Parolee makes death threats to off duty firefighter and his wife
A man on parole for battery with serious bodily injury screamed, “I’m going to kill you”, at a couple near the Broadway Bus Depot Thursday morning, according to police.
Sgt. Louise Callus of the LBPD said the man’s threat frightened the female “…so that she ran from the scene…” When the man, an off-duty firefighter from a department in Orange County, called 9-1-1 on his cell phone, the suspect also hurriedly left the area.
Police located him not long afterward when the Chamber of Commerce called to report that a man was inside their office next to the library displaying “…a threatening manner…” there.
He resisted and attempted to hold back officers unsuccessfully.
Phillip Isaac Caraveo, 37, no fixed address, was arrested at the scene for felony resisting/obstructing/delaying officers, felony threatening crime with intent to terrorize and no bail parole hold.
Hit & run driver caught after striking pedestrian at Brooks Street
The driver of a car that struck a woman in a crosswalk at S. Coast Hwy and Brooks Street at 11:17 p.m. Friday just kept on going northbound without even slowing down, police said.
The woman received scrapes and bruises and complained of pain to her hip.
Police found a side mirror from the vehicle that took off.
Sgt. Louise Callus said, “An officer was monitoring Laguna Canyon Road when he saw a vehicle fleeing outbound at a high rate of speed. He initiated a traffic stop and found that the vehicle was missing its side mirror.”
The driver, Aliso Viejo resident Sherry Lynn Vitalone, 42, was arrested for felony drunk driving causing injury and felony hit and run with injury.
She was booked and held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Why so many whales so close to shore recently?
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Thanks to John and Peggie Thomas of South Laguna for sending along their photos of whales cavorting offshore.
In an email today, John wrote: “Thursday, Saturday, and today there were progressively better and better whale shows directly off Tablerock in South Laguna late in the morning with whales sticking around, blowing bubbles, spy-hopping repeatedly, and generally cavorting less than 100 feet off Tablerock for long enough that my wife and I started complaining that – “don’t these whales know that we can’t just sit here and watch all day – we have other things we need to do!!!” And today was the best yet – with at least three very large whales accompanied by dolphins frolicking among ‘em.”
Mary Spease saw probably the same whales at Aliso Beach a little while later.
We like this photo with all of the people in and out of the water who saw the show!
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Check back on Friday and see what Dennis McTighe has to say…
You better stop for pedestrians in crosswalks April 23
Laguna Beach has 37 designated crosswalks along Coast Highway. Too many serious accidents occur each year from motorists failing to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks. Over the last two years, Laguna has had 32 persons injured and one person killed in vehicle versus pedestrian accidents.
For this reason, the Laguna Beach Police Department will be conducting several proactive crosswalk enforcement campaigns to improve pedestrian safety along Coast Highway and other locations throughout the city.
Drivers please remember, if someone has entered a crosswalk in your path, yield and come to a complete stop until they have safely passed. Drivers are also reminded that passing a vehicle that has stopped in an adjacent lane for a pedestrian is another violation of state law.
All about Laguna’s pioneering families as Carol Lloyd tells about her great-great-great-grandpa’s homestead
The next Laguna Beach Historical Society program will be “Henry and George Rogers: Our Laguna pioneering families” by Carol Lloyd.
The program is Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will be held at the Laguna Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The public is invited and there is no charge. The program will be videotaped and is to be televised on the local Cox Cable channel, and channel 852/853.
In 1873, Lloyd’s Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, Henry Rogers, came to Orange County from the Galena/ Woodbine area of Illinois. In Illinois, he had read such advertisements as, “California, for better health and better climate,” and since his health and the health of other men in his family was deteriorating from working in lead mines, he made the decision to head to California.
Upon arriving in California and eventually settling in Laguna Beach, Rogers soon wrote back to his wife, Elisabeth Jane, to “Sell everything, get all the family and friends together who want to come, and come.” So on April 18, 1874, 44-year-old Elisabeth arrived with 22 other family members and friends on the transcontinental railroad and soon settled in Laguna Beach.
