Four-time Grammy Award winner Booker T. Jones will play at Mozambique this Thursday night at 9
MozambiqueLIVE will present four-time Grammy winner Booker T. Jones
this Thursday night at nine o’clock.
Booker T. Jones is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the front man of the band Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream.
It’s bound to be a show you’ll be glad you saw!
Call (949) 715-7777 for tickets.
Mozambique Steakhouse is at 1740 S. Coast Hwy.
Wells Fargo Bank “robber” has note: “God sent me here” that asked for $50’s and $20’s; said thank you and have a good day
According to the Police Log, a man went into Wells Fargo Bank at 5:43 Friday evening and handed a teller a note. The note, according to the log, said: “God sent me here.” The man never spoke to the teller but the note also added that he wanted $50 and $20 bills added “…thank you and have a good day.”
The teller apparently read the note then ran off to tell a supervisor. The suspect picked up the note and casually walked out of the bank without any cash booty.
Captain Jason Kravetz told us in an email Monday, “They bank hit their robbery alarm and officers converged on the area. Witnesses told the officer that they had seen the suspect go into a bathroom in the Ocean Avenue lot; he exited wearing different clothing.
“The suspect walked into the breezeway next to Bushard’s Pharmacy and was stopped by officers. (The witnesses had pointed out the suspect and they grabbed him.) He had the note in his possession and the officers found the other clothing and wig inside the bathroom in the parking lot.”
Dana Richard Arnold, 28, San Diego, was taken into custody on two felony charges – robbery and failure to provide saliva or blood after a felony arrest.
Fourth DUI arrest, other charges land woman, 54, in County Jail
At 9:22 p.m. last Thursday, the police dispatcher received a call from a resident near Legion Street and Ramona Avenue who said she heard a traffic crash. The quick thinking caller had managed to get a good description of a white Nissan and the license plate.
A patrol officer soon saw the white Nissan heading out to the canyon and verified the license plate. A car stop was made on Laguna Frontage Road.
Melody May Limon, 54, Laguna Wood, was arrested for DUI and hit and run. She had three priors for DUI, police said. In her purse, prescription meds were found and Limon didn’t have a supporting prescription, which led to a felony drug possession charge.
The three prior convictions carried a statutory $50,000 bail.
In his words
Statement from Jon Jay Joseph Madison, candidate for Laguna Beach City Council:
September 29, 2014
I have stated publicly numerous times my name, age, and academic credentials. My background is exactly as I have specified, but in light of recent events, I realize that the burden of proof has shifted to me.
For the record:
I am 57 years old. I was born at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 1957. My parents named me Jon Jay Joseph Vincent Madison.
I graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. As of this weekend, I have in hand my transcripts and diploma (see PhD Degree below). I also have my birth certificate and voter registration correction with my birthdate, correcting a clerical error I was previously unaware of. The originals of these documents can be viewed at my place of business, Madison Square & Garden Café, 320 North Coast Highway.
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As I have stated previously, I did not sit for the California State Bar exam, although I worked as a manager of a busy law firm. I earned a law degree from the UCLA School of Law, documentation for which is expected to arrive shortly.
I wish to thank my community of supporters for their patience as we waited for these documents. I was surprised to learn that I, a former student requesting my own records, must go through an arduous process to obtain them. I expect these documents to put an end to the speculation about my credentials, although there will be those who prefer to believe innuendo and rumor.
I hope that intelligent and open-minded voters will understand that a cross-country move in my young adult life, a deplorable and thorough identity theft by someone I once trusted, a clerical error on my voter’s registration record, and university records departments that lost track of me all combined to make it appear, with an assist from an opponent, that I deliberately misled the very people I am asking to entrust me with a public office. The assault in the press has only made me more determined to prove myself to Laguna Beach voters. I will bring fresh energy, efficiency, and acumen to the City Council. As always, I have only the community’s best interests in mind and if elected, I promise to listen carefully and serve well.
