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High tides etch sand into artistic berms

High tides berms

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Recent high tides make berms into sculptures

Where’s Maggi – the answers!

This nicely painted set of toes belongs to a statue in town. Maggi asked where and a few people found it easy. 

“That’s easy,” said Laura DuMaurier. “The location of the foot in the photo is the Eiler Larson statue in front of The Old Pottery Place, formerly The Pottery Shack, on PCH and Brooks.”

You got all that info correct, Laura. Also chiming in with correct answers were Robyn Sherain, John Walker, Kathy Bienvenue, and Cathy Bosko, who said she walks by those toes often “to take my doggers to Laguna Books and European Optical for treats!”

These toes have gotten some notice. Thanks for keeping Maggi on her toes!

There will be another photo mystery coming up on Friday. Stay tuned.

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The Eiler Larson foot, from the statue at Brooks and Coast Highway

9 new Letters to the Editor included today

Our Letters section is growing!

Though we are very clear that Letters to the Editor represent only the writers’ opinions, not ours, we love to publish them because they present a wide range of views and offer a variety of insights for the public to consider.

We invite you to keep a regular eye on our Letters section, including 9 new letters this issue, by clicking here.

Letters today include:

--“A portrait of last week’s Village Laguna forum” by Ali Rybcyzk

--A response to a previous letter by George Weiss by former mayor Elizabeth Pearson

--“Car-free Sundays in Laguna Beach” by Les Miklosy

--“Ruminations of a Reprobate Republican” by James S. McBride

--A response to endorsement by Sue Kempf

--“Know thy budget…” by Jim Gothard

--“Inclusion on City’s Historical Inventory should be voluntary” by Patrick W. Gallis

--“Residents should attend this Saturday’s Special Council Meeting” by Doug Cortez

--“Laguna Beach should have an Ocean Commission” by Mike Beanan

A reminder of our Letters to the Editor policy: 

It is our firm intention to run any letter that any Laguna Beach resident writes about Laguna Beach based issues with few exceptions. However, we will not run what we deem ad hominem letters, defined as “of an argument or reaction directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining.” We will not accept letters written about a business either positive or negative. It is much too easy for competitors to “create” letters about another business or to find a person willing to write something nice about their business. If a business is newsworthy, it is probable that we will accept such a letter. Generally, we will only change objectionable language in letters. The best rule of thumb is that the decision of the editor is final.

Please send Letters to the Editor to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for publication.

Hoop Moon

Hoop moon ocean

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Sunday night’s Harvest Moon from Main Beach

Joyce Stewart announces faith-based classes this fall

Joyce Stewart is a clinical social worker, speaker and author who specializes in helping people heal from abuse, trauma, fear, anxiety and stress. She will offer three classes this fall starting on Thursday, Sept 27 from 10 - 11 a.m., on Conscious Creation, how to create the life you want to live. 

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Joyce Stewart is an author and has a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work 

The next class will be on October 18 from 7 - 8 p.m. and is titled Freedom from Fear, learning how to live with less fear. The last class will be November 8 and the topic will be Healing Demystified, how to increase your chance of being healed. All three classes will be held at Net Works Living Room. 

Joyce started Holistic Healing Consulting where she works with people online or in person at her office in Laguna Beach. Joyce has a master’s in Clinical Social Work and has been trained in Traditional Psychotherapy, Christian Counseling, Energy Psychology and Releasement Therapy. She is the author of two books: Interconnected by God, Healing for your Spirit, Soul and Body, and God is Love, A Spiritual Journey from Fear to Love. 

For more information, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (618) 210-3500. 

Net Works Living Room is located at 303 Broadway, Suite 107.

Peace Exchange event offers information on Raabia Hawa’s efforts to stop animal poaching this Saturday

The Peace Exchange invites everyone to join them for a celebration of the Congo and Kenya, while learning about their new projects in fair trade on Saturday, Sept 29 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at 580 Broadway, Ste 204.

The gathering will honor the latest activities in the Congo and offer the opportunity to meet Raabia Hawa from The Peace Exchange’s new project in Kenya. Raabia comes to the nonprofit as a former supermodel turned park ranger working to stop animal poaching. She brings passion and awareness about the dangers of snare wire traps. 

View the video below for a personal message from Raabia regarding the event:

At the cocktail reception, The Peace Exchange will share with attendees firsthand information from their projects in Congo and Kenya, and guests can speak with their newest world changing partner, Raabia.