In 1878, Rogers became the fifth homesteader in Laguna Beach acquiring 160 acres, which stretched from Temple Hills to the mesa to Bluebird Canyon. The Homestead Act of 1862 had been signed and enacted by Abraham Lincoln just 10 years earlier.
The George Rogers family circa 1880
Courtesy LB Historical Society
In 1881, the Rogers’ son George Rogers bought a 155.5 acre homestead from the Rawson brothers for $1,000 in gold. This homestead started from Laguna Canyon, through downtown Laguna and down to Main Beach. George and his wife Lottie lived in their ranch house where the city hall now sits. George went onto naming a number of streets in downtown Laguna such as Forest Avenue and Ocean Avenue. In 1887, George started subdividing the downtown area eventually into 323 lots.
Lloyd will be sharing more about these and other family stories on at the April 29 event. She will also be talking about her mother’s, Beryl Wilson Viebeck’s, primary homestead research that she did in the mid 1990s. Viebeck not only located her own Rogers’ family’s homestead records, but also the documents of the other 39 original Laguna Beach homesteaders. Her mother then went on to marking and creating the only homestead map that has been researched and created of Laguna Beach.
Viebeck’s original homestead map will also be on display at City Hall. Prints of her map will also be available for purchase. The total proceeds of the sale of the map prints will be donated to the Laguna Beach Historical Society and the Alzheimer’s Association.
The 1920s Murphy-Smith Bungalow at 278 Ocean Ave. is leased from the Wells Fargo Bank and the latest lease renewal expires Dec. 31. However, the Wells Fargo Bank inspected the property and listed repairs for the Society to perform. The Historical Board would like to have the improvements made, and is calling for Maintenance Fund contributions and for in lieu contributions.
The Historical Society is open to the public at no-charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Those interested in supporting and joining the Laguna Beach Historical Society should send $15 per individual, $25 per household or $50 per business/organization to 278 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach CA 92651. The Laguna Beach Historical Society is a section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #33-0519882.
Bringing “Sunshine” to literacy, one library at a time – “Miss Julia” and NCL do much more than just read to kids
Our first children’s books often shape who we are, and can serve as a gateway to literature, art, science, and a life-long thirst for knowledge. 20 years ago, National Charity League (NCL) Laguna Chapter members Julia Johnson and her daughter, Candace, wanted to read to children. They wanted to help children embrace reading by reading to them at the best place to find stories... the public library.
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Miss Julia (Julia Johnson) introduces her daughter, Candace (center), in true Sunshine Reader
fashion, while NCL teen member Megan Roby looks on
Their great idea has blossomed into its own viable philanthropy promoting early childhood literacy, Sunshine Readers. Calling on her own talents as a trained actor and card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild, Miss Julia (as she is affectionately known), set to work to develop a travelling literacy program that would incorporate active participation with an instructional narrative at various Orange County Public Libraries.
Who better to help in her pursuit, than the NCL Laguna chapter’s teen girls? Each year, those interested must complete regular training sessions with Miss Julia before being allowed to join the Sunshine Readers. With her unending encouragement and theatrical background, Miss Julia brings even the most reserved teen out of her shell to refine their public speaking skills. Add in a little bit of theatrical training, and it’s a recipe for captivating storytelling!
Miss Julia (L) and Sunshine Readers Taylor Magee, Natalie Matteson,
Chrissie Gleason, Olivia Clark and Katie McCombs show love at a Valentine’s
Today, Sunshine Readers is so much more than reading to little ones. It’s a building block for early listening and speaking skills. It also encourages group participation and language development. Celebrating its 20th anniversary of storytelling this year, Sunshine Readers has touched thousands of lives and its program has spread across the country. Many of the NCL Laguna Chapter’s teens have taken this passion for literacy with them to their college campuses, and started Sunshine Readers in their college community. Roughly 1,000 girls have participated in the program giving over 2,500 “reads” at five Orange County Public Libraries: Laguna Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo and Dana Point.
