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Dennis’ Tidbits


November 17, 2017

Remembering 224 consecutive days of 70 degrees or higher in 1997

On this date in 1997 the ocean temp in Laguna was 69 degrees ending an incredible run of 224 consecutive days of 70 or higher, a record that surely will stand for a long time. In a normal year we’ll see around 50-60 days with 70 or warmer. We’ve had a couple of years, 1959 and 1991 when the temp never even made it to 70.

The amazing run began on April 5, 1997 when the water temp reached 70 which was about 10 degrees above normal for that date. Sometimes our coldest ocean temps can be found in early April, a result of strong westerly winds that frequently blow during much of March causing significant upwelling, but March of ’97 was very quiet with no measureable rain and devoid of any fast moving cold fronts that blast through here from the northwest. Most of March that year saw little or no wind and if it did blow it was from the south and with the spring sun getting higher in the sky, steady warming resulted throughout March.

By tax day on April 15 the water temp was an unprecedented 75 degrees, a record that likely wouldn’t be eclipsed anytime soon. I’m thinkin’ OK…this is a fluke. This is too good to be true! The westerlies will certainly show up any day now and temps will tumble but that never happened. The remainder of April saw average temps at 71.5, never dropping below that wonderful 70 mark.

Same deal for May with an average for the month of 71.7 peaking at 74 from May 10-12. That’s when a huge influx of red crab washed up on our beaches just like in May of 1983. I might note here that as early as March of 1997 the NOAA announced that a mega El Nino was rapidly gaining strength and would arguably end up being the strongest event of its kind of the 20th century, at least matching or surpassing the 1982-83 event, surely a 10 on a scale of 10, 10 being the highest., and it would peak in strength during the upcoming fall and the winter of 1997-98. Another feature of that event was the absence of May Gray and June Gloom with only two days of the crud each month with lots of sunny days, thus allowing surface temps to remain at high levels.

July and August logged an average water temp of 73.5 never dropping below 71. Then September got really warm with a two week run of 77 degrees from the 10th through the 25th. October didn’t cool down much with an average of 71.4 and as late as November 16 it was still at 70. By December 1 it was still a balmy 67 and still 64 on Christmas Day and only cooled to 60 throughout that entire winter before the El Nino began to weaken. The winter of 1997-98 would proceed to be Laguna’s wettest season on record with a whopping 37.27 inches. What a year! It’s supposed to be a nice weekend with lots of sun with offshores and temps in the high 70’s. 

Enjoy! ALOHA.

Hello, Mrs. Robinson; single tickets on sale now for The Graduate starring Melanie Griffith at LP on Feb 21

Single tickets are now available for the highly anticipated run of The Graduate beginning at Laguna Playhouse on Feb 21, 2018, starring Melanie Griffith as Mrs. Robinson. Tickets have been previously announced as available only through subscription packages. So, for non-subscription holders, this a great opportunity to purchase single tickets. 

The Broadway version of the Oscar winning film comes to the Laguna Playhouse for a run that will continue until March 11.

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L-R Dakota Johnson, Don Johnson, Patti D’Arbanville, Jesse Johnson, Melanie Griffith at Laguna Playhouse for Roger Miller’s King of the Road

This coming of age classic boldly celebrates a May-Dec romance in 1960’s culture, in which the future can be summed up in one word; plastics.

Melanie Griffith brings a wealth of rich acting experience to this role. She has appeared in over 60 films (and countless TV roles), and has won and been nominated for numerous screen appearances including; a nomination for the Academy Award 

Best Actress in 1989 for Working Girl, a role for which she won the Golden Globe Award in 1989. She’s also received several other Golden Globe nominations, was nominated for Best Actress by the NY Film Critics Circle Award for Working Girl, and Best Supporting Actress for the 1984 movie Body Double. 

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LB Volleyball Christmas four-person draw tournament will take place on Dec 9 at Main Beach

Laguna Beach Volleyball invites players to celebrate the season with a Christmas volleyball four person tournament, potluck lunch, and toy drive taking place on Dec 9 at 9 a.m., with check-in at Main Beach.  

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The more Santas, the merrier

Everyone is welcome, players, friends and family alike. It is a weighted draw format. Players will sign up individually and be assigned a team – players cannot make up their own teams. Family teams are allowed but players can’t choose their own ringers. LB Volleyball requests no beginners or kids under 14.

There will be music and “really cheesy but cool prizes.”

Bring a dish for the potluck lunch- think “comfort food”, the group suggests.

Electricity will be provided for crock pots. Optional “Toys For Tots” toy drive drop off is requested. Players can sign up for either division, but the group reserves the right to move players up or down to balance teams. 

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

Spread the healing as Health in Balance celebrates its 30th year with festivities and free treatments on Dec 1

To commemorate its 30th anniversary, Health in Balance opens its doors all day on Fri, Dec 1, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., for a day of festivities, free treatments, and giving back to the community through Spark of Love Drive and other local charities. To spread the healing, all residents are invited to join fun.  

