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“Give It Forward” this holiday season by supporting food drive for Laguna Food Pantry

Katrina Martino, owner of Hudson Salon & Spa, has partnered with several local businesses to form “Give It Forward,” a collective community effort by Hudson, to support a local food drive for Laguna Food Pantry. The November food drive will continue through Saturday, Nov 16, and the drop-off locations are listed below.

Laguna Food Pantry’s nonprofit is an almost completely volunteer-run enterprise that provides free, fresh, nutritious groceries to individuals and families in need, not just those who live in Laguna Beach.

Food items at the Pantry are purchased from regional food banks and donated by local markets and private donors. The Pantry is funded by generous donors, corporate and private foundation grants, churches, schools, and local government.

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Most requested food items

Executive Director of Laguna Food Pantry Anne Belyea says, “We are so grateful to the local Laguna businesses (Hudson Salon & Spa, Art of Fitness, Rhythm Ride, Catmosphere, The Vault Clothing Stores, The Shop, Hobie, Brass Tack, and Yoga Sapien) that are joining together in support of the Laguna Food Pantry with a ‘Give It Forward’ food drive this month! Special thanks to Katrina Martino with the Hudson Salon & Spa for coordinating the efforts. Every weekday, the Laguna Food Pantry collects and distributes over 5,000 lbs. of free, fresh groceries to over 100 families, most of whom have children.”

“This holiday season, give it forward, please support our local food drive, and help support your neighbors in need,” says Martino. 

Laguna Food Pantry’s most requested food items are: canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and pasta sauce, rice and beans, and cereal.

The following businesses have partnered to collect donations and will have bins available at their locations, and in some cases, they are offering discounts to those who donate.

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Look for this flyer on the donation bin

--The Hudson Salon & Spa – Katrina Martino 

Drop-off location: 361 Forest Ave, #104 

(Offering 30 percent off new services/gift certificates/raffle for facial services.)

--Art of Fitness – Marian Keegan and Fernanda Rocha 

Drop-off location: 1080 S Coast Hwy 

--The Vault clothing stores – Gila Leibovitch 

Drop-off location: 361 Forest Ave

(Gila is offering 20 percent off for customers in her store.)

--Rhythm Ride – Stephanie Chapel 

Drop-off location: 100 S Coast Hwy, #209a 

(Steph of Rhythm Ride is doing a raffle to win prizes.)

--Catmosphere – Gail Landau 

Drop-off location: 381 Forest Ave, Suite 100A

(Starting November 15, offering 15 percent off all retail and logo items in the café.)

--Hobie – Mark Christy 

Drop-off location: 294 Forest Ave 

--The Shop – Jessica Watson

Drop-off location: 1020 S Coast Hwy

--Brass Tack – Kristin 

Drop-off location: 311 Ocean Ave 

--Yoga Sapien – Lori Khan 

Drop-off location: 610 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 208 

If readers know of a family that is in need, please contact Katrina Martino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To donate funds directly to Food Pantry, go to

Health in Balance presents free Food Intolerance Testing Workshop on Nov 20

On Wednesday, Nov 20 at 6:30 p.m., Health in Balance will host a free Food Intolerance Testing Workshop. There will be light dinner provided. 

Attendees will learn what a food intolerance is, and why it’s so vital to know whether or not you have one. Attendees will also discover which foods they have an intolerance to, and how these intolerances may be causing symptoms. 

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Dr. Lisa Arthur talks nutrition with Dr. Gary at Health in Balance on Nov 20

Dr. Gary and Lisa Arthur, naturopathic doctors, will use applied kinesiology to test guests on six of the most common food intolerances to determine which foods may be detrimental to your health.

To RSVP, click here. 

Health in Balance is located at 380 Glenneyre, Suite G.

Enhance Your Life: Woman’s Club presents Women’s Health and Wellness series on Nov 19

Over the next few months, the Woman’s Club Laguna Beach will present “Enhance Your Life,” three, two-hour programs spotlighting women’s health and wellness. Designed to provide helpful insights presented in unique ways, the series focuses on different aspects of participants’ overall life goals and physical wellness. The programs are open to both Woman’s Club members and the community.

