Laguna Beach

Sidewalk CPR Day takes place today at Main Beach with LBFD

Today, Friday, June 7, the Laguna Beach Fire Department (LBFD) will provide free Hands-Only CPR training at the Main Beach Cobblestones (307 S Coast Hwy) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The event, known as “Sidewalk CPR,” is a national event where participants learn how to effectively and efficiently deliver proper Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), with a quick lesson taught by local firefighters and medical professionals. 

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Community members are invited to learn CPR with LB Fire today at Main Beach

Citizen CPR is rapidly growing as a way to empower bystanders to save a life when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest. The Laguna Beach Fire Department is excited to team up with the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to our local community. 

With 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occurring at home, learning how to properly provide CPR can double or triple your loved one’s chances of survival. 

Don’t be a bystander in a cardiac emergency – be a lifesaver. For more information about this event, contact Division Chief Api Weinert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (949) 497-0700.

Three Clubs Barefoot Golf Tournament raises over $60,000 for Laguna schools 

Monday, May 13 marked the Fourth Annual 3 Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic at The Ranch, benefiting SchoolPower. With the theme of “Peace, Love, & BBQ,” this sold-out event entertained golfers and non-golfers alike. Generously underwritten by The Ranch at Laguna Beach and Hobie, 100 percent of the over $60,000 raised benefits the local Laguna Beach schools through SchoolPower.

Seventy-six barefoot golfers kicked off the afternoon’s festivities with a friendly nine-hole, four-person scramble competition. As in past years, players tackled some nontraditional shots, including teeing off with a softball bat, driving with opposite-handed clubs, and the replacement of putters with a hockey stick. 

First-time golf participant and SchoolPower Trustee Eric Brougher was one of several winners of hole challenges, scoring a golf cap for closest to pin. 

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(L-R) Golfers Bret Hilyard, Chris Yelich, Mike Dirnt, Rich Knowland, and Pete Helfrich 

“The Ranch provided the perfect atmosphere to celebrate SchoolPower and all the kids it positively impacts,” Brougher said. “The Barefoot Classic is a fun and definitely unique event for any level of golfer that is looking to have a great time while supporting a worthy cause with their friends and community.”

Following golf, the party continued on the patio, where golfers and guests gathered for a cocktail reception that included tequila tastings by Nosotros Tequila and live music by blues guitarist Shawn Jones. Dinner featuring Santa Maria-style BBQ prepared by former NFL player Brandon Jessie’s BBQ81 rounded out the casual celebration. 

“The beauty of the location and warmth of the staff blew me away,” said guest Suzzette Arnal. “Add to that fabulous food and lively conversation, and it was a perfect night!”

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Foursome Jen Murray, Lauren Halloran, Nicole McMann, and Alison Alexander

As in past years, lifelong Laguna resident and longtime SchoolPower supporter Mark Christy took to the podium and served as auctioneer for a live auction. A creator of the Barefoot Classic, Christy’s enthusiasm set a festive tone for the night. “Seriously,” he told the crowd, “spending an afternoon having an informal, kick-your-shoes-off, laughter-echoing-through-the-canyon blast while doing something cool for our schools and the kids? Priceless!” 

Christy is passionate about public education and giving back to Laguna Beach schools. “Laguna’s schools and teachers were a game-changer for my classmates and me,” says Christy. “We hope that the funds generated will afford our exceptional instructors the flexibility and resources to further connect with students.” 

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Mark Christy, owner of The Ranch

This year’s auction items included a one-of-a-kind glamping trip in The Ranch’s exclusive “Scout Camp,” an overnight stay in the exclusive Treehouse and dinner for four at Harvest, and a custom-made Hobie surfboard. Bidders also faced off to win four seats at the upcoming Angel-Dodgers series, courtesy of John Carpino and the Angels organization. To cap off the night, the crowd was treated to a surprise live performance by Green Day founder, vocalist, and bassist Mike Dirnt, who then auctioned off a signed bass guitar to the enthusiastic crowd.

SchoolPower’s mission is to enhance the educational experience of the whole student as they grow from TK through 12th grade. In 2017-18, SchoolPower contributed over $760,000 to the Laguna Beach school district to help support a wide range of programs, including small class sizes, academics, athletics, visual and performing arts, music, STEM programs, and wellness and student support. 

SchoolPower’s Wave of Giving is on now here.

Health in Balance hosts Community Appreciation Day on Friday

Health in Balance will express its gratitude to the community by offering free treatments all afternoon on Friday, June 7, from 12 - 6 p.m. The annual Community Appreciation Day will also raise money for local charities.

