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!

 

April 25

Alora Ashlie

David Seach

Doris Bui-Bender

Lisa Anderson

Mike Austin


April 26

Andy Alison

Julita Jones

Marlise Chel

Sunny Elizabeth

Tania Cassill

Victoria Maddock

 

April 27

Bree Vetere Case

Damian Berry Carter

Nancy Duker

Terry Klein

 

April 28

Dawn Knepper

Gil Hager

Jeannine Cooper

Jen Hoy

Patty Tacklind

 

April 29

Chris Kreymann

David Epstein

Patrick Stanton

 

April 30

Brynne Cogorno

Kendall Clark

 

May 1

Adam Rodner

Christine Shook

Justin Behrendsen

Laura Reyburn

Mark Porterfield

Scott McIntosh

 

Tom Neill

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1.Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I

2. Ed Sheeran, Divide

3. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America

4. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy

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5. Matt Costa, Orange Sunshine (S.T.)

6. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

7. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

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8. Depeche Mode, Spirit

9. Shins, Heartworms

10. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

11. Ryan Adams, Prisoner

12. Deadmau5, W:2016 Album

13. Bob Dylan, Triplicate

14. The XX, I See You   

15. Flaming Lips, OCZY Mlody

16. Elbow, Little Fictions

17. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Live From Oakland

18. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

19. Lady Gaga, Joanne

20. Tycho, Epoch

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Whale Watching: Ocean Institute cruises offered on weekends

Gray whale watching season has come again to Southern California, and the Ocean Institute offers weekend whale watching cruises on its 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer giving participants an opportunity to see whales, dolphins, fish, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline.  

Cruises are offered most weekends, upcoming dates include: April 23, May 7, 20, 27, June 3, 11, 18, 25.  

Cruise times vary; most are 10 am – 12:30 pm and 1 – 3:30 p.m. (check the website for specific dates).

Say hello to fun

Prices are $45 for adult (18-54), $35 seniors (age 55 and up) and active duty military $35 and $25 for children (age 4 to 17).  

There is a transaction processing fee for credit card, phone and Internet orders. Ocean Institute members receive a ten percent discount.  

Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.  

Register online at http://www.ocean-institute.org/
event/whale-watching-cruise
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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.

Laguna Beach 

Library Events

April

 

Sat, April 29

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Seasonal crafts for children under 12, adult supervision recommended.

Poem with Ellen Girardeau Kempler

10 -11 a.m.

Gold Boat Journeys help others discover the joy of living in the moment

 

Mon, May 1

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support.  Not a workshop for beginners.  Contact library for more info.

 

Tues, May 2

Pajama Storytime

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Wear pajamas and slippers to enjoy Sunshine Readers, for whole family

Wed, May 3

Children’s Playtime and Craft Table

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

For ages five and under.

Playtime for practice of fine motor skills, socialization, and bonding between child and caregiver. 

 

Thurs, May 4

Peapod Academy

Storytime

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

For babies, toddler, and preschoolers (and their adults). Storytime, arts and crafts. No preregistration required.

3-D Printing Workshop

3 – 5 p.m.

Schedule 20 min session with a 3-D printer. Customize an object and prepare for printing. Space is limited. Preregistration required. Contact library for available times. Sign up at check-out desk.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Non-Fiction

Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar

Ice Ghosts by Paul Watson

The Zoo by Isobel Charman

Children’s Books

Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Pocketmouse at Crystal Cove by Marian Parks

Staff Recommendation

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

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 2016.

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

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

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

Visit the website at: 

http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/studio-classes

 

Class Schedules

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Friday, Apr 28

1 p.m.

iPhone Photography with Mary Gulino

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Saturday, Apr 29

6 p.m.

More Torch Enameling

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LBHS Schedules

Varsity

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Friday, April 28

Boys Tennis

@ CIF Interscholastic 

Championship in Ojai

Boys Baseball

Godinez – 3:15 p.m.

Boys Volleyball

@ Redondo Tournament

Girls Softball

Calvary Chapel @ Thurston

4 p.m.

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Saturday, April 29

Boys Tennis

@ CIF Interscholastic 

Championship in Ojai

Girls Volleyball

@ Redondo Tournament

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Lynette Brasfield is our Managing Editor.

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Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Dianne Russell, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

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