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Breaking News

Joanne Culverhouse leaves LBHS to be Asst. Superintendent with Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Dr. Joanne Culverhouse will join former LBHS Principal Don Austin (named Superintendent of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District last month) as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at PVPUSD. The school board there approved her appointment Tuesday night.

The following is a press release from LBUSD from 10:31 p.m. Tuesday:

Dr. Culverhouse has spent the last 15 years of her career as a LBUSD administrator. She was appointed as the Principal at El Morro Elementary School in 1999. She was promoted to Principal at Thurston in 2004 where she served for seven years. In 2011, she was appointed as Principal at LBHS, where she has served for the last 3 years.

“The transition to PVPUSD is a remarkable opportunity for me to continue to learn and grow as an administrator. At the same time, it is incredibly sad to say goodbye to a community that has been so special and meaningful to me,” said Dr. Culverhouse.

Dr. Culverhouse’s accomplishments as an LBUSD administrator include establishment and support of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), increasing course offerings at LBHS while simultaneously implementing intervention support for struggling students, and developing and sustaining successful academic, athletic, visual and performing arts and many more outstanding programs.

Dr. Culverhouse will begin her new position in PVPUSD on August 28. At its regular meeting on August 26, the LBUSD Board of Education will consider the appointment of Carolyn Williams, retired administrator and former Dana Hills High School Principal, as Interim High School Principal during the recruitment period. The District plans to immediately post the vacancy for recruitment of candidates for the permanent position. In early September, the District will conduct online surveys and host staff and parent meetings to obtain input on qualities sought for the new administrator. Dates for the meetings will be released as soon as they have been finalized.

LBUSD Board President Jan Vickers said, “It is with mixed emotions that I comment on Dr. Culverhouse leaving our district to become an Assistant Superintendent in Palos Verdes. Having worked with Dr. C. for almost 15 years, I know how we have benefited from her loyalty, integrity, passion and educational knowledge. Joanne has been “value added,” a standard that educators use to determine merit. Three of our four schools have excelled from her leadership as principal. Of course I am sad she is leaving, but just as one of her hallmarks is her true compassion and caring for all students and their families, I need to give her the same respect as she advances to meet her career goals. I am proud of Joanne and wish her success as I thank her for all she has given to this district, our students, families, staff and the community.”

“We are excited for Dr. Culverhouse as she begins a new journey as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in Palos Verdes Unified. Although we will miss Joanne and her strong leadership, we are happy that she is meeting her personal and career goals,” said Dr. Sherine Smith, LBUSD Superintendent.

Dr. Culverhouse said, “My time in Laguna Beach was one of the most rewarding periods in my life. What great fortune to enjoy phenomenal kids, gifted and dedicated staff members, supportive district administrators, an outstanding Board of Education, and a caring and supportive community all at the same time! I have been blessed to build relationships with some of the best educators in the state that evolved into meaningful and lasting friendships. Laguna not only inspired me to continuously grow and learn as an educator and as a person, it gave me the opportunity to experience the unique joy and pride to serve as a principal to an extraordinary group of kids and watch them grow from elementary school to graduation.”

Festival of Arts events for this week

Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: Through August 29

Mondays – Fridays 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Cost: $10 material fee/session

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Arts Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed media, jewelry making, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week! Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required. For information and a detailed schedule, call (949) 464-4234 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, August 19: Ceramics (11 a.m.), Claytoon (1 p.m.) Wednesday, August 20: Ceramics (11 a.m.), Printmaking (1 p.m.) Thursday, August 21: Ceramics (11 a.m.), Landscape Painting (1 pm) Friday, August 22: Ceramics (11 a.m.), 

Encaustic/Wax Painting (1 p.m.)

Cost: $10 material fee/session

Art Talks: Lecture Series, “Déjà vu”, Thursday, August 21 (12-1pm)

“Art Talks” continue on Thursday August 21 from 12-1pm with “Déjà vu.” This talk will be a look back at the Festival of Arts through the eyes of artists who have exhibited their work for over 30 years, some since the late 1960s. Jacquie Moffett, Monica Dunham, Julita Jones, Dan Miller, and Scott Moore will share stories from the past and discuss how the Festival of Arts has developed over the years. This is one of several topics discussed at the Festival’s weekly Art Talks: A Lecture Series. Each Thursday through August 28, Festival artists lead conversations about their medium, inspiration, and careers in this fascinating and stimulating series.