Free treatments will be scheduled from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., and will include

chiropractic adjustments, therapy massage, and B-12 shots. There will be
complimentary consultations for new guests, plus half-off for a Wellness IV and detox footbath. For a treatment time, sign up on the website or telephone number listed below.

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Dr. Gary Arthur and Dr. Lisa Arthur in early years of Health in Balance

The gathering and celebration begin at 2 p.m. and continue until 5 p.m.  Live music from Skipper Carillo and Dr. G will kick off the festivities, which include food and beverages. 

Since 1987, Health in Balance has been serving the community and seeing many people healed and restored to live a flourishing lifestyle, and are grateful for the past 30 years, and excited for the many to come.

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Recent photograph of Dr. Gary and Dr. Lisa

In gratitude for success and longevity, Health in Balance believes in giving back, and they have been supporting charities since 1987.  During the celebration on Dec. 1, there will be a toy drive benefiting the Spark of Love Drive connected with the LB Fire Dept. and they will be hosting other local charities.

To request a treatment time, call (949) 497-2553, or visit The event is located at Health in Balance, 330 Park Ave, Ste 3.

Meet the Skivvies at the Playhouse this December

Laguna Playhouse is presenting The Skivvies: Sleigh My Name on Dec 18 and 19.

The Skivvies are Tony Award-nominee Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Candide, Marry Me A Little) and Nick Cearley (Pageant, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All Shook Up), along with special guest, Laguna’s favorite Jason Feddy, who will perform stripped-down versions of eclectic covers, wacky holiday mash-ups (“I Melt with You/Frosty the Snowman,” “We Got the Beat/The Little Drummer Boy”), and eccentric originals. 

Not only is the music stripped-down cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of other under-used instruments—but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. Grab your spiked eggnog, hurry down the chimney, and settle in for an evening of laughter and holiday cheer, the Playhouse suggests.

One free drink comes with all tickets, so that grab that eggnog and enjoy the show. Additional special guests will be announced soon. Visit for more information.

Aladdin and His Winter Wish set to land via magic carpet at Laguna Playhouse on Dec 7

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, Executive Director Ellen Richard and Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) have announced the final casting for Lythgoe Family Panto’s Aladdin and His Winter Wish. Written by Kris Lythgoe, directed and choreographed by Spencer Liff, musical direction by Keith Harrison and musical supervisor Michael Orland, performances begin at Laguna Playhouse with a preview on Thurs, Dec 7 (opening night on Dec. 8) and runs through Dec 31. 

Final casting includes: Jason Graae (Forever Plaid, Spamilton) as the Widow Twankey, Jason Earles (Disney’s “Hannah Montana” & “Kickin’ It”) as Wishy Washee and Jay Donnell (Mamma Mia) as the Genie. Casting is led by LFP Producer Becky Lythgoe.                            

These three talented actors will join the previously announced Kira Kosarin (three-time Kid’s Choice Award-nominee of Nickelodeon’s hit show “The Thundermans”) as Jasmine, Jason Gotay (World Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s The Prince of Egypt, title role of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Aladdin, Barry Pearl (“Grease”) as the Sultan and Josh Adamson (Big Fish, Taboo) as Abanazar. 

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Kira Kosarin plays Jasmine in Aladdin and his Winter Wish

“The holidays are the times for ‘wishes’ to come true and ours most certainly are by presenting our third Lythgoe Family Panto holiday event!” comments Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard.

An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Aladdin and His Winter Wish is a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), and contemporary music from “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire) to “Treasure” (Bruno Mars) to “Fantasy” (Earth, Wind and Fire) and many more!

Remarks Becky Lythgoe, “We are delighted to be a holiday tradition at the Laguna Playhouse and thrilled to announce this star-studded cast and creative team that will take you on yet again another magical journey, this time with flying carpets, singing camels and all of your winter wishes coming true!” 

Critics raved that Aladdin and His Winter Wish is “Irresistible! A surefire seasonal oasis,” said the Los Angeles Times; “5 Out of 5 Stars! A real Christmas blast.” 

Aladdin and His Winter Wish marks Lythgoe Family Panto’s third production at the venerable Laguna Playhouse. As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to develop theatre for young audiences, Lythgoe Family Panto together with Laguna Playhouse will bring the magic of Panto to hundreds of underserved children who attend school in Orange County. 

The behind the scene genies are:

Spencer Liff (Director & Choreographer) Broadway: Falsettos, Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He’s best known for his work on the past nine seasons of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which have earned him two Emmy Award nominations for Best Choreography. 

Keith Harrison (Musical Director) has produced work for ABC, NBC, FOX, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, McDonald’s, Allstate, Porsche, Toyota, Big Lots, Skechers, Cricket Wireless, and many others. 

The creative and producing team for Aladdin And His Winter Wish includes scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Panto creative department with additional scenic design by Ian Wilson, costume design by Albemarle; Lythgoe Family Panto, technical director Phil McCandlish and Andy Tyler and associate producer Patty Onagan. Lythgoe Family Panto executive producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh-Ellery. 

