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 Volume 10, Issue 75  |  September 18, 2018                          


Police Files

Scuba diver found face down in the water at Crescent Bay Beach, unresponsive during rescue efforts

On Friday, Sept 14, at 8:04 a.m., LB Lifeguards received a 911 call about a single scuba diver face down in the water at Crescent Bay Beach. The patrol unit was on scene in three minutes at 8:07 a.m., according to LB Marine Safety Capt Kai Bond. 

“A single scuba diver was pulled out by a good Samaritan, an adult male with scuba equipment. Lifeguards performed CPR on scene at Crescent Bay Beach, but he was unresponsive,” Capt Bond said.

The adult male was then taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo by paramedics. His condition is unknown. 

The surf has been rough and there have been a number of drowning events in the last couple of weeks. Capt Bond said the surf conditions have been pretty significant with 3 to 5 feet swells and yellow flag conditions.

Important safety tips for people who want to go out into the ocean: learn to swim; swim by an open lifeguard tower; swim with a buddy; always check with  the tower lifeguard to get up-to-date conditions; learn about rip current safety; and always go into the water feet first, Capt Bond said.

For this past weekend, on Saturday, Sept 15 and Sunday, Sept 16, there were 274 rescues, 42 medical aids, 4,454 public contacts, and 2,425 prevents. 

This summer, from June 23 to Labor Day, Marine Safety had 5,265 rescues, made 323,861 public contacts, and prevented 166,558 beachgoers.

Local man nabbed for meth in his buttocks, according to LBPD

On Saturday, Sept 15, at 7:09 p.m., an LBPD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven near Calliope Street and S Coast Hwy. The officer advised the vehicle continued travelling southbound and requested an additional unit respond.

Police Files Ronald Herndon“The officer saw Herndon reaching around inside the vehicle. The vehicle yielded in front of the Surf and Sand,” said LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock. “Herndon repeatedly reached towards his shorts’ pockets and was taken out of the vehicle and detained in handcuffs. A probation search of his person and vehicle was conducted. Herndon was arrested for possession of controlled paraphernalia.”

Prior to entering jail, Herndon reportedly advised he had methamphetamine hidden between his buttocks. Further investigation revealed he was selling methamphetamine, according to Villwock.

Ronald Gene Herndon, 53, of Laguna Beach, was also charged with felony transport of a controlled substance and felony possession of a controlled substance for sale. Orange County Probation was contacted and he was placed on a probation hold.

Man having heart attack at Shaw’s Cove Beach saved by LBPD officers’ quick aid

On Sunday, Sept 16, at 2:49 p.m., “LBPD officer Tommy McGuire was dispatched along with LBFD to a medical aid for a heart attack on the stairs at Shaw’s Cove,” said LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock. “Beach Patrol Officer Tanner Flagstad was also in the area and responded as well. Both officer McGuire and BPO Flagstad arrived on scene first and began CPR along with using an AED, which provided two shocks before fire arrived on scene and provided life-saving treatment.”

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LBPD Officer Tommy McGuire (pictured here) and LBPD Beach Patrol Officer Tanner Flagstad saved the life of a man having a heart attack at Shaw’s Cove

According to Villwock, LBFD supplied Advanced Life Support and transported the 75-year old man to a local area hospital. When he arrived at the hospital, he was breathing on his own and talking to first responders. 

“LBFD Fire Captain/Paramedic Robert Abijay attributed the life-saving actions to what officer McGuire and BPO Flagstad did with early CPR and AED usage,” said Villwock.

LBPD later learned that the 75-year-old man they saved at Shaw’s Cove was celebrating his granddaughter’s engagement with family at the beach at the time of his heart attack and rescue. Hopefully, thanks to LBPD heroics, he will soon be able to continue the celebration.

Teens rescued from rough surf at Sleepy Hollow with help from a good Samaritan surfer and LB lifeguards 

On Friday, Sept 14, at 3:59 p.m., at the 600 block of Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach Emergency Services, including Marine Safety, received a 911 call reporting three subjects in the water at Sleepy Hollow Beach.

 The reporting party said they were approximately 100 feet offshore at Sleepy Hollow Beach. 

According to LB Marine Safety Capt Kai Bond, “Our tower lifeguard from Main Beach responded, as well as two of our patrol units. At 4:01 p.m., the tower lifeguard made contact with the group. Since there was more than one person we had our patrol units back him up. We were able to rescue the three people out of the water by 4:03 p.m.”

Capt Bond said two of the three patients were transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. One was not a medical aid, but the other two were transported. 

“The patient information is not known at this time,” Capt Bond said.

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Teens from Santa Ana needed rescued at Sleepy Hollow Beach

Eye witness Brynne Van Putten, who is a local, described the scene as she was walking her dog down the steps at Laguna Surf at the time of the incident.

“The surf was pretty rough that day, and there was a kid about 30 yards out in the water, and he was yelling. I looked out and there was a pod of seven bottle-nosed dolphins near him. I thought he was yelling because of the dolphins, that he was excited about them,” Van Putten said. “And his friends were running back and forth on the beach and all these guys, his friends were about 16 or 17-years-old. I kind of realized that he wasn’t yelljng about the dolphins, he was drowning.”

At the beach, she saw a group of about 10 girls, approximately 16-years-old, and a few people scattered around the beach. She noticed that there were only two surfers in the water. 

 “His friend was running up and down the beach yelling does anybody know how to swim?” Van Putten said. “One of his friends started to swim out in the water and he got in trouble. He tried to go back in, but he couldn’t reach him. I started to look around to see if there was a boogie board or a surfboard because the waves were so big, there was obviously a riptide, and there was just so much pull that I didn’t feel comfortable to go in to swim to him.”

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Santa Ana teens needed help in rough surf on Friday, good Samaritan surfer helps save the day

She said she was trying to call the lifeguards, but that they were all at Main Beach. 

