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November 14

Api Weinert

Laura Parisi

Susan Hough


November 15

Alison Brown 

Annette Modica-Malinowski 

DeAnna DiFavio 

Eva Evans 

Gene Felder

Holly Morrell 

Mark Dressler 


November 16

Brian Cuddy

Mario Romero


November 17

Alina Pavlenco Corbeanu

Josef Wojtkow

Kristie Carsten-Hensley

Lauren Crowley

Thomas Hale


November 18

Barrie Egan

Bobby Navarro

Kate Buckley

Rich Pederson


November 19

Angie Miller

Courtney Finn

Dave Kiff

John Wagner

Kristi Deutsch

Lauren Howell

Moorea Howson

Phil Falcetti

Spence Hurlbut

Tina Marquette


November 20

Bolette Albertsen

Kay Metis

Marni Spencer-Devlin

Meghan McManus


November 21

Barbara Nolan Reynolds

Jennifer Morris

Noella Pickett

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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The Durban Room: It’s very back-east-ish, as three former residents of Durban, South Africa, discover

Dining feature by LYNETTE BRASFIELD

Three former Durbanites, newly introduced, met last week at The Durban Room at Mozambique Restaurant to reminisce about our lives in that city several decades ago, and to taste the South African-influenced cuisine offered at this sophisticated speakeasy, complete with piano bar and lounge singer. 

“This place has a real ‘back east’ vibe to it, doesn’t it?” observed Richelle Lavin, whom I’d first met at a book launch party a few weeks earlier. I’d been astonished to learn that she had gone to the same high school in Durban North as I had, albeit years later. 

Indeed, the rich burgundy walls, the photos of Victorian architecture (I loved seeing the picture of the old Durban railway station) the highly-polished bar, comfortable upholstery and the subtle lighting does make The Durban Room feel somewhat back-east-ish, somewhat New-York-ish – a restaurant/bar lounge that’s intimate and inviting at the same time. 

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The railway station, starting point for many adventures up and down the coast

Not to mention that Durban is very back-east-ish itself, given that it’s a port city on the east coast of South Africa, located where the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed in 1497 on his way to India. Da Gama was the first European to reach India by sea, opening up the spice route and (unintentionally) ensuring a lasting Eastern influence on Durban cuisine.

In later years, Indians were indentured to work in the sugar cane fields. Their influence on the culinary culture has led to Durban today becoming the curry capital of South Africa (if it weren’t for London, I’d say the world). 

Add to that the influence of the Portuguese, then the Brits, the Boers (Afrikaners), the Zulu and the Xhosa who fought over the land in times past, and you’ll understand why the city is a place where the cuisine is as varied and feisty as its population.

Ah, yes, Durban curry… There’s nothing quite like it, Richelle, Barbara (Richelle’s mom) and I agreed, to bring back memories, and The Durban Room’s version is thoroughly authentic. The lamb, saturated with dark, mildly spicy sauce, fills the mouth with satisfying warmth and flavor without overwhelming the taste buds. 

There are certainly hotter versions on offer in Durban, but Mozambique’s flavorful, tender, fragrant dish is just right for many Americans. 

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Durban curry: there’s nothing like it, whether served with rice or as Bunny Chow inside a scooped-out half-loaf of bread

Not that curry was necessarily the dish of choice when we were growing up. In those days, it was the cheap option, often served in dives where anti-apartheid theatre or music played on Sunday nights. Serving alcohol was against the law on Sundays, unless dinner was provided – hence curry, which denizens of dark bars could usually afford – also known as bunny chow when served in a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread. 

We never dreamed there’d be a gourmet version.

Richelle and Barbara were in heaven, as was I, over the peri peri prawns, the peri peri sauce a Portuguese influence that made up part of the delicious and varied sampler plate that we ordered as an appetizer. 

“That peri peri sauce is the real thing, so authentic, spicy with a warm lingering aftertaste,” Richelle said. “And the samoosas! The pastry’s light and flaky, the perfect bite-size appetizer to wake up the taste buds.”

I couldn’t have agreed more. The Durban Room understands that samoosas should not be leathery pouches containing a solid lump of meat or vegetables, as is true in some Indian restaurants, but instead, the pastry shell should be closer to phyllo and inner fixings should complement each other in taste and texture, with just the right amount of crunchiness. Bravo, Chef Braulio Melo.

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The sampler plate is great, though I was tempted to eat only samoosas all night

The plump prawns in the sampler dish burst with flavor and were exuberantly spicy, setting up great expectations for the entrees, each of which turned out to be up to the task.

The boerewors (farm sausage) was good, nicely spicy, a little dry for me, but then I’ve never been much of a boerewors booster – however, those who do love boerewors should know that it is made daily on the premises to exacting standards.

Barbara chose to detour from the Durban theme (though she remained coastal) for her main course and she raved about her Chilean sea bass, served with asparagus and mashed potatoes. “The fish was light and fluffy,” she said. “The sauce was creamy and exceptionally tasty. It’s a new favorite for me.”

A word here about the wine list: South Africa, mostly in the Western Cape area, produces incredible wines. I’m not a sophisticated wine drinker: “I’ll take the house Chardonnay” is generally what I tell servers, or otherwise I tend to choose wine based on its name, rather the way I’d select possible winners in a horse race, so I asked for the Indaba Chardonnay, Indaba meaning meeting, which is what we were doing right then, we Durbanites, and the wine was perfect, light enough to pair with the curry, but tasty in its own right. 

