By DENNIS McTIGHE
November 27, 2015
I’m thankful for plenty – especially Laguna
So thankful I’m still above ground. Beyond thankful and grateful for Mom and Pop first discovering this wonderful place way back in September of 1939. Laguna is the ultimate sanctuary, at least for me. I can honestly say not one day ever went by without stopping for a moment and recognizing how beautiful and special Laguna is. Also very thankful for food, clothing and most important, shelter. Thankful for the connection with Stu News Laguna where I love writing a column twice a week for almost four years now. I can’t believe I’ve kept one job for almost four years!
Local surface ocean temps on Turkey Day are still hovering in that 64-67 range. On this date in 1997 the water temp finally dropped under 70. What a run!
Fall of 2015 has been meager at best, one of the flattest on record, very out of character for a strong El Niño event. Looking back at the last two powerful events, the surf was banging for days both in ’82 and ’97. Rincon had already logged a half dozen well overhead swells and it wasn’t even Halloween yet.
December is almost here and the month’s normal rainfall increases to 2.6 inches. Our wettest December was in 2010 when nearly a foot of rain fell in less than a week’s time. Laguna’s second wettest December occurred in 1997 when we collected nearly 10 inches.
December’s average hi temp in Laguna is 64-67. The warmest December day was back on Dec. 3, 1958 with 88. Our average low here in town is 42-45 but it’s colder than that out in the Canyon. The coldest night was in December of 1978 with 27 in town and 22 out there in the Canyon.
The most active Turkey Day weather wise was Thanksgiving Day in 1981 lots of convective activity with up to 14 waterspouts sighted in Laguna waters during the afternoon hours plus lots of hail and frequent lightning.
Hope you had a great feast! ALOHA!
Shop locally on Small Business Saturday—Nov 28
90 Laguna Beach merchants have signed up to offer deals, giveaways and attractions to customers who shop locally on Small Business Saturday on Nov 28. Offers range from 50% off discounts, to gifts with purchase and open houses with free giveaways. All deals have been revealed; visit www.lagunabeachchamber.org/deals/ for more details. All businesses are encouraged to participate for free by signing up on the Chamber’s website.
Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday was created to promote shopping at small businesses in local neighborhoods. Unlike Black Friday, which belongs to malls and big box stores, Small Business Saturday is more in line with the friendly, family-oriented and independent nature of Laguna Beach.
The Chamber will be running a city-wide Snap & Share social media contest designed to get people walking around their town and taking advantage of Small Business Saturday specials. The grand prize is an overnight stay and two spa treatments at The Montage. The 2nd prize is a $250 Visa Gift Card, and the 3rd prize is a Tommy Bahama gift basket. Details are on the Chamber’s website and photos must be taken inside of a participating business.
“We have reached out to just about every small business in town to get them thinking about what they can do on Small Business Saturday. We are doing our part in running the Snap & Share photo contest on social media and getting the word out about all the local offers on Small Business Saturday,” said Laura Henkels, the Executive Director of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce.
“We are very excited to promote shopping locally on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season because it is a great way to do your holiday shopping while contributing to the community’s health,” she said. “I’ll be doing my Christmas shopping on Nov 28th.”
This event is part of the Chamber’s Think Laguna First (www.lagunabeachchamber.org/think-laguna-first) initiative that asks residents to shop, dine and frequent local businesses on Nov 28 and all year round. Last year, the Chamber had 26 participating businesses.
The Chamber expects to surpass its goal of 100 businesses by today, Nov 20. There is no deadline to sign up, and no reason to leave town on November 28th.
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Spirit Qin, owner of the Personalitees shop
“I’m glad there are going to be a lot of businesses participating this year in Small Business Saturday. When we all do something, it is better for our customers,” said Spirit Qin, owner of Personalitees in the Sleepy Hollow area. He is busy getting things ready for a DIY screen-printing event on Nov 28. “I think the photo contest is kind of cool, too. People can go to all the local stores and take a photo and post it on social media and they might win a great prize. I wish I could participate in that part!” he continued.
On Saturday, Nov 28, shoppers are encouraged to walk around Laguna Beach with friends, family and colleagues to shop small in a big way. The event will feature discounts, giveaways, entertainment, refreshments and raffles at over 90 merchants. To see the list of participating merchants and learn more about the Snap & Share contest, see www.LagunaBeachChamber.org/deals.
