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Full Swing: LCAD Student Exhibition runs through Oct 24 

Fall semester kicked off at one of the nation’s top art colleges, Laguna College of Art And Design (LCAD) with the opening of its inaugural exhibition at its new second location Forest & Ocean Gallery. 

By Samantha Bryanne Garrett 

Full Swing features works of art in all media by LCAD students from all five of LCAD’s BFA degree programs: Animation, Design + Digital Media, Fine Arts, Game Art and Illustration as well as Post-Baccalaureate as well as the MFA programs in Drawing and Painting. The exhibition, which runs through Oct 24, is curated by LCAD alum, Andrea Harris-McGee.

Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Forest Ave, is open Monday through Friday 11-6 p.m.; Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-6. Admission is always free.

By Leonora Jew

Exhibiting artists include Donna Walling, Leonora Jew, Kathleen Emery, Samantha Bryanne Garrett, Ye Htut Aung, Michael Lemen, Ricardo Imperial, Amy Kells, Jenny Calabro, Andrea Clarke, Miguel Camacho-Padilla, Ashleigh Izienicki, Audrey Jung, Erick Listman, Kraig Blue, Trevor Christianson, Leanne Reinhold, Kim Frassett, Damian Enriquez, Elizabeth Alverez, Jacqueline Dopp, Sigmundur Thorgeirsson, Ridan Arellano, Hayley Williams, Julie Bass, Teresa Conte, Lani Emanuel, Christine Tinoso, Emmalyn Tringali and Magdalena Nilges; 949-376-6000

Assistance League’s Third Friend Raiser another big success


The Assistance League of Laguna Beach held its 3rd annual Friend Raiser at Madison Square and Garden Cafe on Oct. 5. Jon Madison, who generously provides an array of delicious appetizers, desserts and beverages, has hosted the event each year.

On center stage, was a glamorous fashion show, with models wearing clothing and accessories from the Assistance League’s Thrift Shop. The ensembles were selected with perfection by Molly Levitta, Friend Raiser Fashion Show Coordinator. 

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Photo by Gayle Whitaker

(L-R): Bren Adnani-Forghani, Margo Ganson, ALLB members, Kavita Reddy, fashion show model representing the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach and Molly Levitta, ALLB member and Friend Raiser Fashion Show Coordinator

There were 34 models representing 16 of Laguna’s finest volunteer organizations, including Boys and Girls Club, Ebell Club, VFW, Laguna Art Museum, The Arts Council, Pageant of the Masters, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Friendship Shelter, Glennwood House, Garden Club, Youth Shelter, Women’s Club, Susi Q Senior Center, Life Guard Association, Assisteens, and Assistance League. Guests were amazed that such stylish clothes came from the Thrift Shop and were eager to buy them.

In addition to the spectacular fashion show, a silent auction was held, and musical entertainment was provided. Jim Roberts performed throughout the event and inspired many guests to dance. He was so well received; the guests didn’t want the music to stop at the end of the event.  

The price of admission for this event was one “treasure” per person (a nice item to be sold in the Thrift Shop) or $25. The “treasures” will be available for purchase at the Assistance League’s Thrift Shop, 526 Glenneyre St., on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Proceeds from the Thrift Shop support the Assistance League’s philanthropic programs, such as the Early Intervention Program for developmentally delayed infants and their families, scholarships for Laguna Beach High School students, Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach Even Start Program, Chapters for Children and Homefront America for military families in need, music and theatre programs for local children through support of Live! Music for Kids and the Laguna Playhouse, Friendship Shelter Clothing Donation Program, and support of Glennwood House, the Youth Shelter, and the Laguna Beach Community Clinic through community outreach programs.

Assistance League of Laguna Beach would like to express its deep appreciation to Jon Madison for his extreme generosity in hosting the Friend Raiser and making it possible and so successful. Thank you, Jon.

Aga brings us the beauty of Utah!

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Aga Stuchlik

Aga is one of our favorite contributors and once more, she has shown us why. She recently camped in Utah visiting the town of Cedar Creek, beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Parks. Enjoy her photos!  

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More of Aga’s photos are in the slideshow below

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SILB to host Richard Burgi of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on November 4

Soroptimists International of Laguna Beach (SILB) has invited Richard Burgi of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to be the speaker at their Nov. 4th, 6 p.m. dinner meeting at Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach. The public is invited to see this presentation by joining them for dinner at a cost of $25.per person for the dinner.

On May 25, 1979, 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from the streets of New York City while on his way to school. The massive search efforts and media attention that followed focused the nation’s attention on the problem of child abduction and lack of plans to address it.

On July 27, 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh disappeared from a Florida shopping mall. His parents, John and Revé Walsh, immediately turned to law-enforcement agencies to help find their son. To their disappointment, there was no coordinated effort among law-enforcement to search for Adam.

In 1984, President Reagan signed into law the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, establishing a national clearinghouse of information about missing and exploited children. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) is designated by the U.S. Congress to fulfill this role, and opened its doors in Washington, DC in 1984. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.

If you wish to attend this dinner meeting ($25.00) to learn more about the National Center for Exploited and Abused Children and Soroptimist International please contact Maggie Hempen of SILB at maggiehs2000@gmail or 949-922-7291

Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach (one of the oldest non-profit’s in Laguna Beach) is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1948, the Laguna Beach club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas where almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women.

