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A glimpse at Crystal Cove in Summer

“Summertime at Crystal Cove is magical – and our programs team has been working all year to create new opportunities for folks to explore the park and to reimagine old favorites,” said Crystal Cove Conservancy President & CEO Kate Wheeler. “Our team has been testing new ideas like science hikes and rethinking and expanding classics like the Historic District Walking Tours and movies on the beach to create a menu of programs to help parkgoers deepen their connection with the park and become part of protecting it.”

From hands-on explorations of history and nature to art classes and conservation stewardship, there is something for everyone to explore during the summer at Crystal Cove.

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Sign up to spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with Crystal Cove plein air artist, Debbie Morines

The Great Plein Air Art Experience every Monday and Wednesday through October, except September 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is required. Celebrate more than 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with Crystal Cove plein air artist, Debbie Morines. During these four-hour classes, you’ll take part in living history while learning the step-by-step process of creating your very own plein air painting from beginning to end. Each class will have a break for lunch, but lunch is not provided. Classes are for ages 18 and up. Register here for July 10. Register here for July 15. Register here for July 17. For additional dates, visit https://crystalcove.org/art-class/.

Tuesdays in the Commons: Hands-on Educational Activities from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (July 9, 16, 23 and 30).

Stop by the Education Commons in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District each week on Tuesday for new hands-on educational activities that will help participants learn about ongoing conservation work at the park, the critical habitats at Crystal Cove, and how it all connects with landscape scale efforts to protect and preserve the natural world. Park at the Los Trancos lot near the trailer then walk through the tunnel to the Education Commons (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos). $15 day use fee.

Junior Ranger Programs, Tuesday and Thursday mornings continuing through July 30 from 10-11 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the animals and plants of Crystal Cove State Park in their weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows kids to earn a badge, stamps, a poster, or a patch. Each Tuesday they will focus on tidepools and on Thursdays they will learn about sharks. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the Campground.) $15 day use fee. No program on July 4.

Shark Shack, Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy learning about sharks at Crystal Cove State Park when students from the Shark Lab at California State University Long Beach staff their Shark Shack information and activity booth and help beachgoers build an appreciation for and eliminate fear about sharks and other marine life. Check out some cool shark stuff, play a game and learn some fun facts about these amazing creatures and about the technology the lab is using to study them. The Shark Shack will be popped up near the Beachcomber Cafe. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day use fee.

Sunset Bluff Walk, Thursday, July 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. Join a park naturalist for a three-mile guided Sunset Bluff Walk and enjoy the day’s end along the coastal terrace. Bring a camera and binoculars as you scan the ocean for dolphins, look for birds and watch the sunset. Your walk will take you along the paved path from one end of Pelican Point to the Treasure Cove overlook. Dress in layers and bring water and a red flashlight (if you have one.) Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #4, (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, left at kiosk to the last lot.) $15 day use fee.

Perimeter of the Park, Monday, July 15 from 6:45-11 a.m. Ready for a challenging hike to tour the Crystal Cove State Park backcountry? Join a park docent as you go from the “gills to the hills” on this strenuous but very scenic loop hike known as the “Perimeter of the Park.” Distance is around nine miles; elevation/gain loss, around 1,850 ft. The hike is done at a moderate pace with one or two short breaks. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack. Arrive by 6:45 a.m. as the hike will start promptly at 7 a.m. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at the stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs towards the Ranger Station.) $15 day use fee.

Walk on the Wild Side, Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. At Crystal Cove, you walk upon some of the rarest land in Southern California: coastal sage scrub. Join a park docent for a Walk on the Wild Side and enjoy a one-hour stroll learning about this amazing native habitat as you walk along a boardwalk to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) $15 day use fee.

Whale, Dolphin & Wildlife “Twalk,” Saturday, July 20 from 9-11 a.m. Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to look for resident dolphins, migrating whales and birds just passing by the coastline. Join a park naturalist for a Whale, Dolphin & Wildlife “Twalk” and learn some fun facts about the coastal creatures as you walk the bluff trail and scan the ocean at each overlook. Bring binoculars for better viewing. Meet at Pelican Point lot #4 (PCH coastward at Newport Coast left at kiosk to the last lot.) $20 day use fee.

Full Moon Hike on Saturday, July 20 from 7:45-10 p.m. Explore the park after dark, on a guided interpretive two-hour, four-mile Full Moon Hike at Crystal Cove State Park. A park naturalist will lead hikers on this moderate to difficult loop trail with uneven terrain and a steep uphill climb, elevation gain of 600 ft. This hike is suitable for ages 10 and up. Hikers must wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. Bug repellant is recommended. Please bring a red flashlight, but if you don’t have one, they will have plenty to share. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Ranger Station.) Registration is required, so sign up at https://letsgooutside.org.

Explore the Cove Science Hikes, Fourth Saturday each month: July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is required for this event. Take a hike with a Conservancy educator to explore Crystal Cove State Park’s geological and ecological systems. Explore the impacts and challenges of climate change including fire ecology, ecological restoration, coastal engineering and marine conservation, as well as native versus non-native species and their impact on natural communities and ecosystem functions. Registration is required for these events.

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Historic District Walking Tours take place the fourth Saturday of every month

Historic District Walking Tours, Fourth Saturday each month: July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 2-3 p.m. Historic District Walking Tours return to Crystal Cove State Park. During this 60-minute tour led by Conservancy educators and former cottage residents, participants will step back in time to explore the history of Crystal Cove and the Historic District’s rescue and restoration.

Movies on the Beach, monthly from July through September. Click here for upcoming events.

Cove Talks, Ongoing. Click here for upcoming events. Registration is required for these events.

Grunion Run, One night only. Click here for details. Registration is required for this event.

For more information about summer programming at Crystl Cove and to register for upcoming programs, go here.

For a complete calendar of events, go to www.crystalcovestatepark.org/park-calendars/.

