This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

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Celebrate and enjoy your



September 19

Bill Brown

Christine Montonna

Clay Leeds

Dawna Montell

Keri Osborne Cook

Lu Martin

Mikal Belicove

Monica Jackson

Sasha Evans


September 20

Angelina Altishin

Bret Englander

Charles Rieckhoff

Kelly Perkins

Mando Cordova

Robert Easley

Tex Haines

Travis Benson


September 21

John Newlander

Robert Layton


September 22

Brian Ross Adams

Lisa Leighton

Pamela Horton


September 23

Aggie Dougherty

Amy Holden Martin

Dennis Harris

Marion Meyer

Mary Shapero

Matthew Pike


September 24

Brendy Michael

Carrie Adam

Ginger Osborne


September 25

Arianna Noppenberger

Cathleen Falsani Possley

David Rosales

Jordan Kelly


September 26

Tobi Williams

Sound Spectrum



1. War on Drugs, Deeper Understanding

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely hearts Club 50th 

3. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

4. Cage The Elephant, Unpeeled 

5. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, Self Titled

6.George Thorogood, Party Of One

7. Arcade Fire, Everything Now

8. Haim, Something To Tell You 

9. Chainsmokers, Memories: Do Not Open

10. Foster The People, Sacred Hearts Club

11. Lorde, Melodrama

12. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN

13. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile To The Surface

14. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

15. Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip (S.T.) 

16. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog

17. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

18. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

19. Phoenix, Ti Amo

20. Violent Femmes, 2 Mics & The Truth

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LBHS Schedules



Friday, September 22

Coed Surf

@Salt Creek– 6:15 a.m.


Friday, September 22

Boys Varsity Water Polo 

@ South Coast Tournament  – TBA


Friday, September 22

Girls F/S Volleyball

@ Newport Harbor – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, September 22

Girls JV Volleyball

@ Newport Harbor – 4:30 p.m.


Friday, September 22

Girls Varsity Volleyball

@ Newport Harbor – 5:45 p.m.


Friday, September 22

Boys Varsity Football

@ Home – 7 p.m.


Saturday, September 23

Girls JV Volleyball 

@ Dave Mohs Tournament – 8 a.m.


Saturday, September 23

Girls F/S Volleyball 

@ Portola Tournament – 8 a.m.


Saturday, September 23

Boys Varsity Water Polo

@ South Coast Tournament – TBA


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At 242 Café Fusion, artful sushi pleases the senses


If you’ve ever wondered what outer space might taste like, (and you don’t plan on making that trip anytime soon), or secretly wanted to feast on the sublime colors of a Monet painting (most museums frown on licking the paintings), visit 242 Café Fusion Sushi. All your wildest food fantasies, including some you’ve never even imagined, will come true.

In Laguna, we are surrounded by an abundance of the creative arts, but never have they been more evident than in the artful sushi of Miki Izumisawa, owner and chef of 242 Café Fusion. She has been in the rare category of female sushi chefs for more than 25 years. 

And if the definition of creativity is to focus on the connection between unrelated things, she possesses that quality with a capital C. She concocts dishes that are visually stunning, and unexpectedly co-mingles ingredients that would surprise the most educated palate, unearthing taste buds one never knew existed.


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Chef Miki Izumisawa puts finishing touches on Aroma of Space Roll

“We would like you to enjoy our ‘Art’ with all of your five senses, so that it becomes a healing energy in your body,” Miki says. 

Before coming to Laguna, Miki worked for Nobu in Las Vegas, and she says that 25 years ago, the chef there, by combining different culinary traditions, introduced fusion-sushi cuisine. When she opened Café Fusion in 2000, she upended the twist on conventional sushi even further. 

The choice of this location for her restaurant was serendipitous, Miki believes. The very same yin-yang symbol she has tattooed on her upper back was etched into the concrete in front and on a block in the back of building. Since yin-yang represents the fusion of the two cosmic forces, or two halves that complete the whole, it does seem as if fate led her here, a perfect place for her to combine elements of diverse cuisines into exquisite fare.


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Monet’s Garden

Miki comes to creativity naturally. She studied in Japan with the renowned Naka Bokunen, a woodblock print artist famous for his Okinawan landscapes. As an expression of her love for nature, these colors and scenery translate into her dishes. She explains, “I name the dishes out of aspects of nature to convey the significance of nature.”

(And she gives back by donating part of Café Fusion’s revenue to nature conservation groups such as WWF, “To send out love and appreciation to our planet Earth,” she says.)

“Each dish is a handcrafted piece of art where our cooking ingredients come together like paint on a canvas. The main themes of my art are Nature, Gaia (Mother Earth), Space, and Feelings,” Miki says. 

An example of this is Monet’s Garden, a sashimi style dish which combines the lush lavender and greens of Monet’s landscapes with the simplicity of the fish (albacore, salmon, yellow tail, white fish, spicy tuna, and the pure flavors of the sauce (light soy vinegar) and toppings (Lotus root, tomato, ginger, which she pickles herself, mustard greens, salt Koji, purple cabbage, and Yuzu lemon Chia seeds). When I finally took up the chopsticks to taste it, it was impossible not to feel guilty about spoiling the beautiful design. But it was worth it!


