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Rocking babies can be an every Wednesday pleasure


Assistance League of Laguna Beach

Holding a baby and giving it a bottle gives a great deal of pleasure to many people. You can tell when you see a small baby snuggled up in someone’s arms. It doesn’t matter if the baby has Down syndrome, spina bifida, faulty hearing or eyesight, cerebral palsy or was born prematurely.

Every Wednesday morning volunteers gather at the Assistance League of Laguna Beach (ALLB) to sit in rocking chairs where they hold babies and often feed them their bottles while their parents receive counseling. The day starts at 9 when mothers and fathers bring their infants to the Assistance League playroom which is well equipped with brightly colored toys. Led by professional therapists, they start with Circle Time when the families gather to sing, play and celebrate such steps as the baby’s first time to turn over.


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Cayley MacDonald, Intervention Center for Early Childhood (ICEC) physical therapist and EIP participant since the program’s inception, rocking a baby 

Parents have a chance to see what is going on in other families which helps their understanding of their own child’s progress and of the differences in each one. For periods of about 15 minutes the 15 to 18 children with their parents are divided into groups, each one devoted to such topics as feeding, communication, fine and gross motor skills, sensory, social and emotional development.

Then the parents go upstairs for professional counseling while the volunteers hold and rock their babies. Volunteers get a big charge out of holding the babies, even those who may sleep the full hour. For the restless ones there are buggies to walk them in.

All the children are known by their first names and are entitled to come for their first year of life. Some are six weeks old when they start. When they leave there is a graduation ceremony with black cloaks and mortarboards. Most of the families are sad to leave but they can get continuing services for ages one to three from the Intervention Center for Early Childhood (ICEC). Some moms return later to become volunteers.

This free Early Intervention Program (EIP) is one of the Assistance League’s many philanthropic programs. The funds to pay for it come from sales in the Assistance League Thrift Shop at 526 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, and the goods sold in the shop are all donated. Other programs funded in part by ALLB include the Even Start Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, therapeutic horseback riding lessons, supplies for Camp Pendleton Marine Base children, Laguna Playhouse theater performances for Laguna Beach children, scholarships to Laguna Beach high school graduates, and much more.

Tell me have you seen her? Not the song.

Isn’t there a song like that? 

We’re looking for Maggi – or at least where she’s been.

Which street was she visiting with her camera this week?

If you have an idea or two, drop Maggi a note and say so!

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

Good luck!

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

Have fun and thanks for playing!

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LAM honors pioneering light and space artist Peter Alexander with the California Art Award September 27

Laguna Art Museum will present the California Art Award to pioneering Light and Space artist Peter Alexander at an exclusive dinner on Saturday, September 27 from 6:30 -10 p.m., and ticket prices begin at $500. The California Art Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to California art. Since the 1960s Alexander has been one of the state’s most consistently inventive, versatile, and thoughtful artists. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his mastery of nontraditional sculptural materials, his feeling for subtle effects of light, and the leading role he has played in the quintessentially Californian “Light and Space” movement.

“Peter is one of the Titans of sculpture and painting in Southern California, and there’s no doubt that his reputation will continue to grow into the future,” remarked the museum’s executive director, Malcolm Warner. “Like last year’s recipient of the award, Wayne Thiebaud, he has a longstanding affection for Laguna Art Museum, and this makes the occasion an even happier one for us. We’re honored and delighted that he’s agreed to accept the California Art Award.”

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The California Art Award Dinner will be a festive affair. There are only 120 tickets available. In addition to a special installation of works by Alexander, it will feature a lively cocktail reception, music, a delicious three-course meal courtesy of 24 Carrots, and renowned special guest speakers who will reflect on the artist’s life and career– including contemporary art curator Michael Auping and Alexander’s longtime friend and fellow artist Don Bachardy. Proceeds from the event will enrich the museum’s education and exhibition programs, including free elementary school tours, educational talks and lectures, and important exhibitions of California art.

Michael Auping, Chief Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will present a lecture about the Light and Space movement, which originated in Southern California in the 1960s. Auping will focus on the movement’s perceptual phenomena, such as light, volume and scale, and the use of materials such as glass, neon, fluorescent lights, resin and cast acrylic, often forming installations conditioned by the work’s surroundings.