Richelle, more knowledgeable than I about viticulture, confirmed that Mozambique offers an excellent selection of South African wines.

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Barbara took a detour from the Durban theme and loved the Chilean sea bass

Richelle enjoyed her Fleur de Cap Pinotage. “This is a lovely light drinking wine. However, a true treat would be the Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon,” she said – apparently one of Nelson Mandela’s favorites. 

I must mention here how conducive to conversation The Durban Room is, a rare quality in many restaurants these days where loud music or bad acoustics tend to leave one more or less speechless, unable to do much except nod or smile in response to chatter one can’t actually hear. 

On this night we were particularly fortunate to hear the accomplished Francois Dean on the piano. What a fabulous singer and musician! At the Durban Room, diners enjoy voluptuous lounge music from Thursdays to Sundays, ranging from jazz, blues, funk and R&B – the mood changing with the deepening of the night, and sometimes with the appearance of additional musicians and celebrities. That evening, Star Jones sat at the table next to ours.

So it was that our conversation covered quite a bit of ground. Barbara and I found out that we had both worked at The Three Bears furniture store way back when. We talked about the paddling pools on Marine Parade and the time the high tide engulfed them. The surfing culture, how Shaun Thomson used to come into Kelly’s Steakhouse where I worked during my vacations. 

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Richelle’s peri peri prawns were very very good 

But mostly we talked about food, from the ghastly – for example, the dry, chewy frikkadels (meat patties) my mother used to make, served with slimy overcooked cabbage – to the glorious – in my case, the fudge my Scottish father loved, my memories of those times such a comfort, recalling how at eight years old, I stood on a stool and helped my dad stir the mixture until the texture was just right. (My father would die a year later.) 

Finally, the three of us sampled the Portuguese hot butter pudding, served in a martini glass. “The sweet, warm flavor of the pudding just melts in your mouth,” Richelle said.

She also enjoyed an Amarula on the rocks, a popular South African after-dinner drink. “Sweet and creamy, this drink is the perfect sipping cocktail for after dinner, a fun dessert replacement,” she added, “or try the restaurant’s Dark and Stormy Continent coffee drink with a shot of Amarula.” 

What’s great about The Durban Room, in addition to the warm, sophisticated and yet welcoming atmosphere, and the unobtrusively excellent service, is that the menu provides a wide range of delicious choices for everyone’s taste. Certainly no diner is forced to choose a South African-influenced dish.

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The Portuguese hot butter pudding was sweet and warm 

But we three ladies, we Durbanites, we would have loved to see a few more South African favorites on the menu. Not that I expect The Durban Room to serve anchovy toast, or Marmite toast, or cheese and tomato sandwiches grilled with butter on both sides of the bread – though I’d enjoy all three – or mieliepap (corn porridge), which I wouldn’t – but perhaps more dishes with an Eastern flair, such as Indonesian rijstafel? I mean, Americans love their peanut butter…

Perhaps bobotie (minced lamb with a hint of curry, incorporating raisins and almonds, with a milk-and-egg topping)?  

Maybe desserts invented by our Afrikaner fellow-countrymen, such as melktert and koeksusters? 

Of course, many of my South African food memories are bound up with personal experiences, both happy (fudge) and sad (frikkadels), and nostalgia is not a flavor that can be added in any kitchen. 

So I’d best leave the menu decision-making to Chef Melo, who clearly knows what he is doing.

Please, do go to The Durban Room. It’s intimate, it’s inviting, the food is amazing, conversation is audible, and the atmosphere is, indeed, very back-east-ish. 

Durbanite or not, you will love it, I promise. 

Group bookings and holiday group party reservations are also welcome at The Durban Room – it seats 50 for dinner, and handles 80 in a cocktail reception format.

Mozambique Restaurant is located at 1740 S. Coast Highway. Visit the website for announcements of the upcoming piano lounge live music schedule.

Pretty in Pink: The Pink Out Party raises $11,000 plus for Planned Parenthood of OC and SB County

With pink balloons dancing above their heads, attendees dressed in pink, drank pink champagne, and raised more than $11,000, ensuring that the organization’s health was in the pink. The Pink Out Party, held at the Provenance Realty space on Sat evening, Nov 11, was a huge success, benefiting the Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. 

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Co hosts Michelle Harper, Patti Compton, and Nathalie Assen

Along with other business and community leaders, the stylish cocktail party was attended by three 2018 OC congressional candidates, Hans Keirstead (CA 48), Mike Levin (CA 49), and Gil Cisneros (CA 39). 

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Meschi Schmidt, Phil Compton, Bryan Harper

 Hosts Patti Compton, Nathalie Assen, and Michelle Harper note that the theme of the evening was #ACCESS – promoting access to unlimited opportunities for women by promoting access to family planning. 

The Community Action Fund is the political arm of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. It’s an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting and expanding individual rights to reproductive choice and access to family planning. 

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The crowd enjoys “pinking out”

The Community Action Fund raises funds in support of progressive candidates that value access to affordable reproductive health services and comprehensive sexual health education.

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Hello, Mrs. Robinson; single tickets on sale now for The Graduate starring Melanie Griffith at LP on Feb 21

Single tickets are now available for the highly anticipated run of The Graduate beginning at Laguna Playhouse on Feb 21, 2018, starring Melanie Griffith as Mrs. Robinson. Tickets have been previously announced as available only through subscription packages. So, for non-subscription holders, this a great opportunity to purchase single tickets. 

The Broadway version of the Oscar winning film comes to the Laguna Playhouse for a run that will continue until March 11.

