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 Volume 10, Issue 77  |  September 25, 2018                          


 

Police Files

Visitor to Laguna arrested in felony hit and run that left pedestrian seriously injured

On Saturday, Sept 22, at 9:32 a.m., LBPD and LBFD responded to an injury traffic collision involving a pedestrian and hit and run vehicle at Beach Street and Broadway Street. The person who reported the incident said they didn’t see the vehicle but heard it prior to seeing the victim down.

Police Files BurgerbWhen the officers arrived, a woman was located sitting on a planter near the traffic collision scene with serious injuries. “It appeared she had a broken left arm and a large laceration to her neck,” said LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota.

The suspect’s vehicle was found traveling westbound on Broadway Street, described as a new silver Lexus SUV with a sunroof and roof rack. According to log reports, there was “blood on the vehicle.”

“The responding officers did a good job working with local businesses and using the city cameras to identify the suspect and his vehicle,” Sgt Cota said.

“The suspect was identified as William Edward Burger, 60, of Redlands. Burger was arrested for felony hit and run at the Laguna Shores Hotel,” Sgt Cota said. “He listed that he is the CFO at Navco in Anaheim. It should be noted he was arrested the night before for DUI.”

According to LBPD police records, Burger was arrested on suspicion of DUI at 12:11 a.m. at Forest Ave and Beach Street.

Bail was set at $50,000 for the felony hit and run and $2,500 for the suspicion of DUI.

Poor pup plucked from parked Prius at Pavilions

On Saturday, Sept 22, at 4:57 p.m., an LBPD officer was dispatched to the Pavilions parking lot, at the 600 block of N Coast Hwy, in reference to grand theft of a dog from a vehicle. An LB Animal Services Officer arrived prior to the PD officer and contacted the victim. The victim parked her Prius near the back of the lot. 

According to the victim, she left her window lowered a few inches, doors locked, and her small young dog, Joey, inside, while she went into Pavilions for approximately 10 minutes. 

“When she returned, the dog was gone and the doors were unlocked,” Sgt Cota said. “Unfortunately, the windows were lowered enough for an arm to reach in and unlock the door. The ASO contacted Pavilions management and learned there are no cameras in the parking lot.” 

Joey is described as an 11-month-old blue merle toy Australian Shepherd. He is microchipped. The pup’s parent said she paid $1,500 for Joey, but he’s priceless.

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Not an actual picture of Joey, but a picture of a blue merle toy Australian Shepherd to be on the lookout for

According to dog experts, the toy is the smallest version of the Australian Shepherd, standing between 10 to 14-inches tall at the shoulder when full-grown and weighing between 12 and 17 pounds. Although he’s small, the toy version has all the herding instincts of his larger relatives.

There are no additional leads or suspects at this time. Keep a watch out for Joey and please call LBPD at (949) 497-0701 with any information or leads.


Touching Remembrance Ceremony marks the fifth anniversary of Officer Jon Coutchie’s passing

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Beloved fallen LBPD Motor Officer Jon Coutchie, who, devastatingly, was killed in a crash on Sept 21, 2013, at the young age of 41, was remembered last Friday, Sept 21 at the City Remembrance Ceremony, along with Officer Gordon French, who was killed while on duty in 1953. 

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Honor guards

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Gabbi Denny, LBHS junior, sings the National Anthem; Capt Jeff Calvert salutes

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Luciana Coutchie, Officer Jon Coutchie’s mother, with Corp David Gensemer

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The Irvine Honor Guard prepares for the 21-gun salute

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Guests placed roses at the foot of the memorial

Six months after Coutchie became a motor officer in March 2013, he died after a crash at Cleo Street and Coast Highway while responding to a report of a reckless driver.

The ceremony marked the fifth anniversary of Officer Coutchie’s End of Watch.


LBUSD to consider action on changes to 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 student calendars tonight at 6 p.m.

By SUZIE HARRISON

LBUSD’s Board will be holding an open session meeting for the public tonight, Tuesday, Sept 25, at 6 p.m. in the District Office Board room at 550 Blumont Street.

“The Board will consider action on the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 student instructional calendars,” said LBUSD Assistant Superintendent Leisa Winston. “Updated information regarding the student instructional calendars continues to be available on the district website.”

