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Boys & Girls Club announce the date of their “racy” 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala: May 12 

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to present their 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala- “And We’re Off!” on Sat, May 12, at Montage Laguna Beach. This is an event you will not want to miss, organizers say. The Club invites guests to participate in an evening that will have a Kentucky Derby-style take on Laguna Beach. 

Invitees are encouraged to dress to impress and pull out all of the stops when selecting a suit or dress for the big night. It is a chance for every female to express her inner Southern Belle, and every guy to get just as decked out as the ladies. 

Take note and do not hold back when planning your Kentucky Derby-themed wardrobe. Guests will get to indulge in the experience of this iconic American event at the finest resort. Guests will start the evening on the Montage lawn with tasty morsels and signature Southern cocktails. 

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Join the Boys & Girls Club 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala for a night of “racy” fun

The evening will continue with an elegant dinner and rousing live auction followed by dancing to some live music that will make guests feel like they are partying it up at the Downs. The events raises funds that help the Club reach more young people with the goal of instilling values of integrity, compassion and respect. 

This promises to be the event of the year, and a chance to generously support the Club and its some 2,000 youth members and families. Proceeds raised at the 18th annual Art of Giving Gala go directly towards empowering children of all ages to reach their full potential, no matter their financial situation. So mark your calendars and join the Boys & Girls Club for a dashing-filled good time at the 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala. Table sponsorships are available.

For more information about the Gala contact Michelle Ray Fortezzo at (949) 494-2535 ext. 7584, or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the Club website at www.bgclagunabeach.org.


Boys’ Tennis tried hard, but didn’t pull off a win against Aliso Niguel for Coach Rick’s birthday

When they faced Aliso Niguel on Thurs, the boys’ tennis team did its best to bring home a win for Coach Rick Conkey’s birthday, but instead varsity was two matches short of a tie. Mason Lebby won two of his singles matches, 6-2, 6-0. Sam Reynolds won his match, 6-0.  

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Coach Rick celebrates his birthday with his team. Pictured back to front. 

(l to r) Back: Assistant Coach Tim, JV Coach Nic Radisay, Sam Reynolds, Scott Yoder, Julius Heide, Matt Duong, Middle: Rick Conkey, Blake Hawkins, Mason Lebby, Taylor Tran, Andrew Duong, 

Front: Warren Ingersoll

Matt Berk and Andrew Duong won their exciting doubles match, 6-4. Mohammed Berri and Kyle Herkins won their doubles match, and Andrew Johnson and Blake Hawkins won a singles match each. Unfortunately, the other matches were losses.

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Mason Lebby gives his singles opponent some heat

JV won just two matches at home, but had some very exciting nail-biters. The two singles match wins were Mathew Duong and Warren Ingersoll.

Next week, the boys have three more pre-season matches: Mission Viejo, Mater Dei, and Trabuco Hills.


Troop 35’s full week with Patriots Day Parade, Annual Bridging Ceremony and celebration of Eagle Scout

This last week was a very busy one for Troop 35. On Thurs, adult leaders and many of the scouts put out the ‘No Parking’ traffic Cones along the Parade route. On Sat, two Troop 35 scouts, Logan Leeds and Stephen Jensen, had the honor of carrying the banners at the beginning of the Laguna Beach’s annual Patriots Day Parade. Scouts from Laguna Beach Troop 35 and Pack 35 followed a bit later riding on a donated Ganahl Lumber Truck, enthusiastically shouting “Who are we? Best Alive! We are Troop... 35!”

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Troop 35 scouts Andre, Kamran, Stephen, Sam, Logan & Elliott at Parade

After participating in the parade, the boys headed over to their charter organization location. They set up Tankersley Hall at The Laguna Presbyterian Churchto for Webelos II, the highest rank achieved in Cub Scouts, to join the Troop 35 in the Annual Bridging Ceremony. The Troop happily gained 12 new scouts. After the Bridging Ceremony, there was a Court of Honor, celebrating the boys who earned new rank advancement and merit badge achievement. 

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Troop 35’s new Eagle Scout, Nils Wilson, with his parents Glen & Hae Wilson.

Lastly, the Troop celebrated Nils Wilson, Laguna’s most recent Eagle Scout, in an Eagle Court of Honor. The Eagle Rank is not easily achieved as evidenced by the fact that only four percent of Boy Scouts, after a difficult review process, earn this rank. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank may take many years to fulfill.


LBHS Drama & Park Avenue Players will presents All Shook Up, opening Friday March 16, inspired by Elvis

Get ready for a rock ‘n roll musical comedy presented by LBHS Drama & Park Avenue Players. This show is inspired by and features the songs of Elvis Presley, and is based on the book by Joe DiPietro. The show will open Friday, March 16, 17, 23, and 24 with all performances taking place at 7 p.m. Two additional shows on March 18 and 25 will take place at 2:30 p.m at the Artist Theater. 

This man needs no introduction

The story is all new, the hits are all Elvis. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Tickets are on sale now: students $12, adults $17, and premium tickets $22. For more information or to purchase tickets, log onto www.lbhs.booktix.com.


SchoolPower’s Chef Challenge – one of the community’s most fun events – takes place March 26

It’s going to be a throwdown! SchoolPower’s Chef Challenge IX, hosted by Suzanne and Cary Redfearn at The Lumberyard, is coming up Monday, March 26.

Come enjoy a fabulous three-course dinner prepared by Lumberyard chefs and a friendly competition between the menu selections of LBUSD principals -- with attendees choosing the winner. 

Will it be the menu selections of elementary school principals Chris Duddy and Michael Conlon, or upper school principals Jenny Salberg and Jason Allemann?

Whoever takes home the trophy, event guests will be the real winners -- and, of course, Laguna Beach schools.   

