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Fun in the sun, but where is it in Laguna?

Getting out and about in these sunny autumn days, …what could be better?

If you’ve been out to some of these spots in Laguna, drop Maggi a note and say so. Oh, and tell her where they are. That’s the challenge.

She says these are some of her favorite places in town under blue skies.

Begin with the featured photo below then click on the left-hand photo in the slideshow to view the other three. 

Good luck!

Submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The correct answers will be in Friday’s edition and on our Facebook page.

Have fun and thanks for playing!

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Vantage Point

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Dave Shaw

From his vantage point, Dave was able to see both where the rainbow began and ended. We don’t suppose we can know which end was which…without the gold!

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Renowned sculptor and film artist David Simon will make his first presentation to LCAD on Nov 18th

Laguna College of Art and Design, one of the top representational art schools in the country, announced that Sculptor David Simon will speak about his work and share the driving force behind his imagery and masterful technique. The lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov 18 in Studio 10 at the college, and is free and open to the public. LCAD is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

“As we build one of the finest figurative sculpture programs in the country, we are offering an ongoing lecture series of master sculptors to speak about their work to students, faculty, and our growing community,” said Fine Art Chair Hope Railey. “David is a young, dynamic sculptor whose work has been seen in popular film as well as museums and collections around the world.”

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David Simon

“Banjo Player”

Simon has taught sculpture for more than 15 years in New York and Los Angeles as well as an active career in the film industry. In 1997 and 1998, he oversaw the Leonardo da Vinci Horse project, a monumental, twenty-four foot high bronze sculpture that was presented to Italy by America’s Leonardo da Vinci Society. 

He is also well known for creating concept maquettes and sculpting full scale animatronic heads for the character “Alexander” (the goat) in Where The Wild Things Are, creating special makeup effects for “Abe Sapian” in Hellboy II, creating special makeup effects for The Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, and creating concept maquettes for The Watchmen. 

For more information please visit, Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

Frenzied Farce “Lend Me a Tenor” at Saddleback College

Saddleback College’s Department of Theatre Arts will present Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig on Nov 6th-9th in the McKinney Theatre. Directed by Robert Prior, this non-stop, door-slamming comedy set in a 1930s Cleveland hotel room, follows the antics of a world-famous opera singer preparing to perform his greatest role at the gala season opener. The play was produced on both the West End (1986) and Broadway (1989). 

It received nine Tony Award nominations and won for Best Actor (Philip Bosco) and Best Director (Jerry Zaks). A Broadway revival opened in 2010. Lend Me a Tenor has been translated into sixteen languages and produced in twenty-five countries.

Show dates and times are Nov. 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 8, 9 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon - 4 Tuesday-Friday) and online at Prices are $15 general; $10 students/seniors.

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Cast members Jordan McCay (left) and Andrew Paul 

The Department of Theatre Arts program at Saddleback College produces several fully staged shows each year. All students are given the opportunity to audition for every production with Theatre Arts students given priority in the casting process. In addition there are numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage activities through the Entertainment and Theater Technology program.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Free parking is available in Lot 12. Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit and for Fine Arts information, please visit

Did you remember to check smoke detector batteries?

The Laguna Beach Fire Department wants to ensure that all residents checked their smoke alarm batteries on Nov 2, when they moved their clocks back for daylight savings.  On average, 60% of fire related deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that were not working properly.

If you failed to remember, do it now – there are good reasons… 

The LBFD offers the following tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly.

Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound. 

If a smoke alarm “chirps” indicating a low battery, replace the battery immediately.  

Replace smoke alarms if they do not respond properly when tested.

Never remove or disable a working smoke alarm.

The Laguna Beach Fire Department offers free batteries and the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for residents of Laguna Beach. These items are intended for property owners of residential properties; not apartment and/or income properties. To participate in the Fire Department program, please visit the following website: and complete the “Free Smoke Alarm” sign up form.  A representative from the Fire Department will contact you and schedule an appointment to determine how many detectors are needed and install them. 

Please remember, this program is not intended to install detectors in each room, only to provide one on each floor. 

For more information, contact Ed Valdez, LBFD Division Chief, 949-497-0700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dennis’ Tidbits



November 4, 2014

Vance had just a chance of hitting Cabo and we know now it won’t!

The twentieth tropical system of the 2014 season is a high end Category 2 hurricane as of 6 p.m. yesterday. Its name is Vance and he’s presently located about 575 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. 

At this hour his projected path will have this system veering to the northeast passing to the south of Cabo while losing his punch, which is a relief for everybody in that resort town, after enduring Category 3 Odile’s wrath in September. The 2014 hurricane season has been a very busy one indeed with 20 named storms to this date making it the third busiest season on record.

A total of 15 of these storms reached at least Category 1 hurricane status, which is well above normal and ten of those attained major hurricane status, Category 3’s have sustained winds of 111-130 mph, Category 4’s winds are 131-155 mph, and the strongest, Category 5 packs winds of 156 or higher. Three storms reached Cat. 5 ranking. And five made it to Category 4. 

