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



October 17

Brandon Menchaca

Kathy Norwood

Robert Hayden III

Teri Hunter


October 18

Blake Smith

Debbie Zoller

Joe Foro

Joann Freeman

Linda Butterwick

Michael Hutnick

Michelle DuPont


October 19

Cherie Fortin-O’Grady

Christopher Amodeo

Kathy Conway

Kris Howson

Larry Nokes

Lynn Jax

Teri Ledyard


October 20

Eve Sharon Hart

Fabiola Thebaud Kinder

Greg Vail

Richard Selin

Valerie Dalena


October 21

Elvin Bishop

Foster Eubank

Janet Koelle

John Hoover

Regina Jacobson

Wendy Collins-Estreicher


October 22

Curtis Thibault

Donna Edmunds Brown

Michael Ervin

Steven St. Clair

Susan St. Clair


October 23

Gavin Heath

Jaime Bentley Hoben

Kyle Parry

Michael Finn

Pam Wicks

Scott Bunte


October 24

Cambria Steel

Debi Cortez

G Ray Kerciu

Heidi Winegard

Hunter Wells

Josh Hoke

Julia O’Brien

Robin Fuld

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




Tuesday, October 17

Girls Varsity Golf

@Mesa Linda -Noon


Tuesday, October 17 

Girls F/S Volleyball

@Saddleback– 3 p.m.


Tuesday, October 17

Girls JV Volleyball

@Saddleback – 4 p.m.


Tuesday, October 17

Girls Varsity Volleyball

@Saddleback– 5:15 p.m.


Tuesday, October 17

Boys F/S Water Polo

@Newport Harbor– 3:15 p.m.


Tuesday, October 17

Boys Varsity Water Polo

@ Newport Harbor – 4 p.m.


Tuesday, October 17

Boys JV Water Polo

@ Newport Harbor–5 p.m.


Tuesday, October 17

Girls Varsity Tennis

@ Home – 3:15 p.m.


Tuesday, October 17

Girls JV Tennis

@Costa Mesa TC– 3:15 p.m.


Wednesday, October 18

Boys Varsity Sand Volleyball

@Newland St.– 3:15 p.m.


Wednesday, October 18

Boys Varsity WaterPolo

@Santa Ana Valley– 6 p.m.


Wednesday, October 18

Boys JV Water Polo

@ Santa Ana Valley– 7p.m.


Thursday, October 19

Coed Surf

@Salt Creek- 6:30 a.m.


Thursday, October 19

Girls Varsity Tennis

@ Estancia– 3:15 p.m.


Thursday, October 19

Girls JV Tennis

@Home – 3:15 p.m.


Thursday, October 19

Boys F/S Football

@ Home–3:15 p.m.


Thursday, October 19

Girls F/S Volleyball

@Estancia–4 p.m.


Thursday, October 19

Girls JV Volleyball

@ Estancia– 4 p.m.


Thursday, October 19

Girls Varsity Volleyball

@Estancia – 5:15 p.m.


Friday, October 20

Boys JV Water Polo

@Beckman Steve Pal Tourney – 4:30 p.m.


Friday October 20

Boys F/S Water Polo 

@Newport Harbor –4:45 p.m.


Friday, October 20

Boys Varsity Football

@Sergerstrom –7 p.m.

Saturday, October 21

Coed  Cross Country

@Riverside Invitational – 4 p.m.


Saturday, October 21

Boys JV Water Polo

@Vila Park Steve Pal Tourney – TBA


Saturday, October 21

Boys F/S Water Polo

@Newport Harbor – TBA



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Lisa Farber: Capturing Laguna’s “Vibe”


Photos by: Mary Hurlbut

Lisa Farber, the woman behind “Laguna Beach Vibe,” admits her  “plate is pretty full.” And that is just how she likes it. With her publication being entertainment and events driven, there’s always something for her to see and somewhere for her to go in Laguna which means she is out – a lot. As someone of seemingly boundless energy, this seems to suit her just fine.

A Canadian by birth, Farber has embraced her adopted hometown with gusto. “I was traveling throughout the States,” she remembers. A companion needed some company from Colorado to San Clemente. “I wanted to live somewhere where it was warm,” says Farber. Finding San Clemente “too slow” Farber looked at Laguna. “It was much more vibrant,” she says. 

Taking a risk pays off

Farber got her start in publishing at another local publication. She worked there as the editor-in-chief for five years, learning by experience. Then, she says, “I wanted to control my own destiny.” So in 2014 she took a leap of faith and started “Laguna Beach Vibe.” “It was a risk. I went out on my own and I’m glad I did. It feels good to be a woman-owned publication. And competition is good.”

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Lisa Farber, owner of “Laguna Beach Vibe Magazine”

A one-woman show with some great help

Admitting she had a lot to learn, Farber now feels she’s at a place where she can focus on growth – but only up to a point. She is, after all, a self-described “one woman show.” Farber is responsible for the editorial content, the publication’s Instagram account and all of the ad sales. However, she does enlist help in other areas, crediting Jules Johnson with graphic design and Mikal Belicove with her online engagement. “He wrote the book ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook’ so he knows what he’s doing,” she says with a laugh.

Creating an online presence to complement her mission

While “Laguna Beach Vibe” is a printed take-away publication, Farber has also embraced the digital age. “People who didn’t live in town wanted to get the information so now I have this great online calendar. It always gets updated,” she says enthusiastically. ( While she tries to make sure she covers it all, it’s understandable that every now and then something gets overlooked. When we met she was still smarting over the fact she missed a local skim board contest that was the same weekend as the Brooks Street Classic. “That won’t happen next year,” she says with conviction.

