Elderly resident victimized by same old phone scam
If you know anyone who might fit the profile of the victim in this caper, you might just be doing them a huge service if you make them aware of this sordid scam.
It has been pulled on numerous elderly people in town for years. This one was reported to the police department last week.
LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser said an elderly woman received a phone call from a young male who said he was her grandson and that he’d been involved in a car crash in New York. A he began to explain why he was calling; another man took over the phone and said he was her grandson’s attorney.
The “attorney” told the victim he needed $1250 to get her grandson out of jail. She sent a money gram in that amount
She also received additional calls soon afterward as the attorney explained that he needed more money. She sent $1400 and then another $1800.
Kleiser added, “When the suspect called a fourth time for an additional $4,000.00, the victim became suspicious and contacted her grandson who was not involved in the scheme.”
Save the Date!
LBPD will be sponsoring a free Bike Rodeo on Sunday, March 22 open to all bicycle enthusiasts with lots of free stuff and entertainment.
We’ll have more details in our Friday edition – meanwhile, Save the Date!
LBHS Girls Water Polo:
Perfect 31-0 season ends with CIF Championship
Aria Fischer scored five goals and keeper Holly Parker turned back 12 shots to lead Laguna Beach High School’s Girls Water team past Foothill, 11-6, Saturday night and successfully defend its CIF SS Division I Championship.
Sophomore Bella Baldridge set a school record against Foothill with seven assists and that earned her the OC Register Girls Water Polo Player of the Week honors.
Senior Makenzie Fischer – on her way to Stanford – the top player in the OC – had three goals while Taylor Julson added two and Holly Evans one ot round out the scoring.
There have been many who have called this the best team anywhere and that may be true. You can bet the Foothill Knights would agree – Foothill topped all other SoCal programs this season with a perfect 26-0 record. The key word there is “other”…
Foothill went 0-5 against Laguna this season for a 26-5 season mark.
Laguna finished a perfect 31-0.
Hats off to the Breakers!
A big thank-you to all our friends for Saturday’s fun
Photos by MARY HURLBUT
Visit our Facebook page to view a slideshow from Saturday!
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StuNewsLaguna publisher Shaena Stabler thanks The Ranch Laguna Beach Executive Chef Camron Woods and Pastry Chef Catherine Woods Saturday
We enjoyed the happy turnout at Saturday’s StuNews event held at The Ranch very much, and so did our friends. There were smiles all around.
Especially when the Carrot Cake arrived!
As promised, we’re sharing the treat – Pastry Chef Mary Catherine Wood’s recipe for Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. Break out the baking pans… you know you’ve just got to try it!
The Ranch Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 8 to 12 servings:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 cups oil
2 cup granulated white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups grated carrots
1 cup nuts (pecans or walnuts) optional
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Zest of 1 orange, plus juice
Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare two 9” pans or one 12” cake pan or one 9”x 13” sheet pan by lining with parchment or wax paper.
Mix together in a bowl – the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
In a mixer bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, sugars, and vanilla until light in color and and fluffy.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until combined.
Add the grated carrots. Then add nuts if desired.
Pour batter in prepared cake pans and bake for approx. 45 to 50 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a skewer, it should be dry when taken out. Cool then fill and frost with cream cheese frosting. Garnish with more nuts.
To make the cream cheese frosting: In the mixer bowl beat together cream cheese and butter and zest until creamy. Add in icing sugar and beat for a minute. Add vanilla and juice. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for another minute.
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Where there is a will there is a way…and more than one way!
Jazz Wednesdays with trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos March 4
Laguna Beach Live! announced Thursday afternoon that Gabriel Johnson will not be performing in their Jazz Wednesdays series on March 4.
“But, we are really excited to welcome ace trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and his Quartet to the [seven-degrees] stage next Wednesday,” said Cindy Prewitt, president of Laguna Beach Live! “He performed for us a couple of years ago in the summer series at the Rose Garden and so many people asked us to invite him back. Of course, we would prefer to have a little more notice but we know the concert will be great!”
