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The Historical Society will present a program on the Laguna Playhouse in City Chambers Oct 11

Historian Glenna Matthews will present a program on the Laguna Playhouse, sponsored by the Laguna Beach Historical Society, on Oct 11 in the Council Chambers. 

Matthews grew up in Laguna and attended plays with her parents and participated in theater productions. Her mother ushered, father and daughter performed. 

Her first role was in “You Can’t Take It With You” in 1946, according to a blurb in the Historical Society newsletter.  

Matthews will draw on her own experience and on her Master’s thesis on the history of the theater until 1960 for “The Laguna Playhouse – A Treasured Community Institution.”

She will be assisted by Carolyn Hobart Fisch, Deborah Paul Kermode and Jennie Williamson. 

Matthews, who lived away from Laguna for decades, wants to share her treasured memories now that she has returned to the city. 

Admission to the presentation is free. However donations are appreciated and may be made online by Pay Pal or credit card at or by mail to Laguna Beach Historical Society, 278 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, CA, 92651. 

Membership is $25 for an individual, which includes the newsletter, entry to society programs, and visits to Murphy Smith Bungalow on Ocean Avenue, next to Whole Foods.

The next presentation will be on No. 16, at the Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in Laguna Beach.

--By Barbara Diamond 

National Coffee with a Cop Day: LBPD will host local event on Oct 4 between 7:30 and 10 a.m.

Laguna Beach police officers will be available for coffee and conversation on Wednesday Oct 4 between 7:30 and 10 a.m. at Moulin Bistro, 248 Forest Ave. 

The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers in your neighborhood. 

The LB police department is hoping for a large turnout and friendly discussions about issues of importance to neighbors.

Laguna pianist/songwriter Carol Roman celebrates her new CD with live performance Sun Oct 15

Laguna pianist/songwriter Carol Roman will celebrate the release of her new CD, Going Home, Songs of Comfort with a live performance on Sunday, Oct 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Unity of Tustin, 14402 Prospect Ave, Tustin. 

The concert will include a seven-piece band, six vocalists, and a choir.  This is Roman’s fourth CD.

“As an artist, I dealt with loss by writing music in memoriam to loved ones close to my heart. The deeper my love, the longer it took me to heal,” Carol says. “I cried for nine months when I lost my mom. So the music in the CD was a healing process that evolved slowly.

“The entire CD took me eight years to complete. Each song captures the essence of the person I wrote it for.”

Going Home contains many inspirational ballads, both instrumental and vocal, and includes a tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and 9/11. 

Carol started piano at the age of 6, and wrote her first composition when she was 10. “It was in the style of a Chopin Mazurka. I still remember it,” she says.

She played piano for her first musical show when she was 13. At 19, she was touring Europe and the Middle East and started her first band when she came back to the US.  

“That’s when I started to incorporate other styles of music into my playing,” Carol says. Going Home, Songs of Comfort is available at, CD Baby and iTunes.

Jen Hoy, healer, will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Indigenous People’s Day

Jen Hoy, healer, will speak at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Indigenous People’s Day, Sunday, Oct 10. Her topic will be My Heart Speaks: Honoring Our Creator from an Indigenous Perspective Guest Speaker 

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Jen Hoy, speaker and healer

Jen Hoy is a healer trained in the arts of shamanic alchemy, energy medicine, and intuitive diagnosis. Because our First Nation Elders understood the ways of nature, they could walk upon the earth with reverence, light feet, and large hearts. 

On Sunday Oct 8 at 10:30 a.m., in honor of Indigenous People’s Day, Jen Hoy will help her audience remember how their own footsteps can become gentle, and how they can connect with the deep wisdom of the earth. 

Residents are invited to join the members of the UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach, as they connect with nature, and begin to heal both themselves and the earth. 

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach is located at 429 Cypress Drive,

Sunday with Scott part one…


Scott Brashier, one of our terrific photographers, spent last Sunday capturing images of planes, trains, and automobiles – oops, not trains – and his photographs are so terrific that we though we’d share lots of them with you in a combined gallery. 

Here’s to Scott’s simply sensational Sunday…first at the Rotary Club’s Invitational Classic Car Show in Laguna Beach, and then (see Second Front Page) at the Air Show in Huntington Beach.

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Classic cars beautifully captured by Scott

Sukkot activities at Chabad Laguna Beach will include the eighth annual Sukkah Hop

Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish holiday that comes five days after Yom Kippur. Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection God provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. Jewish people celebrate Sukkot by dwelling in a foliage-covered booth known as a Sukkah, and by taking the “Four Kinds”, four special species of vegetation.

