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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 



April 14

Claude Cantin

Christine Bock

Jamie Blakely

Joani Saffer

Rudy Gardner

Shannon Aikman

Stacy Do-Ann Dumas

Tanya Weeks


April 15

Jennifer Bitting-Gulla

John Mansour

Leslie O’Neil

Rob Eller

Tamara Dowell

Tiffany Taylor

Michael Linton

David Kravitz

Bill Renner

Janice Johnson


April 16

Charlie Ferrazzi

Irina Ensminger

Joy Bradford

Verna Rollinger


April 17

Frank Layton

Ora Sterling

Maddie Lund


April 18

Bart Broadnax

Carrie Conn Williams

Lucia D’Angelo

Tamara Tanner

Tim Jones

Greg Sharenow


April 19

Sandra Deana Pink

Julie Bernier Joffrion


April 20

Brian Seveland

Danielle Fendon

Olando Edie

Wendy Grand Pre

Laguna South Coast Theatre Show Times

162 South Coast Highway



April 17 – April 23


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Furious 7  (PG-13)

Fri: 4 p.m., 7 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.

Sat: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 

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

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

Mon – Thu: 

4 p.m. & 7 p.m.


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The Longest Ride (PG-13)

Fri: 4:20 p.m., 

7:20 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Sat: 1:30 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 

7:20 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Mon – Thu: 

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


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Where’s Maggi - Answers

Maggi’s finding stuff

And so are many of our readers! We heard from several folks who knew – especially the “blackboard corner” pictured here, and the dolphin at Main Beach playground. 

Piece of cake! 

Did you know where these spots were? Here are the answers, and thanks for checking in! 

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“Blackboard Corner”, on High Drive above Boat Canyon 


Left – Dolphin at Main Beach playground

Center – Lead glass window off Forest Ave.

Right – Glass art on arch at The Old Pottery Place, patio side

Thanks for playing!

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

Sound Spectrum

Top 20

National Indie Record Store Day

Saturday, April 18!

Come in for great deals

1. Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti With Bonus Tracks

2. Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi

3. Hozier, Hozier (G)

4. Van Morrison, Duets

5. Imagine Dragons, Smoke & Mirrors

6. Modest Mouse, Strangers to Ourselves

7. Purity Ring, Another Eternity

8. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour (G)

9. Diana Krall, Wallflower 

10. Purple Reggae, Songs of Prince 

11. Billie Holiday, The Centennial Collection

12. Taylor Swift, 1989 (G)

13. Meghan Trainor, Title (G)

14. Bob Marley, Live in Boston 1978

15. Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith

16. Kid Rock, First Kiss

17. Mark Knopfler, Tracker

18. Boz Scaggs, A Fool To Care 

19. Madonna, Rebel Art

20. Steve Earle, Terraplane

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Glennwood sets its third annual Walk-N-Roll April 25

Saddle up your saddle shoes or your wheelchairs; the Glennwood House of Laguna Beach annual Walk-N-Roll-a-thon is coming up. Every special needs young adult living at Glennwood has a personal goal of raising $250. All tallied, they hope to raise $20,000. It’s a big part of their public presence as a whole, and a much-needed fundraiser.

This marks the third anniversary of the Walk-N-Roll-a-thon, which meanders from Main Beach to Diver’s Cove and back. The first year there was a great turnout as many local residents wanted to meet and greet and join with their new neighbors. Last year the numbers shrunk, so that makes this a target year to get out the word back out there, and get as many friends as possible to join on the walk.

“We are not outside the community looking in,” says Glennwood House Director, Stacey Enmeier. “We are part of this community and we want to show that. 

“We want to raise the stakes and have everyone participate. The more, the merrier!”

The event begins at Main Beach at 10 a.m. on April 25. There will be a sign-in table and a chance to meet the Glennwood residents. 

The chain of residents, friends, and supporters begins the walk-and-roll from Main Beach along Heisler Park at 10:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear the Glennwood House colors – blue and green

Writing Wild: experiential writing workshop April 18

Writing Wild: Finding Your Life’s Deepest Current is a one-day workshop that will include writing exercises using poetry as inspiration, facilitated by author, Roger Housden.

In your life’s deep current, your true meaning and purpose can be found. Rather than a task you have to fulfill, or an external goal you have to attain, your life purpose can be seen as a gift that already exists in yourself – a current of aliveness whose taste and expression are unique to you. Using poetry as inspiration, we will use writing exercises to orient ourselves towards our deeper values and aspirations – those that place us as active participants in the great web of belonging, while at the same time celebrating the uniqueness of our authentic being.

The writing exercises will alternate with short periods of sitting. Through this day of exploration, you will have the opportunity to deepen your relationship with yourself and listen more intimately to your original voice. 

