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.

Just email to:

lynette@stunewslaguna.com

 

Celebrate and enjoy your

birthday!

 

January 23

Brian Carruthers

Lynné Collins

Sheila Lind

Tori DeGroote 

 

January 24

Alexander Carter

Amy Hardwick

Kent Russell

Wendi Liechty

 

January 25

Alex Hunt

Bruce Bernstein

Gretchen Andrews

Kimberly Clemons

Mary McManus

Mike Mitchell

Mike Todd Smith

Patty Quilter

 

January 26

Annie Mancuso

Brian Fast

Cindy Byrne

Claire Riccardi

Greg Thorne

Lori Levine

Tom Lamb

Travis Sampson

 

January 27

Craig Gordon

Donnie Crevier

Holly Tyson

Jacques Garnier

Josh Reynolds

Liza Stewart

Rebecca Meekma

 

January 28

Carolyn Egar Christy

Kate Cohen

Kenny Raponi

Susie Stiso

 

January 29

Bill Lawrence

Donna Schuller

Hillel Rzepka

Michael Suydam

Scotty Smith

Wendy Pearce

Bryan Stiso

 

January 30

D Weitfle

Rita Schwartzman

Tommy Cardenas

Wade Chrisler

Spring Film Genres Class at Susi Q: Attend one or all of these hand-picked movies

Irvine Valley College’s 2017 Emeritus Teacher of the Year, Kathryn Kramer, will lead a film screening and discussion group every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Susi Q. 

This class is open ended/open exit, meaning that one doesn’t have to attend each meeting, but early enrollment is highly recommended. Such IVC offerings are again being offered totally free to registered students. 

Full schedule of movies: (Selections may change without prior notice.) 

1/23/18 Wild 2014 USA 115 min. Reese Witherspoon. Based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir. 

1/30/18 Songcatcher 2000 USA 109 min. A musicologist seeks the old ballads. Stars Janet McTeer. Wr/dir Maggie Greenwald won three awards. 

2/6/18 Foreign Letters 2012 USA 99 min. An immigrant coming-of-age story based on the director’s personal experience. 

2/13/18 Elle 2016 France 130 min. Dutch director Paul Verhoeven adapted this revenge tale which earned 61 awards and an Oscar nomination for lead actress Isabelle Huppert (who won the Cesar, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, and many more). 

2/20/18 The Founder 2016 USA 1125 min. Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, a persistent and ambitious salesman who founded an empire. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch co-star.

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Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron screens on March 6

2/27/18 Monster 2003 USA 109 min. Charlize Theron won the Oscar for transforming herself into “freeway killer” Aileen Wuornos; with Christina Ricci. Directed by Patty Jenkins. 

3/6/18 Atomic Blonde 2017 USA 115 min. Watch for the stunts, not the story. The ice queen archetype comes alive as Charlize Theron’s MI6 Agent Lorraine Broughton “is equal parts spy-craft, sensuality and savagery” (Focus Features). 

3/13/18 The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014 USA 122 min. Restaurant owners clash. Helen Mirren stars and Lasse Hallstrom directs.

Susi Q Community Center is located at 380 Third St, 949-464-6645.

City News

City is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for 2018-19

The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for fiscal year 2018-2019. The Program’s objective is to assist local non-profit organizations in funding new projects and/or expanding services within the community. 

Consideration is given to local non-profit organizations with functioning programs, projects, and services which provide the greatest benefit in meeting the needs of residents, and new or expanded services not currently being provided locally.

This year, grant applications will be submitted electronically. More information can be obtained on the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/CAG.

Grant applications will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. on Thurs, March 29. 

For further information, call (949) 497-0779.

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…and applications for Committee, Commissions, Boards and Task Forces will be accepted until Jan 22

The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions, Boards and Task Force: Recreation Committee; Design Review Board; Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee; Heritage Committee; Environmental Sustainability Committee; View Restoration Committee; and Affordable Housing Task Force. 

Applications are due to the City Clerk by Mon, Jan 22 by 5:30 p.m. 

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tues, Feb 6, at 6 p.m. 

Applications will not be accepted after the Jan 22 deadline. 

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online from the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net. (Click on ‘Government’; ‘City Council’; then ‘Boards, Commissions and Committees’)

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705.

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New Blue Bell Gardens will soon bring natural beauty to the Canyon, delighting cats and residents alike

Work has begun on a landmark new project in Laguna Canyon, Blue Bell Gardens, the brainchild of Jeff Zakaryan, volunteer advisory board chairman of the Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, and a concept happily embraced by Susan Hamil, chairwoman of the Blue Bell Foundation for Cats. 

