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Ring in the season at Laguna Beach Seniors Holiday Luncheon on Monday, Dec 3

Join in the festivities and celebrate the season at the Laguna Beach Seniors Holiday Luncheon on Monday, Dec 3, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The annual holiday gathering of friends will be held at Seven7Seven (formerly Tivoli Too) at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

Ring in Nadia

Executive Director Nadia Babayi at Holiday Luncheon

The event will feature a traditional turkey feast, good company, holiday tunes, and prizes.

The cost is $40 per person.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.susiq.org, or by contacting Christine Brewer at (949) 715-8105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Woman’s Club’s Tarnished Treasures Sale helps community families in need, seeking donations

Donations are now being collected for the Woman’s Club’s annual Tarnished Treasures Sale and Fundraiser on Friday, Dec 14. Donations are tax-deductible and the proceeds of the sale go to local community families and children in need. Appropriate items include jewelry, clothing (women’s, children and men’s), toys, holiday decorations, musical instruments, sports equipment and household goods. Clothing items should be clean and folded. Items remaining unsold at the event will be donated to these families at a special holiday party the following day.

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Donate to the Woman’s Club sale and make a difference this holiday season to local families in need

Unfortunately, the Woman’s Club cannot accept large items such as furniture. Donations should be received no later than December 11 and may be dropped off at either the Woman’s Club at 286 St. Ann’s Drive on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Thursdays 2 to 5 p.m., or at a private residence at 729 Marlin, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Please clean those closets, garages and attics and donate soon. What you now consider ‘tarnished’ could be someone else’s ‘treasure’ and make a real difference in their lives,” said Woman’s Club President Kitty Malcolm. 

For more information, call Malcolm at (949) 715-2442.


Don’t miss the Holiday Art Sale at the studios of Troy and Siân Poeschl and Maggie Spencer on Dec 8

On Saturday, Dec 8, artists Siân Poeschl, Troy Poeschl, and Maggie Spencer will open their studios for their annual sale. Items will include fused glass, photography, mixed media, sculpture, along with gift items including handmade candles and soap items ideal for the holiday season. Also available, will be a “seconds” table with heavily discounted pieces of some experimental pieces. 

All three artists have been exhibitors at the Sawdust Art Festival and Troy Poeschl exhibits at the Festival of Arts and has been a frequent exhibitor in the Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition. 

“This is our annual studio clear out,” said Maggie Spencer. “It’s the only time we open up the studio to the public, plus it’s a great fun to catch up with friends and celebrate the season.”

Holiday Art Sale Maggie Spencer

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Don’t miss exciting works at exciting prices by local renowned artists Troy and Siân Poeschl, and Maggie Spencer at their Holiday Sale on Dec 8

Spencer will also be offering studio classes before the holidays – an excellent opportunity to make your own holiday ornaments – sign up quickly as classes are nearly full at www.maggiespencer.com.

A percentage of sales will be donated to CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) providing financial help to artist who have lost their studios due to the fires. 

“CERF+ helped us during the floods, now it is our opportunity to help our fellow artists,” said Sian Poeschl. Please make your donation through a purchase or directly to www.cerfplus.org.

The Holiday Art Sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the artists’ studios located at 2711 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, visit www.Lagunabeachartshow.com.


Mark your calendars for Laguna’s biggest block party, Hospitality Night on Friday, Dec 7

On Friday, Dec 7, Laguna’s biggest block party, Hospitality Night, is back! There will be lots of music, merriment, shopping, and of course, Santa. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the annual tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Mark your carolers

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Carolers ring in the holiday cheer at hospitality night

The trolley will be running until 11 p.m. and is a great and free way to get to hospitality night. 

The festivities will be held on Forest Ave in downtown Laguna Beach.


Veniroe jewelry gallery hosts open house on Dec 6

Join Veniroe on Thursday, Dec 6, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., for an open house featuring fine art jewelry and the Jorg Dubin Quartet. Guests can meet Veniroe’s founder, who has over a decade of experience artfully creating each piece of jewelry with a story and motif. 

Veniroe host necklace

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One of Veniroe’s stunning necklaces 

The evening will also feature a raffle totaling $10K for everyone who visits the store during the open house to enter. 

For more information, call (949) 715-1602 or visit www.veniroe.com

Veniroe is located at 303 Broadway St, #103.


A view of blue

A view gazebo

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The gazebo at Heisler Park frames a patch of indigo sea


Community invited to Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Hive this Friday

Laguna Creative Ventures (LCV) invites the public to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a joyful Tree Lighting Ceremony and celebration at The Hive this Friday, Nov 30, from 2 - 8 p.m. Located at 805-859 Laguna Canyon Road, The Hive houses a number of local Laguna favorites including the Laguna Beach Beer Company, Kitchen in the Canyon, Laguna College of Art and Design’s South Campus, Another Kind, and Laguna Candles, among many others.

During this community holiday celebration, the parking lot at The Hive will be closed to cars and utilized for the event, while beer and wine will be available for sample and for sale, along with ongoing holiday movie screenings, and a selection of cherished holiday music playing throughout the event provided by KX 93.5 FM. There will special offerings from all the tenants at The Hive during this celebration, and the Tree Lighting will take place at 6 p.m.

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The Hive will hold its 1st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Celebration this Friday, Nov 30

Santa Claus himself will be in attendance at this joyous occasion for pictures and Christmas wishes, and there will be some additional surprise holiday entertainment for the whole family.