Themes to be covered in Writing Wild: Finding Your Life’s Deepest Current will include: unfolding your own myth, distinguishing your story from others, trusting the joy, engaging the obstacles, and knowing what you stand for.

No prior writing or meditation experience is required.

The one-day event will be Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at a private residence, 3043 Mountain View Drive. 

The participant fee is $125.

Tickets may be purchased via the author’s website: www.rogerhousden.com

For further information call Mary McManus at 949-933-1783

Run for the Roses with Ebell May 2

The oldest philanthropic organization in Laguna Beach–celebrating over 80 years and still going strong–Ebell Philanthropies of Laguna Beach is in it for the long run.

Maybe that’s why they enjoy an elegant and historic race that is also in it for the long run. They mean, of course, the famous Kentucky Derby horse race, which is being observed at a gala fundraising event again this year by Ebell Club from 1-4 p.m. on May 2. It is a two-minute, quarter mile race for three-year-old, thoroughbred horses, run under the landmark Twin Spires of the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, but brought to life in the on a big screen just up the road at the Aliso Viejo Country Club. 

This beautiful scenic location offers free parking and lots of it. Reservations are currently being taken through April 18 at a cost of $70 per ticket. You can bet on Ebell Club for a party that is lots of fun and full of tradition. 

For tickets or more information call Ebell President Sandra Renner at 295-0436 or email president@ebelllagunabeach.org

LB Library will accept original poetry for the annual contest in April 

In honor of National Poetry Month, Laguna Beach Library will be accepting submissions for its 17th annual Community Poetry Contest throughout the month of April. This year’s topic is, “Winds of Change.”

Throughout the month of April, entrants may submit up to three original poems. All poems must be submitted by April 30. Name and contact information are required.  Poems cannot be returned.

The Poetry Contest is open to the general public and entries will be judged according to grade/age level: Adult, High School (Grades 9-12), 6, 7 and 8th Grades, 4th and 5th Grades, 2nd and 3rd Grades, 1st Grade, Pre-K and Kindergarten. 

Winning Poems will be published in the library’s 17th Annual Poetry Booklet. If you would like to submit cover art for this year’s booklet, please do so by visiting the Library or contacting them at the email address below.

Gift Certificates for Laguna Books (courtesy of Friends of Laguna Beach Library) will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. All winners will be invited to the poetry awards recognition event and public reading to be held at the Library on Saturday, June 6. 

Pick up your entry forms at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St., call 497-1733, or send in your entry via an email attachment (MS Word or PDF is best) to: ocpl.lagunabeach@occr.ocgov.com. Be sure to include your Name, Address, Phone, Grade Level, or if yours is an Adult entry. 

All Entries Must Be Submitted By April 30, 2015.

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 Dennis’ Tidbits



April 17, 2015

Sheltered from radical dynamics, our weather is mostly tame

The great weather continues as the Eastern Pacific High is stronger than ever and has flexed its muscles to expand all the way up the Pacific West Coast including the usually cold and soggy Pacific Northwest where temps near 80º include places like Portland and Seattle. 

Having been born and raised here in Southern California and living here in Laguna for three quarters of my wonderful life, I guess you could say I led a sheltered life as far as the elements are concerned. That all changed when in my nineteenth year, compliments of Uncle Sam, I was deposited smack dab in the middle of the Texas Panhandle at a place called Amarillo Air Force for Basic Training and weather school.

On Friday, January 13, 1967 I flew out of LAX with sunny skies, Santana conditions, and temps nearing 80 degrees. Two and a half hours later, wearing nothing but shorts and flops and a short sleeved Wardy T-Shirt I arrived in Amarillo, Texas under cloudy skies with snow flurries, north winds up to 30 mph with a wind chill factor of 22 degrees! How was I to know? Immediately I became dreadfully homesick. Welcome to the land of real weather, Airman McTighe! 

For the next five months I was to get a heavy dose of harsh reality!

In just the first week I was there, it went from blizzard conditions riding on what is called a “blue norther” to 75 degrees two days later, followed by a tornado warning with baseball size hail and then a severe ice storm. Whew! Early that spring during weather school, I saw the thermometer jump from 32 that morning to 82 at noon with a tornado at two in the afternoon and snow by sunset. Needless to say, it was a great place for on the job training in weather school.

The reason I brought this up in the first place is today, Thursday, my old Air Force Base in Texas took a direct hit from not one, but two tornadoes, intense lightning with upwards of 20 strikes per minute and get this, softball size hail. The tops of this cluster of supercell thunderstorms were measured at 58,000 feet! Three inches of rain fell in less than two hours. Now you see what I mean about sheltered life out here.