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LBPD hosts “Coffee with a Cop” at Equator Coffee on July 11

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Stop by Equator Coffee at 160 S. Coast Highway on July 11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to meet and visit with Laguna Beach Police Officers. Ask questions, share your ideas, or just drop in for a quick hello. (Pictured: A previous “Coffee with a Cop” at Susi Q.)

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Here’s what’s new at the Susi Q this July: opera galore and a masterclass in smartphone photography

In July at the Susi Q, Lyric Opera OC will offer another outstanding evening’s entertainment with a focus on Opera in America, sharing some of the most famous Italian operas by Puccini that surprisingly premiered in the U.S.

Lyric Opera OC’s operas are presented in a concert format, with minimal to no staging or costumes, but with piano accompaniment. English supertitles appear on large flatscreen TVs to aid the audience in following the story behind the opera.

Attendees will revel in performances that trace opera’s evolution to operetta and even the Great American Songbook, including compositions by Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

The performance takes place at the Susi Q, 380 Third St., on July 30 between 4-6 p.m., with a nominal administration fee of $5. Sign up here.

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Experience Lyric Opera OC

Jeffrey Briar will offer his Classical Opera Masterpieces class on Fridays, July 18 through August 30 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Each class will be devoted to an in-depth exploration of one of the world’s great operas, by composers like Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, Puccini and Mozart. Participants will listen to the most important and famous areas, quartets and choruses in the history of classical music. The fee for the seven-week class is $28. Sign up here.

On July 16, well-known and beloved local photographer Mary Hurlbut will share tips and tricks to take great photos using smartphones during a free workshop at the Susi Q Center.

Hurlbut, known for her exceptional portraiture, remarkable candid shots, and deep understanding of light and composition, will discuss the “rule of three” as well as the best time of day to take beach and family photos. Space is limited, so sign up soon here.

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Mary Hurlbut, photographer

Gallery Q invites artists to submit their work for the new show, Artful Cultural Journey, celebrating cultures through art. Art will be accepted on Thursday, July 18 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. Download an application here.

The exhibit dates are July 24 through Sept 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the Artist Reception scheduled for Friday July 26, 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call 949.715.8106.

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Gallery Q Arts Coordinator Judy Baker and Gallery Q Art Director Bill Atkins with their LBAA Patron of the Arts Award

While the Susi Q is a wonderful resource for older locals, it’s not as well known that all ages are welcome to attend the eclectic range of programs and activities on tap at the Center, right in the heart of Downtown.

“The Susi Q isn’t a social silo where only older adults interact,” noted Nadia Babayi, executive director. “Quite the reverse. Our goal is to ensure that people of all ages feel connected to the community at large. So, while we are very proud of our support services for our more vulnerable seniors, we welcome a mix of ages to our events. We already see this happening with our Author Evenings and writing and art classes.”

Call Christine Brewer at 949.715.8105 to sign up for any of these classes or register by visiting www.thesusiq.org and clicking on classes/events and registration. Scroll down to find the direct registration link.

Visit www.thesusiq.org to review the many ongoing programs that Susi Q offers, from ukulele lessons, to standing yoga, to bridge and mahjong classes, not to mention support groups and clubs for special interest groups ranging from genealogy to current affairs to books and so much more. The Susi Q’s Care Management Department (now the Dorene Cares Office) provides free consultation, education and practical resources for vulnerable seniors, enabling them to stay safe, informed and independent.

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Laguna Playhouse announces single tickets now on sale for 2024-2025 season

Laguna Playhouse has announced that single tickets now on sale for their 2024-2025 season of shows. This sensational season begins with a special bonus production of the legendary musical,  Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot (now on sale); followed by an uproarious comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner; next is one of Arthur Miller’s most powerful plays, A View from the Bridge; then spend some time with one of America’s greatest first ladies in the tour-de-force play, Eleanor; followed by everyone’s favorite detective in a new musical comedy whodunit, The Remarkable Mister Holmes; then the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterwork, August Wilson’s Fences; a world premiere mystery, Peril in the Alps, from Steven Dietz, the writer/director of the 2023 smash-hit Murder on the Links and the Playhouse will close the season with the heartfelt country music musical, Honky Tonk Angels.

Also, tickets are now on sale for everyone’s favorite “Sister” as the Playhouse celebrates her Easter and Christmas “Catechisms,” the return of the wildly popular “Comedy Nights at the Playhouse” and don’t forget their annual bonus holiday Panto with the world premiere of Rapunzel’s Holiday Wish: A Hair-Larious Tangled Tale (tickets on sale July 9). Celebrate an exceptional new season of shows at the Laguna Playhouse and purchase single tickets to these unique and unforgettable experiences beginning today by clicking here.

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“Camelot” runs July 24-August 11

Special bonus production

Lerner & Loewe’s, Camelot

July 24 – August 11 (Press Opening July 28 at 5:30 p.m.)

Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, original production directed and staged by Moss Hart, based on The Once and Future King by T.H.A White, new orchestrations by Steve Orich, directed by Jeffrey B. Moss.

Prepare for an evening of enchantment in Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot, brilliantly adapted for intimate theaters. This Tony Award-winning fairytale musical resounds with such memorable songs as, “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “If Ever I Would Leave You” and the title song, “Camelot.”

Camelot is not included in 2024-2025 season subscription packages, but can be added by subscribers at a special discounted rate. This production is licensed by Music Theatre International.

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“Don’t Dress for Dinner” runs September 4-22

Don’t Dress for Dinner

September 4 – September 22 (Press Opening September 8 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon and directed by Christopher Williams.

This wildly successful comedy was first produced at Laguna Playhouse in 1997 and is back by popular demand. This outrageous farce has all the right ingredients for a delicious and sexy night of laughter.

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“A View from The Bridge” runs October 30-November 17

A View from The Bridge

October 30 – November 17 (Press Opening November 3 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Arthur Miller and directed by David Ellenstein.