The first California Art Award was bestowed in 2012 to the pioneering scholar of early California art, Ruth Westphal. In 2013, world-renowned California artist Wayne Thiebaud was honored, who reciprocated the honor by gifting Laguna Art Museum with seven of his works for its collection.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the California Art Award Dinner, patrons should contact Laguna Art Museum’s Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza at 949.494.8971 x219.

Born in 1939, Alexander grew up in Southern California, enjoying the pastoral landscape and beaches in Newport Beach and learning to surf at the age of 13. After studying architecture for several years, he shifted his course to art in the mid- 1960s and began creating sculptures using novel materials. Resin became an absorbing medium, discovered by accident as a small hardened pool in a Dixie cup while repairing a surfboard. The material was full of potential in its liquid form and he experimented with it thoroughly. He exploited the transparent, reflective, and colorful properties of plastics and resins to make objects that respond to the particular atmospheric conditions of the rooms in which they are displayed. He created boxes containing a world-within of a cloud-filled sky and the experience of a sun drenched ocean underwater. His wedges were inspired from a plane ride, viewing the ocean from above. He was struck by the ocean’s shifting colors in depth, ultimately receding to the shore. However, Alexander was never bound by his medium. Giving up resin completely in 1972 because of its toxicity, he embraced painting and drawing without irony, depicting landscapes and seascapes. He revisited his skills as a draftsman and captured the silky elegance of sleeping cats. Despite the stigma of

the “Tijuana parking lot syndrome,” he embraced velvet painting simply because it was such a beautiful material. The richest of blacks and the possibility to suggest sparkling light drew him to work with the plush fabric. Alexander’s exploration with velvet paintings led him to another series of paintings on canvas of nocturnal images of Los Angeles— essentially paintings of light emerging from the night. Century (1989), for example captures an inconsistently lit grid of lights, which blurs with the low fog and misty atmosphere.

In 2005, Alexander began working with resin again. With a newer synthetic resin on the market, the medium became friendlier to use and in some cases offered enriched colors.

This led to a deeper interest in color experiments with varying hues. In Alexander’s studio today, baking racks are stacked with luscious swatches of color. Molds for his resin sculptures rest in anticipation of new work. There is a constant hum of production. Alexander’s work continues to resonate and offer great pleasure for his viewers.

Alexander’s work has been exhibited extensively in solo exhibitions around the United States and group exhibitions around the world. In 1990, the Orange County Museum of Art hosted his retrospective, Peter Alexander: In this Light. In 2011 he was part of three exhibitions associated with Pacific Standard Time, the Getty initiative to highlight art from 1945-1980 in Southern California, including MCASD’s Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface. Alexander’s work is in several private and public collections including the Broad Foundation, Santa Monica; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

—Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator of Contemporary Art

Dennis’ Tidbits


September 16, 2014

Sleeping on the beach – 40 years ago

Shortly after midnight, the resort town of Cabo San Lucas took a direct hit from Category 3 hurricane Odile with winds up to 125 mph and up to 18 inches of rain in 12 hours, as much as we’ve had over the last three years. Odile was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Cabo’s history. 

Wave heights were as high as 30 foot at Costa Azul Sur breaking way out in the ocean and once again we got nothing, another shoulda, woulda, coulda. If Odile woulda been 200 miles further to the west, we coulda had double to triple overhead sets here by Tuesday. Outside of Marie, every named storm has moved the wrong way at the wrong time. Fifteen named storms, ten of them Category 3 or higher, and we got one big swell. Even with that one monster swell, I’m still giving the summer of 2014 a D+.

That’s the difference between this summer and the epic summer of 1972. Same number of named systems up to this point but in ’72 every named storm formed in the right spot and moved the right way. It’s almost like they’re training storms to avoid us. Maybe they outlawed epic summers, “We don’t want them surfer-types to have too much fun, that means they won’t be at work and being productive!” 

