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

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Celebrate and enjoy your



December 12

Alison Durland French

Christine Fugate

James Walker Reed

Sue Cross


December 13

Keith Greer

Marielena Verdugo

Rob Smith

Sharon Lyons

Theresa Beaman


December 14

Barry Simons

Gilbert Thibault

Jayne Greenwalt

Mary Singer


December 15

Chris Bellerieve Hunt

Dominique Rain

Marshall Ininns

Ron Pringle

Trisha Bloomer


December 16

David Linnig

Dawn DiMare Thiery

Elaine Haythorne

Mark Peacock


December 17

Hill Collins

Julie Damato Johnson

Lauren Segal

Lynn Epstein

Shane Rios

Susan Shea

Valerie Zakka Standen


December 18 

Greg Peters

Marie Tyler

Rowan Harper

Tom Emberson


December 19

Don Campbell

Sound Spectrum



1. War on Drugs, Deeper Understanding

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely hearts Club 50th 

3. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

4. Cage The Elephant, Unpeeled 

5. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, Self Titled

6.George Thorogood, Party Of One

7. Arcade Fire, Everything Now

8. Haim, Something To Tell You 

9. Chainsmokers, Memories: Do Not Open

10. Foster The People, Sacred Hearts Club

11. Lorde, Melodrama

12. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN

13. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile To The Surface

14. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

15. Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip (S.T.) 

16. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog

17. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

18. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

19. Phoenix, Ti Amo

20. Violent Femmes, 2 Mics & The Truth

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Jazz Wednesdays are back for the winter season

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Jazz Wednesday’s Winter season presented by Laguna Beach Live! The series includes seven concerts, Jan 17-April 11, at the distinctive event facility [seven-degrees] at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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The series kicks off on Jan 17 with Mark Towns Latin Jazz featuring Diana Purim, followed on Jan 31 by Straight Ahead Jazz featuring the Rickey Woodard Quintet. Feb 14 features Valentine’s Day Piano Jazz, with Grammy-Award winning Bill Cunliffe Trio with special guest vocalist, and February 28 presents Iconic Jazz, an All-Star Tribute to Dizzy & Ella featuring vocalist Maiya Sykes & Trumpeter Bijon Watson. March 14 features New West Group, March 28 Project Popular, and the series ends on April 11 with Modern Jazz Josh Nelson presenting: “And The Sky Remains” a love ballad to LA

Concerts are from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m, and doors open at 5 p.m. A full bar and buffet dinner menu is available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out.

For more information visit or call 949-715-9713.

LBHS Schedules




Tuesday, December 12

Girls F/S Soccer 

@Lower Peters Park– 3:15 p.m.


Tuesday, December 12

Girls JV Soccer

@Beckman–  3:15 p.m.


Tuesday, December 12

Girls Varsity Soccer

@Beckman–  3:15 p.m.


Tuesday, December 12

Boys F/S Basketball

@Laguna Hill Tournament–  4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, December 12

Boys Varsity Basketball

@Westminister Tournament–  5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, December 12

Boys JV Basketball

@Aliso Niguel Tournaments– 7:15 p.m.


Wednesday, December 13 

Boys JV Soccer

@Ocean View -  2:30 p.m.


Wednesday, December 13 

Boys Varsity Soccer

@Ocean View–   3 p.m.


Wednesday, December 13 

Boys JV Soccer

@Ocean View - 4 p.m.


Wednesday, December 13 

Boys Varsity Basketball

@Westminster Tournament–  4 p.m.


Wednesday, December 13 

Boys JV Basketball

@Aliso Niguel Tournaments–  4:40 p.m.


Wednesday, December 13 

Boys F/S Basketball

@Laguna Hills Tournament–  TBA


Thursday, December 14

Girls F/S Soccer 

@Home–  5 p.m.


Thursday, December 14

Boys Varsity Basketball 

@Westminister Tournament–  TBA 


Thursday, December 14

Boys JV Basketball 

@Aliso Niguel Tournament–  TBA 


Thursday, December 14

Boys F/S Basketball 

@Laguna Hills Tournament–  TBA 


Thursday, December 14

Girls Varsity Basketball 

@Capistrano Valley–   7 p.m.


Friday, December 15

Boys F/S Soccer

@Lower Peter Park–   3:15 p.m.


