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Where’s Maggi?

Hear me roar! Who has heard this lion roar in Laguna? 

And, more importantly, can you tell Maggi where she was when she took this photo?

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The location will be revealed in Tuesday’s edition, and we’ll let you know who got it right.

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LBUMC hosts Comfort and Joy special during “Messy Church” on Sunday, Dec 2

“After shopping for toys, come for comfort and joys,” says Barbara Crowley, who will lead Messy Church activities this Sunday, Dec 2 between 4 and 6 p.m. at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church. “We are welcoming the Christmas season with crafts and activities for all ages. Wreaths, ornaments, candles and meditation stations all connect to the nativity and the Christmas story.”

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The community is invited to “Messy Church” at LBUMC on Sunday

Peace, hope, love and joy are the themes of Advent, the weeks spent waiting for Christmas Day, and Messy Church provides an opportunity for participants to create crafts that can become family heirlooms. The special holiday event itself often becomes a tradition for many. 

Each family who attends is asked to bring a $5 donation to cover materials and the dinner that will be served at the church.

Laguna Beach United Methodist Church is located at 21632 Wesley Dr.


Free Fire Smarts Seminar on Monday, Dec 3

Just 8 Seats Remain!

By DIANE ARMITAGE

I know our thoughts and prayers are with the thousands of people who have lost their homes in the fires to the north of us. Many of us remember the day we experienced the loss of several hundred homes in a single day in Laguna Beach, and these last couple of weeks have brought a lot of those old memories to the surface. 

So, to help you feel better prepared for fire prevention, mitigation and lurking potential, I’m sponsoring a free seminar entitled “Fire Smarts: Protect Your Laguna Home” on Monday, Dec 3, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in Mozambique’s Shebeen Lounge (2nd floor where the music stage is). This is a small capacity seminar intentionally to enable you to ask questions that are most pressing to you, so I’m keeping it to just 30 attendees. As of now, just 8 seats remain! RSVP now to preserve your seat at www.ArmitageRealEstateGroup.com.

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Fire Smarts: Protect Your Laguna Home on Monday, Dec 3 at Mozambique

The Best Experts In The House

This seminar isn’t just for Laguna Beach residents (though our experts are based in Laguna). And, this is definitely not a sales push of any kind – this is strictly information to help you. The City of Laguna Beach has graciously provided a team of fire department personnel for the Fire Smarts seminar to walk through your own family’s emergency preparedness, explain the cool (free) consultations they do at your own home, and what you can do in and around your house to mitigate wildfire damage. 

Additionally, Landscape Designer Ruben Flores of Laguna Nursery will be speaking about landscaping materials and planting strategies that can actually mitigate damage and protect your home from fire.

Q & A Panel, Too!

A Q & A panel will follow with both fire personnel and Flores participating. I’ll be providing light appetizers and Mozambique is offering happy hour pricing on any drinks you might want to purchase – this cool deal is just in place for our seminar. It should be a lively and interesting evening. Please do RSVP as only RSVPs are allowed into the seminar, at www.ArmitageRealEstateGroup.com.

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.

Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book, The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of Laguna based reviews, finds and upcoming events at her blog, TheBestofLagunaBeach.com.


High surf advisory in effect for Laguna Beach through Saturday

OC Lifeguards announced a high surf advisory for Orange County including Laguna Beach on Wednesday, in effect until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 1. A long period W/NW swell will build and continue into Saturday in Orange County. 

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The water may look fun, but only experienced swimmers should go in during a high surf advisory

The swell will produce high surf, strong currents, rip currents and hazardous swimming conditions. Swell and surf will gradually subside over the weekend.

During the high surf advisory, there is an increased risk of drowning due to elevated surf and strong rip currents. Sneaker waves and other hazards can create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Minor coastal flooding during morning high tides and minor beach erosion are possible.

Beach-goers should take precaution and only expert swimmers should consider entering the water, and never alone. Check with a lifeguard on current conditions and surfers and body boarders should use a leash and use appropriate fins.

Know your limitations…when in doubt, do not go out.


Afterglow

Photos by James Vaughan

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From Temple Hills, a sky of scarlet 

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And a sea of gold


Nuance Home + Lifestyle Boutique joins Art Walk Holiday Soiree benefiting Laguna Food Pantry, Dec 6

On Thursday, Dec 6 from 6 - 9 p.m., Nuance Home + Lifestyle Boutique will team up with the Shops at The Pottery Place for the collective’s Annual Holiday Soiree & Art Walk. 

