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Learn watercolors with LOCA’s Lydia Delgado Jan 15 & 22

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) is offering watercolor workshops with Lydia Delgado, each month now through May. Classes are Thursdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Laguna Nursery. Upcoming classes are Jan. 15 and 22.

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Lydia Delgado

Participants may try one, or multiple workshops, as new plant subjects will be introduced each time. Delgado will teach simple color layering and blending techniques. Everyone will take home beautiful finished art after each class. Cost is $30 for one or $125 for five classes.

All classes in the 50 Shades of Green program include materials and free on-site parking. Beginners and all levels are invited. 

Advance registration is required, visit the calendar dates at or call (949) 363-4700 or email mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday’s Sunset

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James Vaughn

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Julie Griffin

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Richard Linder

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Sharael Kolberg

Sharael wrote: “Beautiful night for the Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team to take a ride!” No fooling you, Sharael! This cool photo was taken at Alta Laguna Park.

LB Business Club announces its January 15 speaker

The Laguna Beach Business Club is proud to announce, Steve Blank, as speaker on Jan. 15. 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. 

Steve Blank has been Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Development for the past ten years. In this role he is responsible for individual and corporate philanthropy nationwide. Steve will discuss the work the Surfrider Foundation is doing to protect the world’s oceans, waves and beaches and the various ways the local community can plug in and assist the organization’s efforts.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at the Hotel Laguna. Non-members are welcome. For more info about the club or to register to attend a meeting please contact a club member or Bart Zandbergen at 949-455-0300 x218, 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 info, visit

Laguna Beach Community Foundation will host first monthly speaker series with Peter Kote here Jan. 15

Peter Kote, founder and president of Orange County-based Professional Fiduciary Services, is guest speaker on Thursday, Jan. 15 for Laguna Beach Community Foundation’s first monthly speaker series.  As founding trustee of LB Community Foundation, Kote will recount the history of the organization and the importance of its impact in the community.

This complimentary seminar is open to all individuals and professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of Laguna Beach Community Foundation.  

The event will be held from 12:15 – 1 p.m. at Laguna Beach Community Foundation headquarters located at 303 Broadway, Suite 212 in Laguna Beach. Attendees may bring their own lunch if desired and RSVP is required by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 949.715.8223.

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation strengthens our community by encouraging philanthropy. We provide expertise and resources to assist local charities, connect donor passions with nonprofit needs, and work with local professional advisors in assisting their clients in giving now and beyond their lifetimes with a legacy gift.

For more information, call 949.715.8223 or visit

Laguna Beach Books hosts debut author Tim Wirkus Jan 15

On Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome Tim Wirkus, author of City of Brick and Shadow,for atalk, Q&A and signing. 

Already struggling to keep their tiny congregation afloat, two Mormon missionaries stationed in the dangerous Latin American neighborhood of Vila Barbosa suspect the worst when Marco Aurélio, a man they recently baptized, disappears from a crowded street market. When the neighborhood’s corrupt police force shows no interest, Elder Toronto and Elder Schwartz decide to investigate Marco Aurélio’s disappearance themselves.

Breaking mission rule after mission rule, the elders doggedly pursue any clues that might lead them to their friend. As they interview the people who knew him — his short-tempered, bodybuilding brother; his gun-toting ex-wife; his mercurial former business partner — a tangled portrait emerges of an enigmatic con artist in over his head. At the edges of the investigation lurks a shadowy, mythical figure known only as the Argentine, a man who poses an increasingly dire threat to the two young missionaries as they plunge recklessly forward.

Tim Wirkus’ City Of Brick And Shadow is a fantastically fun ride, recasting the classic buddy cop dynamic in a pair of hapless young missionaries; a gripping and unconventional mystery along the lines of The Yiddish Policeman’s Union or Motherless Brooklyn.

Tim Wirkus is a doctoral candidate in the University of Southern California’s creative writing and literature program. His short fiction has appeared in The Best American Non-Required Reading, Subtropics, Cream City Review, Weird Fiction Review, Gargoyle, and elsewhere. His novella, Sandy Downs, won the 2013 Quarterly West novella contest. City of Brick and Shadow is his first novel.

Laguna Beach Books is an independent bookstore striving to create a community-enriching environment with a superb selection of books for adults and children, exciting author events and readings, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Laguna Beach Books is owned by Jane Hanauer and is located at The Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway. For more information, call 494-4779 or visit

Free Speech: A national expert and civil rights attorney speaks 

Join Laguna locals and guests this Sunday, Jan. 11 at the Unitarian Universalist fellowship for a special service led by Daga Krackowizer and featuring Brian Levin, JD. Levin is Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

Levin, who will be speaking about the many aspects free speech, received his law degree from Stanford, where he received the Block Civil Liberties Award. Previously, he was Associate Director of Legal Affairs for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Klanwatch Militia Task Force in Montgomery, Alabama, adjunct professor of constitutional law, and a corporate litigator for the law firm of Irell & Manella.