A list of personal favorites

Covering all of the events in Laguna is not easy. For such a small town, there’s a lot going on. Since she rarely misses anything, when asked to list some of her favorites, her answers are definitely worth noting. Grapes for Grads, the Sip and Shuck, Sunset Serenades and Music in the Park, she says, are all favorites. She’s also hoping the Blue Water Music Festival makes a comeback. And KX93.5’s concerts, she says enthusiastically, “You can’t miss them.” All of these things – and more – get covered in “Laguna Beach Vibe.”

The addition of a local legend

Because she is always thinking about how to improve things, Farber added a restaurant review section. Her reviewer is none other than Glori Fickling, a 91-year old critic and a Lagunan since the 50’s who has been a food critic for over 30 years. “She approached me. She has a flair. It’s very Glori,” says Farber of the column, as if she still can’t believe her luck at having such a fabulous contributor.

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Lisa Farber on her favorite mode of travel: a bicycle

Her travel of choice: her Schwinn Panther

Of course, luck has very little to do with any of it. It really comes down to the details, both big and small. One of Farber’s trademarks, besides her trove of colorful visors she frequently wears, is her devotion to old-fashioned customer service. She hand delivers her publication every month. 

“That’s how I make my ‘calls,’” she explains. “If I nurture my customers the deliveries take about a day and a half. Plus I can see what businesses have opened and what has closed. When I get an ad from someone I don’t know…I love that.” An avid cyclist, Faber relishes the days when she can use her Schwinn Panther to make deliveries. “It’s my travel of choice. It’s so easy. I just pull up to the Festival, lock my bike and I don’t have to worry about parking.”

She even does bicycle tours around town

Her dedication to biking extends beyond delivering her magazine. With such limited free time, she nevertheless can be seen leading her own charm house bike tour around Laguna. “It’s only an hour, but we cover lots of points of interest. It was just kind of organic,” she says of how the tour was created. You can find more information about her tour at Laguna Beach Cyclery’s website (

Working wherever she is

Farber says she definitely sees herself biking through Europe when she retires. However, at the moment just taking a vacation is tricky. “Vacations are hard,” she admits. “I have to plan, but I work hard so I don’t feel guilty.” This summer she went back to Canada to visit family. It was a vacation, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t working. “That’s a great thing about this job,” she says noting her ability to do a lot of it from anywhere. On a day-to-day basis, she tries to carve out a little non-work time either ocean swimming or doing yoga in the park. But then it’s back to work.

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Laguna Beach Vibe is a free publication highlighting the happenings in town

Committed to supporting Laguna’s sense of community

Luckily, work is where she loves to spend her time. “What I enjoy doing the most is running my business,” says Farber. “’Vibe’ supports the sense of community that exists in town. A lot of cities don’t have that. That’s why Laguna works so well for what I do,” she says. This feeling of good fortune extends to her hometown, as well. “I don’t take Laguna for granted…yet,” she says with a laugh.

Lagunatics is a must-see: Pepper tree skit brings entire audience to its feet, teary-eyed with laughter

Story and photos by LYNETTE BRASFIELD

The first half of Lagunatics this year features some terrific numbers, to which I can attest (though a few are a little edgier than some may like): the second half, I hear from several sources, is beyond sensational – and sadly I missed that half due to a family emergency that forced Bill and me to leave at intermission (all sorted out now).

So I will be back next weekend to see for myself. But clearly the show is un-missable for anyone who is a true Lagunan. 

I’m told by several very reliable sources that the pepper tree number, “And I Am Telling You,” with lyrics by Chris Quilter and music by Henry Krieger, was sung exquisitely by Eric Anderson, who commanded the stage with his performance.

And the skit was so clever and so well performed, it had people crying with laughter and holding their stomachs in pain (the good kind of pain). 

“I saw so many people wiping away tears of laughter,” Sande St. John tells me. “That’s the only time I’ve witnessed a standing ovation in all the years I’ve attended Lagunatics. It went on and on.”

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Pocket mouse (not actual size) 

From pepper tree to pocket mice to police chief  – Laguna’s peculiarities get the full Bree Rosen treatment, enhanced by a great cast, crazily good writers, and props and costumes that wow the audience, given how over-the-top, so giddily ridiculous and yet how apt they are. 

Rebecca Lyles, who wrote several of the song lyrics, says, “I’m amazed at how the simple words we put on paper come to life with costumes, choreography, talented singers, and comedic point of view. 

“It’s a special thrill to see theater-goers lap it up they way they did last night. How often do you see audience members dabbing at laughter-tears and jumping to their feet to applaud?”

I’m told Lyles’s “Chump” was also a great hit with the audience.

“Send in the Drones” sends audience into convulsions

The standout in the first half was unquestionably Bree Rosen and Bridget English’s “Send in the Drones,” sung by Rufino. It was a unique take on the issue and perfectly suited to Rufino’s brand of talent.

Sande St. John also praised the incredible skills of costume designer Brigitte Harper. “She’s just amazing,” Sande says. She adds that the trolley skit, featuring outer-wear of the automotive kind, was also enormously popular with the audience. “A hit!” Sande says.

