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March 20

Ashlie LeeAnn Mauldin

Beverly Factor

Brian Gordon

Desiree Goodson

Diane Hruby

Marcus Thesing

Mick Rasley

Paul Hamilton

Sally Quijada


March 21

Lula Buckle 

Ed Smith

Kim Ressler

Lauran Roberson

Michael Dean


March 22

Charles Michael Murray

John Gustafson

Michele Oliver Hall

Tommy Benson


March 24

Cathy Nokes

Charlotte Gulley

Christin Milan

Jenny Schmitz

Jim Schmitz


March 25

Britany Michaels

Bryan Gianesin

D’Anne Purcilly

Jason Farris

Suzanne Redfearn


March 26

Gilles Sensenbrenner

Jeanette Cotinola

Lee Field

Rachiel Macalistaire

Robert Hansen


March 27

Annamaria Pope

H Charton

Laura Bailey

Paul Laos

Sound Spectrum



1.Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides Of The Sky

2. King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard, Polygondwanaland

3. David Byrne, American Utopia

4. Ty Segall, Freedom’s Goblin

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5. Moby, Everything Was Beautiful & Nothing Hurt

6. Strawberry Alarm Clock, Incense & Peppermint

7. MGMT, Little Dark Age 

8. Doors, Absolutely Live

9. Beck, Colors

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10. Killers, Wonderful Wonderful

11. St. Vincent, Masseducation


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LB HERO FEST seeks entries of short films, art and songs to celebrate heroes around the globe 

MY HERO is looking for inspiring short films, art, and songs honoring heroes around the globe. Entries will acknowledge those working for Human Rights, Peace, Environmental Activism, Social Justice, Arts & Science Heroes, and Community & Family Heroes. 

Students and community members are invited to submit original work

to The MY HERO Project.
Awards will be given to students of all ages for original art, songs & short Films. 

Deadline for entries is Tues, May 1. 

Short Films: Prizes will be awarded for classroom projects, as well as individual work, for short films 10 minutes or less. Categories include: Documentary - Narrative - Music Video - PSA - Experimental - Animation – VR.

Art: Prizes awarded to student artists in Elementary, Middle, High School and University for portraits and Illustrations of heroism, personal, local and global. 

Songs: Prizes will be awarded to students and classrooms. Celebrate unsung, local and global heroes with original songs and music videos. 

The 11th Annual Laguna HERO FEST will be held on Sat, June 2, at the Forum Theater at the Festival of the Arts grounds at 7 p.m. Short videos, digital art, and original music will be showcased at this family friendly celebration.

Forum Theater is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For details on submissions, go to

To register online, go to

Chabad Jewish Center hosts Passover Seder on March 30 and earlier children’s holiday event

Passover FUNDAY will take place on Tues, March 20, at the Chabad Jewish Center on S Coast Highway. Children of all ages will enjoy hands-on fun during the holidays with a mock Seder, Matzah bag crafts, Passover stories, games, and Matzah Ball raffle. The cost is $8 per child.

The Community Passover Seder is on Fri, March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and candle lighting. Experience a wonderful evening spiced with traditional customs, delicious full course dinner, handmade Matzah, fine wines and great company.

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At Chabad, kids always have fun – here they enjoy a mock Seder 

Costs for the night are adults are $45, children $25, and sponsors at $180. Please RSVP before March 26. 

For complete Passover service schedule information and Yizkor memorial services, visit the Chabad website at or call the office at (949) 499 0770. Chabad is located at 30804 S Coast Hwy, across from Montage Resort.

 LBHS Schedules



Tuesday, March 20

Boys Golf 

@ Estancia (Mesa Verde CC)

2:30 p.m. 


Boys Tennis

@ Dana Hills – 3 p.m.


Boys Baseball

@ Saddleback – 3:30 p.m.


Girls Softball 

Home vs. J Serra

@ Thurston – 4 p.m.



Wednesday, March 21

Coed Swim

Home vs. Costa Mesa

3:15 p.m.


Boys Tennis

@ Saddleback – 3:15 p.m.


Boys Golf

@ Costa Mesa (Costa Mesa CC)

4 p.m. 


Girls Lacrosse 

Home vs. J Serra – 5 p.m.



Thursday, March 22

Coed Track 

Home vs. Godinez – 3 p.m.


Boys Tennis

Home vs. Estancia – 3:15 p.m.


Girls Lacrosse 

@ Tustin – 3:15 p.m.


Boys Golf 

Home vs. Saddleback

@ Ben Brown’s - 3:30 p.m.


Girls Sand Volleyball 

 Home vs. J Serra

@ Main Beach – 3:30 p.m.


Girls Softball 

 Home vs. Bolsa Grande

@ Thurston – 4 p.m.


Boys Volleyball 

 Home vs. Calvary Chapel

5:30 p.m.



Friday, March 23

Boys Baseball

@ Godinez – 3:30 p.m.



Saturday, March 24

Coed Swim 

Mission Viejo Invite 

@ Woollett Center – 9 a.m.


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The role of public art: to please or to provoke? Sian Poeschl offers her unvarnished opinion


Sipping coffee at Zinc Café last week, Sian Poeschl and I chat about the controversies over recent art installations around town, from the temporary Light Beam to one of her favorite permanent pieces, Deer Warrior in Jahraus Park. Sian is the City’s cultural arts manager and a talented glass artist who has exhibited her work at the Sawdust Festival for 18 years.

“I understand the controversy about public art,” she says. “You can choose to walk into a gallery or art museum. You don’t have much choice about what you might encounter at City Hall or in the parks.”

Which is exactly what gets some people uptight. Even benches have been known to bring locals close to blows. Residents feel a sense of ownership in the look of our town, and in its history, too, and their perspective isn’t always represented in the choices the City makes, nor can everyone’s taste be taken into consideration. 

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Sian with Deer Warrior: Protective force, or scary figure?

And public art is hard to avoid in Laguna Beach. There are approximately 90 permanent art pieces on public and private property around town, not counting temporary installations.

Does that mean that public art should be pleasing to the majority of residents?

Comforting, not controversial?

Created locally always, never internationally?

Quite the opposite in every respect, Sian believes.

“Art should spark conversation above all,” Sian says. “Get people talking, even if they disagree. I would hope they would disagree. Otherwise all we’d see is the boring, the conventional. We need different perspectives to be a well-rounded city, to be an arts colony.”

Take the recent Light Beam installation

Take the recent temporary Light Beam installation (“Please do!” some residents were overheard to say when they saw the multicolored rings outside City Hall).

I mention some disparaging remarks I’d heard at its unveiling: “Looks like a roll of Lifesavers” and “That should be in a children’s playground,” and how pleased some locals seem to be now that its lease is over and it has been taken down.

Sian is unfazed.

