Detectives investigating major bank loan fraud case
Laguna Beach detectives are looking into a report of a loan fraud case that involves an unnamed bank and a Lagunita property.
Police said the OC DA referred the case to them last week.
It stemmed from the sale of a property approximately two years ago for $5,750,000. There was a loan that existed on the property for $8,400,000, police said. Payments were made on the $8.4 million loan until a few months ago. When the bank checked into the situation, it learned of the sale.
There are few details but it is standard for a buyer to obtain a title insurance policy when making a purchase. Clear title would not be transferred and insured until the $8.4 million loan was re-conveyed by the lender.
Police did say that the file referred by the DA indicated that the seller had “several” other properties with enough equity to payoff the balance of the original loan.
Bank loan fraud can also be a federal offense.
Another individual falls for a telephone scam - $3600
Time and time again, we have reported that Lagunans have been victimized by “relatives” who are in immediate need of money – out of the country.
Police learned from a victim last Thursday that he had been victimized by a scam caller a week earlier, on Aug 20.
Sgt. Tim Kleiser advised us, “The caller claimed to be his niece and said she had been arrested for DUI and was involved in a traffic collision - in Beirut Lebanon. She requested the victim to wire transfer $3,600 to a party in Beirut…”
Sgt. Kleiser said the victim wired the money the next day and learned later that it had been a scam.
Starry night: another quite successful celebrity benefit at the Festival of Arts
By ELIZABETH NUTT
The Festival of Arts rolled out its red carpet on Saturday evening for its annual Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant of the Masters. The highly entertaining and star-studded event provided guests with a private concert, as well as the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities during a special performance of the Pageant.
Both the opportunity to support the arts by contributing to the evening’s cause (proceeds from the event go directly to the Festival’s building fund, according to FOA Board President Fred Sattler) as well as the chance to take in the Pageant drawn celebrities year after year to Laguna Beach for this event.
“The Pageant is such a unique and amazing art form—it’s really two art forms in one, and I love art that is experiential,” said Kate Flannery (The Office) of what motivated her to be part of Saturday evening at FOA.
Jane Seymour on the red carpet
Guests who arrived on the early side had a front-row view of the red carpet, down which additional celebrities such as Melissa Briggs (Sports Illustrated and Baywatch), Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds and Dharma & Greg), Kearran Giovanni (Major Crimes) and Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman) strolled and paused for photo opportunities and interviews before entering the Festival grounds.
Once inside, guests and celebrities alike were treated to a private performance by Grammy-winning solo artist Melissa Manchester on the Festival green. Manchester was a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes, and she earned her first Grammy nomination in 1979 for the song “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” The singer has also been nominated for an Oscar. She released her most recent album earlier this year, which is titled You Gotta Love the Life.
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Melissa Manchester performing on the Festival Green
After the concert, the much-anticipated summer-long Festival of Arts raffle was finally closed; FOA and Pageant guests have had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets since the season began on July 5, and right up until 8 p.m. on Saturday evening. The prizes were plum: a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata GT (valued at $30,020) and a Hawaiian Getaway at the Trump International Hotel in Honolulu.
The raffle’s winning names were drawn and announced just before the Pageant of the Masters began by special host and well-known actress Mira Sorvino, who also introduced the show. Sorvino won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, and she is also well-recognized for her role opposite Lisa Kudrow in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.
During her pre-show speech, Sorvino spoke about her father—veteran actor Paul Sorvino—who was also a sculptor in bronze, and who introduced her to art through international travel and museum and gallery visits throughout her childhood, instilling in her a deep-rooted appreciation for art education. Though it was her first time viewing the Pageant, Sorvino was one of many celebrities on Saturday evening who recognized its magnificence and who expressed gratitude about the opportunity to experience the show.
“I’ve seen this show once before, and it was so fantastic, and I think with the full moon tonight that just adds to the magic of it,” said Lisa Ann Walter (The Parent Trap, Shall We Dance and Bruce Almighty).
It was indeed a magical evening and a perfect culmination of the summer art season in Laguna Beach.
Ten Boys Who Care end summer baking scholarship money
Sunday afternoon while their friends were catching some of their last waves of summer, Ten Boys Who Care raised $200 selling Lemonade and Baked goods for their annual scholarship fund.
