguna Playhouse: The Year of Magical Thinking; Steel Magnolias. Nominations: The Mystery of Irma Vep (5 Ovation Nominations including Best Direction); Wiesenthal (Ovation Nomination, Best Direction); Indy Awards  - Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Hamlet; Dancing at Lughnasa; The Lion in Winter; The Clean House; Good People & Moon for the Misbegotten. Some favorites: The Dresser; Our Town; Tea at Five; Doubt; Trying; You Can’t Take It With You; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest; Tuesdays with Morrie; Defying Gravity; Happy Days; Art; The Rainmaker; Little Foxes; Old Wicked Songs; Vagina Monologues and the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s The Baby Dance. FILM: Access All Areas and The Next Best Thing (in which she had the good fortune to direct her father Barry). Jenny is most proud of the world premiere of her play J for J with Jeff Kober and the late great John Ritter.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore will open on Wednesday, May 20 and will run through Sunday, June 7 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Performances are Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays & Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

Tickets range from $41 - $61 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787).   Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. 

The box office is open Mondays – Sundays: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7:30 p.m. on performance days). 

Beach Volleyball Olympic Champion at Main Beach

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Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor (at the net) was on the court at Main Beach Thursday. Ford Motor Company hired her to do a clinic for some of Ford’s nationwide dealers. Kirk Morgan whipped together a few locals to assist May-Treanor who retired from the AVP after her daughter was born last year. She and playing partner Kerri Walsh Jennings are considered the greatest team ever.

Montage steps in again to host an end to childhood hunger

Story and Photos by DIANE ARMITAGE

Last Sunday, Montage Laguna Beach Chef Craig Strong welcomed seven renowned LA - based chefs to his home turf for an afternoon of fantastic food, drinks and fundraising for the Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation event. 

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The setting was California’s “Riviera” at its finest on the lawn above the ocean

A national touring event, Taste of the Nation was devised several years ago as a culinary benefit to end childhood hunger. Nearly 50 cities are participating this year alone, but few can offer the dazzling backdrop of California’s “Riviera” here at the very edge of the Montage Laguna Beach property. 

In yet another annual repeat performance, guests at Sunday’s Taste raised nearly $200,000 for the “No Kid Hungry” project, which provides millions of meals and nutritional support services to US - based children and their families struggling with hunger. 

As Laguna’s locally grown band, The Kalama Brothers, crooned popular tunes, hundreds of  guests roamed the grounds at the Studio restaurant, supping on gourmet small plates, sampling fine wines and top shelf cocktails, and bidding on silent and live auction items. 

Their booth situated by the Studio’s own organic gardens, Chef Strong and Sous Chef Thomas Capretz proffered Grilled Octopus with Cauliflower Cacciatore, Amaranth and Piperade Sauce. Fellow chefs featured popular beef sliders, beef tartare, grilled scallops, inventive scoops of Ahi and more. 

San Clemente’s Cellar restaurant offered a sprawling table of specialty cheeses and freshly baked treats (their house made lavender honey came awfully close to stealing the show). Not to be outdone, Montage Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith commandeered the Studio’s entire front dining room with a variety of fluffy decadent desserts, each of which featured fresh strawberries.

Chef Craig Strong

“This is an event we absolutely love doing,” said Chef Strong. “And the guests who attend this event are so generous for this great cause. 

“Childhood hunger is an issue near and dear to our hearts here at the Montage, and we participate at many levels because we’re committed to creating a better solution,” says Strong. “This event, though … this is something we all really look forward to and enjoy. A published writer and marketing agency owner for 30 years, Diane Armitage authors the popular blog, and the newly revised book,

The Best of Laguna Beach: The Travelers’ and Residents’ Guide

Namesakes attended Mission Hospital dedication: the Sue and Bill Gross Emergency Dept. is state-of-the-art

Sue and Bill Gross visited Mission Hospital Laguna Beach last week to get their first glimpse at the transformation currently taking place at their namesake – the Sue and Bill Gross Emergency Department. Last fall, the Grosses donated $10 million to enhance and expand emergency services and invest in superior imaging technology. 

“Sue has a passion for our Laguna Beach community and a special interest in health care, particularly programs that support emergency services,” shared Bill Gross at a private reception at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. “We have been blessed with good fortune and we are delighted to share our resources with Mission Hospital Laguna Beach.” 