“Then this other kid grabbed somebody’s boogieboard, it was obvious they were friends and tried to go in. He wasn’t able to do anything. He fell flat on his face,” Van Putten said. “Then it was obvious that somebody had gotten to the lifeguards because you could all their sirens going and the police sirens.”

But in the meantime, this kid was starting to go down, she said.

“And this young surfer, Michael, he just went running on in and he went out there, out to the guy. The kid went under twice,” Van Putten said. “Then Michael got to him and supported him on his board.” 

At this point the lifeguards came running down, Van Putten said. As another friend staggered out of the surf, his friends went out to the white water and grabbed him. He just collapsed on the beach.

“Then all the firefighters, paramedics, beach patrol, and police department got down there and the two lifeguards went running out into the water,” Van Putten said. “They went out to where Michael was and then all three of them got the kid in and started working on both of the kids.”

One of the kids started getting sick and they were put on stretchers and taken to the hospital. She said the kids were all from Santa Ana and told her that the boy that almost drowned got swept all the way down from Main Beach.

“If Michael hadn’t gotten to that kid when he did, he definitely would have drowned or he definitely would have been under,” Van Putten said.

The good Samaritan, surfer Michael Cipolletti, from Laguna Niguel, was the true hero, Van Putten added.

Man steals Mike’s Hard Lemonade from Ralphs

On Wednesday, Sept at 2:29 p.m., LBPD officers responded to Ralphs at the 700 block of S Coast Hwy in reference to a petty theft of alcohol. 

“LBPD officers contacted Brian Ensley who was still in possession of a Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Four Loco which he had stolen from Ralphs,” said Jordan Villwock,

LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator. “Ralphs was desirous of prosecution and positively identified by an infield show-up.” 

According to reports, Ensley took off from Ralphs on his skateboard with the loot d’liquor stashed in his black backpack. According to police records, an officer said, “I located a strawberry Mike’s Lemonade with the subject and the can is still kinda cold.” The other chilled swill located on his person was a Hurricane Malt.

Brian Scott Ensley, 40, of Laguna Beach, was placed under arrest for petty theft and felony violation of probation.

No bail was set.

A rare orca family sighting off the Laguna coast wows us all

Photos by Rich German @richgermanlb

A rare orca baby

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Rich was lost for words capturing this beautiful orca family swimming by last Thursday off the Laguna coast

A rare orca underwater

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“I feel so fortunate to have had TWO mind blowing encounters with orcas within the last 24 hours off our coast. The highlight yesterday was watching the whales fly out of the water as the sun was setting,” said photographer Rich German.

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Laguna gave him roots, Canada gave him wings:

The soaring heights of Ballet Star Skylar Campbell


Ballet may be coded into Skylar Campbell’s DNA. His mother, Kelly Uygan (neé Leonardi), was a noted ballerina for 15 years, performing with Laguna Beach’s Ballet Pacifica and as a principal dancer for the Hartford Ballet Company. Skylar’s stepfather, Viktor Uygan, also reached international recognition as a danseur in both the United States and abroad.

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Before ballet, there was music, skateboarding, and the Pacific

But for whatever impact nature and nurture had on him, Skylar still came surprisingly late to ballet. At the ancient age of nearly 14, after expressing little interest in pursuing his mother’s profession, Skylar announced – on the steps of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York – that he had his sights set on ballet. And he had the drive, determination, and ability to achieve it. 

After a mere two years, he was awarded a coveted Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) scholarship and a chance to dance in Switzerland at the Prix de Lausanne at the age of 17. The very next year, in 2009, Skylar was offered a prestigious apprenticeship with the National Ballet of Canada (NBC) in Toronto. This year, less than a decade later, he became one of their principal dancers. This quick success is unprecedented in the ballet world. He came up so quickly, his mother says, that when offered the opportunity at the impossible Prix de Lausanne, he’d never even heard of it.

While it could have been nature (with a ballerina’s blood flowing through his veins) or nurture (growing up around dance studios and stages), Skylar’s innate talent is something all his own. His rhythm is rooted in a deep appreciation for musicality. He retains amazing command over his body, able to execute complicated movements with consistent fluidity and grace. And he has an instinctive ability to wholly inhabit his characters. All this makes Skylar’s stage presence nothing less than extraordinary. 

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Skylar’s drive, determination, and innate talent led him to rapid success

Growing up Laguna

Born in Laguna, Skylar attended Top of the World Elementary from first through fifth grades. Typical of a Laguna Beach boy, he couldn’t get enough of the great outdoors, preferring ocean sports and skateboards to ballet slippers in his younger years. “I was jumbling drums and skateboarding and doing water sports,” he says. “Dance came into the picture much later.” 

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Skylar shows early and avid interest in the drums

His paternal grandmother, the late Lida Lenney, was a former mayor of Laguna Beach. An outspoken environmental activist, Mayor Lenney served during the devastating 1993 fire. The Laguna fire destroyed Skylar’s childhood home on Canyon Acres, and caused his mother to move to Connecticut to dance with the Hartford Ballet before moving back to Laguna when Skylar started first grade. His biological father remained in Laguna.

“I had this kind of duality of two different worlds,” says Skylar. “I bounced between, and was able to pick and choose what I liked of both. I loved the lifestyle of hanging out at the beach.”

Skylar’s maternal grandmother is Carol Leonardi, who was instrumental in helping manage Ballet Pacifica. From 1962 to 2007, Ballet Pacifica was an Orange County institution, nationally recognized for its innovative program. Even if he didn’t yet dance himself, Skylar had a ballet upbringing. His mother took him to countless performances. He brought bouquets to her on stage. Ballet Pacifica became something of a second home.

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A young Skylar with his mother, Ballerina Kelly Uygan Leonardi

“Throughout late middle school, seventh or eighth grade, I got the taste for what it meant to be a professional dancer,” says Skylar. “I tried hip-hop, jazz, and ballet. Ballet took over all of those other mediums of dance.” He went on to train with Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky in Laguna Hills before launching his professional career in Canada.