Friday, December 15

Boys JV Soccer

@Beckman–   3:15 p.m.


Friday, December 15

Boys Varsity Soccer

@Beckman–   3:15 p.m.


Friday, December 15

Boys Varsity Basketball

@Westminister Tournament–  TBA



Friday, December 15

Boys  JV Basketball

@Aliso Niguel Tournament–  TBA


Friday, December 15

Boys F/S Basketball

@Laguna Hills Tournament–  TBA


Saturday, December 16

Girls Varsity Water Polo

@SMCHS–  11 a.m.


Saturday, December 16

Boys Varsity Basketball

@Westminister Tournament - TBA


Saturday, December 16

Boys  JV Basketball

@Aliso Niguel Tournament - TBA


Saturday, December 16

Boys  F/S Basketball

@Laguna Hills Tournament - TBA


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Monica Prado is a magician with her mosaic art


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

In 1979, following her high school graduation, Prado, now a successful ceramicist, visited Chinautla, Guatemala. At that point, she hadn’t focused on a particular profession or chosen a college major. She was on a mission as part of a nonprofit group helping to rebuild a washed-out bridge and supply store in one of the poorest areas of the country. 

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Monica works at her booth at the Sawdust

While in Chinautla, Prado became mesmerized by the pottery produced by the villagers, who hauled clay from riverbanks and formed it by hand into bowls and animals and figurines. They had no pottery wheels, no fancy kilns, no special tools, yet many of the designs were reminiscent of the finest Greek designs. 

She was inspired.

At the Sawdust Festival, where she’s been exhibiting her ceramics – featuring fine mosaics with a contemporary color palette – for sixteen years, Prado shows me a one-of-a-kind bowl made for her by a Chinautla villager more than three decades ago. The piece is decorated with grapes and leaves. Nowadays trees and fruit and birds find expression in her serene works of art. 

There’s also a beautifully misshapen turtle that I immediately crave to have as my own. But these are Prado’s muses, not mine or anyone else’s to own: they are palpable and enduring evidence of her long-ago artistic awakening.

Yet that wasn’t obvious to her when she first returned to the States. The desire to become an artist lay dormant while she went to college, where she majored in social anthropology and social work. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach, she pursued a career working for political campaigns that she believed would make the world a better place.

“I still do some consulting work, but I feel so lucky that Laguna is a place that focuses on making it possible for artists to earn an actual living,” Prado says.

Prado has several times visited Europe in search of inspiration “whether it is from the inside of a church or a bank logo,” she notes. 

The influences of Barcelona architect Gaudi and mosaic master Marco de Luca are evident in many of her creations – de Luca, who memorably said, “I want each mosaic to have the maximum liberty to be itself.” 

Similarly, “I don’t start with a theme or idea,” Prado says. “The image evolves.” She points to Spanish Grotto, one of the works hanging in her booth. “That changed time and time again over the last year, only a few weeks ago taking its final form.”

In her work I see a fusing of the visual and the visceral: art that is aesthetically appealing to the senses and also creates some kind of order out of inchoate emotions, leaving the viewer somehow soothed.

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A reflection of Monica’s beautiful ceramic art

Along with creativity, caring remains a consistent thread in Prado’s life. So it is that she provides consulting services to the director of development for the Laguna Community Clinic, which provides continuity of care for many people who would otherwise fall through the cracks in our complex health care system. 

“Within an area of just 5,000 square feet we handle 15,000 patient visits per year,” Prado notes. “Nine exam rooms plus a full laboratory and pharmacy are all located onsite. It’s an ingenious use of a small space.”

James Koch, who is HIV-positive, says of the care, medication and love he received when he needed it, “I want to thank the Clinic and Dr. Korey Jorgensen for giving me the opportunity to grow old.” 

That’s the kind of tribute that gladdens Prado’s heart and makes her work for the Clinic worthwhile.

She is also the president of the Board of Trustees of the Artist Benevolence Fund. The Benevolence Fund got its start in 1987, when a critically ill artist needed financial help, and local artists clubbed together to help him. Since then the fund has helped literally hundreds of artists through difficult times caused by illness or natural catastrophes.

“That’s it, though,” she says of her work in both the profit and nonprofit arena. “I have no desire to be a multitasker. I feel lucky to have such a deep, full life here in this beautiful place.”