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Sukkot activities take place five days after Yom Kippur

The following is the schedule of events at Chabad Laguna Beach. On Wed Oct 4, evening service will be at 7; on Thurs Oct 5 and Fri Oct 6, morning service will be at 10:30 a.m. and evening service will be at 7 p.m.; on Sat Oct 7, Shabbat service will be at 10:30 a.m.

On Sunday, Oct 8, beginning at 5 p.m., residents are invited to join in a tour of neighborhood Sukkahs, enjoying schmoozing, great spirit and a delicious progressive dinner. 

Beginning down south and ending in North Laguna, the Sukkah Hop is a fun celebration of unity and rejoicing.

Then, on Tues Oct 10 at 4:30 p.m., celebrate Sundaes in the Sukkah, a JYZ Youth Zone event for kids of all ages. Kids will build their own sundaes, create wooden holiday crafts, enjoy stories, activities, and Lulav and Etrog Shakes, for just $7 per child.

For more information and to learn the Sukkah Hop route, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Mary’s Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals and bratwurst lunch takes place Sun Oct 8

St. Mary’s Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals and Bratwurst lunch takes place Sun Oct 8. It’s a fun service during which pets (or pictures of pets) and their humans are given a special blessing by the priest in charge, Fr. Lester Mackenzie.

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Thinking that my cat Boris seems to have his paws together in prayer, perhaps hoping for a blessing?

The cost is adults $10, kids $5. St. Mary’s Church is located at 428 Park Ave.

Skipper sculpture is proposed to celebrate his unique place in Laguna’s history: Fundraiser on Oct 13

Forest and Ocean Gallery artist Randy Morgan, along with Skipper fans, are proposing the creation of a bronze life-size sculpture monument of Skipper Carrillo, along with a plaque, telling the Skipper story and honoring his unique place in Laguna Beach High School history.

The “Have a home run day” monument will honor this inspirational character and consolidate his place in the community and Laguna lore. 

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Skipper Carillo in his “dugout”

Funding for the monument will come from private donations.

Randy Morgan says, «I’m honored to be the artist to create the life-sized bronze monument sculpture of our beloved Skipper entitled Have a Home Run Day to honor his life and legend and his place in Laguna lore as one of Laguna Beach’s most beloved characters. 

“The sculpture will be created in bronze classic old world style, chosen patina, and will capture the smiling Skipper, waving his arms and yelling his mantra...”Have a home run day” (how many times have we seen him do it!). A donor plaque, and a plaque telling Skipper’s life story, will also be placed at the site, fulfilling a promise made to Skipper and his family to create the monument.”

Forest & Ocean Gallery will host a fundraising party on Friday, Oct 13, from 6 - 9 p.m. Skipper and his sister Alicia will be present. The intended location of the monument will be announced at the event.

There will be “thank you” gifts for all donations.

Contact Forest & Ocean Gallery for more details. The Gallery is located at

480 Ocean Ave. (949)371-3313

Rainbow Radio: Views of every hue from the LGBT community are aired weekly; hosted by Craig Cooley

Rainbow Radio, a new weekly KX 93.5 FM radio show hosted by Craig Cooley, who is also the manager of Main Street Bar & Cabaret, airs on Saturday mornings between 9 and 10 a.m. and is also available on podcast. 

“As the POA and co-owner of Main Street Bar, my brother James and I couldn’t be happier for Craig and his new endeavor. Though [Craig] is still very Main Street I have only encouraged him to pursue this opportunity! I feel the new radio show will further support the LGBT community for all those that it reaches,” Wendy Nelson was quick to note about Craig’s new gig.

“There’s no other beach city with this strong connection to the arts, and so much of its character is a result of contributions from gay people in the arts, theatre, restaurants, architecture, everything, over decades in our thriving community,” Craig Cooley says. 

“While Rainbow Radio wants to represent the history and tremendous and intrinsic contributions that the local LGBT community has contributed over the years to Laguna’s culture, it also, perhaps most importantly, wants to be a vibrant part of Laguna Beach’s future – to support, entertain, and inform the community. 

“It is the hope that the program is a major ‘value added’ part and thriving proponent of what Laguna Beach has to offer as a home for many and a shining star on the Pacific Ocean for the year-round visitors to our fair city to enjoy as much as we do.” 

The show’s first featured guest was Chris Tebbutt, member of the Laguna Beach LGBT Culture & Heritage Committee and the driving force behind the City’s proclamation of June as Gay Culture & Heritage Month.