Don’t get me wrong as we do occasionally get some radical weather and a few strong thunderstorms, especially when there’s an El Niño going on but overall, it’s pretty tame by comparison. 

Out here in the West we just don’t possess the necessary atmospheric dynamics that come together in concert to create the dramatics like the ones that occurred in Amarillo today and that’s just fine with Tidbits! 

That’s why we live here! 

Have a wonderful sheltered weekend and we’ll get together again next Tuesday…


What are you doing for lunch next Friday? Joining Stu News Laguna for the fun, friendship – and food!

If you do what you love for a living, you never work, right?  Well, Stu and Shaena love what they do, but they don’t get to see the Stu News readers enough! 

Yes, it’s time for another Stu News gathering. We all want to see you! And talk, and eat – at one of our favorite places: GG’s Bistro. Stu and Shaena told the Gundogars, “Shoot the works!” So, there will be a wonderful GG’s Mediterranean buffet spread, compliments of Stu News & GG’s. 

Don’t miss this chance to catch up with friends, old and new.

GG’s celebrated their 10-year anniversary this year, and we think we’ll keep that celebration going. The Gundogar family serves up some of Laguna’s best kebobs, pastas, and specialty Turkish foods. The Turkish coffee is delish, and they even read the coffee grounds on occasion for their regulars. Stu and Shaena had a positive reading at their first business meeting at GG’s! 

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The Gundogar family – GG’s

And we at Stu News love us a little party time – this will be our sixth community invited luncheon, and our second with GG’s. The last time, we all enjoyed the amazing buffet, with a ton of people attending. This promises to be a special time once again, with special people.

Come on down and stop by GG’s from noon until 2 p.m., at 540 S. Coast Hwy, on Friday, April 24. You’ll be sure to catch a load of the latest breaking news, and maybe an old tale or two. Bring a friend, and introduce them to the great group of Stu News Laguna readers. Until then!

Maggi Henrikson

Cabaret at Laguna Nursery celebrates Broadway Saturday

Broadway A-Z, featuring classic show tunes from well-known Broadway shows from (almost) every letter of the alphabet, will be presented in a special Garden Cabaret at Laguna Nursery this Saturday night, April 18 from 6:30 – 10 p.m.

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Saif Eddin and Kathi Gillmore are both Broadway veterans

Saif Eddin has been enthralling audiences for decades, and has a bevy of talented friends that help him share his gift of entertainment. “Saif Eddin & Friends” Cabarets have become a favorite tradition at Laguna Nursery – one that makes this town so unique. Local talent Tessa Mansour, a junior at LBHS, will be joining veteran performers Nelson Coates, Kathi Gillmore, Diana Kavilis Morris, Kevin Koelbl, and Connie Thomas-Sygitowicz.

The youngest performer – LBHS Junior Tessa Mansour

Ruben Flores, owner of Laguna Nursery, says, “Saturday’s Cabaret will feature music you will want to sing to, bites to please your palate, and beverages with New York style!” Buy your tickets at the door or in advance by calling 949-494-5200.

Get hot-off-the-press copies of “The Best of Laguna Beach” book, the insider’s “go-to” guide

On Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m., meet Diane Armitage at Laguna Beach Books, ask your craziest questions, get that book of yours signed, enjoy food and wine, and revel in the real community fun of Laguna Beach.

As a marketing agency owner with a number of world-renowned restaurants and resorts as her clients, it wasn’t long before Diane Armitage had set up her own blog to begin blogging about everything she loved in her own resort town of Laguna Beach. Begun in 2008, the blog – www.LagunaBeachBest.com – continues to gain a large and loyal worldwide following of subscribers.

Her first book, Laguna Beach’s Best, was published in 2013 and included hundreds of her blog entries and color photos. As an insider’s “go-to” guide for travelers and residents alike, the book has sold by the thousands both regionally and in 26 countries outside the U.S.

Diane has recently updated the book, now titled The Best of Laguna Beach, and it’s a hefty expansion – to more than 300 pages, with hundreds of colorful, lively photos that tell the tale of life in Southern California’s Riviera, Laguna Beach, for travelers and residents alike. 

Still committed to providing a completely unbiased opinion, Diane is never paid to write about specific restaurants, retailers or events. The Best of Laguna Beach provides an honest, objective and conversationally fun review of what truly is the best, from fine and casual dining to happy hours, popular annual events, shopping finds, sports and recreation and much more.

Follow Diane’s growing community at Facebook.com/BestofLagunaBeach for new updates, fun finds, trending news in Laguna Beach and first details on Diane’s new Best of Laguna Beach Culinary Adventures and Walking Tour launches.