“Maybe it was intended to show City Hall in a different way, a more lighthearted way. Maybe it was meant to be out of scale,” Sian says. “I remember a kid coming up to the artist when it was being installed, and saying ‘what is this, doughnuts?’ – and instead of being insulted, the artist just said, ‘it’s what you see and what you want it to be.’“

Which reminds me of one of my favorite Picasso quotes, as applicable to literature, I believe, as the visual arts.

A painting is not thought out in advance. While it is being done, it changes as one’s thoughts change. And when it’s finished, it goes on changing, depending on the state of mind of anyone looking at it.

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Light Beam: Eyeing it from a different perspective

Light Beam was created by an LA artist. And so we segue into the question of whether the City should employ only local versus national and international artists to create public art.

“Not at all,” Sian says. She notes that the City, and the Arts Commission, is tirelessly pushing the goal of maintaining Laguna’s reputation as an art colony. 

“Laguna should be an incubator of art, not a jewelry box,” Sian says. “Art from beyond our borders acts as an inspiration to local artists. 

“Encouraging national and international artists to come here, to exhibit, to lecture – commissioning them to create public art sometimes – also raises our profile in the world art scene, which can only help us become known as a place that nurtures talent, supports young artists, doesn’t close them off from all the possibilities, instead exposes them to new art forms.”

Sian points out that year-round displays and exhibits of international artists at galleries like saltfineart, and the presence of LCAD, help Laguna Beach fight the perception that the town is mostly about summer festivals for summer people.

Temporary pieces engage the community with art

“The idea is that we want to engage people with art here, not just become a place to ‘view and purchase’,” she adds.

“Happily the trend these days is toward temporary art installations. That keeps the art scene fresh and there are opportunities for all. And of course at the same time we need to make sure our local artists have the opportunity to show and market their work, and that’s where places like the Sawdust Festival come in.”

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Sian exhibits her glass art at the Sawdust

“The Sawdust growing, too, with new workshops, hands-on art experiences, different ways for people to engage with art, and music, and more,” Sian adds.

Running out of time for both of us this breezy afternoon in Laguna, Sian and I agree to pick up the conversation another day. 

“Let’s meet at your favorite piece of public art,” I suggest. 

Deer Warrior: Appropriate for a park?

And so next time, Sian, never one to shy away from controversy – she’s the human equivalent of the art philosophy she espouses – chooses to meet at Deer Warrior, a bronze sculpture by Sian’s friend, Cheryl Ekstrom, who died in 2015. The sculpture, once one of around a dozen similar figures, is now located in Jahraus Park. 

Deer Warrior has caused and continues to cause some alarm. Small kids have been known to cry when they see that, a friend told me when I mentioned where I was meeting Sian. Looks like something from a horror movie.

And indeed, face-to-skull with the seven-foot Deer Warrior, spear spiking the sky, antlers jutting wildly from its head, does stir unease at first – as well as questions. 

Most people don’t realize that Cheryl Ekstrom saw the warrior as a comforting figure, a representation of her late brother’s fierce desire to protect his sister. Sian says she was inspired to create the sculpture when she saw a deer outside her window not long after her brother’s death

Transfixed by its gaze, as if it were his spirit talking to her, Cheryl wanted to channel that “feeling of being given the freedom to face a fearless future.”

Sian gazes up at the Deer Warrior. “Cheryl was a wonderful artist. I feel drawn to this figure for comfort.” 

And now, all at once, I see it: the way the deer warrior’s head is cocked slightly down as though to gaze upon the figure at its side, as if to reassure the vulnerable by virtue of its commanding presence.


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Boy and Dog when first commissioned: Boy and Dog last week

Jahraus Park is also the site of the oldest public art in Laguna, Boy and Dog, created by Ruth Peabody in 1933. We walk over to the iconic figures, streaked with recent rain, now in hues of green and teal. 

I touch the tiny toes of the boy, marveling at their accuracy, remembering my sons’ little feet at that age; there’s something about this piece that invites a tactile, emotional response.

Sian strokes the Boy’s head, revealing in her gesture the depth of tenderness, of passion she feels for works of art, for artists. “Look, see his arm, how the texture looks different, how smooth it feels? That’s because Cheryl helped repair this. I love to think of that connection between these two women artists over time.”

Cultural arts is literature and music and dance, too

As the Deer Warrior’s shadow lengthens in the late afternoon, his antlers spearing across the grass to reach the tip of the pavement, I realize that we haven’t talked much about other aspects of the City’s Cultural Arts program, from the Literary/Poet Laureate program, to the dance festivals, to the Sunset Serenades at Heisler Park– something exciting is bubbling up there, by the way! – and so much more.

But my article will run long, very long, if I delve into music, dance and literature (it’s already long…), so those subjects will have to wait for another day.

So I say cheers to Sian and hop into my car, thinking of another of Picasso’s quotes, how “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

We’re lucky in Laguna to have so many opportunities to be surprised by art, to ponder its meaning, to delight in it, or even to shake our heads and wonder aloud who on earth thought that might be a good idea, before the dust settles again, and we realize we haven’t decided yet what to cook for dinner, and that the laundry basket is waiting for our attention.

Dr. Gregg DiNicola of Caduceus takes great care of patients, including many gallery owners and artists


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Dr. Gregg DiNicola looks at his overall medical career like a basketball game. For the first half of his career he practiced in Yorba Linda. After 19 years there, he says he wanted to change things up for his second half. As a kid growing up in Covina, for Gregg, Laguna was a regular destination. 

“The first year we came down was 1969; it was the first year we had cars. We stumbled onto the Sawdust Festival, it was much more hippie-ish back then, more our age people. We loved it,” remembers DiNicola. So when it came time to decide where to begin his second half, he found an office near Three Arch Bay and rented it month to month, until 2007 when he found the place where he practices now: Caduceus on Thalia. 

Finding Caduceus on Thalia

Caduceus is a family practice. Originally, Dr. DiNicola says he thought he was going to be a pediatrician, but when it came time to put that choice on paper during the “match” process (where med students select their field and top choices for residency) he balked, feeling it was too limiting. He was an obstetrician for his first 19 years in practice. Now, as a family practitioner, he gets to see the whole family.

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Dr. Gregg DiNicola at his medical practice, Caduceus on Thalia

“Why would you want to retire?”

“Back when we were in our mid-40’s my friends were always saying, ‘We’re going to retire by the time we’re 55.’ I never really got that. Why would you want to retire?” he asks. Even now he says people ask him almost daily when he’s going to leave the hustle and bustle of his medical practice behind. “I say, ‘Why? That’s silly! I’m a block from the beach. I have the best patients. Why would I want to retire?”

Fundamental changes in health care that are not for the better

That’s not to say that there aren’t some things about practicing medicine that he wouldn’t like to alter. In a change he calls “disturbing,” DiNicola laments the turn away from the idea that the patient comes first to that of the payer coming first. 

“Whether it’s a PPO, an HMO, or a concierge service, with every patient the first question is ‘How are you paying for this?’ When I started out, five, ten, even 20 years ago we didn’t worry so much about getting paid. Now, if you have a 15-minute office visit, half of that time is committed to satisfying the paperwork. It used to be all the time went into the patient.”