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Ocean Bubble

When I ask which are her signature dishes, Miki replies with a smile, “Everything is signature.” Her reputation has drawn celebrities to sample her cuisine, Pink visited only a few nights before, and in the past, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have dined there. Also, Freddy Krueger of Nightmare on Elm Street fame has dropped in.

Another of her dishes that reflects the nature theme is Ocean Bubble, a carpaccio of salmon, yellowtail, and white fish, topped with chopped grape and sweet onion, jalapeno and mustard green sauce with a foamy topping (salt water dashi) as frothy as a wave. The taste surprise was the jalapeno, a wonderfully spicy contrast to the mellow fish and lacy foam. 

At Café Fusion, not only has Miki challenged the traditional role of male sushi chefs, she has taken it a step further. Yin-yang also means a starting point for change, and it’s apparent in her all female team. A force to be reckoned with.


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(l-r) Marie Grow, Candice Benson, Miki, Ana Garcia, Evelia O’Campo

A newcomer, Marie Grow, who is training with Miki, came from Seattle, and has only been at the restaurant for a few days. She explains how such a young woman became interested in being a sushi chef. “An uncle introduced it to me after he went to Japan to study sushi. I always liked cooking, and I started as a server for three months.” Marie is clearly happy to be at 242, and says, “Miki doesn’t waste anything, everything is usable here and adapted into another dish, even salmon cheeks and fins.” 

Because Miki has no family in the US, and hasn’t been back to Japan in five years, it appears as if this team of women is her family. In her spare time, (if there is spare time, she works every night), Miki likes to hike in Bishop, Lone Pine, Shasta, and Yosemite, where she takes photographs. And as for her favorite foods, (doesn’t everyone want to know what chefs eat?), she likes kale and Italian food.

Nearing the end of the meal, Miki introduces the Aroma of Space Roll, a culinary trip to outer space, in more ways than one.

Miki says, “According to astronauts, space smells of raspberry, pineapples, rum, something burnt and charred metal.” Her interpretation of this aroma is pineapple sautéed in butter, freeze dried raspberry topping with a smoked flavor, seared tuna, yellowtail, salmon, albacore and black snapper. The sauce consists of Koji with salt, black sesame garlic, spice seaweed, and oolong tea. She finishes it with 10 different toppings, (black pepper corn, green pepper corn, pink pepper corn, all spice, goji berries, raisins, blueberries, cranberries, walnuts and pistachios) to represent 10 stars.

This is a dish that exemplifies Miki’s ability to meld together unexpected flavors and textures, smooth with crunchy, sweet with savory, the buttery pineapple and a sudden pop of a goji berry or pistachio. The tastes just don’t stop. And I didn’t want them to.

I’ll be back to sample more of Miki’s signature dishes, which just happen to be everything on the menu!

242 Café Fusion Sushi is located at 242 N Coast Hwy, 949-494-2444. For more information, go to

Shopping spree will benefit PMMC on Oct 7 – just make sure to designate PMMC as your charity

Pacific Marine Mammal Center is thrilled to once again be a beneficiary of the third annual shopping extravaganza at Outlets at San Clemente. 

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Plush sea lions decorate the tables at the recent Endless Summer PMMC event

The extravaganza is a one-day, ultimate shopping experience in which ticket holders receive exclusive discounts to more than 40 luxury fashion brands, enjoy a private catered lunch, VIP wine and cocktail tasting, live entertainment and the opportunity to win $40,000 in prizes, including $1,500 in $25 gift cards to more than 55 stores, all for just $35.

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Attendees at the Endless Summer event

Remember to designate PMMC as the charity of your choice when you buy your tickets.

Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance online. $25 of your ticket purchase goes directly to the charity you choose when purchasing your ticket. Shop exclusive discounts at participating stores. 

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The band provided endless fun at the Endless Summer PMMC event

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 

Located at  Laguna Canyon Road, 949 494-3050.

Barbara’s Column

Arts and Letters in Laguna Beach



Laguna College of Art & Design and former LCAD students benefitted from saltfineart and RAWSalt Gallery’s 8th Annual Amazing Steals Auction. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of 42 works of art were donated to LCAD. Works by alumni Michael Hamid and Jason Kowalski and Master of Fine Arts program participant Catherine Kaleel were among the featured artists. 

LCAD President Jonathan Burke was on hand to enjoy the success of LCAD’s former students.

“Artists are chosen for the auction that we believe would benefit from the exposure, pieces that haven’t gotten the exposure they deserve and could use more eyes on them,” said gallery owner Carla Arzente.

Her choice of the college to benefit from the auction was not random. She is an LCAD trustee.

Arzente opened Saltfineart gallery in 2009 in the Art Center, specializing in contemporary Latin artists. Three years ago, she expanded to include RAWsalt, which features global emerging artists.

Arzente moved to Gallery Row in November. 

Nearby gallery owner Susan Greenwood also had a vested interest in the auction. She has been an LCAD trustee for 15 years and her fiancé Mark Thomas was the auctioneer.

Four current LCAD students welcomed art patrons to the auction: Taylor Leech, and Jasmine Wei, who are majoring in Illustration; Anabel Curtis, a Graphic Design major with an emphasis in Illustration; and Alexis Lanz, majoring in Design and Digital Media, with an emphasis in Action Sports. 