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Zack Bonnin (l) & Sam Reynolds of Ten Boys and happy customer Jeremy Hayes
These boys, ages 13-15 are working to raise money for their third annual scholarship fund. The $2500 Good Sportsmanship Scholarship money will go to a graduating senior boy and girl athlete in June 2016.
They started in middle school because these boys have all played sports since they were young and they realize that winning isn’t everything but being a “bad sport” can ruin everything. They want to celebrate a student who can tell them in an essay of their biggest “teaching moment” in sports that made that person a better sportsman all around.
After the lemonade was sold, the members elected their 2015-2016 officers
Noah Linder and Ayrton Garcia - Co-Presidents
Kent Cebreros - Treasurer
Gustav Morck and Sam Kluver - Fundraising Co-Chairs
Enzo Sadler - Social Chairman
Mason Lebby - Public Relations
Zack Bonnin - Marketing and Digital Media
Blake Pivaroff - Historian
Sam Reynolds - Scholarship Coordinator
Also, Mason Pitz - Their High School Senior Advisor Class of 2016
FOA and the Pageant hosted 300 veterans at “Wells Fargo Salutes Veterans” for a Sunday evening
As part of a company “Month of Caring” initiative designed to uplift the military community, Wells Fargo’s Orange County Inland division and Festival of Arts invited 300 veterans and guests to a special program on Sunday night.
“Providing a unique cultural art experience for military members and their families through the partnership with Wells Fargo was an incredible honor. Not only was it a fun night out, but also an opportunity to thank veterans for their bravery and service,” said Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler.
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Sean Reardon (USMC) checks in to Tivoli Terrace for the financial literacy class and dinner at the Festival of Arts Sunday evening
Approximately 50 veterans who graduated from Working Wardrobes VetNet job placement and resume skill training program were invited to a Veteran’s Hands on Banking seminar created especially for their needs. After the event the veterans enjoyed a dinner at Tivoli Terrace, with the Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy as a special guest. After dinner those veterans and guests joined 200 other veterans for this summer’s Pageant, “The Pursuit of Happiness.”
Prior to the show, the Pageant of the Masters dedicated Sunday’s performance to all the veterans in the audience. They were asked to stand to be recognized for their bravery as well as thanked for their service by Pageant Narrator Richard Doyle. They received a standing ovation and soprano Ani Maldjian sang the national anthem.
“Our partnership with the Wells Fargo Foundation has opened amazing doors for us to serve many more clients. Beyond their generous grants to our VetNet program, the Wells Fargo team has offered hundreds of our veterans and families a once in a lifetime opportunity – tickets to see the magnificent Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts fine art show in Laguna Beach,” said Working Wardrobe VetNet’s CEO Jerri Rosen. “Thousands of tourists flock to see this show from all over the world and because of this partnership our Orange County Veterans can host their families to a remarkable living art performance. We are over the moon with gratitude and appreciation!”
“It’s an honor for us to partner with Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters and Working Wardrobes VetNet to provide a fun and relaxing evening for some really brave men and women,” said Joe Mishriki, Wells Fargo Inland Orange County Hills Area President. “Recognizing veterans connects directly with the vision and values of our company. In fact, Wells Fargo’s Military Initiative has us focusing on giving back to these heroes who are defending our nation and in supporting our local military communities.”
The “Wells Fargo Salutes Veterans” night is one of four events taking place in Orange County as the Pacific Midwest Region of Wells Fargo celebrates their “Month of Caring” to bring attention to veterans during the month of August.
On August 29, Wells Fargo leaders and volunteers in Orange County stuffed 1,000 care packages to send to active duty military currently serving overseas. This was done in cooperation with the nonprofit “Operation Gratitude.” Across the Pacific Midwest, Wells Fargo volunteers created 13,000 care packages.
Throughout the month of August, Orange County Wells Fargo team members and family and friends wrote 10,000 letters of support to active duty military currently serving overseas. This project was also done in cooperation with the nonprofit “Operation Gratitude.” Across the Pacific Midwest, 30,000 letters were sent by Wells Fargo.
In September, Wells Fargo will send 500 veterans and their family members to an Angel’s baseball game.
In 2012, Wells Fargo created the Military & Veteran Segment to expand outreach to members of the military, veterans and their families who may be facing financial hardships as part of our commitment to helping communities succeed by being a part of the solution.
Wells Fargo’s Program has surpassed its original three-year, $35 million goal by donating more than $49 million in its first two years toward programs to help military members, veterans and their families achieve and maintain homeownership, attain successful career transitions and succeed financially.