Another example DiNicola gives regarding these changes is that his office now has three full time certified “coders” who assist in ensuring the charting the insurance companies demand is done correctly. “This is just one example of how money that used to be spent on patient care is now going towards the business end of things.”

Finding Laguna to be a special place to practice medicine

And that’s just one more reason, perhaps the biggest reason, DiNicola loves to practice medicine in Laguna Beach. “My practice works out really well in Laguna Beach,” explains DiNicola. “We take (all forms of insurance and payment), even Medicaid. We see gallery owners and artists gratis and are grateful to be able to do that.” Yes, you read that correctly. Dr. DiNicola sees artists and gallery owners for free.

Part of the reason is because DiNicola is a huge art fan. “I love art. I can’t draw at all, but I love art. I always have,” he says enthusiastically. He got into the local art scene by going downtown and walking through the galleries, the fairs and festivals.

“Then it evolved into artists bringing their work in. All of it is for my patients. I love having them come in here so we can talk about art,” he says. Which is how he came up with the idea to treat artists and gallery owners for free.

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Paintings by local artists are prominently displayed at Caduceus

Giving back to artists and gallery owners with free medical care

“I realized by talking to the artists that if they had a cold they couldn’t afford to see a doctor. I thought it would be an easy thing to do to help them out. I have never bartered for art,” he adds definitively. “But, I am a business man as well as a doctor.

“And by doing right it has also paid off in other ways when the artists’ families and friends come in. We only ask that they be a local artist or gallery owner. I couldn’t afford to help every artist in Orange County,” he says. 

As for why gallery owners, he says they struggle, too. “They can go weeks and weeks without a sale. I’ve lost a lot of gallery owners who have had to move out of town. Of course, they’re in it to make money but they all love art. That’s a tough field,” he says appreciatively.

A resident of Orange, but a life made in Laguna

Appreciation is something DiNicola has a lot of for Laguna Beach. Although he lives in Orange, he says he spends more time here than many people who live here. “My life is here”, he says. He’s so entrenched, he is the president of the Laguna Beach Historical Society. He came to become involved in the organization when he stopped in to see the Murphy Bungalow, which serves as the Historical Society’s headquarters.  “They had a form and it asked ‘Are you willing to help us out?’” DiNicola remembers. He marked “yes” and they promptly called him and asked him to sit on the Board. That was 12 years ago. 

The more things change, the more they stay the same

DiNicola says that the thing that surprises him most about how Laguna has changed over the years is how much things have stayed the same. “I’m shocked by how much it hasn’t changed. Laguna is so united. It’s a very traditional community,” except, he adds with a laugh, “Not its politics.” 

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Dr. DiNicola’s examination room is quintessentially “Laguna”

A true appreciation of Laguna Beach and its history

By learning the town’s history, DiNicola says he has a deeper appreciation of what makes Laguna special. “It’s really a unique place. I don’t know another community like it…maybe back east?” 

That’s the reason why, if you come to see Dr. DiNicola, you will find his waiting room chairs set in a circle. “I did it that way so people could talk to each other. You can hear people strike up a conversation, ‘Are you going to the Patriots Day Parade this year?’ Things like that. It just doesn’t happen in most other cities.”

Of course, DiNicola acknowledges that even in this special place, things aren’t perfect. “Even though we have our trials, I know as a community people are trying to get things fixed,” he says. 

DiNicola says it bothers him to see the empty theater and Hotel Laguna, among others. “It’s very disconcerting,” he says. But not enough to diminish his appreciation for his (almost) hometown. 

“We have a gem here,” he says. “It’s such a special place, and has such a special feeling. It’s a wonderful place to work, live, shop.” Dr. DiNicola’s enthusiasm for Laguna is only matched by his enthusiasm for practicing medicine…in Laguna.

Breakers’ pitching shuts out Calvary, 3-0, now have won four straight games

Blake Burzell, Joe Sweet and Eric Silva combined to pitch a two-hit shutout Friday to lead the breakers to a 3-0 victory to kick off Laguna’s final season in the Orange Coast League. Laguna is the five-time defending champion of the league. 

Laguna took the lead in the top of the second inning. After two quick outs, Jack Loechner reached second on an error and Silva was hit by a pitch.  

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Jack Loechner rounding third

Christian Holm then singled to left to bring in Loechner. Michael Kerner, continuing his recent hot streak, lined the second pitch of his at bat to center to score Silva and Holm, giving Breakers’ pitchers all the runs they would need. 

Burzell, now 3-0 on the season, pitched five no-hit innings to earn the win with Sweet and Silva finishing off the two-hit shutout.  

Laguna is now 5-4 on the season having won four straight after a slow start. The team goes on the road this next week to face Saddleback on March 20 and Godinez on March 23.

St. Catherine of Siena Parish School’s Fundraiser is set for Friday night

St. Catherine of Siena Parish School in Laguna Beach has been educating children for 60 years.

That takes money. The annual Starry Night Gala fundraiser will be held Friday at the Port Theater in Newport Beach. 

“Proceeds will provide improvements for student learning and tuition assistance,” said Principal Michael Letourneau. 

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St. Catherine of Siena church

Among the goals of the school is to challenge students with a strong and diverse curriculum that inspires and develops life-long learners, responsible citizens and good shepherds of [the] global community. 

About 150 students are enrolled in the elementary school, which is affiliated with St. Catherine of Siena Church, also in Laguna.  The church was founded here in 1949.

The fundraiser for the school will include dinner, dancing and auctions, live and silent.

Among the items in the live auction are a week’s stay in a two-bedroom villa at the Kaanapali Resort in Maui, Hawaii; a custom-made suit by David August; eight seats on the 50-yard line for a USC football game and an Andrew Myers painting. 

Lia Assad and Amy Triscari are co-chairs of the fundraiser.

Tickets are $150 per person, $275 per couple. Reservations are encouraged. 

“There are still tickets available, but they are going fast,” said Letourneau.

For more information or to make reservations, call (949) 494-7339.  

--By Barbara Diamond

The 49th annual Laguna Beach Trophy Invite took place on Saturday: 1,850 athletes competed

Photos by Scott Brashier

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Another successful Laguna Beach Trophy invite took place last Saturday, continuing a long tradition of excellence for this 49-year-old track meet. 53 teams and 1,850 athletes competed.

Back in the mid 1930s, Orange County consisted of 12 high schools, 10 of which were lumped into the Orange League regardless of size. Red Guyer recognized this inequity and the lack of any high school competitions for the county’s smaller schools.

Due to this inequity, Laguna Beach hosted the first “minor” division track meet in 1937, and thus began the annual Trophy meet held almost every year until 1983. 

 During the 1970s, Laguna’s State Champion Eric Hulst attracted elite runners for special one, two, and thee mile races featuring Southern California’s top long distance runners. By the later part of the decade, the two-day meet annually attracted athletes from more than 60 schools.