Another of my favorites from the first half was “Farinella,” with lyrics by Chris Quilter, whose brilliant, quirky wit shone through many of the performances. Other standouts, I hear, were “My Shot,” which apparently had Gregg McGillivray moving to the beat, clearly enjoying the music and the lyrics, and another favorite was “I’ve Just Seen a Space” parodying parking problems.

You had to be there! So go!

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For a moment, I thought I was doing a dining feature: delicious al fresco dinner

And a word to the wise (oh, to the unwise, too, what the heck!): the dinner served beforehand, for just $10, is exquisite. Prepared by The White House, eaten al fresco, and paired with wine in the gloaming, as my Scottish father used to call the twilight hours, this is a great way to begin an evening of laughter and escapism, something we all dearly need these days – some days more than others.

Eclectic, elegant and eccentric, Lisa Berman takes her talents to Shine on Hollywood Magazine

Laguna born-and-bred Lisa Berman is one of those people that you often see around town: she calls herself “a social butterfly with a purpose.” Her fashion style is beautiful and/or eccentric – usually both at the same time, not surprisingly, since she is known in the fashion and jewelry world as the “stylists’ best-kept secret and friend.”

And now Lisa has been named SOHM Live! host/writer for popular digital magazine Shine on Hollywood Magazine (SOHM), with a circulation of nearly 26.6 million hits in 140+ countries worldwide. 

SOHM’s mission statement is, “Dedicated to providing a positive, meaningful and educational experience and to inspire our readers with knowledge and information from creative qualified industry professionals.” 

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This is Lisa’s “soccer mom” outfit

Not only is Lisa famous in Hollywood circles for her fashion skills – she has styled Governors for the Emmys, prepared rocker Eddie Van Halen sartorially for his stage performances, and chosen the creators of one-of-a-kind jewelry worn by stars including Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz, and Annette Bening – but she is known locally for her support of important causes dear to her heart. 

Lisa spoke movingly at the Women’s March on the Main Street Cobblestones in January about empowerment. There she wore a signature warrior women breastplate made from recycled materials, fallen palm husks, and metallic gold wings that she made herself – the kind of “wearable sculpture” at which she excels. 

“Art is a non-confrontational tool to convey a message. Anyone of any age can participate in the creative process,” Lisa says. 

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Lisa with Cindy Obrand at the Woman’s Day Rally

In March this year, she participated in the International Woman’s Day Rally, “This rally is about honoring women,” she said, a cause of which she is particularly fond, especially as the mother of young Chiara.

She’s a connector-with-a-purpose. Indeed, Lisa makes networking seem fun, which is a rare talent.

As her biography so accurately says, “Lisa navigates a myriad of global environments, art, fashion, design, entertainment, media and philanthropic causes.”

And she works to connect each of those elements – which she does quite successfully each time she dons one of her eclectic outfits and heads out to yet another march for a fabulous good cause or art show, bringing a sense of freshness, fun and flair everywhere she goes.

--Lynette Brasfield

Dennis’ Tidbits


October 17, 2017

Recently El Nino and La Nina haven’t been behaving as expected: Hard to predict what this rainy season will bring – or not bring

On this date in 1989 at 5:04 p.m. a magnitude 6.9 quake struck under the Santa Cruz Mountains known as the Loma Prieta Fault, doing major damage in neighboring San Francisco and surrounding communities. Local physician Dr. Bill Anderson had opened up a small practice up there. He returned to Laguna real quick when the building next door to his practice collapsed into shambles. He used to have his practice here in Laguna right there at Sleepy Hollow Lane. Now he’s back in town still working there on Ocean Ave next to the bus station.

Since July 1, 2017, the beginning of Laguna’s 2017-18 rainy season, we’ve collected a measly 0.03 inches of rain from a thick marine layer one day that month and that’s it. It looks like nothing’s on the horizon through the next seven to ten days with strong high pressure dominating most of California with humidity readings in single digits through much of our wilderness areas due to hot dry Santana winds. 

It’s only mid October so it’s not by no means is it time to push the panic button but it sure would be nice if we could squeeze a couple of inches of rain from the heavens up there in Northern Cal to help contain those raging infernos. 

Up in the Pacific Northwest it’s a different story as they’re about to get really hammered from a former typhoon in the Western Pacific that is about to go extra tropical as it moves north and then east, hooking up with the jet stream and plowing into British Columbia, Washington and Oregon with torrential downpours and very strong winds. I asked Oregon if we could borrow a little of their water and their reply was tough, we don’t like you Californians, yer on yer own! Nothing like a hostile reply from a hostile environment. Funny, though, half of them are California transplants but they think they’re locals. Bunch of rednecks as far as I’m concerned. I think they get cranky from enduring nine months of gloom every year.

It’s really hard to predict how much water we’ll get this upcoming season as El Nino and La Nina from the past two seasons totally broke the mold and behaved totally opposite of what they’ve done historically. Laguna’s average annual rainfall is at 13.95 inches. Our five wettest years were 1997-98 with 37.27, 2004-05 with 34.18, 1977-78 with 33.86, 1982-83 with 31.25 and 1968-69 with 29.49. Our five driest seasons were 2006-07 with 3.41, 1960-61 with 4.30, 2001-02 with 4.42, 1958-59 with 5.58 and 1975-76 with 6.07. Last season we finished with 16.22. Hoping for at least that much this upcoming season. 

Stay tuned, ALOHA!

High Tech Innovation Award honors MeU CARE for its secure healthcare communications platform

Meu CARE, the leading mobile communications platform for family caregivers and healthcare providers, recently received the High Tech Innovation Award for Best Digital Communications Company of 2017.

