Laguna Beach

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. 

Nonprofit Waymakers golfers

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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.”

Stephen Bryer's flesh rose

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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

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.

Breakers' Community quad

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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.

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