Laguna Beach

Seedlings for flowering peas, lettuces & herbs at Farmers Market

Transition Laguna Beach Food Group will be at the Farmers Market, Saturday, Nov 29 selling vegetable seedlings. They have a great selection of your fall crops including flowering peas, lettuces, and herb seedlings ready to be planted in your vegetable garden.  

Many of the seedlings are from seeds harvested in Laguna, and all have been grown organically here in Laguna.  

TLB’s booth is located at the back of the Farmers Market on Local’s Lane.

Musical Storytime at the Library tomorrow!

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Laguna Beach Library invites families with toddlers and preschoolers to come join them for Music Together Program with Brooke Briggs, Wednesday, Nov 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Brooke is director of Music Together, a music based program designed for young children.  A perfect start to the Holidays! 

Enjoy a fun storytime with books, songs and activities for children and caregivers.  

Free. No preregistration required.

Montage Holiday Tree Lighting and Open House on Dec 1

This beloved annual event and new Laguna Beach holiday tradition features photos with Santa, holiday carolers, hot cocoa, children’s activities and live music followed by the tree lighting. 

While you are at Montage, try enjoying special holiday bites and cocktails in their restaurants and Lobby Lounge. Take advantage of complimentary personal shopping assistance in all of our Montage shops and boutiques – the perfect way to get started on your holiday gift giving. 

This evening is complimentary to the local community and resort guests and gets going at 4:30.

Join Hoffy Tour’s spring trip to Savannah & Charleston

Local entrepreneur, Bill Hoffman, is pleased to announce an exciting expansion to his business, Hoffy Tours. Known for providing quality custom tours to many California locations. Bill has partnered with local travel agent, Stephanie Reid, of Laguna Travel, and is excited to offer up his very first cross-country adventure next spring to Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. 

Bill believes, “If you love beautiful cities, you’ve got to see Savannah and Charleston at least once in your life.”

As a longtime teacher and current professor of Economics at Saddleback College, Bill is first and foremost “educational” in his approach. He is a passionate student of urban planning, architecture, design and history – which shows in his popular immersive tours of Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Palm Springs and his excursions through historical Pasadena and downtown LA.

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Even with his educational focus, Lagunan Hoffy, as he’s affectionately called, never forgets the fun. His enthusiasm is always contagious and much as travel enthusiast Huell Houser used to do, Bill mines “gold” out of every person and destination he encounters. 

Hoffy Tour attendees always know that surprises are in store. This might mean a Jeopardy quiz along the drive or Spanish lessons before a visit to Olvera Street. Clients are extremely loyal and return again and again.

Since the inception of Hoffy Tours, Bill has had these “gems of the South - Savannah and Charleston” on his Wish List to share with his enthusiastic clients.

“These two harbor cities are the most beautiful in the South. Savannah has the largest historic district in the US with 22 unique plazas located throughout the city. Neighboring Charleston boasts the nation’s first historic district and is a charming, gracious, and lively city,” Hoffy said.

“I really believe that small group touring is the best way to have a personal experience in fascinating cities. It allows us to remain nimble and responsive to the desires of our clients. Because of our smaller size, I can make sure that each guest is pointed in the right direction to make their own discoveries. For instance, if we have golfers with us, I want to get them to the best courses and if we have SUP enthusiasts, we’ll connect them to wonderful waterways.”

Bill makes sure that clients get a thorough overview of every destination, but he also allows enough free time for individual exploration – always providing as many tried-and-true suggestions, as are needed.

With careful planning, Bill has selected March 25-30, 2015 for this journey. This spring timeframe is ideal for both Savannah and Charleston’s Home & Garden Tours. Once a year a unique handful of specially selected private homes open their doors as a charity fundraiser, and allow ticket holders to enter and drink in the history of two of the country’s “most mannerly cities.” 

Bill has twelve of these tickets in hand for his guests this year.

Deadline to register – December 10

Contact Bill Hoffman, Hoffy Tours, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (949) 246-4548 or visit or Stephanie Reid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dennis’ Tidbits



November 25, 2014

Looks like 80 on Thanksgiving – then get ready for cold rain this weekend

Chalk up yet another 80 degree day here in Lagunatown adding to the record breaking total in the year with the most 80 plus days and there are at least three more 80 plus days on tap for this week. 

With the warm temps came dry offshore winds as humidity levels sank briefly to as low as 14% at water’s edge. With the offshores this morning came exceptional surface visibilities as much as 80 miles as San Clemente Island, which is about 54 miles offshore, was clearly visible this morning and Big Bear - 75 miles to our northeast - was easily seen. The strong high pressure cell over the Great Basin had a maximum central pressure of 1044 millibars or 30.82 inches of mercury on the aneroid barometer which is about as strong as it gets.

Dramatic changes are on the way, however as the North Pacific storm track is poised to aim much of its energy at California in less than a week with a series of strong low pressure systems capable of dropping anywhere from 2-5 inches of rain in the lowlands and as much as 5-8 inches of orographic rainfall on the west and south facing foothills of our local mountains, plus snowfall amounts of two to three feet in the high country above 6,000 feet. Wouldn’t that be nice!?