Founder and Laguna resident Kendall Lockhart tells Stu News that the company was singled out for the platform’s breakthrough ability to enable caregivers, family members, patients and healthcare providers to HIPAA securely communicate using videos, photos, voice, text, documents, and survey. 

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Laguna resident Kendall Lockhart

Lockhart, a former Disney new media executive, said, “We are so honored to be chosen out of more than 100 companies for this award. Orange County is truly ground zero for breakthrough technology, and we are thrilled to be part of this community trying to help the world be a better place.”

Using the program, caregivers save time letting family members, hospitals and doctors know how a loved one is doing. Healthcare companies are better able to manage patients to improve their health and reduce costs of care. 

MeU CARE’s platform is free to consumers and is also in use by major healthcare companies including hospitals and health plans. MeU CARE is available via the web, iOS and Android.

Santi Galera, former LBHS student, signs professional soccer contract with famous Brazilian club

Santiago Galera, 18, former LBHS student, has signed a professional contract with Santos F.C. in São Paulo, Brazil. The midfielder left in March to try out with Santos Football Club, one of the most important soccer clubs in the world, the same club where Pelé and Neymar had their start. 

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Santi Galera in action

He was picked him to stay out of 158 players and this week signed his first professional contract. 

One week before Santiago left, he found out his father, Rigel Galera, who lives in Santa Monica, had stage four cancer, so his success makes it even more meaningful after such tragedy. 

“Santi is a very proud Laguna local,” his mother Marcela Cortes tells us.

“He began playing when he was four years old. He grew up playing club soccer in the OC for Costa Mesa based Pateadores, under Coach Mario Gonzalez.” 

The team won a national championship in 2014, and was consistently a regional champion winning every tournament at one time or another.  

“Since before he could walk, Santi was always with a soccer ball,” Marcela says.  He used to sleep with a ball and refer to it as ‘bonita.’ He graduated with a 3.5 GPA from Thurston.  

The 18-year-old’s contract with Alvinegro Praiano runs until December 31, 2019. In the past, Santiago served on Santos FC’s Under-20 team. 

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The midfielder signs the contract

The midfielder said he was excited to sign his first professional contract on a team as great as Vila Belmiro’s Alvinegro.

“I’m very happy with this new moment in my career. Santos FC is a famous team all over the world. I hope to show all my potential, will and strength in this team. I only have reasons to celebrate,” Santi said.

Until his departure last March 2017, Santi – also a fan of body surfing at Bluebird Beach – resided in Laguna with his mother, stepdad, and little brother, Maximilian, and attended LBHS.

The Drifters & The Coasters & the Doo-Wop era come to Laguna Playhouse for four performances, Nov 3-5

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard announce The Drifters & The Coasters, live in concert, for four performances only, from Fri, Nov 3 – Sun, Nov 5.

 Head back to the 1950s and the sweet vocal harmonies of the Doo-Wop era. With memorable songs like “Under the Boardwalk,” “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” and “On Broadway,” The Drifters offer a blend of tasteful music and class, all wrapped up in their famous patented choreography. They were the first musical rock and roll group to include string instruments into rhythm and blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, “There Goes My Baby”. They were also the first musical group to sell two million records with their pop classic “Up on the Roof.’’ Their classic tune ‘’Under the Boardwalk” is the most played R&B disc of all time. 

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The Drifters

The Cornell Gunter Coasters were known as the supreme comedians of rock and roll. The monumental songs “Yakkety Yak (Don’t Talk Back)” “Charlie Brown” and “Poison Ivy,” helped The Coasters to become the first vocal group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of Cornell Gunter’s Coasters out of the ashes of the surprising breakup of the original Coaster group several months earlier. Cornell believed that The Coasters could be reborn. In fact, he believed that all of the groups from that era could be reborn, and thrive as live performing groups and ultimately he led the way to what was soon to become known as “classic rock”.

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The Coasters

Performances are Fri., Nov 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Nov 4 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sun, Nov 5 at 1 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

Ticket prices range from $45 - $65 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: 11a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until show time on performance days); Sun: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

For more information, go to the website above.

America’s only Coffin Escape Race delivers fright, fun and fog here in Laguna: Who will ring the bell first?


Photos by Cyrus Polk

Imagine a small dark room with two coffins positioned parallel to each other, a flickering candelabra between them, wafting fog, and the acrid smell of fear heavy in the air (wait, I think that might have been the fog). Imagine waking up in one of the coffins, realizing there’s no way out, clawing the lid with bloody fingers, screaming until your voice is hoarse, yet no one hears. 

But this is not a Stephen King movie, this is real. This is Deadringers, America’s only coffin escape game race, and it takes place right here in Laguna. Two contestants climb into the coffins and vie with each other to solve the puzzle inside, ring the bell, and get out first, before the 15-minute deadline.

Being buried alive is my worst nightmare. Luckily, on this day, I am only an observer. Soon, though, the intrepid Jason Feddy and Steph Weaver Weinberg will brave the mock burial. 

The fear of being buried alive is an ancient obsession, and even has its own name, taphophobia, a Greek word meaning “fear of graves.” In the distant past, coffins included a bell to ring to alert grave keepers in the event someone was mistakenly buried alive (which evidently happened quite often during the cholera epidemic in the 18th and 19th centuries). 