Artists Republic and RAW salt gallery hosting Holiday Bazaar
The first annual Contemporary Art Holiday Bazaar will be held this Saturday, November 28 from 2 – 6 p.m. Artists Republic and RAW salt galleries have teamed up to encourage you to shop local and support the talented community of contemporary fine artists, craftspeople and creatives, offering a selection of small works perfect for the holiday season and gift giving. In addition, artists will be on hand with printmaking demonstrations, live painting and music for this festive day at both Artists Republic and RAW salt.
Featured artists at Artists Republic are Lady BIM, Nancy Chiu, Seadrift Soul, Bookmachine, Chantal deFelice, Kalen Blackburn, and Maryann Herbenar.
Featured artists at RAW salt are Sally Deng, Julio Labra, Sarah Walsh, Suzanne Walsh, Michale Harnish and Yevgeniya Mikhailik.
Music will be provided by DJ Bent Fingers. Amanda Raynes and Aaron Brown will be doing live painting. The printmaking demo will be at 4:30 p.m. by Camilla Taylor.
Third Annual Sip and Shuck a smashing success
Story and Photos by ELIZABETH NUTT
For the third year in a row, sister restaurants The Deck on Laguna Beach and the Driftwood Kitchen in partnership with the Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel hosted its “Sip and Shuck” event—an oyster and champagne party by the beach.
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Sippin’ and Shuckin’
Proceeds from this year’s unique event will benefit Laguna Beach Playhouse, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of viewers through the experience of live theater, as well as to provide educational opportunities for both children and adults.
Tickets cost $85, and guests over the age of 21 were invited to partake in a food and drink festival steps from the sand on Sunday afternoon, with panoramic views of the Pacific. The all-you-can-eat-and-drink menu included a wide variety of delicious hand-shucked oysters and sparkling wines from around the world. Items from the Driftwood Restaurant and the Deck on Laguna Beach’s menu were also offered to guests. Menu highlights included the Roasted Porchetta Pork Sandwich, the Kobe Beef Sliders and Smoked Salmon on miniature buckwheat pancakes.
To wash it all down, guests had the option of enjoying an exciting selection of bubbly, as well as other festive beverages, including a Ketel One Vodka bar with an ice luge, Californian wines, a Tito’s Vodka Bar, and cocktails from the Casa Amigos Tequila Company. The Laguna Beach Beer Company was also pouring samples of its flagship beer, The Greeter’s Ale.
As the event unfolded, Sip and Shuck participants were also treated to live entertainment, an impressive raffle, and a spectacular fall sunset. Local artists—such as Laguna Beach native and painter Robin Hiers were also on hand to display and sell their work.
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But the evening wasn’t all about beauty, oysters and imbibing. The Sip and Shuck has, since its first event in 2013, been organized specifically to benefit and celebrate local Laguna Beach organizations and non-profits. In 2014, the event raised a whopping $10,000 for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and in 2013 the Sip and Shuck benefited the Surfrider Foundation.
This year was the perfect year for the Deck on Laguna Beach and the Driftwood Restaurant’s Sip and Shuck event to spotlight the Laguna Playhouse, which is celebrating its 95th anniversary.
Badazoom - One Search, One Site for all of the best electronics deals - Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Every Day
Consumer Transparency LLC, a technology and development think tank, launched a new online search tool, http://www.badazoom.com, just in time to help holiday shoppers find the best sales and prices on consumer electronics, before the notorious stress of Black Friday hits.
South Carolina based Badazoom is the first and only vendor-neutral comparison search website that specializes in online consumer electronics, designed exclusively with the consumer in mind, providing radical simplicity and unfiltered transparency.
“Badazoom is an e-commerce aggregator for consumer electronics, a site where shoppers can quickly and easily find the best Black Friday deals, Cyber Monday deals, actually, all the sales, all in one place, all on one site,” said Clark Mickel, COO and founder. “We don’t sell products; we do the deepest search to find the lowest prices anywhere. So now you can get all the same deals quickly and easily without even leaving the couch.”
With advanced, proprietary technology, Badazoom is reintroducing the practice of putting the customer first by aggregating the largest range of online shopping networks. In addition to price comparisons, Badazoom provides a price watch system that alerts shoppers when the item they want is at the price they want.
From Amazon and Best Buy, to Newegg.com - and every site in between - Badazoom is designed to save time, money, and hassle by offering the largest range of online shopping networks in one place, with one search.