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L-R Dakota Johnson, Don Johnson, Patti D’Arbanville, Jesse Johnson, Melanie Griffith at Laguna Playhouse for Roger Miller’s King of the Road

This coming of age classic boldly celebrates a May-Dec romance in 1960’s culture, in which the future can be summed up in one word; plastics.

Melanie Griffith brings a wealth of rich acting experience to this role. She has appeared in over 60 films (and countless TV roles), and has won and been nominated for numerous screen appearances including; a nomination for the Academy Award 

Best Actress in 1989 for Working Girl, a role for which she won the Golden Globe Award in 1989. She’s also received several other Golden Globe nominations, was nominated for Best Actress by the NY Film Critics Circle Award for Working Girl, and Best Supporting Actress for the 1984 movie Body Double. 

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Barbara’s Column

Small Business Saturday is set for Nov 25



Nov. 25 is red-letter day for local businesses competing with Black Friday and for selective shoppers who treasure the unique over mass-produced merchandise. 

Some of the city’s most successful entrepreneurs passed along their accumulated strategies to make Small Business Saturday a success for merchants and their customers at a seminar hosted Monday by the Chamber of Commerce at Montage Resort.

“Up your game,” said surprised keynote speaker Mark Christy, owner of Tuvalu, Hobie Sports and principal of The Ranch. 

Christy didn’t know he was part of the program until he arrived at the Montage, but he doesn’t need notes to talk about Laguna.

“I grew up here,” said Christy. “It was a magic place. It is still a magic place.”

Small Business Saturday is one way to foster Laguna’s unique image. 

Sure the stores will benefit, but so will the shoppers who go home with a special gift for that special person, or something they didn’t even know they wanted. 

The City benefits too

The City also benefits. Sunny Days owner Deanna Frieze said residents should be made aware of how local patronage benefits the city, referring to the sales tax paid by Laguna shoppers. The City’s percentage accounts for an average of 10 percent of the General Fund revenue.

Christy shared the speakers’ dais with Carmelit (sic) Green, manager of Troy Dee Designs; Ann Marie Schiefer, Visit Laguna Beach digital marketing manager; Joe Hanauer, developer of the Old Pottery Place; Norm Grossman, City Planning Commissioner for more than two decades; and Dave Rubel, Chamber president-elect.

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L-R: Rick Riess (Board Member), Meredith Dowling (Executive Director), Chris Tebbutt (Board Member), David Rubel (Board Member, President Elect)

They all had advice for local merchants.  

Make shopping fun for the customers every day but make an extra effort on Nov. 25, Green advised. 

“Create a fun, festive environment with music, holiday decorations, refreshments and gift wrapping,” said Green. “Last but not least: make sure your staff is knowledgeable and friendly.” 

Shoppers need to feel special

Shoppers should feel they are special in a special place, said Schiefer. She urged the use of social media to make them aware of what makes a shop unique. 

Start posting now, posting every day, and showcase special efforts, she urged. 

“We are at war,” said Joe Hanauer, developer of the Old Pottery Place, where his wife, Jane, has an independent bookstore. “2017 has been a watershed year…where large and small retailers have felt the full force of online shopping.”

Businesses have closed. That doesn’t have to happen in Laguna, he said. 

“We have remarkably affluent residents who don’t like to leave town,” said Hanauer. “We simply haven’t figured out how to get enough of them into our stores.” 

Visitors to Laguna are equally affluent, he said. 

“For them, shopping is a sport,” said Hanauer. “It’s what they do while on vacation. We simply haven’t figured out how to get them to take advantage of what’s here instead of going to Fashion Island.” 

His solution: “Stop thinking about your store against other local stores; it’s us against the online shopping,” said Hanauer.

Store owners and managers need to work together he said.

Promote other stores in town

“Promote other terrific stores in town; two plus two equals five working together,” said Hanauer.

He dared local merchants to suggest that customers who couldn’t find what they wanted go to a competitor.

Grossman said the Chamber is working to update outdated city regulations that inhibit local businesses. 

“Thirty years ago, the fear was that the city would lose its distinctive character if the downtown was a sea of T-shirt and cookie shops,” Grossman said, 

Another fear was that outdoor displays would make the city look tacky. Temporary use permits were, and still are, required.  

Grossman said the Chamber will apply for the permit for Small Business Saturday. It is an opportunity to show the City that the displays can be done tastefully and improve business for 12 months, not just one day a year.

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

Dianne’s Creature Feature

Beetles: they’re the most diverse group of animals in California, and other fascinating facts


Simple truths about certain beetles are just as their names suggest, no more, no less. So stink beetles do stink (by releasing a noxious chemical), hide beetles hide (in coyote dung, of all places), and wooly darkling beetles have fuzzy reddish-brown hair (resembling a mohair sweater) on their hard outer wings. 

 These three represent a few seemingly unpretentious species in our current overblown times. But they aren’t modern in any sense, insects having been around for 350 million years. Hardy little creatures, to say the least. 

“Some people would suggest that beetles are the most successful life forms on earth. This is based on their tremendous number of species and their ability to live in so many diverse habitats,” says Lenny Vincent.   

This information could have forever escaped me if I hadn’t again queried Lenny, The Spiderman (yes, he’s not partial only to spiders, he’s an entomologist after all), to gather some facts on the beetles populating our wilderness trails. 

As related by Lenny, these three types of local beetles can be found by looking at the trail, not the vegetation.  

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Stink Beetle in threat position prior to release of noxious chemical 

To the casual observer (me), they may look the same, but they’re not. 