Sharp Turn Ahead turning out for the Coach House this Saturday night: doors open at 6 p.m.

The local teen band of Kyle and Benjamin Sharp, Sharp Turn Ahead, will be playing at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano this Saturday, April 18. They will be opening for Lisa Loeb, noted for the number one hit, Stay (I missed You).

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Sharp Turn Ahead

Sharp Turn Ahead will be rocking out their signature style of pop and rock, along with some brand new original music. 

“We are incredible excited to be opening for Lisa Loeb,” the boys note on their website. “Lisa, who has had a number one hit …was also the first ever artist to top the charts before being signed to a record label…”

They’re looking for a good crowd of Laguna friends. “Really hope you’ll join us for a great night!”

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking this link: SharpTurnAheadTickets

Spring Youth Theatre Classes offered, ages 4 – 12 

Children ages four through 12 can have fun and gain impressive life skills by taking class in one of the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Classes.

Spring classes began Wednesday, April 15 for The Magic Suitcase (4 p.m. – 5 p.m. for ages four, five, and six), and Fun with Acting (at 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. for ages seven and eight). Both classes meet at The Playhouse. 

From April 21 – May 19, for five weeks, there is the class Acting Fundamentals (ages nine to 11), which meets Tuesdays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. 

Friday April 17 – June 5, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., enjoy the Musical Theatre Workshop (ages 9 - 12), which meets at The Playhouse.  

A showcase will be presented at the end of each session, each class.

Fees range from $125 to $200. 

For more information or to enroll in a class, call Vivian Molitz at (949) 497-2787, ext. 230. Additional information can be found on The Laguna Playhouse website at www.lagunaplayhouse.com 

Musical comedy – “Murder for Two” coming to the Playhouse

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham announced the Orange County premiere of the Smash-Hit, Off-Broadway musical, “Murder for Two,” book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, choreography by Wendy Seyb, musical direction by David Caldwell and direction by Scott Schwartz.

“We are delighted to bring this hilarious and “Killer” new musical to our subscribers and audiences,” comments Wood. “Two Actors, a dozen characters and a classic whodunit, all set to a marvelous new musical score, this is going to be an evening to die for” adds Wareham. 

“Murder for Two” will begin previews on at Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday, April 22; will open on Saturday, April 25 and runs through Sunday, May 17.

Everyone is a suspect in “Murder for Two,” a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.

“Murder for Two” tickets range from $41 - $66 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 497-2787 ext. 229. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

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LOCA honors Mary Ferguson at its fundraiser Sunday

“I was shocked when they told me,” said Mary Ferguson. She described her response when she learned she was the official honoree of the Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) fundraiser. The event, themed Living la Vida LOCA, is on Sunday April 19, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden and Café.

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Mary Ferguson

Ferguson will be recognized for her service on the City Arts Commission and the Board of Laguna College of Art and Design, and her support of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center where she co-founded the Art and Sea Lions workshops with LOCA’s Sherry Bullard. Presenters thanking Ferguson include Donna Ballard, Rick Balzer, Nelson Coates, John Cunningham, Ruben Flores, and Pat O’Brien. 

An art auction will feature originals by John Barber, Olivia Batchelder, Lindsay Buchman, Hedy Buzan, Lydia Delgado, Shelley Evans, Mada Leach, Sue Linder - Valerie Gorrell, Donita Lloyd, Jacquie Moffett, Jan Sattler, Gretchen Shannon, Tom Swimm and more. 

Silent auction and raffle prizes will feature certificates for Inn at Laguna, The Tides Inn, Watermarc Restaurant, Mozambique, Harbor Grill, Bushards Pharmacy, a Southern dinner, auto repair, a Palm Springs getaway and more.

Proceeds support the education programs of LOCA including arts in schools, afterschool programs, workshops for at-risk youth, special needs adults, seniors, families, visitors and more. The event will include festive food and wine in the intimate garden setting. 

“This will be lots of fun, and I hope LOCA makes lots of money!” Ferguson proclaimed.

Cost is $40 in advance, or $50 at the door. 320 N. Coast Highway. Register at LOCAarts.org or call (949) 363-4700. Subscribe to the free LOCA E-newsletter by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit LOCA on Facebook to view lists of prizes.


The Woman’s Club holding a community welcome for the city’s new police chief on Friday April 24 at 4:30

The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach invites everyone in the community to join them on Friday, April 24, to honor our first female Chief of Police, Laura Farinella.

Club President Barbara Crane said the new chief will be discussing her goals for the city as well as her career.

Chief Farinella holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Communications from Chapman University and Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University at Long Beach.  She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute and has completed numerous post-graduate programs.  

“I am honored and excited to have been chosen to lead the fine men and women of the Laguna Beach Police Department,” said Chief Farinella.  