The strongest hurricane of the season was Marie back in August. At one point her sustained winds were up to 162 mph. with gusts as high as 178. Marie was the storm that sent us that huge south swell in August lighting up Brooks St.’s second and third reef with some sets at 12 foot plus. The Wedge was 20 foot plus. Up the road, Malibu had solid 10 foot sets pouring through consistently. With Laird connecting from way out at First Point all the way to the pier! On his signature model Eleven and a half foot SUP board. The water was really warm for the epic event at 72-74. 

Marie’s swell was definitely in my all time 5 epic Baja swells.

Laguna picked up almost a half inch of rain early Saturday from our first significant cold front of the season. That’s a pretty decent start. Normal November rain is around an inch or two so we’re off to a decent start. Let’s just get a few more of those puppies through here as soon as possible and at least put a slight dent in this awful drought.

Realistically, we’ll need two consecutive years with double normal rainfall totals just to break even! Up north, Big Sur gets a lot of rain, about 40 inches on the average. Last season they collected a paltry total of 7 inches, their driest on record!

We only lost about 2 degrees on the water temp. But the Quality is sketchy due to recent runoff and the first one is always the dirtiest. 

Today out at Cortes Bank. which is nearly a hundred miles off San Diego the water temp was still up there at 71 degrees! Pretty amazing for early November.

I’m thinkin’ we’re gonna have a pretty good winter, surfwise. We’ve already had three NW pulses. They didn’t last very long but at least they showed up. Hawaii had a good October, nothing huge, but a lot of 4-8 foot days with generally good conditions. With gentle trades. I think they will have a decent winter as well.

O.K. gang, I’ll see y’all this Friday, ALOHA!

A few more Saturday rainbows

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David Linnig

Temple Hills Drive


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Justin Blanchard

El Toro Rd & Rockfield


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Mary Rodner

Arch Beach Heights

The Jewish Community Center of OC will present “Rodgers with Heart” by Bree Burgess & Friends

As part of Great Jewish Americans 101, the “edutaining” series at the J about outstanding Jewish Americans and their contributions to the world, the JCC will be hosting a musical presentation by Bree Burgess and friends, “Rodgers with Heart”, on Sunday, Nov. 9 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. 

Richard Rogers

Whether with Hammerstein, Hart, Sondheim, or on his own, Richard Rodgers created music that profoundly transformed Broadway and the American Songbook. The most recorded composer in history, his melodies resonate as much today as they did nearly a century ago. Enjoy songs like “My Funny Valentine,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

Bree Burgess has more than four decades of experience as a professional entertainer, writer, producer, director, and educator. Her credits include the Lagunatics performing group, No Square Theatre, and Pacific Symphony Youth Programs.

Cost for the show is $10 for JCC members, $12 for the public, and $14 at the door. Priority seating is available for $50, and includes a reception at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets at

Timing at Crystal Cove Saturday

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Peter Hornby


Saturday morning skies in every direction were filled with beautiful rainbows and our readers were on the spot! On both FP I and FP II today, we will have results of their efforts. The two we have selected here are self-evident as to why. Only a couple of minutes passed from Peter and Mark taking shots from the same spot. Note where the man in the blue top with his back to the camera has walked to and the patient ‘model’. More people have gathered on the parking lot in Mark’s shot.


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Mark Madison

“Together We Saved Laguna Canyon... Nov. 11th, 1989”

25th Anniversary November 11th, 1989 – 2014

A celebratory event is planned for the 25th Anniversary of the walk in the canyon that took place on Nov 11, 1989.

On Nov 11, there will be a special ceremony at the Nix Nature Center in Laguna Canyon. The 25th anniversary of the largest Orange County environmental gathering – an event that saved Laguna Canyon from development – is being commemorated including special tribute to Lida Lenney (former Laguna Beach Mayor) and to all involved, will occur at both events.

According to Harry Huggins, executive director of the Save Our Canyons Walk: “My memory of the Save Our Canyons Walk, November 11, 1989 was a time and place where the environmental movement made a stand for future generations to preserve open space and the jewel of Orange County - Laguna Canyon.” 

Numerous groups and individuals came together and united around the original 60’s ‘walk and protest’ concept by Charles Michael Murray presented to Huggins who propelled the community and event into reality. The spark ignited hundreds to get involved and thousands took part by walking, biking, running, hiking, busing and engaging at the stage located at the front of an art mural named: “The Tell” by Jerry Burchfield and Mark Chamberlain of BC Space Gallery - a significant art statement about preservation.

The “Save Our Canyons Walk” was launched when a public service announcement (PSA) produced and performed by award-winning singer, Jose Feliciano written by Huggins and Murray aired on radio stations throughout Orange County. The 64 Second recording aired live during Huggins’ passionate presentation at a Laguna Beach City Hall meeting, which became the official call for united action to “Save Laguna Canyon.”

The pivotal “Walk in the Canyon” started at Irvine Bowl Park and ended at “The Tell” at Sycamore Flats. The Los Angeles Times reported that approximately 7,500 people attended this event where they demonstrated their concerns about development in Laguna Canyon. The protesters cry included many comparisons to other current events facing the nation and held a consistent moniker  “Save the Canyon.”

A direct result was a reversal of the Irvine Company’s 3,500 housing unit approved as ‘Laguna Laurel’ development in Laguna Canyon, the City of Laguna Beach negotiating to purchase the property, and Laguna Beach citizens passing Measure H a $20 million bond measure with a nearly 80 percent yes vote.

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