The beautiful future “pocket park,” which will be a great resource for the Canyon, is strongly supported by community leaders including Ruben Flores of Laguna Nursery, Jorja Puma, immediate past president of the Laguna Beach Garden Club, Josh Brown of Native West Landscapes, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council, and Jon Madison of Madison Square Café and Gardens. 

Recently the project also received a Community Assistance Grant from the City.

“Blue Bell Gardens will surround the area around the Blue Bell Cat Retirement Sanctuary with beauty at last, after the devastating flooding and mudslides of December, 2010,” Hamil said. “This project will create and sustain a rich, native habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and lizards, enhance the ecology and conserve water through intelligent use of natural resources.”

Native West Landscapes has already begun working on the paths and first few plantings. They specialize in creating sustainable gardens with plants and flowers, native to California that need the minimum amount of watering.

The work on Blue Bell Gardens begins, slowly but surely

The completed project, which Flores has described as a future “…jewel of the Canyon,” will feature 13 unique gardens on the property. Beyond giving the cats in their (safe) cottage home a great view of local wildlife and insects, and many new scents to savor, Blue Bell Gardens will provide a serene horticultural oasis. 

In time Blue Bell Gardens will feature the work of local artists and offer horticultural education programs for residents and local school children.

As a way to raise funds - $17,500 is needed to complete the gardens by the end of 2016 – Blue Bell is offering opportunities to sponsor individual gardens for a tax-deductible contribution of a minimum of $2,500. 

Six of the gardens have already been reserved. Sponsors include Ann and Charlie Quilter, the Birdhouse Village; Barb and Jeff Zakaryan, the Blue and White Floral Garden; Dr. Ned Momary, the Orchard; the Laguna Beach Garden Club, the Monarch Butterfly Garden; Native West, the Canyon Road Garden; Visionscape/Laguna Nursery, the Blue Native Garden; Jan Hobbs, the Cat Nip Garden; and Massen Greene Foundation, the Blue Grow Succulent Garden.

 

Excited and talented volunteer Lisa Villela is already painting birdhouses even though the final design of the Birdhouse Village is still being decided

The Blue Shade, Blue Glass, Mourning Dove, and Blue Flower gardens are still available for sponsorship of $2,500 or above, along with Meow Meadow and a few others. Each garden will have a personalized market recognizing the benefactor, if desired. 

Sponsor and hard-working volunteer Zakaryan said, “We are passionate about the Blue Bell Cat Retirement Sanctuary, which provides a unique and loving home for beloved cats. Given its long history in Laguna we also feel the Blue Bell Gardens project will inspire others – in large and small ways – to enhance and preserve the precious natural resource we all enjoy in the Canyon.”

The Blue Bell Cat Retirement Sanctuary offers loving and compassionate life-long care for cats whose owners can no longer care for them.

To learn more about Blue Bell or to donate, visit www.bluebellcats.org or contact Jeff Zakaryan directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 949-290-6356.

Library Events

January

 

Sat, Jan 20

Children’s Craft Open House

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.

 

Mon, Jan 22

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.

 

Wed, Jan 24

Pre-School Playtime

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

Calling all pre-schoolers and toddlers! 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.

 

Thurs, Jan 25

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.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

    Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett 

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

 

Non-Fiction

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks 

The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown 

Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss

 

 

Children’s Books

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jonah Winter 

Margritte’s Marvelous Hat by D/B/ Johnson 

From the Heart of Africa by Eric Walters 

 

Staff Recommendation

Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton  

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

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 www.lagunabeachlive.org or call 949-715-9713.

Community is invited to Patriots Day Parade Honoree Brunch on Sun Feb 4 at Tivoli Terrace

The community is invited to celebrate the 2018 Patriots Day Parade honorees on Sunday, Feb 4 at the Honoree Brunch. The brunch will be staged from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Tivoli Terrace, Festival of Arts grounds.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Enjoying the 2017 Parade

Honorees for the March 3 parade are Grand Marshal Gloria Fickling, Honored Patriot George Ciampa (WWII), Citizen of the Year Heidi Miller, Junior Citizens Marisa Schatz and Joseph Ravenna, Artists of the Year Laguna Art Museum, and Athletes of the Year Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation Girls Junior Olympics Champions. 

Reservations should be made by January 22. The cost is $30 per person.  For further information, email shworthy@cox.net or phone (949) 494-6016.


LBUSD Board Meeting takes place Tues Jan 23

Theregular LBUSD Board meeting takes place this Tuesday Jan 23 with the open session beginning at 6 p.m. at 550 Blumont Street.

Action items include a recommendation to support AB 1743 (Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program), descriptions for a Digital Library and Media Specialist and K-5 Computer Literacy Teacher on Special Assignment, and independent contractor agreements.

The agenda for Tuesday’s regular Board meeting is posted here.

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