“I never realized I wasn’t always being shown the best deal out there,” said Cynthia Jenkins of Laguna Beach. “Badazoom is my new one-stop shop I can trust.”
The website design is based around the idea of “radical simplicity,” Mickel said. “How can we accomplish a very complex task, like search and filtering, but in a way that you can understand as soon as you see it?”
Under the parent company, Consumer Transparency, LLC, Badazoom, is the first and only completely transparent, vendor-neutral comparison search website that exclusively specializes in online consumer electronics. Badazoom is designed to aggregate the largest range of online shopping networks, with the only predictive pricing technology, offering the most relevant, deepest search results, with an unmatched commitment to up-to-date results and a tireless price-watch service.
For more information, visit http://badazoom.com
“The 1940’s Radio Hour” and after-show cabaret with Saif Eddin - a perfect holiday evening is at No Square Theatre!
No Square Theatre ties up a spectacular season with its first ever holiday production: “The 1940’s Radio Hour.” Performed in one act, the musical will be followed each night with a cabaret-style performance featuring members of the cast, community, and the inimitable Saif Eddin. A Laguna favorite for decades, and a founding cast member of “Lagunatics,” Eddin’s performances around the globe included star-studded cabaret nights at Laguna Nursery.
“The Holiday Cabaret was a favorite,” says Saif. “It always sold out, and at $50-60 a person.” Artistic Director, Bree Burgess Rosen points out that “The 1940’s Radio Hour” and Saif’s Holiday Cabaret was a dream, but when the virtuoso returned to O.C. from the Bay Area last summer, the dream was realized.
“Radio Hour” Director Joe Lauderdale invited Eddin to play the lead in the show, then get behind the piano each night for the after-show cabaret. “Saif accepted!” laughed a delighted Rosen. “This is going to be a spectacular run.”
A professional, with an impressive resume, Saif Eddin is coming in to the community production on a guest artist contract with Actors Equity. Rosen says professionals donate their talents to the theatre’s concerts and special events frequently, but only once before has the company put a pro into one of their musicals. The fact that the whole evening can be had for $25 is a bonus as the company continues to bring acclaimed entertainment to the village at such an affordable price.
“The 1940’s Radio Hour” script by Walton Jones features a musical score from the golden era of big bands, tremendous vocal harmonies, and a hit list including I’ll Be Seeing You, Strike Up The Band, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and more. The audience is in on the fun with the live radio broadcast of The Musical Manhattan Variety Cavalcade, on December 21, 1942. Behind-the-scenes moments follow the harassed producer coping with a tipsy lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mic, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.
“The sound effects are great fun”, says Lauderdale. “They’re created before your eyes, at a frenetic pace, as the broadcast unfolds.” Historically, December 1942 was the first Christmas U.S. troops were away from home, lending a heartfelt reality to the holiday letters read ‘on the air’, and the dedication of songs to loved ones separated by war. It’s fitting that “The 1940’s Radio Hour” will be performed at No Square Theatre, inside the historic home to Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222, founded in 1928 by local military veterans.
“The 1940’s Radio Hour” features a cast of 11 including Jack Aldridge, Rebecca Butkivich, Mark Green, Gary Greene, Joe Herrera, Sharon Jewell, Glenn Koppel, Dustin Nguyen, Tara Waldschmidt, Chris Yeschenko, and Saif Eddin. Directed by Joe Lauderdale, vocals are directed by Diane King Vann, choreography by Ellen Prince, and the band by Joe Mulroy. The classic 40s styles are recreated in costumes by Brigitte Harper. Sound effects wizardry is enhanced by the genius of Patrick Quilter.
There will be eight weekend performances: Saturday Dec. 5, Sunday Dec. 6, Friday Dec. 11, Saturday Dec. 12, Sunday Dec. 13, Friday Dec. 18, Saturday Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20. All performances start at 7:30 with $10 dinner and drinks available from 6:30. Performances of the show and cabaret will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission.
No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, just two blocks south of the high school, where there is ample free parking. To avoid the parking rush, patrons are encouraged to come early and enjoy drinks and dinner al fresco before each performance. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out shows so buy in advance. $12.50 for kids under twelve and $25 for adults. Tickets are available at nosquare.org. The recorded info line is 949-715-0333. If available, tickets may be sold at the door for an additional fee.
No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by the Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the Lodging Establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, Mark W. Brisley DDS, Chuck & Birgitta Schoen, Doreen & Lee Butler, the Festival of Arts Foundation, Chris Quilter, Patrick Quilter & Quilter Labs, SWA Group, The White House, and an Anonymous Donor.