Among the art lovers at the auction: Arts Commissioner Suzanne Mellor, LCAD Director of Development Tracy Hartman and Madison Square and Garden Café owner Jon Madison, who said he was considering applying again for a seat on the Heritage Committee. 

A lesson in Laguna history

Michele and Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Boyd spent years on the newly unveiled reprint of “Early Days in Laguna Beach,” written by Joseph Smith Thurston, Boyd’s grandfather.

It wouldn’t have taken so long if the tattered copy of the book the Boyds brought to Joe Hanauer hadn’t been tossed it in a desk drawer and forgotten. 

“The reason they brought it to me was that I was married to a book seller,” said Hanauer. 

It probably still would be languishing in that drawer if Laguna Beach Books owner Jane Hanauer hadn’t found it.

“She said, Joe where did you get this – it’s fantastic,” said Hanauer.

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Early Days in Laguna Beach

The book was published in 1947 by Thurston, his personal account of growing up in Laguna Beach, one of the 13 children raised on a farm in Aliso Canyon, now The Ranch resort and Ben Brown’s Golf Course. 

Thurston’s lasting contributions to Laguna include a scholarship for a graduating high school senior and the development of Mystic Hills and Temple Hills. 

Boyd remembers being dropped off by his grandfather to plant ice plants on the hillsides. There is a delightful photo of him riding in a wheelbarrow 

“I read the book years ago and it just touched me,” said Michele. “I told Kelly some day we have to get it reprinted. In about 2013, we were in a good place financially and we said ‘Let’s do it.’” 

The 208-page paperback is priced at $21.99. 

“It is a family history for Kelly and Michele – for us it is a history of Laguna Beach,” said Hanauer. 

Hillary Thurston Cole, great granddaughter of the author’s sister, Joan, and her mother, Gale, were among those who attended the book signing. Others included Anne and Dick Francis, Jane Janz, Sande St. John, Gene Felder, Kris Thalman and Susan Mellor.

A rave review for No Square Theatre

Kate Motherway, a veteran of seven No Square Theatre productions at 12 years of age, wants others to share in the joyful experience she experienced as a student and a performer.

“I have done their Summer Camp, ‘Square Roots,’ ‘Laguna Tots’ and my favorite, ‘The School of Rock,’” Motherway said recently at a City Council meeting. “I am so thankful that they have allowed me to experience theater. 

“They now have classes open to all levels. You will be doing Improv, stage production, Christmas caroling and so much more. 

“Under the direction of Ella Wyatt, who is one of the most amazing people in the universe, by the way, you will learn how to perform in front of a live audience.

Motherway recommended would-be or experienced performers to check out for more information about the classes.

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading 


Robert Francis Commagère 

August 13, 1944 – August 22, 2017

Robert Francis Commagère, 73, left this world with the sunrise on August 22, after a sixteen-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Known as “Robin” to his family and friends he died in his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, surrounded by his family. The only child of Maridel Francis (of Spokane, WA) and Robert Anthony Commagère (of New Orleans, LA) he was born in Los Angeles on August 13, 1944, a product of romantic war-time love and a subsequent happy home. 

In 1958 his family moved from Encino, where he attended both Hesby Street School and Birmingham Junior High School, to Laguna Beach where he attended Laguna Beach High School. He graduated with the class of 1962, who are having their 55th reunion this weekend, which Robin was so excited to attend. He then attended Orange Coast College and finally USC Film School where he studied cinematography.

Robin however diverted his path to follow his love of Classical music and launched Genesis Records Inc. in 1969, which gave a voice to many neglected Romantic composers including Hermann Goetz, Antonin Dvorak, and Julius Schulhoff, ultimately releasing over 70 LPs. Early issues featured L.A. based virtuosos Adrian Ruiz, Gerald Robbins, and Jakob Gimpel, but the catalogue expanded steadily to include an impressive array of piano solo, chamber and concerto works, many of them premiere recordings. The label also joined the ‘70s ragtime revival issuing pioneering recordings of lesser-known American ragtime composers Joseph Lamb, Joseph Scott, along with those of novelty composer Zez Confrey. 

He also collected and housed what is probably the largest collection of Classical sheet music in the United States known as the Commagère Music Collection. Yet what made Robin so unique was his insatiable curiosity and his infectious enthusiasm for everything from pugilism to entomology, Mexican Ranchera music to California native plants, cinema to astronomy, photography to track and field, and what he sometimes felt was his life’s work—genealogy, and later genetic genealogy. 

Among other lines he traced his family line back to the 11th Century. Never a passive observer, he devoured all his disparate interests with an intense alacrity. His family will miss seeing him busy at the computer, excitedly comparing centimorgans while he blasted the works of Charles-Valentin Alkan, or taking long walks on the shores of Laguna Beach as he photographed the most poetic minutiae that only he could see. He was never seen without his camera, and there was no sunset too redundant, or rock too mundane to immortalize. 

His passion for music will be carried on by his children in their own musical endeavors, but his enthusiasm, knowledge, kindness, and immeasurable love will forever leave a gaping hole. He is survived by his beloved wife of forty-four years, Ramira, their children Kerstin, Anton, Carla, Juliette and Robert, their spouses/significant others Hans Hagen, Joachim Cooder and Sasha Speilberg, and his grandchildren Hana, Lyric, Paloma, and another grandson on the way. He was laid to rest in Corona Del Mar at the Pacific View Memorial Park on August 27.

