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Annual Dunk-a-Cop returns Aug 2- save the date!

Laguna Beach’s fourth annual Dunk-a-Cop event is returning to the cobblestones of Main Beach on Saturday, August 2.

Each year, Laguna Beach police officers step up to the plate to be dunked to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. More details to follow- stay tuned!

The multi-talented Elizabeth McGhee will deliver the FOA Art Talks lecture Thursday “Mirror Mirror”

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join the Festival of Arts for fascinating and informative discussions with exhibitors during “Art Talks: A Lecture Series” on Thursdays from 12 noon – 1 p.m. 

Festival Artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. Listening to the artists present their work is not only interesting and inspiring, but gives attendees a deeper understanding of painting, printmaking, photography and other art on the grounds.

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Elizabeth McGhee (L) demonstrates to uber volunteer Nina Rietsch. McGee will lead a lecture on portraiture Thursday with the presentation: “Mirror Mirror”

The title of the show is: [title of show]. “…terrific. A kick ass time…” – naturally – by No Square Friday 

No Square Theatre’s new musical continues the tradition of local, quirky, talented and affordable entertainment starting this weekend

No Square Theatre jumps into summer with [title of show]. Hailed by the New York Daily News as a “terrific. a kick ass time…” and the New York Times as “delectable entertainment…a postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals,” [title of show] is a quirky and poignant comedy about creative expression and taking risks.

With the New York Musical Theatre Festival just three weeks away, Jeff and Hunter agree to write an original musical to submit for inclusion in the festival. When they can’t come up with anything to write about they turn to their own lives for inspiration. With the help of their friends Heidi and Susan (and Larry at the piano), they decide to write a musical about it’s own creation. What they end up with is a musical about writing a musical about writing a musical. Throughout the process, the four friends learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. 

With music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, [title of show] has been a national and international hit since it’s Broadway premiere in 2008. [title of show] received an Obie Award for it’s Off-Broadway production in 2006 and Hunter Bell received a Tony nomination for Best Book of Musical in 2009.

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“Die Vampire, Die” - L-R:  Berkeley Clements, Kevin King, Stephanie Draude and Joey Nestra rehearse a scene from No Square’s [title of show] opening Friday

The No Square Theatre production of [title of show] features a cast of four with Berkeley Clements (who made her No Square debut in Lucky Stiff last summer) as Heidi, and newcomers Joey Nestra as Jeff, Kevin King as Hunter, and Stephanie Draude as Susan. Joe Lauderdale directs and choreographs and Michael Repper (who also plays Larry) is the musical director.

[title of show] begins it’s run on Friday July 18 and continues to Sunday, July 27. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at No Square Theatre in Historic Legion Hall. Tickets may be purchased online at for $20 or $25 at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: [title of show] contains adult language that may not be appropriate for pre-teens.

[title of show] is a quirky and poignant musical comedy about creative expression and taking risks.The show stars 5 performers including Berkeley Clements, Joey Nestra, Kevin King, Stephanie Draude, and Michael Repper. The director and choreographer is Joe Lauderdale; music is directed by Michael Repper. 

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, just two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, where there is ample free parking. Wine and soft drinks are available on the lawn before the show to encourage early arrival in the summer traffic. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 online at and $25 at the door. Show dates are July 18, 19, 20, 14, 25, 26, and 27, all at 7:30 p.m.

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by the Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the Lodging Establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, Mark W. Brisley, DDS, An Anonymous Donor, Chris Quilter, and Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs. 

Other No Square summer news includes the Square Roots children’s musical theatre camp in August. Applications are now being accepted. Founding Artistic Director Bree Burgess Rosen will sing the National Anthem as part of a celebration of Laguna Beach at the OC Fair on July 23 and perform Broadway’s Best on August 17 as part of the Festival Of Arts’ Sunday in the Park Music Series.

For camp, audition, concert, and ticket information, please visit

KX 93.5 brings the Beach Boys to Laguna!


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KX 93.5 presents its second annual Festival of Music featuring legendary Southern California band the Beach Boys at Irvine Bowl (Pageant of the Masters) on September 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the public go on sale Friday at

The Irvine Bowl Policy Committee, including members of City Council, approved the venue’s first use for a major concert in more than 10 years.

“We’re thrilled that the city has the confidence in us to make history by bringing a band as iconic as the Beach Boys to Irvine Bowl,” said KX 93.5 Founder and Program Director Tyler Russell. “There’s no band with better Southern California roots to bring multiple generations of Lagunans together in what should be a truly memorable night.”  

Supporting acts will include Say Say, a Los Angeles indie/electronic duo, and 133, a local “super-group” featuring Steve Wood, Beth Wood, Jason Feddy, Nick Hernandez, Poul Pederson, Bob Hawkins, Drew Hester and Alan Deremo. 