At issue is the start date of the school year, plus Thanksgiving and winter break schedules, and non-student days. The proposed change in the school year features a start date before Labor Day and a first semester end date before the winter break.

The Calendar Committee’s original recommendation for 2019-2020 included starting on Aug 21, 2019 with 180 school days, a week off at Thanksgiving, three district-wide non-student days, one and a half weeks earlier start date (two-plus weeks in subsequent years), finals ending before winter break, and the school year ending earlier in June.

The key issue is to end the fall semester at winter break, so students and families can enjoy the break with no homework being assigned.

“The number one priority was to have the semester break before the winter break. That emerged as the number one issue that was going to benefit students and their families the most,” Board President Jan Vickers said.

These recommendations were subsequently revised to include Board recommendations.

The revised calendar includes a start date of Aug 26, 2019, Thanksgiving week the same as the current calendar (Monday and Tuesday are school days), first semester ending at winter break, and two non-student days.

“We all on the Board want to do what’s best for the kids. We’re just trying to figure out what that is and sometimes we don’t know, and the parents don’t know themselves. We are all just trying to figure it out,” Board member Dee Perry said. “So I would like to see a calendar that’s more of a compromise.”

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The Board will consider action on the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 student instructional calendars at tonight’s LBUSD Board meeting

For the calendar year 2020-2021, the committee presented two revised versions based on Board recommendations, A and B: 

Version A – The school start date would be Aug 24, 2020. Thanksgiving week remains the same (Monday and Tuesday are school days), first semester ends on Friday, Dec 18, there are two non-student days, and the end of school year is on June 10. 

Version B – The school start date would be Aug 26, 2020. Thanksgiving week remains the same, the end of the first semester is on Tuesday, Dec 22, there are two non-student days (January 4, March 12), and the end of the school year is on June 10. 

Board President Jan Vickers listed many benefits that will be brought about by the change in calendar, which included:

--Reorganizing semesters so that the first semester ends at winter break (with 80 days backward from winter break) will positively affect 1,800 students at Thurston and LBHS. Students will finish the semester, they will have two weeks off, and the Board will make sure there is a policy that no homework is given during that time. Students will have a mental health break.

--Students will end the school year earlier, which will allow them to access many

opportunities in June, including college orientations, which tend to be the month of June. Students will have more instructional days prior to high stakes testing and fewer classes after testing and less filler instruction.

According to LBUSD Board communications, the Board has allowed this process to be long and involved to allow more discussion and to gather more input from the community. Changes have been made to the proposed calendars based on parent and community input. 

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The gorgeous views overlooking LBHS and the City are peaceful in contrast to the heated emotions regarding proposed school calendar changes

As explained on the LBUSD website, at the direction of the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education, district administration, staff, and stakeholders began the process of evaluating the current instructional year calendar to assess opportunities for improvement. 

On April 12, a Board Study Session was held to present a recommendation to restructure the student instructional year in 2019-20 and gather initial public input. 

At the conclusion of the study session, the school board provided administration with direction to provide a FAQ and comments from the study session, survey all parents and staff in addition to students in grades 8-12, have additional discussion with elected school site council representatives, and obtain additional data from the City of Laguna Beach and local art festivals. 

The survey was conducted by Hanover Research in May and received 2,105 responses. The Board reviewed the survey data at a special Board meeting on June 19 and directed staff to develop revisions to the committee’s recommendation for information only at the July 17 regular Board meeting. The Board reviewed and discussed revisions to the Committee’s proposed calendars at the meetings on July 17 and August 21. The Board directed staff to bring calendars for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years to the Board for action at the Sept 25 Board meeting.

Tonight’s Board meeting is open to the public. It will all be broadcast live at www.lbusd.org/page.cfm?p=981.


Public Workshop scheduled on plan to meet Regional Water Board Trash Provisions

The City of Laguna Beach Department of Water Quality would like to invite the community to a workshop detailing the draft municipal plan to comply with San Diego Regional Water Board Trash Provision Order no. R9-2017-0077. The workshop takes place on Wed, Oct 3 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the City Council Chambers.