For additional information on events, auditions, and to purchase tickets, please visit nosquare.org.
Laguna Beach Climate Rally—Sunday, November 29
The Laguna Beach Climate Rally will take place on Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 2 p.m. Participants will gather at Main Beach Park at the location of Coast Highway between Forest and Ocean Avenue.
This event is part of the Global Climate March. World leaders will meet in Paris to begin negotiating the next global climate deal. This is why, the day before, people all around the world will take to the streets in order to push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100% clean energy. This year’s climate march is expected to be the largest mobilization in history.
Nicolas Haeringer, France Campaigner for 350.org, said, “The tragedy in Paris has only strengthened our resolve. This movement for climate justice has always also been a movement for peace—a way for people around the world to come together, no matter their background or religion, and fight to protect our common home.”
The Laguna Beach Climate Rally host and volunteers ask that participants bring signs, and that they invite their family, friends, co-workers and classmates to this historical event.
For more information and to RSVP to this inspirational march, check out:
“Together, we can push the world toward a climate deal that gets us off dirty energy and unleashes clean energy for all!”
Laguna Beach Democratic Club meeting on Dec 9 will include a conversation with Erwin Chemerinsky
The Laguna Beach Democratic Club invites all to an interesting evening of conversation with one of the nation’s most leading legal scholars, Erwin Chemerinsky. Chemerinsky will be focusing his discussion on the legal grounds for overturning the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision declaring corporate expenditures on political campaigns “free speech.”
Chemerinsky is a lawyer, law professor, and a prominent scholar in United States constitutional law and federal civil procedure. He is the current and founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
Between 2009 and 2013 Chemerinsky was the 2nd-most frequently cited American legal scholar. He has published six books, numerous articles, and a regular column on the United States Supreme Court. Chemerinsky has also argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court, and is one of the Guantanamo Bay attorneys, as he represents a client held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
The conversation will be held on Wednesday Dec 9 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Unitarian Universal Fellowship Hall, 429 Cypress Drive. Refreshments will be served.
LBUSD seeks public input on superintendent search
The Laguna Beach Unified School District has initiated its search for a new superintendent and seeks community input and assistance.
The district has retained the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting school boards with the consideration of candidates for superintendents.
An important step in the search process is to identify characteristics the district will be seeking in the new superintendent. The board of education values the opinions of all community members and invites all stakeholders to have an input in this process.
The LBUSD asks for community members to participate in an online survey (www.ecrasurvey.com/laguna) requesting the public’s desired characteristics and skills they would like to see in the next superintendent by December 30.
Three open forums to obtain public input will also be held during the month of December, facilitated by a member of the consulting firm:
Wednesday, December 2 at 6 p.m. at the LBUSD District Office Board Room.
Monday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the LBUSD District Office Board Room.
Wednesday, December 9 at 9 a.m. at the LBHS Library.
Ed. Note: Artist Fitz Maurice has set out to paint live at all of the US National Parks. She will be submitting her stories from the road to StuNewsLaguna from time to time.
It is Thanksgiving time and I want to give thanks to the National Park Service!
By FITZ MAURICE
While on the quest these past four years I have visited more than 20 National Parks and I am always impressed with how clean, organized and well run the parks are. The directional and informative signs are properly placed, and yet discreet. The hiking paths are clearly marked and maintained through all weather.
I feel proud to be an American when I am walking around our National Parks, especially when I hear other visitors speaking in foreign languages and realize that they have traveled really far to get here. How they must be awestruck by the rare and monumental beauty! So few countries have open landscapes that the public can enjoy. How these visitors must admire the freedom with which they get to enjoy our American National Parks.
Our National Parks are the best olive branch of peace that America extends to the world!
Even the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Mt. Rainier National Park Visitor’s Centers are stunning! It is wonderful to walk into these impressive public centers that are so grand in the way they remain architecturally connected to the vast nature just outside their doors.
To apprise myself with the major attractions of each particular park, I have learned to take advantage of the free movie that provides a perfect overview. Often the visitor centers also have bookstores that are filled with maps, guides, educational books and children’s toys that help them relate to nature in very fun ways.
The parks are perfectly run by an invisible crew, leaving you on your own to delight in the mystery of it all. The parks offer you an exceptional way to safely indulge in the deep wonders of nature, while providing the information you are excited to learn. Our National Park Service lets everyone enjoy the rawness and peace – so perfectly preserved – while encouraging all to be respectful of the fragility of nature’s ecosystem.