Relay for Life fights cancer – count in StuNews!
Shaena and I are committed to support Laguna’s efforts to fight cancer through Relay for Life 2015. It is very hard to meet anyone in town who has not in some way been touched by the scourge of cancer.
Shaena lost her Gramps this year – he raised her. She also learned that her first music partner died of cancer recently.
I am a five-year cancer survivor and my brother was taken by pancreatic cancer a few years before my bout.
I have supported Relay for Life here in Laguna Beach since the first year when the event was held at LBHS. I think that was 2000.
Over the years, the Relay for Life efforts in town have turned the heads of the American Cancer Society (ACS) because in at least two of those years, Laguna raised more money per capita than any other city in OC!
The economy and perhaps a false sense of security in the fight against cancer have seen a dwindling of money raised over the past five or six years.
Great strides have been made in the fight against cancer nationwide – cancer death rates have dropped 20% since 1991.
The drop in the death rate is directly proportionate to the efforts of people to raise money to fund the research that has led the fight and success.
Individual efforts, in fact.
ACS has funded more than 180 research projects at UCI in the amount of over $27 million. Relay for Life raises money for the OC fight.
Still, in 2013, nearly 12,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in OC and there were approximately 4,250 cancer-related deaths.
Shaena and I have formed a team – and we challenge our readers to form or join a team to fight back against cancer and assure that the October 10 Relay for Life event at El Morro School is the best it can be! StuNewsLaguna will give every team all of the editorial space you need to tell your team’s story, including a team photo, before Oct 10.
The Vic United Skimboard Competition
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Victoria Skimboard’s World Championship Skim event was held Saturday and Sunday at Aliso Beach. Tim Fulton (above) was the 2015 Pro Division winner. In the photo below, Laguna Beach competitors Austin Keen and Blair Conklin are dueling in the semi-finals of the pro division. Thanks to Paul Naudéfor the pics.
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Former LB Police Department dispatcher ‘falls forward’ into new career as a successful writer
Audrey Jane Andrews has dedicated half of her life to working 911 as a police dispatcher, and almost a decade of that time was spent in Laguna Beach. She was hired by the LBPD in April of 2004, and quickly rose to the position of Senior Dispatcher. Andrews had an incredibly successful career in Laguna; the major calls she took while working here ranged from the landslides and the Citizen Bank Robbery of 2005, to the Brush fire behind Ruby’s Diner and the infamous stuffed mountain lion call of 2012.
Additionally, Andrews (her pen name) started the ‘Summer Refresher’ training session at the LBPD, which brought together police dispatchers with representatives from the lifeguard department and the fire department to review and practice for typical summer calls, such as lifeguard and wilderness rescues. Andrews was a dedicated dispatcher who couldn’t imagine herself in any other role… that is, until she became a mother.
The Author and daughter Gwen, 5
During her 21 years as a voice over the phone or radio, Andrews saw it all, from fires to robberies. The only call she never took was one that had to do with the delivery of a baby. Ironically, it was the birth of her first baby that pushed Andrews to seek an alternative career path, though she will tell you that leaving behind the LBPD was no easy move.
“The Laguna Beach Dispatchers are the best dispatchers I have worked with, and I’ve worked with a lot of them. They are rare in that they dispatch for both the Police and Fire Departments, making their training extensive. They embody teamwork like no other and I consider myself lucky to end my career with them,” says Andrews.
The birth of her daughter, Gwen, in 2010 caused both an unforeseen shift in her priorities—she would later decide to become a stay-at-home mother—as well as a newfound desire to write, a pastime that she’d always made room for. In fact, Andrews recalls starting her first book (titled “Orion’s Belt” but never published) shortly after her daughter was born. The author would type out what she could at work before the LBPD dispatch got too busy, which usually meant writing between 5 and 6:30 a.m.
It wasn’t until 2013, however, that Andrews decided to leave the LBPD, which marked the end of her career as a dispatcher, but the official beginning of her career as a writer. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband—determined to make her role as a stay-at-home mom financially feasible—made the difficult decision to relocate to a more affordable part of the country: North Carolina. With the move came an opportunity for Andrews to reflect on her time in Laguna Beach, resulting in unexpectedly limitless inspiration as it pertained to her writing.