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This sign is a reminder to please keep our ocean trash free

On April 7, 2015, the State Water Board adopted an Amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for Ocean Waters of California to Control Trash and Part 1 Trash Provision of the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries. The project objective for these amendments is to provide statewide consistency for the Water Boards’ regulatory approach to protect aquatic life and public health beneficial uses, and reduce environmental issues associated with trash in State waters, while focusing limited resources on high trash generating areas.

For more information, contact Mary Vondrak, Senior Water Quality Analyst at (949) 497-0781 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Laguna Beach City Council Chambers is located at 505 Forest Avenue.


Where’s Maggi – the answers!

This nicely painted set of toes belongs to a statue in town. Maggi asked where and a few people found it easy. 

“That’s easy,” said Laura DuMaurier. “The location of the foot in the photo is the Eiler Larson statue in front of The Old Pottery Place, formerly The Pottery Shack, on PCH and Brooks.”

You got all that info correct, Laura. Also chiming in with correct answers were Robyn Sherain, John Walker, Kathy Bienvenue, and Cathy Bosko, who said she walks by those toes often “to take my doggers to Laguna Books and European Optical for treats!”

These toes have gotten some notice. Thanks for keeping Maggi on her toes!

There will be another photo mystery coming up on Friday. Stay tuned.

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The Eiler Larson foot, from the statue at Brooks and Coast Highway


Peace Exchange event offers information on Raabia Hawa’s efforts to stop animal poaching this Saturday

The Peace Exchange invites everyone to join them for a celebration of the Congo and Kenya, while learning about their new projects in fair trade on Saturday, Sept 29 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at 580 Broadway, Ste 204.

The gathering will honor the latest activities in the Congo and offer the opportunity to meet Raabia Hawa from The Peace Exchange’s new project in Kenya. Raabia comes to the nonprofit as a former supermodel turned park ranger working to stop animal poaching. She brings passion and awareness about the dangers of snare wire traps. 

View the video below for a personal message from Raabia regarding the event:

At the cocktail reception, The Peace Exchange will share with attendees firsthand information from their projects in Congo and Kenya, and guests can speak with their newest world changing partner, Raabia.

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Raabia Hawa and ranger amid evidence from ivory poachers

The Snare Wire Story: Snare wire creates no way of escape for wildlife once trapped. On the lookout for poachers, a park ranger’s job also includes the removal of snare wire traps. Surrounding villagers have found a way to re-purpose this deadly wire into artistic jewelry. Re-purposed snare wire art generates desperately needed income for local artisans.

Support of this effort helps bring awareness to the tragedy of snare wire poaching and has a direct effect in helping save wildlife. The Peace Exchange will be launching a snare wire bracelet line in partnership with Walk with Rangers. Proceeds from the annual event will go to Raabia and the Walk with Rangers women who create the snare wire collection. 

Peace Exchange jewelry

Jewelry made from snare wire provides income for local artisans

The cost is $30 at the door or a check can be mailed to 580 Broadway, Ste 204 (Attn: Peace Exchange). RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Space is limited. Street parking is available.

For more on The Peace Exchange, go to www.thepeaceexchange.com.


9 new Letters to the Editor included today

Our Letters section is growing!

Though we are very clear that Letters to the Editor represent only the writers’ opinions, not ours, we love to publish them because they present a wide range of views and offer a variety of insights for the public to consider.

We invite you to keep a regular eye on our Letters section, including 9 new letters this issue, by clicking here.

Letters today include:

--“A portrait of last week’s Village Laguna forum” by Ali Rybcyzk

--A response to a previous letter by George Weiss by former mayor Elizabeth Pearson

--“Car-free Sundays in Laguna Beach” by Les Miklosy

--“Ruminations of a Reprobate Republican” by James S. McBride

--A response to endorsement by Sue Kempf

--“Know thy budget…” by Jim Gothard

--“Inclusion on City’s Historical Inventory should be voluntary” by Patrick W. Gallis

--“Residents should attend this Saturday’s Special Council Meeting” by Doug Cortez

--“Laguna Beach should have an Ocean Commission” by Mike Beanan

A reminder of our Letters to the Editor policy: 

It is our firm intention to run any letter that any Laguna Beach resident writes about Laguna Beach based issues with few exceptions. However, we will not run what we deem ad hominem letters, defined as “of an argument or reaction directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining.” We will not accept letters written about a business either positive or negative. It is much too easy for competitors to “create” letters about another business or to find a person willing to write something nice about their business. If a business is newsworthy, it is probable that we will accept such a letter. Generally, we will only change objectionable language in letters. The best rule of thumb is that the decision of the editor is final.