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Climb in, if you dare

Happily, Tyler Russell, who invented this coffin race, tells me that “almost everyone has been surprised at how comfortable and spacious the coffins are. Any fear they have quickly disappears as soon as they start attempting to solve the puzzles.” 

“Comfortable and spacious” are not words one generally associates with entering a coffin, especially under the usual circumstances. But, fortunately, this is a game.

In the hallway just outside the room, Jason says, “I have no idea what to expect.” And he admits he’s a bit claustrophobic, but is doing this out of the goodness of his heart for Tyler. 

Tyler is a busy man. Along with co-creator Jonathan Katz and Engineer Scott Fregoso, they created The Escape Bus and recently, Deadringers. The Escape Bus, a Southern California mobile escape room, is used for birthday parties, corporate team building, and in school settings to encourage group skills. (Two to six players must work together to escape a maximum-security transport.)

In May, after a trip to Budapest, Hungary, which happens to be the escape room capital of the world, Tyler came up with the concept for Deadringers. Scott built the 7 x 3 foot coffins in Tucson and drove them here for their premiere this month. Each coffin is technically advanced and custom built with ventilators and feature state of the art lighting and sound effects.

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Your coffin awaits

In a strange twist, Tyler harbors his own phobia. He’s afraid of elevators and always takes the stairs. He says, “I’ll watch other people enjoy this. I like games, but being locked in a tight space is not my own desire.” 

As Steph and Jason wait to enter their coffins, Tyler gives instructions, “Shut your eyes until the game begins (blindfolds will be used in the future); no force is necessary; use one finger; and there is a glow-in-the-dark emergency button. Every five minutes you’ll hear ambient sounds to let you know five minutes have passed.”

As Jason and Steph climb in, neither seems reluctant, although Steph appears more enthusiastic. Before the lids are closed and locked, Tyler says, “As soon as you hear the gravedigger talking, you can start.”

For a few minutes, there is silence. His voice muffled, Jason says, “I’m not dead yet.”

Then we hear what sound like rats scrabbling around inside.

Jason says, “I need my glasses.” Apparently, there’s reading involved. Glasses are fetched. The coffin lid is briefly lifted, an arm reaches for glasses, and the lid shuts again.

“I need to add that to the instructions,” Tyler says. 

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The coffin interior is lavishly padded for the comfort of the inhabitant

More scrabbling. 

Finally, after nine minutes, Steph’s bell rings. The record so far has been eight and a half minutes.

When asked how he is through the side of the coffin, Jason says, “Oh, you know.”  

As she gets out, Steph says, “That was comfortable. I want to stay in.” She obviously has no fear of small spaces.

Once both Jason and Steph step outside, Tyler lets my twelve-year-old grandson get in one of the coffins. He loves it. Tyler says Deadringers is especially popular with that age group, and fortunately, there’s no age limit.

Jason offers his last words on the subject, “I’ve been in a coffin, it’s good practice for the real thing. But I prefer to be cremated.”

Take note, this might be your only chance to be buried…and more importantly, to be given the chance to emerge alive.

(Tyler isn’t sure what he’ll do with the coffins after Halloween. May we remind him that Tiny Houses are now in vogue? And we need affordable housing in Laguna.)

The coffin races will be offered throughout the month of October. For an appointment, and to learn more, visit

A Salute to Halloween

Photo by Jean Brotherton

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Throwing shade, skeleton style?

65th Annual BOO Blast Carnival offers fiendish fun with family & friends at El Morro School on Oct 27

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Carnival rides and creepy fun at BOO Blast 

El Morro Elementary School’s 65th Annual BOO Blast carnival extravaganza is just around the corner! It runs from 2:30-7:30 p.m. on Fri, Oct 27 at the school grounds. There will be face painting from Star’s face painting team from the Sawdust Festival, a fabulous food court, boolicious bake sale, game booths and prizes. Free admission and parking. All proceeds from event sales go directly to the El Morro PTA and are used to support programs and purchases for the school children.

Ruben Flores creates fall decorations at LOCA Arts Education presentation on Oct 19 at Laguna Nursery

LOCA Arts Education invites the public to a holiday decorating presentation on Thurs, Oct 19, from 5-7 p.m. at Laguna Nursery. Award winning horticulturalist Ruben Flores demonstrates how to create original designs using organic and found materials. Holiday colors, ties, and attachments will be discussed, as well as the use of fruits and vegetables. 

“We can start by looking in our gardens,” Ruben said. “There are fantastic branches, palm leaves, and seed pods outside right now.” 

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Ruben Flores uses organic and found materials to create fall décor on Oct 19

“Let’s get squashy,” laughed Flores, “this will be lots of fun!”

Seating and hospitality provided, along with a sale of hand-painted LOCA art shirts. 

Admission is $20 for guests, free for LOCA members. To register, visit the calendar pages at or call (949)363-4700. 

Laguna Nursery is located at 397 N Coast Hwy. Metered parking is on the street.

South Laguna Community Park hosts Fall Potluck Festival Oct 22 from 2 – 5 p.m.

South Laguna Community Garden Park is hosting its annual Fall Potluck Festival October 22 from 2-5 p.m.

This year will be special since the firefighters of Station 4 will be invited and recognized for their service to our community.

Activities will include face painting, pumpkin decorating, prizes, fun family games, and live music from the Garden Band.  

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Lots of fun awaits attendees of this year’s Festival

The public is invited. Attendees are asked to bring drinks and a dish or snack to share. Reusable dinnerware will be provided—and washed by Garden volunteers to reduce waste.