Dennis’ Tidbits


September 22, 2017


Hurricane Maria was a low-millibar monster

At her strongest point, when her sustained winds were 175 mph, Category 5 hurricane Maria’s lowest central pressure was as low as 909 millibars, not a record for Atlantic systems, but anytime a system gets lower than 910 millibars, it’s quite rare. The record was in 1935, I think it was when a Cat 5 storm packed winds of 195 mph sustained and the central pressure plunged to an amazing 886 millibars. The monster passed between the north shore of Cuba and the Florida Keys. 

Hurricanes weren’t given names back then. That didn’t start until 1950. We’ll just call it a monster. There was Cat 5 Gilbert back in 1996 I think it was, and his central pressure got as low as 892 millibars. In 2005 there was Cat 5 Wilma with a pressure of 896 millibars, a reading that translates into 26.38 inches of mercury on the aneroid barometer. 

Cat 5 Andrew in August of 1992 had a low reading of 910 millibars for a short time. In the Eastern Pacific, Cat 5 hurricane Linda in September of 1997 with sustained winds of 185 with gusts of 224 had a lowest reading of 903 millibars at one point and Cat. 5 hurricane Marie in August of 2014 had a central pressure as low as 907 millibars for a short time. That system was a major swell producer for us.

Let’s break it down. A tropical storm with winds between 39 and 74 mph will usually have a central pressure of about 1002-1005 millibars at the low end and roughly 985-990 millibars at the high end. A Cat 1 system with winds from 74-95 mph sustained winds will read about 975-985 millibars in most cases. A Cat 2 storm with winds between 96-110 mph winds will have a reading of 960-975 millibars. Cat 3 storms with winds of 111-130 mph generally run in the 950- 960 range. 

Cat 4 hurricanes packing winds between 131 and 155 mph have a central pressure of 930-950 millibars as a rule. Finally the dangerous Cat 5 monsters with sustained winds of 156 mph or higher can run anywhere from 886-930 millibars depending on the width of the storm and how far from the center or core that hurricane and tropical storm force winds extend. Those are pretty radical readings considering the lowest pressure I’ve documented since 1958 was 986 millibars in January of 2009 and 990 millibars on February 10, 1978 and March 1, 1983. Our normal pressure on any given day is 1014 millibars, with a reading below 1000 millibars on only a few occasions. 

Have a great weekend, ALOHA!

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‘The Secret Life of Girls’ at the Playhouse provides an emotional portrayal of the tragedy of bullying: it’s a must-see for girls 11 and up 


Unfortunately, the hateful practice of teen bullying is nothing new, but it has never been taken to the widespread level seen today through cyberbullying. 

Thanks to the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production, “The Secret Life of Girls,” the topic is being brought into the spotlight, Sept. 22-24, in a play that highlights the impact of bullying via cell phones, text and instant messaging, e-mail and chat rooms. 

Donna Inglima, Director of Youth Theatre, Education & Outreach at Laguna Playhouse, who has been on the staff since the 1998-1999 season and has served in her current role since 2005, knows the play well. With the anti-bullying campaigns happening this month at the Laguna Beach Unified School District and the schools’ adoption of a No Place for Hate pledge, Inglima thinks the message is as timely and important as ever.   

 “I did this play before, it might have been 2010, but it has been a while. This author Linda Daugherty has written a number of these plays that address teen issues. When we did ‘Secret Life’ the first time, I was looking for a contemporary piece that was girl-centric,” Inglima said. “There are a number of writers that do that now. It’s a very important topic for parents, educators, young girls and boys as well.” 

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Telling secrets leads to bullying and trouble in today’s digital age in “The Secret Life of Girls”

She said the first time they did the play it was well received and had a positive impact.

“The students that were in the production learned a lot about the topic, how to advocate for themselves, and how to interrupt this kind of bullying,” Inglima said. “It’s just, now, it’s more complicated because we have this whole cyber life that our young people engage in. And it gives them this incredible privacy and agency to do whatever they want in cyberspace when adults are not looking.”

She said another issue is that youths are engaging in the online world a lot earlier. 

The play illustrates the negative cause and effect of gossiping, keeping secrets, name-calling, exclusion, spreading rumors, backstabbing, cliques, and manipulation and how these insidious actions can lead to depression and dangerous behaviors such as cutting, premature sexual relations and other disorders.

“It’s contemporary, timely, and resonates with young women probably from the ages 11 and up,” Inglima said. “There are some harsh…you only see one really difficult moment which is toward the end of the play. But along the way you see the ‘clickiness’ or targeting of one girl or another. You see that in cyberspace they’re sort of excluding each other. So, in that way, it’s fairly typical to adolescent girl behavior, I am sorry to say, among some circles.”

The prominent subject of weight in today’s society is brought up as well, as a girlgets bullied and excluded. 

“You see the heaviest of the girls, they kind of make fun of her and call her a bathtub and laugh about her. They make mooing sounds and she ends up with some level of an eating disorder,” Inglima said.

After each performance, a health care professional will be available to discuss the issues brought up in the play, offering a Q & A session with the audience.

 “It’s called the “Secret Life of Girls, so they all have a secret of some kind. So what can we do if we can reveal our secrets?” said Inglima. “Maybe my parents have broken up and I am being pulled in many directions, and maybe I am observing someone doing self injury, and yet nobody else knows about it. What is my responsibility to myself and to my friends?”

