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November 14

Api Weinert

Laura Parisi

Susan Hough


November 15

Alison Brown 

Annette Modica-Malinowski 

DeAnna DiFavio 

Eva Evans 

Gene Felder

Holly Morrell 

Mark Dressler 


November 16

Brian Cuddy

Mario Romero


November 17

Alina Pavlenco Corbeanu

Josef Wojtkow

Kristie Carsten-Hensley

Lauren Crowley

Thomas Hale


November 18

Barrie Egan

Bobby Navarro

Kate Buckley

Rich Pederson


November 19

Angie Miller

Courtney Finn

Dave Kiff

John Wagner

Kristi Deutsch

Lauren Howell

Moorea Howson

Phil Falcetti

Spence Hurlbut

Tina Marquette


November 20

Bolette Albertsen

Kay Metis

Marni Spencer-Devlin

Meghan McManus


November 21

Barbara Nolan Reynolds

Jennifer Morris

Noella Pickett

Sound Spectrum



1. War on Drugs, Deeper Understanding

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely hearts Club 50th 

3. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

4. Cage The Elephant, Unpeeled 

5. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, Self Titled

6.George Thorogood, Party Of One

7. Arcade Fire, Everything Now

8. Haim, Something To Tell You 

9. Chainsmokers, Memories: Do Not Open

10. Foster The People, Sacred Hearts Club

11. Lorde, Melodrama

12. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN

13. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile To The Surface

14. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

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

16. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog

17. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

18. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

19. Phoenix, Ti Amo

20. Violent Femmes, 2 Mics & The Truth

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Laptop computers make a world of difference in distant Nepal: R Star supporters make it happen

Getting necessary teaching and educational equipment to R Star’s one school in Nepal is quite a challenge. (R Star helps people in the poorest parts of Nepal to gain the education and the means to support themselves financially – women in particular.)

So it was a great thrill for the Founder of R Star, Lagunan Rosalind Russell, when two stalwart supporters offered to help.

In early October Pam Wicks and Susan Brown were on their way to India, and then to Nepal, for the spiritual work they enjoy.  They both agreed to add laptop computers to their packed suitcases, meaning two computers were soon en route to R Star’s school of 65 children, TOW-N (Top of the World Nepal elementary school).

“For more than six months I have been attempting to get 30 desktop computers to Nepal, but the Nepali government requires ‘new’ items or the tax is more than the cost to purchase a computer there,” Rosalind says. “Creative as I am as a result of living in this very creative environment in Laguna, I haven’t yet been able to get this accomplished. 

“I am getting closer with the help of my new Nepali contact, who will help with the paperwork to get 15 of the 30 needed. He will locate 60 people to transport all of them… the tower with one person, the monitor and mouse with another person. The computers are all refurbished and with new programs ready to go, but they are in Montreal of all places, where the person who donated them lives.” 

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Pam Wicks, Susan Brown (not pictured) and Rabin bonded immediately

With half the desktop computers not able to get to TOW-N, the plan to take laptops made sense. Generous donors gifted their not-so-old ones to R Star for a write-off, while helping rural children who have very few opportunities to become computer-literate. 

And so the first two laptops headed out with Pam and Susan. 

“Both women were hoping to see at least our school out of the ones in the 51 villages we serve, but their preplanned trip didn’t allow more than a few minutes to visit,” Rosalind says. 

The lead man in Nepal, Rabindra, (or Rosalind’s son who adopted her along with his siblings years back), was able to meet Pam and Susan personally, picking up the laptops moments before the two departed to see a temple.  

Rabin said his heart connected with both of them immediately, just as Pam and Susan had connected with Rosalind upon first meeting her. Rabin called to tell his maaytae (Mom) Rosalind just how wonderful their connection was.

Rabin learned from the caring computer carriers that Rosalind loves the low heeled highly decorated shoes the Nepalese sari-wearing women wear, in all colors. So Pam and Susan agreed to help to bring a gift from his heart to his mom.  

Rosalind says she is beyond excited about the delivery of the computers, but as any shoe-loving woman, would be, she is ecstatic about the shoes due to arrive next week.

Interested in helping R Star with a used, in perfect condition 4 years or younger computer or perhaps a Kindle which R Star has an intern load for immediate use, or just wish to donate?  Call 949 497 4911 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or use the website to donate:  There are many ways to help and bless others.

Library Events



Fri, Nov 17

Homework Help

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of educational process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That’s why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grades are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework for subjects Math and English. 


Sat, Nov 18

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


Sat, Nov 18

Class Workshop

2 - 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. 


Mon, Nov 20

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, Nov 21

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s club

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! This is an eight-week program for K-2nd grade. The club will meet once a week for one hour. Space is limited - Pre-registration is required.


Wed, Nov 22

Pre-School Storytime 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers! 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.  


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In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Orrin by Dan Brown


What Unites Us by Dan Rather 

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson 

Grant by Ron Chernow

Children’s Books

Crocodali by Lucy Volpin 

Before After by Anne-Margot Ramstein

My Very Own Space by Pippa Goodhart

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Small Business Saturday takes place on Nov 25

“Think Laguna First” is a Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce program that encourages residents to shop, dine and frequent local businesses.

Small Business Saturday is an annual Nov event celebrating small local businesses, advocating a “Shop Small” reminder to encourage consumers to shop local businesses.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce (LBCC) is proud to be a neighborhood champion for Small Business Saturday. 

Checklist for small businesses

Small Business Saturday Checklist: Register your business with the Chamber of Commerce to be featured in Small Business Saturday Brochure, join the “Open For Retail” Nov 13 at 5:30 p.m. for Small Business Saturday best practices and networking with other businesses in town.

Also, download custom marketing materials from American Express Shop Small -- and then come to the Chamber to pick up Small Business Saturday Collateral while supplies last. 

LBHS Schedules



Friday, November 17

Girls All Levels Water Polo 

@Dos Pueblos– Travel


Saturday, November 18

Coed Cross Country

@Riverside–  TBA


Saturday, November 18

Girls Varsity Water Polo 



Saturday, November 18

Girls JV Water Polo 



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