Castellanos is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, tours the world as a member of the acclaimed Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and has played on albums by Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah and dozens more.
Jazz Wednesdays series is 6-8 p.m. at the fabulous [seven-degrees] event facility 891 Laguna Canyon Rd in Laguna Beach.
Tickets are $15 online and can be purchased at http://www.Lagunabeachlive.org or by phone 800-594-4849. The information line is 949-715-9713.
LBUSD Special Board of Education Study Session on March 5: Laguna Beach High School baseball field
The LBUSD Board of Education will hold a Special Board Study Session on March 5 at 6 p.m. in the District Board room at 550 Blumont Street. The purpose of the meeting is to review information related to safety concerns about the high school baseball field. Specifically, the concerns raised relate to errant baseballs leaving the baseball field and entering into the neighborhood.
In addition to the current measures already completed or underway to address these concerns, staff has developed alternative options that will be presented for the Board’s consideration by Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Dean West and Director of Facilities Jeff Dixon.
Artist Open Studios on Saturday will be final of the season
Siân Poeschl, the city’s Cultural Arts Manager, announced that Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the final opportunity this season for art enthusiasts to visit local professional artists in their studios during the popular Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios event. Participants can catch the free shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, and take advantage of free parking for this free, unparalleled artistic adventure.
A lucky participant will be eligible to receive two free loge center tickets to this summer’s world-famous Pageant of the Masters (valued up to $220). A form will be handed out, just have an artist at each of the five stops sign it, then enter the drawing to win. The winner will be notified.
Artist Open Studios is a celebration of Laguna’s thriving visual arts community. It is not only a fantastic opportunity to see, buy or commission art, or find original gifts. It is also a venture to explore the city’s iconic artist colony – a time to uncover new talent and rediscover established artists. Who could resist the chance to step into the heart of where art is created, to experience something unique, something you just can’t see anywhere else?
Located throughout Laguna Beach, the majority of artist studios are nestled along Laguna Canyon Road. These studios, surrounded by oak trees and rich canyon colors, are the creative backdrop for many artists. Experience why legendary artists William Wendt, Frank Cuprien, and Edgar Payne set roots here in the early 1890s, captivated by the natural, idyllic setting.
Observe 31 artists working in a spectrum of art media - fused glass, painting, printmaking, and bronze lost-wax demonstrations. Enjoy the behind the scenes process manifested in an artist’s own creative space.
At the first stop, visit painter John Repka. At the second stop, don’t miss the opportunity to make your own piece of kiln formed glass with Maggie Spencer, and view her colorful work. Each month, she presents a new project for visitors to try.
Tucked in a serene spot at the third stop in the canyon, experience the creative ceramic and wood studio space, with Sandy Groves.
Laguna Canyon Artists complex, at the fourth stop, offers a cluster of studios with a host of artists who work in a variety of art mediums.
Here, visitors will have the pleasure of seeing the unveiling of painter Fitz Maurice’s latest work, a new National Park’s painting, as she continues on the QUEST that will ultimately be capturing in paint all 59 National Parks across the country.
“I have been on this QUEST for three years now - I am painting ‘live’ in each National Park. I am greatly inspired by the monumental beauty that surrounds me, lifting my spirit, and reviving my soul,” said Maurice. “These oil paintings vibrate with inspiration and ring with the truth that is inherent in all of nature.”
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Fitz Maurice painting “live” in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park
When people visit Maurice’s studio - they will see all the newest paintings that the artist has created on the QUEST. “I have traveled to and painted over 16 National Parks so far. I have already come to see that each park has its own wonders to be discovered and portrayed,” Maurice said. “When first arriving in a new park - I set out hiking, kayaking, horseback riding - searching for the ultimate scene that I will capture in an oil painting.”
