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Pancakes and people galore at the Annual Firefighters Labor Day Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes and pancakes

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Photo by Tom Berndt

Pancakes and Chief Garcia

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Pancakes and Dicterow

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Pancakes and 4 guys

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Pancakes and couple

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Pancakes and Jonah

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There was no shortage of pancakes at The Annual Firefighters Labor Day Pancake Breakfast. Firefighters and friends flipped and served all morning long.

Where’s Maggi – the answers!

This sculpture is one of Maggi’s favorites in town. And she knows where it is.

Who else knew where this is? Chiming in with the correct location answers were Janene Freitas, John Walker, Ashley Johnson (who said, “Love this public art piece in Village Green Park”), and Cynthia Duesberg (“I love this statue too!”). 

Thanks for keeping up with Maggi.

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

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Public art sculpture located at Village Green Park, South Laguna 

THE FARM jams at end of summer session with Locals Night crowd at Sawdust Festival

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

THE FARM, a super band of some of Laguna’s finest musicians, comes together just a couple of times a year to perform, and last Thursday was one of them. And did the crowd jam, big time.

The Farm with Doug Miller

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The Farm wild dancing

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The Farm Scott

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Our own Scott Brashier on the other side of the camera

THE FARM was together again, hosting a musical fiesta like no other! The biggest band in town, featuring the following performers: Anesha Rose, Richie Uhl, Morgan Burrell, Rob Boyd, Russell Long, Kenny Cosca, Andrew Corradini, Albert Margolis, Robert Jon Burrison, Ben Wagner, Jason Brown, Max Vega, Steve Wood, and Doug Miller. 

The Farm blue pants

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The Farm crowd

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Huge Sawdust crowd can’t get enough of music

As Mary Hurlbut said, “It was an incredible sound with that many (12) talented, Laguna musicians performing. They all play in other bands and get together to jam 3-4 times a year.

Stu News and KX 93.5 partner to present exciting candidate forum, get tickets today

Stu News Laguna and KX 93.5 FM have partnered to present an exciting candidate forum together, to be held on Tuesday, Oct 2 at The Woman’s Club. All are invited to attend. 

The forum will feature a unique and lively format, a reception beforehand to “meet your neighbors,” and even swag bags for attendees. Tickets are available at

The forum will be moderated by Shaena Stabler and Tyler Russell, who will facilitate discussion among the candidates and also ask questions posed by members of the community. Topics may include parking/traffic/congestion, business/commerce, city finances, public safety, tourism, and much more.

“Laguna is at a pivotal moment in history. This City Council election could shape the future of our arts colony, and KX 93.5 is proud to assist in leading the discussion that will allow the public to make an informed choice,” says Tyler Russell, KX 93.5 Program Director and Founder.

“The forum will be 100% nonpartisan,” adds Shaena Stabler, Publisher and Editor of Stu News. “It will be hard but it will be fair [for the candidates],” she says. “Like a playoff football game.”

Stabler says this is something Stu and she had planned doing together. “I am honored to carry the torch in his honor, and produce this important event with KX 93.5 for our community,” says Stabler. “This year’s election is a watershed moment in our community’s history, and we will do everything we can to help our readers have the information they need to make the choices they feel best represent them.”

The forum will also be “extra lively,” she says. “We’re going to have clappers for people to “clap for” the candidates whose statements resonate most with them – and a Stu-style reception beforehand to “break some bread together as neighbors.”

Stu News clappers

Give your favorite candidates a hand at Stu News Laguna and KX 93.5’s 2018 City Council Candidate Forum

Also a first, the forum will be broadcast live on KX 93.5 (both on the radio and online) as well as video streamed live on Facebook.

The event will be ticketed with a small donation of $20 going towards “Tune In, Drop Out, and Vote” – a public awareness campaign on KX.5 encouraging voter registration and participation. “We had about 10,000 Laguna Beach residents vote in the last election. I would like to challenge ourselves as a community to get that number up to 12,000 this year,” remarks Stabler.

Tickets are available now at

Stu News and KX 93.5 encourage you to get your tickets today. They would also like to thank their event sponsors, including CBE Solutions, Dave Csira, Julie Laughton, AG Vision, The Ballesteros Team, and Laguna Baguettes.

LB Girl Scout Katie Palino and her LBHS “Coastal Clean Up OC Club” hold cleanup on Saturday, Sept 15

Laguna Beach Girl Scout Katie Palino and her Laguna Beach High School “Coastal Clean Up OC Club” ask residents and visitors to join them as they participate in Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept 15. 

