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The Moon Police in concert Saturday night at UUF

One of the best and most original bands in Orange County, The Moon Police, are returning to Laguna’s Fellowship Hall on March 14 at 7 p.m. to perform their irresistibly captivating music. The amazing acoustic folk jazz ensemble plays a fascinating blend of classic and bluesy music with lovely, quirky vocal harmonies and innovative melodic styles. The music is full of wit and invention performed with a light and graceful touch. But, the secret ingredient to the band’s success is something else: charm. The Moon Police’s eclectic and strikingly beautiful repertoire features lyrics that are romantic and poetic as well as fun and uplifting. 

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A mix of passion and pizzazz, the energetic performances come to life with the fresh, vibrant vocals and extraordinary songwriting of Sasha Evans and Grace Freeman. The sound is melodically rich with the expressive accompaniment of the legendary Douglas Miller on violin, multi-instrumentalist Brent Samson, and Shane Anderson on bass.

The Moon Police is a unique and a group not to miss, on the rise. The March 14, 7 p.m., performance will be held at UU Laguna Beach’s Fellowship Hall 429 Cypress Drive. The concert will be memorable, phenomenal, awesome, and magical. 

Tickets: general admission $20 and students $15. Tickets are available through Eventbrite,

The Majesty of Spain and Portugal:

LCAD in Spain and Portugal summer 2014

Laguna College of Art and Design announced the opening of The Majesty of Spain and Portugal: LCAD in Spain and Portugal Summer 2014 at LCAD Space at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Avenue. 

There will be an artist’s reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday March 13, 2015. The exhibition will end March 27, 2015. 

The works of art created by the summer participants will allow viewers to re-experience the highlights of the summer travels and help make the power and potency of Spanish and Portuguese art accessible and memorable. 

“One of my greatest joys as an educator is to witness the transformation of young artists,” said Betty Shelton, Professor Fine Arts and Post Baccalaureate Chair and Study Abroad Director. “For 20 years I’ve been privileged to escort over 400 LCAD students to Europe, and I continue to be enlightened both as an artist and as a teacher.”

Exhibiting artists include: Amy Bergener, Aaron Brown, Gabriel Castro, Andrea Clarke, Lani Emanuel, Madelyn Foster, Juliette Gosse, William Havlicek, David Kuhn, Grace Lee, Machiko Naganuma, John Price, and Betty Shelton.

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Lani Emanuel

Sorolla’s Steps

Oil on Linen - 30” x 24”

Twenty participants including students and faculty from Laguna College of Art + Design traveled to Spain and Portugal from May 22 to June 10, 2014, led by Shelton and Art History Professor Dr. William Havlicek. The tour commenced in Madrid and proceeded to Salamanca in Spain, traveled on to Porto and Lisbon in Portugal, and ended in Toledo, Spain, with visits to many significant and memorable museums in each great city as well as excursions to historical sites such as royal palaces, an ancient university, the Duoro River Valley, and a 1,000-year-old Moorish castle. 

Professor Betty Shelton started the Laguna College of Art and Design Summer Abroad program in 1995 and has been leading students on art study trips to Europe ever since. LCAD art history professor Dr. William Havlicek began accompanying her in 2005. Past trips have included Italy, France, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Holland, Czech Republic, England and Ireland, Germany, and in the summer of 2015 the group will return to Rome, Florence, and Venice.

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

Laguna Beach Live! presents Live! at the Museum: City of Angels Saxophone Quartet Thursday night

On Thursday March 12 from 7 to 8 p.m., Laguna Beach Live! presents the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet.

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Soprano Bill Wilson is a regular performer with the Dean Mora Orchestras. Alto Sean Stackpoole released his own solo CD of traditional jazz entitled “What’s New” and has also authored the saxophone method book “Saxophone Basix.” 

Tenor Cindy Swanson is a frequent performer in pit orchestras around town and a regular sub in a variety of bands at Disneyland. Baritone Matt Germaine is a regular performer with the Dean Mora Orchestras and can frequently be found in the orchestra pit of various shows around Southern California.

Together they make up the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet, playing a combination of jazz and classical works, some of which are the group’s own arrangements and some original works for saxophone quartet. Their impressive display of technique, versatility and style is a veritable delight. 

The concert is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. Laguna Beach Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach.

Dennis’ Tidbits



March 10, 2015

Dennis is under the weather today

Bike-pedestrian combo enforcement operation Wednesday

The Laguna Police Department will enhance Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Wednesday, March 11 with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists. All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law. 

Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners. 

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation. In 2012, California witnessed 612 pedestrian and 124 bicyclists killed that year while nationally 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed. This is of great and increasing concern to the citizens of Laguna Beach.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For further information, please contact: Lieutenant Jeff Calvert at (949) 464-6655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MozambiqueLIVE presents South African star Jeremy Loops

MozambiqueLIVE is thrilled to present Jeremy Loops to perform live on Monday, March 16 from 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., doors opening at 6 p.m.

Jeremy Loops

Jeremy Loops is a musician based In Cape Town, South Africa. He enjoys all genres of music, but his first love is folk. Live, he performs with a loop pedal, layering tunes like a one man band. Frequently, brilliant collaborators join him on stage to take his sound to the next level. 8:30 p.m. is showtime. 

