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!

 

June 27

Debra Covern

Deborah McCarron

Erin Slattery

Ryen Caenn

Tom Johnson

 

June 28

Greg Olsen

Janis Jones

Jonell Thrasher

Margaret Peterson

Nancy Makowsky

Vince Dimiceli

 

June 29

David Langran

Jennifer Welch Simmons

Katie Averill

Kricket Morton

Robin Lee Riddell

Roy Garcia

Zach Churchill

 

June 30

Clay Berryhill

Dan Miller

Debbie Lavdas

Deborah Glass

Diane Connell

 

July 1

Amanada Stanaland

Billy Gillespie

Geoff Jones

Joan Corman

Nate Foster

 

July 2

Betsy Gosselin

Jason Vonk

Jo Beth Prud’homme

Tanya Yacina

 

July 3

Allison Goode

Ann Quilter

Brett Chapin

Connie Hylton

Davey Watts

John Campbell

Summer Tarango

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1. Stu, our Thanks, Love, and Peace to you, Brother!

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers 50th Birthday (w/extra tracks)

3. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

4. Chris Cornell, Higher Truth 

5. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

6. Phoenix, Ti Amo

7. Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I 

8. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog 

9. Blondie, Pollinator

10. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

11. Father John Misty

12. Alt J, Relaxer

13. Gorillaz, Humanz

14. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

15. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

16. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness

17. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America

18. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

19. Ed Sheeran, Divide 

20. Depeche Mode, Spirit

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Summer Jazz Wednesdays series goes back to the garden…the Rose Garden 

Laguna Beach Live! Summer Jazz Wednesdays began their run on June 21 at the beautiful Rose Garden at Hotel Laguna. The Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet, started the series.

Featuring a variety of top musicians, the series continues every two weeks: vocalist Samantha Sidley with Dan Reckard on piano (July 5); Eric Dries Group (July 19); internationally-acclaimed vocalist Leslie Lewis (August 2); “A Tribute to the Poll Winners: Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, and Ray Brown,” featuring Graham Dechter on guitar, Ryan Shaw on drums, and Alex Frank on bass (August 16); and concludes on August 30 with the Laguna Beach Live! All Stars.

Tickets are $25 for table seating and $20 for side seating. Members of Laguna Beach Live! at the Associate level or higher may purchase tickets starting on May 1 before they go on sale to the public on May 15. 

Cindy Prewitt, President of Laguna Beach Live!, said, “We are delighted to return to the Garden. It is such a great space and it offers personal service with a menu of tempting food and beverages. 

“Space is limited, though, so we suggest people buy tickets early.”

To become a member or renew a membership, go to lagunabeachlive.org

Season tickets and single concerts may be purchased at lagunabeachlive.org or by phone 800-595-4849. 

For further information, call 949-715-97113.

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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

June 

 

Fri, June 23

Arts with Amy

2 p.m.

Looking for something to do on a summer afternoon?  Bring your children, ages 5-12 years, to create crafts with local LBHS student, Amy You. We’ll be using some interesting materials to make projects you’ll enjoy and want to share. Children 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7-12 may attend on their own. Preregistration required. Please sign up in person or call the library at 949-497-1733. Class is limited to 18 people.

 

Sat, June 24

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 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended.

 

Mon, June 26

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.

Bryn Bernard, Author Event

Discusses new book

5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Earth—our home—is covered mostly with water: the wide, deep, salty, and very blue ocean. It regulates our climate in a way that makes life as we know it possible. This huge ocean is full of an amazing amount of life, most of which is too small to see. The New Ocean, by Bryn Bernard, is a fascinating look at the future of our oceans—and how human actions may change them.

 

Tues, June 27

Magic Together Storytime

With Brooke Briggs

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Magic Steps Music Together is for children and music lovers of all ages!  Each child participates at his own level in singing, moving, chanting and listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. The whole family is welcome for this fun, family music experience. No preregistration required.

Bark, Read to Dogs

3-4 p.m.

Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills? Come meet Venus and Georgie, therapy dogs from Beach Animals Read to Kids (B.A.R.K.)! Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. Aaarf! Sign up at the Children’s Desk. Drop-ins welcome too.

Wed, June 28

Sunshine Storytime

11 a.m. - noon

The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers!  Enjoy a fun & lively Family Storytime presented by local teen NCL members.  Each show lasts approximately 1 hour and includes refreshments. No pre-registration required. All ages welcome!

 

Thurs, June 29

Peapod Storytime

10:30 – 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.

Bubblemania

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Bubble Mania & Company provides educational entertainment at the highest level of excellence. We combine incredible visual choreography with interactive script formats that involve the audience’s minds and hearts. Operating since 1986 in the Los Angeles area, Bubblemania and Company has now expanded to service Southern California and the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Areas.

 

Fri, June 30

Arts with Amy

2 p.m.

Looking for something to do on a summer afternoon?  Bring your children, ages 5-12 years, to create crafts with local LBHS student, Amy You. We’ll be using some interesting materials to make projects you’ll enjoy and want to share. Children 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7-12 may attend on their own. Preregistration required. Please sign up in person or call the library at 949-497-1733. Class is limited to 18 people.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Non-Fiction

Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson

Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Children’s Books

Where is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton

This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap

 

Staff Recommendation

Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior by Landry Q. Walker

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

 

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Lynette Brasfield is our Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

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