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Laguna Radio Inc. raffles off 1964 Ford Mustang to benefit KX 93.5 FM

At The Taste of Laguna Music & Food Festival on October 3, someone will become the proud owner of a 1964 Ford Mustang. The special raffle is being conducted by Laguna Radio Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The winner does not need to be present to win. 

Tickets are $25 each or five for $100, and one hundred percent of the proceeds of this raffle benefit KX 93.5, aiming to lead the rebirth of FM radio, and enrich listeners with alternative music, views, and culture that elevates Laguna Beach on a global scale. 

Built March 19, 1964, this Mustang was the 2,041st one off the original assembly line. Only 1,274 cars of this model, this color (Wimbledon White), and this package were sold. The engine is a 170 cubic-inch, six cylinder, 3-speed manual. 

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Raffle winner will be drawn at The Taste of Laguna Music & Food Festival

This Mustang prototype was selected as the pace car for the 1964 Indianapolis 500, so some parts were “borrowed” from the Ford Falcon, including the horn ring on the steering wheel. A previous owner of this vehicle completely restored it in 2005, utilizing all original replacement parts, including a fully rebuilt engine. This car originally sold for $2,320.

Winners will be notified via phone and certified return receipt mail within seven days of the drawing and will be posted on the KX 93.5 website.

There is no limit to the number of tickets one person may purchase. Out-of-state winners can pay for the car to be shipped to their location. Ticket purchasers must be 18 years of age or older to participate and must have a valid Social Security number. 

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Mustang was number 2,041 off the original assembly line

Raffle tickets may be purchased at or in-person at 1833 S Coast Hwy #200, Laguna Beach. Cash, credit, checks, or money orders (made payable to Laguna Radio Inc) will be accepted.

All ticket order forms must be received with full payment no later than 8 p.m. on Oct 3, 2019 to be entered into the drawing. Laguna Radio Inc. will not extend ticket sales beyond the current drawing date of 8 p.m. on Oct 3, 2019 or beyond a maximum of 5,000 tickets sold, whichever comes first.

For complete official rules, go to

Waiting period for 56th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic now officially open

The waiting period for the 56th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic opened on Saturday, June 1. Unfortunately, a bombing swell wasn’t on tap to get the Classic in the water on the first day of the waiting period.

This year’s contest T-Shirt was designed by Kaj Garmshausen using pointillism technique. Brooks St. Surfing Classic Contest Director Brandy Faber says, “We are also doing something fun with this year’s contest T-shirt thanks to one of our sponsors, Vissla, who donated really nice Pocket T’s to the contest in assorted colors. The washed out look of the T-shirts really complement Kaj’s vintage inspired design and they will be available in a variety of colors for the first time ever.”

56th Annual surfing

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Contestant at 2018 Brooks St. Surfing Classic

Surfing ceramist Robert Jones created the trophies this year in a multi-color clay design, which will look great on the winner’s mantlepieces.

Faber says, “Thanks to our sponsors for making the contest happen once again this year: Volcom, Billabong, Vissla, Salty Crew, Roark, Laguna Surf & Sport, The Shop, Laguna Beach Beer Company, XS, Purple Corduroy and Your Design Bro!”

For more information, follow Brooks St. Surfing Classic on Facebook at

Breakers’ Community Day offers cardiac screening, athletic physicals, breakfast and much more on June 15

Laguna Beach High School Breakers will host a Community Day “Breakfast with the Breakers” on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Activities will take place in various locations at the high school: the quad, Artists Theatre, library, and green room, and will include athletic physicals for $40, a pancake breakfast for $5 donation, sports teams, clubs, colleges, K-12 art activities, drama and student performances, and cardiac screening.

Families are invited to come and enjoy their 2nd annual “Breakfast with the Breakers” community day.

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2018 event activities in the LBHS quad

To stop sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), Heartfelt is partnering with LBHS to offer student/athlete and family cardiac screenings in the north gym. For a donation of $85 per person, they will screen adults and kids, ages five and up. The echocardiogram (ECHO) and electrocardiogram (EKG) are the best tools for detection of the risks of sudden cardiac death. These tests typically cost $1,500 and are usually not covered by insurance.

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from this nation’s number one killer, sudden cardiac arrest. Residents can help with their “heartfelt” efforts to save lives through early detection, education, and increasing public awareness. 

Breakers' Community pancakes

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Community flips over pancakes at 2018 breakfast

A young athlete dies from SCA every three days. SCA is the #1 killer of women, and kills 450,000 people annually.