Maurice said that she has had the pleasure of encouraging many others to go to their parks.“Visitors who come to my studio are excited and compelled to plan their next trip with family or friends, when they realize how easy and inexpensive the adventure can be,” Maurice said. “There are nine National Parks right here in California - all within easy reach. Our National Parks are the Greatest Branch of Peace that we extend to the world.”
“We are here to learn and grow - nature can teach more to your entire being - mind, body, and soul than any other experience,” Maurice said. “I love learning and growing immersed in nature as a human being, who desires to be one with nature and as an artist, in a world of technology, who is trying to capture and communicate the sensuality and freedom that is available through experiencing the wonders of nature.”
Also in the same complex, don’t missElaine Cohen’s studio. The artist is both a figurative sculptor and abstract painter. “When I get an idea of inspiration, I can’t wait to get to work. Watching my ideas come alive is stimulating,” Cohen said.
“My sculpture is figurative and my paintings are abstract. Some people are surprised that I do both, but it actually works very well for me. I love the detail and realism of figurative sculpture. Watching the clay evolve into a figure is so exciting. Seeing it take life and become an emotion statement is very rewarding,” Cohen said. “On the other hand, abstract painting is exciting and surprising. Ideas flow into your mind and the transition to a canvas of paper is quite challenging. The painting sometimes takes on a life of its own and the artist must follow. This action usually results in the best abstracts.”
When participants go to see Cohen’s studio, she said that they are usually surprised to see the variety and volume of her work. “I explain that it took me most of my life to get to the point that I could actually become an artist. I have so many ideas that I can’t wait to create, and I indulge myself by doing what I want, and not necessarily for the galleries or critics. I think when you are happy in what you do that is when you create your best work.”
Cohen welcomes people to her studio and loves to talk about the process of creating a bronze sculpture, which is very labor intensive. Cohen also likes to explain how difficult it is to create a good abstract painting.
“So often we hear people standing in front of an abstract painting and saying, ‘My kid could do that.’ That would be a very talented Kid,” Cohen said. “I want people to realize that artists work hard. I would like them to know the challenges they face and the love and efforts they give to their art.”
For a list of participating artists, and details about the drawing for two free Pageant of the Masters tickets, please visit the Cultural Arts Department page at www.lagunabeachcity.net or call (949) 497-0722.
Girl Scouts add to Restaurant Week Glory (and waistlines)
Story and photos by DIANE ARMITAGE
This week, at three of our Laguna Beach restaurants – Maro Wood Grill, Slapfish and Tortilla Republic – you have (as the Grateful Dead quips) “trouble ahead … and trouble behind.”
Each of these restaurants is participating in this week’s O.C. Restaurant Week with fantastically affordable prix fixe menus. If you’ve staved off for various reasons, now’s your chance to enjoy absolutely superb cuisine at these restaurants, each of which will spoil you to the core.
Well, while each is also providing a dessert option as part of their Restaurant Week menus, these three in particular have ganged up with the real delightful trouble in this world of ours – Girl Scout Cookies.
That’s right. You thought you’d managed to stoically avoid all the grocery store, coffee shop, school athletic event and even “drive through” Girl Scout cookie booths (from a most inventive group of Girl Scouts on Short Street just across from the high school). We’re at the end of the selling season (March 8 is it!), and you thought you’d emerged – with your waistline – unscathed.
Sorry, my friend. Trouble still awaits. This year, the Girl Scouts joined forces with several O.C. restaurants participating in the weeklong Restaurant Week to co-create a dessert that includes Girl Scout cookies.
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Chef Debra Sims of Maro Wood Grill speaking to the Girl Scouts
And the Chefs are enthusiastic! Last week, Chef Debra Sims at Maro Wood Grill invited a Girl Scout Troop into her restaurant to not only celebrate the coming dessert, but also tell the girls about what being a chef is all about. Chef Debra walked them through her personal story of arriving at the decision to be a Chef, took the girls on a tour of the Maro kitchen, and then had each of the girls put together dessert sundaes just as she had designed with the Girl Scout cookies.