Laguna Beach Parents Club annual Halloween Walk

The Laguna Beach Parents Club (LBPC) is hosting its annual Halloween Walk Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. It is the Club’s biggest (and cutest) event of the year. LBPC families welcome in the walk. The Club would like also to encourage the community to cheer the children on and enjoy their costumes as they parade down Forest Ave. 

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John, Luke, and Jennifer Leonti; Lisa, Layla, and John Roberson-Beery in 2013

The festivities will begin at Main Beach. The walk will promptly start at 4:30 p.m. and continue down the north side of Forest Ave as the kids gather candy and trinkets from local merchants. The walk will end at the Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church parking lot where the Club has arranged for a Waste Management truck and various emergency vehicles to be on site for touching, climbing, learning, and pure fun! 

If you are not already a member of the LBPC, becoming a member is easy. Visit In addition to the Halloween Walk, the Club hosts an Annual Chili Cook Off, Easter Egg Hunt, and Parents’ Night Out as well as Club-organized playgroups and even Moms’ and Dads’ Nights Outs throughout the year. It’s fun!

Glennwood House “Gratitude for Glennwood” – November 1

Glennwood House of Laguna Beach, home to 50 young adults with special needs, is celebrating their first year with much gratitude. For these young people, Glennwood is a first experience at (assisted) independent living. Every day at Glennwood is joy filled with socializing, learning, sharing meals, services, and activities, all within a safe and loving environment.


“I love Glennwood because of my new friends, my job in Laguna working with animals, and the cool place I live.” – Brad


On November 1st, Gratitude for Glennwood will offer the community of Laguna Beach a fun way to support and celebrate this wonderful living opportunity. There will be dining and dancing under the stars in the beautiful canyon setting at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. There will be live and silent auctions, all in the spirit of giving thanks.


“I feel free to be who I want to be. Everyone at Glennwood is family.” – Amy


Glennwood House invites you to partner in friendship and support for special young people who just want a chance to live as others do – growing and learning, being good citizens and neighbors. 

To learn more about Glennwood House, and to order tickets for the evening of November 1st, Gratitude for Glenwood, click here:

Boys & Girls Club invite alumni and friends to the 2nd annual Alumni Come Home! Oct 26 at the “Dirty Bird”

Celebrating what it was (the Boys Club of Laguna Beach), what it is (Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach), and what it will be - friends, fans, and alumni are invited to the second annual alumni party. 

On Sunday, Oct 26, there will be dancing to music by the Local Remedy, plus food and drinks - all at The Sandpiper, 1183 S. Coast Hwy. 

The fun begins at 3:00 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, and to rsvp, contact Michelle at (949) 494-2535 ext. 103, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Not your grandmother’s menopause story” LB Books presents author of “The Madwoman in the Volvo”

On Sunday, October 19 at 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome Sandra Tsing Loh, author of The Madwoman in the Volvo, for a talk, Q&A and signing.
In a voice that is wry, disarming, and totally candid, Sandra Tsing Loh tells the moving and laugh-out-loud tale of her roller coaster through the change. This is not your grandmother’s menopause story. 

Loh chronicles utterly relatable, everyday perils: raising preteen daughters, weathering hormonal changes, and going through the ups and downs of a career and a relationship. 

She writes also about an affair and the explosion of her marriage, the pressures of keeping her daughters off Facebook while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad, and a despairing withdrawal to a tiny cabin where she combined wine and Ambien, paralyzing her arm into a claw. 

In one outrageous chapter, a hormonal Loh finds herself trekking to her preteen daughter’s school to confront a ten-year-old bully half her size. In another she attempts to subsist on only zero-calorie noodles and the occasional fat-free yogurt in a hopeless effort to vanquish added midlife weight. 

In The Madwoman in the Volvo Loh speaks hilariously and honestly about her life as a mother, a daughter, and an artist. She recounts her journey through a tumultuous time of life, trying to maintain appearances during an epic hormonal and that means physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual change. 

The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.

Writer and performer Sandra Tsing Loh is a contributing editor to The Atlantic, host of the syndicated radio show The Loh Down on Science, and the author of five previous books. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays. In addition to having been a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and PRI’s “This American Life,” she has performed two solo shows off-Broadway. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Laguna Beach Books is an independent bookstore striving to create a community-enriching environment with a superb selection of books for adults and children, exciting author events and readings, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Laguna Beach Books is owned by Jane Hanauer and is located at The Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway. 494-4779.

LGOC hosting Breast Cancer Solutions event Oct 25th

Breast cancer survivor Lisa Early and friends will be getting together at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art on Saturday, Oct 25 for an evening of fun and fundraising to benefit Breast Cancer Solutions. 

Breast Cancer Solutions is a grassroots organization that gives back to Orange County breast cancer patients.

The public is invited to help support this worthy cause and enjoy an evening of live music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and raffle prizes at the LGOC gallery located at 611 S. Coast Hwy. Festivities begin at 7 p.m.

Laguna’s tagging epidemic

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Kurt Knepper

Kurt recently came across this example of “gang style” graffiti (tagging) at Moss Point. Our ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ city crews are on these early. That’s a good thing but it also keeps most of us from seeing the overnight artwork of the bad guys. The problem is widespread as regular readers of our Street Beat feature are aware. If you see anything suspicious that might be taggers at work, call 9-1-1.

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