Anyone who knows me acknowledges my long track record as a successful businessperson. I have shared that success with this community countless times. I have served on civic committees and dedicated thousands of hours to making Laguna Beach more vibrant, interesting, inclusive, and well-functioning. I have many ideas about breaking the bureaucratic paralysis at city hall that frustrates many business owners and residents; helping our seniors live and thrive in Laguna Beach; solving downtown parking challenges; finding new sources of water; addressing our aging infrastructure, and the many other pressing issues that challenge our city government.
I humbly ask for your vote to help me focus our city government on the future of Laguna Beach and its great potential.
PIMCO “Bond King” Bill Gross now at Janus Capital
From a PIMCO press relese
PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, announced late last week that Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”) William H. Gross of Laguna Beach, has resigned and will leave the firm, effective immediately. The firm has a succession plan in place and its Management Board, comprised of its Managing Directors, will confirm shortly the election of a new Chief Investment Officer. Relevant portfolio management assignments will also be announced at that time. Douglas Hodge and Jay Jacobs will continue in their roles as Chief Executive Officer and President.
Said Mr. Hodge: “While we are grateful for everything Bill contributed to building our firm and delivering value to PIMCO’s clients, over the course of this year it became increasingly clear that the firm’s leadership and Bill have fundamental differences about how to take PIMCO forward.”
Mr. Hodge continued: “As part of our responsibilities to our clients, employees and parent, PIMCO has been developing a succession plan for some time to ensure that the firm is well prepared to manage a seamless leadership transition in its Portfolio Management team. Earlier this year, the firm established a new portfolio management leadership structure that reflects our long-held belief that the best approach for PIMCO’s clients and our firm is to evolve our investment leadership structure to a team of seasoned, highly skilled investors overseeing all areas of PIMCO’s investment activities.”
Said Michael Diekmann, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Group: “Since becoming part of the Allianz Group in 2000, PIMCO has grown enormously and contributed consistently to Allianz’s success. We join our PIMCO colleagues in recognizing Bill Gross for his work over the 43 years since PIMCO’s founding. The management and investment structure put in place in January as well as the thorough succession planning gives us complete confidence in PIMCO’s investment and executive leadership team.”
Mr. Hodge added: “We have built a deep bench of talent with extensive investment and leadership experience, including more than 240 portfolio managers globally, and our outstanding team around the world gives us the scale, talent, expertise and commitment to manage this transition. We will continue to add and promote talent at all levels to help us drive our firm forward. We are energized and fully focused on serving our clients today and into the future.”
PIMCO is a leading global investment management firm, with offices in 12 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1971, PIMCO offers a wide range of innovative solutions to help millions of investors worldwide meet their needs. Our goal is to provide attractive returns while maintaining a strong culture of risk management and long-term discipline. PIMCO is owned by Allianz S.E., a leading global diversified financial services provider.
Janus Capital, based in Denver, is smaller than PIMCO. Gross will develop bond investment strategies at Janus.
Dag nab it! Darn! Heck! Son of a bitch! There’s not going to be a LAGUNATICS until October 2015…
The Roast of the Coast that the self-respecting down deep and dirty thinking of us need our fix of every year won’t be making another production until October 2015.
Bree Burgess Rosen said Monday; “We already did a Lagunatics in 2014. Doing a second one nine months later felt like too much of a good thing. We hope you’ll all miss us but we will see you back in our usual October slot in 2015.
“But, look for a short and silly presentation of the material we suspect will be old news in another year.”
Rosen said she and her fellow writers are checking date slots at No Square Theatre to pull off a mini-concert of the already-written material that no one will care about next year. She wouldn’t say what that might be, but we can imagine…can’t we!
“It was actually too soon to get the whole cast bask into rehearsals so soon after our February show this year and as we got further along, we just knew we had to pull this October’s plug.
“The domino effect derailed our demented delight.”
She was also busy with such personal undertakings such as selling her home of 27 years, doubling up her duties teaching and performing with Pacific Symphony among other things.
She closed with a typical Breeism: “Too many balls…not enough jugglers. Meh…”
Elghanayan establishing himself on Lotus Cup circuit
Nicolai Elghanayan, LBHS Class of 2012, captured third place in the Lotus Cup USA race held at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma on Sept 20 in the highest division of the Lotus Cup Race, the Trophy Class.