Donations to the Garden Park are welcome.  The Garden Park is located on Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way.

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No Sunday football for these linemen…

Photo by Scott Brashier

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These linemen wield a different kind of power…seen by Scott on Sunday 

at Goff Street between Park and Legion

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LBHS teacher receives 2017 Linda Kearns Community Service Award from the OCSAPN 

On Oct 6, the Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network, otherwise known as the OCSAPN, presented Mindy Hawkins, an LBHS teacher, with the 2017 Linda Kearns Community Service Award at its annual conference in Anaheim.

OCSAPN works to promote and enhance the quality, quantity, coordination, and cooperation of positive youth development programs and prevention services in Orange County. The award honors those who best exemplify true and selfless dedication to the field of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy prevention as well as positive youth development strategies in Orange County.

“What a well-deserved honor for OCSAPN to bestow upon our very own, Mindy Hawkins, for her work with our students and families in the area of alcohol, drug, and tobacco prevention,” said Robert Billinger, assistant principal at LBHS. “Mindy works tirelessly to educate our students by creating opportunities that empower and support healthy life choices both at school and in our community.”

Hawkins works to ensure that LBHS is an inclusive community

Hawkins, a special education teacher who has served as a PAL advisor for six years, works to ensure that LBHS is an inclusive community of students who value and care for one another.

“Teaching the Peer Leadership class at the high school has truly been a highlight of my years at LBHS. We have enjoyed amazing partnerships and collaborations with so many agencies in our community as we have worked together to support all of our students in making healthy life choices, emotionally, socially, and physically,” said Hawkins. She went on, “I really feel that this award should go to my students who have stepped out of their comfort zones and created campaigns, videos, and activities to support positive choices on our campus.”

Hawkins’ PAL program has leveraged a number of strategies to engage students and staff, including student-made videos, kindness and gratitude campaigns, prevention activities, new-student luncheons, and a cultural exchange program featuring visitors from Japan.

Pablo Vargas Lugo brings Seascape to Main Beach between Nov 2 - Dec 2

For the fifth edition of Art & Nature, Mexican artist Pablo Vargas Lugo has chosen to bring the installation sponsored annually by the museum into the waters of the Pacific Ocean at Main Beach from Nov 2- Dec 2.

“The piece acknowledges the origins of Laguna Beach as a haven for plein air painters and its character as a city whose imagination remains firmly set on the seas in spite of the vast urban sprawl of Southern California,” the artist remarks.

“The ever-changing seascape and a familiar element of urban infrastructure and growth, the streetlight, will come together, pinpointing a small section of the ocean as a seascape under observation and reminding viewers of the shifting conditions under which development and our future are taking form.” 

Seascape was designed and engineered by Andrew Bloxom and Mark Peters of Morelli and Melvin Design and Engineering Inc., Newport Beach, and was constructed by Maika Scott.

Pablo Vargas Lugo was born in Mexico City in 1968. He studied at the National School of Visual Arts in the National University of Mexico from 1988 to 1993. Since 1991 his work has been shown extensively in Mexico, South America, the US, and Europe. 

Among his most important solo exhibitions are micromegas, at the Museo Amparo, Puebla and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; Intemperie at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City; Eclipses for Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin; Contemporary Projects at LACMA and Congo Bravo at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. 

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Last year’s Art & Nature installation on Main Beach

Lugo’s work has been shown at the 26th Bienal de São Paulo and the 5th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and MALBA in Buenos Aires. He lives and works in Mexico City.

In its annual Art & Nature festival, Laguna Art Museum presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor work of art, lectures, panel discussions, films, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.

The event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has fostered art, the love of nature, and environmental awareness. 

In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline, close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.

For more information about Art & Nature events, visit

Crystal Cove Soiree celebrates achievements with dining, dancing and fundraising in a fabulous setting  

A sold-out crowd of 438 raised $467,497 net, with attendees enjoying an evening under the stars, complete with breath-taking sunset views and an elegant dinner catered by title sponsor, The Resort at Pelican Hill. The 15th Annual Crystal Cove Soiree on Oct. 7, hosted by the Crystal Cove Conservancy, was decidedly a success.

“It was a milestone year and our 15th annual soiree similarly was superb from start to finish. This year we announced our name change to Crystal Cove Conservancy shortly after receiving unanimous approval from the Coastal Commission for permits to restore the final 17 historic cottages at the north end of our beach,” said Alix Hobbs, president and chief executive officer, Crystal Cove Conservancy. “Our environmental science and marine biology educational programs grew to 4,500 students this year and thanks to the success of the 2017 Soiree guests’ generous support, the number of students will grow even higher in the new year.”

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Crystal Cove Board

Funds raised at the Soiree will support important education programs to help create the next generation of environmental stewards. The Conservancy uses a social enterprise model to fund preservation, conservation and education initiatives with the goal of creating a sustainable future for Crystal Cove State Park. The Conservancy has become a statewide model for how funds can be reinvested into the park.

The Soiree began at sunset with an al fresco cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The Resort at Pelican Hill donated the hors d’oeuvres as well as the delectable dinner duo of filet mignon and Maine lobster. A live auction, live music and dancing to Super Diamond, the popular Neil Diamond tribute band, rounded out the evening. Guests had opportunities to purchase fabulous luxury silent and live auction items, as well as supported fund-a-need, to help with student scholarships for important STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math).  In an opportunity drawing, Lili McGraw won a three-night stay in the beachfront Crystal Cove Cottage #14, and David and Karen Lagrew won the Bin Drop trip to Cabo to stay at Casa Tequila for three nights and four days.

