We’re hosting another community gathering today from noon to 2 with a Mediterranean spread at GG’s
Everyone is most welcome to join us!
Shaena and Stu are very happy that the Gundogar family (Bulent, Francesca, Hande and Ragip), owners of GG’s Bistro, is rolling out the red carpet at their great restaurant this coming Friday from noon until two o’clock.
The Gundogar family – clockwise from bottom right: Ragip, Francesca, Bulent, Hande and Mehmet (the son of Ragip and Francesca). They are all nice people!
They have promised to put together a spread of Mediterranean-Turkish-Italian fare that will make everyone who comes a happy camper, to be sure!
We love their food, the atmosphere (day and night), their smiles, the sidewalk view, the more than ample parking in the city’s upper Glenneyre parking lot and above all, we love their friendly attitudes!
The food is gratis – all you have to do is buy your own drinks and come by to say hey to Shaena, Stu, Maggi, Dennis and the rest of the StuNewsLaguna crew.
See you Friday!
It’s at 540 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna woman, 52, faces charges after hitting man in crosswalk
Police said a 52-year-old Laguna Beach woman was at fault when she struck a man walking in the crosswalk at Glenneyre and St. Ann’s Dr. at 7:08 p.m. Wednesday.
Captain Jason Kravetz said the woman was driving a Honda Accord.
“She was traveling northbound and struck the pedestrian, a 48-year-old man from Laguna Beach, as he walked legally in a marked crosswalk. He received a small cut on his head and was not hospitalized.”
The police department has released neither person’s name.
Traffic was halted a short time as officers investigated the crash.
Pilfering of a cupcake leads to foot chase downtown
A Whole Foods Market employee called 9-1-1 at 6:33 p.m. Wednesday to report that a homeless man had grabbed a cupcake and left without paying.
The employee said the manager had followed the man outside and they were last seen running into the Wells Fargo lot. Police said the foot pursuit with the manager and the suspect crossed over Broadway and into the Coast Hardware lot before the suspect was intercepted by responding LBPD cops.
Eddie Steven Olesiak, 28, no fixed address, was charged with shoplifting.
Police said the cupcake was not located.
Baba’s Jam – raspberry jam – now at Farmers market
Barbara Dugally (L) and Karen Banse at Farmers Market at Irvine Regional Park
Friends for only about a year, Barbara Dugally, 68, told Karen Banse, 67, that she had a lifelong dream of selling her homemade raspberry jam at local farmers’ markets after making it for family, friends, and clients for 40 years.
Barbara knew of Karen’s sales background and the two ambitious ladies sought the permits required, purchased labels, jars, EZ-UP, table, and fabric for matching aprons and tablecloth and the business was born…only a little over a month ago!
When Barbara’s first Granddaughter came along she had some difficulties saying her name and only managed: “Baba” - thus the name - “Baba’s Jam!”
The next step was to identify the farmers’ markets where they wished to have a booth. Presently they can be seen with their friendly smiles in Laguna Beach Saturday 8-12, Laguna Niguel Sunday 8-12, Irvine Regional Park Tuesday 9-1, and Kaiser Sand Canyon Irvine Wednesday 9-1, and Capo Beach Wednesday 3-7.
Yes, these two ladies stay busy!
The reaction to the jam has been very positive! After 40 years, Chef Barbara has mastered her recipe and Karen says most customers say, “Oh wow!” or “Oh my God!” after tasting it.
The two women are enjoying the friendly customers and vendors they’ve met.
Stop by Laguna’s Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday and sample a taste of Baba’s Jam and it’s a safe bet you’ll take some home with you!
Andrew Couse named Student of the Month by LB Rotary
Photo by Rick Lang
The Laguna Beach Rotary Club has named Andrew Couse November Student of the Month for the Mathematics Department.
Andrew is currently studying AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Macroeconomics and Advanced Chemical Research to further his strong interest in the Sciences.
He has won the TedX Orange Coast Teen Challenge, received the National Merit Commended Student Award and the AP Scholar Award. He is a member of the Lemelson-MIT Inventeam and the Technology Club founder.
After graduation, Andrew plans to major in the Sciences and earn his Ph.D. with a goal of a career in the forensic science field.
24th annual Sawdust Winter Fantasy opening this Saturday with 33 new artisans among 175 exhibitors
The 24th Annual Winter Fantasy, A Holiday Tradition, begins this Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Sawdust Art Festival and will run over five weekends, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Santa’s hours are 10 - 5:30. This year’s dates are Nov. 22, 23, 28, 29, 30; Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21. Adult admission is $7; $6 for Seniors (65+); $4 for children (6-12); free for children (5 & under); and $10 for a Season Pass.