Directed by Sharon Jakubecy Klehm, “The Secret Life of Girls,” addresses the many topics that are integral today and it is a must see for parents and teens 11 and up. Performances run Sept 22 to 24 with shows at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $18 and up. For tickets and information visit The Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Until next time…so many important lessons, so little time!

Laguna’s 21st Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off takes place on Sept 24: It’s doggy dress-up day!

On Sun, Sept 24, Laguna’s 21st Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off is set to take place. This will be a day full of festivities, located at Tivoli Too at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. It’s dog dress-up day…

There are also categories for Most Handsome Male, Prettiest Female, Cutest Baby Pet (under 12 months), Best Costume, Most Gorgeous Senior, and Happiest Pet Rescue.Each category costs $5 to enter.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the fun day will continue until 3 p.m. The range of chilis available will delight and astound your palate, spicing up your life.

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2016 winners celebrate their success

There’ll be plenty of libations and lots of entertainment – plus taking part in this event will help out local pet organizations, with benefits going to the Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. Laguna Board of REALTORS and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, PUP (Protecting Unwanted Pets) Laguna Beach, and The Pet Rescue Center. 

Here’s a sneak peek at the judges…bribes not accepted…

Pet judges

Dr. Rachel Stanaland: After working as a stock analyst for Investor’s Business Daily, Dr. Rachel Stanaland pursued her love of helping animals to become a veterinarian. Rachel and her husband John share their home with their 100-pound German Shepherd (Zeke), three-pound miniature teacup Yorkie (Dakota) and pet snake (Spike).

Amy Rosencrantz: Dr. Amy Rosencrantz a part of the team at Laguna Beach Animal Hospital. Dr. Rosencrantz has a dog named Forrest, and can be seen at the local beaches enjoying the views with her pup.

Mayor Toni Iseman: Mayor Toni Iseman learned to love cats, dogs and chili in her home state of Nebraska. In 2005 she retired from Orange Coast College after 36 years as an educator. 

Bree Rosen: With gigs from stage to teaching voice to writing and directing youth programming for Pacific Symphony, this delirious diva loves her dog, and of course her spouse, her son, her singing, silliness, small scale spectacle, Segways and sumptuous sips of sauvignon...and those are just the sibilants.

Laura Parisi: Laura Parisi is the Elected City Treasurer. Tinkerbell, a seven-year-old Chi mix, came home from college with her daughter and stayed. Laura also performs in the annual Lagunatics show.


Food judges

Richard Burgi: Richard is grateful to be celebrating his 30th year making a living as an actor. He is active in several charitable organizations including the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. 

Angie Miller: Well-known Laguna resident Angie Miller, owner of two companies, landed in Laguna Beach in 1989. She’s a Certified Master Gardener. Her lovely Golden Retriever is named Georgia. 

Tyler Russell: Tyler Russell, 28, founded Laguna’s FM radio station KX 93.5 in 2012, for which he won the “Community Hero Award” the same year. He really likes chili. 

Craig Connole: Chef Craig Connole is a hometown guy, but his food is anything but traditional California cuisine. He began cooking professionally in Orange County way back in the 1980s, but he was influenced by creative kitchens in and out of the county. 

Barbara Hughston: Barbara is passionate about all things culinary. She is a Healthy Recipe Developer, Cooking Instructor and Former Restaurant Owner/Operator.

Tickets will be sold at the door, $5 for adults, while children under the age of 16 can enter for free. Pet registration will be $5 per pet category. 

For more information, visit

Sawdust General Manager Tom Klingenmeier retires

Tom Klingenmeier, general manager of the Sawdust Festival for the past nine years and affiliated in one way another with the festival for close to 40 years, is retiring. Klingenmeier plans to spend more time with his kids and grandkids. 

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Michelle and Kelly Boyd, Patty and Tom Klingenmeier celebrate Tom’s career

A retirement party was held at the Marine Room Tavern in his honor, with champagne toasts and memories in abundance.

Natalie Haug has been promoted to general manager. Haug was formerly Sawdust operations director.

Love from Laguna Relief for Harvey donations ready to ship to Texas on Oct 1, but more support needed

Laguna Beach Parents Club has joined Hudson Salon & Spa in their drive for clothes/supplies/donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX. They will be collecting donations at the Great Chili Cook-Off on Sat, Sept 23 from 3-6 p.m. at Bluebird Park.

LBPC asks that residents join the support by donating much-needed items for the relief effort. Kat Martino, owner of Hudson Salon in downtown Laguna, and other volunteers will be transporting all donated items to the Houston area in early October. 

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Donations are piling up, but there’s plenty of room for more

If residents can’t make it to the cook-off, donations can be dropped off at the following locations between now and Sept 30. Hudson Salon - 361 Forest Ave #104 (drop off Mon-Sat 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; located directly across from Laguna Presbyterian Preschool, plenty of metered street parking). Courtney Roach’s house - 3078 Zell Drive (drop off anytime, leave donations on the walkway inside the front gate).

The following items are needed and whatever can be donated is greatly appreciated. Either clean out closets and/or pick up a couple extra items the next time a visit is scheduled for Target or Costco. Sort bags by item type (e.g., children’s clothes, women’s clothing, etc.) and label bags with a general description of the contents for easier sorting.Items needed: gently used clothing, blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, diapers, school supplies, toiletries, and unopened cat and dog food.