Andrews’ second book, titled “Falling Forward” and which will be released on Amazon.com this Friday, is, according to the author, a tribute to Laguna Beach and all of its idiosyncrasies and beauty. Andrews refers to the book as “quasi love story,” which features as its protagonist Kate Kleider, a young woman who is unlucky in love, and whose job promotion forces her to relocate to Laguna Beach from the East Coast. The move, and a subsequent surprising relationship with an attractive local skim boarder change Kate in ways she could never have predicted. Laguna residents—and anyone who has visited and loved this town—will find the storyline just as captivating as the setting itself.
“Laguna Beach is a beautiful city full of great people. I will be lucky if I can get back and visit, which I fully intend to very soon,” says Andrews.
The Hydration Room opens new location in Laguna Beach
Following the success of their first clinic in Newport Beach, founders and board-certified anesthesiologists Dr. Brett Florie and Dr. Elizabeth Bales are expanding into south Orange County.
The Hydration Room, Orange County’s first IV and injection therapy clinic combining both naturopathic and allopathic medicine, opened its second location at 31542 Coast Hwy, Suite #4. The new clinic features roughly 1000 square feet of lounge space for patients to relax while receiving safe and effective therapies. Also offering complimentary WiFi and reserved parking, The Hydration Room has expanded its menu of services since opening in Newport Beach just a few months ago (December 2014).
“Laguna Beach was an obvious next step due to the overwhelmingly positive response we have received with our first location,” said Dr. Florie.
“We’ve had a lot of patients driving up from Laguna to come to our Newport clinic,” continued Dr. Bales. “This new location gives existing and new patients in the south Orange County area a convenient opportunity to receive affordable quality care, whether it’s for a chronic issue or simply part of their wellness regimen. We see patients of all ages with various professions, but the common denominator is schedule – everyone is so busy these days, and staying proactive with your health is critical.”
Convenience, comfort, personalized care and price are what make The Hydration Room unique. All clinically supported therapies, priced from $25 to $195, include an initial consultation with the doctors and a customized treatment plan is provided.
“I suffer from occipital migraines and have spent countless hours and thousands of dollars waiting in the Emergency Room, only to eventually be hooked up to an I.V.,” said The Hydration Room patient Katie A. “Within minutes of arrival and placement of an IV at The Hydration Room, my migraine’s have dissipated and I’m back to living my life.”
Since opening in Newport Beach last December, Dr. Florie and Dr. Bales have helped treat over 2,000 patients through their proprietary IV, injection and oral therapies. Normally only available in the ER, therapies at The Hydration Room are performed often times in under 30 minutes and formulated to help individuals achieve health goals or improve specific symptoms.
The Hydration Room’s IV therapies and injections help with an array of common ailments such as cold/flu, migraines, sleep disorders, and fitness recovery, as well as more severe ailments like cancer, chronic pain, Crohn’s, Lyme’s and malabsorption diseases. The therapies deliver vitamins and nutrients directly into the bloodstream, allowing for 100% absorption.
“My primary doctor recommended that I look into IV therapy to help supplement my oral vitamins since I have a hard time absorbing nutrients,” said The Hydration Room patient Josh P. “A few hours, and especially the next day after receiving IV therapy I felt like I had the energy back that I had lost due to malabsorption.”
To celebrate the opening, The Hydration Room will be hosting a community event and ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Laguna Beach Chamber Of Commerce. As part of the festivities, guests will enjoy appetizers, wine and champagne, The Hydration Room’s Anti-Stress Shots, and raffle prizes. The event is open to the public.
“We’re excited to have The Hydration Room bring its innovative clinic and personalized care to the Laguna Beach community,” said Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Laura Henkels. “Our residents will benefit immensely from their therapies and services, and we’re thrilled to have Dr. Bales and Dr. Florie as part of our growing Chamber of inspiring business owners and entrepreneurs.”
“Our mission has always been to create a space where patients are treated with the highest quality of products and unrivaled care from our staff of doctors and nurses,” said Dr. Bales. “We’re eager to continue this mission in Laguna Beach, and create a new experience for the community.”
Business hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more about The Hydration Room, visit http://www.thehydrationroom.com
Established in December of 2014 by two Board Certified Anesthesiologists, The Hydration Room is Orange County’s first medical infusion clinic specializing in IV and injection therapies to promote health and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Whether you are suffering from the flu, battling a migraine, exhausted with jet lag, or waking up from a long night of over-indulgence, IV fluid hydration is the quickest way to improve your symptoms preventing you from enjoying your life.