NCL’s Philanthropy Partner 2014
As a testament to Miss Julia and Candace’s wonderful work and the success of Sunshine Readers, the program was selected and is being honored as the Philanthropy Partner for the 2014 National Charity League Leadership Conference being held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim April 23-25, 2014.
The NCL Laguna Chapter congratulates Miss Julia, Candace, and all Sunshine Readers, on their milestone anniversary and acknowledgement from the national level of the NCL organization.
Rush hour traffic on Coast Hwy was a mess yesterday
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A woman received minor injuries in a three-vehicle chain reaction crash on N. Coast Hwy just north of Cleo Street Monday evening. The first call was received at 5:29 p.m. – a perfect time when both northbound lanes and one southbound lane of the highway had to be closed while paramedics secured the patients. The woman was taken to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. No one else was hurt.
Billion dollar box office filmmakers, MacGillivray Freeman Films, celebrate 50 years at the 15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival
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For 50 years, Orange County filmmaker and giant-screen film producer/director Greg MacGillivray and his team at MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF) have been making films that surprise and delight audiences. From the classic surfing documentaries A Cool Wave of Color and Five Summer Stories to collaborations on such Hollywood films as Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and John Milius’ Big Wednesday to award-winning IMAX® films like Everest, The Living Sea and the upcoming Humpback Whales 3D, MFF has created meaningful and memorable movies that have both entertained and educated millions around the world.
In addition to this remarkable milestone, Greg MacGillivray is part of an elite club of filmmakers whose films have cumulatively earned more than $1 billion in ticket sales at the worldwide box office. MacGillivray is the first documentary filmmaker to join this incomparable group. MFF has also been nominated for two Academy Awards® and has won numerous accolades including Best Film of the Year from the Giant Screen Cinema Association. Throughout its 50-year tenure, the MFF crew has literally traveled to the most remote corners of the globe to bring back stories and images that immerse audiences in places that few will ever experience first-hand.
In celebration of these rare achievements and of 50 years in the filmmaking industry, MFF is proud to participate in the 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival with two special events.
“When Jim Freeman and I first started making films in the 1960s, our priority was always on quality and finding new ways to take the audience on an unforgettable adventure,” said Greg MacGillivray. “I’m proud that my team and I have been able to take global audiences on new adventures for 50 years, and that our films have had such a positive impact around the world. It delights us to no end that we can celebrate right here in our own backyard with our colleagues and friends.”
“Greg MacGillivray and MacGillivray Freeman Films are groundbreaking filmmakers whose presence is legendary in our community,” said Gregg Schwenk, Executive Director of the Festival. “We are honored to showcase their incredible work at the Newport Beach Film Festival this year and thrilled to celebrate their 50th anniversary which is a truly remarkable milestone in the filmmaking world.»
The first event will take place on April 29 at 5 p.m. at South Coast Village Theater with a retrospective screening of Five Summer Stories. The film represents the culmination of Jim Freeman and Greg MacGillivray’s first decade of making surf films together. A panel discussion will follow with surfing luminaries Laird Hamilton, Gerry Lopez, Herbie Fletcher, Pete Townend, Greg MacGillivray and Steve Pezman who will discuss the impact of Five Summer Stories and the dramatic changes in surf culture of the ‘70s.
Then on April 30th at 7:30 p.m. at the Regency Lido Theatre, MacGillivray will take audiences on an adventure around the world during a Q&A and a multi-media presentation with film clips and tales from his most memorable filmmaking expeditions, culminating with the Orange County premiere of his newest film Journey to the South Pacific – about a young boy’s adventures amid the islands of West Papua–originally produced for IMAX theatres.
Five Summer Stories (followed by a panel discussion)
Tuesday, April 29 at 5 p.m.
