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Pink paradise flowers

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Photo by Tom Berndt

Fuchsia to the max

Coffee and vintage cars 

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Coffee and sign

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Another Kind Café, site of Coffee and Cars

Coffee and red and blue

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Coffee and Cars is held every third Saturday of the month from 7 - 9 a.m.

Coffee is ready at 7 a.m.

Coffee and yellow car

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All vintage cars are welcome

St Catherine students honored at Chapman Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Award Ceremony

Congratulations to St Catherine’s talented middle schoolers, Tessa Petro, Liam Lott, and Ben Brannock, who attended the Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Award Ceremony last week. These students were honored among those who submitted work in poetry, prose, art, and film. Liam’s poem is “Fight On,” and Ben’s art piece is “Harry’s Memories.”

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Winners Tessa Petro, Liam Lott, and Ben Brannock

Megan Meihaus of St Catherine’s says, “Tessa’s poem, ‘Rise,’ was one out of six finalists (and more than 1,000 submissions). Our students had the opportunity to see first place winners share their writing, art, and videos. Everyone also heard a first-hand account from a Holocaust survivor, and were deeply honored to have Holocaust survivors present at the ceremony. In the picture, our students are holding their Holocaust Chronicle books they received at the ceremony as they stand in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall.”

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Tessa was one of six finalists for her poem “Rise”

According to Chapman University’s website, the intention of the contest was: Purposeful Telling: Through Memory to Action. Survivor and author Elie Wiesel wrote that “to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” Increasingly, as the decades passed and the survivors built new lives, they came to believe that testifying about their experiences was their obligation not only to the past but to the future. They realized that telling sustains memory while silence permits denial.

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Guest Column

Fan Fall

By Arnold Silverman

I am getting either soft or senile. You can take your choice. My seeing a video celebrating the anniversary of NY Giant baseball fielder Bobby Thomson’s historic home run in the 1951 Dodger/Giant playoff at the Polo Grounds in NYC produced a “Niagara” effect on me like you would not believe. 

Where were you when that game was played? I was at Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania. It was the last day of our basic training. We had received orders for our next assignment, and on that particular day were handing in the equipment and clothing we would not be taking with us.

I was feeling great about the future; others were not. This was the time of the Korean “conflict.” While many had been assigned to FECOM (Far East Command – read that Korea), I had been assigned to Ft. Holabird in Baltimore to commence training as a CIC (Counter Intelligence Corps) agent. I was enthused both with the potential glamour of the new experience (there was none) and the realization that I would not be appearing in the sights of some focused Chinese gentleman (my crystal ball was not functioning well at that time; I ended up as a forward observer for an 81 mm mortar platoon).

New York Giant fan for this playoff

On that particular day I was “chosen” to head up the clothing detail. We were to see that each man in our company handed in each of the aforementioned clothing items. As the classic army lineup passed our position, the items were thrown in a pile.  As you might imagine, that pile rose to quite a height very quickly. While building this pyramid of G.I. issue, our Zenith Transoceanic radio, a renowned receiver at the time, probably used in every U.S. infantry platoon worldwide even though with a battery pack it must have weighed over 20 lbs., blared the ball game.

For this playoff, I was a New York Giant fan. At that time in the New York City area, you had a few loyalty options. You could have been exclusively a Giant or a Yankee or a Dodger fan. Or you could have been both a Yankee and a Giant fan. However, you could not have been a Yankee and a Dodger fan because the Dodgers were socially unacceptable to bona fide Yankee fans, and you certainly could not have been both a Giant and a Dodger fan since both were National League teams. These two “denominations” had mutual dislike if not hatred (it still exists today in spite of their respective migrations). 

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Bobby Thomson - Shot heard around the world

There was not a “love ‘em both” feeling as seemed to be prevalent in San Francisco during the San Francisco Giant/Oakland “earthquake” Series. When either the Dodgers or the Giants played in a World Series, New York fans of the other rooted for the American League team no matter which one it was. New York City people took their loyalties very seriously.