The Trophy Invitational was resurrected in 2010 for schools of all sizes, and the track was named the Eric Hulst Track. The meet features the “Eric Hulst 3200” for both boys & girls.


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Magic visible: The wizardry behind Jeff Rovner’s stunning and mystical Fine Art Photography


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Last Thursday afternoon, at the monthly meeting of LOCA Arts Club, a crowd at LCAD Gallery waits to hear Jeff Rovner discuss The Fine Art Photography Experience, From the Inside Out, and how his life pursuits as magician, lawyer, and software designer affect his role as photographer. And judging by the capacity turnout, the audience is more than a little curious about the ins and outs of how he captures the “magic” and translates it into images both stunning and mystical. 

Before introducing Rovner, Betty Haight, Laguna Beach artist and member of the LOCA Arts Club, recounts her experience coming across his photographs for the first time. 

“His booth at the Festival of Arts last year stopped me in my tracks. I wondered, who is this person? I’d never seen anything like it,” she says of his photos of Le PeTiT CiRqUe performers. (Le PeTiT CiRqUe is an all-kids cirque troupe similar to Cirque du Soleil).

How Rovner came to speak at the LOCA is one story: how Rovner evolved into a Fine Art Photographer is a much longer story, woven together by the common thread of a self-proclaimed “fetish for organization” evident in all his endeavors.

After practicing law for 14 years, in 1996, Rovner made a career change to a field that came to be known as knowledge management, organizing vast quantities of information to make it accessible to the lawyers in his firm. Currently, Rovner is the Managing Director for Information at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

This need for order appears to inform his photography as well. 

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Jeff Rovner explains his need for order

“The camera is my preferred tool to extract order, beauty and meaning from a chaotic world,” his website states.

As he begins his presentation, Rovner says, “I’m going to try to distract you with bright shiny objects,” and gestures toward his sixteen-year-old daughter, Haley, (his highest achievement, he says) sitting in the corner, dressed in her Cirque costume.

At the moment, however, no distractions are needed. All eyes are on Rovner as he plies the audience with a magic trick (he’s been performing magic since he was a boy) by blowing bubbles and, “abracadabra,” poof, one turns into a solid ball, and then just as quickly, disappears. 

“Every magic trick has two parts,” he says, “the effect and the method. If the effect is really awesome, it’s worth the time put in to get it.”

In a brilliant melding of talents, he says, “Photography brings the magic and the organization together. It’s worth all the work to achieve the effect, to isolate something out of chaos and distill it, finding a moment that can be told.” 

But what led him to photography in the first place? 

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A photo of Rovner photographing a LPC troupe member 

“When Haley was born, I started taking snapshots with an automatic camera, and I wanted to get better. I would get only one good one out of ten bad ones,” Rovner says. “Then one of my friends, Don Bonsey, who’s a photographer, told me that if I was going to get better photos, I needed to master my camera and be in charge.”

So, Rovner got a retro model Leica, which allowed him just that, to be in control. During the quest to refine his photos, he was influenced by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson (math/geometry of shooting), Brassai (night shooting), Annie Lebovitz (the addition of light), and William Mortensen, who said there’s a subliminal element of photo without the viewer knowing why.

Then came a valuable piece of advice from photographer and mentor Robert Hansen, who encouraged Rovner to find a product to work on, and a story to tell.

And as serendipity would have it, around that same time, Haley was mastering the hula-hoop and was asked to join Cirque. Rovner started taking photos, was fascinated by the performers, and eventually, got permission from the founder to take formal portraits (in the style of Irving Penn) of the individual troupe members. 

Based on the success of the portraits, he was given more access, and documented the kids at their rehearsals and shows, photographing each performer showing his or her unique skill. These Cirque Arts images and other portraits became the book, The Values of Le PeTiTe CiRqUe, which catalogs the troupe’s values, and what the performers endure to get where they are.

Rovner calls the book, “A labor of love.”

Soon after, he showed the book to a friend, Peter Morrison, who advised him, “Enter the portraits to be juried for the Festival of Arts.” 

“I resisted,” Rovner says, “but he insisted.” 

And the rest is history. 

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Haley captivates the audience with her hooping skills

Rovner says, “The Festival of Arts was a fantastic experience. I look forward to this summer. I’ll be returning with the circus theme.”

In response to a question about how he feels referring to himself as an artist, Rovner admits, “I’ve worn a lot of hats. The art hat is still a strange fit. But I’ll keep at it to make it a better fit.”

During Rovner’s presentation, Haley, the bright and shiny distraction he described earlier, treats the audience to a hooping performance, doing tricks that seem impossible. When asked by an audience member if she’d learned anything special from her dad’s magic, she says, “Work equals illusion and magic. And if someone asks how it works, I’m not going to explain.” 

Although the viewer never sees the method or hard work behind the illusion, perhaps we don’t want to, and only desire to be bewitched by the final product, whether it be a performance or a photograph.

The photographer Dorothea Lange once said, “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

And in these moments of stillness, Rovner captures the magic, over and over again.

Dennis’ Tidbits


March 20, 2018

A flat and sometimes freezing March comes to a close

Spring has sprung, the grass has ris, I wonder where the flowers is. My Mom used to recite that every time Spring started. She got it from here grandma way back when she was growing up in Nova Scotia. Quite a lady that Monet Mae, my Mom. Pop was a lucky man when he hooked up with Monet Mae. To this day I still miss them dearly. I know we don’t get to choose our parents but I hit the jackpot on that one.

You wouldn’t know it’s spring as this March has been one of the chilliest on record with temps averaging about 8-10 degrees below normal. Freezing or below freezing temps have occurred three times this month, the most recent on March 2. Out in the Canyon it’s been as cold as 27 degrees on that date. The average date for the last freezing temp out there is around February 20. The latest reported freezing low out there occurred as late as April 10, 1975 with 31. The earliest first freeze out there occurred twice on the same date, October 8, 1948, and October 8, 1960.

The flattest winter on record is coming to a close. If it hadn’t been for a smattering of local NW fun zone 2-3-4 foot wind swells, it almost seemed as if there was a breakwater installed several miles offshore. Practically every North Pacific storm moved in the wrong direction all winter. Even places well to our north were severely shortchanged. Big wave winter breaks like Mavericks only saw a handful of double overhead swells where usually during a normal winter the spot will see at least a dozen days with waves of 20 foot or bigger.

Hawaii also had a poor winter with only a handful of clean swells as persistent Kona weather had most spots unmanageable. It’s time for La Nina to beat it! It’s time for her counterpart El Nino to bully her outta here! Last summer was also a fraud thanks to the enemy. It’s all part of the cycle, though, so things can only improve. Have a great week and we’ll get together again on Friday. Here’s hoping for a good Spring! 


