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Mermaid Fest at Jasmine General Store on Saturday

The owners of Jasmine General Store in North Laguna, Carol and Randy Robinson, are celebrating one year in business with a Mermaid Festival on Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their 397 N. Coast Hwy location.

All are invited to participate in free activities for all ages and there will be “goody bags” for the first 50 guests.

Learn to wire wrap genuine sea glass creating a pendant or ornament. Keep your creation at no charge.

Carol will sign copies of her book “Crystal’s Cove and the Legend of a Mermaid’s Tear.”

Dennis’ Tidbits



November 18, 2014

No Weather from Dennis today…

El McWeather Niño is off to the doctor today.

He assures us he’ll be back at it on Friday!

We hope so, Buddy – see you at GG’s!



Clinic has the experts to help navigate Covered California

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Open enrollment for Covered California, the statewide health insurance exchange is underway. The Laguna Beach Community Clinic has three Certified Enrollment Counselors on hand to assist those interested in enrolling in Covered California.

“Covered California is a great solution for those without work place insurance.  Whether you’re looking to enroll for the first time or seeking to change your plan, we can help you through the process”, stated Dr. Tom Bent, Medical Director and COO, Laguna Beach Community Clinic.

The Clinic also accepts Covered California insurance.  High deductibles don’t pose a problem because the Clinic continues to offer a sliding-scale discount to qualifying patients.

Sawdust Art Festival presents 24th annual Winter Fantasy, Holiday Tradition opening this Saturday

The 24th Annual Winter Fantasy, Holiday Tradition, begins Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Sawdust Art Festival and will run over five weekends, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Santa’s hours are 10 - 5:30. This year’s dates are Nov. 22, 23, 28, 29, 30; Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21. Adult admission is $7; $6 for Seniors (65+); $4 for children (6-12); free for children (5 & under); and $10 for a Season Pass. 

Over 175 talented artisans (33 new this year!) will create, showcase and sell their original artwork on the Sawdust grounds, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of holiday decorations and a freshly built “Towne Square” in the center of the festival. The featured Winter Fantasy artisans handcraft each piece of artwork, creating a truly unique holiday shopping experience for visitors. Art mediums include glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, textiles, painting, photography, mixed-media and more. 

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Special holiday highlights include the annual Community Night and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Zoomars Petting Zoo, Toys for Tots holiday toy drive, Children’s Holiday Playhouse, thousands of lights and holiday decorations, and Santa! The Winter Fantasy entertains patrons with art classes for all ages including this year’s Winter Art Series classes, holiday carolers, Rene’s Marionettes and music of all genres.  Additionally, the Winter Fantasy has four outdoor cafés, an espresso bar, a popcorn booth and the Sawdust Saloon. Visit the Winter Fantasy and experience a true Laguna Beach holiday tradition.

The 14th Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, a Laguna Beach holiday tradition, will take place opening day on Saturday, November 22 at 5:30 pm when the winners of the community tree and artist booth decorating contest will be announced. The Laguna Beach Mayor will formally light the Community Tree, officiating the 2014 holiday season. To help celebrate the opening event, special guests and community performers including Magic Matt, Balloon Diva, Top of the World Honors Chorus, ‘Lil Dickens Carolers, Upstream, The Salty Suites, of course, Santa will entertain the crowd. Complimentary holiday cookies and apple cider will be provided during the opening ceremony. Laguna Beach residents are admitted FREE with ID after 3 pm on opening day only. 

Throughout the festival, guests can participate in the special community events planned for this winter show, including Toys for Tots every Sunday of the festival. Toys for Tots is a foundation supported by the Marine Corps Reserve with a mission of collecting toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Visitors to the 2014 Winter Fantasy can show their support by contributing new unwrapped toys for children, newborn to 17, every Sunday during the festival. Those that donate a new toy with a value of $5 or more will receive free one-day admission to the Winter Fantasy that Sunday. 

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Supporting the Sawdust Art Festival’s mission of educating the public, artists will create artwork live in front of our guests, in the artists’ booths and at our popular Glassblowing Demonstration Booth. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore their own creativity and take an art class at the Ceramic Center, Studio One, Children’s Art Spot and also the classrooms of the year-round Sawdust Studio Art Classes. 

Special activities for families and kids include pottery wheel throwing in holiday-themed shapes at the Ceramic Center, and many art and craft projects at both the Children’s Art Spot and Studio One. 

“Winter Art Series” classes scheduled during the Winter Fantasy are highlighted below (complimentary with admission):

• Blended Modern Media with Rosanne Nitti - In this class students create mini
works of art by blending media and original images with acrylics. Ages: 7 to
adult; when: Saturday, Nov. 22, 12:30 – 2 p.m. and Dec. 13, 10:30 - 12
noon; location: Studio One; cost: FREE.