Chef Debra chose the new Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie – the “Trio,” which includes big chunky chocolate chips. Officially naming it the Girl Scout Cookie Crunch Sundae, Chef Debra created handmade vanilla ice cream to which she’s stirred in a healthy serving of “Trio” crumbles. She’s then whipped up a homemade peanut butter ice cream and, with the two scoops serving as her base, she’s added in chocolate fudge sauce, whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings and more cookie crumbles to top it all off.
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Girl Scouts created their own sundaes at Maro Wood Grill
All in all, enthusiastic approval from the Girl Scouts present, especially as they were able to create their own in a step-by-step process.
The Sundae will be available through next Sunday on both of the Restaurant Week menus at Maro Wood Grill.
Other Girl Scout cookie desserts are lurking …
At Chef Andre’s Slapfish in downtown Laguna Beach, look for Caramel DeLite ChipWich with Thin Mint studded ice cream on his Restaurant Week menu. And at Tortilla Republic, Chef Chris Tzorin is featuring the Girl Scout cookie, “Lemonades” with a Strawberry and Guava Parfait.
Friends of the Laguna Beach Library annual dinner is this Friday – WWII pilot Bob Mosier is guest speaker
The Friends of the Laguna Beach Library are pleased to honor long time resident and author Robert Mosier at their annual dinner on Friday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at the library. Bob and Bev Mosier have been great supporters of the library and other organizations in Laguna Beach.
Lt. Robert Mosier
Mosier will be sharing excerpts from his book based on his military experiences as a US Army Air Corps WWII pilot. Tickets are $60 per person.
In addition to dinner, there will be a silent auction of wonderful books.
For information, call Sandy Hovanesian 376-5135 or Martha Lydick 497-7053. To reserve tickets: http://friendsofthelagunabeachlibrary.com/programsandevents/annualdinner.html
Laguna Art Museum’s Malcolm Warner speaks at the Susi Q
Dr. Malcolm Warner
Dr. Malcolm Warner, well-respected museum professional and current Executive Director of Laguna Art Museum will speak to the public about the Past, Present, and Future of the Museum on Thursday afternoon, March 5 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center (380 Third Street, Laguna Beach).
Dr. Warner joined the Laguna Art Museum as Executive Director in January 2012. Previously he was Deputy Director at the Kimbell Art Museum; Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art; and Curator of European Art at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Rich in history, culture, and education for all ages, Laguna Art Museum partners with Gallery Q at the Susi Q for this special presentation. Gallery Q, located in the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center, is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional and professional artists of all ages.
To make a reservation or for more information about “Tea Talk” with Dr. Malcolm Warner please call Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q: (949) 497 2441.
This presentation is open to the public. Stay tuned for featured “Tea Talks” from Gallery Q at the Susi Q this year.
For more information about Gallery Q visit www.susiq.org.
Vietnam Vets: march in the Patriots’ Day Parade this Saturday
Local Vietnam Veterans have reserved a position in this year’s Patriots Day Parade which takes place this coming Saturday, March 7. The organizers are seeking area veterans interested in forming a group to walk in the parade. This group, calling itself the South Orange County Vietnam Veterans has participated in this parade every year since 1985. All branches of the service are welcomed.
Veterans are encouraged to wear old uniforms (or parts thereof!). The group will form near Laguna Beach High School, located at 625 Park Avenue between 9 and 10 a.m. Please ask the check in booth at the corner of Park and Short streets were the group is forming. Most probably we will be in the school district parking lot across from Laguna Beach High School.
The parade will cover about six blocks (all downhill or level) and will begin promptly at 11. A convertible vehicle will accompany our group and vets needing to ride, rather than march, may do so in the convertible.
There will be the traditional annual get together at the Marine Room Tavern on Ocean Avenue and S. Coast Hwy will follow immediately.