And there are plenty of them. “Over 350,000 species known to science,” says Lenny. “And they’re all over the world. Approximately one of every three species of insect is a beetle. California alone has about 8,000 species of beetle, making beetles the most diverse group of animals in the state.”

As shiny as black onyx, stink beetles (scientific name Eleodes acuticauda) are plentiful on our wilderness trails. They’re also known as clown or acrobat beetles, an   appropriate alternative, since when they’re disturbed, they stand on their heads to release the chemical compound from the tip of their abdomens to repel predators.

Because Eleodes is flightless, the foul smell serves as a means of protection. But it doesn’t always work, some rodents are successful in eating the beetle because they grab it with their paws and hold it so that the tip of the abdomen is pushed into the ground. Then they start eating the beetle, working their way down. Not a pleasant way to go. Which makes it even more surprising that they’ve been known to live 10 years or more. 

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The Wooly Beetle also releases a defensive odor

Although it is possible for predators to penetrate the armor-like bodies of the beetles, “A large part of their longevity on the planet is due to the hardened forewings, which provide protection for the hindwings and abdomen,” Lenny says. “The hard-outer wings (elytra) are fused and provide for a sealed cavity beneath, which is thought to help the beetle conserve water and regulate its body temperature. The inner membranous wings are either reduced or absent.” 

The wooly darkling beetle (scientific name Eleodes osculans) also produces a defensive secretion that smells bad. It sports reddish-brown fuzz that stands erect on the elytra. Although there is no evidence as to why this beetle needs a sweater on its hind end, Lenny surmises that the fuzz collects water droplets from fog, allowing water to accumulate to the point where it drips off their backs and is available to drink. Handy in our dry environment.

This slow-moving species is usually found on our fire roads at night and in the early morning. They feed on dead plant and animal matter. 

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Hide Beetles, ménage à trois, on coyote dung

Contrary to the other two beetles who emit repelling odors, the hide beetle (Trox gemmulatus) when disturbed, plays dead and pulls in its legs. These beetles are usually found on coyote dung, where they feed on undigested keratin-rich fur and feathers of the coyote’s prey. They aid in the decomposition of fecal matter and are often covered in debris, which helps them avoid detection by predators.

A hide beetle appears to be the equivalent of a Peanut cartoon “Pig-Pen,” yet surprisingly, even in this unappetizing condition, it does possess some romantic tendencies. Which leads to a report on this species love life. (Like the spiders, any beetle story wouldn’t be complete without a note on their mating practices.)

The wooly beetles mating rituals aren’t as arduous, deadly, or downright logistically impossible (or involve cocktail hours) as some of the spiders we’ve covered, but this beetle does have a bit of a flair for the kinky, enjoying the occasional ménage a trois.

And although coyote dung isn’t the best atmosphere for an amorous adventure, they thrive, and have for millions of years.

So, next time, when searching for beetles on the trails, look down, not at the vegetation, and watch where you step. However, these simple, no-nonsense (well, except for the above paragraph) little creatures will no doubt be around long after we’re all gone.

The sense of death is most in apprehension/The poor beetle, that we tread upon, In corporal sufferance upon finds, a pang as great/As when a giant dies 


Dennis’ Tidbits


November 17, 2017

Remembering 224 consecutive days of 70 degrees or higher in 1997

On this date in 1997 the ocean temp in Laguna was 69 degrees ending an incredible run of 224 consecutive days of 70 or higher, a record that surely will stand for a long time. In a normal year we’ll see around 50-60 days with 70 or warmer. We’ve had a couple of years, 1959 and 1991 when the temp never even made it to 70.

The amazing run began on April 5, 1997 when the water temp reached 70 which was about 10 degrees above normal for that date. Sometimes our coldest ocean temps can be found in early April, a result of strong westerly winds that frequently blow during much of March causing significant upwelling, but March of ’97 was very quiet with no measureable rain and devoid of any fast moving cold fronts that blast through here from the northwest. Most of March that year saw little or no wind and if it did blow it was from the south and with the spring sun getting higher in the sky, steady warming resulted throughout March.

By tax day on April 15 the water temp was an unprecedented 75 degrees, a record that likely wouldn’t be eclipsed anytime soon. I’m thinkin’ OK…this is a fluke. This is too good to be true! The westerlies will certainly show up any day now and temps will tumble but that never happened. The remainder of April saw average temps at 71.5, never dropping below that wonderful 70 mark.

Same deal for May with an average for the month of 71.7 peaking at 74 from May 10-12. That’s when a huge influx of red crab washed up on our beaches just like in May of 1983. I might note here that as early as March of 1997 the NOAA announced that a mega El Nino was rapidly gaining strength and would arguably end up being the strongest event of its kind of the 20th century, at least matching or surpassing the 1982-83 event, surely a 10 on a scale of 10, 10 being the highest., and it would peak in strength during the upcoming fall and the winter of 1997-98. Another feature of that event was the absence of May Gray and June Gloom with only two days of the crud each month with lots of sunny days, thus allowing surface temps to remain at high levels.

July and August logged an average water temp of 73.5 never dropping below 71. Then September got really warm with a two week run of 77 degrees from the 10th through the 25th. October didn’t cool down much with an average of 71.4 and as late as November 16 it was still at 70. By December 1 it was still a balmy 67 and still 64 on Christmas Day and only cooled to 60 throughout that entire winter before the El Nino began to weaken. The winter of 1997-98 would proceed to be Laguna’s wettest season on record with a whopping 37.27 inches. What a year! It’s supposed to be a nice weekend with lots of sun with offshores and temps in the high 70’s. 