Sharing over 20 years of practice between them, Board Certified Anesthesiologists Dr. Brett Florie, DO, MD and Dr. Elizabeth Bales, MD have built an incredible medical reputation in the Southern California area, and across the globe. With dual degrees in Osteopathic and Allopathic medicine, Dr. Florie integrates holistic and traditional medicines and methods of practice into The Hydration Room. Dr. Bales has been published in multiple medical journals on critical care and is an expert in resuscitation. Their idea to introduce IV therapy as an outpatient treatment dates back to completing their residencies at the University of Southern California. Both currently reside in Orange County and continue to work at local hospitals in the Orange County area.
“The State of Marijuana” – NORML presentation on Sunday
Join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach on September 6 at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation “The State of Marijuana” by Kandice Hawes-Lopez has been the Director of Orange County NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, since 2003.
Marijuana is legal as a medicine in California. Studies have shown that it is not addictive and not a gateway drug (not like tobacco, sugar and/or alcohol). Marijuana reform is a hot social justice issue and a financial windfall for government.
Ms. Hawes will discuss pending legislation in our state and upcoming possible national changes. Join us to take an in-depth look at the future of marijuana legalization.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach is located at 429 Cypress Drive.
National Preparedness Month; register for AlertOC
September marks National Preparedness Month and the City of Laguna Beach is urging residents and businesses to prepare for the many hazards that threaten our community.
AlertOC, the County’s mass notification system, is a critical link for residents to immediately learn of any required actions, such as evacuating their homes during an imminent fire. On September 24, more than two million Orange County residents will receive a call to test AlertOC. The drill will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County’s entire region.
The distinctive feature of AlertOC is the ability to register more than one contact method at a specific address. Registrations of cell phone and alternate numbers dramatically increase the ability to reach the greatest number of community members within minutes. This enables landlines, cell phones, text numbers, and e-mail addresses to be incorporated into a single notification system.
Residents can do their part to prepare for emergencies by registering for AlertOC. The time is now to self-register cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses to be part of the regional test. For more information or to register alternate phone numbers, text numbers and e-mail addresses, visit www.alertoc.com.
Complimentary skin cancer screenings set for Sept 17
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Statistics show that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Have your skin examined if you have a skin sore or mole:
That has an irregular shape or two different looking halves.
Has changes in color or texture, and has rough or notched edges.
Has any changes in the size, or has swelling or redness.
Is itchy, tender or painful.
Is larger than ¼ inch (6mm, size of a pencil eraser).
Is bleeding, oozing or painful.
That does not heal.
That has new suspicious spots.
Make an appointment today for a free skin cancer screening with a dermatologist!
Screenings will take place Thursday, September 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.
Appointments are required.
Call 877-459-3627 to register or for more information.
Film Genres course at Susi Q: Focus: Partial Truths
Kathryn Kramer will begin her popular Film Genres course at the Susi Q center (380 Third St) on Sept 22 and hold it on Tuesdays from 12:30 – 3:20 p.m. to Dec 8. To register, visit http://www.123getsmart.com or call (949) 451-5555 M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Emeritus #61030 Community Education #8801 12 Weeks Cost: $30
The Line Up
9/22/15 The Lives of Others 2006 Germany 137 min. Sebastian Koch stars as a playwright under Stasi surveillance.
9/29/15 Temptress Moon 1996 China 122 min. Banned in its own country, Chen Kaige reunites his leads, Leslie Cheung and Gong Li, from Farewell My Concubine. A beautiful yet complex film involving drug abuse and illicit sex.
10/6/15 The Affair of the Necklace 2001 USA 118 min. Filmed in France, stars Hilary Swank.
10/13/15 Delicacy 2011 France 108 min. Co-workers court in a rom-com with Audrey Tautou.
10/20/15 Belle 2013 UK 104 min. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Dido, the true-life mixed-race daughter raised by her aristocratic great-uncle, an influential judge in 18th-century England.
10/27/15 The Corpse Bride 2005 USA 77 min. Tim Burton wr/co-dr this animated film. 11/3/15 El Clavel Negro: The Black Pimpernel 2007 Sweden/Chile 98 min. Michael Nyqvist plays a Swedish Ambassador who tries to protect innocent people during a military coup.
11/10/15 Three Worlds 2012 France 101 min. A car accident affects multiple lives.