But first there was music

For Skylar, music always came first. “Even in the womb,” his mother says, “I would play Mozart piano concertos and I could feel him relax. He was always interested in music, even at the youngest age. On snow days, I would find him watching the symphony rehearse in our building. That musicality has crossed over to ballet. It’s a quality that he’s often noted for in his dancing now.”

Laguna gave piano

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Even in the womb, Skylar was soothed by music

 Skylar took up both the baritone and the drums at a young age. He’s still an avid drummer. In fact, his company allows him to keep a drum set in the dance studio to play when he’s not rehearsing.

 “Music was the driving force in me from the very beginning,” says Skylar. “I’ll find nuances in the steps, but it’s important to have this natural ability to feel the music. The music is what makes you dance. It’s such a human quality.”

Skylar’s many starring roles

Skylar’s roles are nearly too numerous to recount. But there are some recent stunning performances worthy of note. Skylar created the title role in the world premiere of Pinocchio by Will Tuckett, described by the Toronto Star as “a heartbreakingly poignant portrayal of wooden wannabe boy from fairy tale.” 

Watching videos of his performance, it’s clear Skylar’s heart and head are as invested in portraying the character as his body. He once said in a 2014 interview with My Theatre Award’s Kelly Bedard, “The most important thing I have learned in dancing these roles is to always keep a dialogue running through your mind. We do not have words to express our feelings, so we have to emote these feelings with our bodies. A story or emotion will not transmit to an audience if you are not keeping specific intention running through your mind.” 

That’s how his performances feel – intentional. I wonder if he calls upon a time before he danced, still the wooden boy without the benefit of ballet, to bring this character so intimately to life. As though ballet itself breathed life into Skylar, giving him the ability to transmit that emotion to the stage.

Laguna gave Giselle

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Skylar Campbell in the role of Hilarion in Giselle, National Ballet of Canada, 2016

Other recent performances include the title roles of Le Petit Prince and Nijinsky. “His is a Nijinsky of childlike innocence, conveyed in dancing of unaffected, almost angelic purity,” said the Toronto Star. “He simply breaks your heart.” 

“Performing is why we do what we do,” says Skylar. “There’s something transformative about being on stage. It’s an infectious feeling. I never could imagine living without it now. It’s quite crazy. And it’s a little consuming.” 

For a young man so full of focus and mindfulness, Skylar says it’s still difficult for him to remain in the present. “But being on stage gives you those moments of serenity, those moments of feeling present,” he says. “You feel like you’re doing what you need to be doing. Having the ability to move people by feeling this complete abandonment in certain things is wonderful.” 

Other roles from his online biography include Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Hilarion in Giselle, Gurn in La Sylphide, White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty and Alan in A Streetcar Named Desire. Skylar has also danced roles in Swan Lake, Onegin, Cinderella, Manon, A Month in the Country, Don Quixote, Hamlet, The Seagull, Theme and Variations, Tarantella, The Four Seasons, Emergence, Chroma, Being and Nothingness, Symphony # 9, The Second Detail, Genus, Cacti, Paz de la Jolla and The Dreamers Ever Leave You. He also danced in the world premiere of Frame by Frame by Guillaume Côté and Robert Lepage.

Advice from backstage

There are three things Skylar says during our talk that strike me as particularly insightful. First, he says, he wants to challenge the stereotype that ballet is primarily an athletic endeavor. “What we’re doing is more than physical,” he says. “We have to move the audience with our acting, musicality, dynamics. That’s what makes ballet interesting. That’s why people love it.”


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“Ballet requires both athleticism and artistry. That’s what audiences love.”

 He also urges artists to expose themselves to as many different types of art as possible. “Don’t trap yourself into your niche,” he says. “Don’t only watch shows if you’re a performer, or movies if you’re an actor.” 

Skylar’s insistence of diversifying himself as an audience member enriches his own art. It also deepens his curiosity. “I would never want to do what these [other artists] are doing, but I can apply [what they’re doing] to my craft.” It also allows him to bounce around ideas of possibility outside the structured framework of ballet. By expanding his artistic repertoire, it brings depth to his own performance.

His final advice? He urges people to attend the theater, not simply substitute the experience on their screens. “You’re not going into the theater when you’re on Instagram. Instant gratification posts glorify dancers in a way. But there’s a real push and pull with people living on their phones instead of inside the theater.” Social media, he says, has had an enormous impact on the arts. It portrays the extremes of the art form as consumers ogle over photos, or watch YouTube videos, instead of attending live performances. 

“Ballet is an art that only exists with the bodies that it has. Dancing isn’t like a painting or sculpture that can be viewed for hundreds of years. It’s only alive within the people who are alive right now. It’s important to transport yourself in the theater – go see any live art. It’s enriching.” 

But, he admits, it’s also become expensive. “Ballet’s golden days were in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. In those days, dancers were celebrities. Attending the theater was a regular occurrence for the general public. Now it’s become an elitist art form. It’s an extremely costly business that limits our audience. We’re not appreciated as much as we were before, because we don’t have this world popularity, or national popularity, as individuals.” But, he says, dancers now tend to look at the bigger picture – they love what they have at the moment, and they trust there will be something for them after their careers end. 

That’s a worry Skylar needn’t tackle for a long time. His place on the international stage seems secure.

Skylar’s return to his hometown

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct 6 and 7, Skylar will return to Laguna Beach to perform onstage at the Laguna Playhouse for the Stars of Dance Festival. 

A particularly meaningful performance, says his mother, because he’s dancing on the centennial celebration of Ballet Pacifica founder Lila Zali’s 100th birthday. “It’s a neat thing that he’s dancing in the Playhouse where my first shows as a young professional were performed,” says Kelly. “That’s a big tie for him to the community – Laguna, Lila, Ballet Pacifica. Dancing on her centennial, and performing the Flower Festival, which is an old classic she loved – Lila would have appreciated that.” 