His father, Jeff Elghanayan, has trained Elghanayan, 20, since he was at Thurston Middle School to build, control, and racecars. On Sept 20, he proved that it all paid off.
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Nicolai’s car is the black number 555 lined up for the start at Sonoma
He is looking forward to his next race at Spring Mountain in Pahrump, Nevada, Nov 8 & 9 where he’ll compete for the next Lotus Cup Race.
For many years, another Laguna Beach racer, Michael Lewis, a go-cart turned professional Formula car, IMSA Porsche racer has inspired Nicolai. Next time someone asks you, tell them yep, Laguna Beach does churn out young racers into the professional arena.
Parent Project Jr./Loving Solutions: elementary school parent education program begins Oct 8
Parenting children with challenging behaviors can be difficult. LBUSD is again offering parents an opportunity to participate in a seven-week program designed to assist with young children ages five to ten. The program will run seven consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning Wednesday, October 8 through November 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The classes will be held at the Susi Q Senior Center located at 380 Third Street, Laguna Beach and will be facilitated by Marriage and Family Therapist, Laura Rivas.
“Our seven-week Loving Solutions class will provide parents an opportunity for interaction among parents, practice of new concepts and techniques learned as well as individualized problem solving. Developing our skills is something all of us can benefit from as parents,” remarked Irene White, Director of Special Education and Student Services for LBUSD. Ms. White further reports that parents participating in prior sessions have consistently commented about the benefits of the sessions as well as the “value added” as it relates to their family functioning.
Returning again this year, LBUSD will sponsor parent education opportunities for parents of children of all ages who need additional support but cannot commit to an ongoing parent class. The ninety-minute “drop-in” classes are designed as an opportunity for interaction with other parents as well as problem solving techniques for current parent/child challenges. The classes will be facilitated by Ms. Rivas and also held at the Susi Q Senior Center beginning October 21 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Drop-in classes will also be held on November 18, December 16, January 20, February 10, March 17, April 21 and May 19.
Additional parent education opportunities are anticipated, including classes targeting secondary students. These opportunities will be posted on the District web site, http://www.lbusd.org/ as they become available.
PMMC Gala celebrates record-breaking support
Story and Photos by DIANE ARMITAGE
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PMMC Gala gets underway!
On Sunday night, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) celebrated another great year of growth and success at its Annual PMMC Gala at The Ranch.
In a single evening (and, well, months of raffle ticket gathering), generous philanthropists raised the most money yet raised for the PMMC, exceeding $184,000 for the small hospital dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of seals and sea lions.
The team couldn’t have asked for a better evening as more than 300 people poured in (primarily dressed in blue) to support the PMMC through its raffle and silent and live auctions.
For many, it was the first night in our busy autumn season that allowed friends to reconnect and catch up on September news. Even PMMC Board Member Ruben Flores and his partner Nelson Coates were in attendance, having recently landed from a support trip to one of Laguna’s sister cities, Cabo San Lucas.
Attendees initially moseyed through an 88-item silent auction, housed in The Ranch’s remodeled pro shop. “We just finished the interior a few days ago, but we weren’t going to move anything into the shop until we had this silent auction take place,” says The Ranch’s Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ranch.
“This is the first – and probably last – time The Ranch will have a silent auction in this space,” he continues. “But it sure turned out to be a nice backdrop!”
New growth all the year long
Indeed, as The Ranch continues to beautify in bits and pieces so, too, does the PMMC with announcements of a newly constructed guest shop, a Kia-donated “rolling ad” for the PMMC, and new solar panels that are already realizing savings of $500 per month.
Guests finally seated themselves on the patio entrée to the Ben Brown Golf Course, and the official event was off and running with dinner and presentations.
As you may know, several hundred residents and far-flung visitors to Laguna Beach have been buying PMMC raffle tickets in hopes of winning a year’s use of a Kia hybrid car. As so many hundreds of us have been on pins and needles, the PMMC folks were kind enough to open the festivities with the raffle drawing. Kia’s own Scott McKee pulled the raffle winner…and Hannah Lewis emerged with golden ticket in hand.