South Coast Village Theater
Special guests include: Laird Hamilton, Herbie Fletcher, Gerry Lopez, Peter Townend, Herbie Fletcher, Steve Pezman, Stacy Peralta and Greg MacGillivray
A Retrospective with MacGillivray Freeman Films plus screening of Journey to the South Pacific
Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Regency Lido Theatre
Program includes a multi-media Q&A with producer/director Greg MacGillivray
Renee Massie will be bringing home a feature film
By MAGGI HENRIKSON
She was always interested in the music industry, so after graduating from Laguna Beach High School Renee Massie went to USC to begin a path toward that career. Along the way, with advances in the digital distribution slant of the industry she became less enchanted, and found herself, instead, smack dab in the reality television industry.
After working on Hell’s Kitchen, American Ninja Warrior, and Millionaire Matchmaker, among others, Renee then found a match more related to her interest in music and the arts. She is the casting director for America’s Got Talent.
She recently wrapped the casting part of the show for her second year, after traveling all over the country for open audition calls. She may not be a judge on the show (like Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and Heidi Klum), but she knows talent when she sees it, as her last year’s pick turned out to be the winner. Renee cast Kenichi Ebina, the talented animation-style dancer who won the coveted AGT competition, along with the million-dollar prize.
But that’s not all.
This week marks the first feature length movie that Renee Massie has cast – and she’s a producer. The film, The Divorce Party, will be presented at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 27.
Casting Director and Producer, Renee Massie
“Whoooo we made it!!!” said Renee. “We are so excited to be a part of this amazing festival. Please support indie filmmaking, and join us at the festival.”
Renee partnered with friends from USC to make the film come to fruition, including writer Chris Harris, and writer and director, Edy Soto.
The Divorce Party is a story about “Silverlake’s ultimate fun-loving party couple,” according to the website. But, trouble lurks. “Kip and Leena’s marriage is on the rocks. When Leena files for divorce and announces that she is leaving town to move back in with her parents, Kip is ready to fight until the end to get her back. Leena surprises him by inviting their closest friends and neighbors together for one last party – the divorce party! As tension builds up and emotions run amok, the party quickly gets out of control. Will the couple go their own ways or reconcile? Will their friends help them or harm their marriage? A story of growing up and learning the different shades of love, The Divorce Party is a heady cocktail of romance, comedy, and wisdom.”
That old pepper tree on Catalina gave up its roots
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Photo by Laura Lee
Only hours after a neighborhood Easter egg hunt, this old pepper tree just fell over.
While the neighborhood was saddened by its demise, according to neighbors, they enjoyed the gathering of young and old who came to have a look.
Children living nearby Catalina and Anita Streets used the old pepper tree as a place to play for as long as anyone can remember. (Note the swing attached by a chain to one of the large limbs and the brown area worn down by little feet.)
Catalina Street resident Barb Bowler wrote: “The tree fell over of its own volition - it had been failing for several years - and thankfully, it didn’t hit anyone or any of the children usually enjoying its wonderful old trunks - climbing, swinging…an old tree just hits its limits, like the rest of us…”
Healthy Girl Festival Sunday is a daylong collaboration of the Arbonne Foundation and Soroptimist International LB
The Arbonne Charitable Foundation has partnered again this year with Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach to help support that organization’s second annual Healthy Girl Festival on Sunday, April 27, at the Festival of Arts Grounds.
At the April event, mothers and daughters will watch an inspiring feature film, Girl Rising, about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to truly transform individuals and societies. The groundbreaking film highlights the incredible stories of nine different girls from various parts of the world who are working to overcome obstacles and follow their dreams.
New this year is the opportunity to turn awareness into action with the Unite for Girls Passport Tour, offered in collaboration with the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign. Participants will experience what it is like to be a girl in developing countries as they “travel” around the world and get their passports stamped.
Board members of Arbonne Charitable Foundation and Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach Courtney Janes, Lisa Wolter, Kay Napier, Connie Burlin, Mary Sausen and Sheree Wiener are collaborating for the 2014 Healthy Girl Festival
“The Arbonne Charitable Foundation is proud to be a part of the second annual Healthy Girl Festival,” said Courtney Janes, Executive Director of the Arbonne Charitable Foundation. “Last year’s festival was such an incredible success, with hundreds of girls participating in the special event,” said Janes. “The 2014 theme is especially exciting because it focuses on how educating girls can change the world. It is a mission shared by the Arbonne Charitable Foundation.” The Arbonne Charitable Foundation has funded a monetary grant to the organization to support the daylong April 27 event and also will host a booth at the festival, staffed by volunteers and featuring merchandise for the girls.