Bill and Sue Gross

The Spirit of Giving of Sue and Bill Gross will allow Mission Hospital Laguna Beach to implement a comprehensive plan that includes new imaging technologies, expanded and enhanced facilities, and the provision of emergency support services to ensure sustainability for generations to come. 

This gift will support the hospital’s mission to continually improve the health and quality of life of people in the communities Mission Hospital is so privileged to serve.

“The need for advanced imaging technology is critical in caring for emergency medicine patients,’’ says Dr. Michael Ritter, medical director of Emergency Services at Mission Hospital. ‘‘The Gross’s gift will allow Mission Hospital Laguna Beach to invest in imaging enhancements that will enrich patient comfort and convenience, promote optimal healing and augment the efficiency of treatment.”

Among the new pieces of technology are a state-of-the-art open magnet MRI, portable X- Ray machine and portable C-Arm. ‘‘Portable imaging allows us to bring technology directly to the bedside rather than moving patients to the technology when they are too fragile,’’ shares Dr. Ritter. 

In addition to technology enhancements, the Emergency Department will be reconfigured to accommodate higher volumes of patients with varying degrees of illness and injury. Individual treatment areas will be created to increase the functional space via protective walls that maintain patient privacy. 

“Nearly six years ago Mission Hospital made a significant investment in the Laguna Beach community when we purchased South Coast Medical Center,” shared Mission Hospital President and CEO Kenneth D. McFarland at the celebration. “We recognized the vital role that the hospital plays in the community and saw a precious jewel that needed a bit of polishing to reach its full potential.” 

Serving an average of 12,000 patients per year, the Laguna Beach Emergency Department is critical to the safety and well-being of Laguna Beach residents. With 24/7 access, it is the only Emergency Department in close proximity to provide services for the people who live, work and vacation in our coastal communities. 

Also in attendance at the event were City of Laguna Beach Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow, City Manager John Pietig and Chief of Police Laura Farinella.

Dicterow thanked the Grosses for helping to ensure that the finest emergency care will be available to Laguna Beach residents and visitors when they need it. 

“I am inspired and humbled by the philanthropic leadership and compassion of Sue and Bill Gross,” said Kenneth D. McFarland, president and chief executive officer of Mission Hospital. “Their incredibly generous gift will have an immediate and substantial impact on the delivery of exceptional health care in Laguna Beach and the surrounding communities.” 

To learn more about the exceptional care and services at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, please visit or call (949) 499-1311. To donate to Mission Hospital, visit

May is Better Speech & Hearing Month - Identify the Signs!

Learning to identify the signs of common speech and language disorders in adults and children between birth and age four can be an important stage in early detection of communication disorders.

Children: Signs of a Language Disorder

Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)

Does not babble (4-7 months)

Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7-12 months)

Does not understand what others say (7 months-2 years)

Says only a few words (12-18 months)

Words are not easily understood (18 months-2 years)

Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3 years)

Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3 years)

Has trouble with early reading and writing skills (2.5-3 years)


What Parents Can Do

Listen and respond to your child

Talk, read, and play with your child

Talk with your child in the language you are most comfortable using

Know it is good to teach your child to speak a second language

Talk about what you are doing and what your child is doing

Use a lot of different words with your child

Use longer sentences as your child gets older

Have your child play with other children

See a speech language pathologist for a speech, language screening or consultation


Children: Signs of a Voice Disorder

Uses a hoarse or breathy voice

Uses a nasal-sounding voice


What Parents Can Do

See a doctor if your child sounds hoarse or breathy or has a nasal-sounding voice

Tell your child not to shout or scream

Keep your child away from cigarette smoke


Children: Signs of Stuttering (Disfluency)

Struggles to say sounds or words (2.5-3 years)

Repeats first sounds of words—”b-b-b-ball” for “ball” (2.5-3 years)

Pauses a lot while talking (2.5-3 years)

Stretches sounds out—”f-f-f-f-farm” for “farm” (2.5-3 years)


What Parents Can Do

Give your child time to talk

Do not interrupt or stop your child while he or she is speaking

See an SLP if you are concerned (Many young children stutter for a short period of time. In most cases, the stuttering will stop.) 

For more information, check - Identify the Signs Campaign.