Over 175 talented artisans (33 new this year!) will create, showcase and sell their original artwork on the Sawdust grounds, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of holiday decorations and a freshly built “Towne Square” in the center of the festival. The featured Winter Fantasy artisans handcraft each piece of artwork, creating a truly unique holiday shopping experience for visitors. Art mediums include glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, textiles, painting, photography, mixed-media and more.
Special holiday highlights include the annual Community Night and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Zoomars Petting Zoo, Toys for Tots holiday toy drive, Children’s Holiday Playhouse, thousands of lights and holiday decorations, and Santa! The Winter Fantasy entertains patrons with art classes for all ages including this year’s Winter Art Series classes, holiday carolers, Rene’s Marionettes and music of all genres. Additionally, the Winter Fantasy has four outdoor cafés, an espresso bar, a popcorn booth and the Sawdust Saloon. Visit the Winter Fantasy and experience a true Laguna Beach holiday tradition.
The 14th Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, a Laguna Beach holiday tradition, will take place opening day on Saturday, November 22 at 5:30 pm when the winners of the community tree and artist booth decorating contest will be announced. The Laguna Beach Mayor will formally light the Community Tree, officiating the 2014 holiday season. To help celebrate the opening event, special guests and community performers including Magic Matt, Balloon Diva, Top of the World Honors Chorus, ‘Lil Dickens Carolers, Upstream, The Salty Suites, of course, Santa will entertain the crowd. Complimentary holiday cookies and apple cider will be provided during the opening ceremony. Laguna Beach residents are admitted free with ID after 3 p.m. on opening day only.
Throughout the festival, guests can participate in the special community events planned for this winter show, including Toys for Tots every Sunday of the festival. Toys for Tots is a foundation supported by the Marine Corps Reserve with a mission of collecting toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Visitors to the 2014 Winter Fantasy can show their support by contributing new unwrapped toys for children, newborn to 17, every Sunday during the festival. Those that donate a new toy with a value of $5 or more will receive free one-day admission to the Winter Fantasy that Sunday.
Supporting the Sawdust Art Festival’s mission of educating the public, artists will create artwork live in front of our guests, in the artists’ booths and at our popular Glassblowing Demonstration Booth. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore their own creativity and take an art class at the Ceramic Center, Studio One, Children’s Art Spot and also the classrooms of the year-round Sawdust Studio Art Classes.
Special activities for families and kids include pottery wheel throwing in holiday-themed shapes at the Ceramic Center, and many art and craft projects at both the Children’s Art Spot and Studio One.
“Winter Art Series” classes scheduled during the Winter Fantasy are highlighted below (complimentary with admission):
• Blended Modern Media with Rosanne Nitti - In this class students create mini
works of art by blending media and original images with acrylics. Ages: 7 to
adult; when: Saturday, Nov. 22, 12:30 – 2 p.m. and Dec. 13, 10:30 - 12
noon; location: Studio One; cost: FREE.
• Fall Watercolors with Linda Velasco - Students will paint beautiful autumnal
scenes while learning the secrets of watercolor. Ages: 7 to adult; when:
Sunday, Nov. 23, 12:30 – 2 p.m.; location: Studio One; cost: FREE.
• Creative Acrylics with Donita Lloyd - Access your hidden creativity while
expanding your acrylic techniques in this innovative painting class. Ages:
7 to adult; when: Friday, November 28, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7,
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; location: Studio One; cost: $5.
• Clothespin Elves with Mary Keating - Live the fantasy while making a
characterful elf using clothespins, fabric and seed pods in this charming
workshop. Ages: 7 to adult; when Sunday, Dec. 14, 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.;
location: Studio One; cost: FREE
• Pincushion Jars with Carmen Gundelach - In this class you’ll create a unique
pincushion from colorful fabric and a glass jar to give away as a gift or
keep for yourself! Ages 7 to adult; when: Sunday, Nov. 30, 12 - 1 and
1 – 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, 1 – 2 p.m.,
Sunday, Dec. 21, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; location Studio One; cost: $2.
Don’t miss out on the many photo ops in Towne Square, where you will find Children’s Playhouse, Santa’s House and Sleigh, Reindeer Barn, Community Tree and even falling snow!
The festival is located at the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road. For additional information, please visit www.sawdustartfestival.org or call 494-3030.