“We are eager to hear Chief Farinella speak and tell us her vision for Laguna Beach,” said Crane.  

Refreshments will be served and there will be live music at the complimentary event, which begins at 4:30 and will end at six o’clock at 286 St. Ann’s Drive.

Some Ladies Who Lunch…and Read wear lovely hats! 

The Friends of the Laguna Beach Library will hold their 11th annual Ladies Who Lunch...and Read luncheon on May 5th at 11 a.m. Ladies are asked, but not required, to don their lovely bonnets, and join the Friends at Three Seventy Common at 370 Glenneyre (across the street from the library). 

There will be prizes for the best hats, a wonderful raffle, and guests will be able to share the books they have enjoyed. Chef Adam Ryan will once again treat us to his delicious food in his welcoming restaurant.

To make reservations, send your check for $60 to the Friends of the Library, 1310 Moorea Way, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or go to the Friends website www.friendsofthelagunabeachlibrary.org to request a reservation, using PayPal.  For more information, call 949-376 5135 or 949-497 7053.

LBHS teacher selected and attended the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN

Laguna Beach High School French teacher Dr. Odile Dewar was selected to attend the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in March. 

Superintendent Sherine Smith said, “This award reflects Odile’s dedication and passion and we are proud she has earned this incredible recognition.”

This is the 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was adopted by 189 governments. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is considered a comprehensive benchmark for advancement of women’s rights. CSW59 reviewed the international implementation and challenges of the Beijing model in addition to evaluating gender equality and circumstances of women today.

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Dr. Odile Dewar

Dr. Dewar is an active member in the San Diego Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, a program of the United Nations Foundation.

She remarked, “Meeting women from all over the world with diverse backgrounds, cultures and languages who were united in their goals to help make life better for women in every corner of the globe was inspirational.”

The experience was life changing for Dr. Dewar. “During the conference I had the opportunity to experience many great meetings between Saturday and Monday which will enrich my curriculum for my classes at LBHS. I also made contact with other UN representatives to discuss possible internships for our high school MUN students,” she stated.

In January, Dr. Dewar invited the UNA-USA San Diego, UN Foundation President and CEO Bettina Hausmann as a guest lecturer to speak about the UN goals to the high school’s AP French class and Model UN (MUN) students. Ms. Hausmann’s interactive and engaging presentation prompted much student discussion about the role of the UN in their everyday lives. Dr. Dewar emphasized that as citizens of the world, students can choose to be active participants of positive global change throughout their lives.

Born in Madagascar, Dr. Dewar has lived and learned in places all over the world including Cameroon, the Soviet Union, and Western Europe. Her father was a judge and a French diplomat, d’outremer. She is fluent in four languages including French, Italian, English and Russian, and speaks some Spanish, Madagascar and Ewondo. Dr. Dewar earned her doctorate in education at Alliant International University.

Husband and wife guitarist team in concert Sunday

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Husband and wife team Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen are Grammy-Award winning guitarists, and Young Audiences’ 2009 National Artist of the Year.

Their concerts are memorable, highlighted by blazing fingerpicking, lovely vocal harmonies, haunting ballads, fun songs and good humor. Likely, they will include a bit of audience participation! 

These two performers will be at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave., at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Invite a friend, a young budding guitarist, and enjoy the music!

Suggested donation is $10/person, $25/family.

A freewill offering will be taken during the concert.

To learn more about Mark and Greta, visit their website www.accentonmusic.com

JoAnne Artman Gallery presents group exhibition, Lost in Translation Too… art resonates universally

“Lost in Translation Too” is a dynamic showcase of international contemporary artists Anja Van Herle, Alberto Murillo, Anthony Hunter, and Pedro Bonnin. Though the styles represented in this exhibition range from abstract expressionism to hyperrealism, these artists all incorporate influences from their home cultures into works that transcend the barriers of geography and language.

Belgian-born artist Anja Van Herle is known for her oversized renditions of female faces. Inspired by fashion, beauty marketing and her training in classical painting, Van Herle creates iconic and provocative pieces that invite the viewer to question ideals of feminine beauty and identity.

Alberto Murillo, hailing from Spain, creates vibrant fields of color and texture in his layered resin works. Inspired by the architecture and moods of Spain and Latin America, Murillo’s abstract fields of color evoke the memory of places, from calming seascapes to the vibrant maelstrom of cities.

British painter Anthony Hunter delivers a fresh take on abstract expressionism creating works that are both emotionally powerful and visually captivating. Hunter, who has been immersed in the art world as an art fabricator for artist Damien Hirst, is known for his energetic compositions, unexpected palettes, and innovative use of materials.