If you have concerns regarding your child’s communication development, contact Laguna Beach Language & Speech Clinic for a free consult: Laguna Beach Language and Speech Clinic 

Lynn Epstein, MS, SLP-CCC (949) 715-5845.

Blue Water concert presents The PawnShop kings Saturday

Blue Water Green Earth, the producers of the Blue Water Music Festival, are kicking off a monthly (every 4th Saturday) concert series designed to showcase Southern California’s most talented original artists.

These showcases will take place at Bridge Hall, located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive in Laguna Beach beginning Saturday, May 23 (Memorial Day Weekend) from 6 - 10 p.m.

This concert series was created to transport our area’s elite musical artists out of the bar atmosphere into a more intimate setting that allows the artist to engage with their audience.

PawnShop kings

The first featured artist is The PawnShop kings (, from Sony Music / Essential Records.

Rolling Stone Magazine named PawnShop kings one of “10 New Artists You Need To Know.” Driven by formative, familial experiences on their Arkansas plantation, born in Texas, and raised on the beach in Southern California, PawnShop kings play the music of the American South with equal parts rock, gospel, country and pop. Their inspiration stems greatly from the melodic sensibility and purpose of the Staple Singers and Bob Marley atop the brilliant musical sounds and honesty of the Beatles. An early exposure to Southern black churches during their childhood fostered a deeper lyrical significance.

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At LB Library in conjunction with LBUSD

Math Readiness Program parent workshop - how to build math skills with toddlers and preschoolers

Laguna Beach Public Library in collaboration with the LBUSD School Readiness program will be presenting a Storytime and Parent Ed Workshop for families on June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. This program is for caregivers with preschoolers or toddlers. The workshop will take place at 11 a.m. immediately following storytime.

Led by Julie Olsen of LBUSD, learn how to promote awareness and empower parents with easy to use ideas about everyday Math. You will learn how to recognize teachable moments in your daily routines and maximize opportunities to enhance numeracy skills. This program is free. Preregistration is required. 

Contact Julie Olsen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up at the Library. 

Must RSVP by Monday, June 1st.

‘Garden Fusions,’ an Experiential Dining Event: Artful Displays ~ From Gardens to Plates with Ruben Flores

Sherman Library & Gardens’ highly successful Garden Fusions dinner series will continue on Wednesday, May 27th at 6 p.m. with the theme: Artful Displays ~ From Garden to Plate. The evening will highlight the inaugural Sherman Library & Gardens’ sculpture exhibit “Metaling in the Garden” sponsored by Ruben Flores of Laguna Nursery. 

During Hors d’Ouevres, Mr. Flores will discuss art in gardens and will share how to select and display outdoor art to reflect one’s own personality while adding color and drama. 

Chef Pascal Olhats, culinary star of the evening, will employ textures, colors, aroma, architecture and balance during his tableside cooking demonstration ~ “Art You Can Eat”.

The hors d’oeuvres will be a cheese and fruit platter. The three course dinner includes an “Art” Beet Salad, Braid of Salmon and Halibut, steamed and served with sorrel vermouth sauce, and Roast Stuffed Free Range Chicken Hers Mousseline with Blanch and Brune Truffle Sauce. Dessert will be a mini Croque en Bouche.

Garden Fusions dinners will be held February thru October where Chef Pascal matches wine and epicurean delights and a horticulturist host shares knowledge relating to each evening’s theme. A signature drink is included during hors d’oeuvres. Other beverages, tip and tax not included. 

The cost for Friends members is $55 per person; for non-members, $65 per person.

Call Café Jardin (949) 673-0033 for reservations. Limited to 50 guests. 

Sherman Library & Gardens membership available on line or by calling the Gardens Office: (949) 673-2261

Council seeking applications for three members to serve on Housing and Human Services Committee

The City Council of the City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications to serve on the City’s Housing and Human Services Committee. The Committee consists of seven members who serve two-year terms. The terms of three members expire this June 30.

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

Residents of Laguna Beach who are interested in applying are required to submit an application that is available at the City Clerk’s office or on line at the City’s website, The application must be filed with the City Clerk by Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5 p.m. 

All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of June 16, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue.