Patriots Day Parade’s 2014 Junior Citizens of the Year
The “Junior Citizens of the Year” have been chosen for the 49th Patriots Day Parade by the Laguna Beach High School staff. Junior Citizens for the community parade on Saturday, March 7, 2015, are seniors Janie Crawford and Taylor Addis.
The two seniors join 2014 honorees: Grand Marshal Janet Evans, Honored Patriot Bob Mosier, Citizen of the Year Wayne Baglin, Artist of the Year Carol Reynolds, and Athletes of the Year Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns and Ian Cairns, who will repeat in 2015, since the 2014 parade was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The all-volunteer parade is supported by program ads, entry fees and donations. The program ad deadline is Jan. 12, 2015 and the entry deadline is Jan. 16.
Fish Fry at Bluebird Park benefitted Glennwood
Staff photos by Scott Brashier
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The Laguna Beach Anglers hosted their 8th Annual Fish Fry last Saturday in Bluebird Park honoring the memory of Jerry Piper of the Laguna Beach Auto Parts Store and former Angler as well as raising money for Glennwood House.
Laguna Beach Anglers including Steve Battaglia, Vic Ireland and Alfred “Dee” DeVito catch and freeze the fish during the fishing season and organize the annual Fish Fry to share their catch with the community.
Restaurants that participated this year included include Adolfo’s Mexican Food, GG’s Bistro, Mozambique Steakhouse and the White House. Most of those who bought the $10 ticket brought their own favorite dish to add to the buffet.
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Residents and staff members from Glennwood House enjoyed the Fish Fry
Glennwood House, located at S. Coast Hwy and Ruby Street, provides a safe and independent environment for adults with developmental disabilities.
The Fish Fry raised nearly $3,000 for Glennwood House!
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The organizers: Back (L-R): Diane Ludwig, Steve Battaglia, Clay Berryhill. Alfred “Dee” DeVito and Steve Crawford. In front is Norma Battaglia. Hats off to all!
Lagunans on November cruise reach milder weather
A travel log by CAROLE ZAVALA
Boston, Beans and Ben
Calm seas, milder weather and face-to-face sessions with U.S. immigration officials greeted us in Boston Harbor. I headed for Quincy Market and a bowl of their world famous Boston clam chowder. Our server Samantha (from Salem) worked her magic and brought chowder, Stella Artois and a roasted beet salad with the creamiest goat cheese I’ve ever eaten.
Thus fortified, I found the Freedom Trail and wandered by some of the oldest and longest running taverns and restaurants in America. Ben Franklin hangs out in front of Ye Old Union Oyster House, ca. 1826, and contemporary revolutionaries were indulging their yearning for ale next door, at the Bell in Hand, ca.1795.
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“Ben Franklin” hangs out by the Union Oyster House
Onward to Paul Revere’s neighborhood, which now houses more than 50 Italian cafés along with delis and bakeries (and a CVS where I stopped for more Claritin). Unfortunately I was too full to indulge in any of the mouthwatering offerings.
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Looking toward the Old North Church, Paul Revere stands guard out front
Paul’s statue greets one at the front of a park that leads to the Old North Church, beautifully restored and elegant in its simplicity of design and structure. I found exquisite watercolors by Charlie Wang, a Chinese immigrant who has been in Boston for 20 years creating ethereal versions of historic Boston. I couldn’t resist, and bought two from his brother.
As I was leaving Little Italy, I noticed a small alleyway and caught a whiff of something yummy. Following my nose, I discovered one of Boston’s most famous delis, Bricco Panatteria. Filled with locals, conversations included critiques of the fresh ravioli, the olives and the fragrant breads.
I felt as if I had wandered into the Boston version of “Moonstruck.”
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Boston’s best, the Brico Panaterria
I needed an overview of this great city and its role in our history and jumped on a city tour trolley. Our driver, an irreverent but well informed local, covered the basics with humor and affection. We got glimpses of Old Ironsides (made of oak, and never defeated in battle), graveyards holding ancestors (including a female from the Mayflower), the park where the famous children’s book Make Way for Ducklings is placed, and the Omni-Parker Hotel where JFK proposed to Jackie. (Take note trivia fanatics - it’s also the home of Parker’s rolls).
I loved Boston and its perfect combination of charm, history, great food and friendly locals. The weather was perfect - clear, sunny and in the mid-sixties.
Cheers from The Legend of the Seas!
Check out a few more of Carole’s photos below
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KX 93.5 is throwing another kick-butt party at the Marbar on Thanksgiving night – it’s “KXGiving”!