Health in Balance will offer complimentary chiropractic adjustments, therapy massage treatments, B-12 shots, and consultations for new guests, plus 50 percent off Wellness Myer’s IVs and detox foot baths. Guests will receive goodie bags and healthy food, provided from local sources. 

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Come meet the Health in Balance team on Friday

Health in Balance will have health stations with information on mind-body health, stem cell therapy, weight loss, nutrition and immunity, allergy testing, flexibility, home care, and more. 

Community Appreciation Day will raise money for SchoolPower to support our local school district and the Dominguez Roth Integrative Medical Foundation, which seeks to prevent and treat cancer through integrative therapeutic approaches.

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Visit Chiropractor Dr. Gary Arthur for free adjustments 

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

For more information or to schedule an appointment, click here or call (949) 497-2553. Walk-ins are also welcome, but an RSVP is recommended.

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

Royal Hawaiian Celebrates Dads with full menu & expanded hours on Father’s Day

 As Father›s Day approaches on June 16th, Royal Hawaiian is celebrating the “dad spirit” that resides in everyone’s heart. To celebrate Dads of all kinds, Royal Hawaiian is opening at noon on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 16) with its entire new Summer Menu in play. The kitchen is open from noon to 9:30 p.m., and the restaurant will be serving its Keiki (kids’) menu all day as well. 

Guests will enjoy an expanded lineup of super-craft beers, ever-tantalizing tropical cocktails, and an expansive wine list of options while viewing an expansive menu of new summer favorites and best sellers. 

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Luau Lomi Lomi Salmon 

Recent appetizer additions to the Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill include Hawaiian Style Ahi Poke served with daily-made sweet potato chips, and the Traditional Luau Lomi Lomi Salmon, featuring cured salmon and fresh tomatoes tossed gently with cucumber, micro diced onions, and lime juice with a partnered fresh tropical fruit medley.

Royal’s newest entrée selections include the new Wild Caught Pacific Sea Bass. First gently mesquite grilled, the Sea Bass is placed on carrot ginger purée with broccolini, okra, organic crunchy red quinoa, and fried green tea soba noodle and served with a raw celery root salad with fresh citrus dressing. 

The Sea Bass joins already-popular fresh fish entrées such as Seared Ahi Tuna, Cold Current “Blu” Salmon, and Wood-Roasted Pacific Lobster. 

Several meaty additions have found their way to the Royal Hawaiian Summer menu, too, including gorgeous Mesquite Grilled Lamb Chops on potato purée with smoked tomato, broccolini, snap peas, and asparagus. The chops are served with fresh tomato basil salad topped with house made chimichurri sauce and a dollop of smoky eggplant purée.

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Traditional Hawaiian Kalua Pork 

Traditional Hawaiian Kalua Pork has also joined the Aloha summer vibe. Pork shoulder is wrapped in banana leaves and slowly smoked for four hours until tender. It’s then shredded, tossed with Hawaiian sea salt, soy sauce and ginger, and laid on a bed of island-style pineapple fried rice. It’s served in a banana leaf blanket with pineapple-bell pepper emulsion sauce.   

While the hearty 16-ounce Wood-Grilled Angus Rib Eye Steak has been a best-seller from Royal’s opening days, its younger brother, a 10-ounce Teriyaki Angus Rib Eye Steak, arrives garnished with pickled onions and Fresno peppers and served with an organic salad of spinach, fennel, mushroom, cherry tomato, mint, basil, and crunchy quinoa gently tossed in a lemon-ginger dressing.

Be sure to try the restaurant’s latest dessert, Island Breeze Lemon Mousse, a sweet and sassy lemon mousse topped with beads of raspberry and passion fruit, cracked sugar lace, and scorched diced pineapple. 

It joins the other house-made desserts, Big Island Chocolate Mousse, Banana-Stuffed Dulce de Leche Crepes, Fire-Grilled Banana Bread with crème fraîche, grilled pineapple, toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream, and Flan in the Sun with whipped cream. 

To view the full menu and for more information, visit 

Reservations can be made online at or by calling (949) 715-1470.

The Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill is located at 331 North Coast Hwy, a half block north of the Laguna Art Museum.

Don’t miss Tie-One-On Retrospective exhibit reception at City Hall on Thursday

The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts invites the public to a reception at Laguna Beach City Hall this Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Exhibits include Tie-One-On Retrospective, featuring 40 neckties decorated by Festival exhibitors circa 1999-2005. Also on display are 40 Art-To-Go pieces by current exhibitors, under the theme “Full Circle.”