Blue whale watching dates announced by the Ocean Institute

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Blue whale watching season is coming to Southern California; join Ocean Institute scientists in the search for the world’s largest animal! The Ocean Institute will offer Blue Whale Watching Discovery Cruises which takes participants to the feeding grounds of the great blues. Recommended for ages 8 and up, under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Upcoming dates are June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 5, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, September 5, 6, 20 & 27, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Institute marine biologists lead the cruises aboard the Sea Explorer, which makes use of equipment such as an acoustic array, plankton nets, video microscopes and a sediment sampler.

Cost is $35 for adults, $22 for children (age 4-12). For more information, call (949) 496-2274.

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¡Bailamos! is a dance party, May 28, celebrating Laguna Dance Festival’s Cuban connections

“No embargo on fun at this high-spirited party saluting the art and culture of Cuba!”        

  The dance floor at [seven-degrees] will sizzle on Thursday, May 28 as Laguna Dance Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary with the Cuban-themed gala ¡Bailamos!

It will be a festive night of mojitos, food, and dance – including red-hot salsa performed by Oksana Dmytrenko Platero from Dancing with the Stars and her husband Jonathan Platero from So You Think You Can Dance.

Photo courtesy MSA Agency

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Jonathan and Oksana Platero, stars of TV dance shows, will perform a salsa number, then teach the guests salsa steps so they can join in

Gala guests need not simply watch – they can join the fun on the dance floor when Oksana and Jonathan teach a salsa class during the party.

Dancers from Los Angeles’ Jacob Jonas The Company will greet guests entering the party with their signature contemporary street-dance vibe. Inside, during the event, there will be dances performed by classical duo Jeremy Zapanta and Tess Lane, both of California Ballet Company, and Nikki and Ethan White, contemporary ballet dancers who finished as finalists on the CBS show Live to Dance.

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Ethan and Nikki White, who dazzled guests at last year’s gala, will perform again at the Laguna Dance Festival’s May 28 party

Musical entertainment will be by the Candi Sosa Quintet. Vocalist Candi Sosa, who grew up among the sugar fields of Central Cuba, was part of the covert Operation Pedro Pan in the early 1960s, which sent more than 14,000 Cuban unaccompanied minors to the United States in an effort by Cuban parents to protect their children from Marxist-Leninist indoctrination. She and her two siblings lived for several months in a Miami refugee camp, where she became the premier performer at weekly talent shows held to entertain the children. The three children lived in a foster home in Long Beach, and were reunited with their parents after three years. Candi settled in Southern California, where she has had a long, successful singing career. 

For information and tickets ($200 each) please visit Phone: 949-715-5578.

Coming up in September, two of the world’s hottest dance companies, Malpaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba – hailed for its “pristine technique” by the New York Times – will give two performances, as will San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet, during the Laguna Dance Festival September 10 –13. Tickets for all four onstage September performances will go on sale in June. The festival includes free performances during First Thursdays Art Walk and several master classes for intermediate and advanced dancers age 12 and older.

The Laguna Dance Festival, established in 2005 by former ballerina Jodie Gates, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events. It continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists.

Shaena & Stu are planning a zpizza party

A Pizza and Birthday Party

It will be a Saturday event – May 30 – 1 to 3 p.m.

Shaena’s Birthday! It’ll be a “piece-of-cake”

We’ll provide the gourmet pizza, sandwiches, salads & soda 

You provide what you might want from the no-host bar



Bring your singing voice but no presents!


It’s one of our favorite places in town and we hope you’ll join us there!


30822 Coast Hwy in SoLag

Proving there is a “free” lunch!

Police Beat Primer

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Laguna Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsLaguna is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsLaguna is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

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DUI Arrests

Reef Point | Tuesday, May 19 | 11:58 p.m.

Aubree Marie McVeigh, 22, Garden Grove

Incident Reports

Wednesday, May 20 

Alta Laguna Extension | False Information to an Officer

12:01 a.m. Peter Norman Walker, 49, Texas, was arrested after first claiming he was another person – a faked name…Wilson Carl Norman. 

Tuesday, May 19

High Drive | 400 Block  | Burglary, vehicle

7:17 p.m. The RP said two bottles of rare Scotch, prescription glasses, gift cards and cash with a combined value of $2500 were taken from his locked vehicle overnight.