Enjoy! ALOHA.

Woods Cove: Stairs and sand

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

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Unusual, beautiful beach shot – a work of art by Mary

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LB Volleyball Christmas four-person draw tournament will take place on Dec 9 at Main Beach

Laguna Beach Volleyball invites players to celebrate the season with a Christmas volleyball four person tournament, potluck lunch, and toy drive taking place on Dec 9 at 9 a.m., with check-in at Main Beach.  

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The more Santas, the merrier

Everyone is welcome, players, friends and family alike. It is a weighted draw format. Players will sign up individually and be assigned a team – players cannot make up their own teams. Family teams are allowed but players can’t choose their own ringers. LB Volleyball requests no beginners or kids under 14.

There will be music and “really cheesy but cool prizes.”

Bring a dish for the potluck lunch- think “comfort food”, the group suggests.

Electricity will be provided for crock pots. Optional “Toys For Tots” toy drive drop off is requested. Players can sign up for either division, but the group reserves the right to move players up or down to balance teams. 

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Laguna Beach High School Girls Soccer Coach Bill Rolfing retires after 13 seasons

A farewell note from Coach Bill Rolfing

I’m happily stepping down from directing Laguna Beach High School Girls Soccer Program after 13 rewarding seasons. During my first stint at LBHS, leading the LBHS Boys Soccer Program (1979-1984), I helped start the Girls Soccer Program (1982). While coaching the Boys Varsity, the squad reached 1980 CIF DII semifinals. Team trips to New Zealand, conducting coaching clinics and founding Laguna Beach Soccer Club were highlights.”

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Girls’ Soccer team members surround Coach Rolfing

 Returning to LBHS in 2004, I set a goal of rebuilding the LBHS Girls Soccer Program and bringing championships to the school. That was achieved with all three teams! The 2017 season finished at a peak with undefeated Orange Coast League Titles for Varsity and Junior Varsity at 10-0-0. The Varsity Team completed a record-setting campaign with a 20-4-2 overall record, 10-0-0 in league with 7 shutouts, CIF quarterfinal appearance and a final 2017 CIF D4 ranking of # 2.

The last six years elevated the LBHS Varsity to three Orange Coast League Championships (‘12, ‘14 & ‘17), undefeated desert tournament titles and six consecutive trips to CIF Playoffs. From 2011 to 2017, the Varsity Team set a record of only 7 losses in the 60 OCL matches.

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Coach Bill Rolfing leaves the field… with Assistant Amanda Sylvia

“Thanks to scores of dedicated players who worked hard to take their game to the next level. Congrats to the many who went on to play in college and all the players who continue to call soccer their game. Particularly, it was a dream to coach daughters, Emily ‘05 and Sarah ’07.

Finally, it has been a huge honor to share this successful experience with long-time Varsity Assistants and partners, Amanda Sylvia ANHS ’01 and Courtney Hamchuk, LBHS ‘05. Together we chose good paths, built character, shaped players and built championship girls soccer teams for this small public school by the beach.

Stu News wishes Coach Rolfing all the best for his retirement. Congratulations on a truly remarkable run. You have been a game-changer for the LBHS soccer program - and in the lives of all those young men and women who have played for you.

Meet the Skivvies at the Playhouse this December

Laguna Playhouse is presenting The Skivvies: Sleigh My Name on Dec 18 and 19.

The Skivvies are Tony Award-nominee Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Candide, Marry Me A Little) and Nick Cearley (Pageant, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All Shook Up), along with special guest, Laguna’s favorite Jason Feddy, who will perform stripped-down versions of eclectic covers, wacky holiday mash-ups (“I Melt with You/Frosty the Snowman,” “We Got the Beat/The Little Drummer Boy”), and eccentric originals. 

Not only is the music stripped-down cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of other under-used instruments—but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. Grab your spiked eggnog, hurry down the chimney, and settle in for an evening of laughter and holiday cheer, the Playhouse suggests.

One free drink comes with all tickets, so that grab that eggnog and enjoy the show. Additional special guests will be announced soon. Visit for more information.

Aladdin and His Winter Wish set to land via magic carpet at Laguna Playhouse on Dec 7

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, Executive Director Ellen Richard and Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) have announced the final casting for Lythgoe Family Panto’s Aladdin and His Winter Wish. Written by Kris Lythgoe, directed and choreographed by Spencer Liff, musical direction by Keith Harrison and musical supervisor Michael Orland, performances begin at Laguna Playhouse with a preview on Thurs, Dec 7 (opening night on Dec. 8) and runs through Dec 31. 

Final casting includes: Jason Graae (Forever Plaid, Spamilton) as the Widow Twankey, Jason Earles (Disney’s “Hannah Montana” & “Kickin’ It”) as Wishy Washee and Jay Donnell (Mamma Mia) as the Genie. Casting is led by LFP Producer Becky Lythgoe.                            

These three talented actors will join the previously announced Kira Kosarin (three-time Kid’s Choice Award-nominee of Nickelodeon’s hit show “The Thundermans”) as Jasmine, Jason Gotay (World Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s The Prince of Egypt, title role of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Aladdin, Barry Pearl (“Grease”) as the Sultan and Josh Adamson (Big Fish, Taboo) as Abanazar. 

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Kira Kosarin plays Jasmine in Aladdin and his Winter Wish

“The holidays are the times for ‘wishes’ to come true and ours most certainly are by presenting our third Lythgoe Family Panto holiday event!” comments Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard.