Bluebird Canyon Farms offers photography & baking classes that also support its Growing Skills program

In addition to its weekly Thursday tour, Bluebird Canyon Farms is offering two fun classes in the next week, both of which help support the farm’s educational Growing Skills program, while helping class participants grow their skills.

Growing Skills education programs are designed to improve awareness, increase specific competencies and promote self-reliance. Bluebird Canyon Farms offers various scheduled workshops and a formal internship program to a limited number of individuals throughout the year.

The Growing Skills internship program provides candidates with opportunities to gain specific skills and competencies by experiencing the daily rhythm of the farm. Interns work independently and in a group setting. 

Photographer Mary Hurlbut offers unique hands-on workshop on Saturday March 24

On Saturday, March 24, from 9 – 11 a.m., famed Laguna Beach photographer, Mary Hurlbut, will lead an informative workshop sure to improve fluency with your digital camera.   

During the workshop participants will learn about F-stops, aperture, ISO, exposure, focusing, camera care, and more. 

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Mary leads the workshop in the historic Bluebird Canyon Lodge

The first hour of the class will be “lesson-based” held in the historic Bluebird Canyon Lodge and during the second hour, participants will have fun exploring the farm taking photographs to apply what we have learned

Participants are asked to arrive at 8:50 a.m. A $40 donation is requested, 30 percent of which will support the Farm’s Growing Skills program. Mary asks that you:

Make sure your camera battery is charged

Try to have an empty compact flash or SD card

Dress casually with shoes for walking.

Bring notebook and pen.

Bring camera manual if you have it.

Class size is limited to 12 so register now at

Sue Bibee will present an Easter baking class on March 27

On Tuesday, March 27, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Sue Bibee will offer an Easter baking class, with each person making a chocolate Easter cake to take home.

“Easter has so many beautiful traditions for each country,” Sue observes. “As I was contemplating our Easter baking class I was looking at Italian ricotta cakes, colorful cupcakes, and coconut nests to fill with jelly beans.”

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Make an egg cake for Easter

“The beautiful egg cake is simple yet elegant and makes a lovely centerpiece for any Easter gathering. We are going to make this little gem. It’s a little tricky to get the egg shape perfect and that is what we will explore during this evening class. Come and join us for a fun evening of creativity and community.”

A $50 donation is requested for this class to help support the Farm’s Growing Skills Program.

Bluebird Canyon Farms is located at 1085 Bluebird Canyon Dr. The phone number is 949-715-0325. 

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Parking: Parking on the Farm is limited.  Do not park on Bluebird Canyon Drive. Consider carpooling or using the Free Laguna Beach Public Transit Shuttle to get to the farm.

Deer on Skyline

Photo by Judy Barry

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Rare sighting of a deer – here’s hoping it made it back to the wilderness safely

Cat loving crowd needed to support Catmosphere Café at the Planning Commission hearing on March 21

Cat lovers are asked to unite and show up at the Planning Commission hearing on Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. to support Catmosphere Laguna Café. The Café’s placement on the docket will be published in Tuesday’s edition. 

For those who haven’t heard, Gail Landau is soon to open Orange County’s first cat café, Catmosphere Laguna. It will be a rare combination of a café atmosphere and an adjacent lounge area in which patrons interact (by appointment) with adoptable cats and kittens. The goal is to find the feline residents loving and permanent homes.

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Cow cat, Laguna’s therapy cat, awaits the opening of Catmosphere to help his orphaned brothers and sisters

The Café will serve delicious fresh toasts, salads, sweets and beverages (catnip tea, coffees, healthy juices and California Wines and Craft Beers). The Café & Lounge will both be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., with the last bookable appointment at 5 p.m.

Catmosphere Café is scheduled to open this summer at 381 Forest Ave.

The Planning Commission Hearing will be held in the Council Chambers at the City Hall at 505 Forest Ave.

For more information about Catmosphere, go to

Laguna Beach Seniors and UCI MIND will host a discussion on brain health: ASK THE DOC, March 22

In Orange County, over 84,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and thousands of baby boomers are at ages of highest risk for this disease. UCI MIND’s quarterly ASK THE DOC program provides a unique opportunity for the community to have their most pressing questions answered by Orange County’s experts in brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease research.

Bring your questions about brain health to a panel of expert clinicians and scientists from UCI MIND on Thursday, March 22, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, located at 380 Third Street, Laguna Beach.

Moderated by UCI MIND Co-Director, Dr. Joshua Grill, panelists for the program include Dr. Aimee Pierce, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology and Medical Director at UCI MIND, Dr. Malcolm Dick, Senior Neuropsychologist at UCI MIND, and Dr. Lindsay Hohsfield, Neuroscientist and Postdoctoral Scholar in Neurobiology and Behavior at UCI.

The program will begin with a brief introduction to brain health and Alzheimer’s disease by Dr. Grill, followed by an open Q&A. Panelists will spend the entire program answering your most pressing questions about age-related brain health and Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, treatment and research.

There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments will be provided by Laguna Beach Seniors. The event is in partnership with Laguna Beach Seniors and the Alzheimer’s Association, who will have resources available at the event. 

Register for this Susi Q Senior Center event online at, or call (949) 824-9475 to reserve your spot. Parking is available in the underground structure. 

Located at 380 Third Street in downtown Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Seniors has been enhancing the lives of seniors for over 40 years. Mental health support, care management, recreational and educational classes are available and designed for local seniors to promote independence, wellness and community. The Susi Q also is the heart of an ambitious vision called Lifelong Laguna: a community and a nonprofit working together to make the town we love a better place for the rest of our lives. For more information, visit

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LPAPA announces winners of its 12th annual “Less is More” juried art exhibit

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) announced the award winning artists at Saturday evening’s reception for its 12th Annual “Less is More,” a juried art exhibit at the Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave.

The exhibit, which will run until March 26, is dedicated to small works (6” x 6” – 9” x 12”) and features more than 50 original framed paintings created by LPAPA Signature and Artist Members. 

Award winning artists and paintings announced are: First place to LPAPA Signature Artist Rita Pacheco for “Peach Orchard Cove” (8 x 10 oil); second place to LPAPA Signature Artist Jeff Horn for “Dilley Preserve” (8 x 10 oil); third place to LPAPA Signature Artist Michael Obermeyer for “Canyon Sunset” (9 x 12 oil).

Honorable Mention Awards were give to LPAPA Artist Members Gil Park for “Hanging Out” (8 x 10 oil) and Elena Roche for “Balboa Island Morning” (8 x 10 oil).

First place winner Rita Pacheco: Peach Orchard Cove

Second place winner Jeff Horn: Dilley Preserve

Third place winner Michael Obermeyer: Canyon Sunset

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LPAPA Less is More winners

LPAPA was founded in 1996 with a mission to preserve Laguna Beach’s rich artistic legacy founded by early plein air artists and promote the tradition of plein air painting in our community, across the nation, and around the world. LPAPA is one of the best recognized and most respected plein air art associations in the world with a growing roster of more than 600 local, national and international artist members. 