Speaking of outlawing everything, I think of how much has changed since say 40 years ago. I remember a bunch of us at St. Ann’s beach would sleep right there on the beach with our surfboards and wake up at dawn’s early light making sure we were the first ones in the water when the waves were good. We used to have beach fires right there at the foot of St. Ann’s stairs. Before sunset, somebody like Kai or Steve Melon or Randy Yates who all lived there in Gaviota Alley between the Orange Inn and The Laguna Riviera, would go downtown to the Fire station and get a fire permit to have a beach burn until midnight. 

We’d start the fire around sunset with just a handful of us at first. More often than not, an hour or two later, there’d be 30 or 40 people down there. Somebody would show up with a guitar, hot dogs, marshmallows, you name it! At high tide when the grunion were running we’d attach ‘em to a test line that was crudely wrapped around a soda can. One night Randy Yates nabbed at least a dozen sand bass in a half hour! 

We even made our own saunas on more than one occasion. Sure, there were a few beers, but nothing out of control. We would play music and dance under the stars. Then promptly at midnight we would douse the fire making sure all embers were soaked and buried, pick up after ourselves and curl up under the stairs and immediately sink into a wonderful dream state anticipating the new day’s waves. None of us were homeless; sleeping on the beach was an option back then. Try doing that today; they’d have Homeland Security on you in a heartbeat! 

How things have changed! It was wonderful to be a part of that era when people weren’t so friggin’ uptight! 

See you Friday, ALOHA!

P.S… By the way, Odile’s name will be retired. Any named storm that makes landfall and does extensive damage is put to rest. See ya!

Lugano Diamonds celebrates eternal summer with its new The Coastal Collection at Montage Laguna Beach

Lugano Diamonds is proud to debut new jewelry pieces for The Coastal Collection, an ocean-inspired line designed by world-renowned jeweler, Moti Ferder.  The latest creations, displayed at Lugano’s Montage Laguna Beach Jewelry Salon, incorporate magnificent gems and eye-catching abalone into beautiful designs including Lugano’s Jellyfish Necklace, Laguna Agate Drop Earrings, Abalone Butterfly Ring and the Coral-Inspired Pearl Necklace.

Lugano’s exquisite Jellyfish Necklace captures the ocean’s movement by reflecting light in its diamonds, tourmalines and pearls.  This versatile piece can also be worn as a brooch.

These one-of-a-kind Laguna Agate Drop Earrings feature agates encased in tsavorite and diamond encrusted black gold settings.  Guaranteed to spark conversation, the vivid-blue agates look spectacular year-round.

Lugano’s Abalone Butterfly Ring showcases abalone accented by 3.85 carats of round brilliant diamonds set in titanium.  This exceptional ring accommodates any finger size due to its flexible band.

Diamond, tourmaline and pearl accents are incorporated into this Coral-Inspired Pearl Necklace, a stunning, original Lugano Diamonds design.  Created with diversity in mind, it can also be worn as a brooch.

The Coastal Collection is on display in Lugano’s Montage Laguna Beach Jewelry Salon, which is conveniently located within the resort at 30801 S Coast Hwy, in Laguna Beach.  The collection can also be viewed at Lugano Diamonds’ Grand Salon, located at 620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, in Newport Beach.  For more information and pricing, call 1-866-584-2666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LCAD hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive this Tuesday

Laguna College of Art & Design invites everyone to their Life-Saving Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept 16 from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Red Cross Bloodmobile bus will be in the LCAD parking lot at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road

To schedule your appointment, sign-up on-line at Use sponsor code: LCAD. Or contact Doug Davee at (949) 376-6000 x 245 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are not certain that you are an eligible blood donor, call the Red Cross Donor Support Center at 1-866-236-3276

A current photo ID is required to donate.

Police Memorial sculpture “Eternal Legacy” dedication 9-21

On Sunday, Sept 21, the City will dedicate the Police Memorial sculpture “Eternal Legacy” by artists Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor on Loma Terrace next to the Police Department. The public is invited to attend the dedication, which starts at 5 p.m. 

The sculpture dedication coincides with the Ffrst anniversary of Police Officer Jon Coutchie’s passing in the line of duty.


