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Kitten MaGoo, lone survivor, needs a home – he needs you…

Kitten MaGoo is just five and a half weeks old. This fine young feline is the lone, and lonely, survivor of an entire litter. He had just two hours to live, and was destined for euthanasia, when he was scooped up by foster mother Thais Askenasy.

The blue-eyed baby has been bottle-fed by the tireless Thais, and is now weaned, though he still loves his bottle. He won’t be ready for a loving home for a few weeks yet, but already he loves to cuddle and his tiny meows will warm your heart. 

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Kitten MaGoo needs a warm shoulder on which to rest his little head

Last Sunday, MaGoo visited the Pet Parade with his friend, Cow, a six-month-old black and white kitten who loves to be walked on a leash. (MaGoo is learning also and has a tiny harness. He already uses the litter box.)

Cow was utterly unfazed by the dozens of dogs, more than 100 people, and the loud music. In fact, Cow showed incredible moxie, just as he had done while crossing Coast Highway the previous day on his leash. Everyone (including Cow himself) thought he was just the coolest cat around.

Sadly, neither cat won even an honorable mention at the parade. Seems like dogs rule in Laguna. Where’s the justice in this world?

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Cow enjoys going for walks…safely, on a leash

During the parade, MaGoo snuggled into various necks and slept most of the time, content to be among admirers who patted his head with just one finger (his head is that small). Think about it: MaGoo will love you with every cell in his little beating heart and he won’t take up much space. 

Oh, and there are four tiny black kittens “100 percent purr-babies” who are also hoping to provide laughter and love for the right family in the years to come.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can find a place for MaGoo and/or the little black furballs in your home. There’s nothing like a matched set when it comes to cats. You’ll never regret your decision.

Laguna Craft Guild Art Show takes place this Sunday Oct 1

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The Laguna Craft Guild Art Show will take place this Sunday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to sundown on the Main Beach Cobblestones

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., Cub Scouts kick-off meeting will feature a magician and fun activities

Cub Scouts invites all those interested in joining Scouting to attend its Sept 26 kick-off meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church in Tankersley Hall. 

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Cub Scouts den six

In addition to plenty of information about Scouting, there will be lots of fun activities for kids including Magic Matt Young, a professional magician, who will be performing his awesome magic show live.

Magic Matt discovered his love of magic nearly 30 years ago and his fascination with the age-old craft continues. For the past five years, Magic Matt has been the resident magician at the annual Sawdust Festival and Sawdust Winter Fantasy. 

The evening should be fun-filled and Cub Scouts is excited to welcome residents to the event.

Second Annual Event recognizing Bullying Awareness Month scheduled at Main Beach on Sat, Oct 7

On Sat, Oct 7, the Ability Awareness Project will hold its Second Annual Bullying Awareness event on the cobblestones at Main Beach from 8 a.m. in the morning until sunset. 

October is Bullying Awareness Month, necessary given that bullying-related suicides remain the third leading cause of death among children and teens. 

Ability Awareness states, “It has been an incredibly confusing year for our children as racist, xenophobic and misogynistic messages along with loathing and hatred have become acceptable in our culture. There is no better time than this unique opportunity to gather in unity, be the example and honor the lives of so many children who have lost their lives due to bullying.”

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October is Bullying Awareness Month

As per the Southern Poverty Law Center, 917 hate groups are currently operating in the US, and OC Human Relations has reported 77 hate incidents and 28 hate crimes in the past year in OC alone.

“More than ever, our youth need our clear and simple guidance wrapped in kindness, respect, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, non-judgment, empathy and friendship to be able to move beyond this fog and build a bully free, safe and happy environment for themselves, their homes, schools, and their communities,” states Ability Awareness Project.

Residents interested in volunteering on the day of the event, to set up vigils, pass out information, or take donations, (or if high school students would like to talk to younger children about bullying), should contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Volunteers are asked to bring their community hour cards to receive credit.

Donations are 100 percent tax deductible through C3: Center for Conscious Creativity. To donate, reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rock photographer Henry Diltz will appear for one night only, Oct 13, at The Ranch at Laguna Beach

In the world of rock and roll photographers, there are none as extraordinary as Henry Diltz, who shot the most iconic rock photos of all time. He will appear on Friday, Oct 13 at The Ranch Laguna Beach to look “Behind the Lens With Henry Diltz.”

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Henry Diltz

Diltz’ photos are an indelible part of our collective story of music and during this one-evening event he’ll share some favorites from his 50-year career and tell the stories behind them. A selection will be available for purchase, signed by Henry.

