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Community Thanksgiving celebrated – buffet style

The Friendship Shelter and Neighborhood Congregational Church pulled off another memorable and annual community Thanksgiving feast at the church on Nov 27 serving some 600-700 meals buffet style. Food and supplies provided by individuals, churches, and community groups were welcomed and just about gone in two hours!



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Scott Brashier



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Conor Farley

Student at LBHS


See a few more of Scott Brashier’s photos in the slideshow below


SEEDS Arts and Education presents Dr. Andrea Deerheart

Join SEEDS Arts and Education, Inc. for the second of a three-part symposium with Dr. Andrea Deerheart of who will transport attendees beyond the prevalent denial of death. 

Rather than arguing a rigid ideology of death, Dr. Deerheart will explore a variety of ancient and contemporary approaches to death and dying. She will pose a pluralistic viewpoint inclusive of the role of the psyche and help to develop a deeper awareness of our instinctual, yet culturally enmeshed fear of fatality. 

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Dr. Andrea Deerheart

This is part two of our three-part “Dying Into Life” series: With this series, participants will be inspired to contemplate the journey to death. Dr. Deerheart, founder of, will help raise the spiritual dimension of death into our consciousness with the sincere hope of inspiring an understanding of our end of life journey.

Part two is set for Feb 16, 2015 and is entitled: Conversations about Death and Dying. Register now at

Dr. Deerheart is the passionate founder of the HeartWay. Using wisdom gathered from decades of guiding the living and dying; physically, spiritually, and psychologically, Andrea has provided loving care and healing for those on the journey of conscious living and dying. Her primary work and teaching focuses on issues related to wellness, nutritional healing, death and dying, as well as grief and loss, and supporting mindful and compassionate care. 

Dr. Deerheart also offers diverse programs emphasizing the relevance that the lessons learned near death have for living a more loving and compassionate life. She has competed her Doctorate degree in mythology with an emphasis in depth psychology, and comparative religions, death, dying, and beyond. Dr. Deerheart is a sought after consultant, writer, and poet.

The series is $30 per session and will be held at Anneliese Willowbrook Campus at 20062 Laguna Canyon Road.

Cheyne Walls will unveil first piece in new Island Collection during Saturday’s Artist Open Studios 

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Cheyne Walls’ “Pacific Ocean Temple”

Photographer Cheyne Walls will be unveiling the first piece of his new Island Collection during Saturday’s Laguna Beach Open Artist Studios. This new collection will contain over 20 limited edition photographs from the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. 

“Pacific Ocean Temple” will be the first, on display Saturday, Dec 6. The photo was captured on the Island of Kauai along the stunning Na Pali Coastline. 

Walls said, “Well accustomed to this island I wanted to photograph this coastline from a helicopter to really show its true and unique magnificence. In continuous two-way radio contact with the pilot we arrived at the shooting location and hovered just off shore over the Pacific Ocean waiting for that perfect light.  

“I didn’t have to wait long before Mother Nature parted the clouds to the West giving a dramatic sweeping light along the edge of the cliffs. Fighting the gusts from the rotating propellers I steadied myself just in time to capture an emerging rainbow atop the cliffs.  As quickly as it came it was gone, the clouds re-engulfed the coastline and the rain began to fall.”

LB Garden Club will present House & Garden editor, author Charlotte Frieze at its meeting on Dec 12

The Laguna Beach Garden Club will welcome Charlotte Frieze, the former garden editor of House & Garden magazine and author of Private Paradise, to speak at the monthly meeting on Friday, Dec 12.

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Frieze will present “Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens.” 

The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at the Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, in Tankersley Hall, located at 415 Forest Ave. Admission is free.

Garden Club Meeting Information:

For club members and guests the meeting begins at 9:30 with a social half-hour, followed by a half hour business meeting. The presentation begins at approximately 10 o’clock.

Before or after the meeting and presentation, please browse the outdoor “Garden Boutique”, where donated garden-related items and plants can be purchased at ‘dirt-cheap’ prices and fantastic garden gloves are selling for $7 each or 3 for $20.

For more information on the garden club, see the club’s website at

Gift the music lover on your list with a Winter Season of Live Jazz (and be entered to win a Summer Season, too!)

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Trumpeter Bijon Watson and Latin Jazz Syndicate at [seven-degrees] in 2014

Why settle for giving an average, ordinary gift this holiday season when you can gift an entire season of Laguna Beach Live! world-class jazz for just $105?