This stunning drama from one of America’s greatest playwrights is set in 1950s Brooklyn where Eddie Carbone wrestles with the complexities of family, assimilation and the American Dream.

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“Eleanor” runs January 15-February 2, 2025

Eleanor

January 15 – February 2, 2025 (Press Opening January 19, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Mark St. Germain and directed by David Ellenstein.

A tour-de-force solo performance by Kandis Chappell brings to life the dynamic and iconic First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Both strong and vulnerable, both public and private, Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating story will sweep you away.

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“The Remarkable Mr. Holmes” runs March 5-23, 2025

The Remarkable Mister Holmes

March 5 – March 23, 2025 (Press Opening March 9, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Book by Omri Schein & David Ellenstein, lyrics by Omri Schein, music by Daniel Lincoln and directed by David Ellenstein.

Sherlock Holmes is back with an all-new madcap mystery to solve…and a new sidekick.

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“Fences” runs April 30-May 18, 2025

August Wilson’s Fences, Pulitzer-Prize winning play

April 30 – May 18, 2025 (Press Opening May 4, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Directed by Yvette Freeman (Ain’t Misbehavin’).

Troy Maxson was a star of the Negro baseball leagues, but now it’s 1957 and he’s a garbage man in Pittsburgh. In one of August Wilson’s best and most well-known plays, we see one man struggle with disappointment and the effect it has on his marriage and relationship with his sons.

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Sunset Arts and Crafts Fair coming to South Laguna Community Garden Park on July 11

The South Laguna Community Garden Park will host a Sunset Arts and Crafts Fair on Thursday, July 13 from 3-7 p.m.

This event promises a diverse array of unique, handmade goods, including art, jewelry, health and wellness products, and more, all crafted with passion and skill by local artisans. Many of the participants are Garden members, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Garden Park Fund.

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Goods and products by local artisans

Attendees are encouraged to support local businesses by getting takeout from nearby restaurants to enjoy during the event. The market will feature live music and a family-friendly atmosphere, making it a perfect outing for a summer afternoon and evening.

The Sunset Arts and Craft Fair is free to attend and open to all ages. Visitors are encouraged to come early, explore the variety of handmade goods available and support local artisans.

For more information about the Sunset Makers Market, contact Siri Adams at siridearie@gmail.com, or Carly Sciacca at carlydayart@gmail.com.

Admission is free.

Located in the heart of South Laguna, the Community Garden Park serves as a gathering place for residents to connect with nature and each other through gardening, events and community activities.

South Laguna Community Garden Park is located at 31610 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

For more information, go to www.southlagunagarden.org, or email gardenpark@southlaguna.org.

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Summer swell during a swell summer

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Photo by Michael Roy

Sunlight reflects off waves offering a beautiful array of green hues

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

City Clerk makes November election official…meaning, if you want to run, now’s the time

Just to make things official, City Clerk Ann Marie MacKay earlier this week officially noticed the November election and the local offices included therein.

One office listed, in fact, is actually hers!

Here’s the official list: two members of the City Council for full terms of for years; City Clerk for a full term of four years and City Treasurer for a full term of four years.

The election is called for Tuesday, Nov. 5 to coordinate with the General Presidential Election.

Should someone have an interest in any of the above offices, here’s the deal: the nomination period begins on Monday, July 15 at 8 a.m. and closes on Friday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m.

If nomination papers for an incumbent officer of the city are not filed by 5 p.m. on August 9 (the 88th day before the election), meaning the incumbents decide NOT to rerun, the voters shall have until the 83rd day before the election, or Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m., to nominate candidates other than the person(s) who are incumbents on the 88th day before the election, for that incumbent’s elective office.

If no one or only one person is nominated for an elective office, appointment to the elective office may be made as prescribed by §10229, Elections Code of the State of California.

Select Vote Centers will then be open during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 10 days prior to Election Day. All Vote Centers will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. three days prior to Election Day and all Vote Centers will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day.

Ballot drop boxes will be open for 29 days prior to the election, including on Election Day, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Visit https://ocvote.gov/elections for voting options.

So, who’s going to run? Time will tell…but we’ll attempt to keep you posted.

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Speaking of elections, the Greater Laguna Beach GOP Members’ Meeting is happening on Wednesday, July 17 at Mozambique.

The keynote speaker will be Diane Dixon, who currently represents Laguna Beach and is running for reelection as the District 72 Assemblymember. Join and hear about what she has accomplished and her plans in the next Assembly.

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Assemblymember and guest speaker Diane Dixon

Also attending are the founders of Sensible Laguna, who will present an update on the Laguna Beach School District’s Facilities Master Plan, including the approval of the “giant Olympic-size pool and the related excessive costs.”

Other items to be discussed include a Get Out the Vote initiative and how GLBGOP will work on supporting local candidates for the upcoming election.

The event will start with a 5 p.m. Social Hour upstairs in the newly remodeled Ivan’s House, followed by the meeting at 6 p.m. downstairs in the Parrot Room.

Seating is limited. RSVPs are required at www.glbgop.com/upcomingevents.

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It was announced earlier this week that Firebrand Media was acquired in their entirety by the Arizona-based Times Media Group. The sale closed on July 1.

The Laguna Beach Independent and Newport Beach Independent will join a line-up in SoCal that includes the Capistrano Dispatch, the Dana Point Times and the San Clemente Times.

Overall, Times Media Group publishes a collection of some 60 titles primarily located in the Phoenix, Tucson and Los Angeles-metro areas.

Reports are that Firebrand’s Chief Executive Steve Zepezauer will remain with the new group as director of custom publishing.

No sales price was disclosed.

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The Fair Game Laguna Beach podcast with me joining Mayor Sue Kempf resumed this week after my extended absence. And while we mostly discussed yesterday’s big day, there was a discussion on why we don’t have parking permits in the neighborhoods, a common question that Mayor Kemp addresses.