Orange County’s cleanup sites are part of California Coastal Cleanup Day, which is organized by the California Coastal Commission. This statewide event is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer event on the planet. 

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m., and bring a five-gallon bucket and gloves to Laguna Avenue and PCH on the Main Beach boardwalk near the Hotel Laguna building. As a promoter of environmental stewardship, Katie is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. This most esteemed, prestigious and coveted award is the highest that a Scout can achieve. 

LB Girl trash

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Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept 15 at 9 a.m.

Saturday’s cleanup is a part of Katie’s focused effort to increase awareness levels, educating and informing other youth about how we can address the problem of pollutants like trash entering both inland and marine ecosystems. The primary focus in her self-designed project is in the prevention, reduction and removal of all contaminants from storm drain systems and streams, especially water-borne noxious substances in urban runoff that lead to real health dangers for recreational users of local waters. 

For additional information regarding her Project or how to get involved, contact Katie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Belmont Village Senior Living coming to Aliso Viejo in early 2019, Open House on Sunday, Sept 16

When Belmont Village Aliso Viejo opens in early 2019, it will be the 12th Belmont Village community in California, and the 29th in the U.S. and Mexico City, for the company who builds and operates each community with an emphasis on keeping residents happy, healthy and engaged. This unique, hands-on perspective is what Belmont Village Founder and CEO Patricia Will believes is the secret to the company’s success. 

Prior to the building’s opening, those who are interested in knowing more about the community or who want to make a reservation can visit the Belmont Village Information Center located at 22912 Pacific Park Dr., Suite E in Aliso Viejo. Belmont Village is hosting a “Sip & See” Open House on Sunday, Sept 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pacific Park. RSVPs are requested by calling (949) 643-1050.

Belmont Village Will

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Patricia Will, Belmont Village founder and CEO

Belmont Village Founder & CEO Patricia Will plans to be on hand to introduce the new team and provide an update on construction progress at Belmont Village Aliso Viejo, currently underway at 300 Freedom Lane.

Their vision is: “Belmont Village will be the leading developer and operator of Assisted Living communities in the nation’s largest cities. We set a standard for operating excellence and value. Our locations, buildings, and systems are designed to foster an environment where all community members – seniors, their families, employees, and investors – can learn, grow, live well, and prosper.” 

Belmont Village is nationally recognized for its premier senior living communities. They trace their success to a founding vision to see aging as a gift and to serve residents with an uncompromising program of architecture, hospitality and care. Rooted in their vision is the acknowledgment of the needs of residents and the opportunities that remain to live a rich and fulfilling life. 

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Belmont Village Senior Living

“Everything we do has an underlying therapeutic goal to support our residents’ health and wellness so that they can continue to enjoy engaging, purposeful lives,” says Will. “It starts from the ground up, how we build and license our communities, the research that goes into our programs, how we staff and train, it’s all part of the same goal and we give thought to every detail.” 

The Mediterranean-style three-story building will be licensed as a Residential Care Facility, housing 148 private residences for Assisted Living and Memory Care. Apartment selections will include studio and one-bedroom plans with a monthly fee structure, no large buy-in or long-term commitment required for move-in. 

Residents of Belmont Village Aliso Viejo will enjoy beautiful views and expansive common spaces indoors and out, including a heated salt-water pool and a professionally managed fitness center for wellness programs and therapy services. Hospitality, services and programs include chef-prepared meals, housekeeping and transportation, enrichment and social activities, and support from a well-trained staff, including a licensed nurse on-site 24/7. 

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International Sanctuary hosts event to empower survivors of human trafficking on Sunday, Sept 16 

The not-for-profit International Sanctuary celebrates its 11th year by hosting an evening of powerful stories about human trafficking around the world. A dinner and reception held at [seven degrees] on Sunday, Sept 16 will raise funds for women and girls striving for a better future. 

“Human trafficking is an epidemic hidden in plain sight,” says International Sanctuary founder Wendy Dailey. “This criminal industry generates $150 billion annually and affects every country in the world, including the United States. This annual event helps us come together and socialize with fellow humanitarians who are passionate about fighting for freedom.” 

Tickets are $200 per person and tables start at $1,200. The evening begins at 5 p.m. and cocktail attire is recommended. Attendees will enjoy a Ketel One martini bar, dinner buffet and dessert bar, and browse high end items at the Silent Auction or shop exclusive PURPOSE Jewelry pieces, while socializing with others who care about fighting for freedom. 