The Healthy Girl Festival outdoor event will be emceed by Shaena Stabler, local publisher and performer, and will feature a variety of interactive activities including music, art projects, dancers, great food and more. The event includes inspiration, ideas and support, and local organizations and businesses will display their products and services in the Expo area of the festival grounds. All event exhibitors are required to be engaged in a way that helps girls make healthy choices for their mind, body or spirit.
Tickets are just $5 online at silagunabeach.org or at the door.
Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach (SILB) was chartered in 1948 with 2014 marking 66 years of service to their community. Soroptimist means “best for women” and brings the best group of women volunteers to bring out the best in all the women they come across. Their mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, enabling them to take control of their lives and live their dreams. With 94,000 members working through local clubs around the world, their collective impact makes Soroptimist International a powerful voice for women and girls everywhere. For more information about the Healthy Girl Festival, log on to: www.silagunabeach.org
The Arbonne Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) registered charity, has a mission to provide support for programs and opportunities that promote the development of confidence and self-esteem in teenage girls and boys. Through product donations and monetary grants to tax-exempt organizations, and the volunteer efforts of Arbonne Angels, the Foundation supports charitable programs that empower the next generation. Arbonne Angels are Arbonne Independent Consultants, Arbonne global corporate staff, and friends and family who support the charitable organization. They generously volunteer their time and commit themselves to our cause. To learn more about the Arbonne Charitable Foundation, or to make a donation, please log on to: http://arbonnefoundation.org.
LGOCA to host “No Bullying” art benefit on Thursday
Three artists will be presenting at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art (LGOCA) and speaking out against bullying, on April 24, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The forum includes the artists, Maxwell Ivan Carraher, Dana McMullen, and Eric Nadeau, with their works in sculpture and photography. Each will be giving a short talk on the subject of bullying and how it has touched their lives. There will be additional guest speakers and resources available to help identify bullies, save lives, and aid in victim’s recovery.
Artists will be available to paint T-shirts and there will be anti-bully buttons available as well.
Earlier in the afternoon of April 24, there will be a paint-your-own anti-bullying T-shirt project, from 3 – 7 p.m. It will be a fun and educational workshop for kids of all ages. Visit the gallery site at www.LGOCA.com to reserve your T-shirt in specific colors and sizes.
The LGOCA gallery donates a large portion of all proceeds to humanitarian causes.
Author, ‘recovering attorney’, at Laguna Beach Books Sunday
Sunday, April 27, 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome author and actor Matthew Arkin to the store. He is the author of the novel “In the Country of the Blind.” There is no charge for this event.
“A dead body is a lousy way to end a first date.” So begins “In the Country of the Blind,” a modern noir tale that takes readers into the world of former attorney-turned building superintendent Zach Brandis. When he abandoned his promising legal career, it confused everyone, including himself. Now, with no apparent purpose in life, he has time enough on his hands to get into some very hot water.
When Brandis takes Cynthia Hull to dinner, murder and a confrontation with the cops are the last things on his mind. But when he walks her home, he finds himself face to face with New York’s finest, who are investigating the suspicious death of the actress’s roommate and friend, Alex Penworth.
Maybe it’s because Hull is beautiful and vulnerable, or maybe it’s just because the cops rub him the wrong way, but Brandis steps in to shield her from their persistent questions. In the days following, Brandis finds himself increasingly tied up in knots over the case, and what starts as simple curiosity may end up putting the former attorney in grave danger.
A dark and witty tale in the vein of John Sandford and Lawrence Block, “In the Country of the Blind” is a true page-turner, suspenseful from beginning to end. This character-driven thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats, driven, like Brandis, to uncover the secrets behind the gruesome murder.