An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Aladdin and His Winter Wish is a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), and contemporary music from “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire) to “Treasure” (Bruno Mars) to “Fantasy” (Earth, Wind and Fire) and many more!

Remarks Becky Lythgoe, “We are delighted to be a holiday tradition at the Laguna Playhouse and thrilled to announce this star-studded cast and creative team that will take you on yet again another magical journey, this time with flying carpets, singing camels and all of your winter wishes coming true!” 

Critics raved that Aladdin and His Winter Wish is “Irresistible! A surefire seasonal oasis,” said the Los Angeles Times; “5 Out of 5 Stars! A real Christmas blast.” 

Aladdin and His Winter Wish marks Lythgoe Family Panto’s third production at the venerable Laguna Playhouse. As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to develop theatre for young audiences, Lythgoe Family Panto together with Laguna Playhouse will bring the magic of Panto to hundreds of underserved children who attend school in Orange County. 

The behind the scene genies are:

Spencer Liff (Director & Choreographer) Broadway: Falsettos, Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He’s best known for his work on the past nine seasons of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which have earned him two Emmy Award nominations for Best Choreography. 

Keith Harrison (Musical Director) has produced work for ABC, NBC, FOX, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, McDonald’s, Allstate, Porsche, Toyota, Big Lots, Skechers, Cricket Wireless, and many others. 

The creative and producing team for Aladdin And His Winter Wish includes scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Panto creative department with additional scenic design by Ian Wilson, costume design by Albemarle; Lythgoe Family Panto, technical director Phil McCandlish and Andy Tyler and associate producer Patty Onagan. Lythgoe Family Panto executive producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh-Ellery. 

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Aladdin is played by Jason Gotay

Aladdin and his Winter Wish previews on Thurs, Dec 7 at 7 p.m.; will open on Fri, Dec 8 at 7 p.m., and runs through Sun, Dec 31: Performances will be Wed, Thurs & Fri at 7 p.m.; Sat & Sun at 12 and 4 p.m. 

Performances on Thurs, Dec 21 are at 3 & 7 p.m.; Sat, Dec 23 are at 11 a.m. and 3 & 7 p.m.; Wed., Dec 27 & Thurs, Dec 28 are at 3 p.m. only, and Sun, Dec 31 will perform at 12 p.m. only.

Ticket prices range from $20 - $70 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Ticket prices are subject to change. Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. 

The box office is open Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until show time on performance days); Sun: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Spread the healing as Health in Balance celebrates its 30th year with festivities and free treatments on Dec 1

To commemorate its 30th anniversary, Health in Balance opens its doors all day on Fri, Dec 1, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., for a day of festivities, free treatments, and giving back to the community through Spark of Love Drive and other local charities. To spread the healing, all residents are invited to join fun.  

Free treatments will be scheduled from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., and will include

chiropractic adjustments, therapy massage, and B-12 shots. There will be
complimentary consultations for new guests, plus half-off for a Wellness IV and detox footbath. For a treatment time, sign up on the website or telephone number listed below.

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Dr. Gary Arthur and Dr. Lisa Arthur in early years of Health in Balance

The gathering and celebration begin at 2 p.m. and continue until 5 p.m.  Live music from Skipper Carillo and Dr. G will kick off the festivities, which include food and beverages. 

Since 1987, Health in Balance has been serving the community and seeing many people healed and restored to live a flourishing lifestyle, and are grateful for the past 30 years, and excited for the many to come.

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Recent photograph of Dr. Gary and Dr. Lisa

In gratitude for success and longevity, Health in Balance believes in giving back, and they have been supporting charities since 1987.  During the celebration on Dec. 1, there will be a toy drive benefiting the Spark of Love Drive connected with the LB Fire Dept. and they will be hosting other local charities.

To request a treatment time, call (949) 497-2553, or visit The event is located at Health in Balance, 330 Park Ave, Ste 3.

“Fridays in Laguna,” a traditionally based service at Mozambique with Rabbi Marcia Tilchin and Jason Feddy

Every month, through the Jewish Collaborative of OC, Rabbi Marcia Tilchin and Musician/Radio Personality Jason Feddy hold a musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service and dinner at Mozambique restaurant for “Fridays in Laguna.” This month, the last event for the year takes place on Fri, Nov 17. Creative-traditional services are held in a private room in the restaurant, followed by an optional, pre-paid vegetarian dinner at this upscale eatery serving South African-inspired cuisine.

The services start at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is optional with advance reservations. Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.

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Jason Feddy and Rabbi Marcia Tilchin at Fridays in Laguna

Dinner is $42/person; $15 child’s meal available for 12 & under. Cost includes salad, choice of entrée (vegetarian or fish), a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, family-style dessert with coffee or tea, tax and tip. 

In addition, the Jewish Collaborative of OC has a new program for young families, Havdalah & Happiness, which also takes place this coming Sat night, Nov 18, at 6:30 p.m., in Laguna Niguel at Menchie’s, 30211 Golden Lantern. 

Havdalah & Happiness at Menchie’s on Sat, Nov 18

Participants feel the joy of Havdalah followed by frozen yogurt with friends. Join the Jewish Collaborative at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and say goodbye to Shabbat.

Havdalah is a Jewish religious ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Sabbath and Jewish holidays, and ushers in the new week. 

The ritual involves lighting a special Havdalah candle with several wicks, blessing a cup of wine and smelling sweet spices.