So check it out and moving forward we’ll be back weekly.

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Our LBPD can probably use a respite following the long July 4th weekend. And, as luck would have it, LBPD will host Coffee with a Cop at Equator Coffee on Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Equator Coffee is located at 160 S. Coast Highway.

These Coffees with a Cop are designed to offer a relaxed environment to allow residents and members of the PD to share ideas and/or to just drop by for a quick hello.

Hope you’ll join in.

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What’s going on at Susi Q these days, you ask? Well, more than you might imagine: background info presented on scams presented to the elderly, tech assistance for your computer and smartphone questions, Mahjong and bridge, yoga, book clubs, explorations of classical opera masterpieces, planning for the years ahead and so much more.

Oh, and I can’t forget. Stu News’ own photographer Mary Hurlbut offers a Tuesday (1-2:30 p.m.) class on Taking Sensational Smartphone Pics…and we can all use that!

She’ll make your pictures better; I can just about guarantee it.

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Laguna Art Museum is busy these summer days. If you’re still looking for a fun summer camp for the kids, you might check these out: upcoming days include Awesome Animals Summer Day Camp (July 8), Creation Station Day Camp (July 15), Cartoon Day Camp (July 22), Under the Sea Day Camp (July 29) and Art Play Day Camp (August 5).

The classes are designed for children 6-12 and are designed to “allow them to play, explore and create with guidance from our professional teaching artists. Each camp has a unique theme that encourages imaginative, messy and lively summer fun!”

The classes run from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more info, go to https://lagunaartmuseum.org/lam-kids-summer/.

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And, don’t forget, the Festivals are now open. Enjoy!

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Hallie Jones launches her bid for a seat on Laguna Beach City Council

Hallie Jones, an experienced environmental leader and a third-generation Laguna native, held a campaign launch event at The Ranch on Sunday morning, June 30, with about 70 supporters attending.

Jones, 46, outlined her platform and the priorities guiding her on the council dais. They include preserving Laguna’s open space, protecting its beaches and coastal waters, building climate resiliency, and encouraging smart development that protects viewsheds and our town’s charm while imagining attractive new spaces and welcoming the next generation of neighbors.

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(L-R) Hallie Jones with her campaign team: Barbara McMurray, Cole Hendrickx and Jen Chapman

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Mark Christy, owner of The Ranch, introduced the candidate, remarking on her keen intelligence and leadership experience

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Jones succinctly laid out her platform

The Ranch’s CEO, Mark Christy (also an environmental activist), introduced Jones and discussed the difficulty of a councilmember’s job and his appreciation for those who seek a seat.

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(L-R) Architect Gregg Abel, Councilmember Mark Orgill and his wife Dora, and Kathy Abel attended the morning event

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The candidate gets a squeeze from Leticia Christy

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“Live Laguna, Love Laguna” is the campaign theme, with a heart gesture as its symbol for supporters, which includes Mayor Sue Kempf

In her introductory campaign speech, Jones outlined her chief platform concerns:

Public safety and fire protection:

“Public safety must come first. The risk of catastrophic wildfire keeps me up at night. I was a student at LBHS during the 1993 fire. Those of you who were here remember how the smell of smoke lingered in town for days. That’s real. We need to continue managing the urban/wildland interface, that space between where people live and our open space through the best available science and strategic vegetation thinning.”

Climate change and natural resources:

“We can’t ignore our changing climate and our critical environmental resources. Laguna Canyon has some of the last remaining coastal sage scrub habitat left in the world.”

Infrastructure and development:

“Some of the work I’m most proud of has been around promoting smart infrastructure and development projects in our community. To me, smart development means projects that align with our community values – our environment, the arts, small businesses – and support our quality of life as residents. I was a member of the Laguna Canyon Road Task Force and helped lead negotiations with Caltrans on both the Hidden Valley development and the widening of the 133 at the El Toro Road intersection. While neither of those projects turned out perfectly, they’re a heck of a lot better for our town than they would have been if we hadn’t come to the table and negotiated with Caltrans.”

Affordable housing and small businesses:

“The idea of promoting smart development rather than being anti-development is going to be critical if we want an evolving and thriving town. That’s going to be especially true in two areas – affordable housing and small business development. We need to look at affordable housing solutions that contribute to Laguna’s character. We must seek solutions that build diversity, energize our downtown, and support a pedestrian- and bike-friendly community. I’m going to support creative infill development and redevelopment first. We need to reach our housing goals without compromising Laguna’s character.

Let’s right size our zoning for the community character we want to preserve.”

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The candidate is flanked by John and Lisa Mansour

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Debbie and Paul Naude attended in support of Hallie’s campaign

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Carol Eastman and David Gibson try their hand at the “Live Laguna, Love Laguna” gesture

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Mayor Pro Tem Alex Rounaghi shows his support

Streamlining permit processes for businesses and property owners:

“A healthy business community is critical if we’re going to have a rich, vibrant community and a healthy economy. We can support small businesses by streamlining processes at City Hall. That goes for homeowners and property owners as well. Let’s make the permitting and development process more objective, less subjective, clear and efficient.”

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Brooks Street 4th of July Parade

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Traditional flag raising ceremony at the home of Eric and Jo Jensen

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(L-R) Howard Hills and Craig Lockwood

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Janelle Hilton

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Mary Lawler and former LBHS counselor Art Wahl

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Bree Burgess Rosen sings the National Anthem

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Young patriot

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Eric Jensen hosts 4th of July flag raising ceremony each year at his home

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LB Police Officers attended ceremony before heading Downtown for a busy day

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Keynote speaker Howard Hills addresses crowd

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Howard Hills

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Police cars lead the parade

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(L-R) Shaena Stabler with Amy Calvert waving to the crowd

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Jo Jensen

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Todd Williams waves his American flags to passersby

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There’s never too much red, white and blue

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In the 4th of July spirit

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Bicycles work too for the parade

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Bubbles fit any celebration

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Holiday spirit

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Dogs celebrate too

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Never too young to be patriotic

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Everyone loves a parade

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Vintage fire engine

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Aquagrom 2024: Kids taking a stand for ocean conservation

By Alia Marriner

My name is Alia Marriner and I’m 12 years old. I’ve done the Aquathon twice with my friend Cedar Reckas. But we were the only kids there! This gave me the idea to do an Aquagrom, which is basically an Aquathon for kids.

