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June 27

Debra Covern

Deborah McCarron

Erin Slattery

Ryen Caenn

Tom Johnson


June 28

Greg Olsen

Janis Jones

Jonell Thrasher

Margaret Peterson

Nancy Makowsky

Vince Dimiceli


June 29

David Langran

Jennifer Welch Simmons

Katie Averill

Kricket Morton

Robin Lee Riddell

Roy Garcia

Zach Churchill


June 30

Clay Berryhill

Dan Miller

Debbie Lavdas

Deborah Glass

Diane Connell


July 1

Amanada Stanaland

Billy Gillespie

Geoff Jones

Joan Corman

Nate Foster


July 2

Betsy Gosselin

Jason Vonk

Jo Beth Prud’homme

Tanya Yacina


July 3

Allison Goode

Ann Quilter

Brett Chapin

Connie Hylton

Davey Watts

John Campbell

Summer Tarango

Sound Spectrum



1. Stu, our Thanks, Love, and Peace to you, Brother!

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers 50th Birthday (w/extra tracks)

3. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

4. Chris Cornell, Higher Truth 

5. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

6. Phoenix, Ti Amo

7. Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I 

8. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog 

9. Blondie, Pollinator

10. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

11. Father John Misty

12. Alt J, Relaxer

13. Gorillaz, Humanz

14. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

15. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

16. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness

17. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America

18. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

19. Ed Sheeran, Divide 

20. Depeche Mode, Spirit

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Summer Jazz Wednesdays series goes back to the garden…the Rose Garden 

Laguna Beach Live! Summer Jazz Wednesdays began their run on June 21 at the beautiful Rose Garden at Hotel Laguna. The Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet, started the series.

Featuring a variety of top musicians, the series continues every two weeks: vocalist Samantha Sidley with Dan Reckard on piano (July 5); Eric Dries Group (July 19); internationally-acclaimed vocalist Leslie Lewis (August 2); “A Tribute to the Poll Winners: Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, and Ray Brown,” featuring Graham Dechter on guitar, Ryan Shaw on drums, and Alex Frank on bass (August 16); and concludes on August 30 with the Laguna Beach Live! All Stars.

Tickets are $25 for table seating and $20 for side seating. Members of Laguna Beach Live! at the Associate level or higher may purchase tickets starting on May 1 before they go on sale to the public on May 15. 

Cindy Prewitt, President of Laguna Beach Live!, said, “We are delighted to return to the Garden. It is such a great space and it offers personal service with a menu of tempting food and beverages. 

“Space is limited, though, so we suggest people buy tickets early.”

To become a member or renew a membership, go to

Season tickets and single concerts may be purchased at or by phone 800-595-4849. 

For further information, call 949-715-97113.

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Joselyn and Todd Miller: Global Grins, and a gritty fight against a rare disease


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Todd and Joselyn Miller have deep roots in Laguna Beach. Joslyn’s great aunt built one of the first homes in Emerald Bay; her grandfather owned Village Liquor on Thirdand PCH; and her grandmother (on the other side) lived on 5tth Ave.  

Todd’s grandmother lived in Emerald Bay and his parents met on Emerald Bay beach in 1957. 

Now Joselyn and Todd are carrying on the family tradition of living in Laguna (Emerald Bay specifically), but it took a trip to distant lands for them to meet.

A Semester at Sea becomes a transformative event

“We were both at USC but didn’t know each other,” explains Joselyn. Both had signed up for the Semester at Sea program. “Sailing around the world will change your perspective,” says Todd. Now, many years out of college, he is still such an enthusiastic proponent of the program he serves on its Board of Directors. And the program continues to impact his outlook. 

Through his work with the Semester at Sea program Todd says, “I’ve met Desmond Tutu, Sandra Day O’Connor…” These introductions were the spark that ignited the couple’s desire to launch a non-profit.

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Todd and Joselyn Miller, Laguna Beach residents and founders of Global Grins

Simple and impactful translates into Global Grins

In 2010, with their two kids, both LBHS graduates, well on their way to adulthood, Joselyn says she and Todd had been really trying to come up with an idea for an impactful non-profit. “We knew we wanted to help people world-wide, but we didn’t know what we wanted to do,” she says.  Todd credits Joselyn with coming up with the idea that has since become their charity, Global Grins. 

Joselyn explains that they were inspired by the effectiveness of mosquito nets in the sense that providing mosquito nets is a simple, low-cost solution to the complex problem of preventing malaria. 

Thinking along these lines she came up with the idea to deliver toothbrushes to needy people. “We realized no one was doing this,“ Todd explains. “No one was just focusing on the toothbrush.”

More cellphones than toothbrushes

“There are more cell phones than toothbrushes in the world,” adds Joselyn, quoting a UN study. “Two billion people don’t have a toothbrush. There is a profound relationship between poor oral hygiene and all kinds of health problems: cancer, diabetes, stroke.” She brings out four carved sticks that resemble rustic unsharpened pencils and serve as toothbrushes in some parts of Africa. “These are what some people view as toothbrushes,” she says ruefully.

100 percetn of money raised goes to the mission

With their mission established, the Millers launched Global Grins with a kick-off fundraiser in Emerald Bay. The event raised approximately $35,000 that night. “The majority of people there that night were Laguna people and they have continued to support us,” says Todd. “It’s very rare, but with Global Grins 100 percent of the proceeds we raise goes to the cause. We are 100 percent volunteer-driven. 0 percent goes to salaries,” he says proudly.

A milestone is near: Almost one million toothbrushes delivered

The way it works is pretty simple. Volunteers make up their Delivery Squads. “Every day we get emails from people who want to take a free box on their travels,” explains Todd. “All we ask in return is a photo of the delivery.” 

The photos, explains Joselyn, are used in the group’s social media campaign. Because the toothbrushes are packed in a small, shoebox-sized box, they’re easy to travel with. Todd explains that often members of the Delivery Squad (and anyone can be part of the Delivery Squad) say that delivering the toothbrushes is often the most impactful and memorable part of their trip.

“For some, it’s a first time philanthropy for people. It provides them with a special emotional experience.”  

The formula is working. Seven years in and they are about to hit an impressive milestone: one million toothbrushes.

