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 23

Brian Carruthers

Lynné Collins

Sheila Lind

Tori DeGroote 

 

January 24

Alexander Carter

Amy Hardwick

Kent Russell

Wendi Liechty

 

January 25

Alex Hunt

Bruce Bernstein

Gretchen Andrews

Kimberly Clemons

Mary McManus

Mike Mitchell

Mike Todd Smith

Patty Quilter

 

January 26

Annie Mancuso

Brian Fast

Cindy Byrne

Claire Riccardi

Greg Thorne

Lori Levine

Tom Lamb

Travis Sampson

 

January 27

Craig Gordon

Donnie Crevier

Holly Tyson

Jacques Garnier

Josh Reynolds

Liza Stewart

Rebecca Meekma

 

January 28

Carolyn Egar Christy

Kate Cohen

Kenny Raponi

Susie Stiso

 

January 29

Bill Lawrence

Donna Schuller

Hillel Rzepka

Michael Suydam

Scotty Smith

Wendy Pearce

Bryan Stiso

 

January 30

D Weitfle

Rita Schwartzman

Tommy Cardenas

Wade Chrisler

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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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: www.RStarFoundation.org  There are many ways to help and bless others.

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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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

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.


LBUSD Board Meeting takes place Tues Jan 23

Theregular LBUSD Board meeting takes place this Tuesday Jan 23 with the open session beginning at 6 p.m. at 550 Blumont Street.

Action items include a recommendation to support AB 1743 (Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program), descriptions for a Digital Library and Media Specialist and K-5 Computer Literacy Teacher on Special Assignment, and independent contractor agreements.

The agenda for Tuesday’s regular Board meeting is posted here.

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