To schedule a screening appointment, go to and click on “Schedule a Screening.”

The event is sponsored by the Laguna Beach High School Athletic Boosters.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave. Parking is available in the District Lot across the street from the school.

Laguna Beach Live! announces sizzling Jazz Summer International 2019 lineup 

Laguna Beach Live is proud to an announce Sizzling Sounds of Summer, a series of four acclaimed jazz groups bringing international jazz to our community. From Brazil to France and beyond, Laguna Beach Live! presents some of the world’s most talented musicians, who will deliver their unique cultural take on jazz plus great straight ahead sounds.

This summer’s schedule includes:

July 16: The Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Trumpeter Bijon Watson and vocalist Norrell Thompson, introduces a fusion of Latin and World rhythms through famous jazz standards. 

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The Latin Jazz Syndicate opens Jazz Summer International, presented by Laguna Beach Live!

July 30: The Hot Club of Los Angeles, hailed as an LA treasure by Jackson Browne, revives the spirit of 1930s Paris and keeps the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt alive.

August 13: Adonis Puentes and The Voice of Cuba Orquesta – acclaimed as a great singer, composer and lyricist Adonis is grounded and nourished by his Cuban roots and worldly experience.

August 27: Brazilian singer and guitarist Tékafuses – the sensual rhythms and harmonies of Brazil with the sophistication and improvisation of jazz – a fascinating musical blend she calls New Bossa. 

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Brazilian singer and guitarist Tékafuses will perform on August 27 

Jazz Summer International takes place every two weeks on a Tuesday evening, from July 16 to August 27, at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, 286 St Ann’s Dr. 

Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. 

Full bar and food options are available for purchase starting at 5 also. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or $100 for the full season. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders, and Laguna Beach Live! membership. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (949) 715-9713.

Laguna Beach Historical Society presents: 

“History of Aliso and Woods Canyon and Laguna Coast Parks”

The Laguna Beach Historical Society will present a program on the “History of Aliso Woods and Canyons and Laguna Coast Wilderness Parks” at the Susi Q Community Center on Tuesday, June 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

Eric Jessen will present a history of how the land for these parks was acquired starting atop the South Laguna Ridgeline in the early 1970s and wrapping around Laguna as the years passed to capture 20,000 acres of parkland.

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Discover the rich history of Laguna Wilderness Parks and more on June 11 

The program is full of interesting tidbits that many people may have forgotten. Color videography was done by Harry Huggins and was professionally edited by Performance Production Studios. It’s another chapter in the “History of Laguna’s Beaches – Part 1” presented by Eric Jessen last year. Admission is free. 

For more information, including how to become a member of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, visit Membership packages start at just $25 per year.

Susi Q Community Center is located at 380 Third St.

Chabad presents Shavout service with kids ice cream party and program on June 9

Chabad Jewish Center welcomes the community to a special Shavuot service, reading of the Ten Commandments, and dairy buffet on Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m. Children will also enjoy a “Make your own Sundae” ice cream party and holiday program.

The Yizkor Memorial Service will take place on Monday, June 10, at approximately 12 p.m.

Chabad presents desserts

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Kids will enjoy the “Make your own Sundae” ice cream party 

Shavuot is the second of the three major festivals, marking the completion of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot during which the Jewish people prepared them for the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Some customs of the holiday include an all-night Torah study on the first night of Shavuot, and eating dairy foods such as cheesecake, blintzes, and ice cream.

For more information and a complete schedule of Shavuot services, visit

Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy, across from the Montage.

Dennis’ Tidbits 


June 4, 2019

June gloom galore and no south swells in sight

Dennis 5The gloom continues. Of course June around here is typically gloomy but heck, we’ve already had enough gloom this spring to cover two Junes already.

The red tide we’ve been plagued with for a better part of the past week is subsiding as water temps are rebounding a bit with surface temps now at 62-64 degrees. We’ve had a pretty steady diet of Southern Hemisphere surf lately although it kind of fizzled out the last couple of days. Sunrise today occurs at 5:42 a.m. and sunset is at 7:58 p.m. this evening.

The Atlantic hurricane season began just last Saturday and runs through November. Presently, there is no system in either ocean but there’s a large area of disturbed weather off the Honduras coastline with a 40 percent chance of some kind of development in the next couple of days. Nothing going on in the eastern Pacific at this time. Normally the eastern Pacific tropics pop out at least two or three systems during the month of June. Stay tuned on that one.