The series begins on Tuesday, Nov 19 (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.). During the “Reaching Optimal Health” program, participants will learn about anti-aging tips and how everyday foods play a role in health. The speaker will be Marcela Owen, a Certified Health and Life Coach. 

In addition, speaker Michelle Schneider, a Certified Natural Alternative Specialist and Medical Protocols, will explain how to use essential oils to improve health and wellness. 

Certified Clinical Thermographer Dana Baze will discuss how to understand Thermography in supporting women’s health.

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 “Enhance Your Life” series kicks off on Tuesday, Nov 9

On Thursday, Jan 16 (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.), the focus is “Setting Goals for Life Experiences.” In an interactive group setting, participants will create their own personal vision board to identify, clarify, and maintain focus on specific life goals – aiming to make 2020 the best year ever. The speaker will be Michelle Schneider, Certified Natural Alternative Specialist/Medical Protocols and Marcela Owen, Certified Health and Life Coach. 

On Thursday, March 12 (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.), the topic will be “Women’s Health – A Healthier World.”

Attorney Veronica Gray, a high performing, effective speaker, trainer, and mentor, will discuss women’s health and wellness, gender equality, and the role of women in life at the upcoming by-invitation-only Women4Impact Conference in Bhutan. She will share these and other topics concerning women on a global basis. 

The Woman’s Club is located at 286 St. Ann’s Dr. 

The cost for each event is $20. 

Light refreshments will be available as well as a wine bar accepting donations.


For more information, contact Marcela Owen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laguna Beach Police Department announces first Holiday Food Basket Program 

Last year the Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD), Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), and the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach teamed up to collect food donations to help families in need during the holidays. With the help of the community, they were able to donate 38 holiday meals to families in Laguna Beach. The LBPD says, “Thank you to everyone who participated!”

This year, LBPD is proud to announce its first Holiday Food Basket Program. The Food Basket Program will take place in November and December. Families in Laguna Beach will receive a basket of food during the holiday season from donations received by donors and sponsors.

Recipients of the food baskets are selected by referrals from LBUSD and the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. To provide a meal during the holidays, the baskets will be distributed to children and families in Laguna Beach.

In order to make this program a success, donations are needed from citizens and organizations in the community. Donations of any size will help LBPD to make a difference in a family’s life during the holidays. All net proceeds go to buying food and supplies to package the baskets.

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LBPD Holiday Food Basket Program is underway

The following is a list of requested non-perishable food items: boxed stuffing mix, boxed instant potatoes, boxed mac n’ cheese, canned gravy, gravy mix packages, canned soup, canned broth, canned green beans, canned corn, canned cranberry sauce, canned yams, boxed Bisquick, pumpkin pie filling, boxed pudding, pie crust, turkey pans, and apple cider. (Please make sure to check expiration dates before you donate.)

Grocery store gift cards are also welcome. Gift cards are accepted at the police station. Drop off donations in the designated bins inside the LBPD lobby (through November 21). 

If you cannot arrange for delivery to the police station, call (949) 497-0382, and a pick-up will be arranged.

LBPD will solicit volunteers from the police department and the community to help collect, sort, and deliver food to the recipients. Delivery will be in the morning, two days before Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For questions about the Holiday Food Basket Program, or how to 

contribute, contact Community Services Officer Natasha Hernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laguna Beach Police Department is located at 505 Forest Ave. For more information, call (949) 497-0382.

Dennis’ Tidbits


November 15, 2019

Odds and ends 

Dennis 5Local ocean temps are still in the mid-60s, around three or four degrees above seasonal normal. There’s been very little upwelling from northwesterly winds that follow passing cold fronts, simply because there have been no significant cold fronts yet. Any front that passes through here is dry once it reaches us, so the only effects we see are some southerly breezes and a June- like marine layer. If you’ll remember, southerly winds maintain local ocean temps.

The sun is setting now at 4:49 p.m., only about seven minutes from the earliest sunset of the year which occurs from December 8th to the 10th, so it’s dark by 5:30.

Total rainfall here in Laguna since July 1st is a paltry 0.02 inches compared to a normal to date of 1.41 inches, and no rain is forecast through midweek of next week. The entire Pacific West Coast has been very dry including the Pacific Northwest where November totals – up to November 15th – are running at a half inch so far this month in places like Portland and Seattle. November is normally their second wettest month of the year with an average of around 5.8 inches.