For more information on Love from Laguna Relief for Harvey visit:

(Hudson also needs volunteers next week to help re- bag and label heavy duty bags for transport as well as more funds necessary for transport.) Call 949-715-5111 to talk to Katrina.

TOW Elementary wants retired staff and alumni 1967 – 2017 to join a 50-year anniversary event

TOW Elementary wants retired staff and alumni 1967 – 2017 to join in celebrating its a 50-year anniversary celebration of education during the Back-to-School Bonanza event on Oct 6 from 3 – 6. The celebration will take place on the school fields.

These outfits are likely what the well-dressed teachers of 1967 were wearing

Guests will check in to get a button, “class of” badge, buy a 50th T-shirt and sign the memory book. At 5 p.m., Principal Michael Conlon will offer a few remarks and a birthday cake will be served.

The annual Back-to-School Bonanza features food, drinks, games, silent auction and live music. The fundraiser helps support field trips and speakers and fund classroom supplies. Click on to respond to the invitation.

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Kids get an attentive audience at the Library when they Read to a Dog (or Dogs): It’s great practice


Each month, the Laguna library hosts a “Read to a Dog” event. Recently Salsa Maria, a 14 year old Red-Fox English Labrador Retriever, waited at the Library along with her brother Dempsey to hear kids of all ages reading books and (importantly) giving them a treat afterwards. 

Salsa Maria has had quite the run, coming here every month, and is looking forward to retiring soon, so her brother Dempsey is in training to take her place in becoming the “dog of the month.” 

Salsa Maria and Dempsey are two trained service dogs who have a history of helping out throughout the community in the past years thanks to their owners Nanci and Jerry Nielsen. The Nielsens have dedicated their time to the community with their canine helpers by their side, working at the hospital, feeding the homeless, and helping out at therapy organizations. 

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Brother Dempsey and Sister Salsa Maria take turns in between each reading 

Nanci and Jerry have lived here for the last 31 years, and met at Saddleback Community College. They shared a fun memory about how they decided to get married there in one the lecture halls, and they often go back to stroll down memory lane (or memory hall, in their case). 

They both have always loved to volunteer, and when they found the opportunity to attend the “Read to a Dog” event with Salsa Maria and Dempsey, they knew it was something special. 

Nanci loves the idea of the children reading to the dog. “It’s good practice for kids to read because dogs don’t judge if they get something wrong, it gives the kids confidence to keep going.” 

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Nanci and Jerry love helping the community and look forward to coming to the library each month 

Salsa Maria and Dempsey are kind souls, just like their owners, and the library is thrilled to have them each month. Children of all ages, and even adults, can come read to Salsa Maria and her brother Dempsey for fun or to practice. 

Kid alert: Read to a Dog takes place again next Tuesday, Sept 26, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

So - kids who love to read aloud or want to practice their writing skills might want to attend the next Read to a Dog event this coming Tuesday. Come meet Venus and Georgie, therapy dogs from Beach Animals Read to Kids (B.A.R.K.)! Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. 

Aaarf! Sign up at the Children’s Desk. Drop-ins welcome too. For more information on this event or to sign up, visit

Fall sign-ups are open for Boys Basketball League at Boys & Girls Club

Registration is open for the Boys Basketball League at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Canyon Branch this fall. The cost for club members to participate is $100 per player for the entire season. That fee includes pre-season camp, team uniforms, and league trophies. 

Non-club members who wish to participate for the fall season pay $100, plus yearly club membership of $150. Registrations will close Sept 29, and a late fee will be applied for all registrations after Sept 29.

Player evaluations are mandatory

Player evaluations are mandatory for all players and will be held the week of Oct 2-6. Four sessions of Pre-Season Basketball Camp start on Oct 9. (Parents can call the Club for days and times, or check the website.) Practices begin Nov 6 and games will start in Dec. 

Boys & Girls Club Athletic Director, Hans Laroche, has an outstanding reputation among both Club kids and parents for making this league a great experience for everyone involved. From grades Kindergarten through ninth grade, all participants learn basketball skills, enhance their self-esteem and have a great time being part of a team. 

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Carlton Helfer and Walker Mondragon getting ready for the basketball season 

Volunteer opportunities are also available for parents interested in coaching teams. It is the best instructional basketball league for boys around.  

Annual sponsorship opportunities which support Boys & Girls Club Athletic programs are available. For just $500, a family or business name can be displayed on a colorful banner hung in the Club’s gym for one year. These banners are seen by over 600 Laguna families each year. 

For more information, call Michelle at 949-494-2535 x7584 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Main Branch offers a nationally recognized and award winning year round enrichment program that focuses on the whole family.

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Children’s Book Fiesta celebrates visual delights of award-winning illustrators at LCAD from Oct 5-26 

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) BFA Program in Illustration, in conjunction with Chemers Gallery, proudly presents a unique collection of original works from some of the world’s most renowned award-winning children’s book illustrators at their Children’s Book Fiesta, running from Oct 5-26. 

The opening reception will be held on Thurs, Oct 5, from 6-9 p.m. at the LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave. Admission is free. LCAD invites guests and families to celebrate the visual delights of a child’s imagination. 