Dont Miss Amanda Fish

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Amanda Fish with her Art-To-Go donation

Dont Miss Judith Cameron

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Festival Exhibits Manager Ron Morrisette admires a donated work by Judith Cameron

Dont Miss Elizabeth McGhee

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Q II by Elizabeth

“Q II” by Elizabeth McGhee is among 40 works in the Art-To-Go “Full Circle” preview show at City Hall

Visitors may cast votes for the People’s Choice Artist and qualify for a free prize drawing. The exhibit celebrates the organizations 20th Anniversary and is sponsored by Laguna Coast Real Estate and First Thursdays Art Walk. The show runs through June 27 at City Hall located at 505 Forest Ave. 

For more information, visit or call (949) 612-1949. 

For the online gallery, click here.

Boogie in the ballroom on Mondays at Susi Q

Keep your mind sharp and body healthy with Ballroom and Boogie classes on Mondays from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Community & Senior Center. Instructor Candis Davis will teach a new dance every month. 

Dancing is great exercise because it involves physical, mental, and social stimulation. It’s a “triple-threat” option for older adults especially, who want to protect their brains and have fun at the same time. 

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Learn a new dance every month from slow to quick, swing to Latin

The class is $7 for drop-ins. All levels are welcome, no partner is needed, just drop in.

Laguna Beach Seniors’ mission is to work together to enhance the lives of seniors through programs, services, and advocacy that promote independence, wellness, and community.

For more information, visit

The Susi Q Community & Senior Center is located at 380 Third St.

Nonprofit Waymakers raised $80,000 to support at-risk youth during annual golf tournament

Waymakers teed off during its 36th annual Swing For Kids Charity Golf Tournament presented by John Jory Corp. on May 16 at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine. More than 144 golf enthusiasts, community members, and Waymakers’ supporters took a swing and raised over $80,000 to benefit Waymakers’ Counseling and Support Programs. 

This year’s event was co-chaired by Greg Tippin, senior managing director, Newmark Knight Frank, and John Jory, president, Radiation Protection & Specialties, both longtime supporters of the nonprofit’s work. 

Milwaukee Tools’ Rolex Hole-In-One opportunity was an event highlight as attendees put their golf skills to the test in support of the emergency crisis and intervention programs that Waymakers offers to youth, families, and individuals facing conflict and crisis. 

Live and silent auction packages were up for bid at the dinner following the golf tournament, featuring a Kauai vacation at the Pono Kai Resort, Angels Diamond Club Tickets, and a stay at the Pelican Hill Resort with golf. 

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Ed Reitkopp, Jon Setoguchi, and Hugh Lee from Irvine-based law firm Atkinson, Andelson, Loya Ruud & Romo

All golf tournament proceeds directly benefit Waymakers and its programs. These services include: sheltering children ages 11-17 who are homeless, runaway, abused or those struggling with mental illness; supporting victims of crime and surviving family members as they learn to cope with the aftermath of crime; counseling families and youth through individual group and family therapy, academic support, job/career readiness, life skills and aftercare, offering lasting solutions to complex problems; and mediation services to help individuals experiencing conflict resolve their concerns and education programs that help Orange County residents lead healthier and safer lives.

The 36th annual Swing for Kids Golf Tournament sponsors included John Jory Corp., Purus Wealth Management, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Swinerton, Alert Insulation, City National Bank, Commercial Scaffolding Inc., Hackney Electric, Howard Building Corp., K2 General Contractors, Kaiser Permanente, Newmark Knight Frank, Pacific Western Bank, Radiation Protection & Specialties, Sage View Advisory Group, and Taber Company. 

Since opening in 1972, Waymakers has offered individuals, families, and communities the steadiest, surest, and safest means to positive outcomes. The staff and volunteers of Waymakers are focused on creating an environment where individuals facing conflict and crisis can make choices, which lead to strength and stability. 

Through crisis and intervention programs, Waymakers aim to achieve: family strengthening and reunification, homeless prevention, diversion of at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system, school dropout prevention, and a path back from the trauma of crime victimization. 

For more information on the Waymakers’ 36th Annual Swing For Kids Charity Golf Tournament, visit

Lifelong Laguna calls for community volunteers 

Lifelong Laguna is a new and innovative community support network that helps seniors age in place here in Laguna Beach. Often times, a member of Lifelong Laguna gets connected and stays connected to the community through engaging in local activities.

With the program’s growth, Lifelong Laguna is recruiting more volunteers. Volunteer Orientation will be held on Wednesday, June 26 or Thursday, June 27, from 2 - 3 p.m.