Henry’s first sale was a single shot of Buffalo Springfield in 1966 for $100. He went on to photograph The Doors, Crosby Stills Nash, Jackson Browne, Steppenwolf, James Taylor, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Paul and Linda McCartney, and nearly every other prominent musician and group from the 60’s to 80’s and beyond. He was also the official photographer at the Woodstock and Monterey Festivals.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash: first album cover

His story as a photographer began with a $20 used Japanese camera purchased while on tour with his own band, the Modern Folk Quartet. Doing what he loved every day resulted in archives numbering in the tens of thousands of frames. 

His work has graced hundreds of album covers and featured in countless books and magazines. Despite Henry’s lack of formal photography training, he was easily assimilated into the world of music: the road, the gigs, the humor, the social consciousness, and the psychedelia. He became friends with his subjects so was able to capture candid shots as well.

A few of Diltz’ most recognized images are James Taylor for the album cover “Sweet Baby James”, The Doors in The Morrison Hotel, Crosby Stills Nash on the red couch for the cover of their first album, Joni Mitchell leaning in the window, and Eagles “Desperado.”

As the late Glenn Frey said: “This is not history, this is evidence!”

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The Doors for Morrison Hotel album cover.

The main event starts at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price is $25 and includes one glass of beer or wine and complimentary valet parking. Cash bar opens at 6 p.m. 

In addition, there is a VIP champagne and appetizer reception limited to 20 guests, which will be from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $80, and these guests will receive premium seating for the presentation.

The event concludes with a question and answer period and the opportunity to purchase 11x14 photos signed by Henry.

Tickets can be found at by searching for Henry Diltz or using this link:

Rhyme disease is about to become rampant in Laguna with Lagunatics 25 opening on Oct 13 at No Square


No Square Theatre’s 25th season of Lagunatics is about to start. Laguna’s beloved parody of all things dear to, well, nearly everyone, will debut on October 13 and run until November 5.

This year’s motto is, infectiously, “spreading rhyme disease since 1992.” 

Rhyme disease symptoms include a sore stomach, involuntary streaming of tears and (in some cases) loud snorts, all caused by performance-induced fun and laughter (PIFL).

In Laguna, the disease is known to be endemic among certain groups and reaches epidemic proportions in the fall with Lagunatics.

Catharsis must occur for the cure to take

Catharsis must occur for the cure to take. However, after peak hilarity has passed, those affected may find themselves laughing weakly in the shower or at other random times, as recollections of the evening’s performance continue to percolate through their system.

I wanted to understand the source of this contagion, so I decided to interview the writers.

But in all the fun of taking their photographs, and chatting, and laughter, and the pressure of a subsequent event I had to attend, I forgot to ask specific questions of the individual writers! How could that be? I think it was early-onset PIFL.

Getting the germ of an idea: how the writing evolves

Fortunately, Bree Burgess Rosen, writer/songstress/performer extraordinaire, took pity on me and sent me a detailed email about how the writers germinate and nurture their ideas.

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Lagunatics writers, L-R: Rebecca M. Lyles, Chris Quilter, Bridget English, Rufino Cabang, Bree Burgess Rosen, Paul Nygro

But first, this from Rufino Cabang, a Laguna Beach native and annual Lagunatic, who says he still hasn’t learned to read music — or dance — and happily devotes that special magic to Lagunatics. 

“I’ll never forget Bree asking me, late one night at the Main Street Bar (where I’d goofed around with open mic singing), if I’d participate in a show she was putting together. I had no idea she was asking me to be part of a tradition that continues to give so many (including myself) joy and laughter, these 25 years later,” he says.

And now over to patient zero, Bree…

Now, give it up for Bree: 

“This year’s writers are Chris Quilter, Rebecca M. Lyles, Paul Nygro, Rufino Cabang, Bridget English, and myself. We write in a mishmash of creative silliness,” Bree says. “Throughout the year, I collect topics and pair them up with song titles each of us would like to tackle. I tweak everyone’s work as needed to fit all the lyrics properly to the sheet music. 

“This is a time-consuming process, as we don’t work off lyrics for any group numbers— everyone has sheet music with the new parody words in place. Solos are often just lyrics, as the cast is very talented, and generous, allowing me to save many hours setting up their sheets with new lyrics. Solo keys are often in flux until we’re well into rehearsals. Everyone’s wiggling around what key works best. 

“All writers contribute things they’ve written on their own. Chris and I, and Bridget and I, also write several things as duos. 

“Bridget English is brilliant and has been in Lagunatics for about eight years. She wrote the office musical BELOW “C” LEVEL and is an executive at an enormous multi-national corp.

This year, Paul, Rebecca, and Rufino wrote lyrics to songs I’d matched up. Chris, Bridget, and I continue to match up subjects and songs as we work. We start with about 35 concepts. We settle on about 24. We are doing one repeat, a song from LagunaTots that was written, brilliantly I might add, by Rebecca.”