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Pedro Bonnin 

“Constellation 7” 

Oil on canvas, 62.5” X 70.5”

Mexico-city based artist Pedro Bonnin is remarkable for his handling of oil paint, but what further distinguishes him is his rare ability to conjure moods. Bonnin is fascinated by darkly humorous subjects that frequently border on the absurd, like fantastical tableaus of sharply dressed urbanites juxtaposed against irrational spaces. 

While Van Herle, Murillo, Hunter, and Bonnin all have roots abroad, their international success proves that fine art resonates universally.

These artists will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression!

At the JoAnne Artman Gallery until June 30. 326 N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach. For information visit: www.joanneartmangallery.com or call 949-510-5481.

Shorebreak: Local heroes help local skimboarding documentary filmmaker Tony Liuzzi go global with premier set for April 30 

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The city of Laguna Beach has its own flavor and unique culture that is deeply rooted from the last 200 years. North Laguna and South Laguna are unique in the California coastline for the one of a kind topography with its historic beaches and coastal mountains stretching from Three Arch Bay all the way up to Crystal Cove State Park to the north. Many of these beaches and coves would be considered unsafe and to majestic for public access if it weren’t for the lifeguard’s and skimboard community.

When people first hear the word skimboard…they imagine a child or a simple piece of wood sliding along the shoreline. They could never imagine that a simple evolution of plywood could lead to a near century journey to the professional tour and global community that exists today in over 100 countries! 

A man by the name Elmer Jahraus came to Laguna from Santa Ana in 1903. Soon after opening his cigar factory in the lobby of the Yoch Hotel he founded Laguna Lumber in 1913. The creation of this lumberyard is what brought wood and materials to help the city thrive. The development of Laguna Beach and skimboards worldwide has been linked to this development of the global lumberyards and the creation of plywood. The first physical evidence of a skimboard is actually a photograph of a lifeguard skimming in Laguna in the early 1900’s. 

About two years ago a young documentary filmmaker by the name of Anthony Liuzzi set out on a global tour for a project to cover the history of the skimboard community. The documentary’s project grew the name “Shorebreak: The Evolution of Skimboarding” with the help of local legends Tex Haines, Tom Trager, Aaron Peluso, Paul Wade, the Bryan and Stinnett brothers, and many more. 

Liuzzi set out to not only share the historical growth but also the connection to the action sports community and this worldwide phenomena. With the help of the best athletes in the sports history; Shorebreak was not only able to uncover the historic truth but to connect this global family once and for all. Shorebreak helps to reveal a five continent growth of a sport over the past few hundred years! 

After connecting with athletes from all over the world, the global tour, and hurricane season; the film was ready for production. 

The Shorebreak story has taken over two years to help develop the truth that the community deserves to be shared. The global truth about their mutual love for a universal feeling of sliding across water was discovered. 

The world premier is set to take place at the City National Grove of Anaheim, in California on April 30. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a professional athlete meet and greet and Shorebreak expo. Following the history expo and documentary showcase will be an after party concert starting at 7:30. 

For more information on the project or the event visit… www.shorebreakfilm.com The film is set for an international film festival tour and will be released to the pubic after the film festivals in late 2015. Watch the trailer at https://youtube/7eXPh7YZbqU 

Workshop for the 55-plus age group: Real estate questions you might need answered, on April 18

At the Laguna Board of Realtors, there will be a free educational workshop by a panel of local professionals to answer the big question: “Is Capital Gains Tax Preventing You from Selling Your Property?”

On Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. you may get the answers you seek from real estate brokers, Rick Colson and Julie Skordas, plus a panel of other experts. In addition to the capital gains tax, topics will include 1031 exchanges, estate planning, senior sensitive moving, and elder abuse prevention.

With the spectacular increase of property values in Laguna Beach in the last 20 years, your net equity may exceed the standard $250,000 exemption for singles or $500,000 for married couples. Maybe you have investment properties that you would like to sell but the capital gains tax is preventing you from taking action. Selling your property may result in a huge tax bill unless you consider some of the advanced strategies presented at this workshop to avoid, reduce or minimize your capital gains tax. Come found out what you need to know.

Seating is limited. Call Rick or Julie for further information at 949-531-8558 or 949-322-4567. Parking is metered.

The panel of professionals includes Jennifer Lefton, Esq., Kathy Flores, Wealth Management Inc., Bill Leber, Reverse Mortgage advisor, Debbie Bannister, Exchange Resources, Inc., Peter Yoss, Golden West Moving Inc., as well as Skordas and Colson of Harcourts Prime Properties.

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

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

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

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

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

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

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DUI Arrests

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Incident Reports

Tuesday, April 14 

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Theft

8:27 p.m. A wallet containing credit cards, personal ID and cash was stolen.

