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Where’s Maggi?

Who’s an angel? You are! Well, at least you can stand in front of this spot and take a photo that makes you look angelic. 

Have you done that? Maggi wants to know…and where it is!

Drop her a note with your answer to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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The community is invited to Bullying Awareness Event at Main Beach Saturday

Ability Awareness Project presents the 3rd Annual Bullying Awareness Event on Saturday, Oct 6 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Main Beach. There will be music that encourages kindness and a special puppet show for kids on bullying prevention. 

The event will feature Snapchat star and AAP member Amber Mezner. Amber is 16 years old and known for her platform for fighting against bullying on social media. Mezner was bullied through social media and she puts out her message on Snapchat and Instagram to help stop the major issue facing teens today. 

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Amber Mezner teaches teens to not be afraid to be different

AAP Board member and City Council member Steve Dicterow will be a guest speaker at the event. Mr. Dicterow’s passion to further the impact of the AAP’s mission has led the group to become an Official Founding Member of World Kindness USA, a partner with The Charter for Compassion as well as receiving the Proclamation of Support from the City of Laguna Beach. Levin & Dicterow law firm is the first law firm in the US that has signed up with World Kindness USA. 

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AAP Board Member Steve Dicterow is a strong leader in our community 

Another special guest on Saturday is the Chief Advisor to the Board of World Kindness USA, Mr. Michael Lloyd-White. Winner of the 2018 Most Inspiring Man of Australia, Lloyd-White has an impacting story to share. 

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The community can participate by leaving a kind message on the “Kindness Wall,” and taking what they need 

For one minute or more during the event, participants are asked to: make eye contact with a stranger, hold each other’s hands, offer a hug if the other person wants one, say, “I am the other you and I love you just the same,” meditate together and wish each other love, hope, and healing. If participants do this for an hour they will win a “kindness card.” 

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Laguna Beach’s “Kindness Cat,” Aragon is best known for his role as Lord Tubbington on the Emmy award-winning show Glee

For more information, call (949) 415-4096 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wednesday evening, no rain, but a beautiful sunset

Community invited to Transition Laguna Beach Potluck on Oct 16

Transition Laguna Beach is hosting a potluck on Tuesday, Oct 16 at 6 p.m. to talk about the issues and the specific things we can do now to improve the air, reduce our carbon output, de-acidify the ocean, and help mitigate our traffic problems. 

A year ago, Laguna Beach City Council adopted a resolution supporting the Paris Agreement and committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They also signed on to the group Mayors National Climate Agenda. 

“Climate change is upon us and the threats are devastating,” says Billy Fried of Transition Laguna. “It’s time to put words into action.” 

Special guest speaker at the potluck is Stephen Brooks, a permaculture expert who built the sustainable community Punta Mona in Costa Rica. KX93.5 radio host Billy Fried will be discussing the Global Climate Action Summit he recently attended, and Transition Laguna Beach President Chris Prelitz will present a low-cost concept for multi-modal, clean transport in our town. 

The program is titled “Transitioning Laguna to a Low Carbon City” and will be held at BC Space at 2354 Forest Ave. Residents are encouraged to bring a donation and/or a dish to share.

For more information on Transition Laguna Beach, visit

Laguna Beach Books to host an event with local author Jim Kempton on Oct 14

On Sunday, Oct 14, at 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Books is pleased to welcome local author Jim Kempton to the store. Kempton will be discussing his new book, “First We Surf, Then We Eat.”

Kempton has spent his life traveling and surfing the world, along the way learning to cook the world’s best beach-loving dishes. Now he’s sharing his vividly colorful, richly flavorful, and vibrantly healthful collection of more than 90 recipes, along with stories of the best waves, markets, restaurants, adventures, and misadventures that he’s experienced, from Australia to Hawaii, the Basque Country to Indonesia, California to Mexico.

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Laguna Beach Books will feature local author Jim Kempton on October 14 

“First We Surf, Then We Eat” features a foreword by The Surfer’s Journal publisher Steve Pezman, a preface by famed surfer/chef Raphael Lunetta, and photography by Bill Schildge, Jeff Divine, Tom Servais, and Art Brewer.

Publishers Weekly called the book “An expansive collection of recipes sourced from his travels on six continents – accompanied by stunning surf photography. Kempton’s the real deal when it comes to surfing, and he’s serious about his recipes as well. Kempton’s generous collection is sure to capture the imaginations of home cooks, be they surfers or travelers.”

Kempton is a lifelong surfer, cook, and writer. He has been the editor and publisher of Surfer magazine; the director of Quiksilver’s Crossing Project, a boat that searched the world for the best surf breaks; the director of media for Billabong; and the owner of the former Margarita’s Village, an award-winning regional Mexican restaurant in San Clemente. Kempton has traveled to over 30 countries, surfing and collecting recipes. 

Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 S Coast Hwy, Suite 105. For more information, call (949) 494-4779 or visit

Tikiland Trading Co. lands in Laguna with over 60 exciting artists, makers, and vendors on Sunday

Tikiland Trading Co. will land once again in Laguna Beach for the third Tikiland Trading Co. marketplace, providing over 60 tiki artists, makers, and vendors this Sunday, Oct 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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(L-R) Joel Tanner and Anne Waterman-Tanner curators of TikiLand Trading Co., Hasty Honarkar of Royal Hawaiian, and tiki artist Tiki Tony

Tikiland spokesperson Joel Tanner said, “Our new, much larger, location is nestled up to the tropical hillsides of Laguna Beach and has plenty of open space, public parking, and is close to the beach. Feel the ocean breeze as you stroll amongst your favorite tiki artists, makers, and vendors, and indulge in Dole Whips, by Hula Girls Shave Ice, as well as tiki cocktails and cuisine at the on-site pop-up by Royal Hawaiian, our grand sponsor.” 

The day will be filled with musical entertainment by Jason Lee and the RIP Tides, Big Poi Combo Keanuenue Polynesian Entertainers, and Ukulena.

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Groove on with Ukelana and other exciting music and artists in the mix

 To make attendees’ journey to Tikiland Trading Co. easier, a Laguna Beach trolley will shuttle guests from an offsite parking lot to Tikiland Trading Co. and Royal Hawaiian. This is in addition to parking that’s within walking distance of Tikiland Trading Co. 

“Tiki culture, and escapism, is on the rise…and if you look at why cultural escapism surged in the 1930s-60s, it’s not really a surprise it’s happening again. There are significant parallels nearly a century later,” Tanner said.

“Joel and I fell in love with Tiki a few years ago, and we haven’t looked back. It’s just such a great feeling and community. We enjoy being able to share Tiki with others,” said Anne Waterman-Tanner, co-curator of TikiLand Trading Co. 

TikiLand Trading Co.’s Laguna Beach debut is sure to be a good time for all tiki enthusiasts, or those curious about the lure of the escapist movement. Visit for complete event details.

Assistance League of LB is looking for women who want to make a difference in the community

The Assistance League of Laguna Beach is looking for women who care about the community and want to make a difference. On Monday, Oct 15 at 10 a.m., those interested are invited to a Prospective Member Coffee at the ALLB Chapter House. 

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The ladies of the Assistance League of Laguna Beach out serving in the community

Volunteers are needed in the Thrift Shop and to serve on one of the many Philanthropic Committees. 

For more information, contact Reann at (949) 494-6097. 

Assistance League of Laguna Beach is located at 547 Catalina St.

Local dentist honored as a rising dental star

Dr. Alex Kalmanovich, DDS of Laguna Family Dentistry has been selected and included in “The Incisal Edge ‘40 Under 40” edition.” 

This honor is presented to “rising dental stars in the US,” says Chuck Cohen, founder of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine.

 “Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime - and nothing better exemplifies this than the magazine’s annual “40 Under 40” edition, a series of informative profiles of the finest young practitioners in our industry.

Local dentist AlexWhether they’re renowned for their medical innovations, their volunteer work and philanthropy or simply their commitment to outstanding patient care, these 40 honorees, nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel, represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow, magazine sources report.

Dr. Kalmanovich has been practicing in Laguna Beach since 2013. He practices general and cosmetic dentistry utilizing the newest technologies to provide customized dental care with a strong emphasis on preventative dentistry. 

Dr. Kalmanovich always strives to stay on the front lines of the newest treatment options, as well as the newest and best innovations and technologies while providing the highest quality care for his patients. 

His high-tech advanced care includes one of the latest dental technology tools to appear on the dentistry scene, called the CEREC® machine, a special computer that acts as a dental restoration tool, allowing Dr. Kalmanovich to restore decayed teeth, place dental crowns, remove defective amalgam dental fillings, or place porcelain dental veneers in just one appointment, while maintaining the highest quality for his patients.

According to representatives, Dr. Alex, as he’s known to many patients, makes going to the dentist fun and exciting with his friendly and compassionate nature. New patients say that they feel extremely welcome upon joining and current patients say that they feel like they are part of the Laguna Dentistry Family.

Dr. Kalmanovich is honored to be selected for this achievement and moreover honored to continue to serve the incredible people of Laguna Beach. For more information, visit

Dennis’ Tidbits


October 5, 2018

Devil Wind Santanas due to return, along with fire danger

Dennis 5Down in the Eastern Pacific Tropics, hurricane Sergio has now reached Category 4 status making him the eighth system to reach that Category this season. He’s made a right turn and he’s now moving to the NW. His maximum sustained winds are 135 mph with a central pressure of 948 millibars.