Skylar will join principal ballerina and Breaking Pointe TV reality series star Beckanne Sisk and soloist Chase O’Connell of Ballet West, as well as his colleague at NBC Jordana Daumec. Dores André and Joseph Walsh of San Francisco Ballet will also perform. The Stars of Dance shows will run on Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 7, at 2 p.m. More information and tickets for the event can be found at the Laguna Playhouse website at

Michael Crabb, in Dance Magazine, may have summed Skylar up best: “Incandescent onstage, Campbell’s laid-back demeanor disguises a burning desire to succeed – and a work ethic that’s enabled him to accomplish it.”

Results are in from a weekend of surfing: 55th Annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic in record books

It was an epic weekend of sun and surf in Laguna, setting the stage for a truly memorable 55th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic on Sept 15 - 16. “Surf was four to six feet with some bigger sets both days, great weather and warm water,” said Contest Director Brandy Faber.

The results from this year’s event include:

Special Awards: Cy Chambers Award – Kayla Coscino, Thom Chambers Award – Bastian Evans 

Results are Ryah Adams

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Ryah Arthur works wave into shore

Pro/Am: 1. Ryah Arthur (Orange) - $1000, 2. Travis Booth (Red) - $750, 3. Hans Hagen (Blue) - $500, 4. Jeff Booth (White) - $250

Legends (60 & Over): 1. Spike Atkinson (Red), 2. Doug Bunting (White), 3. Peter Basich (Green), 4. Chris Farley (Blue)

Grand Masters (50 & Over): 1.Todd Madsen (Blue), 2. Matt Flotho (Red), 3. Chad Gibbs (Green), 4. Scott Holt (White)

Sr. Masters (40-49): 1. Hans Hagen (Blue), 2. Tristram Miller (Green), 3. Jason Watson (White), 4. Aaron Gual (Red)

Masters (30-39): 1. Mike Todd (White), 2. Isaac Zoller (Blue), 3. Ryah Arthur (Green), 4. Mike Lombardo (Red)

Results are on top of wave

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Spectators' spectacular view

Sr. Men (24-29): 1. Porter Hogan (White), 2. Jack Monroe (Orange), 3. Hunter Smith (Green), 4. Troy MacDonald (Red), 5. David Brown (White)

Mens (18-23): 1. Michael Chapman (Red), 2. Jake Levine (White), 3. Zackary Levine (Green), 4. Nathan Madigan (Orange), 5. Cameron DePfyffer (Blue)

Jr. Mens (14-17): 1. Travis Booth (White), 2. Kiko Nelsen (Green), 3. Trey Lockhart (Blue), 4. Sam Nelsen (Red)

Boys (13 & Under): 1. Zach VanMeter (Green), 2. Hudson Saunders (Blue), 3. Jaxson Hutcheon (White), 4. Bastian Evans (Red)

Women (16 & over): 1. Tess Booth (White), 2. Kayla Coscino (Green), 3. Kelly Smith (Blue), 4. Devyn Linder (Orange), 5. Paige Vitolo (Yellow), 6. Scout Mitchell (Red)

Girls (15 & Under): 1. Tess Booth (White), 2. Scout Mitchell (Red), 3. Riley Belden (Blue), 4. Devyn Linder (Orange)

Results are Kelly Coscino

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Kayla Coscino scoring big time in first heat of Pro/AM

Longboard: 1. Troy MacDonald (Red), 2. Goff Stepien (White), 3. Paul Cernich (Orange), 4. Noel Lashley (Blue), 5. David Vanderveen (Yellow), 6. Paul Wade (Green)

Bodyboard: 1. Spencer Collins (Red), 2. Kiko Nelsen (Green), 3. Brian Sciacca (Blue), 4. Matt Blunk (Orange), 5. Michael Tanaka (Yellow), 6. James Henry (White)

Paddleboard: 1. Porter Hogan (White), 2. Zachary Levine (Orange), 3. Nathan Madigan (Yellow), 4. Matt Belde  (Red), 5. Peter Basich (Green). 

Faber says, “Special thanks to our sponsors this year as we could not have run such a great event without them: City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Surf & Sport, Purple Corduroy, The Shop, Roark, Billabong, Volcom, Costa Azul, The Soul Project, XS, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Surfing Heritage & Culture Center and Surfline for providing detailed forecasting.

Thanks to Shawn Stussy for this year’s T-shirt design and Randy Morgan for the trophies as well.

Results are Travis Booth

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Travis Booth

“If inclined please take a moment to write to the city council a positive note about the event as it will go a long way for support of the future of the Classic. Make sure to mention the excellent job the city’s rec. department staff did with the event – Adam Gufarotti and Tierney Doran.

“Thanks to all the volunteers and everyone who attended and made it a great event!”

Giant excavation on Alta Laguna

Giant excavation hole

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What is the deal with this “neighborhood curiosity” on Alta Laguna Blvd? Construction has been underway for a new 6,160 SF single family dwelling with a three-car garage on a vacant building site since 5/11/2017. The DRB approved the project on 6/18/2015.

Coastal Clean Up Day with ECO-Warrior left our beaches sparkling clean

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Coastal Clean up James

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The Eco-Warrior team with founder James Pribram 

On Saturday, Sept 15, the community joined in for “Coastal Clean Up Day” at Aliso Beach Park. ECO-Warrior Foundation provided the supplies including gloves, bags, waivers, and Chronic Tacos served up tasty free tacos for all the participating ECO-Warriors. 

Coastal Clean up tacos

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Volunteers enjoyed tasty Chronic Tacos for their hard work

“We had 172 volunteers come out and pick up 363 pounds of litter. It was out 49th clean up putting us at about 16,423 pounds total cleaned up,” said James Pribram, ECO-Warrior Foundation Founder. 

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Coastal Clean up Day made our beautiful beaches even more enjoyable

After the clean up, ECO-warriors met at the Laguna Beach Beer Company for an epic “Coastal Clean Up Day Celebration” hosted by the one and only Garth Wyckoff, from 5 to 11 p.m. The event included a live acoustic performance by world-renowned guitarists Billy Sherman and Phil Gough of Common Sense from 6 to 8 p.m., with a portion of all the proceeds going to the ECO-Warrior Foundation. 