Crescent Bay Drive | 100 Block | Burglary

2:48 p.m. An unknown suspect(s) broke into a locked area in an underground lot and took deep cell batteries used in cell site transmissions. Loss: $6400. 

Catalina Street | 1000 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

9:03 a.m. The RP found boxes on the ground that had been inside his unlocked Chevy Silverado. They had been removed overnight and tools valued at $800 were stolen.

Wave Street | 200 Block | Vandalism, vehicle

A window was smashed on a 2009 Kia SUV overnight.

Thalia Street | 200 Block | Violation of a Court Order

8:12 a.m. The RP reported that a person ordered by the court to remain at least 100 yards away from the RP had been near the RP’s office on two occasions.

Monday, May 18

Canyon Acres Drive | 200 Block | Trespassing

8:23 p.m. The RP came to the police station to report that neighboring kids “continually trespass” on her property. She said she had spoken to the parents – who were “not receptive.”

Chateau Way | 2800 Block | Attempted Burglary, residential

12:18 p.m. A razor blade was used to cut the outside screen on a bedroom window and bushes next to the area appeared to have been trodden down. No entry was made.

S. Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Burglary, commercial

12:09 p.m. Documents and sundry paperwork were taken from an office while the business owner was out of town for a week.

Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | Warrant Arrest

10:37 a.m. Wade Franklin Hipp, 74, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a Harbor Court traffic warrant with $1500 bail. 

Sunday, May 17

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Drunk in Public

3:53 p.m. Wayne William Chancey, 43, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public.

This and that around town

From readers and press releases


Summer employment with the City – positions open now

The City’s summer employment effort is underway. Job requirements and hours of work vary, some positions are open to those as young as 14. 

Most positions work mid-to-late June through early September.

Visit the City’s employment page at for detailed information and the online application system. The City’s Personnel Division staff is available for questions and assistance at 497-0324. 

The City of Laguna Beach is an equal opportunity employer and promotes workforce diversity.

Chabad celebrates special Shavuot service on May 24

Chabad Jewish Center welcomes the community to a special Shavuot service on Sunday, May 24th, beginning at 11 a.m. with special holiday prayers and reading of the Ten Commandments, followed by dairy brunch and ice cream party/program for kids! Yizkor Memorial Service will take place on Monday, May 25th, at approximately 12 noon.

Shavuot is the second of the three major festivals (Passover being the first, and Sukkot being the third), and comes exactly 50 days after Passover, marking the completion of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot during which the Jewish people prepared themselves for the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Some customs of the holiday include an all-night Torah study on the first night of Shavuot, eating dairy foods such as cheese cake and cheese blintzes, and decorating the home/synagogue with beautiful flowers and greenery. 

Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy, across from Montage Laguna Beach. For more information and a complete schedule of services, please visit the Shavuos megasite at

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Purchase a Passport to the Arts before May 31 and you’ll be entered to win a Laguna Beach Fall Getaway

The Passport to the Arts team of Laguna Beach has the perfect offering for this summer season – a 2015 Passport to the Arts. Plus, if you purchase before May 31, you will be automatically entered to win a one-of-a-kind Laguna Beach Fall Getaway that includes a two-night stay at a coastal hotel, theater and museum tickets, complimentary meals and more.

Kicking off its seventh consecutive season, the Passport team, comprised of Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach, offers the 2015 Passport to the Arts for just $23. This triple-value, unique season pass provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals in Laguna Beach throughout the summer festival season, which runs June 26 through Aug. 31.

Compare the nominal Passport to the Arts fee of $23 to the standard fee of more than $57 in value. Passport holders receive unlimited admission to all three festivals through Aug. 31. Special discounts from selected retailers, merchants, hotels, attractions and restaurants throughout Laguna Beach are also available to Passport holders, as well as one-time free parking at Act V, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

Also, the annual Grand Prize Getaway drawing is in full effect. Passport purchasers will be automatically entered to win a unique Laguna Beach Fall Getaway if obtaining a Passport to the Arts before May 31.* The grand prize includes a two-night stay at the new Laguna Beach House hotel in North Laguna; two tickets to any 2015-16 Mainstage performance at Laguna Playhouse; two tickets for admission to Laguna Art Museum; art lessons from Laguna Outreach Community Arts; golf for four with two electric carts at Ben Brown’s Golf Course; dinner for two at Tortilla Republic; and lunch for two at BJ’s Pizza.