11/17/15 Days and Clouds 2007 Italy 118 min. A husband loses his job.
11/24/11The Clouds of Sils Maria 2014 France 124 min. Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloe Grace Moretz star in this tale of an aging actress.
12/1/15 Every Secret Thing 2014 USA 93 min. Based on the Laura Lippman novel, this film stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald.
12/8/15 Gloomy Sunday 1999 Hungary 112 min. Dir/Wr Rolf Schubel uses a “suicide song” actually banned from radio play during the war years to explore a complicated threesome.
Win a million-dollar home at the 11th annual benefit for the Ocean Institute; ticket sales begin July 7
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Tickets will be on sale beginning July 7 for the 11th annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle, which benefits the Ocean Institute and participating nonprofit organizations. Ticket buyers will have the chance to win a beautiful, $1.2 million Laguna Beach home, or $1 million in cash, winner’s choice.
“The Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is the most successful home raffle in California,” said raffle director Doug Abramson. “We’ve awarded the Grand Prize every year, plus millions of dollars of other prizes.”
Tickets are $150 and only 20,000 tickets will be sold.
In addition to the Grand Prize, $190,000 in cash and other prizes will be awarded, including two new luxury Lexus car leases, a dream vacation to Barbados, Fiji or Paris, or $10,000; an Australia & New Zealand Expedition or $10,000; $1,000, $1,500 & $2,000 South Coast Plaza shopping sprees and stays at the elegant Montage Laguna Beach Resort.
The deadline to enter the first Early Bird drawing is Thursday, August 20.
Early Bird ticket buyers are provided additional chances to win extra prizes and cash while still qualifying for the Grand Prize drawing at the Ocean Institute in November. Buy multiple tickets or refer your friends to buy tickets and you’ll have additional chances to win.
“The home raffle has produced thousands of happy winners, and has raised crucial funding that benefits the 115,000 school children whom the Ocean Institute serves every year,” continued Abramson.
The 2015 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is registered with the California Attorney General’s Office.
To purchase tickets, or for further information about the raffle call (949) 542-3600, or visit www.ocean-institute.org.
Sunset Serenades coming to Heisler Park this Friday
Every Friday evening from Sept 4 through Sept 25 at 5:30 p.m., the Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades.
The free concerts are held at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres.
On September 4, enjoy Jonathan Rowden Group (jazz).
On September 11, enjoy Michael Ubaldini (Americana).
On September 18, its the South Coast Symphony String Quartet.
And on September 25, enjoy The Pendleton Sisters (songwriter harmony).
This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach and recently was awarded best Arts Program by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts.
14th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival artists and concerts announced for February 10-14, 2016
The annual Laguna Beach Music Festival, now in its 14th year, is pleased to announce its 2016 Festival artist mentors, Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner. Based in Laguna Beach, the Festival has historically been and continues to be a platform for the discovery of up-and-coming artists with its presentations of world-class musicians in intimate venues. The 2016 Festival, taking place February 10-14 at a variety of venues in Laguna Beach, features exciting performances by Koh and Wosner along with a special appearance by members of Los Angeles-based music collective wild Up. Tickets for the 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival go on sale September 1.
Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner
A multi-day immersion in great music, the 2016 Festival offers a wide range of events, starting with Wednesday’s dinner celebration where attendees can catch up with old friends, make new friends, and meet the musicians. The concerts this year reflect Koh’s belief that the past and present form a continuum, and showcase her and Wosner’s flair in a wide range of repertoire, from Bach and Beethoven to jazz improvisation and world premieres. You’ll hear newly commissioned work, stimulating juxtapositions, and exciting partnerships between Koh and Wosner with members of wild Up.
“Every year the Festival brings premier artists to Laguna Beach and our mission is to share this artistic talent and exploration with our community and beyond,” says Laura Ricker, Festival Director. “This year’s program continues the unique and memorable musical experience we are proud to share with our patrons, both new and returning. We want to become a part of every classical music lover’s annual calendar and not only share the dynamic programming our Artistic Directors come up with, but also continue to build long lasting relationships with our audiences, new and returning.”
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path of her own devising, choosing works that both inspire and challenge. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present form a continuum. She is also committed to exploring connections in the works she performs, searching for similarities of voice among diverse composers and associations within the works of a single composer.
