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Festival of Mosaics mural project seeks donated tiles for community mosaic project at NC Church

Neighborhood Congregational Church is inviting the public to donate scrap or unwanted tile for its Festival of Mosaics mural program. Tiles should be 1/4-inch thick, in colors ranging from blues to teals to greens. Any quantities up to 100 square feet are invited. Donations of tile nippers, safety goggles, and 5-gallon buckets will also be accepted.

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Festival of Mosaics is welcoming scrap tile donations in blues, turquoises, limes, and greens at NC Church

Donations can be dropped off on Sunday, Oct 14 and 28, at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, Oct 20 and 27, at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Please deliver materials to Neighborhood Congregational Church at 340 St. Ann’s Drive, enter driveway from Glenneyre Street and proceed to garage. 

For more information, visit www.NCCLaguna.org and click on Festival of Mosaics or call (949) 494-8061.


Join Laguna Beach County Water District for

9th Annual Smartscape Expo Oct 13

Come and embrace the Laguna lifestyle of water use efficiency and discover new ways to maximize outdoor water savings at the Laguna Beach County Water District’s 9th Annual SmartScape Expo on Saturday, Oct 13, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the District’s headquarters at 306 Third Street.

At this free, family fun event, attendees can meet with local landscape and irrigation professionals, purchase CA Friendly plants, learn about available rebates on water efficient devices, and participate in workshops on home leak detection and getting the most out of the District’s new Customer Connect Portal and Smart Meter Dashboard. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Ricky the Rain Drop, participate in kids activities, receive free compost, and much more. 

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Luke Miller enjoys learning about water saving plants at last year’s Smartscape Expo

This year, attendees can also learn all about the art of composting at workshops hosted by UCCE Master Gardeners. Composting reduces green waste and landfill use, reuses valuable green waste, recycles waste into a useful garden asset, and restores soil health. Eligible customers attending the workshop can pick up a Composting Bin at a discounted rate of just $35. Workshops will be offered at 9 and 11:30 a.m.

The 2018 SmartScape Expo is supported by the Water District’s partners Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and South Coast Water District. Event sponsors include Ganahl Lumber, Honey Girl Grows, Imperial Sprinkler Supply, Kellogg Garden Products, Rain Bird, Soil Retention, Village Nursery, and Waste Management. 

Community organizations represented at this years SmartScape Expo include Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, City of Laguna Beach Water Quality Department, Laguna Beach Garden Club, Laguna Canyon Foundation, Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District, Saddleback College, Laguna Beach Girl Scouts, California Native Plant Society, and UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners.

For more information on the SmartScape Expo, visit www.lbcwd.org/smartscape.


LBPD Community Emergency Response Team CERT Exercise on Saturday

The 2nd Annual Citywide CERT Exercise will be held Saturday, Oct 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Ranch, at 31106 S Coast Hwy. The drill is a refresher training exercise for existing CERT members in Laguna Beach who wish to take part. 

There are currently over 300 active members, including Laguna Beach Unified School District trained individuals. The drill also will serve as the ‘final exam’ for approximately 30 newly trained students who are signed up for the CERT class that began September 20. 

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Don’t miss the 2nd annual citywide CERT Exercise on Saturday, Oct 13

CERT drills such as this are organized by trained CERT members with advice and assistance from the Emergency Operations Coordinator, Jordan Villwock, LBPD, and LBFD, all of whom will be onsite during the exercise. Participants will practice search and rescue/fire suppression, cribbing, triage and medical skills, and radio communications in teams of approximately 15 people, each under the direction of Incident Command officers assigned duties similar to those used at actual disaster scenes. 

The Ranch agreed to host and is working with CERT personnel to make certain that Ranch guests and golfers are not affected by the simulated disaster. For more information about the CERT drill, contact Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 497-0389.


Where’s Maggi – the answers!

There are lots of angel watchers, it turns out. This nice corner with angel wings is located on the side of Slice pizza’s home, on Third Street at Forest. Who knew? Several readers responded – including a first.

Cathy Bosko was onto Maggi’s whereabouts, followed by Michael Gosselin, Sandra Azera, Janene Freitas, Bonnie Drury, Kathy Bienvenue, Lee Casegrillo, Vina Williams (“We see it when we drive down the Third Street hill, affectionately known in our family as Andrew’s Hill, named after our first grandson when he was a kid enjoying the roller coaster ride down the hill. He’s now 30,” she said.), JJ Gasparotti (“I noticed some young women taking pictures of each other in front of it.”), Mona Roberts, Sandi Werthe, Jane Swintek, Darrylin Girvin, and Tom Fay who shared his story about seeing it just as the artist, Colette, finished painting it. 