Light bites and refreshments will be served while guests enjoy the sounds of live music and the ambience of a First Thursday Art Walk, holiday edition. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Laguna Food Pantry by participating retailers. 

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The Shops at The Pottery Place will be featuring holiday gifts and entertainment 

The evening is hosted by The Shops at The Pottery Place, Sapphire Laguna, TheChocolate Soldier, Tootsies, Vogue Salon, Blue Eyed Girl, and Laguna Beach Books. 

Nuance Home + Lifestyle Boutique is located at 1200 S Coast Highway, in the HIP District.


Five Tips for Mindful Eating Over the Holidays

By Vidya Reddy, ND

It’s that time of year again, marathon Thanksgiving meals, one holiday party followed by another, family dinners, and holiday treats in the break room. It’s hard not to overindulge during the holiday season, at least for me. This time of year is full of temptation. The added stresses of holiday shopping, out of town visitors, and multiple social gatherings can all be triggers for us to eat without thinking, without being truly aware of what and how much food we want and need.

Mindfulness refers to the practice of being aware and in the moment; it’s non-judgmentally paying attention to what’s happening while it’s happening. All too often, our thoughts wander somewhere other than where we are in the moment. Perhaps we are preoccupied with what happened an hour ago, worried about what might happen tomorrow, or stressed over what we need to do next week. Mindfulness encourages us to notice these preoccupations, and then to gently bring ourselves back to the here and now.

It’s easy to overindulge during the holiday season. Here are five ways how to enjoy your food without going too far!

Truly savor your food

How many of us slave over making a special holiday meal and then sit down to eat it all in record time, without really tasting it? Perhaps the most important thing we can do to eat mindfully is to learn to slow down and to savor our food.

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Vidya Reddy, ND, AMS, DAC, CLC

When you sit down to dinner, take a moment to really see the food in front of you, to smell the aromas, to let the flavors rest in your mouth before swallowing or picking up that next bite. Mindful eating is not about denying yourself the pleasures of eating; it’s the opposite. It’s all about enjoying whatever we eat fully. You don’t want to miss out on the flavors of the holiday season, so don’t feel you can’t have that piece of grandma’s pecan pie or sugar cookies. The key is recognizing that you are making a conscious choice to do that and then really savoring the experience in all of its richness without feeling guilty about it.

Expect social distractions and take precautions

We all know that when we are engaged socially, we cannot be truly focused on what we are eating and drinking. Research shows that when other people around us are indulging, we tend to indulge more too.

Try to be conscious of this tendency as you gather with others. Alternate drinking glasses of wine with drinking glasses of sparkling water. If you’re having a sit-down dinner, put your fork down between bites of food while conversing. Or instead of having food-focused social gatherings, suggest other ways to get together with your friends and family, like going caroling or taking a New Year’s Day hike. Whatever you do, be prepared to be distracted in social situations, and have a plan that make sense for you.

Check to see how hungry you are before you take your first bite

Most of us eat because the food is in front of us, whether or not we are truly hungry. But if you pause a moment before eating to check in with yourself, you may find that you’re not hungry at all, or at least not as hungry as you thought.

Practice gratitude

Holiday meals are a perfect time to stop and give thanks for all of the abundance in our lives and for the many people whose efforts went into providing the meal before us: the farmers who grew our food, the truckers who transported it to the grocery store, the artisans who crafted our plates, the cooks who prepared the dishes.

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Enjoying beautiful view of Laguna Beach

To recognize all that goes into creating a meal is a great way to eat mindfully and to experience gratitude for all that is given to us. Plus, expressing gratitude whether that gratitude is directed toward a personal God, the universe or the people in your life, is a key way to make us happier. So, don’t forget to say “thanks.” It may help you feel overjoyed rather than overstuffed.

Silence

Try eating your meals in silence once in a while. When it’s quiet, it is natural for the mind to wander. Acknowledge these thoughts and then see if you can gently return to your experience of eating. I do this by going outside on the balcony to enjoy the amazing view of Laguna Beach. It is a great way to prevent awkward silences when someone joins me, because I just ask them to take in the moment before we go back to the dinner table.

So, practice mindfulness during the holidays and purposefully focus your attention on the present. It will help you embrace companionship, connectivity, and overall contentment and will make the season more meaningful for you.