Jump into your sweatpants and benefit KX 93.5 and Laguna Food Pantry
Once the Thanksgiving family festivities slow down, you’ve eaten the last piece of pie and you’ve risen from your second turkey nap, slip on your sweatpants and head down to the Marine Room Tavern for another kick-butt party brought to you by KX 93.5.
The Marine Room party, which begins at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 27,is only $5 at the door, and all proceeds benefit KX 93.5, Laguna’s Only FM and Whole Foods “Feed 4 More.”
Sweatpants are not required, but strongly encouraged for this turkey-themed shindig complete with drink specials from Wild Turkey served by the illustrious Wild Turkey girls. Well-known Laguna DJ and on-air personality Steve “The Ruckus” Whelan, will be spinning an eclectic mix sure to keep the crowd on the dance floor from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. There will be fun giveaways, raffle prizes provided by Whole Foods like gift cards and baskets and a chance to do your good deed for the Thanksgiving season.
In keeping with the spirit of giving, KX 93.5 has partnered with Whole Foods to help celebrate the season of gratitude. A portion of the funds raised at KXGiving will go to Whole Foods’ “Feed 4 More” program, which focuses on providing pantry stockers and shelf-stable items to the Laguna Food Pantry. Funds raised will be used to purchase the pantry stockers and the food will be delivered in January to the Laguna Food Pantry.
Party with a purpose this Thursday night!
Don’t forget your sweatpants.
Free screening of The Fisher King tonight at Forum Theatre
In honor of homeless advocate and late star, Robin Williams, Laguna’s Housing & Human Services Committee is inviting you to a free screening of Williams’ acclaimed film, The Fisher King, at 6 p.m.tonight, Friday, Nov. 21 at the Festival of Arts’ Forum Theatre for National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Month.
The Fisher King – Mercedes Ruehl won the 1991 Best Supporting Actress Oscar
Starring both Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges (above with Ruehl) in award-nominated roles, this drama/comedy tells the story of a DJ’s journey to redemption by trying to help a former professor and mentally ill homeless man who lost his wife in a bar shooting as a result of the DJ’s radio rant.
A Q&A to discuss the complex issues of homelessness and mental illness will follow the screening of the film.
8th annual Laguna Beach Interfaith Thanksgiving service – Sunday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
The Laguna Beach Interfaith Council invites you to attend the 8th annual Laguna Beach Interfaith Thanksgiving service. The mission statement of the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council is “To further communication and cooperation among the faith groups of Laguna Beach, and also among other institutions and community social service agencies, in order to better serve the needs of the community, especially the needs of the poor, sick and the disenfranchised.”
Please bring contributions of canned food or monetary donations for the Laguna Beach Food Pantry. There will be a time of fellowship following the service.
Participating churches include Christian Science, Presbyterian, St Catherine of Sienna Catholic, Neighborhood Congregational, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Methodist, St Mary’s Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist.
Participating charity organizations include Mission Hospital, Laguna Food Pantry, Laguna Beach Community Center, Laguna Beach Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) and others.
This year’s host is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located at 428 Park Ave, and Rev. Elizabeth Rechter. For more information on St. Mary’s, call 949-494-3542 or visit www.stmaryslb.org.
The Annual Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden plant sale – this Saturday – at the farmers’ market
It’s time for the annual Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden plant and bulb sale at the Laguna Beach Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to noon.
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Garden volunteers have also been busy crafting outdoor art pieces, which make great holiday gifts. As always Paperwhite and Amaryllis bulbs will be available at reasonable prices, as well as organically grown limes and persimmons, perfect for making cookies.
All proceeds from the sale help to maintain and improve the Garden.
To visit the Hortense Miller Garden, reservations are available at the Laguna Beach Recreation Department - 497-0716.
Thurston teachers’ project-based learning experiences used “To Kill A Mockingbird” through different disciplines
Two LBUSD teachers recently facilitated an interdisciplinary, project-based learning experience for Thurston Middle School students, which included the use of one of the most prestigious books in American Literature, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
First edition cover - 1960
In Tammy Bonneville’s Language Arts classroom, eighth grade students read, studied and discussed the book during the fall semester. In Anna Tejchman’s Home Economics classroom, students had an opportunity to connect with the novel in a new way, experiencing the tribulations of the vividly drawn characters living through the Great Depression.
Tejchman’s lessons illustrated how the country pulled together to survive. The Project-Based Learning experience enabled students to gain a richer understanding of the real-life hardships people faced and their resiliency to persevere.