In addition to providing opportunities for established and emerging artists to show their work, LPAPA has a strong commitment to education to benefit young and emerging artists and the greater community.

The exhibit will run until March 26 at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.Call (949) 376-3635 for more information.

For show details, including a link to view the expanded online gallery show, visit

“Celebration of Art” showcases exclusive art of all kinds at the big house on the hill on April 7

Art lovers are invited to the art party of the year, Celebration of Art, on Saturday, April 7, from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. at 2190 Hillview Dr. This exclusive art showcase will feature works from painter Karen Petty, jeweler Leslie Edler, glassblower Mike Panetta, and designer Bohdana.

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Celebration of Art on Saturday, April 7

Petty, whose work has been featured at the Laguna Art Museum, attended the Chicago Art Institute. Her paintings of women have been described as “sensuous sinewy forms flowing into dreams.”

Inspired by her love of the ocean, Edler is well-known for her unique settings using freshwater pearls which reflect the beauty of the sea and nature’s gifts. Her Flamingo Jewelry maintains its prominent reputation with its distinctive collection of “one of a kind” jewelry. 

Bohdana is an Art Glass and clothing designer in Laguna Beach, in a style described as refined tribal, Bohemia to California. 

The Artist by Karen Petty

Glassblower Panetta often looks to the ocean for inspiration, making it a part of his everyday life. “The ocean is like glass, so beautiful and clear. It is always changing, there is always something new.”

Call (949) 280-5504 for more information.

Valet parking is provided.

For more information on the artists: For Karen Petty, go to

For Leslie Elder, visit and for Mike Panetta, Bohdana can be seen on Instagram @bohdanam.

On March 22, LBBC presents Wild and Beautiful: A Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County 

Laguna Beach is home to many beautiful open spaces where people can walk, see wildflowers, and commune with nature. The Beautification Council will present an enlightening talk about these natural spaces on Thursday, March 22 at Montage Resort. This lecture on the natural history of the beautiful open spaces of Orange County and Laguna Beach is free to the public. 

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Dr. Allan Schoenherr will speak about the natural history of Orange County

Speaker Dr. Allan Schoenherr is an emeritus Professor of Ecology at Fullerton College. He also has taught a variety of ecology classes at UC Irvine and Cal State at Fullerton.  He has taught extension courses on desert biology for the University of California at Riverside and California State University, San Bernardino.  

A recognized authority on California, he is the author of two major books on the State: “A Natural History of California and Wild and Beautiful” and “A Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County.”

The lecture will take place on Thursday March 22 at Montage Resort, 30801 Coast Hwy in Room 266.

Free valet parking will be provided by Montage Resort.

For more information and to RSVP, contact George Weiss at (949) 295-0832 or email George at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

World premiere of Nathan Gunn Flying Solo opens in limited run at the Laguna Playhouse on April 4

Laguna Playhouse presents the sixth show in its 97th season, the world premiere of Nathan Gunn Flying Solo, written and directed by Hershey Felder, with musical direction by Michael Bagby. It begins previews on Weduesday, April 4; will open on Sunday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. and continue with performances through Sunday, April 22.

Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, “What an honor to be presenting this world premiere of a new work by Hershey Felder with the incomparable Nathan Gunn.” 

America’s leading baritone Nathan Gunn sings selections from classic American musicals, contemporary songs, and a little bit of opera fun in his personal story, Flying Solo.

In this world premiere, a moving and musical journey, this “Sexiest Man Alive” (People Magazine) recounts how he became an elder of his heritage, the Scottish Clan Gunn, and learned what life is really about. 

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham. “That voice! Our subscribers and audiences are going to enjoy the best of Broadway and more, with one of the great baritones of all time, right here on our Playhouse stage!”

Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, and others all over the world. 

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Nathan Gunn Flying Solo begins previews on April 4

Mr. Gunn is working on a number of creative projects that will premiere over the next three seasons, in which he is a collaborating artist with the creative teams. These include projects with producing companies such as the English National Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Beth Morrison Projects, and are created with some of today’s leading and cutting edge composers.  

Hershey Felder (Director/Playwright, Our Great Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Bernstein, Berlin, Beethoven), his performances named among Time Magazine’s 2016 Top 10 Plays and Musicals, has played over 4,500 performances of his self-created solo productions at some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and has broken box office records consistently. 

American Theatre Magazine has said, “Hershey Felder is in a category all his own.” 

He has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

Michael Bagby (Musical Direction) is a native of Iowa, earned a DMA in vocal coaching and accompanying from the University of Illinois under the direction of Julie Gunn. He completed his Master’s at the University of Michigan where he studied with Martin Katz. Bagby has been afforded opportunities not only as a pianist and coach but also as a singer and conductor. 

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Hershey Felder (as Beethoven), writer and director

The Scenic Design is by Hershey Felder; Lighting Design - Richard Norwood; Projection Design - Brian McMullen; Sound Design - Erik Carstensen; Production Stage Manager - Annette Elena Nixon. 

This season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family. Additional Season Sponsors are South Coast Plaza, Haskell White, Surterre Properties, Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, Gelson’s, and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin.

April performances will be Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. There will be no Thursday performance on April 12 at 2 p.m. There will be an additional Sunday performance on Sunday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m. The show runs through April 22. 

Tickets range from $55 - $80 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787, ext. 229. Prices are subject to change. 

The box office is open Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until show time on performance days); and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

For a full listing of credits for the talented members of the production and behind the scenes team, go to the website listed above. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Call (949) 497-2787 for more information.

Playhouse May 12 Gala celebrates 50thanniversary of the Moulton Theatre and honors Moulton Family 

Laguna Playhouse announced plans to honor the Moulton family at the Annual Gala on Sat, May 12, commemorating the Moulton Theatre’s 50th Anniversary and the family’s generous contributions to The Playhouse.

The 2018 Laguna Playhouse Gala will be held at Fashion Island Hotel, Newport Beach, featuring an elegant cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, fine dining, live entertainment and dancing, and an intimate VIP experience with Davis Gaines, Los Angeles longest running Phantom, among other highlights.

“Honoring the Moulton family on the 50th Anniversary of the Moulton Theatre is such a wonderful time to share the story of Lewis and Nellie Gail Moulton. Nellie Gail Moulton generously contributed to building the Laguna Moulton Playhouse in 1967,” said Event Co-chair and Season Producer Lisa Hale. “The Playhouse opened with its first performances in 1968 and the same structure continues today as The Laguna Playhouse and Moulton Theatre.” 

Inspired by Nellie Gail and Lewis’s passion for the arts and commitment to the community, the Moulton family works to keep their tradition alive. 

Great-grandson and Playhouse Board Member, Jared Mathis said, “Our family honors the tradition of Lewis and Nellie Gail by passionately giving our time and resources to those that enrich culture, expand education, and provide great services to our communities.”

