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!

 

August 22

Judy Haron

Valerie Vincent

 

August 23

Carrie Pitt

Greg Trimarche

Kat Toth

 

August 24

Chris Daniels

Young Lee

Nicholas Yrizarry

Roberto Chuy Madrigal

 

August 25

Brette Miller

Claudia Morales

Dana Detmers

Shauna Bogert

Jen Moore

 

August 26 

Melissa Cavanaugh

Wendy Potter

 

August 27

Ann Paredes Gendrolis

Greg Richardson

Jennie Riker

 

August 28

Jeanine Eunice Veldhuis

Matt Clements

Robb Gallegos

Ken Jillson

Suzette Lipscom

 

August 29

Andrew Deur

Bert Myers

Erin Karbon

Laura Baptista

Leon Rosen

Tammie Arnold

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club 50th (w/extras)

2. Arcade Fire, Everything Now

3. George Thorogood, Party of One 

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

5. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, Self-Titled

6. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

7. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile to The Surface

8. Haim, Something to Tell You

9. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

10. Foster the People, Sacred Hearts Club

11. Lorde, Melodrama

12. Chainsmokers, Memories: Do Not Open

13. John Mayer, The Search for Everything

14. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

15. Violent Femmes, 2 Mics & The Truth

16. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog

17. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

18. Thievery Corporation, The Temple of I & I

19. Phoenix, Ti Amo

20. Chris Cornell, Higher Truth

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Bluebird Music in the Park is just around the corner

Bluebird Music in the Park concerts will begin on July 16 and continue every Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. until August 27.

Here’s the listing:

7/16: Cubensis (Grateful Dead Music)

7/23: Tom Nolan Band (Blues)

7/30: Hollywood U2

8/6: Stone Soul

8/13: Los Pinguos (Argentinian)

8/20: Upstream (Reggae/Calypso)

8/27: Springsteen Experience

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Music in the Park is always fun, whatever decade is celebrated

The City asks concert-goers to note the following:

The concerts are free and funded by the lodging establishments.

No dogs are allowed in the park.

No smoking is allowed on the sidewalk or inside the park.

Alcohol is allowed with a full meal. 

Free trolley service is available to the park.

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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

August

 

Sat, Aug 19

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

Sat, Aug 19

Poetry Workshop

2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped.  Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets—this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact John Gardiner @949-715-7507 for more information.

Mon, Aug 21

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.  This is not a workshop for beginners. Please contact the library for additional information.

Tue, Aug 22

Author Talk with Pattie S. Grimm 

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

Come visit The Branch for a wonderful talk about Pattie S. Grimm’s book, entitled “Quiet Women Never Changed History!” Pattie will be here from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  See you there!

Wed, Aug 23

Toddler Storytime

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. 

Calling all 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.

Thu, Aug 24

Family Storytime 

10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

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

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham 

The House of Spies by Daniel Silva

Non-Fiction

Behave by Robert M. Sapoisky 

Conscience of a Conservative by Jeff Flake

Daring to Drive by Manal Al- Sharif

Children’s Books

This Is a Poem That Heals Fish by Jean-Pierre Simeon  

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Something Amazing by Steve Fawley

Staff Recommendation

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny 

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

 

Shaena Stabler is the Owner and Publisher.

Lynette Brasfield is our Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

Katie Ford is our in-house ad designer.

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