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City of Laguna Beach

Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor’s work in progress

To accommodate the ceremony, Loma Terrace will be closed from 3 to 6 p.m. This installation has been funded through donations raised by the Laguna Beach Police Employees’ Association, Laguna Beach Community Foundation and the City of Laguna Beach.

Laguna native Rufino Cabang shares life in musical parody at No Square Theatre – two shows Sept 20 & 21

From a press release

Writer-performer Rufino Cabang will present his autobiographical musical parody show, “The Fauxriginal Soundtrack,” for two evenings at No Square Theatre in Laguna Beach, on Saturday, Sept 20, and Sunday, Sept 21. 

The Laguna native, whose family owned landmark Laguna Beach restaurant Royal Hawaiian from 1947 to 2006, now divides time between his home in Glendale and family in Laguna Beach as well as yearly appearances in No Square Theatre’s renowned “Lagunatics”, the musical roast of life on the coast. Cabang penned “The Fauxriginal Soundtrack,” a lighthearted journey through the author’s confessions, obsessions and addictions, over the past year at the urging of musical director and accompanist Saif Eddin.

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Rufino Cabang

“It’s a comedy concert about my life, but it’s definitely not a one-man show,” says Cabang. “My great friend Saif Eddin is no less than my musical co-pilot, and I’m equally indebted to Bree Burgess Rosen and No Square Theatre for, literally, decades of encouragement. I’m looking forward to having fun with an audience of Laguna Beach locals, many of whom I consider friends and loved ones.”

“The Fauxriginal Soundtrack” will share beloved melodies, parodied with comical lyrics, to share intimate glimpses of the author’s life. Subjects include overeating, unrequited love, alcoholism and affordable, mass-produced furniture. 

Presented by No Square Theatre. Food and beverages will be sold outside the theatre; beverages will be allowed inside the theatre.
Saturday, Sept 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept 21, 6:30 p.m. at 384 Legion Street.

General admission seating is extremely limited and advanced purchases are highly encouraged. Tickets are available at

Laguna Beach residents will receive AlertOC test call

Over two million Orange County residents will receive a call, email or text message on Sept 23 at 11:30 a.m. in order to test the County’s regional mass notification system. This is the fifth annual regional test of the system. 

The AlertOC drill on Sept 23 will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County’s entire region. The phone message will urge all residents to prepare for real-life emergencies by registering their cell numbers, text numbers and email addresses at for the best chance to receive vital, timely information when away from home. 

Emergencies can happen at any time. A wildfire could spread or a flood could close the roads to a neighborhood while residents are away from home. In these instances, AlertOC is a critical link for residents to immediately learn of required actions. 

For more information or to register alternate phone numbers and email addresses, visit

Commuters are reminded to be safe and use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving.

Classical guitarist to perform on Sept 20 at the UUFLB

Classical guitarist Eric Henderson

Segovia-trained local classical guitarist Eric Henderson will perform as part of Laguna Beach’s Performance on Cypress concert series at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept 20, at the UUFLB Fellowship Hall, 429 Cypress Drive, Laguna Beach.

Henderson’s performances cover a vast repertoire with both technical mastery and passionate delivery. He shows how guitar can transcend genres and imbue a sense of wonder and spontaneity that connects with audiences. 

In concert, Henderson may play traditional selections, such as a Spanish piece or a work by Bach, juxtaposed with his arrangement of a rock classic, such as “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones or “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix, followed by one of his own compelling compositions. 

In addition to Andres Segovia, Henderson studied with many other well-known guitar masters. Having logged nine European and eight U.S. tours over a period of ten years, Eric came back to California to his hometown of Laguna Beach where he began advancing his guitar technique, composing his own songs and teaching to his many students. He has just completed two new albums, Notes and Turned Up. He has seven previous albums to his credit. 

General Admission Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Students and Seniors, $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

To order tickets online, go to Seating is limited and open. It is anticipated that this concert will sell out in advance.

Proceeds from all Performance on Cypress events, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach, go to benefit the homeless of Orange County and to other local community outreach programs.

For more information please call 497-4568.

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