Now, I am not describing “World Series and All Star Game only” followers. I mean the “die with ‘em, win or lose, every day” fans. I mean fans like humorist Jean Shepherd’s father whom Shepherd depicted sitting in his “own,” lonely section in the bleachers of Wrigley Field in the 1930’s watching the lowly Chicago White Sox week after week, year after year; hoping/praying somehow for the miracle of beating the Yankees; finding in those games a metaphor for his own loser life. These were fans whose first peek at the morning paper was at the box scores. I was one of those fans.

Yankees fan as kid

I rooted for the Yankees. When I was a kid in D.C., my heroes were the Yankees – Joe DiMaggio, Red Ruffing and Bill Dickey, Frankie Crosetti, Joe Gordon and the rest. Although Washington had its Senators (the ball club; not today’s “country” club), you did not seriously root for them. While over the years, they had some good players – Cecil Travis who could have played on any club including the Yankees (and did after the war), Buddy Lewis, George Case, who for years held the base stealing record, and a really solid, dependable pitcher, Emil Dutch Leonard, they were not in the Yankee’s class and I just did not feel a strong loyalty to them. For me it was the New York teams, but not the Dodgers. Why not the Dodgers?  I do not know. However, to this day I find myself rooting for any team the Dodgers play.

So there we were listening to the game while the clothing pile grew higher and higher. As each recruit came before us, we verified his returned items, and requested that he throw the items in the pile. As the game entered the end of the ninth inning, resigned to the Giant’s losing, my concentration moved to the assigned detail. I noticed that the clothing pyramid was starting to tilt to one side and that without some adjustment, the clothes would have fallen and scattered over the area. Anticipating the imminent arrival of some neatness-prone, safety-sensitive officer or noncom, I climbed to the top of the heap and reapportioned the garments so that they would not topple. As I commenced to straighten things, Mr. Thomson came to bat and the fine pitcher Dodger starter Ralph Branca strode to the mound in relief.

Shot heard around the world

For the first time in the game, I felt some tension and excitement. You could hear that tension and hope in the Giants’ announcer Russ Hodges’ voice. You could also hear his fear as Branca blew the first pitch past Thomson. And then it happened.  Thomson hit the next pitch into history, Hodges went insane, called it the shot heard around the world, and I broke my arm.

As Hodges screamed the home run call, I leaped joyfully in the air, bounced off the cushion of clothing into the air again and, landing on my arm, fell the eight feet to the ground below. I was so overwhelmed; I did not know it was broken until the next day.  One of the medics placed it in a splint. Our captain gave me a choice of staying on the base for an extra week and risking my assignment to Holabird (with an excellent chance of being assigned to duty in Korea) or leaving that day. I was off that base in 15 minutes.

Where’s Maggi – the answers!

Maggi threw down a tough one here. But it wasn’t too tough for Bernadette Murphy. She knew this art piece is located on the Coast Highway side of the Laguna Exchange shop.

Thanks for guessing Maggi’s whereabouts, and for sending in your answers! 

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“Open your heart and be”…this art piece is on the side of Laguna Exchange

Susi Q’s Legacy Ball celebrating 10 years on April 14 at [seven-degrees]

Susi Q Senior Center will host its 10-year anniversary celebration at the Hang Ten Laguna Legacy Ball on Sunday, April 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Under a setting sun, where the canyon meets the breaking surf, the community is invited to join Susi Q for an epic evening of fun at [seven-degrees]. 

Susi Qs Seven

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Join Susi Q for their 10-year anniversary celebration

Susi Q’s mission is to work together to enhance the lives of seniors through programs, services, and advocacy that promote independence, wellness, and community.

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call Christine Brewer at (949) 715-8105 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To learn more and purchase tickets online, visit

[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach Business Club announces Larry Nokes as speaker for March 21 meeting

The Laguna Beach Business Club is proud to announce trial lawyer Larry Nokes of Laguna Beach-based law firm Nokes & Quinn as speaker for the club’s March 21 meeting. 

Nokes will speak to the Laguna Beach Business Club about the Historic Preservation Ordinance Revision issues relating to plan processing and design review.