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The Millers with some happy toothbrush recipients in Los Angeles

At home and abroad, Global Grins has delivered toothbrushes

The Millers recently returned from New Zealand where Todd was playing a Masters event in volleyball. (His team won the National Adult Championships in 2015 and 2016 where he was voted All-American. He also played at USC.) They had planned on visiting a homeless shelter in Auckland to deliver some toothbrushes. Todd says he asked if any of his teammates were interested in going along. 

“Everyone said ‘yes’. Their wives came. It was so cool. Everyone helps everyone. Every city has a need.” Adds Joselyn, “From the Friendship Shelter and the youth shelter in our hometown to the most remote areas, we’ve delivered toothbrushes. A lot of times it’s the first time they’ve seen one. Every day I get photos (of the deliveries) and I say, ‘Wow, this is amazing. These people are beyond stoked to get a toothbrush!’”

From adventurer to adrenaline junkie

In addition to delivering toothbrushes and playing volleyball, New Zealand provided Joselyn with the opportunity to do some bungee jumping. While she says she has always been adventurous, she is now a full-fledged adrenaline junkie. The reason for her evolution? Coming out the other side of a two-year battle with two life-threatening illnesses undoubtedly has something to do with it.

Something was not right

In the spring of 2012, Joselyn says she knew something was not right. It took seeing 12 doctors before she was finally diagnosed with Shulman’s Syndrome. Never heard of it? That’s probably because there have only been 300 documented cases.  

While undergoing treatment for Shulman’s Syndrome, Joselyn developed aplastic anemia. Basically, her red blood cells failed. “I needed a blood transfusion every 48 hours,” she explains. After more than 100 transfusions, doctors’ decided they needed to do something else. A bone marrow transplant was ordered. Fortunately, Joselyn’s only brother was a match, something that happens only 25 percent of the time. 

A renewed commitment to her bucket list

Fortunately, Joselyn’s transfusion was a huge success, which isn’t always the case. “A lot of people die during the process or end up with a bad quality of life,” explains Todd. For Joselyn, she says she started feeling “normal” in 2014. “I just ran a couple of 5K’s and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do that,” she says. “My bucket list is a huge focus of my life.” 

And while Todd was with her every step of the way during her illness and recovery, he did not acquire her passion for things like bungee jumping and skydiving. “He had a very busy schedule when I went skydiving,” she says laughing.

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A Global Grins box, ready for distribution anywhere around the world

Advocating for “Be the Match” bone marrow registry

This life-altering saga presented the couple with another mission: Be the Match, a bone marrow registry. Because of Joselyn’s illness they have become huge advocates for bone marrow donations. In typical Miller-fashion, in 2014 the couple recruited more than 200 registrants during the Fourth of July festivities in Emerald Bay. 

“The City of Hope holds a big event and they don’t get 200 attendees,” say Todd proudly.  

From that registry they know first-hand of two people who have gone on to save lives with their bone marrow donation. Their son, Rex, was one. “He donated to save a man’s life in Italy,” says Todd beaming. 

Global Grins has impressive partners

Through it all, the couple has maintained their commitment to Global Grins. While Todd says he kept it “limping along” with Joselyn in the hospital for 100 days, once she returned home it started up again in full force. 

“I was quarantined. So I had nothing to do but get it going again,” she says with a laugh. And it is going. They have partnered with Semester at Sea (the students visit orphanages and deliver toothbrushes); the US military (on their humanitarian missions) the Peace Corps as well as local organizations. 

Recently, the group was awarded Organization of the Year by Operation School Bell, an LA-based philanthropy that provides at-risk and needy children new school clothes and supplies.

A blog, a book and the gift of a new attitude

Next up, Joselyn is turning her blog of her fight back to health into a book ( “It has gotten over 100,000 hits. If it helps people with health battles…” she says with a hopeful shrug. Todd adds, “It’s pretty powerful. I think it gives people who are battling some hope. They think ‘if she can do it, I can do it.’” And she certainly has done it. She beat the odds and has made a very conscious decision to make the most of it. “I’m glad it happened. So much good has come of it. This new attitude is a gift.”

For more information about Global Grins or to become part of the Delivery Squad go to

Backstage on Broadway – well, at Broadway, Baby with LagunaTunes – before a terrific performance

Story and photos by LYNETTE BRASFIELD

Since experiencing the magic of acting in my early teens, when I played the part of Baloo the bear in Jungle Book (I was overweight, so a brown tracksuit and mask was all that was needed), then Gremio in Taming of the Shrew (the beard was necessary, but oh so itchy!), I’ve always wanted to go backstage to re-experience the tremors and excitement of the moments before the performance begins.

So okay, it wasn’t backstage on Broadway this last Sunday, but it was, in a way – that is, I got to go backstage at the Artists Theatre before LagunaTunes opened their Broadway, Baby show. 

I’d contacted Rebecca Lyles, who had said complimentary things about me in emails, and therefore seemed like a great person to meet, and also Pete Hornby, who I’ve known for years, and whose voice is a thing of great wonder (well, as is “faux tenor” Rebecca’s, Cathy Itnyre’s, and so many others in the LagunaTunes group).

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Tenors Pete Hornby and Rebecca Lyles before the show

Unfortunately I forgot to ask them HOW to get backstage at the Artists’ Theatre, so when I finally found my way to the darkened stage, the group was in full rehearsal mode. I had just ten minutes with the entire group when they returned to the dressing room, which is about the size of your average Laguna Beach bathroom (I exaggerate a little), so trying to take photographs, interview singers, and not get in their way or elbow them in soft parts of their bodies, was quite a challenge. 

“This is my first time singing into a microphone,” Mark Pickard, in his third season with LagunaTunes, told Rebecca. Rebecca was reassuring, giving him a couple of tips, which I can attest worked, because he performed flawlessly in his solo during Masquerade, from Phantom of the Opera.

“How do you learn exactly how close to the microphone to sing without locking lips with it?” I asked Rebecca.

Turns out that since the age of seven, she’s been talking into microphones, starting with a radio show at that young age, so she knows…but…

There was no time for me to wait for a detailed answer: duty called. I mingled, well, I couldn’t help mingling, given the close quarters of course, and I asked about rituals and how the singers tuned up their voices. 

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Tina Tipps, Laura Stallone, Peter Hornby, and Nancy Miller

Mostly, it seems, singing before singing is the best way to warm up before a performance, as Carol White and Cathy Robin both told me. 