“I happened to be walking by at just the right time to be the first photo!” he said. Way to be at the right place at the right time!

Thanks for knowing Maggi’s whereabouts. There will be another photo mystery coming up on Friday. Stay tuned.

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Tom Fay was on the spot just as the artist finished this painting, on October 12, 2017 – on Third Street, at the side of Slice restaurant. Thanks for sending your photo, Tom!


Car enthusiasts rev your engines for the Laguna Beach Classic Car Show this Sunday, Oct 7

Photos by Ward Blackburn

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach invites the community to the 15th annual Laguna Beach Classic Car Show this Sunday, Oct 7 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the City parking lot. 

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A classic woodie will be one of the 200 cars on display at the show 

Join hundreds of fellow classic car enthusiasts at this annual invitational, designed to attract the finest examples in each category. There will be 200 classic cars ranging from woodies to muscle cars, antiques to minis, Austin Healeys to Porsches, and more. All classic cars on display are models made before the early ‘70s.

Food trucks and music can also be enjoyed throughout the event. Tickets are available at the door on the day of the event. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for children under 12, strollers are free. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Laguna Beach nonprofit charities. 

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The old coupe style car will be among the classics to check out 

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachcarshow.com. If you are interested in entering your classic car, contact event chairman Harry Bithell at (949) 874-1742.

The City parking lot is located across from the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.


A first in Laguna: simple one-hour stem cell IV therapy improves serious health conditions, combats aging

Local wellness specialist, dermatologist and emergency room doctor Adrienne O’Connell, MD, has seen many damaged bodies in her time – the result of accidents, diseases and aging. 

“That’s why it’s so gratifying for me to see how stem cell infusion therapy can help with a wide range of illnesses and inflammation,” says Dr. O’Connell, founder and medical director of Laguna Beach Aesthetics. ”I’m thrilled to be the first in Laguna Beach to offer this procedure.”

Stem cells can become any tissue, organ or cell type

While Dr. O’Connell is clear there are no miracles to be had, she notes that infusing stem cells has been shown to offer improvements in people suffering conditions from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s, and even heart disease and cancer. Glowing skin may also be the result of the treatment, which has an anti-aging effect.

“At Laguna Beach Aesthetics, we only use cord blood stem cells, which are the most effective of the different types,” she notes. “Stem cells derived from other sources are not as effective.

“The live cells remain in an undifferentiated state and therefore are capable of becoming any tissue, organ or cell type within the body. They regulate cellular replication, differentiation and activation, allowing the body to heal itself.”

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Dr. Adrienne O’Connell is the first to offer one-hour stem cell infusion, which is painless and gives many patients a new lease on life

The treatment, which is completely painless, is administered intravenously and takes less than an hour. 

Results can often be felt within days or weeks of the procedure, with significant positive changes seen within three to six months post treatment. 

Board-certified by the American Board of Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. O’Connell is one of the very rare doctors who administer all procedures personally.

A procedure that can make a real difference in people’s lives

“Our goal is to reduce pain and suffering from many of mankind’s most devastating diseases and conditions by delivering the future promise of live cell therapy,” she says.

“There are no negative side effects associated with our live cell therapy. Our cells are meticulously screened to eliminate any possibility of infection or impurity. 

“It’s exciting and so very rewarding to see the difference the procedure can make in people’s lives.”

Laguna Beach Aesthetics is located at 32392 S Coast Hwy. Dr. O’Connell also offers Laser skin treatments and a range of innovative therapies focused on better health – and improved looks. 

For more information, call (949) 415-4210 or visit www.lagunabeachaesthetics.com.


Forums can be fun, Laguna proves

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Forums 1

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Stu News Laguna and KX 93.5’s Candidate Forum on Tuesday was a sold out affair, with more than 200 people in attendance and thousands more listening on the radio or watching on Facebook live

Forums 2

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Residents and candidates began arriving as early as 4:30 p.m. to get their seats and enjoy a reception catered by Kitchen in the Canyon and Laguna Baguettes, with the forum starting at 6 p.m.

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Stu News will publish the full transcript from the forum on Tuesday; the live video is available on Facebook here.