Buy your tickets now at www.lbschoolpower.org/chefs-challenge.


Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach received $6,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $6,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation to fund its Arts-For-All program, available to all members during their time after school. The organization believes that play and art create a healthy role in the learning and development of every child, as imagination and creativity are vital components of increasing their full potential as adults. 

The Club’s arts programing provide members with opportunities that generate ideas and enhance their ability to transform vision into a reality while navigating the world around them.

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is dedicated in providing a diverse array of art programs, in which each area serves our youth through exposure, education and enriching experiences. Not only do children have the opportunity to learn how to create art, but also experience the thrill of seeing their pieces displayed in onsite exhibits while entering their art into local and national art competitions.

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Boys & Girls Club members enjoying art activities at Crystal Cove

Caitlin Reller, Art Director of Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, is building fun and exciting activities related to all aspects of art and youth development, all thanks to the assistance of funding from the Festival of Art Foundation. 

As an example, during the recent Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Ski Week, Ms. Reller organized a field trip to Crystal Cove with 18 members. In collaboration with the Crystal Cove Conservancy Club, members took a tour of the park and participated in a Plein Air watercolor activity and a photographic scavenger hunt. The resulting art from these activities are on display at the Crystal Cove Gallery during Crystal Cove’s Art in the Park festival. The opening of the art exhibit is March 31 and members’ pieces will be on display for the duration of April. The Club invites the entire community to come and view the artistic talents of the participants.

The Art of Healing event on March 28 at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Canyon Branch, from 5 to 7 p.m. is yet another exciting event that the Festival of Arts Foundation is helping make possible. The event will be a collaborative experience where parents and children have the opportunity to come together and create art as a shared, joyful experience. Activities will include visual art, the art of cooking, creating essential oils for healing and much, much more.  The Club invites the entire community to this special event.

Without the continuing support of the Festival of Arts Foundation, these wonderful opportunities for families within the community would not be possible. For more information about the activities, please contact Michelle Ray Fortezzo at (949) 494-2535 ext. 7584 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Club website at www.bgclagunabeach.org.


LBHS Boys Golf wins a close one against Marina High School

LBHS Boys Golf scored a big win on the road Monday against Marina High School at Meadowlark Golf Club, besting the Vikings by three strokes. Junior Chase Gioffredi was a medalist for the first time in a high school match, shooting an even par 35.

While the top of the team’s line-up played well enough to put them in position to win (Chase Gioffredi – 35, Kyle Sharp – 35, Ben Sharp – 35, Gus Morck – 42), it was senior Miles Stripling who stepped up and made the difference. Stripling stepped in to start because Dante Fornaro, the team’s #3 player, was out with an injury. 

Initially struggling off the tee with his driver, Stripling got creative and started using his hybrids and long irons off the tee. This kept him out of trouble and resulted in a score of 44, one of his better finishes. This proved to be the difference and gave the team the win in a very close, non-league match. 

Team morale is high as the Breakers look to their first league match against Calvary Chapel on Wednesday.


LBHS Tennis in match-up today: Go Beach!

Today the high school boy’s tennis team will face off against St. Margaret’s at our home court beginning at 2:45 p.m. 

The players set to crush it at the home match include Andrew Johnson, Sammy Reynolds, Mason Lebby, Taylor Tran, Blake Hawkins, Francis Pillsbury, Kyle Herkins, Diego Tellez, Mohammad Berri, Matthew Duong, Andrew Duong, Matt Berk, and Casey Boehn.

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Mohammad Berri serves it up

Coach Rick Conkey said that the team has had four matches so far, and is doing well – especially the younger players. 

“The younger players have really improved,” he said. “Last year I scheduled matches against the top teams, and it really challenges them and inspires them.” 

The JV has an away game on Tuesday, and includes Warren Ingersoll, Jack Moran, Scott Yoder, Alex Chang, Jake Rasmussen, Arturo Vidaurri, Zachary Koster, Miles Riehle, Jack Lubin, Liam Rafary, Juilius Heide, and Taro Sakai.

On Thursday there will be a game vs. J Serra.

Go Beach!


LBUSD School Board meeting tonight to address Local Control Accountability Plan

A study session on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and stakeholder engagement will begin in open session at 6 p.m. tonight (Tues, March 13). The regular meeting will follow the study session. Regular meeting agenda items for Board consideration include a resolution on school safety and supporting the social and emotional needs of LBUSD students, approval of positive certification of the second interim financial report, and approval of the course of study for the 2018-19 school year.

The agenda for Tuesday’s regular Board meeting has been posted here: www.lbusd.org/uploaded/1-District/Board/Documents/2017-2018/Agendas/March_13,_2018_Board_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., March 13 at the District offices, 550 Blumont, and is open to the public.


SchoolPower’s Chef Challenge – one of the community’s most fun events – takes place March 26

It’s going to be a throwdown! SchoolPower’s Chef Challenge IX, hosted by Suzanne and Cary Redfearn at The Lumberyard, is coming up Monday, March 26.

Come enjoy a fabulous three-course dinner prepared by Lumberyard chefs and a friendly competition between the menu selections of LBUSD principals – with attendees choosing the winner. 

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El Morro Principal Chris Duddy (left) will team up with TOW Principal Michael Conlon to take on LBHS Principal Jason Allemann and TMS Principal Jenny Salberg in this year’s SchoolPower Chef Challenge

Will it be the menu selections of elementary school principals Chris Duddy and Michael Conlon, or upper school principals Jenny Salberg and Jason Allemann?

Whoever takes home the trophy, event guests will be the real winners – and, of course, Laguna Beach schools.   

Buy your tickets now at www.lbschoolpower.org/chefs-challenge.

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