Cathy said that what attracted her to LagunaTunes was that “you didn’t have to try out,” a remarkable truth, given the quality of the performance I was in a short time to enjoy.

I caught sight of Pat Kollenda adjusting her bowtie for maximum impact, several performers licking their lips, others sucking on Halls’ peppermints because “lots of us have colds and coughs.”

Then I saw someone in passing that I knew – but how did I know her, and what was her name? As it is, I’m bad enough with names and faces, but seeing someone out of context makes it even harder. 

Only while sitting in the audience later did I remember her name – Frankie! – who had worked so compassionately with me as a physical therapist with Mary Kate Saunders’ group after I broke my shoulder last year. And she sings! Beautifully!

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View of backs from backstage during pre-performance rehearsal

Mostly there was laughter along with some anticipatory stress. Tina Tipps, a first-timer, was a little unnerved to be told by Pete Hornby that there would be an initiation ceremony – but she very quickly realized it was the Hornby sense of humor at work.

Then I rushed to my seat, alongside my husband Bill, who isn’t crazy about musicals normally, but raved about LagunaTunes after the performance. (Bill is not one who raves much, so that’s a huge compliment to the group’s enormous appeal.)

I loved the show. The slight lack of coordination with regard to jazz hands; the somewhat uneven lifting of legs in a dance number, possibly due to the odd hip or knee replacement; the barely noticeable stumbling over a word – all made the performance even more wonderful, warm and endearing, because LagunaTunes is all about sincerity, fun and joy, and, let it be said, most of all, absolutely fantastic, amazing singing.

Is it Christmas yet? I can’t wait to go to their next concert.

LagunaTunes was founded in 2003 and consists of about 60 members, ranging in age from early twenties to late seventies, all of whom have a great time together and rehearse on Mondays, except during the summer. For more information, go to

Dennis’ Tidbits


June 27, 2017

A memory of Stu and the “stolen” papers

Gotta tell my Stu story here real quick. I’m sure you’ll be somewhat amused. On March 24, 1995 I wrote my first weather column for the Laguna Coastline News owned by Jerry Ledbetter. At the time Stu was writing and reporting City Council Meetings and wrote the weekly Street Beat or Police Blotter. Jerry was pretty much doing all the work but he was getting up there in years so Stu started helping out in about 1997 or ’98.

I did deliveries on foot in town from Broadway to about Coast Inn Liquor with dozens of stops in between. Each Friday morning the papers would arrive at the entrance of the underground parking lot behind the old Ivy House. Making all those stops would be wear and tear on my car so Stu thought it would be easier to purchase a shopping cart from Ralphs Market as you could fit at least 700 or 800 papers delivering 50 here and 50 there. 

At around 8 a.m. I would load up the shopping cart and head south along Forest Avenue making stops along the way. I was just about to deliver 50 papers to Bushard’s Pharmacy when a Laguna cop pulls up and orders me to stop right in front and “step away from the shopping cart!“ gun drawn. 

I was clad in just shorts and flops as it was a hot summer morning. My hair was really long back then so that didn’t help the situation. He then bellows, “ Where did you get the shopping cart? So it’s come to this, eh?’ I jokingly replied, “I’m not living out of a shopping cart, I’m just reading out of one! “ He didn’t think that was funny at all. I tried to tell him I was delivering papers for the Coastline News. He wasn’t buying it so he proceeds to call the paper and Stu answers. 

The cop says, I got a good story for your police blotter. I’m detaining a homeless guy that stole a shopping cart and about a thousand stolen papers. He claims he works for Coastline News.” Stu chuckles and says, “Oh that’s Dennis. He writes a weather column for our paper and delivers the paper via shopping cart so he’s legit. Release him at once and by the way, officer, where did you get your degree in early judgment calls?” Thanks for covering my butt, Stu. Peace. 

See y’all on Friday, ALOHA!


Michael Norris Graham

April 24, 1943 – June 15, 2017

Michael Norris Graham passed away on June 15 at 2:15 a.m. in Laguna Hills. He died from a hemorraghic stroke at the age seventy-four.  

Michael was born in Stockton, California.  He attended Wilson High in Long Beach and later graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Theatrical Arts in 1967. Michael continued to reside in Santa Barbara and began working with wood, creating elaborate jewelry boxes and wood turned objects that gained him national attention in the craft world through publications, museum collections (Smithsonian), traveling museum exhibits and awards.  

Becoming one of the finest wood craftsmen in his field, he switched gears and began working with different materials, mainly steel.  His painted steel works were contemporary wall sculptures, standing sculptures, chairs, benches and tables made of both wood and steel.  His functional art was shown on the big screen in the Disney film, “Ruthless People.”  

In the late 80’s, Graham moved to Laguna Beach and set up shop in Laguna Hills.  Michael exhibited locally at The Festival of Arts from 1991– 2001 along with traveling to prestigious art shows throughout the country including the American Craft Council.  In 2014 Michael Graham’s public art sculpture, “I Want to Make a Phone Call,” was on exhibit for two years on Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach.  

Martin Zimmerman of the LA Times noted of his sculpture, “After seeing Michael Graham’s intriguing benches and seats, it is hard not to agree with him when he says the design is all important. 

“I’m not just a furniture maker,” says the Laguna Hills artist. “I don’t just want to fabricate pieces. It’s the complete design palate that I’m interested in.”  

Michael is survived by his nephew Mark Adams of Vancouver, WA, niece Cynthia Adams-Kiner of Dallas, Oregon and extended family. 

Summer is officially here: get ready for the 54th Annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic

Lack of Brooks Street swells and June gloom have put a bit of a damper on running the Classic since the waiting period opened back on Friday, June 2,” says Brooks Street Classic Contest Director Brandy Faber, “but with school out and summer here we are hoping things will be turning for the better and the Classic will run sooner than later!”

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One of Scott Brashier’s sensational photos from last year’s Classic

Classic champion Travis Booth is featured on the 54th Classic’s contest T-Shirt with both the photo taken and the layout designed by Alexander “Curly” Carter at 

Faber also offers pecial thanks to this years sponsors, Laguna Surf & Sport, Roark, Volcom, Electric, Billabong, Purple Corduroy, The Soul Project, Costa Azul, XS Energy and Royal Hawaiian.