He was also a New York City Police Officer in the Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods during the crack wars of the 1980s. He specializes in the analysis of hate crimes, domestic and international terrorism and related legal issues. Widely cited in top legal and social science journals, Mr. Levin has testified before congress, been interviewed extensively by newspapers and has appeared on such programs as 60 Minutes and Dateline NBC.

His blog can be found at www.hatefighter.blogspot.comand service details can be found at Join them in welcoming Levin this Sunday at 10:30 a.m., to be followed by a sandwich luncheon at the UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach, 429 Cypress Drive. This is a free event and all are welcome!

Dennis’ Tidbits



January 9, 2015

Shorts and flops. That’s why we live here!

The weather continues on a winning streak as we’re one of the only places getting off the hook with most of the lower 48 deep in the grip of a near record Arctic blast. Temps around here have been running as much as 10-12 degrees above normal with more of the same in store. 

Yep, shorts and flops. That’s why we live here! 

High pressure continues to run the show across most of the west with several days of dry weather even up in the Pacific Northwest. The sun was out all day up there and that’s a rare commodity with an average of only three totally sunny days in January. Locally, ocean temps are hovering around 60-62 degrees, roughly five degrees above normal for early January.

January is our coldest month of the year on average and pretty much tied with February as the wettest month of the season with about 3.1 inches normally falling in January and February, which is about 40-45% of our annual rainfall.

The normal hi-lo temp here in town is 65-43 but the normal low in the Canyon is more like 36-38. The hottest January day was January 16, 1971 with 88 degrees and the coldest January night was January 6, 1949. The highest barometric pressure was 30.44 inches of mercury on Jan. 15, 1963 and the lowest was on January 25, 2010 with a reading of 29.06 inches. 

Our wettest January was in 1969 with 18.81 inches, also the wettest month ever here in Laguna thanks to an 11-day atmospheric river event. Our second wettest January occurred in 1995 with 12.56 inches followed by 11.77 inches in 1993 and 8.97 inches in 2005. Our driest Januarys were 1972 and 1976 with 0.00 inches.

Continuing winters past, the winter of 1965-66 had a visit from Senor El Niño with moderate strength and it was a wet one with 22 inches falling, 9.68 of that total in November of 1965, the wettest November on record. Swells were abundant, especially in November and December of 1965 with Rincon seeing overhead waves for nearly a whole month. Snowfall was plentiful too with nearly 200 inches piling up at Big Bear. It was the first El Niño in nearly 9 years. 

Water tables were way down since 1959 so the abundant rainfall was most welcome. Of course, water demands were much lower 50 years ago as Orange County’s population was only about one sixth of what it is here in 2015, so nowadays we need at least normal or slightly above normal almost every season just to meet today’s demands. The Sierras got 75% above normal snowpack that season as we receive about 60% of our water from there. Ocean temps that winter seldom dropped below 60, another symptom of El Niño’s presence.

The winter of 1966-67 also got a decent soaking with 20.44 inches so the seven year drought was pretty much history. Several healthy WNW groundswells also lit up winter breaks statewide with a bunch of glassy days in November of 1966. Once again, Big Bear accumulated nearly 200 inches of mostly powder as snow levels were often down as low as 4,500-5,000 feet.

Have a great weekend y’all and we’ll get together again next Tuesday… 


Can you stand still? Pageant of the Masters casting call

Ever wonder what it would be like to step into a famous piece of art? If you can stand still for 90 seconds, you could experience just that by volunteering for the renowned Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach - “where art comes to life!” In preparation of the 2015 show, The Pursuit of Happiness, the Pageant is looking for men, women and children to volunteer. People of all sizes and ages are needed to be cast members in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants.

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Working on placement: Washington Crossing Delaware

Casting call will be held at the Irvine Bowl Park (650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA) during the following times: 

Friday, Jan. 9 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 10 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 11 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Next summer’s performances of the Pageant of the Masters will run nightly at 8:30 p.m. from July 8 to Aug. 31. Please call 494-3663 for additional information.

Casting call is a fun experience for all involved. Prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, enjoy refreshments and meet the behind-the-scenes Pageant staff. No theater experience is necessary. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun.

“Over 500 volunteers, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, are needed to put on the show,” said Pageant director Diane Challis Davy. “Everyone has a great time backstage and many return year after year to take part in this one-of-a-kind performance. The Pageant just simply wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers!”

Pageant volunteers are also needed for positions in the wardrobe, make up, and headdress departments, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers, among other positions.

Volunteering for the Pageant is a great way to spend your summer and it is common to have several generations of the same family volunteering for different aspects of the show. Additionally, by volunteering for the Pageant, students can earn credit towards community service requirements.

They must’ve missed it – This is a No Take Zone!

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We are indebted to Laguna Beach photographic artist Cliff Wassmann and the Ocean Institute for sharing these rare photos of Orcas (killer whales) in the waters off Laguna Beach. These three were photographed this week near Abalone Point near the northern most point of Laguna’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). We have it on good authority that killer whales are exempt from MPA regulations!


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Sunrise – Treasure Island Park

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