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LBHS Drama & Park Ave Players present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed by the Laguna Beach High School Drama Department and Park Avenue Players on March 15-17 and March 22-24 at The Artists Theatre at LBHS. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the “coat of many colors” from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. This was the first Lloyd Webber and Rice musical to be performed publicly. (The Likes of Us, written in 1965, was not performed until 2005).

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors.

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Performances on March 15-17 and March 22-24 at Artists Theatre at LBHS

Told entirely through song, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

The irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son, is appropriate for all audiences. 

Tickets are on sale now and are $12 for students, $17 for adults, or $22 for premium seats. To book, go to lbhs.booktix.com.

The Artists Theatre at LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.


LBHS Girls Water Polo wins D1 CIFSS Championship

The Laguna Beach Girls Water Polo team captured the championship title at the D1 CIFSS finals in Irvine on Saturday, defeating Corona del Mar 9-8 in a thrilling 3 OT match.

LBHS Girls team

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Laguna Beach wins in triple overtime and advances to the CIF SoCal Championships tournament 

The number one seeded Breakers girls, led by Coach Ethan Damato, will now take on eighth-seeded San Clemente High School on Friday, Feb 22 at 4:20 p.m. at Segerstom High School in the 2019 CIF SoCal Girls Water Polo Championships – Division I tournament.

All five of the team’s graduating seniors will go on to play at the college-level in the fall. Claire Kelly will attend UCSB; Quinn Winter will play at UCLA; Evie Laptin at UCSB; Bryn Giofreddi at Brown; and Cici Stewart at Princeton.


History made as first BSA troop for girls chartered to Laguna Presbyterian Church

A new mark was made in the 75-year history of Scouting in Laguna Beach on Sunday when ten girls received the city’s first charter for a troop for girls from the Boy Scouts of America.

The girls all have the aim of becoming Eagle Scouts – among the first females who will reach this accomplishment in the movement’s 109-year history.

The troop of girls will share the Troop 35 number with the 75-year-old troop of boys, also chartered to Laguna Presbyterian Church, but programming, meetings, and camping will be separate, as guided by the program of the parent organization, the Boy Scouts of America.

History made girls

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(L-R) Pam Jensen Troop, committee chair, Hane Heath, scoutmaster for girls, John Hovanesian, assistant scout master for girls, May Chapman, Chloe Duong, Isabel Griffin, Ani Hovanesian, Anneka Neukomm, Alexandra Keyser, Elizabeth Keyser, and Julie Anderson, in charge of family scouting for OC Council of BSA

“Since I was little, I saw my brothers having so much fun going camping, doing archery, and climbing rock walls, and now, I can do the same and work my way toward becoming an Eagle Scout, just like my older brother,” said Ani Hovanesian, one of the new Scouts. 

She and her nine fellow Scouts will take their first official Scout camping trip on March 14 in the Cleveland National Forest.

Boys and girls from kindergarten through age 17 may join Scouts BSA. To learn more about Scouting in Laguna Beach, visit www.lagunabeach35.mytroop.us for boys and girls aged 11-17 and www.lagunabeach35.mypack.us for boys and girls in kindergarten through 5th grade.


School board agenda includes policy and by-law change

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The Laguna Beach School Board will discuss at tonight’s meeting changes to its policies and by-laws that were first discussed at a special meeting on February 6.

District Superintendent Jason Viloria recommended a first reading by the Board of Education of by-laws and policies recommended by the board to move forward for addition, deletion, or revision, according to the agenda.

The board may waive a second reading or require an additional reading if necessary. 

Possible violations of the by-laws pertaining to chairing the board were brought to the attention of board members James Kelly, Jan Vickers, Peggy Wolff and newly re-elected Carol Normandin and Dee Perry. 

According to the current by-laws:

“The board shall hold an annual organizational meeting. At that meeting, the board shall each year elect one of its members to be clerk. 

After serving one year as clerk, the elected member may serve one year as president of the board. It is the intent of the board that all board members will rotate through the sequence of clerk and president.”

The board is proposing to drop from the by-laws the order of appointment and the intent for all board members to rotate though the sequence.

It has been noted that Perry was twice bypassed for appointment. 

The discussion is scheduled as the 24th item on the agenda. The public meeting begins at 6 p.m., preceded by a closed session at 4:30 p.m.