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LB Seniors staff (L-R) Martha, Jo Ann, Christine, Judy, Nadia, and John

A program of Laguna Beach Seniors, Lifelong Laguna is a support network that helps seniors age safely and comfortably in their homes with help from professional staff, trained volunteers, and professional service providers. By participating in the global “aging in place” movement, Lifelong Laguna deepens the community’s commitment to those who have long made Laguna Beach their home.

If you would like to learn more about Lifelong Laguna, contact John Fay to take the next step for yourself, a friend, or neighbor at (949) 715-8107 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stephen Bryer’s Heart of the Healing Rose exhibit opens at T. Leo Art Gallery on Thursday

Heart of the Healing Rose, an exhibit by artist Stephen Bryer, opens in a solo showing at T. Leo Art Gallery on Thursday, June 6. Bryer says, “As a transcendentalist artist, I am inspired by the forms, colors and details I discover in nature…especially those found within the innermost reaches of the timeless rose. My artistic impetus is to create meaningful art that is beautiful, sensual and compelling. The depth experienced in life and relationships occurs similarly in flora, and I want my art to express this distinct quality. There is something uniquely powerful about the messages within a rose and with my art I seek to capture this higher frequency.”

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Stephen Bryer’s art offers compelling beauty to touch your heart and mind

“My artistic interpretations are intimate photographic compositions, drawings and paintings rendered in a manner that expresses a profound connection to the divine feminine. This is the essential character of my art; the purpose for revealing it to people is that I believe it has the power to ignite a response within their hearts and minds that inspires them to live and love more completely.”

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The solo exhibit runs from June 6 - June 30

The three-week exhibit of Bryer’s rose art paintings, photographs, and textiles is meant to be more than just a showing of beautiful interpretive roses. Bryer says, “It is also an opportunity to begin sharing my vision of impacting the world with the compelling, beautiful nature of the rose, a divine creation that not only inspires, elevates and energizes people, but also intrinsically caresses them with a gentle healing quality. 

“Ultimately this profound effect positively changes people at their core, leading them to an awareness of the divine origin of the rose and their creator who left such a heartfelt fingerprint for humanity to encounter. My hope is by experiencing this art firsthand at the gallery, visitors will feel this power and return to their lives the better for it.” 

T. Leo Art Gallery is located at 550 S Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 309-7250.

For more information about Stephen Bryer, go to

Guests danced the night away at “Under the Sea” gala in support of the Boys & Girls Club of LB

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach held its 19th Annual Art of Giving Gala on Saturday, May 13. The “Under the Sea” theme provided guests with an evening filled with underwater adventure. 

The Montage ballroom was transformed into an aquarium with fish and sea life swimming on the walls and beautiful coral flower arrangements on the tables. The gala marks the Club’s largest and most important fundraising event of the year, which helps directly enhance the lives of youth in Laguna Beach and its surrounding area. 

The organization is reliant on community support to ensure the goal of meeting our youth’s social, emotional, and academic needs through award-winning after school and summer programming.

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Auctioneer Letitia Frye

During the night’s fun festivities, the Club’s Chief Executive Officer Pam Estes presented guests with its valuable impact on members and the issues facing our youth today. 

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach would like to thank the many contributors who participated in this celebration. 

Platinum sponsors: Click Family Foundation, Jim & Vicki Click, Montage Laguna Beach, Tuttle-Click Automotive Group, Massen Green Foundation, Jaffe Family Foundation, Wells Fargo Advisors, Wilson Automotive, and the William and Mary Ross Family Foundation.

Gold Sponsors: Crevier Classic Cars, Betsy & Gary Jenkins, and Ray & Sandra Wirta. 

Silver sponsors: Al Roberts & Ken Jillson, Barbara & Greg MacGillivray, Chase Auto Finance, Cox, Castle & Nicholson, Cox Communications, Dennis & Carol Berryman, Dykema Gossett, LLP, JP Morgan Chase & Co., LBA Realty, McKenna European Auto Center, Nancy Myers, Paula & Brad Arnold, Phyllis & David Phillips, Robin & John Shanahan, Toyota of Orange, and Union Bank. 

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Co-Chairs Paula Hornbuckle Arnold and Carrie Click

The Club also gives a special thanks to this year’s Event Co-Chairs Carrie Click and Paula Hornbuckle-Arnold for doing a phenomenal job. The Club’s Gala event helps tremendously in sustaining the Club, but still seeks support, collaborations, and partnerships to accomplish its core mission to help all young people, especially those that need it most, to realize their full potential as healthy, caring, and responsible citizens. 

For more information about the Gala, or to learn about the Club’s programs and how you can support them, contact Michelle Fortezzo at (949) 715-7584 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the Club’s website at

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