Rocky’s Revival, a poetic pop duo with a quirky vintage feel, opens at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online $10 in advance. Day of show tickets will be $15. 18 and over only. Doors open at 6 p.m. for this standing room only show: first come, first served.

MozambiqueLIVE is an intimate music venue located within Mozambique Steakhouse. It features a unique recording studio inside the venue that captures audio, video and live streams it to the masses. Mozambique Steakhouse is an amazing place to enjoy great food, friends and live music all in one spot.

Mozambique Steakhouse is located on 1740 S. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. They’re open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

For more information, call 949-715-7777 or visit

Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade Trophy Winners

March 7, 2015

Grand Marshal’s Trophy:  South Orange County Vietnam Veterans

President’s Theme Trophy:  Pageant of the Masters

Band Association Sweepstakes:  Oaks Middle School, Ontario

Color Guard (over age 21): American Legion Post 222/Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 Combined Color Guard

Elementary School Band: Laguna Beach Unified Elementary School Band

Auto—Antique: 1st—O. E. Steinert Construction; 2nd—Ralphs Grocery

Auto—Classic: 1st—Grand Marshal (owner Denny Katovsich); 

2nd—Assistance League of L.B.; 3rd—Ruby’s Diner

Auto—Contemporary: 1st—Woman’s Club of L.B.; 2nd—No Square Theatre (owner Patrick Quilter); 3rd—Chamber of Commerce (owner Ed Sauls)

Floats—Community/Service: 1st—L.B. Girl Scouts; 2nd—Transition Laguna; 

3rd—L.B. Garden Club

Floats—Youth: 1st—Marine Mammal Center; 2nd—Boy Scouts of L.B.; 

3rd—Y Adventure Guides

Floats—Commercial: 1st—Pageant of the Masters; 2nd—Laguna Playhouse; 

3rd—Mission Hospital—L.B.

Novelty—Community/Service: 1st—L.B. Beautification Council; 

2nd—Assistance League; 3rd—Glennwood House of L.B.

Novelty—Commercial: 1st—H.I.P. District


We have photos – today and again on Friday!

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Photos by My Artist Loft

Mary Gulino

It’s all about seeing someone you know marching in the parade!

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After all, it was the 49th Annual Patriots Day Parade

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Shaena and Stu can always find something to break each other up…

We really love our parade and thank the Parade Committee profusely!


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Photo courtesy Heather Loughlin

Laguna Beach Little Leaguers


Now – sit back, relax and enjoy a slideshow by

Mary Hurlbut

Compiled by Michael Sterling

Our Webmaster


Crystal Cove Alliance to host “In Bloom,” a Spring Art Show and Sale featuring more than 30 artists this coming weekend

Join Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) on March 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for “In Bloom,” its Spring Art Show and Sale showcasing more than 30 artists who have captured the natural beauty and color of Crystal Cove in the spring. 

During these two days, guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their artwork for sale. 50 percent of the proceeds from the art sale will benefit Crystal Cove Alliance’s mission of restoration, conservation, and education at Crystal Cove State Park. The show and sale will be in the Education Commons in the Historic District at 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast.

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“Poppies, Del Monte Dunes” by John Gamble

In conjunction with “In Bloom,” Jean Stern, the executive director of the Irvine Museum, will be lecturing on “California Coastline through Art” on March 15. Stern will discuss coastal ecology through the lens of Plein Air painting. The lecture will take place at 1 p.m. in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District Visitor’s Center, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast.

On March 13, Crystal Cove Alliance will host an exclusive Preview Sale and Reception for CCA Members, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Please RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Jean Stern’s lecture as well as the Preview Sale & Reception. 

For information, please visit or call the CCA Development Office at (949) 376-6200 Ext. 35.

28th Annual AAUW Literary Luncheon this Saturday

The Laguna Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women proudly presents the 28th Annual Literary Luncheon. This Festival of Women Authors will take place Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Surf & Sand Resort, 1555 S Coast Highway.

Featured authors include Sharael Kolberg (A Year Unplugged: A Family’s Life Without Technology), Randy Kraft (Colors of the Wheel) and Cathy Thomas (50 Best Plants on the Planet; Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce). 

There will be a silent auction, table prizes, opportunity drawings, and book sales and signings.

Reservations are required. Reservations postmarked by today, March 10, are $90, $48 of which is tax-deductible. Tickets will be held at the door. Send checks, payable to AAUW-LBF to Susan Kent, P.O. Box 219, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Or, you can make a reservation online at using PayPal or any credit card.

For more information, contact Susan Kent, 494-5789.

AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation is a 501(C)(3) organization, tax ID #33-0915388. Fundraising supports women in graduate study, research and other programs through AAUW Funds, elementary school tutoring, middle school girls to attend AAUW Tech Trek Science & Math Camps, scholarship for high school senior girls and women returning to college, $tart $mart salary negotiation for young college women, and local community grants to nonprofit organizations supporting AAUW’s mission of empowering women and girls to reach their highest potential. 

Thalia Street Fog Bank

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David Linnig

Taken Sunday afternoon off Thalia St – David said the fog was gone in no time

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