Anytime now, we’ll see the return of “Vientos Diablos,” Spanish for the Devil Winds. We gabachos know them better as Santanas. They occur every year, most common in the fall, but they’ve happened in every month but June and July. The earliest Santanas hit on September 19, 1939, when Laguna registered its hottest day ever with 109 and Santa Ana 119, still a record. 

The latest Santana was on December 25, 2000. It’s not if, it’s when. The average date of the first Santana event is October 10th. They often bring the hottest temps of the year, sometimes over 100 degrees here at the beach, with humidity readings down into single digits here. When we have a classic Santana event, temps are the warmest along the coast, as air from the northeast heats by compression so Laguna, more often than not, is warmer than Palm Springs. 

One thing is for certain. Someone’s house will burn somewhere. I lost mine on October 27, 1993, and so did 434 other homeowners. There’s a very deep low-pressure trough off our coast, and that will be our first rainmaker of the season. Phoenix, AZ just had their wettest October day on record when nearly 2.5 inches fell, and Sedona had almost a whole year’s worth of rain over the weekend, all part of the remains of former Category 4 Hurricane Rosa. 

Her remains have moved to the north and northeast and have joined forces with a strong low pressure and associated cold front. It’s been a very soggy year in most places around the country, but we can’t buy a drop here in California. This year is the worst fire year on record and the Santanas haven’t even arrived yet. 

Did you know that 90 percent of all wildfires are started by humans, and they hardly ever get caught. The other 10 percent is lightning or downed power lines that set off a deadly spark. We can only hope that a couple of good soakers blow through here before those Devil Winds arrive. 


Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational returns this weekend

Starting this weekend on Saturday, Oct 6 and running through Sunday, October 14, LPAPA will present the 20th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational at its new Festival of Arts “Invitational Home”, in the heart of Laguna’s Civic Art District. The community is invited to join the celebration and become part of the tradition during this 9-day plein air celebration.

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Jacobus Bass is one of the 50 top award-winning artists to paint the town

The 50 Invitational Artists will be arriving on Saturday, Oct 6 from near and far to prepare to paint the town. The community is invited to watch as they paint in and around Laguna Beach and prepare for Sunday’s Quick Draw painting competition at Heisler Park.

The artists will be gathering Saturday afternoon between 2 and 5 p.m. at Treasure Island Park for a “warm up paint out”. This is a free painting demonstration event that is open to the public.

On Sunday, Oct 7, all 50 Invitational Artists will be gathering in Heisler Park to compete in the annual Quick Draw Painting Competition. The artists only have two hours, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., to create a plein air masterpiece. Come watch them paint as they carry on the plein air painting tradition that established Laguna Beach as an art colony 100 years ago. 

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Artists will gather in Heisler Park for a Quick Painting Competition

Immediately following the Quick Draw painting event, the artists will gather at the Festival of Arts for a Meet & Greet reception from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to join for refreshments, to meet the artists and see the framed wet paintings.

The Quick Sale Art Show will be presented at the Festival of Arts from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is free to the public. 

On Monday, Oct 8, the community is invited to a special evening with the panel of Invitational Artists who will talk about their artistic journey and plein air painting experiences. This is a wonderful opportunity to listen to the hearts and minds of some of the nation’s top plein air painters, and ask them any question. 

Tickets are $15 and there will be a Wine & Cheese Reception at Terra Laguna (no host bar) from 6 to 7 p.m. The Plein Talk in the Forum Theatre adjacent to Terra is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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The Artists will talk during a special panel about their painting experiences

On Tuesday, Oct 9, the Artists will be painting in and around Forest Avenue and the downtown area of Laguna Beach starting at 6 p.m., and continuing into the evening. The public is invited to come watch the Artists in action as they create “en plein air” nocturne paintings. This event is free and open to the public and no advance registration is required.

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The public is invited to watch the Artists paint into the evening around Forest Avenue and downtown

Mr. Jean Stern, art historian and author of LPAPA’s new book, will be at the Festival of Arts – Forum Theatre on Wednesday, Oct 8 at 5:45 p.m. for a book signing. 

Tickets are $20 for the public and $15 with LPAPA Member Code. 

After the Artists submit their paintings for judging, they will be out painting at Main Beach, Heisler Park and Treasure Island Park on Friday, Oct 12 from 11 -12:30 p.m. The outdoor event is free and the community is invited to watch as the artists paint and explain their process. 

On Saturday, Oct 13, the Collectors Gala will celebrate a special Milestone 20th Anniversary from 7 - 10:30 p.m. Gala attendees will have the first, and potentially only opportunity to view the entire collection of artwork created during the week. The artists will be exhibiting what they consider to be their three best plein air paintings created during the week, presented for judging and prize consideration. 

Tickets are $150 in advance and $175 after October 11.

Ending the 9-day plein air celebration will be an Art Show at the Festival of Arts on Sunday, Oct 14. The public is invited to come see meet the artists, see painting demos, and meet Art Materials Experts from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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