See below for more photos from Mary Hurlbut


Orkeeswa celebrates 10 years of partnership with LB at Casino Night at the Woman’s Club on Friday, Oct 19

Donors, friends, and members of the community are invited to commemorate 10 years of the Orkeeswa-Laguna Beach partnership on Friday, Oct 19 from 6 - 9:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club. Attendees will celebrate with a Casino Night, taco bar, music and dancing from the Glass family band.

Orkeeswa School is a community-based secondary school located in Orkeeswa Village, an under-served Maasai community in rural Tanzania. The school serves four villages, covering an area of approximately 32 square-kilometers with a total population of over 10,000 individuals. 

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Laguna Beach residents joined founder Peter Luis (center) to celebrate the 10-year anniversary. From left: Tim McMullen, Kay Ostensen, Peter Luis, Debbie McMullen, Candace Marshall

Laguna resident Kay Ostensen says, “I just went for my fourth visit in June.”

Tim McMullen, Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT) Board Member says, “It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the inception of the Orkeeswa School. That same year, a Laguna work team arrived to help build the ‘Laguna Beach House,’ one of the original buildings on campus. 

“This past June, four of us from Laguna had the pleasure of attending the school’s graduation and 10th anniversary celebration on the Orkeeswa campus. Words can barely describe the amazing event that transpired.” 

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(L-R) Peter Luis with IEFT Board members Gemma Sisia (Tanzania), Debbie & Tim McMullen (Laguna), Kay Ostensen, Judy Keller, Thomas Laizer, Headmaster, Jim Keller (Board Chair, Seattle)

McMullen continues, “Dignitaries including the US Ambassador for Tanzania, families, friends, local villagers, many of the Board of Directors and School Board members and most importantly, a very large representation of alumni, came to experience, celebrate and participate. 

 “The vision that Orkeeswa School’s founder, Peter Luis, had 10 years ago has become more than a reality. The student body has grown from its initial class of 30 students to over 360 students and alumni, with 45 new students to join the school in September. Orkeeswa students consistently rank in the top 5 percent of the entire country in academics and also own many titles in athletic disciplines at a regional and national level.” 

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Students perform for visitors

“There have been 123 graduates who are in higher education, developing businesses and actively participating in their local communities, and in many cases, coming back to Orkeeswa to teach, coach and promote the school throughout the world,” explains McMullen. “The campus now has a multitude of buildings to provide the highest quality education for the students, a full basketball court with bleachers, a garden that grows food used in school meals, and so much more. These are just a few of many accomplishments that it would take pages to cover.

“All of what has happened in the past 10 years at Orkeeswa would not have been possible without the generous support of donors.” 

Tickets are $60 and may be purchased at www.ieftz.org. 

The Woman’s Club is located at 286 St Ann’s Dr.


Sun sets in layers of gold

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A golden sunset serves as background for the Memorial Flag at Heisler Park


Bluebird Knolls residents gather for 40th Anniversary of Bluebird Canyon landslide on October 2

Story and photos by DIANNE RUSSELL

On Tuesday evening, Bluebird Knolls residents congregated at the home of Lyn and Bill Sharp to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Bluebird Canyon landslide. The Sharp’s backyard was used as a center for construction equipment and material deliveries during the restoration process after the slide. 

Lyn Sharp said, “Twenty-four/seven there were flood lights and heavy duty construction earth movers in our yard. We finally put black construction paper on our windows so we could sleep. In the beginning, police, security (Marines) and delivery of materials was 24/7, so we were awake at deliveries, and the police were under our window talking all night.”

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The Sharp’s backyard 40 years after the landslide

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(L-R) Clara Candelaria, Bill Sharp, Lyn Sharp, Robin Yates

Bluebird Knolls Gheres

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Dale and Marilyn Ghere

Bluebird Knolls Ghere house

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Ghere home was one of the eight designed by Chris Abel

Bluebird Knolls Harleys

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Dick and Barbara Harley

Bluebird Knolls Brokaw

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Resident Charlie Brokaw, mayor of Laguna at the time of the landslide

Bluebird Knolls Candelarias

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Clara and Jake Candelaria

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Photographer Mitch Ridder lived in the neighborhood during the landslide

Residents grouped around a table holding memorabilia – paper clippings, pictures, and scrapbooks – recognizing themselves in some of the photos and swapping stories about that morning in 1978 and the years that followed as they rebuilt their homes and lives.

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