Here in town, it seems like we’re on pace to have a very dry year, but it is still too early to make that assumption. There have been a couple of occasions when there was barely any rain before New Year’s Day but then the flood gates opened in January, February, and March. The very wet 1977-78 season finished with 33.86 inches but only 2.33 inches had fallen before New Year’s Day of 1978 with 31.53, falling between January 1st and June 1st.

Same deal with the 1979-80 season, which was a wet one with 26.98 inches but a scant 1.87 was recorded from July 1, 1977 to January 1, 1978. Laguna’s driest season on record was 2006-07 with 3.71 inches. Second driest was 1960-61 with 4.30. The years of 2001-02 came in third with 4.42, fourth driest was 2017-18 with 4.71, and our fifth driest was 1958-59 with 5.58. The normal annual rainfall here in town is 13.95 inches based on my records since 1958.

We’re approaching the time of year when we have the most extreme tidal swings that occur during the new and full moon phases. That would be November, December, and January. The months of June, July, and August also have the most extreme tides which also occur during the new and full moon. The higher the tide is, the lower the tide will occur around seven hours following that high water. On occasions, the highest tides will measure at 6.9-7.1 feet and the following low tide will be 1.7-1.9 feet. In winter the highest tides will occur around 8:30 a.m. with the low around 3:45 p.m. 

Those times are reversed in the summertime with the high around 8:30 or 9 p.m. and the following low around 4 a.m. the next morning. During the first and last quarter of the moon’s phases, the tidal swings are much less, around 2-4 feet. The most extreme tides globally can be found at the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia where the swings can exceed 40 feet.

Finally, here in Week 11 of the NFL season, my top five teams are San Francisco, Baltimore, Seattle, New England, and New Orleans.

Have a nice weekend, ALOHA!

Laguna resident Keith Swayne named 2019 Orange County Philanthropist of the Year

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) has announced that one of its own – Laguna Beach resident Keith Swayne, board member and chair from 2017 to 2019 – was honored as Orange County Philanthropist of the Year at the OC Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on November 14. 

In addition to OCCF, the other nonprofits that nominated Swayne for the honor include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO), OC Human Relations, and UCI MIND.

Swayne is known for his fearless, lifelong commitment to tackling the toughest challenges in our community and for passionately striving to break down barriers and build bridges of understanding for all. 

“With a warrior’s heart for the most vulnerable in our community, Keith has been a vanguard of Orange County philanthropy,” said Shelley Hoss, OCCF president and CEO. “Keith has left an unparalleled legacy in Orange County as he continues to create opportunities for those who need them most. While he could have easily enjoyed the benefits of his hard-earned success in retirement, Keith continues to up his philanthropy game at every turn.”

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Laguna local Keith Swayne named OC Philanthropist of the Year for 2019 

Swayne grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Santa Ana and was first in his family to graduate high school and attend college. He then served four years as a Navy officer, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his military service, Swayne’s diligence and business acumen enabled him to build a successful food company, Case Swayne, which later became a subsidiary of Bestfoods/Unilever. 

However, Keith never forgot his roots or his drive to build bridges for others as his own success grew. As CEO at Case Swayne, he found his greatest joy in providing economic opportunity to others – including starting a scholarship program available to the families of Case Swayne employees.

After a successful corporate career in which he served on several nonprofit boards, Swayne and his now late-wife Judy, who founded the Orange County Community Foundation in 1989, formed The Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation in 2005.

But Swayne’s commitment to these organizations goes far beyond monetary support; he actively seeks to deliver more effectively on their missions by personally mentoring their leaders to increase their impact and success. 

In recent years, Swayne has focused on supporting efforts to identify a cure for Alzheimer’s – our aging county’s most pressing issue and one that hits close to home. His wife Judy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006 and passed away in November 2014 after a prolonged battle with the disease. 

After personally experiencing the toll that Alzheimer’s exacts on both patients and families, Swayne collaborated with UCI MIND to work toward a cure. With his support, UCI MIND is advancing nationally recognized research on Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and other neurological disorders.

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) partners with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector, and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded more than $630 million in grants and scholarships and ranks in the top one percent in grantmaking activity among more than 780 U.S. community foundations. 

For more information, visit or call (949) 553-4202.