3000 people in Kenya will get fresh water if WMO2H Foundation reaches its fundraising goal on Sun July 9

“Come help us bring clean water and gardening projects to 3,000 people in one night [by attending] our 4th Annual Red Carpet Documentary screening on Sunday, July 9 from 5 – 8 p.m. in Newport,” urges Mary Beth Pugh, director of operations for WMO2H. 

WMO2H (With My Own Two Hands) is a Laguna Beach nonprofit that provides water and agricultural projects to fund education and create self-reliant projects and communities. Current beneficiaries are based in Kenya. 

Pugh adds that Maggie Mwangi will be flying in from Kenya to speak to the audience. “Maggie is the Director of the Amazing Grace Project in Nakuru, Kenya. She inherited land from her mother and used it to build a home that rescues children in need. We can’t wait for you to hear her inspiring life story,” Pugh says.

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Maggi Mwangi, director of the Amazing Grace Project

The Fourth Annual Red Carpet event will showcase the nonprofit’s latest documentary, “Drop of Life,” which highlights the way water has transformed a school, a community, and a girl’s life from the slums of Kibera (Kenya). 

The moving short film showcases the power of water and education in helping to build self-reliant communities.

With My Own Two Hands CEO and Founder, Lindsey Pluimer will also be present, with special guests to be announced. Previous attendees include Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers, Olympic Champion skier, Lindsey Vonn, and NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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Lindsey Pluimer, CEO and Founder of WMO2H

The event, hosted by ESPN’s SportCenter Anchor, Stan Verrett, includes red carpet photos, a cocktail hour with complimentary beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction, and a screening of the film. It takes place at The Port Theater, 2905 E Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar.

WMO2H will announce several special guests prior to the event.

Tickets are available at for $125. Proceeds will provide 3,000 people with clean water and gardening projects.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Pugh, Director of Operations 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 949-315-9856.

Annual Waterman’s Weekend promises to be immersive fun: sponsorships now available

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) will honor inspirational professional surfer Bethany Hamilton as Waterman of the Year; Parley For The Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch as Environmentalist of the Year; and all-around surf industry legend Herbie Fletcher with the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

A Special Recognition Award will also be presented to the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world governing body for surfing, for its unwavering and successful efforts in getting surfing included in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

The 28th Annual Waterman’s Weekend will be held August 4-5, at the recently remodeled The Ranch at Laguna Beach. This year the entire event will be held at The Ranch with the Waterman’s Golf Tournament moving to Ben Brown’s Golf Course. The tournament will take place on Friday, August 4 and feature a 3-club and barefoot format that is sure to complement the relaxed and intimate setting at the course. 

On Saturday, August 5 the industry will again gather under the stars at The Ranch for the Waterman’s Gathering to celebrate this year’s honorees, raise money through silent and live auctions and enjoy a farm-to-table meal with friends.

Bethany Hamilton is known around the world as the inspirational pro surfer whose determination, heart, and skills brought her back to competitive surfing after a shark attack in 2003. She will be honored as the 2017 Waterman of the Year. 

“There are so many words that come to mind when you think of Bethany Hamilton – grit, determination, faith, and inspiration are just a few,” said SIMA President and Rip Curl CEO Kelly Gibson. “And while those words are all fitting, Bethany is so much more than that to the surf industry because there are very few who epitomize what it means to be surfer like she does. Bethany continues to be a role model for surfers everywhere and we are excited to honor her as this year’s Waterman of the Year.”

SIMA’s 2017 Environmentalist of the Year is German-born Cyrill Gutsch who is a designer and creative entrepreneur based in New York City. Gutsch is committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure the health of the earth’s oceans.

“While he may not be widely known in the surf world yet, I can tell you that Cyrill is without question someone who is a friend of surfers around the world,” said Paul Naude, SIMA Environmental Fund President and CEO of Vissla. “Simply put, Cyrill is an agent of change, and his work to create a forum and network of others who want to protect our oceans is what the world needs right now. And the surf industry needs it more than ever. We couldn’t be happier to award Cyrill with the Environmentalist of the Year award.”

It’s nearly impossible to put a label on Herbie Fletcher, something he’s not a fan of anyway. He’s always done things his own way - from surfing, to business, to filmmaking, to art, to family. Herbie has done it all and continues to push the envelope, which is why he’s being honored with this year’s SIMA Lifetime Achievement Award. A Southern California native Fletcher has continued to re-invent himself and the industry since he began surfing in 1948.

“Where do you start with Herbie? Family man, surfer, innovator, artist, businessman and rebel all rolled into one,” said Naude. “Herbie has always followed his own path and never worried about what was popular or what people thought. And he carries that same mantra today. The entire Fletcher family has brought so much creativity and personality to the surf world. Surfing needs more people like Herbie who aren’t afraid to stand apart and take risks.”

In August 2016, the announcement was made to the world that surfing would be included in the Olympic Games after decades of hard work and dedication from the ISA. SIMA will honor the work of the ISA with the 2017 Special Recognition Award as the surfing community prepares itself for its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The award will be presented to ISA President Fernando Aguerre who has tirelessly spearheaded ISA’s Olympic Surfing movement, a vision first pioneered by Duke Kahanamoku who is widely regarded as the “father of modern surfing” and was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming.

“Having surfing included in the Olympics is a game-changing moment for the sport, culture and lifestyle,” said Naude. “The Tokyo 2020 Games will give surfing a global platform and allow the world to see not only the incredible athletic performance of the sport, but also our amazing culture, values, style and passion.”

The two-day fundraising event benefits the SIMA Environmental Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that awards grants to various environmental groups based on their dedication to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. Waterman’s Ball attracts more than 600 people annually and is expected to raise close to $400,000 for 19 ocean conservation groups this year. A list of the 2017 Waterman’s Weekend environmental beneficiaries can be found at

Sponsorship packages for the 2017 Waterman’s Golf Tournament and Waterman’s are on sale now. Individual tickets for Waterman’s are scheduled to go on sale in late-June. 

For more information or to reserve a sponsorship package, contact Shannon Park Zseleczky, SIMA Managing Director, by calling (949) 366-1164 x 5 or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Editor’s Note: More biographical information on each of the honorees will be included in future articles in the lead-up to the Waterman’s Weekend.