Arkin is a critically acclaimed actor, an acting teacher, and a recovering attorney. He attributes his skill for crafting dialogue and creating characters to his more than 45 years of experience on stage, television, and film, and to reading approximately one suspense thriller per week since he was a young child.
Laguna Beach Books is at 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Suite 105. For information, call 494-4779 or visit www.lagunabeachbooks.com.
ART4KIDS, Inc. continues its work with children in need thanks to help from a Festival of Arts Foundation grant
Story and photo by BARBARA LOU McMURRAY
In March, The Festival of Arts Foundation again awarded a $1000 grant to ART4KIDS, Inc. to continue its service to children in distress in Laguna Beach.
ART4KIDS, INC recently made major donations of art materials to children’s agencies in Laguna Beach that serve children. These donations include ‘artpacks’ – a zip bag of art materials given to each child and art studio materials for use at the shelter, school, or clinic. A therapist at a teen shelter reports that utilizing art allows her to engage the client in processing thoughts and feelings and to see art as a positive coping tool.
Another service agency director noted, “You can’t imagine what happens when I give a child one of your artpacks or a box of crayons. The child’s face just lights up. ART4KIDS, Inc. knows there is an artist in every child -– and the child knows it, too.”
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Children at the Laguna Food Pantry are among Laguna Beach kids who receive ART4KIDS’s artpacks filled with art materials to help them through difficult times.
Since September 11, 2001, ART4KIDS, Inc. has served 50,000 children: ill, hospitalized, abused, orphaned, homeless, or otherwise in distress. Research shows art to be one of the most effective treatments for trauma.
Monetary donations are always welcome.
ART4KIDS, Inc. welcomes calls from anyone who knows of a child experiencing any type of trauma or serious illness who would benefit from the gift of an artpack. To get more information, call 949-646-1100 or visit www.art4kidsinc.org.
Laguna Beach Parents’ Club held bicycle-riding clinic
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Alyssa Sladeck helps Officer Nikie Hernandez demonstrate the proper way a bike helmet should fit during the LB Parents’ Club bicycle riding clinic at Bluebird
The Laguna Beach Parents Club held a bicycle-riding clinic a Bluebird Park to help children independently ride a two-wheel bike.
Officer Nikie Hernandez of the Laguna Beach Police Department talked about bicycle safety while Bill Freeman of Crankbrothers and parents John Cornell, Megan Hilliard and Paula Lopes assisted with helmet checks and helped kids ranging in age from three to seven years old take their first glides and pedals.
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Mitzi Ostrick gets a push from dad, Marc, while Grayson Grzeskowiak waits for help from Megan Hilliard at Bluebird Park.
Blue Water Green Earth – Earth Day Challenge Saturday…
“Clean up the entire city of Laguna Beach in just 30 minutes”
Blue Water Green Earth invites Laguna Beach residents to take the Earth Day “Challenge”. This year’s Earth Day event will take place on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Main Beach and Park Avenue. The city is allowing the festival to close down Park Avenue again...we will be working with the Kelp Fest, Transition Laguna and many more organizations. The music festival will be a lot of fun and educational.
Help us clean the entire city of Laguna Beach in just 30 minutes, that’s every beach, downtown street and kelp bed with the help of effective Searaker paddles. Cleanup takes place at 11 a.m.
Show the planet you care by giving it a hug. This year’s “Earth Hug” takes place on Main Beach near the lifeguard tower at noon. Renowned Laguna Poet John Gardiner will lead the ceremony. During this event, “Earth Lovers” lay facedown in the sand to give the Earth a big hug, think snow angel only backwards.
Then celebrate the earth by learning more about it by visiting the various Earth Day Festival booths and displays and enjoy an entire day of great music. The Park Avenue concert will feature the music of Nick “I,” Adam Lasher, Robert Jon, Rocky’s Revival and more.
Save the date – blood & bone marrow drive at Montage April 29
The American Red Cross Blood Drive and Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive at Montage Laguna Beach will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom III.