Turkey Day, 2014 promises to be dry, sunny, and warm with highs near 80. The big change will arrive by late Saturday or Sunday. More often than not, Thanksgiving Day has historically seen nice weather. Since 1958 when I started keeping track of this stuff, it’s only rained seven times on Thanksgiving, 1959, 1965, 1970, 1981, 1986, 2004, and 2007. The most dramatic weather on Turkey Day was in 1981 when strong thunderstorms erupted along much of the Orange County coast with a reported 14 waterspout sightings, with one spout reaching EF-1 status as it stormed ashore just south of Aliso Pier doing damage to some beachfront homes’ rooftops. There was hail up to silver dollar size in North Laguna for a brief period during the mid afternoon.

Thanksgiving Day in 1958 saw temps soar to 84 degrees here in town thanks to a round of strong Santana winds. The real scorcher came on Turkey Day in 1976 when the mercury reached 86! Thanksgiving Day in 1980 was mired all day in thick, damp, cold fog with a high of only 58 at the beach while it was sunny all day up at Top of the World; the fog bank was that concentrated at only 200 feet thick so once you got a third of the way up Temple Hills, it was all good.

The 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially comes to a close this weekend. The 2014 season was tied for the second busiest season on record with a total of 21 named storms getting all the way up to Vance. Only 1983 and 1985 were busier with Winnie in ’83 and Waldo in ’85. 

A total of 14 storms made hurricane status with ten of those reaching major hurricane force; Category 3 or higher with winds of 111-130 mph or more. Three storms made Category 5 with sustained winds of 156 mph or higher. One of those was Marie, who sent one of the biggest and best south swells in memory.

There’s much to be thankful for, over and above all the food. 

I mean look where we live! 

See y’all on Friday, ALOHA!

DeBilzan Gallery hosting food drive benefiting OC Food Bank

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The DeBilzan Gallery at 224 Forest Ave downtown is collecting non-perishable items, canned goods etc. until Thanksgiving Day. All collected food items will be displayed in its front window. 

“We appreciate your kindness and assistance in making others’ Thanksgiving Dinner as special as yours may be”, said the gallery in a statement.  “Anyone bringing in a bag of food for the drive will be granted a 10% discount coupon for future use at the Gallery. From our Gallery Family to yours, We wish you Happy Holidays!”

The Deck & Driftwood Kitchen’s 2nd Annual Champagne & Oyster Sip & Shuck raises $10 for Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The Deck on Laguna Beach, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, and the recently opened Driftwood Kitchen, raised $10,040 to benefit Laguna Beach-based Pacific Marine Mammal Center at the 2nd Annual “Sip & Shuck” Champagne & Oyster event held earlier this month. Guests had the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters and sparkling wines from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views at the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team also prepare delicious tastes from both The Deck and Driftwood Kitchen to complement the oyster selection.

“’Sip & Shuck’ was designed to be an event that makes a meaningful difference in the community,” commented Director of Operations John Nye, who is responsible for producing this year’s event. “By sourcing an incredible array of oysters, entertainers, champagnes, wines and spirits and amazing food, guests not only had a great time, but they also contributed to the good work of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in our backyard.”

In addition, guests were able to take home a keepsake after visiting a photo booth, view original work from artist Robin Heirs, get a Sailor Jerry-inspired tattoo from a live artist, and groove to the sounds of singers Addie Hamilton, Jon Salazar and Eric Larson.

“This event could not have been as successful without the continued support and generosity of our incredible partners,” added Nye. “We have our work cut out for us to top this year’s fundraiser, but I am confident that ‘Sip & Shuck’ will continue to grow in the years to come.”

Information and 2015 date for the 3rd Annual Sip & Shuck will be announced in the coming weeks. The public is encouraged to follow The Deck via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay apprised of upcoming events.

Where’s it, what’s it? This week around town

With friends and family around for Thanksgiving, perhaps you’ll have extra eyes, and boots on the ground around Laguna. Do you know where these places are?

Give Maggi a holler with your answers, and break her winning streak!!

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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Camping with Aga!

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Aga Stuchlik

Our good friend Aga went camping in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park last month and captured another bunch of her great photos. She was kind enough to send them to us and we proudly share them today. We know you’ll enjoy them!


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Please enjoy more of Aga’s photos in the slideshow below 

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Striking 12” opens its Playhouse run on December 6

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are presenting the third show of their 2014-2015 season and the perfect confection for the Holiday season, the Orange County Premiere of “Striking 12,” with book music and lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin and Valerie Vigoda and directed by Janet Roston. 

“A holiday musical twist on a wonderful Hans Christian Andersen classic for our subscribers and audiences who are going to simply fall in love with “Striking 12,’” said Wood. “The music of GrooveLily coupled with this delicious cast and the wonder of Janet Roston’s work will provide a perfect show that will resonate throughout the season,” added Wareham. 

Ring in the Holiday Season with “Striking 12.” This Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Choice concert-with-a-story is quickly becoming a holiday classic. Combining pop-rock, musical comedy and an old-fashioned uplift with a 21st century sensibility, “Striking 12” weaves Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable “The Little Match Girl” with a modern-day New Year’s Eve twist and is a holiday treat suitable for audiences of all ages.

“Striking 12” will begin previews on Wednesday, Dec. 3 and will open on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and run through Sunday, Dec. 28 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets range from $41 to $66 and can be purchased online at or by calling 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.

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