In Peace, Love and Gratitude, Til’ next time 

Dr. Vidya Reddy, ND, AMS, DAC, CLC

www.Naturally-Happy.com

Becoming Happier, Naturally


Third annual holiday pop-up shopping event this Saturday at The Art Center

Lori Kahn, Cherry Dickinson, and the shop Huit are hosting a curated collection of vendors selling unique finds during a special one-day holiday shopping event this Saturday, Dec 2, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at The Art Center, 1492 S. Coast Hwy. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Laguna Food Pantry. 

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Lori Kahn (left) and Cherry Dickinson are hosting, along with Huit, a one-day shopping event on Saturday at The Art Center (across from Surf & Sand)

Lori explains, “We choose a recipient each time we do a pop-up and each vendor contributes toward a donation as part of their participation fee, and if it works out we also request donations on the day of the sale and have information there about our recipient!”

This special one-day event will include designer home goods, jewelry, fashion and more from these exceptional vendors: Huit, Kerry Cassill, Diana Garreau, Trunk, LP Gardenworks, Fifivenezia, M. Lande Bags, Maggie Hempen, Mary Qvale, Redd Accessories, Jodi Segal Ceramics, Playpus Fiber Designs, Soul Project, Haute Toffee and Bread Artisan Bakery. 

The pop-up sale is located at 1492 South Coast Hwy.


Nancy Wilson Still Brings Heart to the Stage

Story by MARRIE STONE

Photos by Jeremy Danger

More than four decades after rising to fame, Nancy Wilson still has the strength, stamina and talent to rock the stage. She also continues to bring pure passion for music with a signature sound that’s carved itself into hard rock history. On Saturday, Dec 8, Wilson is coming to the Irvine Bowl to perform a number of Heart’s greatest hits – including “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” – as well as many new releases with lead vocalist Liv Warfield and their band Roadcase Royale. 

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Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield

It’s more than nostalgia that accounts for Wilson’s enduring success. When Warfield (a former member of Prince’s New Power Generation) opened for a Heart concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2015, Liv told Nancy, “I wanna rock! I’ve always wanted to rock more!” Wilson replied, “Well, I’ve always had the obligation to rock.” When art isn’t an option, but an obligation, the audience can tell. It becomes about something more than music.

The creation of Roadcase Royale

While Wilson was looking for an opener for her two 2015 concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, she happened to see Liv Warfield performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. “Her energy, her power, her presence, it was so overwhelming,” says Wilson in her band’s bio. “It was like, ‘Oh my God…’ ” 

Warfield and her guitarist Ryan Waters – another protégé of Prince – were invited to perform at those two Hollywood Bowl shows and, soon after, Roadcase Royale was born. The group also includes three current members of Heart – keyboardist Chris Joyner, bassist Dan Rothchild, and drummer Ben Smith. Wilson says the band functions like an “inspired democracy.” All members contribute to the direction and sound of the music. “There’s just this great collective energy,” Warfield says. “Everybody pitches in and brings a piece of something to the writing table.”

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 (L-R) Dan Rothchild, Chris Joyner, Liv Warfield, Nancy Wilson, Ben Smith, Ryan Waters

The band blends Wilson’s legendary guitar stylings with Warfield’s powerhouse vocals. The result, says the band’s bio, “conjures an explosive and affecting rock-and-soul sound that nods to each musician’s particular musical past while also looking ahead to explore bold sonic frontiers.”

Back to Heart

But before there was Roadcase Royale there was, of course, Heart. Sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson were the faces of the first female fronted hard rock band in the 1970s. 

“Heart was the first band led by women, songs written by women, all decisions made by women,” said Pearl Jam’s manager Kelly Curtis. What made them successful wasn’t their beauty, but their raw talent. “How we look has never been what’s important to us,” said Nancy Wilson. “It’s about the music.” 

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Nancy Wilson

Maybe their success was rooted in something even more mystical than music. “Heart has always been about something deeper than music. It’s about blood and sisterhood,” said Jim Forbes of VH1’s Behind the Music. That sister synergy is something Nancy felt too. “It’s DNA,” she said. “It’s chemical. But it’s also magical.” 

“It’s an amazing dynamic to have the two of them get along and be able to work and live together,” said guitarist Howard Leese on the same VH1 episode. “And yet they’re really different. It’s yin and yang.” 