Deirdre Carmel Ann Naughton
Deirdre Carmel Ann Naughton, Southland fashion maven and former Hollywood costume designer passed away in Los Angeles on February 27, 2015. She was 63. Deirde, who was always referred to as Dee, was a long time Hollywood resident. Born on Friday the 13th in the West of Ireland, she lived full-time in the U.S.A. In the 1970s Dee attended the Fashion Institute of Design in New York, where she won awards for her fashion and costume designs. While living in New York she embraced the city’s vibrant nightlife. She loved going to nightclubs and parties with fellow artists and designers such as Halston, Elsa Peretti, and the Andy Warhol crowd. She was a regular at the Max Kansas City nightclub and the legendary Studio-54 discothèque.
After spending a couple of years in New York, she returned to California, where she resumed studies in fashion and costume design at UCLA. Dee completed her thesis on Kabuki Theater costume designs. She taught costume design courses through UCLA extension program.
The late actor Carroll O’Connor gave Dee her first job as a television costumer by arranging for her to work on the hit television show All In the Family. She went on to enjoy a highly successful career as a costume designer for television, movies, musicals, and the theater. She was the costume designer for such hit television shows as Head of the Class, One Day at a Time, Eight is Enough, Square Pegs, A Different World, and numerous other television shows. She was also the principle costume designer for many plays and musicals, such as Guys and Dolls staring Milton Berle, and the movie Penitentiary.
Dee’s career as a costume designer ended in the late 1980’s due to injuries she sustained from a car accident. She spent her remaining years collecting designer and vintage clothing, accessories, and antiques.
Dee was stuck by a car on Dec. 11, 2014 while walking home. She leaves behind her brother Kevin Naughton his wife Jocelyn, her sister Clare and her brother Brian as well as one niece, three nephews, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Her fashion sense, her kindness, and her flair for style will be missed by all. Memorial services are pending.
Laguna Beach Library’s March events
Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout February. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library. Laguna Beach Library’s February Events:
Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pajama Storytime-Sunshine Readers. Please come (wear pajamas & slippers!) and enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland. The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.
Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 -11:15 a.m. Early Literacy Children’s Storytime. This program is designed for toddlers and preschoolers with adult participation. Our Early Literacy Storytime models the five skills that are crucial for every child to become ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing. We include stories, fingerplays, songs, movement and playful activities. Free. No preregistration required. March 4t signup for our parent ed class immediately after storytime!
Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m. School Readiness Program for Parents & Caregivers
Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime. The Peapod Academy has space for a few new cadets. Join some of the cutest babies in town and the adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy songs, finger plays, board books, and other cadets. Get to know others and help your baby learn pre-reading skills. Free. No registration required.
Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Persian Language Tutoring. Free Persian language tutoring for youth ages 5-8. Meets in the Community Room. For more information contact the library or inquire at the Information Desk.
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. Children’s Craft Open House. Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children 12-years and under are encouraged to come to the library Saturdays, during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal projects. Adult supervision is recommended.
Saturdays, March 7 & 21 Poetry Workshop. Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped. Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets-this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact John Gardiner 949-715-7507 for more information.
Mondays, March 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6-7:30 p.m. Toastmasters Open House Meeting. Come learn about the benefits of being a member of Toastmasters and how you can enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. Meets in the Community Room. For more information contact the library or inquire at the Information Desk.
Laguna Beach Library regular hours are Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays and holidays, Thursday, Feb. 12 Lincoln’s Birthday and Monday, Feb. 16, Presidents Day.
Laguna Beach Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733.
2015 Patriots Day Parade lineup for March 7
Wonder about the marching order of the Patriots Day Parade next Saturday? Well, wonder no more.
Download a PDF here with the official order of the parade.
March 7 is the 49th edition of the parade, which was postponed due to inclement weather last year.
Remember the old Laguna saying, half of the town marches in the parade and the other half watches!