Best of all are the National Park Rangers! Every one of them that I have met has been gracious, knowledgeable, and happy to answer my burning questions. They are ready to tell you where you can find the best sunset hike or which trail leads to the lake. Naturally, they update you on weather conditions as well as a celestial phenomenon that is likely to occur. Usually, Rangers lead tours through their visitor center/museum and often give guided tours on the trail.
By the way, on August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary.
FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect the Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to each park. Hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene, and finally setting up with portable easel and oil paints, FITZ sets out to capture in paint the wonders that make each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world. To see her National Park Paintings: www.nationalparkpaintings.com
Montage Laguna Beach and KX 93.5 present Winter Concert Classic with Kenny Loggins, December 13
Montage Laguna Beachand KX 93.5 have partnered to introduce a holiday concert at the Irvine Bowl/Pageant of the Masters, in the heart of our beautiful community of Laguna Beach, on Sunday evening, December 13.
Join us for an evening of live musical entertainment in the renowned outdoor amphitheater that is home to the Festival of the Arts’ Pageant of the Masters. Bring the entire family to enjoy the sounds of the season and classic favorites with performances by the legendary Kenny Loggins, pop harmonizing male group The Shadowboxers, and local favorite David Allen Baker.
Just outside the amphitheater is a Winter Wonderland where children can delight in holiday activities, falling snow, and a visit from Old St. Nick himself. Complimentary hot chocolate and holiday treats will be served, with adult libations and additional bites available for purchase.
Proceeds will benefit local non-profits KX 93.5, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, and SchoolPower Laguna Beach Education Foundation.
Please visit www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach/2015-winter-concert-classic/entertainment/ to purchase tickets and for additional event details.
Christmas four person volleyball tournament Dec 12
There will be a free volleyball tournament on Saturday, December 12 at Main Beach. Check in begins at 9 a.m. There will be a four person weighted draw, a potluck and toy drive, and lots of holiday cheer.
The tournament will have two divisions, open and social, with mixed gender teams. Sign up by yourself to be assigned to a team. Family teams rock! There will be really cheesy but cool prizes provided.
Please bring a dish for the potluck lunch- think “comfort food” - or a libation. Electricity is provided for crock-pots.
There will be an optional “Toys For Tots” toy drive drop off
No beginners or really young kids, please. Sign up for either division, but the organizers reserve the right to move players up or down.
Advent at LBUMC begins with festival for all Sunday
Laguna Beach United Methodist Church will inaugurate this year’s Advent Season Nov 29, with an Advent Festival immediately after the 10 a.m. Sunday Worship Service.
Community members are invited to attend this as well as all Advent activities. A potluck will be served and keepsake crafts will be created, including wreath making, all with the background of Christmas music.
This year’s theme will be “Light and Life to All He Brings,” which is a phrase from Charles Wesley’s Christmas hymn, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”
Rev. Mandy Sloan Flemming will begin the series with a sermon, “The Dawn of Light: The Root of Jesse.” (Jesse is David’s father and the Messiah is expected to come from David’s descendants.) She will continue with “The Path is Illuminated: John the Baptist” on Dec 6. On that day, Holy Communion will be offered and World AIDS Day will be recognized.
On Dec 13, the children of the church will perform the Pageant of Las Posadas, representing “The Children Shine a Light.” The following week, Dec 20, Pastor Flemming will speak on “The Bearer of Light: Mary. Advent culminates on Christmas Eve, with “The Light Shines in the Darkness” during two services. At 7:30 p.m., a service of Carols and Candles will be held and at 11 p.m., there will be a service of Communion and Candles.
“A Thrill of Hope,” an Advent educational program will be provided for four weeks starting on Nov 29. Meg Estrada, diaconal minister at the church, will lead the DVD-based study in the Upper Conference Room. The DVD will feature the artwork of John August Swanson and commentary by several Biblical scholars.
Laguna Beach United Methodist Church is located at 21632 Wesley Drive. For additional information, call 949-499-3088 or visit the Web at LBUMC.org.
Plan now for Hanukkah Celebrations at Main Beach
Chabad of Laguna Beach has announced the dates and times for their annual Hanukkah Celebrations on the cobblestones at Main Beach. Plan now to bring the kids and enjoy the fun. Open to all!