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Jacquie Moffett, part of the Art Talks series, Déjà vu  

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Nightly Music Schedule Daily 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free with Festival admission Tuesday, August 19: Max Bennett, Wednesday, August 20: 2 + 1 B3, Thursday, August 21: Tony Guerrero and Bill Cantos, part of the Art, Jazz, 

Wine & Chocolate series, Friday, August 22: Salty Suites

Tony Guerrero and Bill Cantos perform for the Art, Jazz, 

Wine & Chocolate series on Thursday

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate: Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz, sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. Thursday, August 21 (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) 

Trumpeter Tony Guerrero has released nine solo CDs which have charted on the national Top10/20 jazz charts, garnering him massive radio airplay, critical acclaim and an international fan base. He is well established as a composer and studio musician in a variety of settings and his work has appeared on television and film as well as on numerous album projects. Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Bill Cantos has released five solo CDs as well as touring and recording with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Burt Bacharach, Sergio Mendes, Phil Collins, Alan Bergman, Dori Caymmi, Elton John, and Leon Russell.  His songs have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Helen Baylor, and Flora Purim. Tony and Bill have been working together for over 25 years.

Cost: Concerts are free; Wine and Chocolate pairings (21 and over) are $15 in addition to Festival of Arts admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378.

As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Festival of Arts features the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons can enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, dine at on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit

Through August 30, 2014

Open daily from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Early closing: August 23 at 3:30

Ticket Information

General Admission: Weekdays $7, Weekends $10

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $4, Weekends $6

Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

Festival of Arts Grounds 650 Laguna Canyon Road

(800) 487-3378

LBPD Citizen Academy – now accepting applications

The Laguna Beach Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen Academy. The academy starts Thursday September 4, 2014 and will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for twelve consecutive weeks (the thirteenth week is graduation). Applications will be accepted until August 28.

The Citizen Academy is a twelve-week non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the Laguna Beach Police Department and to help foster better communications between police personnel and citizens.  The Academy will include instruction in the following areas: history of the Laguna Beach Police Department, investigations, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, driving under the influence investigation, gangs, narcotics, neighborhood watch, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, police K-9 program and volunteer programs. There will also be a tour of the police facility as well as vehicles and equipment used by the department. Academy members will be given the chance to shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios. There is also a tour of the Orange County Jail. 

To obtain an application and announcement for the Citizen Academy, contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701. For questions regarding this program, contact Class Assistant Ross Fallah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Corporal Matt Meadow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 497-0758. For inquiries pertaining to this Press Release, contact Captain Darin Lenyi at (949) 497-0375 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are mailed, faxed or emailed to you upon request.

Photo challenge on! Get out your spectacles

These sights may be hidden behind Laguna’s summer visitors right now, but we think you’ll know the “Where-in-Laguna”!

Do you recognize these things and places?

If you know where, drop Maggi a note and say so!

Begin with the photo below then click on the left-hand photo in the slideshow to view all 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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Laguna Beach Business Club’s 2014 Speaker Series

The Laguna Beach Business Club will havw Bart Zandbergen as its speaker for August 21. The club holds a breakfast meeting the third Thursday each month and hosts speakers that discuss topics valuable to achieving success in your personal and professional lives. 

Bart A Zandbergen, CFP, will present his Half Time Report. This informational presentation will cover:

1) Does the market have enough steam to continue this growth?

2) Will geopolitical unrest in Europe and the Middle East affect the US Stock Market?

3) Will inflation rise and what does that mean for the market and the economy?

All this and more will be discussed at this informational meeting.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at the Hotel Laguna. Non-members are welcome. For more information about the club or to register to attend a meeting please contact a club member or Bart Zandbergen at 949-455-0300 x218, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The LBBC is a group of local business professionals and entrepreneurs. We meet monthly to discuss current events, business opportunities and share insights within the context of our community and our lives. Our goal is to build and maintain relationships with local professionals and businesses that we are proud to recommend to our clients and friends. To attend a meeting or for more information, please visit

Iguana Laguna

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Dennis Rooney

At Main Beach

Learn English and make friends! Sign up for free ESL classes

Aprenda Inglés y hacer amigos! Inscríbase en clases de ESL gratuitas

All adults are welcome to sign up for free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes available for all learning levels: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept 2 in Room 90, 760 Park Ave at Manzanita and Park, behind the swimming pool) across the street from Laguna Beach High School.