South Laguna – Two Locations | Tax Fraud; ID Theft

11:03 a.m. Two different SoLag residents learned that someone else had used their social security numbers to files federal tax returns. The IRS requires a local police report.

Brooks Street Beach | Curfew Violation x 4

12:54 a.m. Four juveniles were detained for curfew violation and parental pickup at the PD.

Monday, April 13

Shady Place | 28800 Block | Tax Fraud; ID Theft

5:25 p.m. The RP received a $71 tax refund check from H&R Block…she had not used that firm to prepare her taxes. She learned from the IRS that someone had used her SS# and filed.

Main Beach | Drunk in Public ++

5:15 p.m. Eric Steven Miller, 37, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public and for two Ventura County warrants for theft – with total bail of $5000.

Sunday, April 12

Ocean Vista Drive | 21600 Block | Mail Theft

6:08 p.m. The RP said items were stolen from their mailbox.

Police Station | Drunk in Public +

3:03 p.m. Eddie Olesiak, 28, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public and for a Harbor Court theft warrant with $1500 bail.

Oak Street | 400 Block | Burglary, vehicle

2:39 p.m. The passenger widow was smashed to make entry and swipe a wallet. Loss: $700.

S. Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Theft

11:56 a.m. A purse was stolen – loss about $500. The RP provided police with the name of a possible suspect.

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From readers and press releases


Low-cost spay/neuter program for residents of Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods 

Protecting Unwanted Pets (PUP) will cover the majority of the costs to spay or neuter your pet during this annual event, taking place from April 1 – April 30! Spaying or neutering your pet has numerous health benefits for the animal and is essential in controlling pet overpopulation. 

To take advantage of this opportunity, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or Laguna Woods. There is a maximum of two pets per household. 

A veterinarian evaluates each pet and in the event your pet requires additional medical attention, you will be responsible for additional costs. 

Voucher prices range $20-$50 for spays and $15-$30 for neuters (depending on weight of the animal). Purchase vouchers at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Vouchers must be purchased by April 15, 2015; procedures must occur in April 2015.

Annual Art Along The Coast - fine artists exhibit in south OC

On April 25 and 26, South Orange County fine artists will be showcasing their craft and providing art lovers with exclusive access to their homes and studios located along the California coastline.  For the second year in a row, spanning two days, art aficionados and collectors can drive Pacific Coast Highway at their leisure from San Clemente through Dana Point to Laguna Beach where they will experience a behind-the-scenes look into the homes and studios where these fine artists live and work. 

Art Along The Coast guests will get a preview, and chance to purchase, new works not yet seen by the public.  All of the participating artists have been or are currently exhibitors at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. 

“Artists strive to provide collectors with a more in-depth perspective into their creative process, so we are offering this two-day experience with that purpose in mind,” said Paul Bond, Magic Realism Oil Painter.  “We wanted to give art lovers access to an experience you don’t get every day. Our goal is to inspire them with the opportunity to discover how ideas, creativity and technique come together to create a piece of fine art,” he added.

Art lovers who visit all the studios and homes on the tour will be entered into a raffle that has numerous rewards contributed by the participating artists.  Prizes include a piece of fine art, a complimentary artist workshop, a coffee table art book and two tickets to this year’s Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters performance, The Pursuit of Happiness.

For additional information, the full 2015 artist line up, times and location of each studio, visit www.artalongthecoast.com  

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Grief Support Group through May 11 – at Laguna Presbyterian Church

For those who have suffered great loss…if you are grieving a loved one who has died, Laguna Presbyterian Church invites you to join their 6-week Grief Support Group led by Rev. Jon Moore, Bonnie Changstrom and Deborah Sakach. Do you know someone in the community who is grieving? Invite them to come.

Cost: $35 (for materials).  

If you have materials from attending one of our previous grief groups, you are welcome to attend at no cost.

4-5:30 p.m., Mondays April 6 – May 11 at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave., in the Parlor. Sign-up on-line at: lagunapreschurch.org.


Laguna Beach Live! All Stars Big Band set for 

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate and swing into Cinco de Mayo with some of the hottest jazz musicians around! The Laguna Beach Live! All-Star Big Band features critically-acclaimed vocalist Meloney Collins will be performing to benefit the children’s music programs on Tuesday, May 5th, 7:30 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse.