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An animated Philanthropist of the Year Dorothy Palmer sits with PMMC Executive Director Keith Matassa behind her and Co-Founder John Cunningham to the right
PMMC Co-Founder John Cunningham presented Dorothy Palmer the Philanthropist of the Year Award and, just when he thought she wasn’t going to actually be present for the award, the dear woman wheeled into the hub of the group. (She was so busy catching up with admirers, she couldn’t even take time for a proper photo.)
A lively live auction ensued, with guests battling for the rights to coveted original art, Las Vegas, Cabo San Lucas and Montage getaways, and even a Yamaha Grizzly ATV.
Even Laguna chefs were in the live auction act with Montage’s Craig Strong offering up dinner for 10 at the Montage Studio, and the Broadway’s Chef Amar Santana personally showing up on stage for the auctioning of his own chef’s table.
“We’re just so pleased and grateful to the community of Laguna Beach,” says Mary Ferguson, PMMC Board Member and the valiant Event Committee chairperson who served as the yearlong backbone in the preparation of this event. “We’ve never had so many enticing silent or live auction items, and so many residents, visitors and volunteers keep supporting us in bigger ways every single year.
“The PMMC is truly blessed.”
Four more of Diane’s pictures from the Gala are below
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Laguna Beach PD Citizen’s Academy: Week 4
By ALLI MARTIN
StuNewsLaguna Staff Writer
Ed. Note: Alli will be providing a “recap” every week through out her Citizen’s Academy class
Last week I mentioned respect for police officers based on the long hours they work each shift. Well this week, I want to add to that respect based on how much time it takes to become a police officer!
Captain Darin Lenyi was back to share with us what it takes to become an officer with the Laguna Beach PD. The time an applicant submits an application up to the point they are offered a position and enroll in the police academy can be up to six months! Those six months are filled with written tests, physical tests, and interviews with and without polygraph. The Academy then takes six more months, then field training, which is another six months, then a year of probation before their job is a done deal.
But even then, there is more training to be done…every year! Police officers go through yearly training programs funded by the state to make sure that everything is up to par.
Capt. Lenyi also passed around some of the application and training materials applicants have to fill out, and I haven’t seen that many pieces of paper put together since I wrote my capstone paper!
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Class member Michael Millson piles food on his plate!
Then it was dinner time…and if you’re considering enrolling in the next class but aren’t sure, do it for the food! Parking Services Officer Ross Fallah made some of his incredible pasta for us again, as well as an apple crumble dessert, and I definitely went back for seconds.
After dinner, it was drug time! As of last Thursday the 25th, there were 211 drug arrests in Laguna Beach so far this year. Capt. Lenyi showed us a slideshow of some of the drug busts that Laguna Beach has accomplished through the years, including 2,000 pounds of cocaine and the biggest marijuana bust in Laguna Beach history.
Unlike the food, these confiscated drugs were not allowed to be consumed
Confiscated drugs and paraphernalia were passed around – all in very well sealed baggies, of course – including marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, meth, and bath salts. Officer David Gensemer, a drug recognition expert, showed us a video of a man who had taken bath salts who was unable to say his own name for laughing, then having a sudden mood change and breathing angrily. It was like watching a two year old with mood swings…scary…
Officer Gensemer explained to us what the police definition of a drug is: a chemical substance that can be ingested and affects the processes of the mind or body. This includes caffeine and energy drinks, though you won’t find anyone arrested just for having their morning coffee! He also explained the positive and negative effects of different drug types, and the symptoms displayed by anyone who has used the drugs.
Next week promises more fun and PUPPIES! Okay, so they probably won’t actually be puppies, but they’ll still probably be adorable. Citizens programs are first in the lineup, followed by the K9 unit.
Until next week!
Fourth Annual Brush and Palette Benefit Concert October 3
On Oct 3, the Fourth Annual Brush and Palette Benefit Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Artists Theatre, 625 Park Ave. Student advance tickets are available for purchase at lunch for $5 from the Brush and Palette staff Sept 29 through Oct 2.
Tickets will also be sold the evening of the event at the door. Student tickets are $10 and adult tickets are $15.
