LB “Gate & Garden Tour” Fundraiser showcases

South Laguna’s diverse gardens on Friday, May 4

The charming, tree-lined streets of South Laguna are the venue of this year’s Laguna Beach Garden Club “Gate & Garden Tour” on Friday, May 4, a fundraiser for educational school gardens, scholarships, and community projects. 

The 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. event features 10 fancy and fanciful private gardens along a three-quarter-mile walking route and includes a quarter-acre formal garden with ocean views.

Fun is in the air as this year’s tour takes place on the “Eve of Cinco de Mayo” and offers margaritas and Mexican fare, free refreshments, plein air painters in several gardens, and a raffle of prizes from local artists and businesses.

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Charles Reimer’s quarter-acre classic French garden with ocean views on Mar Vista Avenue in South Laguna 

“This year’s Gate & Garden Tour is a celebration of the diverse gardens of South Laguna, which reflects the community’s past and present,” said Nancy Englund, tour chair. “We’ll showcase classic, contemporary, whimsical, and unusual gardens at 10 homes. The final stop is a gem: The South Laguna Community Garden Park with dozens of thriving garden beds,” she added.

Tour tickets are $45 in advance and available at www.LagunaBeachGardenClub.org and at Laguna Beach Books, Laguna Drug, Laguna Nursery, Tides Inn, and Dana Point Nursery. On May 4, $50 tickets will be available at the tour’s starting point: Arabella Laguna Historic Cottages, 506 N Coast Hwy, which is the location of the registration and reception areas. 

On May 4, from 11 a.m., buses will continuously shuttle attendees from Arabella Laguna to the first garden in South Laguna and back at the end of the walking route. The last tour bus leaves Arabella at 2 p.m. 

Volunteers will be on hand to assist tour goers. A rest stop, water, and restroom will be available along the route. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, brimmed hats, sunglasses, and cameras are recommended.

For more tour and ticket information, visit www.LagunaBeachGardenClub.org or email Nancy Englund at NEnglund@
LagunaBeachGardenClub.org
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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!

 

April 17

Frank Layton

Maddie Lund

Ora Sterling

 

April 18

Bart Broadnax

Carrie Conn Williams

Ed Postal

Greg Sharenow

Lucia D’Angelo

Tim Jones

Nancee Swensson

 

April 19

Julie Bernier Joffrion

Sandra Deana Pink

 

April 20

Bo Powell

Brian Seveland

Danielle Fendon

Olando Edie

Tristan Abel

Troy MacDonald

Wendy Goldberg Grand Pre

 

April 21

Bill Hoffman

Cindy Mastagni

Dottie Spisak

Ernest Hackmon

Karen Lindekugel

Lucas Rise

Miriam Eaton

Silvia Colladay

Sam Dowell

 

April 22 

Barbara Easley

Devylee Lloyd

Karen Rasmussen

Mary Ferguson

Mike Hilburn

Ryan Clark

 

April 23

Bolton Colburn

Lisa Lawn

Shannon Higuera

 

April 24

Ari Novick

Bara Waters

Christina Lomonaco

Don Suskind

Gina Waggener

Karl Weber

Marcia Yury

Susie Jaqua

Terri Johnson


Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1.Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides Of The Sky

2. King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard, Polygondwanaland

3. David Byrne, American Utopia

4. Ty Segall, Freedom’s Goblin

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5. Moby, Everything Was Beautiful & Nothing Hurt

6. Strawberry Alarm Clock, Incense & Peppermint

7. MGMT, Little Dark Age 

8. Doors, Absolutely Live

9. Beck, Colors

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10. Killers, Wonderful Wonderful

11. St. Vincent, Masseducation

 

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy

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Downtown Specific Plan update will be discussed on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at City Hall

The City of Laguna Beach will continue its efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Update on Wednesday, April 18 during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Ave).

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City Hall

City staff will present draft amendments to the Downtown Specific Plan for discussion with the Planning Commission.  

The focus of the presentation and discussion will be on MIG’s recommended draft amendments to portions of Section V Land Use Districts of the existing Downtown Specific Plan document. 

Specifically, the focus of Section V review will cover topics such as: the intent and purpose of land use districts, permitted land uses/required entitlements, permit processes, findings and special findings for certain uses, allowable changes in permitted use category per City Council resolution, and definitions.  

Other topics pertaining to property development standards, special planning and/or design criteria will be reviewed and discussed at a subsequent Planning Commission meeting.  

A copy of the Section V draft amendments is available to review on the project webpage (link included below).

Additional meetings will occur in 2018 to review draft amendments to other sections of the plan.  

This meeting and future meetings play an essential role to obtain input from the community and direction from the Planning Commission, and to identify the City’s priorities for the future of the Downtown.

For more information on the Downtown Specific Plan Update please contact Wendy Jung, Senior Planner, at (949) 497-0321 or visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/
cityhall/cd/planning/mjrplanginitv/
downtown_specific_plan_amend
ment/default.htm
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 Volume 10, Issue 32  |  April 20, 2018                                       


Laptop computers make 101717


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

April

 

Month of April (ongoing)

20th Annual Community Poetry Contest, in memory of John Gardiner

During the month of April, which is National Poetry Month, Laguna Beach Library presents its 20th Annual Poetry Contest, this year dedicated to the memory of John Gardiner, Laguna Beach’s legendary poet. Last year, he served as Master of Ceremonies at the winners’ reception, where he hosted a public reading of winning poems from the community poetry contest.