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CAP announces new board members

The new board members of Community Art Project (CAP) were presented at the Annual Membership Meeting held at Sandra Jones Campbell’s studio on Nov 12.

President Faye Baglin did the honours, introducing new members and new officers. Laura Mayo will take up the gavel as President, with the support of M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi as Vice President, Ann Haight as Secretary, with Faye moving to the position of Treasurer. Kathy Willman and Jill Webb were introduced as the newest members of the Board.

Julita Jones, Founding Member, Pat Whiteside-Phillips and Mary Rabe, all long-time Board Members, were given the status of Emeritus Member. In recognition of their years of service to the group, each was presented with a commissioned glass piece created by Laguna glass-blower Muffin Spencer-Devlin.

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CAP 2018 Board (L-R) M. “Charlie Ferrazzi, Faye Baglin, Laura Mayo, Ann Haight

Attendees also enjoyed a visual presentation by Marlo Bartels of his recently installed commission for Shea Homes in Brea. The Blackstone Project, his largest project to date, which took three years to complete.

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of Art and serve as a catalyst for Art Education. CAP provides ongoing exhibition in The CAP Gallery, Banking on Art in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Avenue. 

The CAP Gallery is a unique space for juried, solo and retrospective exhibitions.

Visit for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be on our e-mail list or to become a member and supporter of CAP. CAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded by the member supporters, the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

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LGOCA Group Show to take place on Nov 18 

The Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art is presenting its Group Show on Sat, Nov 18. The event will be from 5 - 8 p.m and the Gallery is located at 611 S. Coast Hwy.

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Robin Hiers “LOVE LOVE LOVE” surfboard will be on display 

The newest work available from amazing artists will be on display and the artists will be around to chat. Refreshments will be served also. 

For more information on this upcoming event, visit

Tangible Investments celebrates spirit of giving with

sale to benefit disabled veterans on Dec 3, 4, 5

During this holiday season, Tangible Investments, Inc., a Laguna Beach gallery, will host a three-day celebration of Art Deco & Art Nouveau fine art, furnishings, and jewelry to raise money for disabled American Veterans. 

The gallery, which specializes in rare coins, fine art, antiques, and estate jewelry celebration of unique and rare fine art, furniture, and estate jewelry from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau era, will donate a percentage of the sales proceeds to benefit disabled American Veterans. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this open house style event, which will be held from 4 – 8 p.m., Sun, Mon, and Tues, Dec 3-5. However, attendees are asked to register, as the gallery is having the popular Ristorante Rumari provide appetizers and beverages.

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Erte Art Deco

The event includes a major collection of Erte framed originals and signed embossed serigraphs as well as some of Erte’s work in bronze and works by Icart and Lalique. Showcased in the main gallery will be Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces by Tiffany and luxury watches.

“Helping the men and women who have served in our military is appropriate for this event because the Art Deco era was bookended by two world conflicts,” says gallery owner and rare coin expert Silvano DiGenova. 

It was in 1920 that Robert Marx founded the Disabled American Veterans organization, though they would not receive their Federal charter until 1932. Today, DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than one million veterans in positive life-changing ways each year. 

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Disabled American Veterans organization in Texas

“It’s another way for our firm to be a part of our community, and taking care of our veterans is an important part of that community,” says Silvano. In addition to helping veterans, Silvano is passionate about collecting art in all its forms. His particular interest in Art Deco and Art Nouveau has resulted in a great opportunity for enthusiasts to add to their personal collections while helping men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our liberties. 

Attendees should register online at or call (949) 715-5333.  Tangible Investments is located at 1910 S Coast Hwy.

PTA Coffee Talk draws a SRO crowd for the film SCREENAGERS about Growing up in the Digital Age


It was sitting room only at the packed PTA Coffee Talk screening of “SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” at Thurston’s Black Box Theater on Wednesday night. Concerned Laguna Beach parents and their kids came together to find tips and solutions for the glaring problem of excessive electronics usage, too much screen time, and Internet exposure experienced by today’s youth.

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston first saw these problems with her own kids, learning that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. In her documentary, “SCREENAGERS,” Ruston delves into the struggles over social media, video games, academics, and Internet addiction. She reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

 “I am a big advocate of having that balance. I think there are a lot of times technology is great. But there’s definitely a time and place for it,” said Coffee Talk Chair Sharael Kolberg. “I know my own daughter, when she was little, we went without technology. And I saw such a dramatic impact on her in such a short amount of time, that I can attest to. It really is very impactful for your kids to cut down, and they are going to put up a fight.”

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A partial crowd shot of the capacity crowd at the PTA Coffee Talk’s screening of the documentary Screenagers

“What I hope that we take away is just to open the line of communication between parents and kids regarding technology usage, the amount they are on it, and the dangers involved that can happen to anyone,” said Kolberg. “We need to be constantly reminded how important it is to keep the line of communication open with our kids. It’s really the main message.”

Alicia Glass, Coffee Talk event coordinator, has a stepdaughter at Laguna Beach High School and a daughter in second grade at El Morro Elementary School.

“We’ve been really good at communicating with the older girl about the dangers of social media and what not. She has been great and actually doesn’t use social media,” Glass said. “We put her on an old-school flip phone and she’s perfectly fine with that. It has been really great. And I think socially, that’s helped her a lot. She’s not into the drama.”

What’s more concerning to Glass is the even younger generation’s attachment to electronics, as with her child in second grade, who started using electronics in kindergarten.