NJB Championship won by sixth grade Laguna Beach Basketball team in game against Anaheim Hills

The sixth grade Laguna Beach Basketball team just won the NJB Championship on Sunday. They beat Anaheim Hills in the finals 40-28. 

NJB Championship team

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(L-R) Kai Patchell, Dylan Sirianni, Henri Rounaghi, Luke Tankersley, Sawyer Thompson, Santino Rossi, Preston Towe, and Rex Bradshaw with Coaches Chris Sirianni and Arash Rounaghi 

Coach Sirianni says, “This year’s team was so fun to coach because of their hustle and unselfish play. All of their hard work paid off this weekend in winning the Championship against Anaheim Hills! “


Laguna’s U14 Girls win AYSO Section 11 Championship, ending season with 25-0 record

The U14 Girls division of AYSO Region 86 - Laguna Beach won the Section 11 Tournament this weekend held in Santee, CA. After winning the South Orange County Area L tournament back in December, the team advanced to the Section 11 tournament, which was comprised off all area tournament winners from San Diego, Orange, and southern Los Angeles counties. 

Lagunas U14 team

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AYSO Section 11 Champions - GU14:

Kneeling front row (L-R): Rosie Murphy, Ellie Marshall, Talia Stewart, Chloe Cismoski, Sienna Mason, Lucce Sutula, Lila Golden

Standing back row (L-R): Mara Williams, Julie Van der Baan, Coach Trevor Murphy (arms raised), Rylee Goode, Cate McMackin, Sophia Boultinghouse

Coach Trevor Murphy says, “Our team from Laguna Beach has accumulated a 25-0 record dating back to the beginning of the fall season in September.”

Lagunas U14 trophy

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(L-R) Mara Williams, Julie Van der Baan holding trophy, and Rosie Murphy

The team will represent the Southern California Section in the Western States Championships scheduled for March 16 at the Lake Forest Sports Park. They will be facing winning AYSO squads from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Northern California.


LB Riptide girls’ soccer team secures epic semi-finals win in monsoon weather

By Coaches Paul Parker & Sophia Parker

Photos by Sean Mulvaney

The Laguna Beach Riptide U12 girls’ soccer team, competing in the 2019 All Star Tournament, secured an extraordinary victory last weekend in the semi-finals against Mission Viejo.

“It turned out to be an epic encounter,” said coaches Paul and Sophia Parker. “Both teams holding nothing back in a see-saw game in what started out as a mild drizzle but soon turned into something resembling a monsoon.”

LB Riptide girls Gonzalez

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Elizabeth Gonzalez drives the ball down field contributing to one of two goals during regular time that led to the shootout

The Riptide team includes local superstars Cailin Mulvaney, Capri Henrichsen, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Ava Steris, Ava Guziak, Morgan Saunders, Payton Taylor, Anna Sandquist, Chiara Berman-Yumas, Aubrey Anderson, Karina Aleknavicuis, and Shaye Bruns.

LB Riptide girls goalie

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Cailin Mulvaney poised to block Mission Viejo’s final penalty shot that led to Laguna’s epic victory

“We went a goal behind in the first half due to a penalty decision against us, but came storming back in the second half equalizing from a strong run and finish from Capri,” said the coaches. “We then started to find our stride and soon took the lead through a long range effort from our central midfielder Elizabeth.”

LB Riptide girls Taylor

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A rain-soaked Payton Taylor clashes with Mission Viejo and clears the ball out of danger

“By now it was a game of endurance, with the field resembling a lake in parts, both teams fully committed to try and get through to the final. With just minutes to go, Mission Viejo equalized and when the final whistle blew it was all square at 2-2. This meant it would be decided by a dramatic penalty shootout.”

LB Riptide girls Karina

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Karina Aleknavicuis launches one of many counter attacks during the semi-final battle

“Each team had to nominate an initial five penalty takers, with the team scoring most winning. The first two players on each team converted and then we fell behind with our next two penalties being saved, so our fate was hanging in the balance. Mission had to convert just one of their next two penalties to win, but one went wide and the other hit the crossbar and bounced over the goal.”

LB Riptide girls Morgan

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A flooded field couldn’t stop Laguna’s Morgan Saunders from shutting down Mission Viejo’s offense

“Morgan had to score for our team or it was all over, but she held her nerve and duly found the corner of the net. It was now sudden death, one miss would decide the tie. The next two penalties were converted for both teams and then dramatically our keeper Cailin saved Mission’s final penalty to send us through to Thursday [last] night’s final against Ladera Ranch.”