The theme is “Seascape Sonnets,” and entries will be accepted from April 1 - 30. This event is for all ages, and there will be winners in all categories. Winning poets will be notified by late May. Original poems cannot be returned. Courtesy of Friends of Laguna Beach Library, prizes of $25 - $100 gift certificates will be awarded.

 

Tues, April 17

Crazy 8’s Math Club

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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

 

Wed, April 18

Pre-School Playtime

10:30 – 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, April 19

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. 

 

Thurs, April 19

Author Talk with Thomas Osborne

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Tom Osborne, longtime Laguna Beach resident and retired history professor at Santa Ana College, will speak on his new book, Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save California’s Shore. Published by the University of California Press, it chronicles the career of Peter Douglas, the longest-serving executive director of the California Coastal Commission. For nearly three decades, Douglas fought to keep the California coast public, prevent overdevelopment, and safeguard habitats. In doing so, Douglas emerged as a leading figure in the contemporary American environmental movement and influenced public conservation efforts across the country.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

  Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer 

Varina by Charles Frazier

 

Non-Fiction

Make Trouble by Cecile Richards

Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff & David Corn

Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

 

Children’s Books

The Coral Kingdom by Laura Knowles

Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate

Alabama Spitfire by Bethany Hegedus 

 

Staff Recommendation

Lonely Planet Atlas of Adventure

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

Grammy Award winner Melissa Manchester will speak at LBAA’s 12th Annual Art Star Awards

In true Academy-Award style, the best and brightest of Laguna’s diverse artistic community will be out for the 12th Annual Art Stars, to be held on April 29 at 6 p.m. at [seven-degrees].

Awards in seven categories will be presented to organizations, businesses and individuals who shaped and contributed to the community’s arts and culture in Laguna Beach this last year. 

The honored guest speaker will be Grammy award winning singer, Melissa Manchester.

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Melissa Manchester

The event includes a red carpet reception with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and award ceremony. 

The 12th Annual Art Stars will take place at [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Visit www.lagunabeacharts.org for more information.

April 26 and 29 one-of-a-kind art jewelry and clothing sale by Carole Zavala

Carole Zavala of CZ Jewelry Designs and Kim Maxwell of Faye Maxwell have a California Boutique special showing and sale on April 26 and 29 at Carole’s home.

“I hope that you can join us for this clothing and jewelry show at my beautiful apartment here in Laguna Beach. I’m moving in mid-May to Laguna Woods, so this will be my last Laguna party and a chance to enjoy this great space,” says Zavala.

Laguna Beach artist Carole Zavala

There will be brand new designs and merchandise, including the “Ocean Breezes” line of clothing and accessories, and Laguna Beach artist handmade jewelry. These will be original designs – not found in stores.

The event is from 4 – 7 p.m. on April 26, and from 1 – 4 p.m. on April 29, located at 330 Cliff Drive, Apt. 303.

There will be champagne, wine and treats. Credit cards are welcome.

For information and to RSVP, call (949) 683-0433 or email czavala831@gmail.com.


LBHS Schedules

Varsity

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Tuesday, April 17

Boys Tennis

@ Godinez (McFadden MS)

3:15 p.m.

 

Boys Golf

@ Fountain Valley (Mile Square GC)

3:30 p.m.

 

Boys Baseball

 Home vs. Saddleback

3:30 p.m.

 

Boys Volleyball

@ Calvary Chapel

5:30 p.m.

 

Girls Softball

Home vs. Costa Mesa (Thurston)

4:30 p.m.

 

Girls Lacrosse

Home vs. El Modena – 4:30 p.m.

 

•••••

Wednesday, April 18

 Girls Softball

@ La Quinta Aztec Tournament 

3 p.m. 

 

Coed Swim

@ Godinez (Santa Valley HS)

3 p.m.

 

Boys Golf

Home vs. Fountain Valley

Ben Brown’s

4 p.m.

 

•••••

Thursday, April 19

Boys Tennis

 Home vs. Saddleback

3:15 p.m.

 

Girls Sand Volleyball

 Home vs. El Toro (Location TBA)

3:30 p.m.

 

Boys Volleyball

@ Godinez – 5 p.m.

 

•••••

Friday, April 20

 Boys Tennis

@ San Juan Hills (Dana Hills TC)

3 p.m.

 

Girls Swim

@ Foothill (Prelims)

3 p.m.

 

Girls Softball

@ Saddleback – 3:15 p.m.

 

Boys Baseball

@ Saddleback – 3:30 p.m.

 

Coed Track

@ Mt. SAC – TBA

 

Girls Lacrosse

@ El Dorado – 4:30 p.m.

 

•••••

Saturday, April 21

Coed Track 

@ Mt. SAC – TBA

 

Coed Swim

@ Foothill (Finals)

10 a.m.

 

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