The earliest iterations of the band started in the late 1960s and early 1970s with bassist Steve Fossen, guitarist Roger Fisher, lead vocalist Don Wilhelm and Ray Schaefer on drums. Then the band was known as The Army, and they played around the suburbs of northern Seattle. 

When the draft heated up during the Vietnam War, the band moved to Canada. Ann answered an advertisement for a vocalist and joined the group in late 1972. And, in 1974, after a few years of college, Nancy joined as the lead guitarist. Once the Wilson sisters were at the helm, Heart soon rose to international fame.

Heart has sold more than 35 million records to date worldwide, including over 22.5 million in album sales in the U.S. They’ve had top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s. “Alone” (1987) and “These Dreams” (1986) both made number 1 on the charts. “All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You” made it to number 2 in 1990. And “Never” hit number 4 in 1985.

The group ranked number 57 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Growing up Wilson

Ann and Nancy grew up with a father in the marines. They followed their parents around the world, living in Panama and Taiwan. “Music was everything,” their mother, Lou Wilson, said. “There was no music there, for us, as we knew it. We made our own music.”

When Ann contracted mononucleosis in 1963, her parents bought her a guitar to pass the time. But it was Nancy who soon fell in love with it. Her family nickname became “Whiz Fingers.” “She took over Ann’s guitar and sped ahead in her virtuosity,” said older sister Lynn. She was a natural. “I couldn’t get enough of it,” said Nancy. “I brought it in bed with me and slept with it. It was a romantic, symbolic thing. He was my first boyfriend.”

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Nancy started playing guitar in the early sixties

In August of 1966, The Beatles performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum, which was the turning point for both Nancy and Ann. They saw what they wanted and began pursuing it full bore. The two spent their teens performing at parties, drive-ins, auto shows and church socials. By the time Ann answered that fated ad, she knew music would be her life. 

The advantages of age

When asked about aging in an industry saturated in youth and beauty, Nancy says, “Age is a definite benefit as a musician and a performer.” Time brings with it experience and wisdom. “It’s a silly equation as long as you stay young despite your age,” she says. “You actually become better and better at your craft.” 

Time also brings predictable trials. No one, however talented and famous, avoids life’s hardships. Nancy and Ann have both suffered a series of heartbreaks. Ann has battled issues with her weight and addiction. And they endured a fissure in their relationship in 2015. “Hindsight is always 20/20 after you already had to learn it all the hard way without the safety net hindsight gives you later,” Nancy says.

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Still fascinated by music

But she appears to have come through the hard times stronger, centered, and still infatuated by her first love – music.

Nancy’s inspirations and new adventures

Who are the artists working today that Nancy admires? “I am always amazed with the great new artists out there today and not only the new ones,” says Nancy. “I’m a big fan these days of Greta Van Fleet, Father John Misty, LCD Soundsystem, Haim, Ben Howard, Childish Gambino, Jim James, Janelle Monae, Maggie Rogers…and so many more.”

But for now, she’s still concentrating on her own work, putting out albums and perfecting her new sound with Roadhouse Royale. What can the audience expect on December 8th? “We will rock the walls off and play plenty of Heart hits plus a bunch of our new originals, including “Get Loud,” and one of our favorites off the new album from First Things First called “Hold On To My Hand” which is a Colin Hay cover. Plus a few covers that we have found to be well received. We hope to see you there for a great night of rock and roll with soul!”

For tickets, go to www.kx935.com.


Mozambique Restaurant and LB Sister Cities Association present exciting tour of Southern African

Mozambique Restaurant presents an exciting fundraiser trip for Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association on March 30 to April 10, 2019. On the trip, guests will spend two nights in Mozambique at the 5-star, all-inclusive resort, Anatara Bazaruto.

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Safe to say we could picture eating dinner in this breathtaking setting in Mozambique

Travelers will also spend three nights in Cape Town, South Africa at the 5-star Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Another stop on the tour is 2 nights at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, which includes a show-stopping sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. 

Lastly, guests will enjoy three nights in Chobe National Park, Botswana at the 5-star Chobe Game Lodge. There will be three land safaris and three exciting boat safaris to view African wildlife.

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Elephants and an African safari…an exciting adventure with fellow Lagunans awaits

The cost is $6,995 per person, double occupancy (international airfare is not included). This includes a $130 donation to LBSCA. There is only space for two more couples on the trip.

For more information, contact Ed Postal, former owner of Barnarby Rudge Booksellers and longtime luxury travel agent, at (949) 228-3722 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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