Meloney Collins

A few of the featured artists in the band are: Saxophonist Eric Marienthal (performs with Chick Corea, Barbara Streisand, Patti Austin); Trombonist Francisco Torres (performs with Poncho Sanchez, Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band); Saxophonist Rickey Woodard (performs with Ray Charles, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra); Saxophonist Bob Sheppard (performs with Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band); Trombonist and Musical Director Duane Ben-Jammin (performs with Temptations, Justin Timberlake, Gerald Wilson); and on trumpet, and Artistic Director of Jazz for Laguna Beach Live!, Bijon Watson (performs with Natalie Cole, Justin Timberlake, Michael Buble, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra). This show is not to be missed and is guaranteed to spice up your evening and all for a great cause!

Tickets are $35 presale and can be purchased on lagunabeachlive.org or in person or by phone at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd, 949-497-2787. Proceeds will support Live! Music & Kids, a music education program offered, at no charge, to children at the Boys & Girls Club and Laguna schools.

Pam Estes, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club, comments, “Without Laguna Beach Live! there would be no music at all here – and music is such an important part of life. Music transcends so many factors – language, culture, age – and brings us all together. 

“Thankfully, Laguna Live! has opened that door for so many young ones here at the Boys & Girls Club.”

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.

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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 www.LagunaBeachPassport.com, 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.

Ocean Institute welcomes Antarctica researcher April 22

The Ocean Institute will welcome Antarctica researcher Ari Friedlaender on Wednesday, April 22, for a private reception at 5 p.m. and main event presentation 6 - 8 p.m.

Friedlaender will be sharing stories from Unframable, his new book about Antarctica; members of the public can purchase copies of the book and have it signed by Friedlaender after the presentation.

Over the course of 25 trips to Antarctica, Friedlaender’s research program used tag technology to study the underwater behavior of marine mammals leading to many discoveries about whales. Using photography, Friedlaender has sought to shed light on some of the unique aspects of the Antarctic inhabitants and the threats that this fragile ecosystem now faces. 

The cost to attend the lecture is $5 for Ocean Institute Members and $10 for General Admission. There will also be a special reception with Ari Friedlaender before the lecture, which includes a copy of the book and admission to the event for $55. Seating is limited. 

Register online at www.ocean-institute.org/membership
or call (949) 496-2274, ext. 351 for information. Event is not recommended for small children. 

The Institute address is 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.

For more information, visit www.ocean-institute.org or call (949) 496-2274.

2015 Gate & Garden Tour set for May 1

The Laguna Beach Garden Club announced that tickets are now available for the 2015 Gate & Garden Tour of Woods Cove on Friday, May 1 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A self-guided walking tour on quiet streets near Bluebird Park offers not only a unique opportunity to stroll through private gardens but also views of heritage trees, quirky birdhouses and memorable homes. Woods Cove is one of the first neighborhoods settled and is still filled with quaint beach cottages, mature trees and small scale newer homes. 

Eight private gardens will be open to explore along a marked route on paved city streets. This is the shortest Garden Tour route ever and mostly downhill yet you will be transported to fragrant Tuscany, a mermaid’s watery lair, orderly vegetable gardens, gently controlled wild spaces and a tropical Paradise. 

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In celebration of Laguna’s heritage, plein air artists have been invited to paint in several of the gardens. There will also be an exotic plant sale at the end of the tour. Cheerful garden club volunteers will be available in gardens and along the route to answer questions.

The $45 advanced-sale ticket includes admittance to the gardens described in the tour brochure, which includes a map of the route and round trip shuttle bus transportation.  Registration will once again be at historic Arabella Laguna where there will also be delicious homemade refreshments and a raffle.

Purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a spectacular prize provided by Dana Point Nursery. 

Gardens may have uneven steps and paths; there is no sidewalk.  Comfortable walking shoes are essential; broad brimmed hat advisable. Don’t forget your camera. 

A limited number of tickets will be available on tour day for $50. 

The garden tour is the major fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Garden Club. Proceeds provide financial support for the many environmental, educational and civic beautification projects of the club as well as scholarships for local high school and junior college students with an interest in horticulture. 

Tickets are available in Laguna Beach at Laguna Drug (239 Broadway), Tides Inn (460 N. Coast Hwy) and Laguna Nursery (1370 S. Coast Hwy) or in Dana Point at Dana Point Nursery, 34100 Pacific Coast Highway. 

For more information about Laguna Beach Garden Club, visit their website at: LagunaBeachGardenClub.org

Sawdust Studio Art 

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

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Class Schedules



April 16 to May 7

Glassblowing – 10 a.m.

Gavin Heath


Fridays, April 17 – May 8

Pottery – 1 p.m.

Paulina Michel


Friday, April 17

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jewelry Fabrication

David Nelson


Saturday April 18

10 a.m. 


Muffin Spencer-Devlin

Oil Painting

John Eagle

Water Casting

Erin Proctor


Monday, April 17

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jewelry Fabrication

David Nelson


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