It’s really hard to predict what kind of south swell season we’ll see here in 2019. It’s neither an El Nino nor La Nina at this time so anything goes I guess. I do know that the last four summers have been bunk for Baja swells or even significant Southern Hemi action. The summer of 2014 was our last decent south swell activity. There was a lot more Baja swell activity in decades past. Nowadays we’re lucky to get one per summer. Hurricanes down south seem to be taking different tracks that prevent their waves from reaching our south facing beaches. For instance, the years from 1954-2000, there was only one year that we didn’t have the Brooks St. Surfing Classic. Since 2000 we’ve had six no shows. 

In Major League Baseball, home runs are flying out of parks at a frantic pace. In the month of May, there were 1,135 home runs hit and that eclipses the record of 1,120 set back in August of 2017. The 1,135 home runs in just one month were roughly half of some entire seasons in years past. We just passed the one-third mark of the 2019 season, and hordes of players are on pace to hit at least 40 home runs, and a dozen are on pace to clout 50. A few guys are on pace to hit 60 or more. I love it!

See you Friday, ALOHA!

Brian Peterson of Faces of Santa Ana inspires at LCAD’s class of 2019 commencement

Photos by Carol Covarrubias & Xun Chi/LCAD

Families came from far and wide to celebrate Laguna College of Art + Design’s (LCAD) 2019 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 24, at the College’s Main Campus. 

Brian Peterson, co-founder of Faces of Santa Ana and a designer at Kia Motors, inspired LCAD’s class of 2019 with his keynote address. Peterson befriends and paints portraits of the homeless community and then sells the finished work. Proceeds from the sales are used to improve the lives of those he paints.

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Brian Peterson of Faces of Santa Ana delivers inspiring keynote address

His mission through Faces of Santa Ana is to help those in need in cities around the world, while also inspiring and activating creatives and supporters to become involved in their community. The day of the LCAD Commencement, he sold a Faces of Santa Ana portrait to a new graduate of Chapman University. 

“I’m here to make sure you walk away with a new life mission,” he said. “Couple your gifts with your heart. The only reason I’m standing up here is because I’m motivated by my heart. It’s an endless pursuit to remain authentic and pure and as creators we can lead the way. The world needs that more than anything.”

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LCAD Class of 2019

The family of Julia Meni, commencement student speaker and Graphic Design + Digital Media with Action Sports emphasis alumna, wouldn’t miss her moment having traveled from her native Brazil.

“Now is the time to be the creative person you have always hoped to be,” Meni said. “So, get out there. I’ve learned in the last four years that there are times when you’re going to question your path, your creativity and your life goals. With every difficulty comes ease. Embrace it and move forward.”

A native of Brazil, Meni transferred to LCAD in 2015 where she felt she’d finally found her home. In 2017, she participated in LCAD’s first Anaheim Ducks Honors Lab. “I was the youngest and least experienced student in that class, and it pushed me to work harder than I ever had,” she said. “The experience made me grow as a designer and a person.”

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Commencement student speaker Julia Meni 

Meni continued to take collaborative classes led by senior executives and creative directors at brand giants like Hurley, NIKE, STANCE, and VANS, all companies with whom LCAD enjoys exclusive educational partnerships. She also worked as a teacher’s assistant for typography and held part-time jobs at LCAD IT and with LCAD’s Admissions team. Her LCAD experience helped her to become a thoughtful designer, dedicated to creating socially responsible solutions through her work.

For more information about LCAD, visit

Blessing of the artists 

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Ecumenical gathering at St. Catherine of Siena Church on May 31 – this ceremony brings together those in the community who keep the reputation of the city’s art alive, recognizing the talent and gifts they share with prayer and blessings

City offers free water polo and splashball clinics on June 23

The City of Laguna Beach Community Services invites local youth to kick off summer with a free water polo or spashball clinic on Sunday, June 23. This is a great opportunity to learn about the sport and the programs offered at the pool this summer. 

Beginning Water Polo, led by Coach Chad Beeler, is for ages 8-12 and will introduce water polo to boys and girls interested in playing in the fall. The basic skills and an understanding of the sport will be taught in a fun and recreational format. 

The free class is from 9 - 10 a.m.

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Kids are invited to free water polo and splashball clinics on June 23

Splashball, also led by Coach Beeler, is for ages 5-7 and is designed to introduce the sport of water polo to younger players. The intent is to provide basic skills and understanding of the sport in a recreational format.

The free class is from 10 - 11 a.m. 

Both clinics will be held at the Laguna Beach Community Pool at 670 Park Ave.

For more information and to register, visit and click on recreation classes.

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