Please send Letters to the Editor to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for publication.


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Sunday night’s Harvest Moon from Main Beach


This week’s safety tip from the City: build an emergency kit

September marks National Preparedness Month and the City of Laguna Beach has been encouraging residents to engage in weekly tasks that will help residents be more prepared in the event of an emergency – including registering for AlertOC (week 1), making an emergency plan as a family (week 2), and registering for CERT classes (week 3).

This week (week 4), the City encourages residents to build an emergency kit, to have supplies on hand to keep everyone warm, safe, fed and hydrated until help arrives. Create or purchase a 72-hour survival and first aid kit and locate a place to store your food and water, the City urges.

September is National Aliso new

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The recent Aliso Fire, which resulted in widespread evacuations, reminds us how important it is to be prepared for an emergency

Visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/getprepared for an easy to use template.


PTA to host School Board candidates’ forum

If you are interested in who decides policy for our local public schools, come hear from all five candidates running for three open seats on the Laguna Beach Unified School Board at a public forum on Thursday, Oct 4, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave.

This impartial and nonpartisan candidates’ forum is presented by the Laguna Beach Unified Council of PTAs in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of Orange Coast. The forum will be moderated by Gisela Meier from the League’s Central Orange County Area Chapter. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to begin accepting written questions from the audience.

The format will feature opening and closing remarks from each candidate, with questions asked by the moderator. All candidates have agreed to participate – Dee Namba Perry, James J. Kelly, Carol Normandin, Mark Nelson, and Christine De Bretteville.

PTA is the nation’s oldest and most respected all-volunteer organization advocating on behalf of children, youth, and families. It is nonpartisan, noncommercial, and nonsectarian. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

Editor’s note: candidates are listed in ballot order as determined by the Secretary of State’s randomized alphabet drawing.

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Let your voice be heard: Stu News Laguna and KX 93.5 host forum on Oct 2, get your tickets

Join Stu News Laguna and KX 93.5 for our first ever City Council Candidate Forum. Stu News Editor and Publisher Shaena Stabler, along with KX 93.5 Founder and Director Tyler Russell, will be moderating discussion amongst our candidates about topics like public safety, parking and traffic issues, affordable housing, downtown Laguna, environmental concerns, and whatever else our readers and KX 93.5 listeners feel they want to know from our candidates.

The forum is on October 2 at The Woman’s Club with a reception beginning at 5 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are available for $20 each at www.kx935.com/citycouncilforum

Ticket proceeds benefit nonprofit KX 93.5’s “Tune In, Drop Out, and Vote” voter turnout initiative. 

“We are challenging the community to tally 12,000 votes this election,” says Shaena Stabler. “We can do it, Laguna!”

KX 93.5 and Stu News Laguna would like to thanks its sponsors for the event: RWM Home Loans, CBE Solutions, Dave Csira, Julie Laughton, AG Vision, The Ballesteros Team, and Laguna Baguettes.


BC Space features Mark Chamberlain prints on view through Oct 31

BC Space is pleased to present an exhibition and sale of Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, created and printed during the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition, Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, opened on Friday and will be on view with his work available for purchase until October 31. 

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(L-R) Miriam Smith, Rick Conkey and Liz Goldner, former partner of Mark Chamberlain, at Friday’s opening reception

Following Mark’s April 2018 passing, these historic photographic artworks represent a rare collecting opportunity, explains Miriam Smith, art consultant and founder of Art Resource Group, Irvine, CA.

The exhibition and sale will include Chamberlain’s well-known Future Fossils series from the 1970s and ‘80s in which he examines the California landscape of that period. “Steel and glass structures with the energetic colors in the glossy billboards that advertised the new age, dominated the western landscape. They seemed almost super realistic to me,” he explained for a 2010 exhibition.