• Fall Watercolors with Linda Velasco - Students will paint beautiful autumnal
scenes while learning the secrets of watercolor. Ages: 7 to adult; when:
Sunday, Nov. 23, 12:30 – 2 p.m.; location: Studio One; cost: FREE.

• Creative Acrylics with Donita Lloyd - Access your hidden creativity while
expanding your acrylic techniques in this innovative painting class. Ages:
7 to adult; when: Friday, November 28, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7,
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; location: Studio One; cost: $5.

• Clothespin Elves with Mary Keating - Live the fantasy while making a
characterful elf using clothespins, fabric and seed pods in this charming
workshop. Ages: 7 to adult; when Sunday, Dec. 14, 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.;
location: Studio One; cost: FREE

• Pincushion Jars with Carmen Gundelach - In this class you’ll create a unique
pincushion from colorful fabric and a glass jar to give away as a gift or
keep for yourself! Ages 7 to adult; when: Sunday, Nov. 30, 12 - 1 and
1 – 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, 1 – 2 p.m.,
Sunday, Dec. 21, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; location Studio One; cost: $2.

Don’t miss out on the many photo ops in Towne Square, where you will find Children’s Playhouse, Santa’s House and Sleigh, Reindeer Barn, Community Tree and even falling snow!  

The festival is located at the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For additional information, please visit or call 494-3030.

PTA Coffee Break topic tomorrow: Emotional Intelligence


During the November PTA Coffee Break session this Wednesday, speaker-author Dr. Jorge Cherbosque will discuss Emotional Intelligence, which is the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions. Dr. Cherbosque’s seminars offer individuals at least one practical idea for self-development they can apply immediately and successfully. 

Parents find that building awareness and emotional intelligence skills strengthens their role and supports harmonious interaction within the family. Attendees at the Coffee Break session will learn how Emotional Intelligence can help them gain insight about the communication style and personality of family members, develop empathy and listening skills, and gain knowledge about effective ways to manage anger and conflict with family members.

Dr. Jorge Cherbosque, a clinical and industrial psychologist, is a recognized authority in the fields of emotional intelligence, self-development and diversity. Each year he travels around the globe to address audiences of all ages and backgrounds. His vision and philosophy are oriented toward helping individuals move from what he calls “TGIF” (Thank God It’s Friday) to “TGIH” (Thank God I’m Here).

This month’s Coffee Break will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 8:15 to 10 a.m. at Top of the World Elementary School, 21601 Tree Top Lane. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. Coffee and pastries will be available.

For more information visit

Coffee Break is a monthly program organized and supported by the Laguna Beach PTA Council’s Parent Education Committee. For a calendar of upcoming speakers, visit

Police Files

Cell service woes may have been by thief with specialized target

Sprint is one of several cell/wireless providers with equipment located at 105 Crescent Bay Drive and has for many years.

“We have not experienced any other such thefts,” LBPD Captain Jason Kravetz wrote in an email Monday.

The theft he was referring to occurred as the result of a burglary of a service box at the location, which was reported Saturday afternoon after Sprint experienced wireless problems in the area.

“Sprint sent out a technician to check the site and learned that someone had broken into their box and stolen 16 specialized batteries valued at $300 each for a total loss of $4,800’” Kravetz added.  

The batteries, made by Alcatel Lucent, are of a lead acid composition used in telecommunications systems according to Internet research information.

We’re hosting another community gathering today from noon to 2 with a Mediterranean spread at GG’s 

Everyone is most welcome to join us!

Shaena and Stu are very happy that the Gundogar family (Bulent, Francesca, Hande and Ragip), owners of GG’s Bistro, is rolling out the red carpet at their great restaurant this coming Friday from noon until two o’clock.

The Gundogar family – clockwise from bottom right: Ragip, Francesca, Bulent, Hande and Mehmet (the son of Ragip and Francesca). They are all nice people!

They have promised to put together a spread of Mediterranean-Turkish-Italian fare that will make everyone who comes a happy camper, to be sure!

We love their food, the atmosphere (day and night), their smiles, the sidewalk view, the more than ample parking in the city’s upper Glenneyre parking lot and above all, we love their friendly attitudes!

The food is gratis – all you have to do is buy your own drinks and come by to say hey to Shaena, Stu, Maggi, Dennis and the rest of the StuNewsLaguna crew.

See you Friday!

It’s at 540 S. Coast Hwy.

The Annual Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden plant sale – this Saturday – at the farmers’ market

It’s time for the annual Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden plant and bulb sale at the Laguna Beach Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to noon. 

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Garden volunteers have also been busy crafting outdoor art pieces, which make great holiday gifts. As always Paperwhite and Amaryllis bulbs will be available at reasonable prices, as well as organically grown limes and persimmons, perfect for making cookies. 

All proceeds from the sale help to maintain and improve the Garden.

To visit the Hortense Miller Garden, reservations are available at the Laguna Beach Recreation Department - 497-0716.

Sunday’s Swirling Sunset

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