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Raabia Hawa and ranger amid evidence from ivory poachers

The Snare Wire Story: Snare wire creates no way of escape for wildlife once trapped. On the lookout for poachers, a park ranger’s job also includes the removal of snare wire traps. Surrounding villagers have found a way to re-purpose this deadly wire into artistic jewelry. Re-purposed snare wire art generates desperately needed income for local artisans.

Support of this effort helps bring awareness to the tragedy of snare wire poaching and has a direct effect in helping save wildlife. The Peace Exchange will be launching a snare wire bracelet line in partnership with Walk with Rangers. Proceeds from the annual event will go to Raabia and the Walk with Rangers women who create the snare wire collection. 

Peace Exchange jewelry

Jewelry made from snare wire provides income for local artisans

The cost is $30 at the door or a check can be mailed to 580 Broadway, Ste 204 (Attn: Peace Exchange). RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Space is limited. Street parking is available.

For more on The Peace Exchange, go to

Pet of the Week Jimmy is looking for a new home

Jimmy is currently taking the title of Pet of the Week. He is a five-year-old neutered male Staffy who was once adopted, but recently returned again. He would do best in a one dog home, as he prefers all the attention and that environment is more suitable for him overall. Nancy Goodwin, shelter director, hopes to see Jimmy adopted as soon as possible. She says will make a good companion to all.

Pet of the week Jimmy

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Jimmy is looking for a new home to take him in

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

The LB Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd. Call (949) 497-3552 or go to the website for information on adoption procedures:

BC Space features Mark Chamberlain prints on view through Oct 31

BC Space is pleased to present an exhibition and sale of Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, created and printed during the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition, Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, opened on Friday and will be on view with his work available for purchase until October 31. 

BC Space features people

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(L-R) Miriam Smith, Rick Conkey and Liz Goldner, former partner of Mark Chamberlain, at Friday’s opening reception

Following Mark’s April 2018 passing, these historic photographic artworks represent a rare collecting opportunity, explains Miriam Smith, art consultant and founder of Art Resource Group, Irvine, CA.

The exhibition and sale will include Chamberlain’s well-known Future Fossils series from the 1970s and ‘80s in which he examines the California landscape of that period. “Steel and glass structures with the energetic colors in the glossy billboards that advertised the new age, dominated the western landscape. They seemed almost super realistic to me,” he explained for a 2010 exhibition.

BC Space features art

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Mark’s historic photographic artworks represent a rare collecting opportunity

Mark Chamberlain co-founded BC Space Gallery in 1973 with Jerry Burchfield, and operated the space solely since 1987. It is one of the longest continually running fine art photography galleries in the country.

Gallery Viewing Hours are Wednesday to Friday from 5 - 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m., and by appointment.  

BC Space Gallery is located at 235 Forest Ave.

NCL Laguna Chapter invites mothers and daughters to apply and attend Meet and Greet on Oct 2

The Laguna Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. has opened its annual membership drive kick off. Interested mothers and daughters are invited to apply from Laguna Beach and surrounding South OC communities. Applicants will be submitting for the Classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025. 

The Laguna Chapter will host its first New Member Meet & Greet on Tuesday, Oct 2 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Three Arch Bay Clubhouse. 

NCL Laguna Chapter Group

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NCL Laguna has served more than 6,000 hours throughout the community this year 

This year’s Power of Three theme represents the organization’s inspiration and enduring commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural enrichment.

The Laguna Chapter works with more than 20 local philanthropies, as well as through its own award-winning Handmade Brigade and NCL Laguna Storytellers program. This year, the Chapter’s mothers and daughters have served more than 6,000 hours. 

RSVP to Kelly Boyd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or click here to find out more about membership.

Touching Remembrance Ceremony marks the fifth anniversary of Officer Jon Coutchie’s passing

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Beloved fallen LBPD Motor Officer Jon Coutchie, who, devastatingly, was killed in a crash on Sept 21, 2013, at the young age of 41, was remembered last Friday, Sept 21 at the City Remembrance Ceremony, along with Officer Gordon French, who was killed while on duty in 1953. 

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Honor guards

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Gabbi Denny, LBHS junior, sings the National Anthem; Capt Jeff Calvert salutes

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Luciana Coutchie, Officer Jon Coutchie’s mother, with Corp David Gensemer

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The Irvine Honor Guard prepares for the 21-gun salute

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Guests placed roses at the foot of the memorial

Six months after Coutchie became a motor officer in March 2013, he died after a crash at Cleo Street and Coast Highway while responding to a report of a reckless driver.

The ceremony marked the fifth anniversary of Officer Coutchie’s End of Watch.

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