The Aquagrom is a swim/walk from Crescent Bay to Victoria Beach, done by groms (aka kids). Not only are we adventuring through Laguna’s coastline, we are also raising money for the Surfrider Foundation!

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Alia Marriner and her friend Cedar Reckas swimming their first Aquathon

Everyone will meet on (Saturday) July 13 at Crescent Bay at 8:30 a.m., and we will be starting the swim at 9 a.m. The Aquagrom will be done by 25 groms. We will finish the swim at Victoria at around 12 p.m. and have a party. For safety reasons, The Aquagrom is by invitation only.

I’d like to thank our sponsors for helping us with prizes: Victoria Skimboards, Laguna Surf and Sport, Hobie, Catch Surf, Thalia Surf Shop and Gina’s Pizza.

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Some groms participating in The Aquagrom, 2023

These groms and I care so much about the ocean. We’ve grown up by the ocean, and we feel that it’s our duty to protect it. It pains us to see humans trashing it like it’s a landfill. This is why all the groms have gotten together to do a swim, raising money for the Surfrider Foundation.

The Surfrider Foundation is an incredible organization that works nationally to protect our oceans. Their main goals are finding natural solutions to climate change, reducing plastic pollution and encouraging local businesses to be more sustainable.

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Alia Marriner after surfing San Onofre

Last year, we raised $16,000 for ocean conservation! I believe we can do more this time. If you want to donate to our GoFundMe page, click here.

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Photo by Mike Marriner

Groms after completing The Aquagrom, 2023

Any donation, big or small, would greatly help our attempt to preserve Laguna’s oceans. Please join us in supporting the Surfrider Foundation so we can enjoy our beaches for years to come.

Editor’s Note: As of Thursday, July 4, the groms have raised $4,846. Their goal is $15,000.

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Festival of the Arts Preview Party was all about Art Couture

Photos by Scott Brashier

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On Tuesday, July 2, Mayor Sue Kempf prepared to cut the ribbon and launch FOA 2024. The theme for the evening was “Art Couture.” For tickets to FOA, go to www.foapom.com.

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Let the festivities begin

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Golden ticket holders

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FOA staff is ready to go

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Antoinette and P.T. Barnum

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Board Member Ed Hanke and the evening’s DJ.

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Jeff Rovner and Marrie Stone

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Lance and Lori Heck

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(L-R) Cooper and Jeff Rovner

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Debbie Zoller

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Shaena Stabler and Hallie Jones

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Happy with their purchase

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Kelly and Sean Brown

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Sachiko Sukegawa and partner John. Sukegawa is a textile artist who uses 100-to-200-year-old fabric recycled from Japanese kimonos to create her art pieces. The kimono that she is wearing is 200 years old. This is Sukegawa’s first year in the FOA.

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Enjoying a picnic and music

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Musical entertainment was amazing

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A busy night

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Haute couture

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Fans of Kathleen Robison

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The Sacramento Chronicles

By ASSEMBLYMEMBER DIANE DIXON

July 5, 2024

Hello Laguna Beach!

Happy summer and I hope you all had a great Independence Day! It’s hot here in July in Sacramento and it’s not just the weather! Many things are heating up in the Capitol. Before we adjourned for Summer Recess for community events across the District, we had our hands full with 19 budget bills, bond measures and ballot initiatives.

The 2024 budget signed by the governor calls for spending a whopping 298 billion taxpayer dollars. Gimmicks, delays and tricks were used to address the state’s $46.8 billion deficit. Unfortunately, we will continue to see deficits next year, and the next, as tax increases on small and large businesses, in addition to high-cost regulations, drive more employers and taxpayers out of the state.

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Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach)

In addition to budget bills, the governor and legislative leadership suddenly introduced a second Proposition 47 crime reform measure to compete with the Homeless, Drug Addiction and Theft reduction act that has already qualified with more than 900,000 signatures. The current measure on the ballot is supported by law enforcement and business. The governor’s last-minute measure was drafted over the June 29 weekend and includes weaker public safety policies. It is a good example of “let’s confuse the voters” political games in Sacramento. Never a dull moment!

In a bit of good news, the governor, legislature and the business community have come to an agreement on positive adjustments to the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The legislative package intends to protect workers against unlawful practices by employers, while limiting frivolous lawsuits against businesses.

As a personal legislative update, I introduced House Resolution 105, which seeks to ensure patient access to effective pain management options, while also emphasizing the importance of education for physicians about the damaging effects of addiction. By introducing this resolution, I’m requesting the health departments and agencies in California increase public and provider awareness of the dangers that come with opioid use and abuse.

Throughout July, there are a lot of upcoming events happening in District 72. On July 16 from 2-3 p.m., I will be hosting a Restaurant Round Table for local restaurant owners at Denny’s, Huntington Beach located at 18477 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach. My goal is to create an open discussion surrounding the needs of restaurant owners in our community.

The next day, July 17, at the Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., I will be hosting a Laguna Hills Business Round Table to talk about the state budget, continuing deficit and what it means for California’s business community.

On July 30, I will also be hosting an Insurance Town Hall with the State Insurance Commissioner’s Office at SOKA University. Join me in hearing about the office’s plans toward a sustainable insurance market in California and raise questions or concerns you have on homeowner and property insurance here in California. I know this is a hot topic with constituents with policy cancellations, non-renewals and significant rate increases. I hope to see you there.