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The G Force team from Glenwood House showed its support on Saturday

This week’s safety tip from the City: sign up for CERT classes

September marks National Preparedness Month and the City of Laguna Beach encourages its residents to stay informed, make a plan, get involved, and build an emergency kit in order to be prepared for emergencies. The City has broken down the month of September into weekly tasks that will help residents be more prepared in the event of an emergency.

This week, the City urges residents to get involved by registering for a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class, to learn more information about emergency preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression, and more. The next class starts this Thursday, Sept 20. Residents can register online through the City’s recreation class sign-up at

This week CERT

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 The City encourages residents to sign up for CERT classes; the next session starts this Thursday, Sept 20

Next week, during with the week of September 24th, make an emergency kit so that you have supplies on hand to keep everyone warm, safe, fed and hydrated until help arrives. Create or purchase a 72-hour survival and first aid kit and locate a place to store your food and water.

Where’s Maggi – the answers!

This decorated tree is in a public place. Maggi wanted to know who has seen it and where it is. She gave us a hint that there are two trees in this spot, with interesting little things on them. (What does it all mean?) 

The first answer came in with a question mark from John Walker. He guessed right – it’s in Bluebird Park. Synthia Scofield chimed in and called these Fairy Houses, “There’s another over the gate near the creek,” she said via email. “Has plants in macramé hangers…” Yup, she got that right!

Thanks for keeping Maggi on her toes.

There will be another photo mystery coming up on Friday. Stay tuned!

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“Fairy house” trees, such as this one, can be found at Bluebird Park 

Let your voice be heard: Stu News Laguna and KX 93.5 host forum on Oct 2, get your tickets

Join Stu News Laguna and KX 93.5 for our first ever City Council Candidate Forum. Stu News Editor and Publisher Shaena Stabler, along with KX 93.5 Founder and Director Tyler Russell, will be moderating discussion amongst our candidates about topics like public safety, parking and traffic issues, affordable housing, downtown Laguna, environmental concerns, and whatever else our readers and KX 93.5 listeners feel they want to know from our candidates.

The forum is on October 2 at The Woman’s Club with a reception beginning at 5 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are available for $20 each at

Ticket proceeds benefit nonprofit KX 93.5’s “Tune In, Drop Out, and Vote” voter turnout initiative. 

“We are challenging the community to tally 12,000 votes this election,” says Shaena Stabler. “We can do it, Laguna!”

KX 93.5 and Stu News Laguna would like to thanks its sponsors for the event: CBE Solutions, Dave Csira, Julie Laughton, AG Vision, The Ballesteros Team, and Laguna Baguettes.

Aquathon 2018, it officially happened

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

“There are no winners, except making it through without injury,” writes local realtor Dave Csira of the annual 33rd Laguna Beach Aquathon event this past weekend. 

We look forward to Dave’s first-hand account of the event on Friday with photos by Mary Hurlbut; in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this first round of wonderful captures!

Aquathon 2018 Dave and daughter

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Dave Csira and his daughter Lang

Aquathon 2018 wave splashing

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The huge surf made hiking along the coast very difficult. Many people just swam or walked along the street.

Aquathon 2018 halfway

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Halfway point, water, bananas and M&M’s were waiting

Aquathon 2018 saving woman

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This LB Lifeguard spent 45 minutes helping people through this narrow passage into Woods Cove

Laguna Dance Festival celebrates 14th season with dazzling Stardust and Stars of Dance, Oct 5 - 7

This year, Laguna Dance Festival inspires audiences to “Open your eyes to the possibilities of movement without restraint,” by bringing a galaxy of talent to the stage for three spectacular performances, on Friday, Oct 5, Saturday, Oct 6, and Sunday, Oct 7 at the Laguna Playhouse. 

Breaking the boundaries of dance in a tribute to the late great icon David Bowie, on Friday, Oct 5, Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs Stardust. Following this one night event, Stars of Dance grace the stage on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 6 and 7, with a performance that offers the unique opportunity to see both current and future stars in one thrilling program. Laguna Beach’s own Skylar Campbell, who is featured in today’s Laguna Life and People, is Principal Dancer for Stars of Dance.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet 

Complexions represents one of the most recognized and respected performing arts brands in the world. Laguna Beach audiences will experience the brilliance of David Bowie like never before with Stardust

This production will feature many of the singer’s most beloved hits and glam rock-inspired costumes. Stardust takes an array of Bowie’s hits and creates a powerful, moving visual imprint, inspired by his unique personas and his restless artistic invention.

Included in the evening program are excerpts from Complexions’ most iconic contemporary repertory.

Laguna Dance Stardust

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Complexions performs Stardust for one night only on Friday, Oct 5

In the 23 years since its inception, the company has born witness to a world that is becoming more fluid, more changeable and more culturally interconnected than ever before – continuing its mission of bringing unity to the world, one dance at a time.

The innovative company that transcends tradition, Complexions Contemporary Ballet breaks the boundaries of  dance.

Founded in 1994 by master choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary Desmond Richardson, Complexions’ foremost innovation is to remove any barriers to creative expression, not reinforce them. This singular approach mixes methods, styles and cultures to create groundbreaking movement that embodies the company’s historical moment, while simultaneously building its future.

Although Rhoden always wanted to choreograph a dance piece to the music of the chameleonic pop star, Bowie’s death in January 2016 provided the catalyst to bring the project to fruition. The result is Stardust, a tribute to Bowie that made its West Coast premiere at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 20. 

“His music is timeless,” Rhoden said in an interview with LA Times. “It will be the kind of music that people listen to and really recognize a certain time in the world or in your life. I think he chronicled the world we live in, really.” 

Rhoden, who never met Bowie, said Stardust could almost be described as a rock opera.