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Nellie Gail Moulton orchestrating her dream of building the Moulton Theatre at Laguna Playhouse

Through the Moulton Family Foundation, they are also working to keep the history of OC and its ranching era alive through the creation of an interactive archival collection that will soon be open to the public. 

“Nellie Gail loved Laguna and she loved The Playhouse. Our family helping to protect its history and secure its future is the right thing to do,” said Mathis.

Actor Richard Burgi, who plays Mr. Braddock in the current Laguna Playhouse hit “The Graduate,” lauds the Moulton family for their generosity and support of The Playhouse. “Any family that puts their heart and resources into the arts, I have a lot of admiration and gratitude for them. I think there’s not enough of that in the world.” 

The Gala is the Laguna Playhouse’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

“Last year’s Gala, under co-chairs Glenn Gray and Kathryn Burton Gray, grossed $600,000. It is a very large part of our annual fundraising number,” said Hale.

Founded in 1920, the historic Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is proud to be an active participant in the celebrated Laguna Beach arts community. 

Serving more than 80,000 patrons each season, Laguna Playhouse has been recognized in 2016 and 2015 as one of Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” in the category of Live Theatre. 

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When she’s good, she’s very good; Mae West in Dirty Blonde at Laguna Playhouse in limited run, April 26-29

Experience Mae West at her best as she returns in Dirty Blonde at Laguna Playhouse in a limited engagement consisting of only six performances between April 26 - 29. 

Dirty Blonde was a winner of the 2000 Theatre World Award, nominee for the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play, and nominee for the 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play. 

Audiences explore the phenomenon of the legendary Mae West, one of America’s most enduring and controversial pop culture icons, in this sparkling romantic comedy with music about a guy, a gal, and their mutual admiration for one voluptuous blonde.

Magically woven into the story is a celebration of songs and laughter of Mae West’s racy life and saucy career. The New York Times described it as “Hands down the best new American play of the season...” and said it allowed “…Mae West to shock and delight once again.” 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Call (949) 497-2787 for more information or visit

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Wang Xin Yong exhibition “Love Letters to Nature” is coming to Ning Zhou Gallery on Thurs, April 5 

Ning Zhou Gallery of Laguna Beach will host an exhibition of 29 paintings on rice paper by prominent Chinese artist, Wang Xin Yong from Thurs, April 5 through Thurs, April 12. 

The artist, Wang Xin Yong, will be at the exhibit’s Opening Reception, which coincides with April’s first Thursdays Art Walk on April 5, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Like Ning Zhou Gallery’s well-known namesake, Wang Xin Yong is from Nanjing, China. The paintings on exhibit will showcase his insights into the nature and cultural landscapes experienced during his extensive sojourns in the US over the last decade. 

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Exhibition “Love Letters to Nature” to run April 5-12

Although firmly rooted in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy techniques from his studies at the Nanjing Arts Institute and China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, Wang’s work also is infused with Western influences using traditional Chinese paint and inks as well as watercolors. 

His ink-and-wash technique has clearly been influenced by the accurate modeling, textural expression, colors, and brushwork of Western painting. Whether inspired by a squirrel, an adobe church or a forest, these “love letters to nature” are ingenious amalgams of East and West, full of charm, quietude and warm-heartedness.

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Wang Xin Yong combines East and West in his rice paper paintings

Wang is a member of the Artists Association & Calligraphers Association in Jiangsu Province, Chairman of Jiangsu Micro Technology & Culture Co. Ltd, Executive Vice President of the US Jiangsu General Chamber of Commerce, and Deputy Director of the Culture and Arts Commission of the US Jiangsu General Chamber of Commerce.

He has held many exhibits and workshops in Beijing, Nanjing, New York, Santa Fe, J. Wayne STARK Galleries in Texas A&M University, Brazos Valley Art Center, Asia Study Center in Michigan State University.

Ning Zhou Gallery is located at 357 S Coast Hwy, 714-726-1763.

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Concert Hour is free each Thurs at Saddleback: on April 5 Francois Moutin & Kavita Shah perform

The Music Department at Saddleback College presents Concert Hour, a variety of individual and ensemble performances on each Thursday, from 2 - 3 p.m., in Fine Arts Room 101 and the McKinney Theatre. Admission is free. 

On Thursday, April 5, guest artists Francois Moutin and Kavita Shah perform in FA 101. This unique duo embraces spontaneity, virtuosity and lyricism. Francois Moutin was born in Paris and received a doctorate in physics at the age of 24 before choosing to become a professional musician. The bassist and composer has since toured in over 30 countries around the world. Shah studied languages and literature at Harvard University before pursuing a Master’s in jazz at Manhattan School of Music. 

Hailed by NPR for her “amazing dexterity for musical languages,” Shah regularly tours in Europe and the United States at venues such as the Park Avenue Armory and the Kennedy Center.

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Join Francois Moutin & Kavita Shah at Concert Hour for a unforgettable performance 

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway, turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to Theatre Circle. Lot 12 will be on the right.

Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. 

 For more information, visit and for Fine Arts information, visit

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Cameron Gillespie

Police Beat derives from information in the daily police logs published on the City of Laguna Beach's website 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.

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

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Incident Reports

Sunday, March 18

Fairview Road | 31600 Block | Drunk in Public

3:02 a.m. A 55-year-old-woman from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

Florence Avenue| 31600 Block| Drunk in Public

2:39 a.m. A 23-year-old-man was arrested for being drunk in public.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

2:26 a.m. A 28-year-old man from Laguna Niguel was arrested for being drunk in public.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

2:07 a.m. A 39-year-old man from Huntington Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

S. Coast Hwy| 1200 Block | Warrant

1:31 a.m. Robert John Kissinger, 32, Aliso Viejo, was arrested on a West Court warrant for DUI. Bail was set at $15,000.

Coast Hwy|  31800 Block | Battery

1:05 a.m. A 23-year-old man was punched in the face by an unknown suspect.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block| Drunk in Public

12:56 a.m. A 30-year-old man from Foothill Ranch was arrested for being drunk in public.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

12:22 a.m. A 27-year-old man from Laguna Niguel was arrested for being drunk in public.

Forest Avenue| 400 Block | DUI

12:22 a.m. A 51-year-old-man from Lake Forest was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Forest Avenue | 400 Block | Drunk in Public

12:20 a.m. A 38-year-old man from Massachusetts was arrested for being drunk in public.

Saturday, March 17

Glenneyre Street & Cleo Street| | Warrant

11:27 p.m. Joshua Douglas Likkel, 23, Washington, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

N. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Petty Theft

8 p.m. The owner of the business stated that a named suspect stole $150 and two packs of cigarettes at 6:45 p.m. The owner then stated that the named suspect would return the money and the cigarettes later the same evening.

Ocean Avenue| 200 Block | Drunk in Public

7:09 p.m. A 23-year-old man from Aliso Viejo was arrested for being drunk in public.