Presenting sponsors include Tuttle Click Automotive, Wilson Automotive and 133 FILMusic Group. All proceeds will support non-profits KX 93.5, Tony Hawk Foundation, SchoolPower, Mauli Ola Foundation and Surfrider Foundation. 

Doors to the festival area open at 5:30 p.m. and the grounds will feature tasty dinner choices with food trucks, beverages and beach-themed cocktails. Beach Boys merchandise and sponsor activities will be offered at sponsor booths. 

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. 

Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy-nominated “Good Vibrations.”  Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”

Tickets start at $45. Special ticket packages that include the “KX 93.5 ‘Five Summer Stories’ VIP Pre-Party” with complimentary food and drinks, as well as an up-close screening of MacGillivray/Freeman’s 1972 surf classic “Five Summer Stories.” There are also a limited number of passes available for a “Club Kokomo” Meet ‘n’ Greet with Mike Love and The Beach Boys. 

Tickets and more information are available at Some show sponsorships are still available; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 4th on Brooks Street


I wanted all of Laguna to know about the gathering of residents and friends on Brooks Street on the Fourth of July. 

They gather for those who served that we might be free, the playing of Taps, raising the US flag, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

After that, we all paraded up and down the street before heading down to the beach for the annual Mark Metherell Memorial paddle out to 2nd Reef.

Here is a slideshow from Mary of the July 4 Brooks Street gathering!


Take a look all around you: where in Laguna? 

Maggi knows you’re looking around town for these “faces” and places. She’s pretty sure there’s at least one really tricky one here. Do you know where that is?

Drop her a note!

Begin with the photo below then click on the left-hand photo in the slideshow to view all three. Good luck!

Submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The correct answers will be in Friday’s edition and on our Facebook page.

Have fun and thanks for playing!

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Dennis’ Tidbits



July 15, 2014

Comparing mood swings: ocean temps vs. McWeather

Local ocean temps have been going through some mood swings as of late; certainly not the intensity of Tidbits’ mood swings, but nevertheless, some notable ones. 

Last Wednesday morning, surface ocean temps in Laguna were at a balmy 73-75 degrees. That afternoon the dreaded westerlies blew at 15 mph or more. Thursday morning saw temps fall off 4-6 degrees at 68-70. The westerlies (the enemy) returned with a vengeance that afternoon and once again Friday afternoon. By Saturday morning the water was a chilly 64-65. Then overnight the winds shifted around from the southeast and blew all day Sunday and into the night at 10-12 mph. 

By Monday morning the temps had rebounded back up to 70. The southeasterlies blew all day Monday into the evening and today, as you read this Tuesday’s edition of Stu News, the water’s right back up there at 72-74 thanks to our friend, the southeasterlies. Quite a swing in such a short time!

Continuing with the travels of powerful hurricane Guillermo in August of 1997, the last epic El Niño summer….

After delivering a solid week of big waves, Guillermo veered more to the west, setting his sight on the Hawaiian Islands. On August 12, still a high end Category 4, Bill found himself about 1200 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii and sped up a notch, moving west now at 12 mph. He continued on this crash course for four days maintaining his strength and on August 16 he was situated less than 300 miles ESE of Hawaii. By that afternoon, hurricane warnings were issued for the islands. A huge ESE swell was already imposing its will on all windward sides of the island chain. 

Suddenly on the evening of August 16, Guillermo took a sharp turn to the NNW and then north, sparing Hawaii from its wrath excepting a few squalls from his outer bands on the Big Island and Maui. They were really bracing for a rough one and narrowly escaped a nightmare.

For the next three days, Guillermo continued northward and on the morning of August 20, he was situated about 2000 miles west of San Diego, still a category 3 storm. He moved to the NNE for three more days and on August 23 he turned extra tropical about 1400 miles west of the Oregon coast where he hooked up with a strong way early low that was barreling southeast from the western Gulf of Alaska. The combination of the two strong systems created a very strong low with a central pressure of 975 millibars, almost unheard of for this early in the season. 

The strong low made landfall on the coast of central Oregon with 50 mph winds and a whopping 5-7 inches of rain! That same low flung a way out of season strong NW groundswell at California, lighting up Rincon at a solid 6-8 feet for three days. That kind of swell was three months early! Imagine surfing the Queen, a spot usually reserved for winter, in 74 degree water! 

Guillermo had traveled full circle, first flinging a huge SSE and south swell at us, then a macking ESE swell at Hawaii, and finally lighting up all winter breaks in California! That’s what off the Richter El Niños can do!  

Next up… hurricane Ignacio this Friday.