Nokes’ litigation practice focuses on matters relating to real estate, including land use, building defect, design and construction issues, land subsidence, eminent domain, and inverse condemnation, real estate broker and agent errors and omissions, and general commercial and personal injury litigation, including defamation. 

He appears in all California State and Federal Courts. Mr. Nokes enjoys the coveted AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized for inclusion by Super Lawyers in its publication. Mr. Nokes has been a featured speaker in seminars hosted by the Society of Professional Engineers on issues concerning design and construction defects. 

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Larry Nokes of law firm Nokes & Quinn in Laguna Beach

Dedicated to his community, Mr. Nokes was the chair of Laguna Beach’s View Preservation Ordinance Drafting Committee, completing one of the most successful pieces of legislation the City has produced; he is past president of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and remains a proud member; and he’s currently involved in working with the City to recognize what he firmly believes is the oppressive application of the existing historic preservation rules. 

The club holds a breakfast meeting the third Thursday each month at 7:30 a.m. and hosts speakers that discuss topics valuable to achieving success in your personal and professional lives.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at Seven 7 Seven (formerly Tivoli Too). Non-members are welcome. 

For more information about the club or to register to attend a meeting, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seven7Seven is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Rosalind Russell of R Star Foundation to speak on Nepal journey on Sunday

Rosalind Russell, founder/CEO of R Star Foundation, will speak at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in San Juan Capistrano on Sunday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m., about her recent journey to Nepal and many years of empowering women and children in the underdeveloped country.

Russell is surprisingly glamorous for a woman known as “The Goat Lady.” And while the nickname is accurate (Russell estimates 15,000 goats have been dispersed throughout villages in Nepal as a result of her work), it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Rosalind Russell of R Star

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Rosalind Russell holding a photo of herself with some of the Nepalese villagers her organization helps empower

Russell will be sharing her recent journey to Nepal in depth at the event. She will be recounting the successes, challenges, and direction along with photos and short videos. 

R Star is an eight-time recipient of the church’s unusual tithing offered throughout the year to different organizations its members select.

The talk is free for all guests. For more information, visit or call (949) 443-2537. 

First Church of Christ, Scientist is located at 31897 Del Obispo St #120, San Juan Capistrano.

Meet Pet of the Week Cricket

Cricket is taking the title of Pet of the Week again. She is a two and a half year old small black doxie Chihuahua mix who is spayed. She is very quiet and sweet. Additionally, Cricket is also housebroken. Having been at the shelter for a few months now, she is looking for a loving home and is ready for a new adventure. Nancy Goodwin, shelter director, hopes to see Cricket adopted as soon as possible. 

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Cricket is two and a half years old and ready to explore the world

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. Due to their approach to adoption, the shelter’s return rate is five percent as compared to the national return rate of 50 percent.

The LB Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd. For information on adoption procedures, call (949) 497-3552 or go to

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School announces New Family Scholarship opportunity

Saint Catherine of Siena School is offering a New Family Scholarship in order to provide all families in the Laguna area with the opportunity to attend a Catholic School. The scholarship deadline is April 30, 2019. 

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School is a small, close-knit, friendly community that offers a rigorous academic program in a faith-based environment. From Transitional Kindergarten to a high school preparatory Middle School, Saint Catherine offers a unique atmosphere where small class sizes allow students to shine.

Saint Catherine kids

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Students enjoying a day in the life at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School

New Family Scholarship qualifications include: 

--Must be a new family of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School in the 2019-2020 school year

--Enrollment must be completed and payments submitted by April 30

New Family Scholarship program details:

--A new family has the opportunity to receive a 2-year scholarship for all students enrolled

--Scholarships awarded are based on the first year and second year of enrollment

First year scholarship award:

--First student receives $2,500 off of tuition

--Additional students in family will receive $3,000 off of tuition. 

Second year scholarship award:

--First student receives $1,500 off of tuition

--Additional students in family will receive $2,000 off of tuition

New families may also qualify for the Tuition Assistance Program. 

For more information and to apply, visit or call (949) 494-7339. For additional questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School is located at 30516 South Coast Hwy.

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