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire, from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti, as well as music by his contemporaries, communicate his imaginative programming and intellectual curiosity. Widely praised for his interpretations of Schubert’s solo repertoire, Mr. Wosner has been focused on the composer in recent seasons and is widely sought after by colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership.
Modern music collective wild Up is a group of Los Angeles-based musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. Believing that music is a catalyst for shared experiences, and that the concert venue is a place for challenging, exciting, and igniting the community, wild Up’s programs are eclectic studies of people, places, and ideas.
The 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival features three concert performances taking place at Laguna Playhouse throughout the weekend. The Opening Night concert on Friday, February 12, finds Festival Artistic Directors Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner holding up a mirror to some of the great classics. Recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance, Koh pairs Bach’s mighty Chaconne for solo violin with two of its 20th-century offspring: Berio’s astonishing Sequenza and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen verlernt, with a video installation by BAFTA Award-winning multi-disciplinary artist Tal Rosner. Wosner, whose insightful and perceptive playing have made him a favorite among audiences and critics, plumbs the depths of Schubert’s last set of Impromptus, pairing them with jazz improvisations of his own devising.
On Saturday, February 13, the musical dialogue between past and present continues with New Global Voices, a thrilling evening featuring 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces from across the spectrum of great musical traditions. Koh and Wosner join wild Up and its founder and conductor Christopher Rountree for works ranging from the haunting neoclassical strains of Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov to those of contemporary jazz master Vijay Iyer. A world premiere by Anthony Cheung alongside Claude Viver’s Asian-inspired masterpiece Zipangu round out this thrilling night of musical exploration and adventure.
The final concert of the 2016 Festival takes place Sunday, with A Matinee of Creative Evolution: Bridge to Beethoven III, which explores the impact of Beethoven on a diverse group of composers and musicians. By pairing Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano with new works by exciting young composers, this concert ignites a creative conversation around Beethoven’s music not only as a cornerstone of classical music but as a universal, culture-crossing source of inspiration. The program includes Beethoven’s Sonatas Nos. 6-8 for violin and piano with Koh and Wosner, as well as new music by Los Angeles-based composer Andrew Norman.
The Laguna Beach Music Festival is a presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Tickets for the 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival go on sale September 1 and can be purchased at www.lagunabeachmusicfestival.com.
KX 93.5 announces new morning show and lineup changes
KX 93.5 FM, Laguna’s Only FM radio station, will change its daily lineup to feature a new variety morning show, a new afternoon personality, and in increase in community programming from dedicated volunteers.
Starting Sept 8, the new morning show, “Daily Scramble Live,” will be co-hosted by KX 93.5 veterans Tyler Russell and Jason Feddy from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Russell, also the founder of KX 93.5, has hosted the morning show solo since the station’s beginning in 2012 and Feddy has hosted the midday show for the past two years.
“We’re both really excited to combine our personalities into something that we hope is equally as fun for listeners as it is for us,” said Russell. “We plan to give every type of person a reason to wake up to this show.”
The morning show – and the station’s format – will still be music-focused, playing the “generational alt rock” tunes from the 60s until today, that station fans have grown to love. But the two plan to add talk and variety into the morning program featuring news, many interactive games, and segments like “Let’s Punk Newport,” where they will affectionately play a prank on Laguna’s northern neighbor.
“Someone is stealing office supplies around here, and Mr. Russell is the major suspect. The new schedule is a creative way for us to keep an eye on him. He is clearly out of control,” said Feddy.
Feddy will still have some alone time on the air from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. after the morning show ends. Programming will then shift to “Generational Alt Rock with Sandy Fagin,” a music-focused afternoon show from noon to 5 p.m., hosted by a longtime KX 93.5 volunteer. “Fagin brings experience, professionalism, and a real passion for local radio to the airwaves,” according to Russell.
Finally, KX 93.5 will recommit itself to the local community by adding more volunteer programming and increasing existing shows’ visibility. Volunteer programming will now begin at 5 p.m. weeknights, instead of 7 p.m. as they did previously. Popular hours like underground music show “The Fuzz,” new wave-focused “The Skong Show,” and new music show “Groove Express” will all move to earlier times. “Volunteer programming is one of the station’s most important assets that allows it to connect Laguna Beach and worldwide listeners”, said Russell.
All the changes will begin after Labor Day, on Tuesday, Sept 8, and will be visible on the schedule page on the station’s website www.KX935.com.