Laguna Hackers sponsor the 17th Annual Bob Margolis Golf Tournament for Boys & Girls Club Bluebird Branch

In memory of Bob Margolis and his philanthropic legacy, the Laguna Hackers will once again sponsor the 17th Annual Bob Margolis Memorial “Lucky 7” Golf Tournament on Mon, July 17, at the Aliso Viejo Country Club to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Bluebird Branch. The event will feature a “scramble format” golf tournament, silent auction, helicopter ball-drop raffle, and dinner. Individuals can golf for $150, which includes dinner. Sponsorships start at $250, and dinner is available for $40 for those who just want to come to dinner.

Golfers will walk away with several prizes and giveaways provided by hole sponsors. Generating over 130 golfers, this golf tournament and auction raises over $20,000 for the Bluebird Branch of the Boys & Girls Club every year. Harry Bithell of Surterre Properties and long-time Laguna Hacker will chair the event. He leads an incredible committee of fellow realtors residing in LB who meet to play golf every Thurs on golf courses all over OC.

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Spectators at Lucky 7 Golf Tournament at Aliso Viejo Country Club

Bithell, who chaired the founding committee for The Girls Club in 1971, moved a donated building to the Bluebird Park site. He keeps the now deemed Bluebird Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, close to his heart with this special event.

Bithell adds, “This great team effort was coordinated by the Laguna Hackers, Boys and Girls Club, and the Margolis Family. We keep this tradition going because we believe in the Boys & Girls Club and the legacy our dear friend Bob Margolis left behind which was to always give back.”

This annual tournament is in memory of Bob Margolis, whose generosity and outstanding character is honored by raising much needed funds for local charities. Over the past 16 years, this event has raised over $200,000 for the Bluebird Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of LB to ensure hundreds of children each year have a life enriching experience and brighter futures.

How the City turned a mistake into a winning proposition, complete with banner headlines

The artist-designed summer banners went on display June 30, adorning light posts throughout Laguna Beach. The banners incorporate U-shaped ventilation flaps to avoid stress on the banners and posts. This year, City employees identified one particular banner from a previous competition that had been painted upside down.

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The upside-down banner that sparked a creative contest

Rather than have the banner removed, it was made into a public scavenger-hunt type contest. The idea was to engage the community, get people to stop and really examine the artwork, and to have a little fun.

Members of the public were asked to submit a photo of the upside down banner to have a chance at winning two tickets to the Pageant of the Masters, courtesy of the Festival of Arts. Contestants who correctly identified the banner were entered into a raffle on Monday, June 26. 

The winner of the drawing is Lisa Farber. Congratulations Lisa!

Three cities connect five trolley systems for our summer fun


The summer season is officially here and it’s bloomin’ trolleys!

Each year – and thanks to Laguna taking the lead years ago with its enormously successful trolley program - it seems that one more city jumps into the trolley trend. 

At least 28 miles of trolley trolling

Now, you can virtually begin your trolley travels at the farthest north edge of Laguna Beach and, by working your way through connected trolley systems, mosey all the way to and through Dana Point, the Dana Point Harbor, Capo Beach and – now – San Juan Capistrano.

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Photo by Diane Armitage

Take the trolley!

Yesterday, on my Best of Laguna Beach Facebook page, one of my readers complained about summer’s parking tickets in Laguna Beach. This just makes me shake my head in woe. With miles and miles of trolley routes available to everyone … and with Uber dropping you at even the farthest-flung points to catch your trolley and connect into Laguna, I would think that parking tickets could become virtually obsolete. 

Get out and explore!

Aside from alleviating the parking hassle in each of these summery towns, you’ve just been given a free passport to explore our glorious coastal wedge, from the now-hopping SJC train station restaurants to Doheny Beach festivals, the Ocean Institute’s tall ship excursions, Dana Point’s gorgeous Nature Center and phenomenal resorts and, of course, the gems of Laguna Beach and her festival centers in the Canyon.   

Summer’s Four Main Trolley Systems

Laguna Beach Trolleys

Through Late June: 

Fridays: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sundays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

July & August

Daily: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Fourth of July: The trolleys stop at 7 p.m.

Frequency: Every 20 minutes, depending on traffic conditions

There are two primary LB Trolley routes this summer:
Coastal Route: Along Coast Highway from Cajon Street in North Laguna to The Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point. This year, Laguna is also offering a “Limited Stop” Coastal Route trolley that only stops at eight primary locations, from Main Beach to primary resorts and, then, Crown Valley and The Ritz-Carlton. 

Downtown Canyon Route: Stretching all the way to El Toro Road’s “Parking Lot 10,” the Canyon Trolley stops at primary festival points and noodles into primary downtown streets 

Trolley Stops:
Coastal Route: More than 35 hop-on stops available.
Canyon/Downtown: 7 Canyon stops, 8 downtown hops. 

Map: They’ve just added an updated map at the site. 

Dana Point Trolleys

June 9 through Labor Day (Sept. 4) 

Mon – Thurs + Sundays: Noon – 9 p.m.

Friday: Noon – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Holidays: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Frequency: Every 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions

Basic Route: Connects to Laguna Beach trolleys at The Ritz-Carlton and Salt Creek Beach. 

One trolley branch covers Niguel Road to Camino Del Avion. 

The primary route runs along Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado (Lantern District), down to the Dana Point Harbor, connecting to the Harbor shuttles, and all the way to Beach Road in Capo Beach. It also wanders along Doheny Park Road, parallel to the 5, and meandering into San Juan Capistrano to connect with their trolley system. 

Trolley Stops: Expanded this year to 26 hop-on stops. 

Dana Point Harbor Shuttles

June 9 through Labor Day (Sept. 4) 

Mon – Thurs: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fri, Sat, Sun: Noon – 9 p.m.

Frequency: Every 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions

DP Harbor Basic Route: Connects to Dana Point trolleys at Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive.  

These trolleys run all exterior and interior loops of the Harbor 

Trolley Stops: Five hop-on stops. 

San Juan Capistrano Shuttles

June 9 through Labor Day (Sept. 4) 

Fri: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sat: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Frequency: Every 20 minutes, depending on traffic conditions

SJC Basic Route: Connects to Dana Point trolleys at Stonehill and Del Obispo Streets.  

These trolleys run Camino Capistrano to and through the Mission San Juan Capistrano, and cover the interior downtown from the Metrolink Station to the Ecology Center and Los Rios Plaza.   

Trolley Stops: 18 hop-on stops. 