International Sanctuary girls

Event on Sept 16 raises funds for women and girls escaping trafficking

The event celebrates the community coming together and facilitating efforts to end modern-day slavery. It will compose of storytelling, compelling subject matter speakers and the launch of a new collection from PURPOSE jewelry, International Sanctuary’s social enterprise. PURPOSE products are handcrafted by survivor artisans and every purchase changes lives. 

“The art of jewelry making, paired with holistic care, ensures every artisan gains dignity and hope for the future,” adds Dailey. 

International Sanctuary has served hundreds of girls and women escaping trafficking by providing them a safe, healing workplace where they can learn and grow. By providing transferable work skills, meaningful employment, and a steady income, International Sanctuary helps these women flourish into leaders, providers and advocates. 

International Sanctuary Purpose jewelry

PURPOSE jewelry is handcrafted by survivor artisans

International Sanctuary was founded in 2007 to empower girls and women escaping human trafficking. The not-for-profit organization has grown to four sanctuaries globally (India, Uganda, Mexico and OC, CA) and provides young women and girls escaping human trafficking the tools they need to rebuild their lives. 

They offer income, health, education and community, filling the gap between rescue and restoration. PURPOSE Jewelry is the social enterprise that supports International Sanctuary with sales of unique jewelry handcrafted by artisan survivors. Every purchase changes lives and 100 percent of PURPOSE proceeds go to the fight for freedom. 

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

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Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival is this weekend

In celebration of California’s rich maritime history, the Ocean Institute annually hosts a fleet of historic tall ships that sail into Dana Point Harbor. History comes alive as crews from each ship, along with historical re-enactors, engage the public in tall ship parades, cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, and more.

Special events on Friday

On Friday, Sept 7, from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. The Parade of Sail sets off. Participants may sail on any one of the historic tall ships, watch the sun dip below the horizon and kick off the 34th annual Festival. Work with the crew hauling up the sails or simply sit back and enjoy the wind, sights, and sounds while the ocean breeze fills the sails. Bring a camera to capture the unforgettable views and the firing cannon during the sail along the coast.

From 6 - 9 p.m. it’s the Sails ‘n Ales Kick Off Party. Celebrate the kick-off of the 34th Annual Ocean Institute Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba, with Sails ‘n Ales Party. Enjoy craft beer tasting from California breweries (Sierra Nevada, Mother Earth Brew Company, Lost Winds Brewing, Bottle Logic Brewing, Stereo Brewing, and Docent Brewing), live music from LA Edwards, food trucks and prime viewing for Parade of Sail.

Tall Ships Festival

On Saturday, Sept 8 and Sunday, Sept 9, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., there will be many ways to enjoy the Tall Ships Festival.

Begin with tours of the Brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, and all visiting vessels from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

From 9 - 10:30 a.m. enjoy Breakfast with a Mermaid. The special mermaid friend delivers a one-of-a-kind breakfast experience. Meet the mermaid friend, make a fun mermaid craft, enjoy pancakes, and watch the mermaids swim under water. Book tickets in advance for this sell-out event.

From 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. come aboard the Spirit of Dana Point and the armada of ships as they set sail to engage in the Festival’s most exciting and captivating experience: Cannon Battles. Join the crew as they harness the power of the wind to maneuver and position themselves to gain the advantage.

Admission tickets also include access to Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, Main Stage, and Pirate Camp. There will be food trucks and shopping in the “Peddler’s Village.”

Educational activities will include squid dissections, gold panning, candle making, story time with a mermaid, pirate lessons, and more.

Ocean Institutes

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Admission passes are $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-14 years old, and Family 4 Pack tickets for $30.

For tickets and information, click here.


Cap’n Jack’s Pirate School – Historic Maritime Wharf: Noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. “School” is back in session – Cap’n Jack’s School for Lil’ Scalliwags has some new lesson plans for his pirates-in-training! Suitable for ages 8-12. *Additional purchase required of $5.00 per person.

Mermaid Swim Encounters – Surf Science Lab: 11:30 a.m., 1:15 pm, 3:30 pm Meet Ocean Institute’s special mermaid and see her swim! Suitable for ages 2-12; must be accompanied by an adult. *Additional purchase required of $5.00 per person.

Mermaid Talks – Samueli Center: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. How do mermaids communicate underwater? Find out during this interactive story time with Sheroes Entertainment’s Mermaids.

Naval Historical Show – Pilgrim: 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Experience life during the Revolutionary War during this standing room show performed by skill re-enactors on the deck of the Brig Pilgrim.