Billboard Magazine describes it as, “Inventive, emotionally satisfying and just plain joyful, the dancers of Complexions are utterly transfixing.” 

Stars of Dance

Stars of Dance brings together Ballet West, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Diavolo/Architecture in Motion on the stage. In addition, dancers from USC of Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s Inaugural BFA class will perform works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton and Laguna Dance Festival Founder and Artistic Director Jodie Gates. 

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Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell from Stars of Dance, Oct 6 - 7

Laguna Dance Festival challenges audiences to “Experience an unforgettable performance of today’s brightest Stars of Dance. The program includes some of the most exciting dancers in ballet and contemporary dance including international artists. Be ready to be dazzled by principal ballerina and ‘Breaking Pointe’ star Beckanne Sisk and Soloist Chase O’Connell of Ballet West, Principal Skylar Campbell and Jordana Daumec of National Ballet of Canada, and Principals Dores Andre and Joseph Walsh of San Francisco Ballet with classical and contemporary duets.” 

Laguna Dance Festival also offers a Master Class with Complexions at LBHS on Saturday, Oct 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and a Master Class with Stars of Dance Beckanne Sisk on Sunday, Oct 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pair this Master Class with the Sunday matinee performance for the Sunday Student Package for $50.) To register, go to

Dance Festival Schedule of Events:

Thursday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. – free backstage, no tickets needed to attend this event

Friday, Oct 5 at 7:30 p.m. (pre-show talk 6:30 p.m.) – Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs Stardust, one night only

Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Stars of Dance

Sunday, Oct 7 at 2 p.m. (pre-show talk at 1 p.m.) – Stars of Dance

For tickets or more information, go to or call (949) 497-2787.

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Community invited to “History of the HIP District” by Susan Elliott, Joe Hanauer, and Chris Keller

The Laguna Beach Historical Society will present “The History of the HIP District” on Tuesday, Sept 25 at the Susi Q, by Susan Elliott, Joe Hanauer, and Chris Keller. 

Susan Elliott, who owns the gift shop Twig, will present a before and after account of the historic buildings in the section of town that runs from Thalia Street to Bluebird Canyon Drive, now dubbed the HIP District (which stands for Historic and Interesting Places). Joe Hanauer, owner of The Old Pottery Place, will describe the history and restoration of that property, while Chris Keller will present the history of La Casa del Camino. The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public at no cost.

Community invited to pottery

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“HIP” stands for Historic and Interesting Places

“Formerly known as “Laguna Heights,” “Arch Beach,” and “The Village,” the stretch of South Coast Highway from Thalia Street to Bluebird Canyon Drive has had a re-birth as the “HIP District,” a name conceived by businesses in the area,” writes Elliott.

 “The area has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years as owners have renovated and re-imagined the historic properties, which had experienced ups and downs in the decades since they were built. The area is known for the Art Center, the Pottery Shack (now known as The Old Pottery Place), the Casa del Camino Hotel, and many bars, restaurants, and shops. 

Community invited to car

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The Pottery Shack has become a set of shops and restaurants that still retain much of the original style and decor

“The Art Center has had many businesses and re-incarnations over the years, including a pottery studio, various restaurants, a gay bar, several boutiques, and a beloved bakery/coffee shop. Likewise, The Pottery Shack, formerly a favorite destination for folks looking for cool, handmade California pottery, has become a set of shops and restaurants that still retain much of the original style and decor in its new incarnation, The Old Pottery Place.”

For more information, including how to become a member of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, visit Membership packages start at just $25 per year.

It’s more than just waves at the Brooks Street Classic

Its more Buckle and daughter

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Laura Buckle and daughter Lula

Its more crowd

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Crowd cheers on the contestants

Its more kids on cliff

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Young surfing fans

Its more kids and mom

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The Watson Family

LBHS Student receives valuable training while interning at the Clinic

Kaitlin Ryan, a junior at Laguna Beach High School, is interning at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic. She’s off to a busy start, organizing the patient waiting room, assisting the admissions staff, and getting to know the Clinic’s medical providers and their duties. 

Kaitlin will also receive training on the various functions of the Clinic’s electronic medical records system, something every aspiring medical student will be expected to know.

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Intern Kaitlin Ryan assisting Kaylin Miller, RN at the Clinic

“I’m interested in becoming a physician, thinking about sports medicine or pediatrics”, said Kaitlin.

For more than 15 years the Clinic has been providing clinical medical education programs for nurse practitioners, medical students, and residents that rotate through the Clinic from Western University and UCI.

“I’m proud of the role the Clinic plays in helping to train and inspire the next generation of medical providers”, stated Dr. Jorge Rubal. “Actually, I rotated through the Clinic as a medical student in 2002, clearly it made a lasting impression,” continued Rubal, who now serves as CEO and Medical Director.

“If we help inspire Katlin to continue on the path to becoming a physician that’s one more way we are serving our community,” added Rubal.

For more information on the Clinic, visit or call (949) 494-0761.

The Laguna Beach Clinic is located at 362 Third St. 

Ask the Doctor event this Thursday with ER and Wellness Doctor, Anita Wang

What is integrative medicine? What are the four simple steps to optimal health? Why should you find the root of an illness and how is that done? These are all important questions that Laguna Wellness Doctor Anita Wang will answer at her Ask the Doctor event this Thursday, Sept 20. Dr. Wang invites the community to stop by her office from 4 - 6 p.m. for this complimentary event, and to enjoy a glass of wine with some friends. 

Ask the Doctor reception

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Dr. Wang in her lovely Laguna Beach office ready to answer your questions

Dr. Wang’s compassion and skills have taken her around the world and allowed her to adapt a unique skill set that merges eastern influence and western technology. She is dedicated to delivering the highest quality holistic wellness, preventive medicine, and medical aesthetics and continues to practice Emergency Medicine as well as running her own practice and providing care to online patients. 