13th Annual Laguna Beach Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Celebration to take place on Nov 24

Enjoy sharing expressions of gratitude at the 13th Annual Laguna Beach Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Celebration, hosted by Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, on Sunday, Nov 24 at 4 p.m. Make sure to bring monetary or canned food donations to help restock the Laguna Food Pantry.

Gail Duncan says, “Attendees are asked to bring canned food donations to help stock the Laguna Food Pantry or a monetary donation. Examples are applesauce, canned beans (low sodium), canned chicken, canned meat (spam and ham), canned tuna and salmon, canned vegetables (low sodium), crackers, granola bars, nuts, pasta, peanut butter, and rice.”

Refreshments will be served in Heaton Hall following the service. 

Laguna Beach United Methodist Church is located at 21632 Wesley Dr.

Guest Column

A powerful, yet the most neglected, act of self-care

By Dr. Vidya Reddy

Hello and this week I welcome you to the self-care corner. 

Self-care is a popular topic these days, but it is very often poorly explained. Perhaps you keep seeing it mentioned in self-help books or magazine articles or self-help blogs and yet don’t have a clear sense of how you’re supposed to add it to your life. It may seem wishy-washy or vague to you. Alternatively, maybe you aren’t convinced that you should practice regular self-care. Maybe you think your resources are better saved for working and for looking after others.

So, what is self-care, and why is it so important? As it turns out, there are many different self-care practices, and not all of them suit everyone. I’m here to take you through the most critical yet often neglected act of self-care. If you would like more information, techniques, and meditation based on life lessons, please refer to my podcast:

What is self-care? The definition of self-care 

Self-care is a broad term that encompasses just about anything you to do be good to yourself. In a nutshell, it’s about being as kind to yourself as you would be to others. It also involves integrating self-compassion into your life in a way that helps to prevent even the possibility of a burnout. 

However, it’s important to note that not everything that feels good is self-care. We can all be tempted to use unhealthy coping mechanisms like drugs, alcohol, over-eating, and risk-taking.

Many of us are (rightfully) focused on taking care of our health, eating nourishing whole foods, and trying to be active – while meditating and flossing and taking some time of disconnection, away from devices.

These are wonderful acts of self-care, and they are necessary and important.

But there’s one act of self-care that is very often neglected, and it might be even more important than all the others: the practice of loving yourself.

In fact, this is so often neglected that when I mention “loving yourself,” many people don’t know what that means. Many of us have never consciously done it. If we have, it’s so rare as to be a forgotten memory.

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Dr. Vidya Reddy

What is this “self-love” (not in the sexual sense)? Imagine pouring out love in your heart to someone you love dearly – what would that feel like? Now try doing the same thing for yourself. That’s self-love, and it’s a completely foreign concept for the vast majority of people.

Why it’s so important

I was a practicing Naturopathic Doctor in Canada for almost 15 years before I moved to Laguna Beach, and it is my experience that pretty much everyone I meet is hard on themselves in some way. In some kind of stress and pain. Disappointed in themselves, angry at themselves, constantly feeling inadequate.

Do you relate to this? I think most of us can find a good chunk of this in ourselves.

This is the basic problem that most of us face, every single day

We don’t love big portions of ourselves. We beat ourselves up, all day long. We stress out about uncertainty because we don’t think we’re good enough to deal with it. We don’t trust ourselves to stick to something, because we’ve formed a really bad picture of ourselves over the years. We get angry at ourselves for eating too much, drinking too much alcohol, messing up in a social situation, getting distracted and watching videos or playing video games, and so on and so on. We are harsh on ourselves, and don’t like how we look or who we are, in many ways.

This affects everything in our lives. It makes us more stressed, less happy, anxious, depressed, stuck, procrastinating, less happy in relationships, less focused, more likely to reach for comfort foods or distraction or shopping to comfort ourselves from the stress and pain of being who we are.

But if we could give ourselves love, it would start to heal all of this. 

Everything could shift. We could deal with uncertainty and chaos and difficulty in a much more resilient way.

Giving ourselves love is such an important act of self-care, and yet is rarely ever done.

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Feel your stress and pain and send yourself love

      How to give ourselves love regularly

Set reminders for yourself, everywhere you go. Put reminders on your fridge, on your computer, on your phone, on your bathroom mirror, in your car, at your desk, near your TV.