“I was so honored and excited to be Craig’s first guest,” Tebbutt says. “It’s part of the wave of enthusiasm that is happening here in Laguna for the outward expression of love, diversity and inclusion in our town. To me, the “rainbow” represents all, not just the LGBT community. It includes all colors, and just what our beloved city of Laguna Beach embraces.” 

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Chris Tebbutt being interviewed by Craig Cooley

During the show, Tebbutt recalled how he first met Craig, to ask if they could hold a Parents’ Night Out at Main Street Bar & Grill. 

“We got to talking about ‘bringing the gay back in Laguna’ and, next thing you know, we are meeting with the Mayor talking about a Proclamation at City Hall,” Tebbutt says. 

“We also discussed some of the work being done by the Laguna Beach LGBT Heritage & Culture Committee, including an art exhibit scheduled in City Hall for July-August 2018, of photographic portraits of LGBT residents who died of HIV or AIDS; participation in the Patriots Day Parade by the Laguna Beach LGBT Heritage & Culture Committee; and how to work with LBUSD to ensure schools have the resources implemented to welcome and respect our LGBT community.” 

Founder of KX93.5, Tyler Russell, adds, “As Laguna’s only radio station, it’s important to us to be inclusive and representative of every person in town, and we’re thrilled at the opportunity to give a voice to this community, which is such an important part of Laguna’s history.”

Stu News asked Craig if he had ever hosted a radio show before.

“While I have hosted many events, moderated panels, and have a long list of public speaking, no, never specifically as a radio host/announcer,” Craig said. “Although as a young boy growing up, it was a dream that somehow got moved to the side, so you could say that I am realizing my childhood dream decades years later!”

He says the most challenging aspect of the job is getting the technical o operation of the equipment down, the music and program content lined up and ready to go – but he is learning fast... 

“I absolutely love interviewing guests, I love to get their perspective on many things, career-wise and personal, get to the heart of what is going on locally and culturally; for me, the “human element” is the best part of the job,” Craig adds. 

Ultimate goal: A global audience

“I want the program to become a strong and proud voice of the entire community that reaches global audience. One that provokes thought, informs, entertains, and brings a proud and inclusive community together. Beyond that, I would like it to be so successful that it garners widespread syndicated distribution. I may have to work really hard on that part!”

Last Saturday, the program hosted Tony Nunez, small business entrepreneur/dance teacher and a former national salsa finalist, and Chance McKee, director of annual giving for the AIDS Services Foundation.

Other programming for the weekly Rainbow Radio show will include a featured artist and the ever-fabulous Endora, who will stop by the station to offer her cheeky advice now and again.

Listen online at or tune in to Laguna’s own KX 93.5 every Saturday morning from 9 10 a.m. to listen to Rainbow Radio. Visit for more information or

Come see what the buzz is about bees: Josie Goodenow speaks at Garden Club on Oct 13

On Fri, Oct 13, Josie Goodenow, California Garden Clubs Inc. and California Consultants Council Chairman, educates Laguna Beach Garden Club members on “All About Bees.” The meeting begins with a social get-together at 9:30 a.m., followed by the General Meeting at 10 a.m. The public is welcome, there is no charge for guests on a first visit.

Josie’s program will cover the differences between native bees (specifically the Blue Orchard Mason Bee) and the European honeybee, and how to increase the bee populations and improve the health of one’s yard.

Josie Goodenow has served as bee chairperson for the California Garden Clubs Inc. since 2014. In this capacity, she has provided programs on these fascinating pollinators throughout the state. There are many differences between the European honeybee and native bees, specifically the Blue Orchard Mason Bee. These gentle solitary bees can be raised in our backyard to increase the bee population and improve the health of neighborhood plants and trees. 

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Josie Goodenow, Bee Chairman, California Garden Clubs Inc.

When Josie retired in 2008, she joined the Garden Club, and became President in 2009, then District Director of Golden Foothills District in 2011. She accepted the Bee Chairman position with the CGCI and Pacific Region in 2014, and has given bee programs in several areas of the state.

The Laguna Beach Garden Club meets on the second Friday of every month, Sept through May at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. Before or after the meeting, attendees may browse the outdoor “Garden Boutique” where donated garden-related items and plants can be purchased at “dirt-cheap” prices. Fantastic garden gloves only $7/pair. Parking: Free in the Laguna Canyon Rd lot (spaces 300-422) or $3 for all day in spaces 185-228. 

For more information on the garden club:

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