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Call the Laguna Beach Unified School District at 497-7700 x 5220 for more info. 

Dennis’ Tidbits



August 19, 2014

Baseball, baseball, baseball – Go Angels!

Our Angel baseball team is finally in first place in the American League Western Division. We won tonight in Boston by a score of 4-2 with Kevin Jepsen closing the deal in the bottom of the ninth inning. Outside of a meltdown by closer Huston Street yesterday in Texas when they hit four consecutive singles in their half of the ninth inning, our bullpen has been brilliant. We’ve had timely hitting from almost every player over the last few weeks. As a result we’ve scratched and clawed our way into first place and the best record in Baseball as of tonight. That honor belonged to the Oakland Athletics for quite some time now, but they have been struggling as of late with a six game losing streak, their longest drought this year. 

We just need to light a fire under Josh Hamilton’s rear end and put an end to some bad habits at the plate. He’s struck out 94 times in 240 at bats since his return from the disabled list back on June 9. He’s swinging at pitches down by his ankles and well outside the strike zone. He’s not aggressive at the plate like he was in Texas when he had 43 home runs and 128 runs batted in just two years ago. As of tonight his batting average is down to a season low of .260 with only 8 homers and 35 ribbies. Heck, two years ago he had those numbers after only 35 games with the Rangers! Here’s a guy who blasted 4 homers in one game with 8 runs driven in! Maybe he’s returned to some of those bad habits off the field, I don’t know. His demons are well documented so I hope he’s O.K. 

It’s all about little adjustments. If Josh can make those adjustments, he’ll put up some monster numbers.

Like I touched on last week, offense in baseball is way down. With only about 38-40 games remaining in the 2014 regular season, it’s unlikely that anyone will finish with even 40 home runs. As of tonight the home run leaders in baseball are Abreu with 33, Nelson Cruz with 33, and Stanton with 32. Only five players are on a pace to finish with 100 RBI or more. Only two teams are on a pace to score more than 750 runs this season. Many of the team batting averages are in the .250’s. 

Compare that to the 1998 season when five players hit 50 or more homers with Mark McGwire slamming 70, Sammy Sosa with 66, Junior Griffey with 56, Barry Bonds with 52, who would later blast 73 in 2001, and Ken Caminiti with 50. 41 players had 100 RBI or more that year. 12 teams had team batting averages of .280 or higher and every team in the American League scored between 900-1000 runs. 

So they were juiced, big deal! It was way more exciting. Games like 12-8 were the rule rather than the exception. 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, booooooorrrring!

See you on Friday, ALOHA!

Chabad Hebrew School…new session begins Sept 9

From a press release

Children ages 5-13 can sign up now for the new session of Chabad Hebrew School. The new session begins on Sept 9 and meets on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-6:15 at Chabad Jewish Center - Where kids love to learn!

Imagine a Hebrew school where kids don’t want to miss a day!  Our students come to school with a smile and leave humming a Hebrew song!  Our challenge at Chabad is to find ways to open the minds and souls of our students, so that they will want to learn.  Thus, at Chabad Hebrew School we have developed a curriculum that moves from a focus on teaching, to a focus on learning. 

A new and creative learning environment replaces the traditional Hebrew School setting.  The atmosphere has to be upbeat, fun, and inspiring, so that our students like being with us.  We believe that our staff has to be living role models for our students, and we welcome once again our wonderful staff of young women and men whose enthusiasm, knowledge, and creative energy bring spirit, warmth and a wealth of education to our school.

We believe that children learn from doing, and that frontal teaching does not work in an after-school setting.  Our students learn through engaging their artistic abilities, or by an actual hands on lesson. For example, the High Holidays are taught with fantastic Shofar Workshops and honey dish crafts! The students learn about Shabbat by coming down to Rabbi and Perel’s home and baking their own Challah and enjoying a chicken soup Cook-a-thon!

Chabad students work on Hebrew letters using the Aleph Champ program

Hebrew reading is taught using the highly innovative and creative Aleph Champ program, time tested and proven to be the fastest and most effective method of teaching Hebrew reading.

For more info regarding our tuition fees and the Hannah S. and Samuel A. Cohn memorial foundation Scholarship fund, please visit online at or call the Chabad office at 499 – 0770. Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy, across from Montage Laguna Beach.

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