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!

 

July 18

Joseph Caputo

Michael Coppolino

Gordon Cowan

Drew Stevens

 Dion Strombotne

Christine Tokarz

 

July 19

Daryle Lynn Cornelison

Dara Sandrini

Tim Valley

 

July 20

Devon Dick

Brett Dunstan

Helen Hayden

 

July 21

Anna Cancelleri

Brandy Williams

 

July 22

Michelle Bentcliff

Dani Bauter

Karen Kanner

David Koontz

Christine Bertlshofer Lacagnina

Isabella Lyons

 

July 23

Tracy Naess Browne

Ann Hyde

Elizabeth Henrikson

Linda Humes

Chantale McConnell

Maria Neill

 

July 24

Jerad Brannen

Kathy Dawson

Alex Del Toro

Alex Insaurralde

Ed Larsen

Adela Townley

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

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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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

July

 

Sat, Jul 22

Family Activity/ Program Laguna Beach

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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, Jul 24

Writing 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.

Tue, Jul 25

B.A.R.K. - Read to the dogs

10 a.m. - 11 a.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, July 26

Sunshine Reader’ Family Storytime

11 a.m.- 12 p.m.

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!

Thur, July 27

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.

Thurs, July 27

Annual family ice cream social 

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Step right up to a sundae bar inspired by old-fashioned ice cream parlors. Enjoy frozen treats on a hot summer night! We’re gathering family and friends of all ages to partake in this fun, family event. Scoop up some books while you’re here, and the cherry on the top is kids may win a raffle prize.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

Laguna Beach Books
Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

 

Non-Fiction

Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson

Mistreated by Robert Pearl

American Eclipse by David Baron

 

Children’s Books

The Screaming Chef by Peter Ackerman

Newtonian Physics for Babies by Chris Ferrie

Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin

 

Staff Recommendation

Food Swings by Jessica Seinfeld

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

 

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