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Health in Balance presents “7 Steps to Relieve Neck & Back Pain” workshop on Monday

On Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m., Health in Balance will host its “7 Steps to Relieve Neck & Back Pain” workshop. Dinner will be provided and the interactive workshop is free.

If you have been struggling with neck and back pain, and are longing to find a solution for lasting relief, this workshop is for you.

Dr. Gary Arthur, DC ND will share his wisdom and expertise from 30 years of practice helping heal and restore thousands of people with these same challenges.

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Learn how to improve neck and back health at free workshop on Monday, April 8

At the workshop, you will learn: What you can do for 10 minutes each day to improve neck and back health, and prevent injury and degeneration; The secrets to postural restoration and why it is so important; What to never do after injuries if you want to maintain a healthy body; The top foods you can eat to decrease your proclivity to pain; and why your symptoms aren’t going away easily and what can be done about it. 

To RSVP, call (949) 497-2553 or visit www.healthinbalance.com/events

Health in Balance is located at 380 Glenneyre, Suite G.


Join LOCA for Watercolors on the Beach on April 14 at Treasure Island Park

On April 14, from 9 - 10:30 a.m., LOCA invites the public to take part in a Watercolors on the Beach class at Treasure Island Park. Tour the tide pools and learn about ocean conservation, then learn to paint tide pool creatures in a watercolor journal with September McGee. 

Explore and learn about local tide pools and conservation efforts. Participants will learn how to create their own color renderings of local sea life with a step-by-step demonstration of various watercolor techniques.

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Tour tide pools and paint tide pool creatures in watercolors with LOCA 

All students receive an art package that includes a watercolor journal, and a set of watercolors in a canvas tote. This educational program melds the arts and science beautifully. It offers families a wonderful activity to participate in together. 

This workshop is offered to ages 6 through adult.

This is a grant-funded program and is part of a new collaboration between LOCA Arts Education and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

The cost is $35 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-18 when accompanied by a paying adult. 

Advanced registration is required for all students. 

For more information and to register, visit www.locaarts.com/event.


Laguna resident David August Heil joins forces to raises over $185K for Miracles for Kids

On Monday, March 25, Miracles for Kids, an OC-based nonprofit organization that supports families with critically-ill children who are struggling financially and emotionally, hosted the 2019 Miracles for Kids Golf Invitational Presented by Perricone Farms at the exclusive Santa Ana Country Club Course. 

David August Heil lives in Laguna Beach and is on the Board of Directors for Miracles for Kids. He is heavily involved in the organization and donated four custom sports jackets to the winning team at the Golf Invitational. 

In just its second year running, the Golf Invitational raised over $185,000 in support of Miracles for Kids’ critically ill children and families in need and welcomed 150+ attendees – including both new and returning sponsors and players.

“It is inspiring to see how much our community of supporters truly care about our families and the mission of Miracles for Kids,” notes Autumn Strier, Co-Founder and CEO of Miracles for Kids. “I am so thankful for the support from everyone who participated and am thrilled with the outcome of the event. The funds raised will benefit so many of our children and families in need – which is what makes this fun day so special.”

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Golfers out supporting Miracle for Kids on a beautiful OC day 

Monday’s Golf Invitational was hosted by Miracles for Kids with presenting sponsor Perricone Farms Premium Juices. Joe Perricone, Chairman of Perricone Farms, has shown incredible support for the organization and was named the Miracle Maker Honoree at the 2018 Night of Miracles Gala: The Miracle of Magic. Bob Rovzar, CEO & Partner, who serves on the Board of Directors of Miracles for Kids, also heads the Southern California-based company. Perricone Farms sponsored a beautiful on-course comfort station with fresh juices and healthy snacks for the golfers.

 “Perricone Farms is a family business – we truly believe in the importance of supporting the community and our team is always honored and excited to be able to help Miracles for Kids positively impact the lives of families in need,” states Perricone. “This event was a wonderful representation of the various ways Miracles for Kids brings the community together in order to give back.”

The day kicked off with a breakfast sponsored by PrimaHealth Credit and signature drinks hosted by Nolet’s Silver Gin, Ketel One, and Perricone Farms Premium Juices – during which time players were able to warm up at the Chipping Clinic with Majesty Golf pros. 

At shotgun, golfers raced out to play on Golfweek’s #1 rated course designed by Jay Blasi with each hole featuring a different activity and/or food and beverage option for players to enjoy. Some notable favorites were the Perricone Farms Comfort Station at Hole 4 that also featured the $5k Hole-in-One contest, a flatbread and whiskey tasting station at Hole 1 hosted by Malibu Farm and Faherty Brand from Lido Village, and custom branded golf-themed cake pops featuring Miracles for Kids and lead sponsor logos handmade by Albert’s Petite Sweets at Hole 16.

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Players lining up to show their support for Miracles for Kids 

The Golf Invitational provided various other creative ways for participants to give back through a number of lively contests and chance-to-win opportunities, including a $1 million shootout, a $5,000 putting contest, a Pebble Beach Hole-in-One, an Audi Q5 Hole-in-One sponsored by Audi Mission Viejo, a $10,000 Exclusive 1-day Pebble Beach Golf Trip for 4 on a Lear XR40 Jet, an Opportunity Item donated by Jim & Glenys Slavik and family, a ball drop, and a mega putt contest, to name a few.