LB Riptide girls Capri

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Capri Henrichsen fakes out Mission Viejo’s defender before scoring one of the two goals during regular time that led to the shootout

“There were jubilant scenes in the pouring rain as we had triumphed in the most testing conditions against excellent opponents. We are all excited for the next chapter and, hopefully, prevailing in the final, the winner of which then goes to compete in the Section All Star Champions Tournament in San Diego.”


Boys & Girls Club of LB presents Mindfulness Yoga for kids during Ski Week

On Wednesday, Feb 20, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach will be hosting a one-of-a-kind Mindfulness Yoga Day featuring UCLArts & Healing©, Beat the Odds Drumming®, and kids yoga classes.

This special day is happening during Ski Week at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Canyon Branch; members and kids in the community are invited to attend. 

Activities are designed to “Help children experience and celebrate their true power [through yoga]; a gift that brings peace, kindness, ease and joy to our global family,” according to Don Wenig, Co-Founder of YogaKids®, a nationally recognized program in which the event is modeled after and embraced every day at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

Boys and Girls kids

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Kids are invited to Mindfulness Yoga to stay active during Ski Week in Laguna Beach

The activity schedule for the day is:

--1 p.m.: Guided mindfulness storytime – all kids join in!

--2 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Afternoon yoga classes for kids according to age

--3 p.m. & 4 p.m.: Drumming! Beat the Odds is a trauma-informed program that integrates activities from group drumming and counseling to build core strengths such as focusing and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy, and gratitude.

For added fun, each program area will be running mindfulness activities throughout the day to enhance the involvement for all members. Ed Tech will create healthy smoothies and perform a “watch the clouds outside and observe what you see” activity, group games will be held to support “Mind Body & Soul” enrichment on the playground and in the Games Room, while mindful art projects will take place in the Art Studio. 

This extraordinary day of activities is free for members. Non-members/drop-ins are welcomed and the rate is $40 per day. 

For more information about the Mindfulness Yoga Day, contact Jennifer McDonell, M.A., AMFT, Director of Social Emotional Development at the Club at (949) 715-7424. 

To become a member, or inquire about how the Boys & Girls Club can benefit your child, call (949) 494-2535 or go to www.bgclagunabeach.org.


Laguna Beach Football Skills Camp kicks off on Saturday

On Saturday, Feb 9 from 2 - 4 p.m., middle school students that are interested in playing high school football are invited to the free Football Skills Camp presented by LBHS coaches and staff. 

“Our hope is to start a football feeder program for the high school. The idea is for the middle school kids to learn how to execute what the high school football program is doing, so that way they are better prepared when entering high school,” states Ryan Kollock. 

Laguna Beach team

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LBHS football team with Coach John Shanahan 

Students will learn offensive and defensive skills, have individual position instruction, and train in speed and agility. 

The camp will be held at the Guyer Field at LBHS. Bring your cleats and wear athletic clothes. 

To sign up, visit www.lagunabeachyouthfootball.com/registration

Laguna Beach High School is located at 625 Park Ave.


LBHS Girls Water Polo defeats Los Osos, finishes regular season 26-1 and advances to CIF Playoffs

Photos by Scott Brashier

LBHS Girls Water Polo continued to dominate the pool on Friday, defeating Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga 16-3 on “Senior Day,” in the final match of the 2018-19 regular season. The team finishes the regular season 26-1, including 6-0 in Sunset Surf League play, where the Breakers captured first place honors.

LBHS Girls team

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Coaches and team excited after a great match on Friday

The team takes on Mater Dei (17-8) on Thursday at LBHS in the CIF-Southern Section First Round. The Breakers defeated the Monarchs earlier this year, on December 21, 14-6.

LBHS Girls splash

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Goalie Quinn Winter stops a shot from Los Osos

LBHS Girls Cici

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Senior Cici Stewart making a play during Friday’s game

LBHS Girls fans

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Fans cheer on the team from the side with signs held proudly 

LBHS Girls group

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LBHS defeats Los Osos, finishing 26-1 in regular season play and advancing to CIF Playoffs

LBHS Girls robe

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Seniors with coach Ethan Damato 

All five of the team’s graduating seniors will go on to play at the college-level in the fall. Claire Kelly will attend UCSB; Quinn Winter will play at UCLA; Evie Laptin at UCSB; Bryn Giofreddi at Brown; and Cici Stewart at Princeton.

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