The 2015 Passport may be purchased online at, or by calling 800-487-3378. Visit Laguna Beach’s Official Visitors Center, 381 Forest Ave., will also have passports for sale. A complete list of merchant special offers is available online. Free shuttle service to the festival from various points in Laguna Beach and from the Act V parking lot will be available throughout the summer. The Passport does not include admission to the Pageant of the Masters.

For information about overnight stays and things to do while in Laguna, drop in to the Official Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Ave. The Visitors Center is open daily, Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*No purchase necessary to enter the drawing. Those interested may send a postcard to Sawdust Art Festival, Attn: Passport Giveaway, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 to obtain your free entry form. The festivals, Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach assume no responsibility for receipt of mailed entry requests. See Passport website for details.


Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee apps

The City Council is currently accepting applications for four terms on theEmergency Disaster Preparedness Committee. The Committee makes recommendations to the Council and performs, but is not limited to, the following functions:

Provides an ongoing forum for ideas and input from residents, businesses, services providers, etc. regarding what they can do to be prepared for the next emergency or disaster;

Researches grant funding and other funding opportunities to support disaster preparedness and public safety related to same;

Provides input to the City Council and staff regarding ideas to be incorporated into the “official” Emergency Preparedness Plan of the City.

Helps neighborhoods organize for disaster preparedness;

Works with the Chamber of Commerce to help businesses throughout town organize for disaster preparedness and establishes a process to conduct timely assessments of businesses impacted by a disaster;

Works with the Laguna Relief and Resource Center to prepare for potential emergencies (e.g. helps in developing a standard post-disaster resident needs assessment process, helps to refine a clearinghouse system for victims or those displaced during a disaster, maintains a list of others that can help following a disaster, etc.); and

Identifies local resources that can help in the event of an emergency (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware and supply stores, large non-profit organizations) and provides that information to the relevant City Council and City Departments.

Laguna Beach or Emerald Bay residents who are interested in these positions, are required to submit an application which is available at the City Clerk’s office or on the City’s web site at

Applications must be filed with the City Clerk by 5 p.m., Tuesday June 2, 2015.  All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of June 16, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

Heart screenings at LBHS on June 3 & 4 thanks to Boosters 

The Laguna Beach High School Athletic Boosters is sponsoring cardiac screenings at LBHS on June 3 and 4, from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects is teaming up with Laguna Beach High School Athletic Boosters to offer screenings for a donation of $85 per person (ages five and up).

Stop Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)! A young athlete dies every three days. SCA kills 450,000 people annually. The echocardiogram (ECHO), and electrocardiogram (EKG) are the best tools for detection of the risks of sudden cardiac death. 

These tests typically cost $1,500 and are not usually covered by insurance. The June 3rd and 4th screenings offer an opportunity to have your athletes and family checked at sponsored rates. Early detection saves lives!

The cardiac screenings will be on Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4 at the LBHS North Gym, 625 Park Avenue. 

Scheduled private screening appointments, and further information is available online at:

UC Irvine Health Heroes gala at Disneyland Hotel

The UC Irvine Health Heroes gala celebrates people whose actions have helped the community and around the world to discover and experience wellness as the path to a longer, healthier life. 

The black-tie optional event takes place Saturday, June 6 at the Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way, in Anaheim.

The elegant evening starts with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner, dancing to JT & Friends, and a very special tribute to philanthropist and wellness advocate, Susan Samueli.

Festivities begin with a 5 p.m. reception in the Grand Ballroom foyer.

Proceeds from the evening will fund exceptional medical research, and education and treatment initiatives that focus on helping individuals achieve optimum health and wellbeing at every level of care.

For information, call 714-456-3750 or email


Laguna Craft Guild hosting art show – 

all day this Sunday

Stop by the free Laguna Craft Guild art show located on the Cobblestones of Main Beach this Sunday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to sundown. 

There are over 30 different artists exhibiting unique and handmade arts and crafts, including painters, glassblowers, textile artists, potters, jewelers, & lots of others. Bring your friends, family, and dogs.

Sawdust Studio Art 

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 2015.

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

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

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

Visit the website at:


Class Schedules


Friday, May 22

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Gavin Heath

Saturday, May 23

2 p.m.

Pendant Set

David Farris


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