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Aladdin is played by Jason Gotay

Aladdin and his Winter Wish previews on Thurs, Dec 7 at 7 p.m.; will open on Fri, Dec 8 at 7 p.m., and runs through Sun, Dec 31: Performances will be Wed, Thurs & Fri at 7 p.m.; Sat & Sun at 12 and 4 p.m. 

Performances on Thurs, Dec 21 are at 3 & 7 p.m.; Sat, Dec 23 are at 11 a.m. and 3 & 7 p.m.; Wed., Dec 27 & Thurs, Dec 28 are at 3 p.m. only, and Sun, Dec 31 will perform at 12 p.m. only.

Ticket prices range from $20 - $70 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Ticket prices are subject to change. Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. 

The box office is open Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until show time on performance days); Sun: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Woods Cove: Stairs and sand

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

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Unusual, beautiful beach shot – a work of art by Mary

CAP announces new board members

The new board members of Community Art Project (CAP) were presented at the Annual Membership Meeting held at Sandra Jones Campbell’s studio on Nov 12.

President Faye Baglin did the honours, introducing new members and new officers. Laura Mayo will take up the gavel as President, with the support of M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi as Vice President, Ann Haight as Secretary, with Faye moving to the position of Treasurer. Kathy Willman and Jill Webb were introduced as the newest members of the Board.

Julita Jones, Founding Member, Pat Whiteside-Phillips and Mary Rabe, all long-time Board Members, were given the status of Emeritus Member. In recognition of their years of service to the group, each was presented with a commissioned glass piece created by Laguna glass-blower Muffin Spencer-Devlin.

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CAP 2018 Board (L-R) M. “Charlie Ferrazzi, Faye Baglin, Laura Mayo, Ann Haight

Attendees also enjoyed a visual presentation by Marlo Bartels of his recently installed commission for Shea Homes in Brea. The Blackstone Project, his largest project to date, which took three years to complete.

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of Art and serve as a catalyst for Art Education. CAP provides ongoing exhibition in The CAP Gallery, Banking on Art in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Avenue. 

The CAP Gallery is a unique space for juried, solo and retrospective exhibitions.

Visit for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be on our e-mail list or to become a member and supporter of CAP. CAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded by the member supporters, the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

Tangible Investments celebrates spirit of giving with

sale to benefit disabled veterans on Dec 3, 4, 5

During this holiday season, Tangible Investments, Inc., a Laguna Beach gallery, will host a three-day celebration of Art Deco & Art Nouveau fine art, furnishings, and jewelry to raise money for disabled American Veterans. 

The gallery, which specializes in rare coins, fine art, antiques, and estate jewelry celebration of unique and rare fine art, furniture, and estate jewelry from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau era, will donate a percentage of the sales proceeds to benefit disabled American Veterans. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this open house style event, which will be held from 4 – 8 p.m., Sun, Mon, and Tues, Dec 3-5. However, attendees are asked to register, as the gallery is having the popular Ristorante Rumari provide appetizers and beverages.

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Erte Art Deco

The event includes a major collection of Erte framed originals and signed embossed serigraphs as well as some of Erte’s work in bronze and works by Icart and Lalique. Showcased in the main gallery will be Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces by Tiffany and luxury watches.

“Helping the men and women who have served in our military is appropriate for this event because the Art Deco era was bookended by two world conflicts,” says gallery owner and rare coin expert Silvano DiGenova. 

It was in 1920 that Robert Marx founded the Disabled American Veterans organization, though they would not receive their Federal charter until 1932. Today, DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than one million veterans in positive life-changing ways each year. 

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Disabled American Veterans organization in Texas

“It’s another way for our firm to be a part of our community, and taking care of our veterans is an important part of that community,” says Silvano. In addition to helping veterans, Silvano is passionate about collecting art in all its forms. His particular interest in Art Deco and Art Nouveau has resulted in a great opportunity for enthusiasts to add to their personal collections while helping men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our liberties. 

Attendees should register online at or call (949) 715-5333.  Tangible Investments is located at 1910 S Coast Hwy.

Pretty in Pink: The Pink Out Party raises $11,000 plus for Planned Parenthood of OC and SB County

With pink balloons dancing above their heads, attendees dressed in pink, drank pink champagne, and raised more than $11,000, ensuring that the organization’s health was in the pink. The Pink Out Party, held at the Provenance Realty space on Sat evening, Nov 11, was a huge success, benefiting the Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. 

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Co hosts Michelle Harper, Patti Compton, and Nathalie Assen

Along with other business and community leaders, the stylish cocktail party was attended by three 2018 OC congressional candidates, Hans Keirstead (CA 48), Mike Levin (CA 49), and Gil Cisneros (CA 39). 

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Meschi Schmidt, Phil Compton, Bryan Harper

 Hosts Patti Compton, Nathalie Assen, and Michelle Harper note that the theme of the evening was #ACCESS – promoting access to unlimited opportunities for women by promoting access to family planning. 

The Community Action Fund is the political arm of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. It’s an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting and expanding individual rights to reproductive choice and access to family planning. 

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The crowd enjoys “pinking out”

The Community Action Fund raises funds in support of progressive candidates that value access to affordable reproductive health services and comprehensive sexual health education.

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