Peddler’s Village – Pier Lot: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy grub and shop the fare of local craftsmen.

Pirate Camp – Baby Beach: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn from historic re-enactors including blacksmiths, pirates, and more. Enjoy live music from Los Rios Rock School and cold beer from the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden. 

Sailor’s Life Tour – Historic Maritime Wharf: 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m. Raise sail, move cargo, and more during this hands-on activity on our historical maritime wharf at the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center.

Seafarer’s Landing – Main Lot: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore hands-on science and history throughout the day including candle-making, gold panning, knot tying, and more.

Squid Dissections – At Sea Lab: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m. Join our naturalists as we use scientific inquiry to discover the internal anatomy of a squid.

Tall Ship Tours – Maddie James Seaside Learning Center: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Step aboard and step back in time. Tour all the historic tall ships, including Ocean Institute’s Brig Pilgrim and Spirit of Dana Point.

The Tall Ships

Spirit of Dana Point: Gaff Schooner, 114 feet. Built by Dennis Holland in his yard in Coast Mesa in the 1970s and early 1980s. 

Pilgrim: Brig, 98 feet.  Replica of the ship sailed by Richard Henry Dana Jr., and immortalized in his memoir Two Years Before the Mast. 

Californian: Topsail Schooner, 145 feet. In 2003 Californian became the official tall ship of the state of California. 

America: Gaff Schooner, 139 feet. Replica of the yacht America’s Cup is named after. 

Curlew: Schooner, 82 feet. Built in 1926, Curlew is the most senior ship in the Tall Ships Festival. 

Exy Johnson: Brigantine, 113 feet. Named after Exy Johnson who sailed around the world seven times. 

Irving Johnson: Brigantine, 113 feet. Along with Exy, launched in 2002 they are the newest ships in the Tall Ships Festival. 

Bill of Rights: Schooner, 129 feet. Constructed in 1971 in South Bristol Maine by Harvey F. Gamage.

Girls Night Out benefitting the Boys & Girls Club –grab your BFF and enjoy girl time for a cause

The 10th Annual Girls Night Out event, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” will take place on September 27 from 6 - 10 p.m., at the beautiful Wilson family home. With a breathtaking view and a fun night filled with endless surprises, tickets tend to sell out quickly – they do each year.

This is the night to grab your BFF, rock your favorite outfit and have a blast!

Tickets are $150 through September 21, and $160 after that. Tickets can be purchased online at

Girls Night Out House

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“Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” a Girls Night Out evening of fundraising for the Boys & Girls Club, will be at the Wilson home (pictured here) on September 27

The evening includes all the Girly Essentials: Fabulous food, signature cocktails, wine, pampering, spending an evening in a gorgeous oceanfront home, swag bags, and shopping. What more could you ask for? Jewelry!

There will be an opportunity drawing for three amazing prizes: 3rd place prize, freshwater Mabe Pearl earrings; 2nd place, strand of freshwater Cultured Pearls; 1st place, a Diamond Pendant on diamond chain ($10,000 value). Only 200 raffle tickets will be sold ($100 each or two for $150, you do not need to be present to win). You could win one of these amazing prizes!

Generous donors who are helping support this event include Montage Resort, Newport Lexus dealership, Wilson Automotive, Starfish, and Winston’s Crown Jewelers.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Michelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Health in Balance hosts Community Appreciation Day September 20

Health in Balance is offering free treatments all afternoon on September 20, expressing gratitude for their patients and the community. For their annual Community Appreciation Day, the group opens up its practice and offers free treatment all day, and raises money for local charities.

Health in Balance Arthur

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Chiropractor Dr Gary Arthur works on a patient

There will be complimentary: Chiropractic Adjustments, Therapy Massage Treatments, B-12 Shots, and Consultations for new guests, plus 50 percent off IVs and Detox Foot Baths. Guests will receive goodie bags and healthy food, provided from local sources.

Health in Balance will have health stations with information on Mind-Body Health, Genetic Weight Loss, Allergy Testing, Nutrition and Immunity, Flexibility and Home Care, Essential Oil Living, and more.

Health in Balance Team

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The Health in Balance Integrative Medicine team

Community Appreciation Day will raise money for the Friendship Shelter, and the Dominguez Roth Integrative Medical Foundation.

Spread the healing to your loved ones. Anyone new to the facility will receive a complimentary consultation with one of the doctors along with their treatment.

Schedule your treatment time at or call (949) 497-2553. Walk-ins also welcome, but RSVP is recommended.

Health in Balance is located at 330 Park Ave Suite #3.

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