After a good day on the course, players returned to a hosted Cocktail Reception sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors. During this time, the always-meaningful Fund-a-Need portion of the reception brought in an impressive $71,000 in pure donations to benefit patient families throughout California. The day concluded with the Championship Awards sponsored by luxury menswear brand David August, announcing Hospitality 88 as this year’s winning team. Team players Ryan Gale, Richard Ham, Dai Phung, and Bronson Wright will all receive highly coveted custom sports jackets from David August.

Additional event supporters included SAA interiors + architecture, the Frome Family Foundation, Sunrun Solar, Backyard Mary, 19th Hole Golf Productions, Ascendant Spirits, Citrus Marmalade, Código Tequila, Dr. Dena Mobile Chiro Truck, Jimmy John’s, JVD Golf, Kombi Keg, Linksoul, ONEHOPE Wine, Popchips, Tavern+Bowl, and UGP – Urban Golf Performance.

Miracles for Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving children with life-threatening illnesses and the families that care for them. By operating programs that provide financial aid, basic needs, and wellness to patients and their families, Miracles for Kids creates stability when families are crumbling from the financial and emotional devastation of fighting for their child’s life. Founded in 2002, Miracles for Kids is based in Tustin. For more information, visit https://miraclesforkids.org/.


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship presents sound healer Stacy Pendleton on Sunday

For thousands of years, sound has been used by several cultures as a tool for healing. Sound healing helps facilitate shifts in our brainwave state to allow internal healing to occur. On Sunday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m., Stacy Pendleton will be sharing the benefits and origins of sound healing with the members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach. 

Since the benefits of this modality can only be fully enjoyed and understood experientially, Stacy will share sound healing with those in attendance by chanting in Sanskrit, toning, and playing singing bowls – a guided meditation interwoven throughout the experience. 

Unitarian Universalist Stacy Pendleton

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Stacy Pendleton will share the benefits of sound healing on Sunday, April 7 

Singing bowl therapy, for example, dates to the 12th century and has been used for meditation and rituals in Tibetan culture. A 2016 study found that singing bowl meditation reduced stress, anger, depression, and fatigue. All these things are known to impact physical health and reduce the risk for disease, suggesting that singing bowl therapy may be good for your physical, as well as emotional, well-being. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity for learning and healing.

For additional information, contact Rachel Daniels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (310) 714-2699. 

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach is located at 429 Cypress Dr. 


Two Laguna Beach bands headline at The Coach House Concert Hall next weekend, April 12 & 13

On Saturday, April 13, Mad Dogs & The Englishman, led by Jason Feddy, will headline at The Coach House Concert Hall in San Juan Capistrano. The band starts playing at 8 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. 

Mad Dogs & The Englishman is a brilliant, all-star Joe Cocker tribute show fronted by longtime Laguna Beach favorite and real Yorkshire growler Jason Feddy. Members of Cocker’s own band have said Feddy is astounding.

British singer Joe Cocker amazed and moved a generation of Rock n’ Roll fans with his incredible interpretations of some of music’s most popular songs, by artists such as The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Elton John, and most famously, The Beatles. His performance at Woodstock 50 years ago this summer is truly an historic moment in our culture.

The Coach House audience can expect to hear virtuoso performances of songs from across Joe’s career, including “Feeling Alright,” “The Letter,” “You Are So Beautiful,” and of course, “With A Little Help From My Friends.” 

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Mad Dogs & The Englishman: (L-R) Jimmy Zavala, Alan Deremo, Lori Mark, Ray Weston, Jason Feddy, Janis Liebhart, Pat Hawk, David Witham, and Richard Bredice

The band is a tour de force of extraordinary singers and musicians. They have played and sung with David Gilmore, George Benson, Eurythmics, Michael Bolton, Barbara Streisand, Joe Cocker himself, and so many of the greats there isn’t room to do them all justice here. 

Opening for Feddy and his band will be another local favorite, Robert Jon & The Wreck, frequent performers at Marine Room and The Cliff.

Common Sense, another Laguna Beach band, will perform at The Coach House the night before, on Friday, April 12. Common Sense is not just another reggae band from Orange County. With a SoCal background and a small beach town attitude, Common Sense took their reggae-rock influences and created their own style.

Common Sense has established itself as one of California’s premier reggae rock

bands. Nick Hernandez, Larry Young, Billy Sherman, and Phil Gough have been brothers in music for years. The band’s multiple personalities work together to a craft soulful, intelligent sound that tells stories of real life. With heartfelt lyrics and melodic harmonies, Common Sense delivers a true music experience.

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Common Sense

The group started out in the college music scene of Santa Barbara and quickly

dominated the Southern California club scene. Noted for their high energy live

shows, they continue to grow a loyal fan base. The band has toured with many

legendary reggae artists such as Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse, and Jimmy Cliff.