Map: At my website,

Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book, The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of ideas and upcoming events at her blog,

Summer Breeze makes the ride fine/Blowing through the canyon past the lines

(With apologies to Seals & Crofts)

The City of Laguna Beach will once again offer the Summer Breeze service, which offers free parking and a free bus ride to people in Orange County who want to visit Laguna attractions as well as local friends and family who live in Laguna, but don’t want to deal with the traffic.

The bus runs along Laguna Canyon Road, stopping at the Sawdust Festival, Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, and Pageant of the Masters, the Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Beach Bus Station where riders can also connect with the free Laguna Beach Trolley. 

And this year, to kick off the Summer Breeze service, on Saturday July 1 the City will hold a fun-filled kickoff event at the Summer Breeze parking lot at the corner of the 405 Freeway and SR133 (near Laguna Canyon Row). 

The event starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. offering festivities for the whole family. There will be carnival games, refreshments and prizes, and there is no cost for the attendees. 

There will also be a special drawing for the first 100 people to ride the Summer Breeze that day. Prizes include two premier seats to the Festival of the Arts’ Pageant of the Masters, tickets to Taste of Laguna, Laguna Playhouse, restaurants and more. And who knows, you might even catch the scent of jasmine blowing through your mind…)

The Summer Breeze Bus Service will run every Saturday and Sunday starting July 1 through September 3, every thirty minutes from 11 a.m. to midnight. Free parking is at a peripheral parking lot near the SR133/I-405 (Laguna Canyon Road) interchange in Irvine. 

For more information about the program, visit the Laguna Beach website at

Laguna Print Ad

Jeweler Adam Neeley wins MJSA Vision Award for his Rouge Moderne earrings

At the 2017 MJSA Vision Awards, the Manufacturers and Jewelry Suppliers of America (MJSA) recognized Laguna Beach jeweler/artist Adam Neeley with the honor of Laser Distinction Winner for his earrings entitled “Rouge Moderne.” 

The earrings showcase two dazzling red zircons set in rose, white, and yellow gold accented with kite-shaped diamonds. The intricate design was created using CAD and grown in 54 separate parts, and almost all of the assembly was done using laser welding. This technology allowed Adam to connect the pre-finished parts without disturbing the satin finish, and to precisely fit together the many small pieces.

Neeley’s winning Rouge Moderne earrings won an MJSA Vision Award

“For the Rouge Moderne earrings, I began with an old-world earring silhouette and combined it with very contemporary elements: the spiraling arches, the trio of white, rose and yellow gold, and the overall precision,” Neeley says. “The result is earrings that are undeniably modern, while also paying homage to vintage style. The gemstones are two fiery red zircons. Like diamonds, their fire and scintillation includes all the colors of the rainbow. The long sweeping curves of this piece have to be finished perfectly and fit together perfectly to achieve this design’s symmetry.”

Neeley adds, “It was exciting to include cutting edge technologies in the creation of these earrings. From CAD, I created the individual arching gold forms, which were given a brushed finish and then fused with a laser welder to preserve the delicate surface. The welding is so precise, it’s virtually invisible, which gives the earrings a magical, graceful quality.”

Adam Neeley will be displaying his jewelry at the Festival of Arts this summer at Booth 93. The show debuts on July 5 and runs through August 31.

Evan Roy Dahlke is the featured artist for July at Artist Eye Gallery: his signature is “abscapes”

Artist Eye Gallery will showcase a series of paintings by mixed media artist Evan Roy Dahlke from July 1 through 31. The public is invited to meet the artist and see his collection of paintings during First Thursdays Art Walk, from 6 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. In addition, the gallery will host an Artist Reception from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 22.

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Evan Roy Dahlke’s Our Wish for Blue

The art of Evan Roy Dahlke reflects the native Southern Californian’s own zest for living. Evan’s signature abstract landscapes (aka “abscapes”) with their vibrant colors and bold textures please the eye and inspire the soul. Evan’s abstract paintings are created with a minimum of twenty-five layers, a patient journey that transpires as he searches for the final spoken word, the truth and the passionate meaning of each work. 

After many years of seeing his artistry in private homes and businesses, one of Evan’s clients noted that his beautiful portfolio of sample finishes, with their subtle shading of colors and mixed textures, were good enough to frame and hang on the walls. This led to the discovery of an amazing talent to create stunning art pieces for others to enjoy. 

A master of faux painting

A master of faux painting, Evan was one of the first artists to adapt these decorative products in combination with his artistic techniques to create gallery-quality works of art.

Evan’s distinctive approach pulls the viewer into the art to feel the energy and vibrancy residing there. Constantly challenging himself to experiment with new techniques and ways of layering the products, Evan enjoys producing unique one-of-a kind works of art. His work is inspired by life experiences, God’s creation and Biblical events. 

Artist Eye Gallery features a diverse collection of artwork by 17 Southern California artists, who provide an eclectic perspective through their exceptional talents and widespread experiences. The gallery exhibits a rich mixture of fine art mediums in Paintings, Sculpture and Photography.

Artist Eye Gallery is located at Cress Street and PCH in Laguna’s HIP District at 1294-A S. Coast Highway Phone: (949) 497-5898. For more information, visit their website at

Award-winning author Grant Ginder discusses new book on July 5 at Laguna Beach Books

On Wed, July 5, at 5:30 p.m., Laguna Beach Books welcomes author and former Laguna Beach resident, Grant Ginder, who will be discussing his new book, The People We Hate at the Wedding, a story of a less than perfect family.

As this estranged clan gathers together for a wedding, Grant Ginder brings to life the vivid, hilarious power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love. Relationships are awful. They’ll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life. It’s been called the most bitingly witty and surprisingly tender novel this year. 

Donna, the clan’s mother, is a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine. Her daughter Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend. And then there’s the perfect, gorgeous and cultured half-sister Eloise. 

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

Grant Ginder was born and raised in Laguna Beach and is the author of This is How It Starts and Driver’s Education. He received his MFA from NYU, where he teaches writing. He lives in Brooklyn.

The seed of the novel came a few summers ago. During a train ride back to the city from a wedding, a friend of Grant’s pulled out three bottles of pinot grigio, which he had managed to snag from the reception, and which they proceeded to finish in about forty-five minutes. And, as the train winded its way toward Manhattan, the friend turned to Grant with glassy eyes and said “Okay, guys, people we hated at the wedding: go.” The next day, Grant started writing.