Interested in joining me to do more to keep our oceans and beaches clean? I am building my Great Garbage Patch Working Group to come up with tangible action items to make our oceans clean and safe. Come and be part of the discussion toward solutions on July 18 from 2-3 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Wetlands, 21900 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach.

Not receiving invitations to my events? Send an email to assemblymember.dixon@assembly.ca.gov to be added to our distribution list or visit my website: Diane Dixon website. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and X.

Thank you Stu News for keeping our local residents informed! I am honored to reach Stu News readers with highlights about my life and times serving you in Sacramento. Until next month – have a great summer.

Diane Dixon is a two-term Newport Beach City Council member and two-time Mayor. She is currently serving her first term in Sacramento.

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BGCLB receives $2,500 grant from Farmers & Merchants Bank Foundation

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach (BGCLB), also serving Saddleback Valley, is thrilled to announce the generous contribution of $2,500 from Farmers & Merchant Bank Foundation towards their Arts for All program. The Boys & Girls Club firmly believes in the transformative power of the creative spirit in the lives of children. Through the Arts for All program, the club aims to provide members with diverse opportunities to explore their creativity, develop critical thinking skills, and express themselves through various artistic mediums.

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The Arts for All program allows children to unleash their imaginations

The Arts for All program at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach offers a wide range of activities, including fine arts, ceramics, creativity labs, multicultural art exploration, watercolor courses, art therapy sessions, STEAM education and a photography club. These programs not only allow children to unleash their imaginations, but also provide them with essential life skills and coping mechanisms. Farmers & Merchants Bank’s support will directly impact the lives of countless children in the Laguna Beach area, helping them discover their artistic talents and empowering them to thrive in both their personal and academic pursuits.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach serves more than 4,000 youth per day in the Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo areas. The club’s mission is to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential by promoting their healthy social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, visit www.bgclagunabeach.org, or call 949.494.2535.

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ECW awards grants to local charities

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) have announced the 2024 recipients of their annual grant program. The organizations in Laguna Beach that will receive the ECW grants are Creative Identity, Friendship Shelter, Laguna Beach Children’s Chorus, Laguna Beach Community Clinic, Laguna Beach Food Pantry, PUP (Protecting Unwanted Pets), Sally’s Fund and Waymakers.

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Courtesy of ECW

(L-R) Top row: Megan Tambio, Friendship Shelter; Michelle Danly, Wells of Life; Ronda Farrington, Sally’s Fund; Dr. Jorge Rubal, Laguna Beach Community Clinic; George Gilliam, Creative Identity; Chelsea Burch and Melissa Whitworth, Waymakers;

(L-R) Bottom row: Anne Belyea, Laguna Beach Food Pantry; Marjorie Gorum, ECW president; Linda Mayer, ECW; Ann Hyde ECW; Katie Van Harten, PUP and Joslyn Aitken, ECW

ECW’s giving extends to other organizations including CASA, Wells of Life, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church food distribution, Native American Heritage Association, Wheelchair Mission and other organizations regionally, nationally and globally.

ECW’s main source of income for these grants is their summer concert series, and they thank the Laguna Beach Community for supporting these concerts. The next concert will feature Jason Feddy on Saturday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on their ocean view terrace. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, go to www.ecwstmaryslb.org.

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What’s happening at the Festival of Arts this weekend

On Saturday, July 6, the 2024 Pageant of the Masters production of À La Mode: The Art of Fashion opens. This highly anticipated show will revisit some of history’s grandest spectacles and fashion trends through the magic of living pictures. Watch art come to life right before your eyes in a star-lit amphitheater. There’s nothing else like it. Performances nightly through August 30. Performances nightly at 8:30 p.m. For tickets, click here.

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“À La Mode: The Art of Fashion” debuts on July 6

The Festival of the Arts offers unique workshops and a range of talented musicians to spice up your visit to the grounds. Here are a few events coming up this weekend.

Friday, July 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Youth Arts – Watercolor Pencil Birds

About the Class: Using watercolor pencils, participants will create birds with blended colors that almost fly off the page. A great way to play with both pencil and paint, watercolor pencils are a favorite of kids and adults alike.

Cost: $25.

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Watercolor Pencil Birds – July 5

Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Youth Arts – Ceramics

July 6: Learn how to use clay to build your own ceramic boat. Taking inspiration from the surroundings, attendees will use patterns and tools to let their imaginations sail. Glazing is an optional next step for your ceramics piece. Come in one week to create the piece and come in the next to add color by glazing it.

Cost: $25.

For details and to register for youth art classes, click here.

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Youth Arts Ceramics – July 6 and 7

July 7: Create a pinch-pot head! Learn an important ceramic technique and make funny faces to make your own small pot. Glazing is an optional next step for your ceramics piece. Come in one week to create the piece and come in the next to add color by glazing it.

Cost: $25.

Friday, July 5, 3-5:30 p.m.

Teen and Adult – Art of Comics

Saturday, July 6, 3-5:30 p.m.

Teen and Adult – Ceramics

Sunday, July 7, 3-5:30 p.m.

Teen and Adult – Painting

For details and to register for Teen and Adult classes, click here.

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Melanie Taylor – July 7

Concerts: All concerts are free with Festival admission.

For select concerts, limited “nightclub” seating is available in the reserved section for an additional fee. To reserve seats, click here.

Wed., July 3, 5:30-7 p.m., Street Corner Renaissance, Acapella.

Fri., July 5, 5:30-7 p.m., Terry Wollman, R&B/Jazz.

Sat., July 6, 1-2:30 p.m., Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Jazz Concerts on the Green, $60.

Sat., July 6, 5:30-7 p.m., Missiles of October, Blues, $45.

Sun., July 7, 1-2:30 p.m., The Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, $20.