Their far-reaching style has earned them a spot on national tours from the Van’s

WARP Tour to Reggae Sun Splash and Reggae on the River.

The Coach House Concert Hall is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano 

For tickets and info, visit www.thecoachhouse.com

For more info on Mad Dogs & The Englishmen, go to www.joecockertributeband.com

For information on Commonsense, go to www.commonsenseband.com.


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I’m confused. Is this a straitjacket or a harness?


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Vibrant vegetation plants

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A hillside of plentiful grasses


Spring Youth Activities announced through the City of Laguna Beach Community Services

Keep your little ones active this spring with classes offered through the City of Laguna Beach Community Services. These activities are great for helping your kids learn new skills as they grow.

Kids dance classes being offered include: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Lyrical, and High School Dance Prep. Fundamentals are taught with songs and fun games to encourage development in rhythm, balance, coordination, social skills and more. Students will learn dance etiquette in a structured and supportive environment. Classes are held in the Laguna Beach Community Center.

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The Skyhawks basketball program is a fun way for kids to learn the sport

The Skyhawks basketball program is a fun, skill-intensive program that is designed to focus on fundamental skills such as passing, shooting, and dribbling. Boys and girls will also learn vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and responsibility. 

The Swim Team Prep classes offer practice in dives and various swim strokes in the twice-weekly sessions. Bring goggles and caps. Participants must be able to swim across the pool on their own.

For more information on these classes and to register, click here. 

The Laguna Beach Community Center is located at 380 Third St.


Poppies pop up at Sawdust Festival 

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A work in progress – the new mural at Sawdust Art Festival – Cliff Wassmann’s design was approved by the Arts Commission one month before the “super bloom” mania started. Talk about good instincts.

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Painted Lady Butterflies were added to his design


Police Chief announces crimes in Laguna at an all-time low

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The Laguna Beach Police Department reported this week that the number of crimes committed in town in 2018 was the lowest on record.

Chief Laura Farinella’s second biennial report shows a seven percent drop in crimes against people from 2016 to 2018 and a 32 percent drop in crimes against property for the same period. Murder since 2012 has been the least committed crime in Laguna: zero. Arson and assaults went up in 2018, but robbery, larceny, burglaries and vehicle theft all declined.

“I am proud to lead the men and women of the Laguna Beach Police Department who are compassionate, forward thinking, and committed to providing the highest level of law enforcement services possible,” wrote Farinella in her second biennial report since she was appointed Laguna’s chief of police in 2015.

The report includes crime statistics from 2014 to 2018, information about the officers, divisions in the department, services provided and the message from the chief, highlighting accomplishments, changes and improvements in the department since 2016. 

Improvements include a data-driven approach to identifying crime and nuisance-related issues, monthly meetings of sergeants, supervisors and command staff to discuss the best way to address those issues and the best way to include the community. 

“This data driven approach has efficiently and effectively reduced crime,” wrote Farinella. 

The department has also better used technology, such as the drone program and expanding the citywide camera system, starting to implement body cameras for officers, completing the citywide Hazard Mitigation, Emergency Evacuation and Shelter Plans, all successfully tested during the Aliso Fire in June 2018,” according to the report.

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Officers patrolling Main Beach

“For the past two years, staffing levels of police officers have been at [their] highest due to an effort to over-hire so that when an officer is lost through natural attrition, the organization can absorb the loss without major impacts,” Farinella wrote. “Additionally, the layered services of Beach Patrol Officers and Police Cadets who complete certain tasks in a support function, such as traffic control, station duties and enforcement of certain local ordinances, allow police officers to handle more critical public safety needs.”

Community engagement and outreach programs have enhanced the department’s ability to work in partnership with all of the community, in Farinella’s view. Programs include the 300-strong Community Emergency Response Team, Citizens Academy, Cookies and Coffee with a Cop, Pizza with Police, Special Olympics’ Tip-a-Cop and the department’s first School Resource Officer. 

The department has 130 employees, including part-time seasonal staff. Of the 98 full-time employees, 54 of them sworn officers – meaning they have graduated from an accredited police academy and are empowered to carry a gun. Ten percent of them are women. 

Forty-four nonsworn employees include Police Explorers, Citizens on Patrol and Animal Shelter volunteers. Seventy-three percent are women.

K-9 Ranger joined the department just months before Farinella in 2015. His job is to sniff out hidden suspects, evidence and narcotics. He also responds to burglary alarms and crimes in progress. 

The glossy 59-page report was produced by the department, rather than farming it out, Farinella said. 

Emergency Operations Coordinator Jason Villwock put together the written materials and worked with the divisions to get photographs and statistics. Officer Mike Short created the graphs and charts in the 59-page report, which cost $3,000, funded by Farinella’s supplies budget.

“It has been sent to local law enforcement agencies and to agencies similar to ours around the state and it is being copied,” said Farinella.

The report can be reviewed page by page on the city’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net.

The mission statement of the Laguna Beach Police Department is to preserve human rights and enhance the quality of life through equitable law enforcement and responsive public service in partnership with the community.

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