Laguna Beach Live!the non-profit entity dedicated to bringing globally renowned jazz, blues and classical music to Laguna Beach at an affordable price – is once again offering a lively (and very warming) Winter Jazz Season beginning Jan. 21. The annual sell-out shows take place in the gorgeous [seven-degrees] event center, whose acoustics and staging serve as perfect partner to the phenomenal incoming talent. 

Winter Jazz Season Tickets for the 7-concert event series are just $105, with single tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 

As a special holiday offer, for every Winter Jazz Season Ticket you purchase before Dec. 21, you are also entered in a raffle to win two tickets to the entire 2015 Summer Season of Jazz at The Ranch. 

Last year, when Laguna Beach Live’s celebrated live jazz season outgrew its venue, it moved to the spectacular patio above the Ben Brown Golf Course at The Ranch, with sell-out crowds of 300 and more at each event. Clearly, where LagunaBeachLive! goes, rabid fans follow.

Purchase the Winter Jazz Season Ticket (just $105 per person) at by Dec. 21 to qualify for the Summer Season raffle. Seating is preassigned according to date of purchase and group size, with season ticket holders considered “V.I.P.”     

Then, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21, and every other week thereafter, enjoy the world-class talents of Trumpeter Bijon Watson, Brazilian Guitarist phenom Teka, award-winning jazz singer Sara Gazarek, and the very popular Tony Guerrero and his Jet Set Quintet. 

Add to that acclaimed trumpeter Gabriel Johnson, Grammy award-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe and the industry’s go-to saxophonist Rickey Woodard with Frank Potenza as part of the exciting Winter Jazz Season lineup. 

(See more details on each of the upcoming acts at )

Winter Jazz Season concerts are 6 – 8 p.m. Handcrafted cocktails, beers, wines, and an innovative dinner menu are available at each concert for purchase. 

Be a part of the growing community of live jazz enthusiasts this coming January. The Laguna Beach Live! Winter Jazz Season is a quintessential, affordable and thoughtful gift for every music lover in your life (including you).

Crystal Cove Alliance tree lighting and Deck the Cove will celebrate the holiday season this Saturday


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Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA), official nonprofit partner of Crystal Cove State Park, will celebrate the holiday season with “Deck the Cove,” a complimentary family event on Saturday, Dec. 6, taking place on the sand at the Crystal Cove Historic District. Santa Claus is scheduled to make a special beachfront appearance.

The main event is the 18th annual tree-lighting ceremony, a tradition that has grown in size and scope each year. This year also features a holiday bazaar with plenty of local artisan gift opportunities. Deck the Cove will pay homage to Crystal Cove’s rich history with retro holiday décor and a unique spin on a fun family tradition.

At sunset, the Cove’s picturesque beach will be illuminated by twinkling lights and decorative ornaments on a statuesque evergreen tree. Décor will reflect the vintage character of the historic district’s time period between 1935 and 1955. In addition to the tree lighting, the historic district’s seaside cottages will be transformed into a seasonal display of holiday lights, vintage decorations, and giant candy canes.

“We look forward to this tradition every year because it awakens the magical history and old-fashioned holiday spirit of Crystal Cove,” says Laura Davick, CCA founder and director of external affairs. “We hope Orange County families will bundle up to join our festivities and become a part of the most unique tree display in Southern California. This is an extra special time for children to get a few private beachside words with Santa about their holiday wishes. There is no better way to kick-off the holiday season with family and friends.”

Deck the Cove festivities will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the day, the holiday bazaar will have hand-crafted holiday gifts for sale and the fine art show and sale will feature recognized California Plein Air Artists with paintings featuring Crystal Cove. The bazaar also will include a complimentary lesson on wire-wrapping sea glass found at Crystal Cove, allowing participants to turn sea glass into one-of-a-kind jewelry or beautiful holiday ornaments to take home.

The tree-lighting ceremony will feature strolling carolers and Santa Claus’ arrival at 4 p.m. The Beachcomber Café will provide hot cocoa, apple cider, and homemade cookies while guests search for a prime spot on the sand to prepare for Santa Claus’ arrival.

This holiday celebration has become part of the Cove’s colorful history. The coastal tree, located next to The Beachcomber Café, will remain lit and decorated throughout the holiday season. As the only holiday tree display on the beach along the California coast, it is the perfect place for family holiday photos.