In addition to being a Board Certified Emergency Physician, she is also a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging, and extensively trained in Aesthetics. She graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and has spent over 20 years as an ER doctor previously at UCLA Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Anita Wang MD is located at 255 Thalia Street, Suite B. For more information, visit or call (949) 734-0580.

Pageant of the Monsters is back at the FOA with a Scarecrow Contest, must register by Oct 12

This fall, the Festival of Arts invites creatives of all ages to enter its first Scarecrow Contest. Entries will be on display during one of Orange County’s most anticipated Halloween events, the Pageant of the Monsters. Brush off the creative cobwebs and create a unique scarecrow for a chance to take home cash prizes. A $500 award will be given to first place, $250 for second, $100 for third, and $100 for the people’s choice award, which will be voted on by event attendees. To participate, submit an entry form and $10 entry fee by Friday, Oct 12. For full rules and application, please visit

FOA Scarecrow Contest

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Festival of Arts to hold a Scarecrow Contest in conjunction with the Pageant of the Monsters

All scarecrows must be fully assembled and brought to the Festival grounds Thursday, Oct 25 and may be picked up on Thursday, Nov 1. Scarecrows will be displayed outdoors and must be able to withstand the elements with all decorations securely attached. Scarecrows must be freestanding or have their own support system. Entries should be no larger than 7-feet tall and 4-feet wide. As this is a family friendly event, advertising, political, or religious statements are not permitted.

The contest will be held in conjunction with the Pageant of the Monsters at the Festival grounds on October 26, 27, 28 and 31, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. In celebration of its 85th anniversary, Pageant of the Masters’ creative team and staff have reunited to transform its backstage areas into a haunted house. The event also features Halloween themed art activities, music, sideshows, food, drink, and other “spook-tacular” surprises.

Tickets are $15 for adults in advance or $20 at the door, and $10 for children 12 and under. This event is not recommended for children under 5. Tickets are available online at www.PageantTickets.comor by phone at (800) 487-3378. 

The event will take place at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Dr. Funds for this event are provided in part by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. 

The Bewitching Hour

The Bewitching profile

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Halloween is coming and the wicked witches are ready to cast their spells, including this “Treasure Island Witch” photographed on Thursday


Open House tours scheduled for five of Laguna’s Safety Net Nonprofits on Tuesday, Sept 25

The public is invited to take part in a Safety Net Tour next week, and to visit any or all of the nonprofits that provide free or low-cost healthcare, groceries, legal services, emergency shelter beds, and services to aid seniors. Five local nonprofit organizations, working to provide these essentials to our community’s most vulnerable, will simultaneously open their doors to offer tours and answer questions on Tuesday, Sept 25 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. 

Guests are invited to walk in during tour hours for informative 10-minute overviews, ask questions, and learn how each organization supports and sustains an often overlooked segment of our community.

The tour is sponsored by McMurray Marketing Communications and Laguna Graphic Arts.

“This is the third biennial tour, designed to offer a chance to anyone curious about these organizations,” noted Barbara McMurray, a marketing consultant and the tour’s organizer. “It’s a way to bring people inside facilities where important work is being done and to learn how they might contribute. 

“This tour is a myth-busting, eye-opening opportunity to have one-on-one discussions about who these nonprofits serve and hear about their daily challenges, successes, and needs. Who knows, maybe someone will be inspired to offer time or money. Listening, understanding through direct experience, and rolling up one’s sleeves to pitch in locally are excellent personal antidotes to our current countrywide maladies.”

Open House Food Pantry

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Treasurer Susan Thomas leads a tour of the Laguna Food Pantry at the 2014 Safety Net Tour

The Safety Net Tour will take place as these service providers go about their daily tasks, and aims to draw attention to the hard-working nonprofit organizations that offer resources for people who need assistance. 

Seaside Legal Services provides free legal help in civil cases for those who cannot afford representation – 301 Forest Ave at Glenneyre, upstairs.

Susi Q Senior Center providing a wide array of programs and services for people 55 and older – 380 Third St.

Laguna Beach Community Clinic provides excellent medical care to patients regardless of their ability to pay – 362 Third Ave.

Friendship Shelter operates the 45-bed emergency Alternative Sleeping Location under contract with the City of Laguna Beach – 20652 Laguna Canyon Rd. Park on Laguna Canyon Rd, not in the parking lot. Note: Friendship Shelter’s flagship Self-Sufficiency Program located on Coast Highway is undergoing construction and is not available for tours at this time, but future tours can be scheduled by calling (949) 494-6928.

Laguna Food Pantry provides free, fresh, nutritious groceries to anyone in need –  20652 Laguna Canyon Road, north of the Dog Park. Please park on Laguna Canyon Rd, not in the parking lot.

Celebrate LAM’s 100-year legacy in grand style at the Centennial Ball on Saturday, Sept 29

On Saturday, Sept 29, from 6 to 11 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Centennial Ball, celebrating the museum’s 100-year legacy in grand style at the Festival of Arts grounds with fine cuisine, dancing, and world-class entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum’s mission of providing a cultural and artistic center, art education for all ages, acclaimed exhibitions, and excellent programming to the community for the next 100 years.

Guests will be treated to a voyage through major milestones in California art and an incredible dining experience with cuisine by Chef Ben Martinek of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, Chef Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana, and Chef Craig Strong of Ocean at Main. Starting with the art of the museum’s founders, the reception will feature 1920s music and an early Laguna artist’s landscape. Dinner will be infused with the aesthetics of modernist works, and guests will dance the night away under the influence of the California light and space movement.

Celebrate LAM

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Celebrate LAM’s 100-year legacy at the Centennial Ball in grand style at the Festival of Arts grounds on Saturday, Sept 29

Chef Santana will prepare hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail reception, featuring creative cocktails with Carbonadi Vodka and Código 1530 Tequila, wines by Arrow&Branch and Viña Herminia, and music by The Gatsbys.

Chef Ben Martinek’s three-course dinner will be paired with wines courtesy of Morlet Family Vineyards, and celebrity MCs Chuck Henry and Fritz Coleman will lead the evening’s program, including a performance by The Tony Guerrero Quintet and special guests.