See you then, ALOHA!

City planning “Electronic Building Plan Review” workshop

The City of Laguna Beach will be hosting an “Electronic Building Plan Review” workshop on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue. Architects, designers, engineers, residents, agents and commercial building owners are invited to attend.

In an effort to improve building plan check submittal procedures, Issam Shahrouri, Deputy Building Official, will present the process and requirements for electronic building plan checks. There will be a demonstration on the software used for plan review, the procedures for plan submittals, and the benefits of electronic plan reviews. The Community Development Department would like to encourage applicants and design team members to submit their plans for major remodels and new construction projects electronically.

For more information, please contact Maria Ring, Office Specialist at 949-497-0798 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Crystal Cove Alliance goes ‘Back To The Beach’ for 12th annual gala set for Sept 27 – returning to the beach this year

Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) is excited to announce the theme “Back to the Beach” for its 12th annual gala, presented by The Resort at Pelican Hill. At the annual soiree, to be held Saturday, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. at Crystal Cove, supporters will celebrate the organization’s outstanding work in preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of Crystal Cove State Park.

For the last four years, the CCA gala was tented and held on the Crystal Cove bluff top. Each event has been a sold-out success, but this year is especially significant as it marks the first return to the beach, adjacent to the intricately restored cottages of the Historic District, since 2010. Interested sponsors are encouraged to reserve their tables now.

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The Crystal Cove Alliance soiree is “Back at the Beach” after four year hiatus

Attendees will mingle on the beach, enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Montage Laguna Beach with what promises to be a spectacular sunset, followed by an al fresco three-course gourmet dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray of The Resort at Pelican Hill. Guests will be tempted by a silent and live auction, as well as an opportunity drawing for a three-night stay in Crystal Cove Cottage #14 “South Beach Suite” – one of the most popular restored oceanfront cottages.

“This annual gala is a critical fundraising event for our organization and is essential to Crystal Cove Alliance’s ability to sustain our restoration and educational efforts,” said Laura Davick, CCA founder and director of external affairs. “We are thrilled to welcome our guests ‘Back to the Beach’ to enjoy an evening on the sand in the environment that is symbolic of our organization.  Each year, we are grateful for the many generous leaders from our community who step forward as sponsors for this event and welcome new supporters to join this prestigious list.”

Located between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, Crystal Cove encompasses 3.2 acres of coastline, 2400 acres of backcountry and 1100 acres of underwater park. CCA, in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park, preserves the natural resources, culture and history of the cove. In addition to restoring and managing the cottages, CCA educates more than 35,000 children through its ocean and land-based environmental programs.

Sponsorship, underwriting and auction opportunities are still available. Gala sponsors to date include: The Resort at Pelican Hill, Tourbillon and OMEGA, Anonymous, HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications, Blue Star Yacht Charter – Passage West2, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M. Brigham Jr., Montage Laguna Beach, Wendy & Rick Aversano, Firebrand Media LLC, First Foundation Bank, Mara & Keith Murray, McKenna Auto Group – Audi, Porsche, BMW, VW, Wendy & Fred Salter, Bank of the West Wealth Management, Tricia & Michael Berns, Fostering Executive Leadership, Dr. Tammy Wong, Gail & Dean Meredith, Natashia Palmaer, Teddie Ray, Roger’s Gardens, Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clark Foundation, Sharlene Baker, Capital Group, Kingsley & Jack Croul, Diana & Gareth Evans, Fuscoe Engineering Inc., Deborah & Jeffrey King, Jay Bauer & Jennifer Steele, Susan Tate, and University of California, Irvine.

Individual gala tickets are $375 and will be available August 1; sponsorship opportunities range from $4,000 - $50,000. Opportunity drawing tickets are $100 each or seven for $500. To purchase gala tickets, donate a silent auction item or purchase opportunity drawing tickets (winners need not be present to win), please visit or call (949) 376-6200 ext. 201. 

Chamber of Commerce invites all to ribbon cutting and reception at new retail store “Vault For Kids”

The Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to attend a Grand Opening Celebration, Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and reception at a new retail-clothing store “The Vault Kids” located at 361 Forest Avenue on Friday, July 25. 

The gala runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at five o’clock, and will be officiated by representatives from the City Council and Chamber Board of Directors as well as Chamber staff. Owner Gila Leibovitch of “The Vault Kids” invites everyone to stay for a reception immediately following that will include appetizers, drinks and raffle prizes. 

Liebovitch also owns and operates “The Vault Women” and “The Vault Men” located within the same building as the new children’s boutique. She started in retail in Los Angeles over 21 years ago and decided to start businesses in Laguna Beach while visiting on vacation one weekend 10 years ago.

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