Proceeds from sales throughout the entire holiday season will benefit restoration, conservation, and education efforts for Crystal Cove State Park and the Historic District. Parking is $5 per hour or $15 for the day and is located at Los Trancos parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway. Shuttle service is $1 each way. Carpooling is encouraged. For information, visit or email info@

American Legion Auxiliary starts off the season of giving


The Laguna Beach American Legion Auxiliary started the season of giving right before Thanksgiving with a donation for Holiday meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas for military families at Camp Pendleton. 

That was soon followed by the American Legion Post 222 members donating money to purchase a trunk load of toys for the children of the veterans at the Long Beach Veteran Medical Center.  That event is called “Operation Santa”; it ensures a wonderful Christmas for them.

(L-R) Jean Law, Cynthia Martinez, Diane Connell, Beth Johnsen and Sandi Werthe

Their next event of “Giving” was to partner with a non-profit organization called “Words of Comfort, Hope & Promise”.  This year Legion Auxiliary members along with the children at the Laguna Beach Top of the World Elementary School and The Prentice School in North Tustin signed more than 200 Christmas cards and letters thanking them for their sacrifices and for keeping us safe at home. 

They then proceeded to stuff 3,000 Christmas stockings filled with goodies for our troops overseas. 

Donations for our troops, their families and our Youth programs are always welcomed and can be sent to: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 222, P.O. Box 517, Laguna Beach CA 92652. 

Police Files

Wonder if this Thanksgiving duck ever was cooked?

A caller on Blumont Street called police last Sunday at 1:17 p.m. asking them to check out a man leaning against a car in her driveway. She explained to the dispatcher that she thought the man was intoxicated.

Captain Jason Kravetz said officers saw the man answering the caller’s description as they headed toward the caller’s driveway.

Kravetz said in an email, “They saw the man stumbling down Park Avenue with a paper bag containing a frozen duck (wrapped – it came from a market).”

Bernd Heinrich Stramm, 55, Ontario, Canada, was taken to the city jail after he was arrested for being drunk in public until he was deemed to be sober.

There was no indication about the status of the frozen duck.


You better watch out on Nyes Place, you’re likely to pout

In this case, you needn’t worry about upsetting Santa – it’s the cops who will be looking for you to do something bad.

Residents on Nyes Place have been coming to City Council meetings recently complaining about people speeding down the hill where the steep grade makes it difficult to stop when necessary.

LBPD is asking for the public’s cooperation in reducing speeds along Nyes Place.

And, their traffic officers will be increasing enforcement along the roadway.

Slow down or you might find the cost of a ticket will cut into your holiday shopping budget this year!


Cleo St Beach sewer lift station vandalized Monday

Police said a man, described only as being homeless, vandalized the sewer lift station at Cleo Street Beach Monday morning. Numerous callers beginning just before nine o’clock said the man had uprooted plants, broke off sprinkler heads, roof tiles and yanked off loose concrete before writing graffiti on the walls.

“The man was upset over a recent breakup and took it out on the sewer lift station,” Captain Jason Kravetz related, adding, “I do not have an estimate of the damage at this point…”

Kravetz said the suspect, well known to police, was not immediately arrested. “We will act further based upon whether or not the damages rise to a felony amount.”

Odyssey Imports will host a Small Business Saturday event

Look for the Shop Small decals in Laguna’s store windows!

The first-ever Small Business Saturday was held just four years ago. It encouraged people across the country to shop at small, local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and started a holiday shopping tradition. 

This single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov 29. 

As this is movement is organized by American Express, by registering their American Express Card, members get a $10 statement credit, after they spend $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction. Card Members can take advantage of this offer up to three times, for a total of up to $30 in statement credits.

Businesses all over town will participate tomorrow. $100 spent in town will see $68 returned to the community. 

More info at

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Mosaic lamps from Odyssey Imports

You can also “Shop Small” with Odyssey Imports Laguna Beachfrom 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy the holiday cheer with festive music, complimentary gift-wrapping and a Free Gift with purchase! Discover their exquisite selections of authentic artisan jewelry, ceramics, blown-glass, ornaments and other gifts imported from the Mediterranean. 

Odyssey Imports: 490 S Coast Hwy #8 (inside the Panno Plaza).

Montage Holiday Tree Lighting and Open House on Dec 1

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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.

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