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Mark’s historic photographic artworks represent a rare collecting opportunity

Mark Chamberlain co-founded BC Space Gallery in 1973 with Jerry Burchfield, and operated the space solely since 1987. It is one of the longest continually running fine art photography galleries in the country.

Gallery Viewing Hours are Wednesday to Friday from 5 - 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m., and by appointment.  

BC Space Gallery is located at 235 Forest Ave.


High tides etch sand into artistic berms

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Recent high tides make berms into sculptures


Award-winning poet Phil Kaye performs at Spoken Word event at the Forum Theatre on Oct 16

Award-winning poet Phil Kaye will perform work from his brand-new book “Date & Time” – currently a #1 Amazon poetry bestseller – at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 16 at the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts grounds. The event will be part of his world-wide tour.

Kaye is a Japanese-American poet whose work has been featured in settings ranging from NPR to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and viewed millions of times online. He has performed his original work in eighteen countries and was invited to open for His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the celebration of his 80th birthday. 

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Phil Kaye, poet

Kaye is also the co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that partners with schools to bring poetry to the classroom. He’s a National Poetry Slam finalist, and the two-time recipient of the National College Poetry Slam (CUPSI) award for “Pushing the Art Forward”, given for outstanding innovation in the art of performance poetry. 

A former teacher of weekly poetry workshops in maximum security prisons, Phil was the head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE). His book, Date & Time, was published in 2018 by Button Poetry.

Laguna Beach High School spoken-word artists will open the evening, along with local hoopster Haley Rovner, who will be giving one of her riveting performances.

General Admission is $10; tickets are $5 for students.

For tickets and more information, go to www.litlaguna.com.


NCL Laguna Chapter invites mothers and daughters to apply and attend Meet and Greet on Oct 2

The Laguna Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. has opened its annual membership drive kick off. Interested mothers and daughters are invited to apply from Laguna Beach and surrounding South OC communities. Applicants will be submitting for the Classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025. 

The Laguna Chapter will host its first New Member Meet & Greet on Tuesday, Oct 2 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Three Arch Bay Clubhouse. 

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NCL Laguna has served more than 6,000 hours throughout the community this year 

This year’s Power of Three theme represents the organization’s inspiration and enduring commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural enrichment.

The Laguna Chapter works with more than 20 local philanthropies, as well as through its own award-winning Handmade Brigade and NCL Laguna Storytellers program. This year, the Chapter’s mothers and daughters have served more than 6,000 hours. 

RSVP to Kelly Boyd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or click here to find out more about membership.


Forest and Ocean Gallery presents author Nicole Meier and her newest novel Sept 30

Forest and Ocean Gallery invites the public to a wonderful Sunday evening celebrating art in all its forms with critically acclaimed author Nicole Meier on Sunday, Sept 30 from 5 - 8 p.m. 

Nicole will discuss her newest novel, “The Girl Made of Clay,” different forms of artistic expression, and the role they play in our everyday lives. There will also be a Q&A, book signing, and meet and greet with Nicole at the gallery. 

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Nicole’s newest novel is an exploration of the strained bond between father and daughter and how to mend it

The cost is $35 and includes a signed copy of the book. Wine and appetizers will be served.

Forest and Ocean Gallery is located at 480 Ocean Ave.


Pageant of the Monsters is back at the FOA with a Scarecrow Contest, must register by Oct 12

This fall, the Festival of Arts invites creatives of all ages to enter its first Scarecrow Contest. Entries will be on display during one of Orange County’s most anticipated Halloween events, the Pageant of the Monsters. Brush off the creative cobwebs and create a unique scarecrow for a chance to take home cash prizes. A $500 award will be given to first place, $250 for second, $100 for third, and $100 for the people’s choice award, which will be voted on by event attendees. To participate, submit an entry form and $10 entry fee by Friday, Oct 12. For full rules and application, please visit www.foapom.com/monsters.