Sun., July 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Melanie Taylor, R&B/Jazz, Wow… That Girl Can Sing! $45.

Mon., July 8, 5:30-7 p.m., Shawn Jones, Rock/Blues, Americana, $30.

Tues., July 9, 5:30-7 p.m., The 133 Band, Rock, $30.

For a full listing of concerts, click here.

Along with the Pageant, artists, workshops and music, there are other exciting happenings at the Festival. Go to www.foapom.com to check them out.

FOA is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach.

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Crystal Cove Conservancy welcomes Diana Lu Evans and Avi Garbow to its board of directors

Crystal Cove Conservancy (The Conservancy) announced the appointment of Diana Lu Evans and Avi Garbow to the Crystal Cove Conservancy board of directors, to guide The Conservancy’s work of protecting and preserving the historic, natural and cultural resources of Crystal Cove State Park. After being elected to The Conservancy Board in mid-June, Evans and Garbow will begin their board duties immediately.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Diana and Avi to Crystal Cove Conservancy’s board of directors as we begin our 2024 fiscal year,” said Crystal Cove Conservancy Board Chair Teddie Ray. “Both Diana and Avi have a passion for protecting natural spaces like Crystal Cove, along with diverse and insightful experiences that will enhance the already dedicated team of leaders we have in place.”

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Diana Lu Evans

Diana Lu Evans is a business strategy and operations leader at Capital Group, a global investment management firm with more than $2.3 trillion in assets under management. In her 23 years with the firm, Evans has made significant contributions across the enterprise, from working with the Investment Group on their trades, to serving clients in the Client Group and leading teams within Operations. Evans founded the Working Parents Community, an associate resource group at Capital Group, that supports working parents as they navigate the unique challenges of being their best at home and at work. She is passionate about preserving beautiful open spaces like Crystal Cove for all to access and developing the next generation of environmental stewards. Evans has served on the board of directors for the California State Parks Foundation and Crystal Cove Conservancy and is thrilled to be back on The Conservancy Board once again.

“Preserving open spaces like Crystal Cove and environmental education are two of my passion projects, so I’m thrilled to once again be part of the Crystal Cove Conservancy board of directors,” said Evans. “Since my last term on the board, I’ve had the honor of watching The Conservancy grow and expand their reach across California through extensive education and conservation efforts, making it an exciting time to jump back in as we look toward the future of the organization.”

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Avi Garbow

Avi Garbow is president of Resources Legacy Fund, where he designs, directs and implements environmental initiatives that advance a just and resilient future for people and nature. He also is president of RLF affiliated organizations, Fund for a Better Future and Shared Ascent Fund. Garbow is a nationally recognized environmental leader, lawyer and advocate with decades of experience tackling many of the most critical threats to our air, water, lands and communities. He most recently served as Patagonia’s environmental advocate, providing strategic leadership and vision to the company’s robust environmental advocacy efforts.

Garbow has held senior leadership positions in several presidential administrations, including serving as senior counselor to the EPA administrator in the Biden Administration, and as the Senate-confirmed general counsel at EPA in the Obama Administration. He has also led the environmental practice of an international law firm and served as a federal environmental crimes’ prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice. Over the course of decades of public service, Garbow has helped lead diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across several administrations, including significant advancements in honoring Tribal treaty rights in federal environmental regulations.

“I’m honored to join the established Crystal Cove Conservancy board of directors and bring my passion for preserving and protecting lands and waters to Crystal Cove State Park,” said Garbow. “The Conservancy team’s dedication to preserving Crystal Cove through conservation and education is inspiring, and I can’t wait to take the next steps as we continue to protect this gem along the California coast.”

For more information about Crystal Cove Conservancy, visit https://crystalcove.org/.

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Sally’s Fund is the beneficiary of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Women

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Photos by Barbara McMurray

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Marjorie Gorum (right) of the Episcopal Church Women of St. Mary’s, presents a check to Ronda Farrington, Senior Services Coordinator for the nonprofit Sally’s Fund. The church committee organizes a summer concert series from which it donates the proceeds to local charities. Sally’s Fund provides low-cost, assisted transportation services for older adults and disabled individuals up to a 30-mile radius.

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Nothing says July 4th like umbrellas taking over Laguna beaches

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Umbrellas, accompanied by people, for as far as the eye can see, from Hotel Laguna across Main Beach

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Laguna Beach Yoga + Fair Trade celebrates one-year anniversary with ribbon cutting on July 11

On Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m., join the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating Laguna Beach Yoga + Fair Trade.

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Ribbon cutting set for July 11

“We are so grateful to join the Chamber and celebrate our almost one-year anniversary with a special Ribbon Cutting and Community Open House. Our space is a yoga studio, community hub + boutique fair trade store right in the heart of Laguna Beach. We offer a variety of mindfulness practices from sound baths to meditation, to flow yoga, power yoga, ashtanga, kids’ yoga, therapeutic yoga, pre/post-natal yoga, and restorative and reiki classes. There truly is something for all ages and stages,” said Katie Bond Gallen, who owns Laguna Beach Yoga + Fair Trade with her husband James Gallen.

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Yoga class

For those in attendance, Laguna Beach Yoga + Fair Trade will be offering complimentary beverages and light bites (catered by one of our local laguna chefs), as well as hosting a line-up of 11 additional community vendors. Special for this event, Laguna Beach Yoga + Fair Trade will also be offering prizes and giveaways from yoga class packages to free gift bags with purchase.

Meet the teachers and artisans who have created this magical community space. Come ready to celebrate, shop and enjoy.

Laguna Beach Yoga + Fair Trade is located at 312 Broadway St., Ste. 203, Laguna Beach. There is on-site outside parking and a parking garage for attendees.

Join Laguna Beach Yoga + Fair Trade at this very special Community Open House highlighting some of Laguna’s best local artisans. This family-owned and operated space is open to everyone.