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Giraffe on Hot Air Balloon by Rafael Lopez

Included in the event are original works from the following illustrators: Robin Preiss Glasser (illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series), Mary Grandpré (illustrator of the Harry Potter series), Brett Helquist (illustrator of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events), Jane Dyer, E.B. Lewis, Rafael Lopez, and Gennady Spirin.

LCAD Gallery hours: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wed through Sun, closed Mon and Tues. For further information, go to | 949.376.6000 or contact Bryan Heggie, LCAD gallery director via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone number listed above, ext. 289.

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Laguna Art Museum opens PST LA/LA exhibition “Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca” 

Laguna Art Museum announces the opening of the exhibition “Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca” as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Since 2000, the Los Angeles-based artist Dan McCleary has made regular visits to the Taller de Grabado in Oaxaca, Mexico, to work with master printer Fernando Sandoval. The exhibition focuses on the prints McCleary has made at the Taller, mostly etchings and other forms of intaglio, along with related paintings and drawings. 

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Dan McCleary, Skull # 5, 2017, etching, aquatint, pastel and watercolor, trial proof, 8 x 7 inches, courtesy of the artist

McCleary’s subject matter has ranged from sugar skulls to a head of Christ after the Renaissance painter Correggio, from studies of men and women—in a series titled Masculine/Feminine—to portraits and floral still-lifes. 

McCleary takes a pride in his relationship with Sandoval and his increasing command of traditional printmaking, and the exhibition will include educational materials to convey the subtleties of the various techniques he uses. Some prints that he made on his most recent Oaxacan sojourn will be shown for the first time. The exhibition is on view through Jan 14, 2018. 

Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California.

Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions and programs, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA highlights different aspects of Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. 

With topics such as luxury arts in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries. 

Supported by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 cultural institutions from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at  Visit for more information.

LCAD MFA Alumnus Andre Thomas is named to Advisory Board for National Academy of Sciences 

The Advisory Board for the National Academy of Sciences’ New Koshland Public Engagement Program just announced the appointment of LCAD MFA in Game Design (2017) Alumnus Andre Thomas.

“My appointment came as a total surprise. It is a huge honor and I am very humbled by it. However, more importantly, my appointment to the Advisory Board is a validation at the highest level of academia that LCAD’s groundbreaking MFA program in Art of Game Design is leading the way,” Thomas said. He also credits the work he is doing at Triseum and the LIVE lab in the Visualization department at Texas A&M University.

Thomas was invited to be part of a group of talented individuals who have a passion for science, public engagement, life-long learning, and creative use of new media to serve on the Advisory Board and help design and shepherd the new program. Thomas developed award-winning games including a 3D adventure, Variant: Limitsto make learning math, specifically calculus, fun as well as a game to teach Art History.

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Andre Thomas named to Advisory Board for National Academy of Sciences

Thomas’ term on the Advisory Board begins on Sept 1 and ensd on Aug 31, 2021. Thomas, a professor at Texas A&M, was among the first cohort of candidates of Laguna College of Art and Design’s Art of Game Design MFA. 

Thomas taught at Texas A&M while running his own higher education game company. During his multiple current projects, Thomas earned his Unity Certification while at GDC 2016. Pandit, Andre’s thesis game project, was developed through LCAD’s partnership with the USC GamePipe Laboratory.

“This honor clearly shows that the world around us is noticing the power of games as more than just a form of entertainment. I couldn’t be prouder to have completed LCAD’s Art of Game Design program as a member of one of its first cohorts,” he said.

The Art of Game Design MFA is dedicated to the exploration of game design as a creative practice and of games as a cultural art form. LCAD’s motto is “Great Art Matters.” By extension, LCAD’s Art of Game Design MFA champions the notion that “Games Matter.”

For more information about LCAD admissions or LCAD MFA in Game Design, visit

ECO-Warrior Foundation’s Coastal Clean Up Day at Aliso Beach on Sept 16 yields 346 pounds of trash 

The ECO-Warrior Foundation hosted California Coastal Clean Up Day on Sept 16, at Aliso Beach Park in South Laguna. 141 volunteers from near and far gathered 346 pounds of trash.

Some of the items collected included: woman undergarments, tampons, condoms, socks, tweezers, sleeping bags and an overwhelming number of cigarette butts and single use plastics.

Volunteers came from as far away as Anaheim, Whittier, Topanga, Cota De Coza, Orange, Lake Forest, Orange, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, and Dana Point with only 23 volunteers coming from Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach Mayor Tony Iseman with ECO-Warrior Founder James Pribram 

The highlight of day came when Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman attended the beach clean-up in support of Coastal Clean Up Day and litter free beaches.

After a morning of hard work, volunteers were treated to delicious tacos provided by partner Chronic Tacos with giveaway prizes being donated by RVCA Sport and Laguna Surf and Sport.

 So far in 2017 alone, the ECO-Warrior foundation has removed nearly 2,400 pounds of trash from our beaches, oceans and waterways.

For more information about The ECO-Warriors go to:

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LBPD offers free child car seat education as well as safety inspections on Sat Sept 23 at 10 a.m.

The Laguna Beach Police Department, in partnership with “National Child Safety Passenger Week,”will be offering free car seat inspections to parents and caregivers in front of the police station on Sat, Sept 23, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The event will include instructions on finding the right car seat for children, as well as instructions on correct installation of car seats. Technicians will also explain the importance of registering the seats with the manufacturer so parents and caregivers can be notified if there is a recall. 