Kitchen in the Canyon will be offering complimentary hot cocoa and cider throughout the celebration, and starting on this evening, November 30, the restaurant will be open for dinner Thursdays through Sundays with hours extended from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be cookie decorating workshops at 3 and 7 p.m. at Kitchen in the Canyon.

The first annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Hive is the beginning of a new local holiday tradition. With The Hive becoming the hub of the canyon, this new holiday tradition is poised to warm the hearts of residents and visitors alike. With activities and offerings for every age, Laguna Creative Ventures hopes that you will join in this memorable evening.

Admission to The Hive Tree Lighting Ceremony and Celebration is free, and all ages are welcome to attend.


Getting barreled in beautiful Laguna Beach

Getting barreled surfer

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This surfer was thankful for this epic wave over the weekend


History of poinsettias and their lethal lore

By DIANNE RUSSELL 

During this time of year, it’s impossible to be out shopping and not come across bountiful displays of ruby red poinsettias. The abundance has everything to do with their November to March blooming season, when the leaves turn a brilliant red. As a result, millions are sold each year during the holidays, over 34 million, in fact. They account for one quarter of the annual sales of all flowering potted plants. 

These beauties are also known as: Euphorbia, lobster flower, flame leaf flower, Flower of the Holy Night, Flower of Christmas Eve, Crown of the Andes, and Easter flower.

While poinsettias are commonly “hyped” as poisonous plants, they rarely are, and the poisoning is greatly exaggerated. 

Are they truly poisonous?

“One poinsettia leaf can kill a child,” is a warning that has been repeated often over the years. Although it isn’t suggested that anyone put poinsettia leaves in a salad, their poisonous nature is entirely a myth. The truth is that poinsettias have low toxicity, and there’s never been a documented case of death by poinsettia. However, in a few instances, people might experience an upset stomach. 

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Poinsettias aren’t harmful to cats, but other holiday plants can be

Most of us have also been told that poinsettias can be dangerous to animals if the leaves are eaten. True, the milky white sap is mildly toxic, as it contains chemicals called diterpenoid euphorbol esters and saponin-like detergents, but according to www.petpoisonhelpline.com, signs are generally self-limiting and typically the animals don’t require medical treatment unless the symptoms are severe and persistent. 

Mildly toxic

When the milky sap is ingested by animals, mild signs of vomiting, drooling or rarely, diarrhea, may be seen. If it is exposed to skin, dermal irritation (including redness, swelling, and itchiness) may develop. Rarely, eye exposure can result in mild irritation. 

Far more worrisome, particularly to cats, are holiday bouquets containing lilies, holly, or mistletoe. “Lilies, including tiger, Asiatic, stargazer, Easter and day lilies, are the most dangerous plants for cats,” says Dr. Ahna Brutlag, assistant director of Pet Poison Helpline. “The ingestion of one to two leaves or flower petals is enough to cause sudden kidney failure in cats.” And other yuletide pants such as holly berries and mistletoe can also be toxic to pets and can cause gastrointestinal upset and even heart arrhythmias if ingested. 

Even though poinsettias have traditionally been given a bad rap, they have a long and intriguing history that bears telling. Native to Central America, the plant flourished in an area of Southern Mexico known as Taxco del Alarcon. The Aztecs used the plant for decorative purposes, but also put it to practical use. In addition to the milky white sap, which the Aztecs used to make a preparation for fevers, they also extracted a purplish dye from the plant for use in textiles and cosmetics. 

History of new poinsettia

34 million poinsettias are sold each year during the holidays

Had it not been for the efforts of Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), we might be lacking one of most popular holiday decorations. The son of a French physician, Poinsett was appointed as the first United States Ambassador to Mexico (1825-1829). Poinsett had attended medical school himself, but his real love in the scientific field was botany. (Mr. Poinsett later founded the institution which we know today as the Smithsonian Institution).

Poinsett maintained his own hothouses on his Greenville, South Carolina plantations, and while visiting the Taxco area in 1828, he became enchanted by the brilliant red blooms he saw there. He immediately sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began propagating the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens.

Poinsett honored for bringing poinsettia to the US

Robert Buist, a Pennsylvania nurseryman, is thought to be the first person to have sold the plant under its botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima. It is thought to have become known by its more popular name of poinsettia around 1836, the origin of the name recognizing the man who first brought the plant to the US.

Congress honored Joel Poinsett by declaring December 12th as National Poinsettia Day, which commemorates the date of his death in 1851. 

I imagine he had no idea his namesake flower would be the most popular holiday plant in history, nor that it would be falsely deemed dangerous. To most everyone, it simply represents the festive atmosphere that heralds in the holidays.

For more information about holiday decorations that are harmful to animals, go to www.petpoisonhelpline.com.

References: www.phoenixflowershop.com, www.hoax.com.


Meet Pet of the Week Jordy 

Jordy is currently taking the title of Pet of the Week. He is a two-year-old male pug doxie mix that is neutered. He is very shy at first, needing some extra time when meeting new people to warm up to them. However, once he does, he is full of love and ready to play. Jordy is looking for a home that will be sensitive to his shyness and open to working with him. With the holiday season in full effect, he is looking for a new home to spend it in this year. Nancy Goodwin, shelter director, hopes to see Jordy adopted as soon as possible. 

Pet of the Week Jordy

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Jordy is looking for a new family for the holidays 

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. Due to their approach to adoption, their return rate is five percent as compared to the national return rate of 50 percent.

The LB Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd. Call (949) 497-3552 or go to the website for information on adoption procedures: www.puplagunabeach.org/our-pets.php.

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