$60,000 raised by The Tahirih Justice Center Fundraiser will help women and girls fleeing violence

With a backyard filled with 50 guests including children, The Tahirih Justice Center Fundraiser at Suzy & Jeff Elghanayan’s home on Sun, June 11, raised just under $60,000. 

The words of the founder Layli Miller-Muro were spellbinding and transformational, according to those present. 

Layli is globally recognized for her work with girls/women who are victims of trafficking, sexual mutilation, abuse, or other violent actions. She has been nominated as Time’s most 100 influential people in our country due to her ardent work.

Layli explained to the guests what Tahirih is: an advocacy program that supports girls and women fleeing from violence across the globe as well as right here in the States.  

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(l-r) Officer, Carey Eisenberg, Noushin Berjis, Suzy K Elghanayan, Eva LaRue, Jeff Elghanayan, Karen Pierce, Cathie Lawler, founder of the Tahirih Justice Center Layli Miller-Muro

While Tahirih served more than 2,000 clients and their family members in 2016, they still had to turn many away. This is what keeps them up at night and fuels their mission, Layli said.

To view a video of one of Tahirih’s heroes, go to a recent PBS Newshour story that highlights the Tahirih Justice Center’s work on forced marriage: PBS Newshour- Forced Marriage in the US.  

Go to for further information on how the organization (with the help of donations) works to educate people and eradicate injustice.

Suzie’s ARTiculation

Laguna Art Museum’s Summer Exhibit kicks off the season in perfect California style


Saturday night was a phenomenal night for enjoying the finest in California art, as more than 400 art enthusiasts attended the members’ preview of Laguna Art Museum’s summer exhibits, featuring the much anticipated “Phil Dike: At the Edge of the Sea,” exhibit and “Ben Messick: Memories of Los Angeles.” 

The “Phil Dike: At the Edge of the Sea” retrospective is the first comprehensive museum exhibit in more than 40 years. A prominent member of the California regionalist movement, the exhibit boasts more than 60 of Dike’s paintings from the 1920s through the early 1980s, highlighting the versatility of the native California artist. The show includes many pieces that have never been exhibited before, gathered from private and public collections around California. 

Phil Dike (1906–1990) gained attention and awards from the California Water Color Society starting in the 1930’s. Noted mostly for his watercolors, Dike recalled the popularity of watercolor painting in Southern California in that decade.

“The medium seemed to have a time and place to flourish. The freedom was here and so was the light, the sun, the elegant seacoast.”

Phil Dike’s long and storied career on display

Like many of the plein air painters, watercolor was the predominant medium for California Scene painters, due to its portability on location and ability to capture the moment, as the artist saw it in the present. 

His career spanned visual expression, from an impressionistic style – seen only in his works from the late 1920s – to realism, to semi-abstraction. During the 1930s and early 1940s, beach and harbor scenes were the focus of Dike’s work.

 During that period, “California Holiday,” painted from watercolor sketches he made on Labor Day, is one of his best-known pieces and was published in “Life” magazine in September 1941.

From 1935 to 1945, Dike was a color coordinator and story designer for Walt Disney Studios, working on animated classics, “Snow White” and “Fantasia.”  

Local artist Mike Tauber was impressed by the range and number of Dike’s works on exhibit.

“The daily lifestyle pieces of LA and the Southern California daily lifestyle scenes are the Phil Dike classics. They’re graphic and they’re pictorial,” Tauber said. “They are picture-postcard perfect, and I like the perspective too.” 

Southern California, but mostly Los Angeles, had the most California Scene artists, due to Hollywood’s need for artists to create set designs, backdrops, and animation.

Looking at Windswept Point Huemene, 1935, watercolor on paper, Tauber commented that the piece made him think of a Hollywood horror movie, an Alfred Hitchcock set, put on a Hollywood Beach, filmed, and left there.

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Phil Dike’s piece, “Windswept Point Huemene,” 1935, watercolor on paper

“And there you go, it became one of the Southern California landmarks. Because you know how the buffalo ended up on Avalon for films, how Crystal Cove ended up with the shacks and the palm trees that were not originally there,” Tauber said. “Those were Hollywood set designs. They build the sets, they plant the trees, they put these places here, they film them and then they leave, and these are the things that are left there.”

I found international artist FITZ Maurice admiring the phenomenal works by Dike.

“Very happy to be at a fabulous show here at Laguna Art Museum of Phil Dike’s work. This is truly the mission of the museum, originally is to show the California artists, and it’s great to see scenes from that are hanging here on the walls, and if you went straight out into Heisler Park, you would see the same scenes there today,” Maurice said. “So it’s validating the whole Laguna Beach Art museum and the quality of work that’s come to this exhibition over many years of being artists living here and painting here in Laguna Beach.”

Maurice also loves how rich and deep Dike’s watercolors are and how colorful and wonderful patterns his oil paintings are. 

“Not all artists can do both watercolors and oils. So he’s got a great right brain, left brain talent and ability,” Maurice said.

Maurice pointed out the captivating detail in Dike’s painting, “Fisherman’s Rocks,” 1948. “In this particular painting, it’s excellent how he made the water glimmer and shimmer and the reflection off the roof and the is stunning.”

Plenty of Phil Dike admirers were present

I also found art enthusiast Lynne Bisciglia admiring Dike’s work.

“I have been a fan of his for many, many years. I really like his early pieces, and of course, his watercolors. I am really taken by his watercolors,” Bisciglia said. “But I like the fact that as he went on in his life he diversified a little bit into some other techniques. I like that too. He had amazing talent and such a long career.”

While I could have stayed on the main level at the museum, enjoying the Dike exhibit for days, LAM Director of Marketing, Cody Lee, showed me some of the works by Ben Messick on the museum’s upper level. 

Messick is well known for his images of life in Los Angeles during the years of the Great Depression and World War II. The museum owns a number of his drawings and lithographs.

Lee explained that most of the works, including paintings and illustrations, range from the late 1930s and 1940s, and focused on images of daily life at the time, what people were doing, street scenes, and images of people in their neighborhoods. 

“There was a French illustrator, Honoré Daumier, a really well known illustrator of French daily life, probably the best illustrator of that type of genre in his place in time,” Lee said. 