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Bree Burgess Rosen (left of photo) was recently a judge at the Pet Parade

“As I get down to the final choices to include in the show, I take into consideration styles – Broadway production number, pop ballad, C&W, doo-wop, American Songbook standard – and casting – solos, duets, trios, quartettes, quintettes, drag, tap,” Bree adds. “And I make sure everyone has a feature that shows them off. Doing the show in our tiny space, the cast is very small, so everyone is extremely suited to solo work. Everyone also does backups for each other.”

Chris Quilter writes the narration, which, unusually this year, will be handled by the cast instead of an outside narrator. Here I must mention my research, during which I discovered that Chris has a rare and prized talent for writing descriptions of silent auction items. He also is a font of wonderfully original ideas. 

In one instance, when he realized how much money  that lunch with Warren Buffett would bring – but that Warren wouldn’t be available – he suggested auctioning Warren Buffett’s lunch instead. Sadly, this item, brilliant in conception, did not make it to the silent auction table.

Bree continues: “Paul Nygro and I figure out the stage configuration, set and most of the props, which are then built by Jean Fallowfield and Larry Lewis— who do an amazing job – and the master engineer of silliness, Patrick Quilter. It’s a wildly prop-heavy show.”

I asked Bree to share a few of her favorite skits. She recalls a sewage spill inspiring the parody “Diarrhea,” to the tune of Mamma Mia. Bree says it was the snarkiest, riskiest, most low-brow lyric they’d ever done – and absolutely hilarious.

 “I had this crazy idea to have about half the cast out in the house, at the Forum Theater, with rolls of TP on long pieces of PVC. The plan was that about three quarters of the way through the song, which had everyone on stage in white HazMat suits, the folks out front would start unwinding the rolls into the hands of the people in the front rows. 

“I was up on the stage – it went better than I had dreamed. Watching 230 people essentially TP themselves was so damn funny. They all just unrolled like mad and passed it back over their heads to the rows behind them. Hilarious. Really.” 

There’s so much more that make Lagunatics the fantastic show that it is each year: the costumes, conceived by Bree and Brigitte Harper, which are outrageous, silly, and clever – “Brigitte is a magician to be sure, especially with our budget,” Bree says. “Susan Elliot Richardson, who owns my favorite store in town TWIG, works with her hubby to create our more dynamic costumes.”

There are 13 actors: Yvonne Browning, Bridget English, Chloe Lovato, Ella Wyatt, Eric T. Anderson, Evie Cant, Jay Rechter, Kristen Matson, Marc Marger, McKay Mangum, Rob Harryman, Rufino Cabang, Bree herself and Roxanna Ward.

“Plus our hottie drummer,” Bree adds in a fever of appreciation. “And I have to again compliment Paul Nygro, our choreographer, who joined the cast of Lagunatics for the first time in 1993. He’s a founding board member of No Square Theatre. Like me, he’s a pro. Unlike me, he’s stayed in the game and lives/works in LA in TV, film and stage.” 

With so many strains of wit, you’re sure to catch most jokes

Prepare for a sick show this year… with so many strains of wit and 22 infectious numbers, for better or worse, you’re sure to catch most of the jokes. 

This 2017 production will be directed by Bree Burgess Rosen and choreographed by Paul Nygro. The music director is Roxanna Ward.

To purchase tickets or become a member, visit take place on Oct 13 - 14, 20 - 22, 27 - 29, Nov 3-5, with the 25th Anniversary Gala on Nov 5.

Nepali dancing and a poolside picnic on Oct 1: it’s a fun way to support Nepal’s earthquake victims

R Star Foundation will hold its 12th annual Ileana Poolside Tea event on Oct 1 from 2 – 5 p.m. at 17151 Greenleaf, Huntington Beach.

Billed as “Women Helping Women & Children in Nepal,” the event will feature excellent food and entertainment, including Nepali dancing, as well as an update on what is going on in Nepal following the earthquakes more than two years ago, and how R Star is making a difference in people’s lives.

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Revel in graceful dancing

There is no ‘gate’ fee, though generous donations are requested and very much need. Donations are tax deductible as R Star is a registered 501©3 charity.

R Star is all volunteer-based, so no one receives a salary. Funds are applied directly to support the needs of the villagers.

“We hope everyone will share this invitation with friends,” says founder Rosalind Russell. “We’d love to see a big happy crowd at our event.”

However, RSVPs are encouraged to ensure that R Star has enough food for everyone to enjoy. Call Rosalind at 949 497 4911 or visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

R Star Foundation serves and educates the isolated and disempowered women and children of Nepal. They connect resources to the neediest people in one of the most remote areas on earth.