Forest Avenue | 400 Block | Warrant

3:40 p.m. Eva Amanda Barlet, 40, Santa Ana, was arrested on a bench warrant.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

1:55 a.m. A 21-year-old woman from Riverside was arrested for being drunk in public.

Nyes Place | 700 Block | DUI, Traffic Collision

12:45 a.m. Two vehicles were involved in a traffic collision, leaving one vehicle on its side. Both vehicles sustained major damage. Roadways were then blocked off until 1:44 a.m. A 23-year-old woman from Laguna Beach was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, March 16

Coast Hwy| 31800 Block | Drugs, Parole Violation

10:34 p.m. Brian Almazan, 25, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for being in possession of less than 28.5 grams of cannabis.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Patrol Check

7:08 p.m. The suspect at the location was told to leave after having acting suspicious at the location. The RP stated that the suspect was casing the location for a future theft, and mentioned that the business’s other location inside the Shops at Mission Viejo had been robbed within the same week.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Unlawful Taking of a Vehicle

5:39 p.m. Jose Santos Sorto Izaguirre, 23, Lake Forest, was arrested for taking a vehicle without the consent of the owner.

Alisos Avenue| 1700 Block | Trespassing

4:18 p.m. The RP stated that a man was seen at the location which was at the time under construction. A silver Toyota Prius was seen at the location, and it was said that the man did not look like one of the workers. According to the RP, no one was to be at the site. With help from the Police’s K-9 unit, the location was deemed clear and safe.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

10:31 a.m. The RP stated that a credit card was opened in their name.

Moss Street & S. Coast Hwy | DUI

1:39 a.m. A 47-year-old woman from Laguna Hills was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Crescent Bay Park | Drugs

1:34 a.m. Enil Lance Pinelo, 21, Fontana, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance.

Thursday, March 15

Broadway & N. Coast Hwy | Drugs

11:22 p.m. Kyle Jones Ching, 21, Monterey Park, was arrested for being in possession of cannabis with the intent to sell, as well as for being found transporting more than 28.5 grams of cannabis with the intent to sell.

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Drunk in Public

2:09 p.m. A 69-year-old man with no fixed address was arrested for being drunk in public.

Broadway Street| 300 Block | Warrant

10:03 a.m. Jermaine Sterling, 33, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

Wednesday, March 14

S. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Defrauding an Innkeeper

10:27 p.m. The RP stated that two subjects refused to pay for a $12 tab. One subject was seen entering a maroon Toyota Prius. The vehicle then headed northbound on Pacific Coast Hwy from Calliope.

Table Rock Drive | Warrant

9:02 p.m. Peter Joshua Hernandez, 24, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a West Court warrant for DUI, assault, and resisting an officer.

Forest Avenue| 500 Block | Fraud

5 p.m. The RP had two credit cards opened in their name. No loss was reported.


UPDATE: Last month, the police log indicated that Barbara Lynn had been arrested for suspicion of DUI on February 9. We want to update this story because while we always say there is a presumption of innocence with Police Beat entries, in this case she is actually innocent. Testing, subsequent to the arrest, proved that she was not guilty of the offense.

Library Events



Sat, March 17

Children’s Craft Open House

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, March 17

Poetry Workshop

2 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about poetry and how it works at this upcoming workshop this weekend.


Mon, March 19

Third Street Writers 

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.


Tues, March 20

Crazy 8’s Math Club

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Crazy 8’s 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. 


Wed, March 21

Pre-School Playtime

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers and 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.


Wed, March 21

Movie Night 

3 – 5 p.m. 

Learn about interesting facts from the Movie Guy as we talk about To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Brock Peters, and Robert Duvall and then show the movie.


Thurs, March 22

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.

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


  Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers



The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn



Directorate S by Steve Coll

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Children’s Books

Goodnight Lab by Chris Ferrie

I Can Be Anything by Diane Dillon 

Moon by Britta Teckentrup 


Staff Recommendation

In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo

1200 S Coast Hwy


Watercolor painting class offered by LOCA Arts Education on the beach March 25, April 22

LOCA Arts Education offers watercolor painting classes at Treasure Island Beach for adults, families, and beginners. The al fresco activity is offered on a choice of Sundays; March 25 or April 19, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Participants should gather at Wesley Drive steps at 9:45 a.m.

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September McGee leads watercolor class near tide pools at Treasure Island

Participants will enjoy a viewing of live tide-pool creatures and learn about ocean preservation by a trained docent. Following that, September McGee will lead a fun, step-by-step watercolor class. It offers families a wonderful activity to participate in together. This workshop is offered to ages six through adult.

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Kids enjoy waves, sand, and sun during a watercolor class

The cost is $35 for adults and children ages five and up. Everyone will take home finished ocean-themed art, a journal, watercolor kit, gel pen, pencils and reusable canvas tote. Refreshments are provided. 

Treasure Island is located just north of Aliso Creek Beach.

Advance registration is required. Call (949) 363-4700 for more information.

For more information on LOCA Arts Education, go to

Cool season veggie workshop will take place on March 24 at Kitchen in The Canyon 

On Saturday, March 24, Chef Patrick DiGiacomo and Robert Villanueva of Kitchen in The Canyon will demonstrate creative ways to prepare cool season vegetables. The event will take place at the South Laguna Community Garden Park, located at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway, at 10 a.m.  Learn how to make all the root and cruciferous veggies and the wonderful greens even more delicious. This workshop is free, and donations are appreciated.

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Patrick DiGiacomo (L) and Robert Villanueva (R) will be teaching together at the Community Garden Park  

In 2016, Patrick founded the popular Kitchen in The Canyon near the Sawdust Festival grounds. As well as breakfast and lunch at the cafe, he offers on and off-site catering and home chef, hands-on cooking classes.

Reservations are advised as this will be a popular event. Contact for more information.

Last call to take part in PMMC’s Swing for the Sea Lions Golf Tournament on March 26

The second annual Swing for the Sea Lions Golf Tournament is nearly here. This is the last call to sign up and be a part of the event, which will take place on Monday, March 26 at noon at the Aliso Viejo Country Club. 

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The tournament includes course contests, raffle prizes, silent auction, dinner and a helicopter ball drop with a chance to win up to $2,000. This is all to benefit the patients at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The cost is $200 a player or $700 for a foursome, but this offer is only available until March 22. 

Those who can’t attend, can enter the helicopter ball drop for a chance to win up to $2,000. One ball is only $10, and you do not need to be present to win. 

For more information on this upcoming event or to purchase any items, log onto

Documentary about LAM’s 100 years of history will be shown on April 19 at 7 p.m.

Laguna Art Museum will be presenting the premiere screening of the documentary Laguna Art Museum at 100, produced by filmmaker Dale Schierholt, on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

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Laguna Art Museum under construction

The film will chronicle the museum’s history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, through its transformation to Laguna Art Museum in the mid-1980s, and continuing to today with its mission as the museum of California art.

Advance tickets are recommended. Go to to reserve tickets online, or call (949) 494-8971 x203.

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