Tejchman remarks,” The theme of food is very tightly woven into the plot of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ It is used to illustrate the concept of social justice. To me, food is more than a nourishment. It provides connection not only to other cultures, but also to other times in our history. I am using that connection to bridge the gap between the economic disparity of the time period the book is set in and that of today, to bring a greater understanding of the story to my students.”
Students identified the more than 50 food references contained in “To Kill A Mockingbird” passages including crackling bread, Charlotte Russe, Lane Cake, and Ambrosia. To help students gain a sense of the South during this difficult time, Tejchman asked students thought-provoking essay questions about the book’s food references. The Home Economics students completed their study by preparing and sampling some of the foods mentioned in the book including buttermilk biscuits, cornbread, teacakes, and lemonade.
Thurston’s principal Jenny Salberg said, “Collaboration is the key to any great common core lesson and Ms. Bonneville and Ms. Tejchman have done an outstanding job of collaborating. Their enthusiasm and innovation continue to provide students with creative lessons that enhance their learning experience.”
Assistance League continues to grow with new members
New members continue to be drawn to the Assistance League of Laguna Beach. Attracted by the nonprofit’s more than 50 years of community service, its philanthropic programs, and its dedicated volunteers, new members join its ranks, raising the League’s membership roster to over 200.
New members: L to R, front row: Carol Beer, Karen Walker, and Eimi Betar. L to R, back row: Inez Fraser, Heather Byer, Jo Murphy, Stephenie Bash, and San Dee Frei. Not pictured: Mary Blum, Kae Espeland, Vidya Reddy, and Karen Newkirk.
With the ongoing addition of new members, the League has been able to increase its philanthropic program activity, fully staff its Thrift Shop, participate in collaborative efforts in the community, and hold successful events such as its annual Friend Raiser and upcoming Chamber Mixer.
CAP’s Gallery - Banking on Art - adds new sparkle
By M. “CHARLIE” FERAZZI
CAP’s Gallery, located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Bank located on Ocean Ave is one of Laguna’s little gems of a gallery. Open to the public six days a week, it brings artists of exceptional talent to the public’s eye in an intimate setting. It has been in this unusual site since its inception around 2004.
The current show, “Keepers of Light”, features the work of Mark Hosmer and Veronica Schmitt, both Orange County based artists.
It is the first exhibit under the new guidance of Jennifer Griffiths, a Laguna artist and board member, and backed by the CAP board of directors.
Griffiths brings a fresh, new perspective and originative ideas for change in direction and focus of the gallery. Moving in the direction of solo and two-person exhibitions to showcase artists in a unique gallery concept that is not commercial yet is open to the community at large, giving the artists the chance to reach new and different audiences, also gives the opportunity to encourage public dialogue about the many forms of art and its creators.
Starting with an online Call for Artists in April this year, applicants submitted their information and art examples for jurying for an upcoming exhibit. Jurors are selected from the local arts community; Jonathan Burke, President of LCAD, Art Historian and Curator Susan Anderson, and local gallery owners Sue Greenwood and Peter Blake have been jurors. Utilizing an online jurying system, jurors are looking for artists who have a high quality, cohesive body of work, are not currently in a gallery and live in Orange County.
Originally the gallery was curated by Pat Sparkuhl featuring exhibits ranging in themes of mixed media, photography, sculpture and painting by mostly Laguna artists. Sparkuhl, a teacher and Festival exhibitor, used his many art contacts to facilitate the variety of art and artists that were exhibited in the gallery.
In 2013 two things happened that were instrumental in bringing about the new direction and changes in the gallery. Sparkuhl felt that he needed to get back to his art and CAP’s board felt it needed to become more hands-on in the running of the gallery. Sparkuhl’s last exhibitions for the gallery were a duet showcase of the work of long time board members Julita Jones and Pat Whiteside-Phillips, followed by an impressive retrospective of mixed-media artist Paul Darrow.
CAP’s Gallery, Banking on Art will open its second exhibit in this provocative new direction Dec 8, featuring a retrospective of Michael Ward. If you can’t make the current show, be sure not to miss this next one, kicked off by a reception on Saturday, Dec 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., open to all. Find out what the new buzz is about in town.
CAP (Community Art Project) facilitates placing art works on public/private sites to promote the aesthetic value of public art to enhance our community and serve as a catalyst for art education. Visit http://www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, submission guidelines for juried shows or to become a member and supporter of CAP.