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Festival of Arts to hold a Scarecrow Contest in conjunction with the Pageant of the Monsters

All scarecrows must be fully assembled and brought to the Festival grounds Thursday, Oct 25 and may be picked up on Thursday, Nov 1. Scarecrows will be displayed outdoors and must be able to withstand the elements with all decorations securely attached. Scarecrows must be freestanding or have their own support system. Entries should be no larger than 7-feet tall and 4-feet wide. As this is a family friendly event, advertising, political, or religious statements are not permitted.

The contest will be held in conjunction with the Pageant of the Monsters at the Festival grounds on October 26, 27, 28 and 31, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. In celebration of its 85th anniversary, Pageant of the Masters’ creative team and staff have reunited to transform its backstage areas into a haunted house. The event also features Halloween themed art activities, music, sideshows, food, drink, and other “spook-tacular” surprises.

Tickets are $15 for adults in advance or $20 at the door, and $10 for children 12 and under. This event is not recommended for children under 5. Tickets are available online at www.PageantTickets.comor by phone at (800) 487-3378. 

The event will take place at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Dr. Funds for this event are provided in part by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. 


The Ranch at Laguna Beach and Ocean Institute to host A Night under the Moon, to benefit youth camps

The Ranch at Laguna Beach will host an evening of culinary luxury on Wednesday, Oct 24 as a benefit dinner sponsoring the Camping Outreach Program at The Ranch and its partnership with Ocean Institute. 

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The evening will feature live music and a four-course luxurious dinner 

A Night under the Moon will include libations and live music from Zach Churchill on The Ranch’s picturesque patio, followed by a four-course dinner curated by The Ranch’s Executive Chef Kyle St. John. The evening will feature an ocean-minded panel with filmmaker, journalist, and conservationist Angela Sun, along with Dan Pingaro and Kurt Bjorkman. 

“Through our collaboration with Ocean Institute we have been able to run four summers of camps resulting in over 1,200 kids experiencing a deep and meaningful moment in nature. Many have never camped nor seen the ocean before this unique experience. As a legacy program here at The Ranch at Laguna Beach and with our partners at Ocean Institute, our camping program will benefit countless young lives,” said Kurt Bjorkman, general manager of The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

The Camping Outreach Program at The Ranch focuses on students from low-income areas and aims to give children the opportunity to experience the outdoors, which is often their first time camping, hiking, and learning about the local wildlife.

For reservations, contact Emma Opie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or (949) 496-2274 x416. Reservations are $250 per person and this event is expected to sell out.

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Joyce Stewart announces faith-based classes this fall

Joyce Stewart is a clinical social worker, speaker and author who specializes in helping people heal from abuse, trauma, fear, anxiety and stress. She will offer three classes this fall starting on Thursday, Sept 27 from 10 - 11 a.m., on Conscious Creation, how to create the life you want to live. 

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Joyce Stewart is an author and has a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work 

The next class will be on October 18 from 7 - 8 p.m. and is titled Freedom from Fear, learning how to live with less fear. The last class will be November 8 and the topic will be Healing Demystified, how to increase your chance of being healed. All three classes will be held at Net Works Living Room. 

Joyce started Holistic Healing Consulting where she works with people online or in person at her office in Laguna Beach. Joyce has a master’s in Clinical Social Work and has been trained in Traditional Psychotherapy, Christian Counseling, Energy Psychology and Releasement Therapy. She is the author of two books: Interconnected by God, Healing for your Spirit, Soul and Body, and God is Love, A Spiritual Journey from Fear to Love. 

For more information, visit www.holistichealingconsulting.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (618) 210-3500. 

Net Works Living Room is located at 303 Broadway, Suite 107.


Pet of the Week Jimmy is looking for a new home

Jimmy is currently taking the title of Pet of the Week. He is a five-year-old neutered male Staffy who was once adopted, but recently returned again. He would do best in a one dog home, as he prefers all the attention and that environment is more suitable for him overall. Nancy Goodwin, shelter director, hopes to see Jimmy adopted as soon as possible. She says will make a good companion to all.

Pet of the week Jimmy

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Jimmy is looking for a new home to take him in

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. Due to their approach to adoption, their return rate is five percent as compared to the national return rate of 50 percent.

The LB Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd. Call (949) 497-3552 or go to the website for information on adoption procedures: www.puplagunabeach.org/our-pets.php.