“My daughter, in kindergarten, they start them on iPads. So, they’re already doing lessons on iPads in kindergarten now at the schools and learning how to use all this technology. It’s fully integrated in their day today,” said Glass. “Now she’s really getting into YouTube and things of that nature. So, I am hoping I can learn some tricks from this movie to kind of implement with her because we are seeing her more and more addicted to electronics.”

Thurston seventh-grade student Bella Piskun, who came with her father Boris to see the movie and potentially learn some new tips, said she knows of some students addicted to their devices.

“Usually people look at Instagram or Snapchat and sometimes it’s addictive. Whenever you turn on your phone, your eyes can’t look away,” Piskun said, referring in particular to Instagram. “My dad wants me to be more responsible with technology, like don’t look at inappropriate stuff, do the right thing.” 


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Like Boris and Bella Piskun, many parents and their teens came to see “Screenagers,” a film about balancing life with screen time and electronics usage

Clay and Kimberley Leeds and their two sons Logan, 15, and Elliot, 11, were all in. 

“I’m here because I am concerned about the amount of screen time that kids are exposed to throughout the week,” Clay said. “We take the point of view that screens are useful, and if you’re doing homework, that’s fine, that’s good. But electronics and video games, we limited to two hours a day on Friday and two hours a day on Saturday and that’s it for the week.”

Kimberley said, “I’m hoping to affect my children’s understanding of why I limit their screen time at home. Because during the week they’re not allowed at all unless it has something to do with school, which is difficult because almost everything is on electronic devices now, instead of just paper and pencil.”

She reiterated that during the school week, they ban electronic video games, social media, and interacting with people via electronic devices because it’s becoming an addiction. 

“Their social interaction skills are not so fabulous when they are on the screens. I also find that they’re overly emotional when it’s time to turn it off. Or they don’t get along very well, their wick is so short with each other when they have been playing,” said Kimberley. “So I can tell there’s an effect internally, an instantaneous need – I want rewards immediately. I want what I want when I want it.”

To learn more about “SCREENAGERS,” visit

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 111717

DUI Arrests

Robert Jason Gutierrez, 37, Corona - Sunday, November 12 Traffic Collision

Incident Reports

Wednesday, November 15

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Trespassing

3 a.m. A man became very agitated and started fighting with security. Jahmalik Carpenter, 23, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing.

Tuesday, November 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Nicholas Keith Neukirch, 36, Laguna Beach

Robert Lenn Caltabiano, 45, Utah

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Vandalism

1:17 p.m. The RP’s 2018 blue Subaru was keyed some time yesterday.

Catalina Street | 2100 Block | Burglary

8:05 a.m. Art valued at approximately $40 and one gram of medical marijuana were taken on September 24. The RP believes that the suspects are known to her.

Monday, November 13

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Malak Hahris, 35, no fixed address

Glenneyre Street & Anita Street | Traffic Hazard

5:22 p.m. A large trash can, lots of nails, and wood/lumber were scattered in the street at Glenneyre & Brooks. There was wood all over Brooks. The roadway was cleared by 6:43 p.m.

Baja Street | 1000 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

11:25 a.m. $14,000 in medical equipment was reported to have been taken from a Toyota Tundra within the last 24 hours. The vehicle was locked and in the driveway, but the side window was open.

Wave Street | 200 Block | Warrants, False ID, Drugs

11:07 a.m. Maximilian Kevyn Benegas, 31, Costa Mesa, was arrested for two West Coast warrants. One warrant was for resisting a police officer, bail $15,000, and the other was for endangering an elder person or dependent adult, as well as criminal threats, bail $25,000. The subject was also arrested on open charges for providing false identification to a police officer, and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sunday, November 12

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Ryan Paul Leo, 62, no fixed address

Cypress Drive | 200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

12:56 p.m. A white Ford Explorer appeared to have been broken into sometime during the night of November 9.

Library Events



Fri, Nov 17

Homework Help

3:30 - 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, Nov 18

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 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended. 


Sat, Nov 18

Class Workshop

2 - 4 p.m.

Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped.  Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets—this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. 


Mon, Nov 20

Class/ Workshop

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, Nov 21

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s club

3:30 - 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.


Wed, Nov 22

Pre-School Storytime 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers! 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.  


Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


    Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers


In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Orrin by Dan Brown


What Unites Us by Dan Rather 

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson 

Grant by Ron Chernow

Children’s Books

Crocodali by Lucy Volpin 

Before After by Anne-Margot Ramstein

My Very Own Space by Pippa Goodhart

Staff Recommendation

Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005-2016

1200 S Coast Hwy


Small Business Saturday takes place on Nov 25

“Think Laguna First” is a Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce program that encourages residents to shop, dine and frequent local businesses.

Small Business Saturday is an annual Nov event celebrating small local businesses, advocating a “Shop Small” reminder to encourage consumers to shop local businesses.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce (LBCC) is proud to be a neighborhood champion for Small Business Saturday. 

Checklist for small businesses

Small Business Saturday Checklist: Register your business with the Chamber of Commerce to be featured in Small Business Saturday Brochure, join the “Open For Retail” Nov 13 at 5:30 p.m. for Small Business Saturday best practices and networking with other businesses in town.

Also, download custom marketing materials from American Express Shop Small -- and then come to the Chamber to pick up Small Business Saturday Collateral while supplies last. 

LBHS Schedules



Friday, November 17

Girls All Levels Water Polo 

@Dos Pueblos– Travel


Saturday, November 18

Coed Cross Country

@Riverside–  TBA


Saturday, November 18

Girls Varsity Water Polo 



Saturday, November 18

Girls JV Water Polo 



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