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 16

Cathy Cox

David Hansen

George Keplinger

Tommy Wetzel

 

January 17

Jenni Glevain

Tabatha Yewchuk

Tracy Dean

 

January 18

Beverly Ritz

Nelson Coates

Stuart Jones

Susan Goggin

Thaddeus Quigley

 

January 19

Coleman Raffo

Elizabeth Lebold
Eric Steven Rankin

Heather Byer

Joanne Sutch

Ken Moss

Paul Hengstebeck

Sylvia Powers

 

January 20

Bonnie MacMillan

Jill Templin

Olivia Batchelder

Rick Balzer

 

January 21 

Catherine Merola

Mary Spease

 

January 22

Jan Layton

Jennifer Kluver

Richard Lehrer

Shannon Huhn

Steve Clark

 

January 23

Brian Carruthers

Lynné Collins

Sheila Lind

Tori DeGroote

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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Cinderella’s stepmother spills the beans on the new production

Special feature by Carmen Fernandez, LBHS senior

Our cast is thrilled to see all of its hard work come to life when our magical production of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” opens this weekend. This show, which is based on the classic fairytale, champions the idea of self-empowerment while throwing in a bit of humor and lots of fun. 

I am a currently a senior at Laguna Beach High School and play the role of the stepmother. I’ve been a part of the drama department since my freshman year. I’m so glad that my last musical performance as a Park Avenue Player will be this production of Cinderella. Not only is the show beautiful both visually and musically; but all of the cast members and directors are incredibly talented. This has culminated in what is likely one of the most stunning shows that the high school has ever produced. 

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L-R: Bayley Thomas (King Maximillian); Jordan Burton (Queen Constantina); Hunter Mills (Prince Christopher); and of course, the glass slipper

The cast alone is made up of almost fifty students, comprised of not only high schoolers, but also younger children from the Laguna Beach elementary and middle school. “These kids are just little bundles of joy,” says Jordan Burton, who plays Queen Constantina in the show.  “The age range is from around six to eleven or twelve, and they are so excited.” 

Many of those participating in and working on the show feel that the cast is not only incredibly talented but also has great chemistry. Wyatt Shipp, who plays the Royal Steward agrees, saying that “This has been one of the best casts. They have [been growing] ever since the beginning of the rehearsal process and have really skyrocketed to the top.”

No production of Cinderella would be complete without its beautiful costumes. Much of the magic is a result of the efforts of our costume designer Angela Irish, and her volunteer helpers. “Her costumes, props and set decoration enhance every single aspect of the show, and our audiences will be amazed,” Director Paul Nygro comments.

Though a few of the costumes are rented from other schools, many of them have been donated to the high school’s drama department. From the elegant gown that Cinderella dons when she goes to the ball, to the (purposefully) frumpy outfits the stepsisters wear, the costumes are a vital element that help the actors and audience members immerse themselves in this fantastic world. 

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The joyous Cinderella cast (post-slipper-fitting)

What makes many of the musical numbers so impressive is the sheer amount of diversity in choreography. Ellie Glade, who plays the title character in the show, comments, “It’s cool watching some of the scenes where there is choreography with twenty different things happening at once. It makes it look so good as a whole.” 

While some of the cast members were initially tripped up by the famous Cinderella Waltz sequence, many found it gratifying to learn a new style of dance that they previously had known. “Paul relates to us well which is a huge help when we are learning these numbers,” Ava Pacheco, who portrays the stepsister Joy, states. “He knows how to choreograph to fit the abilities of the individuals performing in it.”

Audience members of all ages will be delighted with our gorgeous, hilarious, and poignant production that runs March 17-19, 24 - 26, and 31, as well as April 1 and 2. Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees start at 2:30 p.m. in the Artists Theatre at 625 Park Avenue.

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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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.


LBHS Schedules

Varsity

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Friday, January 19

Boys F/S Soccer

@Home–  3:15 p.m.

 

Friday, January 19

Boys JV Soccer

@Home–  4:45 p.m.

 

Friday, January 19

Boys Varsity Soccer

@Home–  6:30 p.m.

 

Friday, January 19

Boys F/S Basketball 

@Home–  4 p.m.

 

Friday, January 19

Boys JV Basketball 

@Home–  5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, January 19

Boys Varsity Basketball 

@Home-  7 p.m.

 

Saturday, January 20

Girls Varsity Water Polo

@Mater Dei-  11 a.m.

 

Saturday, January 20

Girls  JV Water Polo

@Mater Dei-  Noon

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