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Rocco Keller uses his fingers to make a heart, showing his love for the importance of car seat safety

“Car seats and booster seats are often used incorrectly. We want to be proactive in promoting child safety seat education, which is why we brought in our partners from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help host this car seat safety check. When it comes child seat safety, we are all in this together,” according to Captain Jeff Calvert, Laguna Beach Police Department. 

Interested participants are encouraged to schedule appointments for a free child safety seat inspection. The appointments are in 30 minute increments for a full inspection. 

To reserve an appointment or for more information, contact Debi Jensen at (949) 497-0396 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Laguna Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsLaguna is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by
the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsLaguna is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

Police Beat 092217

DUI Arrests

Santiago Londono, 38, Indiana – Tuesday, September 19

Freddy Lee Greiger, 45, Tustin – Monday, September 18 Third Offense


Incident Reports

Tuesday, September 19

Broadway Place & N. Coast Hwy | Domestic Violence

9:33 p.m. Chaofan Hou, 23, Irvine, was arrested for domestic violence with $10,000 bail. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

8:21 p.m. Two individuals who are not allowed on the property were fighting. Sergio Gomez, 44, no fixed address, and Bianca Bennett, 40, no fixed address, were both arrested for trespassing. 

Cypress Drive | 200 Block | Stolen Vehicle

12:30 p.m. Officers located a parked, unoccupied Mazda that had been reported stolen from Fountain Valley on Monday. Dominic Tortorete, 25, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen vehicle. Bail was $20,000. 

Temple Hills Drive | 500 Block | Petty Theft

9:12 a.m. Surveying equipment was taken. 

Ocean Avenue | 300 Block | Illegal Lodging

4:34 a.m. Brett Bolin, 28, no fixed address, was arrested for illegal lodging after sleeping inside the above location.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drugs, Parole, Drunk in Public

1:40 a.m. Alberto Linares Rendon, 28, Santa Ana, was arrested for public intoxication as well as possession of narcotics. He was also placed on a no bail parole hold. 

Monday, September 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Michael Garcia, 39, no fixed address

Curtis Abbott, 52, no fixed address

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Pepper Spray

8:32 p.m. Forest Avenue was temporarily shut down after someone sprayed what appeared to be dog pepper spray on the ground. The fire department assisted with cleanup. 

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

12:04 p.m. Unknown subjects broke into the victim’s VW Beetle overnight. Unspecified items valued at $110 were taken. 

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Warrant

10:43 a.m. James Langley Jr., 56, Santa Rosa, was arrested on a North Court warrant for theft. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

8:07 a.m. Amber Castillo, 39, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing. 

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3200 Block | Warrant

4:05 a.m. Officers made contact with a man sitting inside a vehicle. George McFarland, 24, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a West Court warrant. 

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Warrant

1:46 a.m. Donald Pierce, 44, no fixed address, was arrested for an outstanding Harbor Court bench warrant. 

Sunday, September 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Curtis Abbott, 52, no fixed address

Brian Szafran, 47, no fixed address

N. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Defraud Innkeeper

5:37 p.m. A couple left without paying their $51.45 bill. 

Boat Canyon Drive & N. Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision 

5:04 p.m. A driver hit the curb after passing out at the wheel. No injuries resulted from the collision.

Library Events



 Fri, Sept 22

Homework Help

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.  

Homework is an important part of educational process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That’s why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grades are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework for subjects Math and English.


Sat, Sept 23

Family Activity

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.  

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild!  Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended. 


Sat, Sep 23

Children’s Poetry Workshop

1 p.m.- 2 p.m. 

Laguna Beach’s Poet Laureate, Kate Buckley, will lead this creative writing workshop for kids aged 7 to 12. Ms. Buckley will discuss poetry and why it’s important, and lead children in how to write poems of their own! Each child will leave the workshop with a finished poem, written by them. Registration is required. Please contact the library to register at (949) 497-1733.


Mon, Sept 25

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support.  This is not a workshop for beginners. Please contact the library for additional information.


Tue, Sept 26

Bedtime Math: Crazy 8s Club

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! This is an eight week program for K-2nd grade. The club will meet once a week for one hour. Space is limited - Pre-registration is required.


Tue, Sept 26

B.A.R.K. Read to Dogs 

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills? Come meet Venus and Georgie, therapy dogs from Beach Animals Read to Kids (B.A.R.K.)! Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. Aaarf! Sign up at the Children’s Desk. Drop-ins welcome too.


Wed, Sept 27

Toddler Storytime

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Calling all toddlers! You are invited to enjoy our new Wednesday storytime. Stories, songs, fingerplay, dancing and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun and interactive environment. Come for the stories and stay for playtime afterward. 


Thu, Sept 28

Family Storytime 

10:30 a.m.- Noon 

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme.  Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required. 


Fri, Sept 29

Homework Help

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of educational process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That’s why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grades are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework for subjects Math and English. 


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  Laguna Beach Books

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A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre


Red Notice by Bill Browder

The Rise and Fall of Adam & Eve by Stephen Greenblatt

Vanity Fair’s Schools for Scandal by Graydon Carter 


Children’s Books

Sarabella’s Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner 

Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems 

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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