The concert features faculty, students and alumni performing classic rock as well as current rock and pop music. “Months of preparation and forethought go into this annual show, so it’s great to see everyone who plays a part validated by those in attendance. I really hope the community comes out to support these hardworking kids,” said journalism adviser Jim Brusky.
Laguna Beach High School Interim Principal Carolyn Williams said, “This concert will be a fantastic event! Everyone who attends will not only support our students but also enjoy an evening of great music.”
The concert helps raise funds for the Laguna Beach High School newspaper, The Brush and Palette. The donations will assist production of the physical paper, support enrollment in summer training camps and expand student growth through online and video reporting.
Plein Air West: Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational
By JEAN STERN
Executive Director, The Irvine Museum
Reprinted with permission
Every Fall, for the past 15 years, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association hosts the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. Initiated in 1999, it was one of the first plein air painting festivals to draw nationally-known artists. Today, there are a multitude of plein air painting competitions scattered throughout the country, but the Laguna Beach event is considered the most significant and most prestigious.
Laguna’s appeal to artists continued to grow through the early part of the twentieth century and today, the city has more art galleries than any other city in California and is the home of the annual Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters. Amidst this remarkable art community, it was only fitting that a group of professional plein air painters organize to paint and exhibit together. Taking the lead from Saim Caglayan, in 1996, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association came to be and soon thereafter, the Invitational was inaugurated.
From 1999 to 2012, the Invitational was held at the Laguna Art Museum. Last year, in 2013, the event became independent and took place at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, a resort situated in picturesque Aliso Creek, a painting locale frequented by William Wendt (1865-1946) and Jean Mannheim (1863-1945), among others. The 2013 event was a tremendous success, resulting in the highest attendance and most art sales of all the previous years.
The event is an invitational, which means that artists cannot apply or submit work for jurying, they have to be selected. As such, it has become a coveted honor simply to be invited to participate. The LPAPA committee that selects the artists considers a large number of possible invitees and takes care to include not only established masters who may have participated in previous years, but also to provide the opportunity for younger or not-so-well-known artists who have demonstrated great talent in their art. This way, art collectors have the opportunity to purchase works by well-known painters as well as by young, fresh faces who will become masters in years to come.
Among the long list of artists who have received awards at the Invitational, one finds many of our nation’s best painters, including Ken Auster, John Burton, Hiu Lai Chong, John Cosby, Michael Obermeyer, Billyo O’Donnell, Joseph Paquette, Jesse Powell, Scott W. Prior, Camille Przewodek, Ray Roberts, Randall Sexton, Mian Situ and George Strickland. As a showcase for plein air masters, the Laguna Beach Invitational has become the exhibition venue of choice for art lovers and collectors. I have attended all 15 prior Invitationals and my wife Linda and I look forward to the 16th Annual in October. The festive atmosphere is spectacular and we feel it is the best way to catch up with our artist friends and to make new friends with first-time participants.
I firmly believe that we are in the midst of an American landscape renaissance and this becomes evident when one views the wonderful paintings on display at the Invitational. Trust me, the works of our contemporary plein air masters will be what people see in museums fifty years from now.
Dates for LPAPA’s 16th Annual Plein Air Invitational at the Ranch: Oct 12 -19
Ribbon cutting dedication for new Harry Lawrence memorial plaque on Oct 1 – “Harry Lawrence Day”
On Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m., the Laguna Beach Beautification Council will hold an honorary 100th Birthday anniversary reception in memory of its founder, the late Harry Lawrence (“Mr. Laguna”), in front of the historic Tudor cottage near Selanne Steak Tavern. The public is cordially invited to attend and celebrate a major contributor to Laguna’s growth and history.
For years, Harry Lawrence’s birthday was celebrated with a public party and cake at Main Beach and on Oct 1, 2007, the City Council declared it as Harry Lawrence Day! Harry passed away in 2012, and his memory will be honored on his special day.
Following the ceremony, Selanne Steak Tavern (the new restaurant replacing French 75), will generously co-host the event with “bites.”
Champagne courtesy of Zahide Lawrence and a cake will also be included.
The address is: 1464 South Coast Highway.
While you are there, please note Harry’s dedicatory brass plaque near the majestic tree planted by Harry himself circa 1960.