“But Messick too, some people called him the Daumier of his time because he kind of achieved the same level of recognition and did work in a similar way, just sort of representing what life was like for the people in his neighborhood, and the place where he lived near MacArthur park in Los Angeles.

 “And of course, at the time it wasn’t as urban as it is now, but it still was already an urban neighborhood, so he had a lot of working class, daily life things happening in the neighborhood where he lived and that’s where he took his inspiration with his illustrations,” Lee said. “Rather than models or famous people he was inspired by people in his neighborhood every day.”

The characters in his work seemed to come to life, and many characters there were. Along with Messick’s paintings and illustrations, it was fun exploring his studies.

Also on display on the lower level is Laguna College of Art and Design’s “Emerging Masters 2017,” exhibit, featuring diverse and exciting works by recent graduates and current candidates of LCAD’s Masters of Fine Arts programs in Drawing and Painting. The exhibit, which opened on June 11, features many talented artists and their gorgeous works.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Don’t miss “Janet Blake on Phil Dike,” on Thursday, June 29, 6 p.m. Blake, the museum’s curator of historical art will give a talk about Dike’s At the Edge of the Sea exhibit. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, call 494-8971, ext. 203 or visit Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive.

Until next time…so much amazing California art, so little time!

Fabulous shot by one of the young photographers of Frothy Films

“Frothy Films is a group made up of friends who love to have fun and take photographs and edits. We are an extreme team that does crazy stuff,” Michael Tanaka (17) tells Stu News. “We all have been friends with each other for a long time and one day decided why not start a team of ocean lovers?

“We chose the name Frothy because of the meaning. Frothy is light and entertaining, always making it fun. Since summer just started we will meet up daily to get surf and sunset shots and most importantly have fun!” 

Team members include Michael Tanaka, 17, Josh Tanaka, 14, Danny Huffman, 15, Luke Carter, 14, Austin Plank, 13, Bobby Schwartz, 13, Raphael Ortzin, 14, and Michael Cox,15.

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Josh Tanaka captures a golden evening in Laguna

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 062717

DUI Arrests

Jorge Ivan Garcia Jr. 25, Los Angeles

Michelle Clarice Rice, 37, Aneheim

Gavin Vincent Feist, 28, Irvine


Incident Reports

Thursday, June 22 

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Joseph Jeremy Seiden, 34, Laguna Beach

Maxime Pierre Lassus, 22, France

Tyler John Cwieka, 21, Dana Point

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Vehicle Burglary

4:39 p.m. Vehicle burglary was reported at the front desk. A computer and camera lens were stolen, valued at about $2,000.

S. Coast Hwy | 2400 Block | Petty Theft

5:22 p.m. RP says that a package containing social security cards and driver’s license copies

that was delivered the day prior was stolen.

Agate Street | 300 Block | Grand Theft

10:33 a.m. A report was filed at the police station regarding stolen jewelry, valued at $80,000. 

Friday June 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None this period

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

3:27 a.m. Nathan Alexander Poole, 41, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for petty theft.

Coast Hwy | 30600 Block | Hit/Run

7:32 p.m. RP, driving a grey Infiniti, was side swiped. The vehicle left the scene of the accident and was reported to have been driving southbound in a white sedan.

Forest Avenue | 300 Block | Domestic Violence

12:42 a.m. Lake Forest resident, Justin Scott Helmick, 31, was arrested and charged with spousal abuse. Bail was set for $50,000.

Manzanita Drive | 800 Block | Warrant for DUI

5:15 a.m. Irvine resident Julio Roberto Coronado, 32, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for driving under the influence.

Cliff Drive | 400 Block| Violating a Restraining Order

7:22 p.m. Jeffrey Joseph Noon, 63, was arrested for violating a restraining order and booked on $15,000 bail.

Saturday, June 22

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jonathan Allen Schwerter, 26, Tustin

Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | Vandalism

10:56 a.m. A Hyundai Sonata that was parked on the lower level of the Gelson’s parking lot was      keyed and a tire was slashed. Police have a possible suspect. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud Report 

10:50 a.m. Woman reported at the front lobby that credit cards have been opened under her name.

Laguna Beach 

Library Events



Fri, June 23

Arts with Amy

2 p.m.

Looking for something to do on a summer afternoon?  Bring your children, ages 5-12 years, to create crafts with local LBHS student, Amy You. We’ll be using some interesting materials to make projects you’ll enjoy and want to share. Children 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7-12 may attend on their own. Preregistration required. Please sign up in person or call the library at 949-497-1733. Class is limited to 18 people.


Sat, June 24

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 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended.


Mon, June 26

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. Not a workshop for beginners. Contact library for more info.

Bryn Bernard, Author Event

Discusses new book

5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Earth—our home—is covered mostly with water: the wide, deep, salty, and very blue ocean. It regulates our climate in a way that makes life as we know it possible. This huge ocean is full of an amazing amount of life, most of which is too small to see. The New Ocean, by Bryn Bernard, is a fascinating look at the future of our oceans—and how human actions may change them.


Tues, June 27

Magic Together Storytime

With Brooke Briggs

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Magic Steps Music Together is for children and music lovers of all ages!  Each child participates at his own level in singing, moving, chanting and listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. The whole family is welcome for this fun, family music experience. No preregistration required.

Bark, Read to Dogs

3-4 p.m.

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

Wed, June 28

Sunshine Storytime

11 a.m. - noon

The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers!  Enjoy a fun & lively Family Storytime presented by local teen NCL members.  Each show lasts approximately 1 hour and includes refreshments. No pre-registration required. All ages welcome!


Thurs, June 29

Peapod Storytime

10:30 – 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.


5:30-6:30 p.m.

Bubble Mania & Company provides educational entertainment at the highest level of excellence. We combine incredible visual choreography with interactive script formats that involve the audience’s minds and hearts. Operating since 1986 in the Los Angeles area, Bubblemania and Company has now expanded to service Southern California and the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Areas.


Fri, June 30

Arts with Amy

2 p.m.

Looking for something to do on a summer afternoon?  Bring your children, ages 5-12 years, to create crafts with local LBHS student, Amy You. We’ll be using some interesting materials to make projects you’ll enjoy and want to share. Children 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7-12 may attend on their own. Preregistration required. Please sign up in person or call the library at 949-497-1733. Class is limited to 18 people.


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