After-party bites by Chef Craig Strong will lead guests into an evening of dancing, with music by Soulcirque and a performance by the anonymous artists The Bumbys.

The 100-year legacy started in the summer of 1918 by a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne, who opened their first exhibition in a small board-and-batten pavilion near the Laguna Beach Hotel and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association.

Ten years later, they led a successful effort to build a custom-designed and permanent gallery on Cliff Drive, which opened in 1929 and survives within the present museum building. The founding of the LBAA is the beginning of the story of Laguna Art Museum, as well as the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony. The Laguna Playhouse, founded in 1920; the Festival of Arts, founded in 1932; and the Pageant of the Masters, first presented in 1933, are among the arts organizations that also trace their roots to the LBAA. The Festival of Arts grounds, wonderfully historical and beautifully renovated for the Festival’s 85th anniversary, provides an especially fitting place to celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s 100th year with the Centennial Ball.

In addition to celebrating the milestone of 100 years, the Centennial Ball will provide support for the museum’s acclaimed exhibitions and educational programs, strengthening the foundation for it to continue as the cultural and artistic center of Laguna Beach for the next 100 years.

The Centennial Ball co-chairs are Kathleen Abel and Deborah Engle, and the committee members are Wendy Aird, Rick Balzer, Susan Davis, Amy Fulford, Vanessa Helin, Lucetta Kallis, Suzanne Mellor, Marisa Robbins, Laura Rohl, Kristin Samuelian, Ann Wareham, and Leslie Weaver.

LAM’s Centennial Ball will be held at the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. For tickets and more information, visit

 Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

Fennec brings win of two-night stay at Tides Inn to Lea Bortone

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts congratulates Lea Bortone as the winner of the Art-To-Go buyers bonus prize. The fundraising sale featured 120 art works donated by Festival exhibitors and sold to the public throughout the summer season.

At conclusion of the sale, a buyers name is drawn to win a certificate for a two-night stay at The Tides Inn. Bortone’s receipt for her purchase of Fennec, donated by wildlife painter Dennis Zervas, was selected. 

Art to Go Fennec

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It was Fennec by Dennis Zervas for the win

“Woo hoo – that’s awesome,” Bortone exclaimed, upon hearing the news. “I love my painting from Dennis, he is one of my favorite FOA artists and I have several of his pieces. 

She continued, “I love the opportunity to give back to the artists and get amazing art at the same time. The artist fund is so important; it helps so many artist in moments of need and is a great cause.” 

The winner said she looks forward to her staycation. 

Art to go Tides Inn

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Lea Bortone wins Art-to-Go buyers prize, a two-night stay at Tides Inn

“I can’t wait to spend two amazing and relaxing nights at the Tides. I love Laguna Beach and will visit my favorite restaurants during my stay,” Bortone said. 

For more information about The Tides Inn, visit For more information about The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, call (949) 612-1949 or visit

Catmosphere Café ribbon cutting ceremony includes police with kitty ears

Catmosphere 1

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Members of Police Force don kitty ears to get into the spirit

Catmosphere 2

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Pam Knudsen of Blue Bell Foundation for Cats with Catmosphere Owner Gail Landau

Crystal Cove Conservancy’s 16th Annual Soiree is set for Saturday, Oct 6 in a Fabulous Setting

An evening under the stars, complete with breathtaking sunset views and an elegant dinner catered by title sponsor The Resort at Pelican Hill, awaits guests at the 16th Annual Crystal Cove Soiree Saturday, Oct 6, hosted by the Crystal Cove Conservancy. Enjoy a night filled with delectable dining, dancing, and fundraising in a beautiful setting. Limited sponsorships remain for the bluff-top event at Crystal Cove State Park.

“Our Annual Soiree provides crucial funding for our educational programs. Thanks to our generous supporters and guests our citizen science programs grew by 18 percent last year. Our programs introduce hands-on activities that not only make marine biology and environmental science fun, but we are changing the way students look at their options for career choices” said Alix Dunn, president and chief executive officer, Crystal Cove Conservancy. “Our environment is changing, and Crystal Cove’s outdoor classroom is the perfect place to study and inspire the environmental leaders of the future.” 

The Conservancy uses a social enterprise model to fund preservation, conservation, and education initiatives with the goal of creating a sustainable future for Crystal Cove State Park. The Conservancy has become a statewide model for how funds can be reinvested into the park.

Crystal Cove Conservancy

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Crystal Cove Conservancy’s 16th Annual Soiree is Oct 6 under the stars

The Soiree will begin at 5 p.m. with an al fresco cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The Resort at Pelican Hill is donating the hors d’oeuvres as well as the delectable dinner duo of Braised Short Rib and Maine lobster and The Beachcomber is donating the bar service.   

A live auction, live music and dancing to Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown, will round out the evening. Guests will have an opportunity to purchase fabulous luxury silent and live auction items in support of The Conservancy’s mission to fund important preservation, education and conservation initiatives. 

Opportunity tickets will be offered to win a three-night stay in the beachfront Crystal Cove Cottage #14, the restored “South Beach Suite” accommodating up to six guests. 

The winning ticket will be pulled the night of the Soiree and winner need not be present to win. What better way to give back to The Conservancy’s mission, and have a chance at three nights in paradise?

For more information, visit

Laura Davick, Founder and Vice President of the Conservancy, noted, “Our community has been so supportive since the earliest days, when we fought hard to keep our Cove from becoming a luxury resort. Instead, Crystal Cove is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is arguably the region’s singular, unchanged place in the sun. 

More than 25,000 overnight guests enjoy our 29 cottages already restored and we believe the community will continue to support our newest preservation initiative, to renovate the final 17 cottages on the North Beach that will bring true sustainability to Crystal Cove for future generations.”

Opportunity tickets are $100 each or seven for $500. For information on sponsorships and the opportunity drawing, visit or call (949) 376-6200 x204.