13th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival Feb 13-15 – Private Salon Oct 16 with guitarist Vladimir Gorbach
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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
The 13th annual Laguna Beach Music Festival presents the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet & Friends on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb 13-15, 2015, at the Laguna Playhouse. This year’s Festival has a lively medley of classical and contemporary music with concerts and intimate events designed to make for a sweet Valentine’s Weekend celebration.
Choose from romantic Spanish music and Flamenco dancers, an enchanting music and video presentation of Don Quixote with actor Phil Proctor providing the narration or share in the excitement of hearing the premier performance of a new composition from “Ymir.” Better yet, come to all three performances - and the other Festival activities! Learn more and buy tickets at www.lagunabeachmusicfestival.com
You don’t have to wait until February to hear award-winning music in an intimate setting. Join Laguna Beach Live! on October 16th for a Private Salon in a stunning home in Victoria Beach. It will be an intimate evening of music with award winning guitarist, Vladimir Gorbach in support of the Laguna Beach Music Festival.
Gorbach has been awarded USC’s first ever International Artist Fellowship, representing the entire music school and all instruments. His career and artistry are recognized internationally as an award-winning guitarist with captivating presence.
Part of the ticket price is tax deductible and helps bring renowned musicians to Laguna Beach. The Laguna Beach Music Festival is an annual multi-day celebration, presented by Laguna Beach Live! and Philharmonic Society of Orange County.
Trombonist KurtFerguson & Bones Trombones at Laguna Art Museum on Oct 9 presented by Laguna Beach Live!
Trombonist Kurt Ferguson & Bones Trombones will be performing in the Live! at the Museum concert series at the Laguna Beach Art Museum on Thursday Oct 9, 2014 7 – 8 p.m. Kurt earned his Bachelor’s Degree of Music from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music Degree with a concentration in Trombone Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and is currently working on his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Currently Kurt is the Resident Director for the Music Academy of the West at the Cate School in Santa Barbara, CA. More about the artists and to hear their music, visit http://www.lagunabeachlive.org/concerts/live-at-the-museum
Live! at the Museum takes place the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum and is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. The concert is in the large Steele Gallery and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are available online through the Museum’s website, or contact Membership Manager Valerie Tate at 949.494.8971 x203. For more information about the series and other concerts, visit online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or phone at 949-715-9713.
Meow Mixer Cocktail Party for the Cool Cats at Blue Bell
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Ruckus live in retirement at Blue Bell
The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats invites everyone to join them at their “Meow Mixer” benefit on Sunday, Oct 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Madison Square Garden and Café, 320 North Coast Highway.
Admission is $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and can be purchased at www.bluebellcats.org phone: (949) 547-2222.
Come enjoy a Blue Cat Martini, delicious appetizers and great company while supporting Laguna’s cat sanctuary in the Canyon. All proceeds will benefit the community cat fund, which offsets costs for cats that are placed without a sponsorship.
The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers loving and compassionate lifetime care for senior cats whose owners can no longer care for them, and strives to become the leading cat retirement sanctuary promising total peace of mind to cat owners, and homelike, personalized care to the cats entrusted to it.
An Evening for Africa at the Ranch in Laguna Beach - Oct 9
An Evening for Africa is planned for Thursday, Oct 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Laguna’s newest venue, The Ranch, located at 31106 Pacific Coast Highway. The event is a fundraiser for the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (“IEFT”), which operates Orkeeswa Secondary School near Monduli, Tanzania.
The Laguna United Methodist Church has sponsored two trips to this exceptional school, with another team scheduled for the summer of 2016.
The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a spectacular outdoor setting and the evening will include free trolley rides from the Ranch’s parking lot on Coast Hwy, a sumptuous BBQ, and great music, including a jazz ensemble directed by Laguna’s own Geoffrey Glass as guests arrive, and the popular surf band, “Saltwater Highway” to rock the dance floor after the sun sets. Staff from Orkeeswa School will be providing a video presentation during the meal.
The entrance ticket per person is a $30 tax-deductible donation to IEFT. Food and beverages are available for cash purchase at the event. You may purchase tickets on-line @ www.ieftz.org/events.