Dennis’ Tidbits


September 26, 2017

History of a hurricane that almost said aloha to Laguna

On September 25, 1939, a surprise high end tropical system paid us a visit, and made landfall near San Pedro ending its long voyage from its birthplace near Cape Verde Islands just off the western coast of western Africa. This storm began to move to the west at a slow forward speed of 8 mph. The date was September 3 when the wind in this new system reached 40 mph so now the system was a tropical storm but at the low level of the wind speed.

For the next week the system maintained its westerly direction and remained a low level tropical storm and even alternated between Tropical Depression or low scale tropical storm, so the system didn’t post much threat to anyone except for some heavy showers and a few gusty winds to any landmass that happen to be in the storm’s path.

On the morning of Sept 14 the low found itself on the east facing part of the Panama Canal getting ready to move over that narrow strip of land that separates the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic. The fact that this punk little storm held it together for that long and far was amazing enough as the system was moving through a hostile environment with lots of upper level shear winds from the west and an abundance of dry air surrounding the low. The ever present Bermuda High was stronger than ever so its steering mechanism and subsequent clockwise winds helped steer this system straight     to the west posing no threat to the U.S. Mainland. 

On the morning of September 15 the Eastern tropical Pacific now owned this hurricane and things changed overnight literally. Continuing its westward movement, it began to strengthen at a rapid pace and by that afternoon had beefed up into a Cat 1 hurricane as its new environment was most hospitable than the Atlantic. There were no upper level shear winds to stump its expansion plus the waters were a blistering 91 degrees thanks to a strong El Nino event going on so it was like a double shot of steroids for this system.

On the morning of Sept 16, just 24 hours after the storm became property of the Pacific, the storm had warped into a Cat. 4 with winds of 135 mph and by Sept 17 it was a powerful Cat 5 but posing no danger to anyone as the monster was way down at Latitude 15 degrees north and still speeding to the west at 20 mph. There seemed to be no concern as the system maintained its westerly course and storms this far south keep moving far away from the continent.

The monster, as we’ll call it, continued to the west through the following day, still a Cat 5 and was located about a thousand miles to the SSW of Baja’s tip so concerns were minimal or so they thought at the Hurricane Center. Then on Sept 19, monster made a sharp turn to the right to the NNW then north and continued that direction for the next three days, still a Cat 5 and now situated about 500 miles SW of Baja. 

On Sept 23 people were starting to squirm as the storm, still a Cat 4 was only 500 miles to our SSW and holding it together because the waters in that area were 10-12 degrees above normal, and 81 here, so the door was opened for business and sure enough all hell broke loose on Sunday Sept 25 here in our own backyard. It was a most rare event, hasn’t happened since, but we all know that Ma Nature always has a new surprise for us. 


Attorney Leslie Daff presents free workshop on estate planning at the Susi Q on Friday Sept 29

Laguna Beach attorney, Leslie Daff, JD, MBA, State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law, will present Living Trusts and More: The Use of Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, and Entities in Estate Planning on Friday, Sept 29, for the non-profit educational event “It’s Your Estate!” from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Susi Q Community and Senior Center (380 Third St).

This free estate planning educational series is sponsored by a number of charities including the Laguna Canyon Foundation.  

Nothing is “sold” at the workshop, which is under the direction of award-winning private fiduciary and Laguna Beach resident Peter Kote.  

Other charitable sponsors include the American Heart Association, California State Parks Foundation, CHOC Children’s Foundation,, Chapman University, Mission Hospital Foundation, Ocean Institute, Orange Coast Community College, PBS SoCal, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, and St. Jude Memorial Foundation.  

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Gen Silent documentary sheds light on discrimination faced by LGBT seniors; panel discussion follows, 9/27

“Gen Silent”, the critically acclaimed documentary by award-winning filmmaker Stu Maddux, follows the stories of six lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors as they age in a healthcare system that can at times be hostile. 

A free screening will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Wed, Sept 27 at The Susi Q Senior Center. A panel discussion with local advocates will follow the film.

The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is collaborating with Laguna Beach Seniors to screen this important film in the community.

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The popular Club Q at the Susi Q is the first and only LGBT Club for Seniors in Orange County, and recently celebrated its fourth anniversary. Life for members isn’t always a piece of cake, however, as they age. 

Panelists include: Sarah Kasman, Executive Director of Shanti OC; Peg Corley, Executive Director of LGBT Center OC; Larry Ricci, Founder of Club Q at the Susi Q; and Kim O’Dell, Certified Senior Advisor. 

“Gen Silent” puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: LGBT seniors are so afraid of discrimination by care providers or bullying by other seniors that many simply go back into the closet. Caregivers, allies, advocates, and healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend. 

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-272-3900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third Street. Parking is available in the underground structure, but limited. Carpooling is encouraged.

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