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A large group from Expedia enjoyed the event

Laura Davick, Founder and Vice President of the Conservancy, noted, “Our community has been so supportive since the earliest days, when we fought hard to keep our Cove from becoming a luxury resort. Instead, Crystal Cove is on the National Registry of Historic Places, is one of California’s newest Historical Landmarks, and is arguably the region’s singular, unchanged place in the sun.  

“More than 25,000 overnight guests enjoy our 29 cottages already restored and we believe the community will continue to support our largest preservation initiative to date, to renovate the final 17 cottages on the North Beach that will bring true sustainability to Crystal Cove for future generations.”

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Stephanie Queseda’s group

Crystal Cove Conservancy is the nonprofit public benefit partner to Crystal Cove State Park, employing a social enterprise model to fund important preservation, education and conservation initiatives that will cultivate our planet’s next generation of environmental stewards ensuring that Crystal Cove, and places like it, live on for generations. 

The Conservancy, formerly known as Crystal Cove Alliance, was founded in 1999 by Laura Davick to save Crystal Cove Historic District from being developed into a luxury resort property.

The Conservancy works in partnership with California State Parks to provide stewardship support for Crystal Cove’s nearly 2,800 acres of public lands including: The Crystal Cove Historic District and beach cottages (a National Register of Historic Places site); 2,400 acres of pristine wilderness habitat and the unspoiled Moro Canyon watershed (a National Natural Landmark site); over three miles of rocky beach coastline and intertidal habitat; 400 acres of coastal bluff habitat; and special underwater and offshore areas including the Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area MPA. 

By being a stewardship partner for this Southern California jewel, the Conservancy has been uniquely positioned to develop a nationally recognized STEM education program that uses authentic field science and monitoring to immerse students and community members in the practice of conservation and open space management. For more information, visit

Laptop computers make a world of difference in distant Nepal: R Star supporters make it happen

Getting necessary teaching and educational equipment to R Star’s one school in Nepal is quite a challenge. (R Star helps people in the poorest parts of Nepal to gain the education and the means to support themselves financially – women in particular.)

So it was a great thrill for the Founder of R Star, Lagunan Rosalind Russell, when two stalwart supporters offered to help.

In early October Pam Wicks and Susan Brown were on their way to India, and then to Nepal, for the spiritual work they enjoy.  They both agreed to add laptop computers to their packed suitcases, meaning two computers were soon en route to R Star’s school of 65 children, TOW-N (Top of the World Nepal elementary school).

“For more than six months I have been attempting to get 30 desktop computers to Nepal, but the Nepali government requires ‘new’ items or the tax is more than the cost to purchase a computer there,” Rosalind says. “Creative as I am as a result of living in this very creative environment in Laguna, I haven’t yet been able to get this accomplished. 

“I am getting closer with the help of my new Nepali contact, who will help with the paperwork to get 15 of the 30 needed. He will locate 60 people to transport all of them… the tower with one person, the monitor and mouse with another person. The computers are all refurbished and with new programs ready to go, but they are in Montreal of all places, where the person who donated them lives.” 

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Pam Wicks, Susan Brown (not pictured) and Rabin bonded immediately

With half the desktop computers not able to get to TOW-N, the plan to take laptops made sense. Generous donors gifted their not-so-old ones to R Star for a write-off, while helping rural children who have very few opportunities to become computer-literate. 

And so the first two laptops headed out with Pam and Susan. 

“Both women were hoping to see at least our school out of the ones in the 51 villages we serve, but their preplanned trip didn’t allow more than a few minutes to visit,” Rosalind says. 

The lead man in Nepal, Rabindra, (or Rosalind’s son who adopted her along with his siblings years back), was able to meet Pam and Susan personally, picking up the laptops moments before the two departed to see a temple.  

Rabin said his heart connected with both of them immediately, just as Pam and Susan had connected with Rosalind upon first meeting her. Rabin called to tell his maaytae (Mom) Rosalind just how wonderful their connection was.

Rabin learned from the caring computer carriers that Rosalind loves the low heeled highly decorated shoes the Nepalese sari-wearing women wear, in all colors. So Pam and Susan agreed to help to bring a gift from his heart to his mom.  

Rosalind says she is beyond excited about the delivery of the computers, but as any shoe-loving woman, would be, she is ecstatic about the shoes due to arrive next week.

Interested in helping R Star with a used, in perfect condition 4 years or younger computer or perhaps a Kindle which R Star has an intern load for immediate use, or just wish to donate?  Call 949 497 4911 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or use the website to donate:  There are many ways to help and bless others.

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 101717

DUI Arrests

Darcy Bourgeois, 26, Los Angeles – Sunday, October 15

Garret Powell, 54, Ladera Ranch – Friday, October 13

My Van Le, 40, Westminster – Friday

Mary Arlauskas, 20, Maryland – Friday

Anthony Aguilera, 25, Lake Forest – Thursday, October 12

James Bayard, 61, Laguna Beach – Thursday With a Prior


Incident Reports

Sunday, October 15

Montage Resort Drive & Coast Hwy | Warrant

4:26 a.m. During a traffic stop, Manuel Castro, 38, Cuday, was arrested on a West Court warrant for vehicle code violations. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drugs

2:31 a.m. James Leis, 28, San Clemente, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Saturday, October 14

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Probation Violation

8:25 p.m. Daniel Delrosario, 25, no fixed address, was arrested for probation violation.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Battery

12:54 a.m. Following a physical fight, Miguel Esparza, 34, and Cristobal Esparza, 28, both from Aliso Viejo, were arrested for battery. 