Prado loves to hike the Canyon trails or walk along the beach with her brindled Australian cattle dog, Shasta. “On my travels and in nature I soak in the inspiration, and on the beach in Laguna I sort it out,” the Canyon Acres resident says. 

With that, Prado is ready to do business at the booth and we say farewell. 

I drive away, thinking about what Monica told me about her dog, Shasta – how she, the daughter of working dogs, cannot help but follow her instinct and so does her best to herd other dogs at the dog park – just as Monica Prado herself cannot help but create and care, because that’s simply who she is. 

To take a look at Monica’s art, visit her booth at the Sawdust Festival or her website at

Library Events



Fri, Dec 8

Homework Help

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of educational process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That’s why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grades are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework for subjects Math and English. 


Sat, Dec 9

Family Activity 

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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


Sat, Dec 9

Author Talk with Rajbir Singh 

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Come on down to the Laguna Beach Library for a spiritual talk with author Rajbir Singh, author of HIMesha. He began this book nearly 11 years ago. It includes personal reflections of his own transformation, journey, and spiritual experiences. 


Mon, Dec 11

Class/ Workshop

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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


Mon, Dec 11

Adult Book Group

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

This month, check our website to see which book the Laguna Beach Adult Book Group will be discussing. Copies will be available at the checkout desk.


Tue, Dec 12

Author Event 

5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Growing-up in Laguna Beach, ten year old brothers, Keanu and Zen, have a passion for the ocean and riding waves.  The boys have also been influenced by Laguna’s art culture, finding much joy in painting.  Keanu and Zen have self-illustrated their book with watercolor paintings.  Please come meet these local author/illustrators for a reading of Skimstories: Riding Waves, book signing and Q&A.


Wed, Dec 13

Pre-School Storytime 

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers! You are invited to enjoy our new Wednesday storytime. Stories, songs, fingerplay, dancing and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun and interactive environment. Come for the stories and stay for playtime afterward.


Thu, Dec 14

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m.-  Noon

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. 


Thu, Dec 14

Photo Scanning Open House

3 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Digitization is a great way to preserve your family photos for future generations. From 3:00-5:00 pm, you can bring in your photos and documents and we will show you how to scan them. We can burn them onto a CD, or you can bring a flash drive to save them. Also, you can bring historical photos of Orange County and include them in the OC Stories Project.


Thu, Dec 14

Read to a Dog

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Kids can read aloud to Salsa our therapy dog.  She’s so sweet and a very good listener. Bow-Wow! Please preregister at the Children’s Desk or call the library. Drop-ins.


Thu, Dec 14

School Age STEM Program

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Our STEM program promotes critical thinking, problem solving and creativity—for kids 8-years and up.  We’ll learn all kinds of cool ways to design things that go! We’ll play with the weather and work with math concepts too.  Each month we’ll have a fun and awesome hands-on experience! Preregistration required. Please call the library at 949-497-1733.


Fri, Dec 15

Homework Help

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of educational process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That’s why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grades are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework for subjects Math and English.


Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


  Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers



Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

End Game by David Baldacci

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly



Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden

Playing With Fire by Lawrence O’Donnell

What Unites Us by Dan Rather

Children’s Books

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio

Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough

Staff Recommendation

David Sedaris Diaries edited by Jeffrey Jenkins

1200 S Coast Hwy


Meet the Skivvies at the Playhouse this December

Laguna Playhouse is presenting The Skivvies: Sleigh My Name on Dec 18 and 19.

The Skivvies are Tony Award-nominee Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Candide, Marry Me A Little) and Nick Cearley (Pageant, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All Shook Up), along with special guest, Laguna’s favorite Jason Feddy, who will perform stripped-down versions of eclectic covers, wacky holiday mash-ups (“I Melt with You/Frosty the Snowman,” “We Got the Beat/The Little Drummer Boy”), and eccentric originals. 

Not only is the music stripped-down cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of other under-used instruments—but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. Grab your spiked eggnog, hurry down the chimney, and settle in for an evening of laughter and holiday cheer, the Playhouse suggests.

One free drink comes with all tickets, so that grab that eggnog and enjoy the show. Additional special guests will be announced soon. Visit for more information.

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