RSVP for this ribbon cutting event to director@lagunabeachchamber.org.

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A glimpse at Crystal Cove in Summer

“Summertime at Crystal Cove is magical – and our programs team has been working all year to create new opportunities for folks to explore the park and to reimagine old favorites,” said Crystal Cove Conservancy President & CEO Kate Wheeler. “Our team has been testing new ideas like science hikes and rethinking and expanding classics like the Historic District Walking Tours and movies on the beach to create a menu of programs to help parkgoers deepen their connection with the park and become part of protecting it.”

From hands-on explorations of history and nature to art classes and conservation stewardship, there is something for everyone to explore during the summer at Crystal Cove.

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Sign up to spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with Crystal Cove plein air artist, Debbie Morines

The Great Plein Air Art Experience every Monday and Wednesday through October, except September 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is required. Celebrate more than 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with Crystal Cove plein air artist, Debbie Morines. During these four-hour classes, you’ll take part in living history while learning the step-by-step process of creating your very own plein air painting from beginning to end. Each class will have a break for lunch, but lunch is not provided. Classes are for ages 18 and up. Register here.

Tuesdays in the Commons: Hands-on Educational Activities from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (July 9, 16, 23 and 30).

Stop by the Education Commons in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District each week on Tuesday for new hands-on educational activities that will help participants learn about ongoing conservation work at the park, the critical habitats at Crystal Cove, and how it all connects with landscape scale efforts to protect and preserve the natural world. Park at the Los Trancos lot near the trailer then walk through the tunnel to the Education Commons (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos). $15 day use fee.

Junior Ranger Programs, Tuesday and Thursday mornings continuing through July 30 from 10-11 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the animals and plants of Crystal Cove State Park in their weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows kids to earn a badge, stamps, a poster, or a patch. Each Tuesday they will focus on tidepools and on Thursdays they will learn about sharks. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the Campground.) $15 day use fee. No program on July 4.

Shark Shack, Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy learning about sharks at Crystal Cove State Park when students from the Shark Lab at California State University Long Beach staff their Shark Shack information and activity booth and help beachgoers build an appreciation for and eliminate fear about sharks and other marine life. Check out some cool shark stuff, play a game and learn some fun facts about these amazing creatures and about the technology the lab is using to study them. The Shark Shack will be popped up near the Beachcomber Cafe. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day use fee.

Sunset Bluff Walk, Thursday, July 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. Join a park naturalist for a three-mile guided Sunset Bluff Walk and enjoy the day’s end along the coastal terrace. Bring a camera and binoculars as you scan the ocean for dolphins, look for birds and watch the sunset. Your walk will take you along the paved path from one end of Pelican Point to the Treasure Cove overlook. Dress in layers and bring water and a red flashlight (if you have one.) Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #4, (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, left at kiosk to the last lot.) $15 day use fee.

Perimeter of the Park, Monday, July 15 from 6:45-11 a.m. Ready for a challenging hike to tour the Crystal Cove State Park backcountry? Join a park docent as you go from the “gills to the hills” on this strenuous but very scenic loop hike known as the “Perimeter of the Park.” Distance is around nine miles; elevation/gain loss, around 1,850 ft. The hike is done at a moderate pace with one or two short breaks. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack. Arrive by 6:45 a.m. as the hike will start promptly at 7 a.m. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at the stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs towards the Ranger Station.) $15 day use fee.

Walk on the Wild Side, Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. At Crystal Cove, you walk upon some of the rarest land in Southern California: coastal sage scrub. Join a park docent for a Walk on the Wild Side and enjoy a one-hour stroll learning about this amazing native habitat as you walk along a boardwalk to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) $15 day use fee.

Whale, Dolphin & Wildlife “Twalk,” Saturday, July 20 from 9-11 a.m. Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to look for resident dolphins, migrating whales and birds just passing by the coastline. Join a park naturalist for a Whale, Dolphin & Wildlife “Twalk” and learn some fun facts about the coastal creatures as you walk the bluff trail and scan the ocean at each overlook. Bring binoculars for better viewing. Meet at Pelican Point lot #4 (PCH coastward at Newport Coast left at kiosk to the last lot.) $20 day use fee.

Full Moon Hike on Saturday, July 20 from 7:45-10 p.m. Explore the park after dark, on a guided interpretive two-hour, four-mile Full Moon Hike at Crystal Cove State Park. A park naturalist will lead hikers on this moderate to difficult loop trail with uneven terrain and a steep uphill climb, elevation gain of 600 ft. This hike is suitable for ages 10 and up. Hikers must wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. Bug repellant is recommended. Please bring a red flashlight, but if you don’t have one, they will have plenty to share. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Ranger Station.) Registration is required, so sign up at https://letsgooutside.org.

Explore the Cove Science Hikes, Fourth Saturday each month: July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is required for this event. Take a hike with a Conservancy educator to explore Crystal Cove State Park’s geological and ecological systems. Explore the impacts and challenges of climate change including fire ecology, ecological restoration, coastal engineering and marine conservation, as well as native versus non-native species and their impact on natural communities and ecosystem functions. Registration is required for these events.

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Historic District Walking Tours take place the fourth Saturday of every month

Historic District Walking Tours, Fourth Saturday each month: July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 2-3 p.m. Historic District Walking Tours return to Crystal Cove State Park. During this 60-minute tour led by Conservancy educators and former cottage residents, participants will step back in time to explore the history of Crystal Cove and the Historic District’s rescue and restoration.

Movies on the Beach, monthly from July through September. Click here for upcoming events.

Cove Talks, Ongoing. Click here for upcoming events. Registration is required for these events.

Grunion Run, One night only. Click here for details. Registration is required for this event.

For more information about summer programming at Crystl Cove and to register for upcoming programs, go here.

For a complete calendar of events, go to www.crystalcovestatepark.org/park-calendars/.

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