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Grand Theft

12:11 a.m. Two cameras and three lenses valued at over $7,000 were stolen. 

Friday, October 13

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Sean Eskeli, 55, no fixed address

Wendt Terrace | 800 Block | Domestic Violence

4:57 p.m. Tina Ladelle Marquette, 52, Laguna Beach, was arrested for domestic battery. Bail was set at $10,000. 

Loretta Drive | 600 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

4:56 p.m. Disney ears and other miscellaneous items were taken from a locked vehicle. The loss was estimated to be $24. 

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Trespassing

11:25 a.m. Shane Sutton, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing. 

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Petty Theft

11:12 a.m. A suspect stole a candle and miscellaneous clothing worth $172. 

Moss Street | 300 Block | Drugs, Probation

4:33 a.m. Brandon Smith, 28, Mission Viejo, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was also arrested for violating probation. 

Beach Street & Ocean Avenue | Warrant, Drugs

1:27 a.m. Phillip Person, 26, Long Beach, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on a West Court warrant with the same charge. 

Thursday, October 12

Boat Canyon Drive & N. Coast Hwy | Warrant

9:43 p.m. During a traffic stop, John Mo Kang, 45, Irvine, was arrested on a $30,000 Cerritos warrant for harassing phone calls. 

Temple Hills Drive | 2300 Block | Helicopter Rescue 

5:49 p.m. After a man fell down a hillside behind a residence, a county helicopter was called in to hoist the man out and take him to the hospital. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

12:49 p.m. Someone fraudulently purchased a cell phone worth approximately $669. 

Arroyo Drive | 1600 Block | Loitering

12:22 p.m. Kristy Buungoc Hong, 40, Norwalk, was arrested for loitering. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

3:10 a.m. Stephenie Koivuniemi, 39, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for trespassing. 

Wednesday, October 11

Coast Hwy & Aliso Circle | Warrant

2:08 p.m. During a traffic stop, Golponeh Nikbakhsian, 35, Upland, was arrested on a felony warrant from San Bernardino. 

Cypress Drive | 200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

12:54 p.m. An unknown suspect messed with the lock of a vehicle and took $4,000 worth of DJ equipment. 

McKnight Drive | 100 Block | Burglary

12:35 p.m. A realtor arrived at a residence to find items moved around inside. The loss was not determined at this time. 

Thalia Street | 100 Block | Hit and Run

10:51 a.m. The passenger door of a BMW was damaged by an unknown driver in a Range Rover between 2 p.m. Tuesday to the time of the report.

Library Events



 Fri, Oct 6

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, Oct 7

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. 


Tue, Oct 10

Bedtime Math’s: 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 8 week program for K-2nd grade. The club will meet once a week for one hour. Space is limited - Pre-registration is required.


Tue, Oct 10

Book Club

5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

This month, the Laguna Beach Adult Book Group will be discussing “Island of a Thousand Mirrors” by Nayomi Munaweera. Copies will be available at the checkout desk.


Wed, Oct 11

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, Oct 12

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. 


Thu, Oct 12

Read to a Dog 

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

Schedule a 20-minute session on our 3-D printer. Customize an object using software, and prepare it for printing. Staff will print the item and contact you when it is ready for pickup. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. Consult the library for available times, or for more information. 949-497-1733.


Thu, Oct 12

School Age STEM

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

Our STEM program promotes critical thinking, problem solving and creativity—for kids 8-years and up.  We’ll learn all kinds of cool ways to design things that go! We’ll play with the weather and work with math concepts too.  Each month we’ll have a fun and awesome hands-on experience! Preregistration required. Please call the library at 949-497-1733.


Fri, Oct 13

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. 


Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


  Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers



Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng



The Vietnam War by Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns 

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Bloomberg by Chris McKickle 


Children’s Books

The Book of Gold by Bob Staake

The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater 

Meditate with Me by Mariam Gates 


Staff Recommendation

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda 


1200 S Coast Hwy


Off-season transit hours 

Laguna Beach Transit off-season hours are as follows:  

Coastal Trolley: Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Neighborhood Trolleys in Top of the World, Arch Beach Heights and Bluebird Canyon: Monday through Thursday 6:40 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Neighborhood Service to North and South Laguna: Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

For more information visit the City’s website at

Caduceus will offer free blood pressure screenings Sat Oct 21 at World Newsstand

Caduceus will offer complimentary blood pressure screenings this Saturday Oct 21 from 10 a.m. - noon at the World Newsstand across from Main Beach.

Caduceus on Thalia is the Laguna Beach location of Caduceus Medical Group. They are the last remaining locally owned and managed medical group in Orange County. 

Among other programs, including a useful app, Caduceus offers unique concierge services for patients. The group has been providing medical care in Laguna since 2001.

First Annual Salsa Sunday!

Presented by the Laguna Beach Community Clinic

Live Music provided by La Charanga Cubana

Salsa Dance Lesson with Kati Hernandez

Authentic Cuban Treats by Portos

October 22,  at the Clinic’s parking lot from 3 – 5 p.m.

$20 Cover, accompanying children are free

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