Chabad’s Surfboard Menorah
Sunday, Dec 6 at 2 p.m. – Annual Surfboard Menorah Celebration. Featuring an Israeli DJ and Dancing…Awesome street performer, Crafts for the kids, Face painting, Dreidle Cookie Decorating, Latkes, Dreidles and Lighting of the Way Cool Surfboard Menorah! Fun for all ages, Admission free.
Wednesday, Dec 9 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Hanukkah Storytime at Main Beach Surfboard Menorah! Join Shalom Family and Chabad of Laguna Beach for a festive hour of Hanukkah stories, guitar sing along, crafts, latkes and Menorah lighting! Appropriate for families with children 7 and under. RSVP: JewishOC.org/ShalomFamily
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For more information, contact Stephanie Epstein at 949.435.3484 or Perel Goorevitch at 949.499.0770. In the case of inclement weather, the event will take place at Chabad (30804 Coast Hwy – across from the Montage Laguna Beach).
Laguna Beach Library’s Nov and Dec events
Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout September. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.
The Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Laguna Beach Library’s November and early December Events:
Saturday, November 28 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Children’s Craft Open House Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.
Monday, November 30 at 10 a.m. - 1p.m. - Third Street Writers Group Ink Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Contact the library for additional information.
Tuesday, December 1 at 3:30 p.m. - Origami with Amy Join origami artist and LBHS student, Amy You, to make origami holiday ornaments. These cool, colorful paper ornaments are suitable for holiday gift giving. This program is for Children 6-12 with adult participation. Meets in the Program Room. This program is Free.
Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Pajama Storytime
Please come (wear pajamas & slippers!) & enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland. The National Charity League-Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, & 16 at 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Early Literacy Children’s Storytime Our Early Literacy Storytime models the 5 skills that are crucial for every child to be ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing. Let your child learn through stories, fingerplays, songs, movement and playful activities. We focus on coordination and recognition of colors, shapes, and numbers. Most of all, we emphasize the important role that parents and caregivers have in their child’s development! Free. No preregistration required. For children 5-years and under. Families are encouraged to stay for a “playtime” afterwards. (No class December 23 & 30).
Wednesday, December 2, 11 a.m. - Noon - Parent Workshop “The Gift of Mindfulness” Presented by LBUSD Early Learning Specialist, Sandee Bandetinni, parents are encouraged to attend this workshop immediately after 10:30 Storytime. While your child is participating in a craft activity, you’ll have an opportunity to speak to Sandee and learn some simple tips for practicing mindfulness with your children. Receive handouts and information that will support parents with resources they can use to encourage healthy growth and development. No Preregistration required. This program is free.
Thursdays, December 3, 10 &17, at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required. (No class December 24 & 31).
The Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733.
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
Police Beat 112715
Cassandra Dee Lurvey, 33, Newport Beach – Sunday, Nov 22 Traffic Crash
With a prior
Tuesday, November 24
Cliff Drive | 400 Block | Stolen Car
5:20 p.m. A 2005 Infiniti G35 was reported stolen from in front of the owner’s home where it had been parked with the keys left inside in the past half hour or less. Other police agencies were notified immediately and the OC Sheriff’s Dept. made a felony car stop soon afterward in San Clemente. They arrested Michael Matekel, 27, for felony vehicle theft.
Monday, November 23
Table Rock Beach | Fishing Violations
1:38 p.m. Five males were cited by State Fish and Wildlife officers for various fishing violations including: unlawful possession of rock scallops, sheepshead, and sea bass, waste of fish and fishing without a license. The suspects were: Garret James Cleary, Nicolas Case Giacalone, Tanner Lee Watkins, Spencer James Harmon and Garrett Michael Lewis.
S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Theft
12:38 p.m. A woman reported that an unknown person had stolen the wallet from her purse, which contained $200 in cash, her driver’s license and several credit cards. The theft occurred in a bar when she left her purse unattended on Saturday night. Her credit cards were used to make charges at least three times totaling about $800.
Sunday, November 22
Arrests for Being Drunk in Public
Janice Elizabeth Nelson, 55, Laguna Beach
Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | Warrant Arrest
1:19 p.m. Vincent Mitchell, 45, Laguna Beach, was arrested during a traffic stop for an Orange County traffic warrant with bail of $1500.
Summit Place | 1100 Block | Credit Card Fraud
10:50 a.m. The RP learned that three unauthorized charges had been made on a credit card account and that she had the card in her possession at all times.