The reminders only need to be two words: “Love yourself.”

When you see the reminder, the act is very simple (even if it doesn’t feel natural to most people yet – please give it time): 

--Pause and feel any stress, pain, self-doubt, anger, frustration, anxiety you might be feeling. Let yourself actually feel it, physically in your body, for just a few moments. It’s OK to feel this. 

--Now give yourself the balm of love. As weird or silly as it feels, just try it. Imagine first that you are sending love to someone you love very much – your child, your parent, your best friend. Imagine them going through difficulty, and send love from your heart to theirs, hoping to make them better. Notice how that feels in your own heart. Now try it for yourself, generating the same feeling in your heart, but sending it to yourself instead. 

--Feel the love as a healing balm. No matter how little you’re able to generate, feel it wash over your stress, pain, anger, doubt – like a thick, syrupy liquid soothing the pain. Let yourself receive this love like the love you’ve been craving.

It’s that simple. It only takes a few moments – feel your stress and pain, send yourself love, let yourself feel it.

Do it eight times a day. Or a dozen, if you can.

You need this care. Don’t hold it back from yourself any longer. 

In Peace, Love and Gratitude. 

‘Til next time. 

Dr.Vidya Reddy, ND, AMS, DAC, CLC

Boys & Girls Club leader to be honored at this weekend’s Laguna Hero Fest

The MY HERO Project is proud to announce that Pam Estes will be the recipient of the 2019 Community Hero Award for her ongoing support of local youth. Estes, who is Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, will receive the award at the annual Laguna Hero Fest this weekend. 

This is the 12th anniversary of the Laguna Hero Fest, which honors individuals and organizations who have made contributions to the Laguna Beach community. The event takes place Saturday, Nov 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Canyon Branch. 

Since Estes joined the Boys & Girls Club in 2001, the number of youths served rose from 850 to more than 4,000. She and her 50-person staff have created a lovely, safe space for local school kids to learn, play, and grow. Physical outlets, from team sports to gardening, encourage physical activity, while art, education, and STEM programs nurture young minds. Summer camps and field trips create a sense of community and promote each child’s love of learning. 

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Pam Estes to be honored at Laguna Hero Fest on Saturday, all are welcome to attend

Saturday’s Laguna Hero Fest will be a family-friendly afternoon that will include art activities, live performances, and the screening of inspiring films. MY HERO Media Arts mentors will help students create unique works of art and kids will work with rapper/hip-hop dancer Trey Carlisle in choreographing an original performance. Filmmaker Marc Ostrick will show a film Made in Madras, the story of a teenage soccer player living on the streets in India. The film is this year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award at the MY HERO International Film Festival.

“The MY HERO Project has had the opportunity to work with the leadership at the Boys and Girls Club over the years and it is with great admiration and respect that we select Pam Estes to the be recipient of the Laguna Hero Fest 2019 Community Hero Award,” says Jeanne Meyers, Co-founder and Director of The MY HERO Project. “Pam has guided this most important local institution serving thousands of youth and families since she came on board 18 years ago.”

The MY HERO Project is a Laguna Beach-based organization with a mission to celebrate heroes from all walks of life. Support for the Laguna Hero Fest comes in part from the City of Laguna Beach and the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. 

Art activities for the festival are being funded by the FOA Foundation and media partners include Stu News Laguna and local radio station KX 93.5. 

Tickets are free but donations are welcome to support the ongoing work of The MY HERO Project. 


The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Canyon Branch is located at
1085 Laguna Canyon Rd.

City to host “Open for Business Workshop” on Nov 21

The next “Open for Business” workshop will be hosted by the City of Laguna Beach on Thursday, Nov 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center.

Workshop participants will include Planning Commissioners, representatives from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony Viera, Associate City Planner for the City of Laguna Beach.

City to host The Drake

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The Drake recently opened at 2894 South Coast Hwy

“These meetings are an excellent way for prospective businesses to get an overview of our City’s processes,” states Planning Commissioner Susan Whitin.

As a result of the workshops last year, several new businesses came to Laguna Beach, and others are planned for the future. 

For more information, contact Anthony Viera, Associate Planner at (949) 497-0398 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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